PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE

 

Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA

The Presbytery, 8, Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7HT

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail frjohnfelixstowe@gmail.com

 

JANUARY 31st, 2016 : FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 


Sunday Masses

Saturday 6.0pm (St.F) Int. +Alex Thomson

& relatives

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. For the People 11.0am (Con) Int. Sr.Bridget (D)

Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Nigel Gorham

10.30am (Con) Int. Sebastian Layzell

Tuesday FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION

OF THE LORD

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Pat Hannon

Wednesday ST.BLAISE

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Finnbarr Murphy

10.30am (Con) Int.

Thursday FERIA

No services today

Friday ST.AGATHA

11.0am (St.F) Int.

5.0pm (Con) Int.

Saturday ST.PAUL MIKI & COMPS.

11.0am (St.F) Int.

6.0pm (St.F) Int. For the People

 

The Daily Office

Lauds (Morning Prayer) is said a quarter of an hour before the first Mass

 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesdays at10.0am Benediction at 10.30am

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday 5.15 to 5.45 p.m. or by appointment.

 

The Rosary Fridays at 10.15am

 

The Mass today The readings can be found on

p.136 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.979 of The Sunday Missal.

 

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 938

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria, Sanctus & Benedictus Belmont

Acclamation B

Hymns : 683, 724, 720, 761

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

 

THIS WEEK

 

Today An opportunity to support the work of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC) : 'White Flowers' will be available at the back of church after the Masses.

 

Tuesday, February 2nd

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION

OF THE LORD

(CANDLEMAS)

Blessing of Candles, Procession, & Mass

St.Felix, 9.30am

 

Tuesday 2.30pm The Parish Liturgy Committee meets at the Presbytery.

Wednesday Feast of St.Blaise : the traditional Blessing of Throats will be available at the end of Mass

12.30pm The First Wednesday Lunch Club lunches in the Hall.

Thursday 11.0am Fr.John attends the Council of Priests meeting at Poringland.

Saturday 8.45am Childrens' Mass at the Convent, after which Fr.John meets with the First Hoy communion parents.

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

Anniversaries this week Sr.Etheldreda Wallis

(1994), Nigel Gorham (2013), Ethel McCready (1998), Sydney Pope (2003), Iris Douglas (2000), Norah Twomey (2008), Muriel Hargreaves (2003), Patrick Kilbride (2005), Gillian Thomas (1999), Patricia Manthorpe (2000), Thomas Lindsay (1995), Charles Walker (1997), and Dorothy

Oliver (1996). May they Rest in Peace.

 

Money Matters Last Sunday 1056.44 was given at the Offertory, and a further 140.51 for CAFOD.

 

Parish Advisory Council In last week's Newsheet I reported that Rachel Bischoff had become Chairman of the PAC : Rachel has now withdrawn, and so I will conduct an election for a new Chairman at the beginning of the next meeting, which is on Tuesday April 12th. Please be thinking who you would like to nominate. Nomination papers will be available in due course.

 

Congratulations to Sr.Bridget, who celebrates her ninetieth birthday today! Later in the year she will attain the seventieth anniversary of her religious Profession. and the main celebrations are to be held then. Meanwhile we send her our love and good wishes.

 

Together Club Teresa writes 'The Together Club meets at the Convent on Thursday at 2.0pm- 3.45pm for a social afternoon, short quiz, and a talk by Sister and Betty. All welcome.'

Wednesday Lunch Club Jenny writes : 'Just a reminder for those who have booked : our next lunch is this Wednesday, 3rd Feb., at 12.30pm. Any queries please contact Jenny.'

Catholic Womens' League 'Our next meeting is on Monday 8th February at 7.0pm. Alison Love, our National Family and Health Officer will be talking about her role in the League : it is a very wide brief and you may be surprised at what the job involves. Ladies from the parish are most welcome to come along, we would love to see you. Any questions please contact Jenny or Barbara.'

Charismatic Renewal Brenda writes 'May I draw your attention to a day of prayer and renewal in the Holy Spirit on 27th February, of which details are given on the Noticeboard. We have an interesting speaker for the day. Contact member of the Diocesan Service Team is Annette. '

 

SO WHAT IS A CAFE COURSE?

 

In last week's Newsheet I wrote that the Parish Advisory Council had agreed that we would stage a CAFE course during Lent. You may have wondered what that means. CAFE courses are devised by the Catholic Information Services - the term CAFE is derived from that title, although I can't remember quite how! The particular course that we will be staging is on the four of the Saints - St.Therese, St.Benedict, St.Francis, and St.Patrick. On four consecutive Mondays, Feb.15th- March7th, we will examine the four lives, one each week, asking how these saints can help us today as we struggle to lead the Christian life.

But the term CAFE also relates to the style of these courses. The hall is set out with individual tables for four to six people ; there are tablecloths and candles, and small tempting things to eat. Wine, tea, and coffee are served. The idea is to create a relaxed 'cafe' atmosphere.

Each table has a host or hostess, who looks after the people on his or her table, getting them drinks as required. The first part of a screen presentation is given after which there is an interval in which the group around the table, led by the host or hostess, talk informally about what they have seen and heard, sharing their reactions and ideas. The second part of the screen presentation then takes place, followed by more informal conversation, and then, when people are ready, the session comes to an end.

Over the years I've been involved with a number of these courses, which I've found people both enjoy, and, they've said, benefit from. It's all very relaxed and informal. Over the next week or so I'm going to have to try to recruit half a dozen or so hosts and hostesses. Do volunteer if you'd like to.

We continue, of course, to be in the time of the New Evangelization, which is all about trying to encourage those who have drifted away from the life of the Church to come back. Inviting someone you know to come along with you - someone who has got a bit out of touch with Church life - would be a very good and unpressured way of encouraging them to put their

toe in the water again. It's up to you - see it as an opportunity!