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

website "http://stfelixfelixstowe.uk/"

 

February 21st, 2016 : SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT

 


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. +Lucy FitzPatrick 11.0am (Con) Int. John & Bernadette

McTiernan (40th Anni.)

Weekday Masses

Monday FEAST OF THE CHAIR OF ST.

PETER

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Maria Keating

10.30am (Con) Int. Donal Hannon

Tuesday LENT FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Bryan Phillips

Wednesday LENT FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. +John Edwards

11.30am (Con) Int. Monica Cooper (100th b.)

Thursday LENT FERIA

No services today

Friday LENT FERIA

Noon (St.F) Int. +Fred Conti

5.0pm (Con) Int.

Saturday LENT FERIA

11.0am (St.F) Int. Priests & Religious who've

assisted the Thomson Family

6.0pm (St.F) Int. +James Kearney

 

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 pm. or by appointment.

 

The Rosary Fridays, during Lent at 11.15am

 

The Mass today The readings can be found on

p. 157 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.212 of The Sunday Missal.

 

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 208

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Kyries Hymn Book 516

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 887, 770, 833, 208

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Kyries Hymn Book 516

 

 

THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT

 

SUNDAY

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

St.Felix, 4.30pm

 

MONDAY

LENT COURSE : THE SAINTS HELPING

US TODAY II - ST.BENEDICT

St.Felix Hall, 7.30pm

 

WEDNESDAY

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

5.0pm, The Convent

 

FRIDAY

HUNGER LUNCH FOR CAFOD

St.Felix Hall, 12.30pm

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

St.Felix, 7.30pm

 

 

ALSO THIS WEEK

 

Friday 3.0pm ABC Group, Presbytery

8.15pm CAFE Team, Presbytery

Saturday 8.45am Childrens Activities at the

Convent resume after the half-term break. Fr.John meets with the First Holy Communion Parents.

 

Anniversaries this week Patrick O'Donnell (1996), Pamela Evans (2008), Adelina Pegg (1996), Sr.Bernard Howlry (1994), Robert Horne (2002), Wanda Turner (2006), Evelyn Foster (2011), John Pitt (2014), Olivia Shwan (1999), Patrick Bailey (2004), Ferdinando Conti (2011), Christian Jones (1999), and Ellen Newman (2006).

 

Money Matters Last Sunday 576.96 was given at the Offertory, with a further 108.89 for CAFOD. Today there is the annual Lenten retiring collection for CAFOD.

 

Congratulations to John and Bernadette Mctiernan, celebrating their Fortieth Wedding Anniversary today, and to Monica Cooper, who completes her hundredth year on Thursday. Monica has the distinction of having been baptized by Fr.Cooper, the first Parish Priest of Felixstowe. We send our warmest good wishes to them all.

Can you help me? Penciled into my diary is a Wedding for David Cox and Sophie Gerald on August 20th, but very foolishly I failed to take a contact number. Can anyone help me with contact details, please?

An Invitation Sister Sheila Gosney RJM has begun an Art Club at the Convent on Monday afternoons, 2.0pm-4.30pm, and invites those who are interested to go along.

 

The Saints Helping us Today The Lent Course got off to a good start last Monday, when over thirty people took part despite a bitterly cold evening (it was nice and warm in the Hall!). All seemed to agree that the film on St.Francis was good and thought-provoking, and there was a very happy and friendly atmosphere. We don't want anyone to be unable to come because of transport difficulties : if this is a problem for you, please 'phone Catherine, and she will try to arrange something. Likewise, if you are able to provide a lift, it would be very helpful if you could inform Catherine of this

 

Chrism Mass Fiona writes 'A coach is being hired to provide transport to the Chrism Mass at St.John's Cathedral, Norwich, on Tuesday March 22nd at 7.0pm. The cost (subsidised by the Parish) will be 10 per head, and pick-up will be around 4.30pm. If you would like to attend the Mass, please sign your name and give a contact 'phone number on the lists on the Porch and Convent notice-boards by the 3rd Sunday in Lent (Feb.28th). Payment will be in the form of a non-refundable deposit of 5 per person, with the balance being paid on the day. The deposit should be delivered to the Presbytery in a sealed envelope with you name(s) on it.'

 

SIN AND MERCY

 

I read an interesting article last week which suggested that the main threat to the success of the current Year of Mercy is the fact that most people don't have any sense of sin. And unless you appreciate the fact of sin, in your own life and in the life of the world, then you can't appreciate the wonderful fact of God's abundant mercy. Rather, I suppose, in the way that you can't appreciate the value of water if you don't experience thirst. You have got to know your need before you can app- reciate the means by which that need can be met.

I certainly think that it is true that many people, even Christian people, don't have much sense of sin, and so don't recognise their need for God's mercy and forgiveness. The fact that not a few people when confronted by the availability of Confession say 'but I don't think I've done anything which needs forgiveness' surely demonstrates this. Maybe in the past some people were weighed down by an unhealthy awareness of their faults and failings. These days we seem to have gone to the other extreme.

How can we achieve a proper sense of our need for forgiveness, our need of God's mercy, without wallowing in such an unhealthy sense of failure and sin? Only, I think, by looking more closely at Jesus. Looking, learning, so as to know more of what Jesus is like, so full of goodness and self-giving, so generous and so ready to forgive. And then to see ourselves in comparison to him, often mean and selfish, nursing resentments and grudges, more quick to seek our own advantage rather than that of others. Following which, by self-examination, we recognise our short-comings, our need for God's mercy and forgiveness, and are able to avail ourselves of those things.