PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE
Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA
Tel.01394 282561 e-mail email@example.com
February 21st, 2016 : SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT
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.)
Monday FEAST OF THE CHAIR OF ST.
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
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
writes 'A coach
is being hired to provide transport to the Chrism Mass at St.John's
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.