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

 

March 13th, 2016 : FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

 


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. +Eileen & Ted Newland 11.0am (Con) Int +Helen Hartley

Weekday Masses

Monday LENT FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int.+ John McNally, Priest

10.30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday LENT FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Kevin Crowley (P&AD)

Wednesday LENT FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Matthew Patrick

11.30am (Con) FUNERAL MASS FOR SR.

SEBASTIAN RJM

Thursday FEAST OF ST.PATRICK

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Karen Thomson (PP)

Friday LENT FERIA

Noon (St.F) Int. +Karen Thomson (Rosary

5.0pm (Con) Int. Group)

Saturday SOLEMNITY OF ST.JOSEPH

11.0am (St.F) Int. +Alan Deveney

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, during Lent at 11.15am

 

The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.177 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.227 of The Sunday Missal.

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 809

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Kyries Hymn Book 497

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 753, 752, 212, 846

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Kyries Hymn Book 497

 

 

 

FIFTH WEEK IN LENT

 

TODAY

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

St.Felix, 4.30pm

 

TUESDAY

RECONCILIATION SERVICE BEFORE EASTER

St.Felix, 7.30pm

 

WEDNESDAY

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

The Convent, 5.0pm

 

FRIDAY

HUNGER LUNCH FOR CAFOD

St.Felix Hall, 12.30pm

 

SATURDAY

PALM CROSS MAKING

Cooper Room, St.Felix Hall, 2.30pm

 

 

ALSO THIS WEEK

 

Monday 7.30pm Catholic Womens' League Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 7.30pm The Parish Penitential Service. Don't miss this opportunity to make your Confession before Easter. Fr.Russell Frost and Fr.Adrian Gates have kindly agreed to assist.

Thursday Feast of St.Patrick. Please note that there will be a Mass at St.Felix today, at 9.30am.

11.0am Fr.John attends a Deanery Clergy Meeting at St.Mark's, Ipswich.

Friday 3.0pm The About Becoming Catholic Group meets at the Presbytery.

Saturday Solemnity of St.Joseph. Mass at St.Felix at 11.0am, in the St.Joseph Chapel.

8.50am Childrens' activities at the Convent. The First Holy Communion children make their First Confessions. Parents are asked to be present.

2.30pm Volunteers are needed for making the Palm Crosses in the Cooper Room. No former experience needed - we'll show you how! It's fun.

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

Anniversaries this week Margaret Smurthwaite (1999), Catherine Brasley (2006), Vera Mackay (2001), Jean Donnelly (2002), Peter Styles (2007), Kathleen Smith (1998), Ron Howell (2015), Catherine Pooley (2009), Clarita Smy (2011), and Kathleen Williams (2003). May they Rest in Peace

 

Sr.Sebastian RSJ RIP We were saddened by the death of Sr.Sebastian, at the advanced age of ninety-seven. She was greatly loved and revered as a person of real goodness and prayerfulness. We send our love and sympathy to the Sisters in their sad loss. Sister's body will be brought into the Convent Chapel at 4.30pm on Tuesday, and her Funeral Mass will take place there at 11.30am on Wednesday.

We are sad, too, to hear of the death of Fr.David Skeoch , a retired priest assisting in the parish of st.Mary's Ipswich. He has assisted at Penitential Services here in the past, and indeed was hoping to be here next Tuesday. May he rest in light and peace.

 

Money Matters Last Sunday 638.49 was given at the Offertory, and a further 135.17 was given for CAFOD.

 

Monica writes 'Next Sunday, Palm Sunday, children attending the 9.30am Mass are invited to bring small leafy branches to carry in the Palm Procession. On Good Friday there will be Stations of the Cross for children and young families, and on Easter Sunday there will be an Easter Garden in the Lady Chapel for the children to look at. The children could bring small flowers to Mass on Easter Sunday morning to decorate the Easter Garden.'

 

Mothering Sunday Many thanks to Giavanna and Kathleen for preparing the charming Mother- ing Sunday posies, which were much appreciated.

 

Together Club Teresa writes 'The Together Club meets next Thursday at the Convent to celebrate St.Patrick, 1.45pm to 3.45pm. Please note the change of time.'

 

VEILED

 

I think it can be quite startling to come into church on the fifth Sunday in Lent, and find that all of the crosses and statues have been veiled, and know that they will remain so until Easter. Why does the Church continue this ancient practice? - surely the crosses should be visible at the very time when we are beginning to contemplate Our Lord's suffering and death?

The crosses are veiled in preparation for the great Liturgy of Good Friday. In that liturgy, the liturgy of the Lord's Passion, a veiled crucifix is solemnly carried into church, and after being gradually unveiled, is held up before us for adoration, before we come forward to venerate it. This is a profoundly moving moment in the flow of Holy Week. If, however, the crosses in church were not veiled, if they were just as normal, the unveiling and showing of the Cross on Good Friday would lose its impact - and our Holy Week would be the poorer for it. We are starved of the sight of the Cross during these two last weeks of Lent, so that it may come vividly before us on the day of the Lord's death.

But what about the statues - why are they veiled? Because the Saints are essentially Easter people, those who, in the holiness of their lives, declare the power of the risen Christ. Easter people, and it is appropriate that when Easter comes they are presented to us anew when they are unveiled, and we see them afresh as living signs of the new life which Our Lord gives to his people to enable them to grow in his likeness.