PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE
Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA
Tel.01394 282561 e-mail email@example.com
March 13th, 2016 : FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT
Saturday 6.0pm (St.F) Int. For the People
Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. +Eileen & Ted Newland 11.0am (Con) Int +Helen Hartley
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.
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
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.
Fr.John attends a Deanery Clergy Meeting at St.Mark's,
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.
Volunteers are needed for
making the Palm Crosses in the
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
Money Matters Last Sunday £638.49 was given at the Offertory, and a further £135.17 was given for CAFOD.
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
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.'
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.