PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE
Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA
Tel.01394 282561 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Website "http://stfelixfelixstowe.ul/"
April 3rd, 2016 : SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
Saturday 6.0pm (St.F) Int. For the People
Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. Peter & Mary Sutcliffe
11.0am (Con) Int.
Monday SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUN-
CIATION OF THE LORD
10.0am (Con) Int.
Tuesday EASTER FERIA
No Mass today
Wednesday EASTER FERIA
5.45pm (Con) Int.
Thursday EASTER FERIA
10.0am (Con) Int.
Friday EASTER FERIA
5.45pm (Con) Int.
Saturday EASTER FERIA
10.0am (Con) Int.
6.0pm (St.F) Int.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 5.15 to 5.45 p.m. or by appointment.
The Mass today
The readings can be found on p.263 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.368 of The Sunday Missal.
At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1
Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16
At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3
Gloria New Celtic
Sanctus & Benedictus New Celtic
Hymns : 270, 769, 279, 761
At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1
On Sundays during Eastertide we use Regina Coeli in place of Angelus
Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven, Alleluia!
He whom thou wast meet to bear, Alleluia!
As he promised hath arisen, Alleluia!
Pour for us to him thy prayer, Alleluia!
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia!
R. For the Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!
Let us pray
O God, who by the Resurrection of thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, hast vouchsafed to bring joy to the whole world, grant, we beseech thee, that aided by the prayers of his Mother the Virgin Mary, we too may be brought to the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE WORKS CONTINUE AT ST.FELIX, AND MASSES DURING THE WEEK WILL AGAIN BE HELD AT THE CONVENT. PLEASE CHECK THE TIMES GIVEN HERE IN THE NEWSHEET.
Fr.John hopes to take a short post-Easter break this week. He plans to leave for Derbyshire after the Mass on Monday, and return on Friday Afternoon. He would like to go to Derbyshire to visit some historic buildings there.
Saturday The Saturday Morning Childrens' Activities at the Convent will resume next week, when the schools will be back in session.
A week on Tuesday 7.30pm Meeting of the Parish Advisory Council. The first item on the Agenda will be the election of a new Chairperson, to serve for two years. Nominations need to be received before the commencement of the meeting. Nomination forms are available at the back of church, and Agendas will be available next Sunday
Anniversaries this week William Twomey (2015), Elsie Barratt (2011), Julia Cox (1995), and Helen Samkin (2009). May they Rest in Peace
Money Matters Last Sunday £1670.67 was given at the Offertory, and a further £131.33 for CAFOD. £166.92 was given in the collection for the Poor on Maundy Thursday, and £170.06 in the collection for the Holy Land Shrines on Good Friday.
the Diocese 'On Saturday 23rd April there will be a DAY FOR MEN in
11.45am First Talk 'Becoming a new man in Christ'
Noon Second Talk 'Fatherhood, Fellowship, Vocation'
1.45pm Third Talk ' What does it mean to be a man?'
2.30pm Adoration and Confession.
The cost of the day will be £15, including coffee and lunch. To book visit Eventbrite or Facebook page by searching 'Slaying the Dragon : The Call to be a Man'. Alternatively, email email@example.com.'
FROM THE MIDST OF DESOLATION
Well that's rather how it feels in church, and one can't help thinking that this operation would have been more appropriate to the desert days of Lent, rather than to the milk & honey days of Eastertide!
It will be clear to you that the work hasn't progressed as rapidly as we had hoped this week. This is mainly due to some complications regarding the electrical works which will need to be placed under the new Sanctuary floor, providing ducting for power points and microphone points. It is rather important to get this right now, rather than to have regrets afterwards.
So meanwhile, a little longer in the desert, practicing those virtues of patience and hope. The Promised Land will indeed materialize, even if not quite so rapidly as we had hoped!
THIS JOYFUL EASTERTIDE
Just as the world thinks that Christmas ends on Boxing Day, so it also thinks that Easter ends on Easter Monday! It couldn't be more wrong. Easter Day is just the beginning of a fifty-day celebration of the Resurrection - fifty days of joy, which end with Pentecost. Eastertide is the most ancient season of the Church's Year - it was there from the beginning, with Lent only emerging in the fourth century, and Advent later still. During it we make frequent use of the cry Alleluia! - an ancient cry of rejoicing. One day or even one week would be insufficient to give thanks for Our Lord's Paschal victory, whereby we are able to attain everlasting bliss : we need at least fifty days to offer praise and thanks to God!
THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
I read somewhere a day or two ago that the Feast of the Annunciation is the most important day in the Church's Year. What, more important than Easter Day, Christmas Day, and Pentecost? The Church clearly doesn't seem to think so, because the Annunciation is not even a Holy Day of Obligation. So why would one place it first? Well because we believe that at the very moment when Mary said 'Yes' to God's invitation, the Christ - God the Son - was conceived in her womb. So that The Annunciation is the Feast of the Incarnation : we are commemorating the stupendous fact of the 'Word being made flesh'. And if the incarnation had not taken place, then there could not have been the birth of God-made-man at Christmas, nor his Resurrection at Easter. Nor, presumably, would the Holy Spirit have been sent to us. The Incarnation was fundamental to God's plan of salvation, and should be celebrated with enthusiasm and devotion. I can see the logic of saying that it is the first of feasts - but not the logic of the Church in not ranking it as a Holy Day of Obligation!