Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA

The Presbytery, 8, Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7HT

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail





Sunday Masses

Saturday 6.0pm (St.F) Int. Joanne, Friends,

and Family.

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. Pauline & Neville Mayes (30th w.)

11.0am (Con) Int. Catholic Womens


Weekday Masses


10.0am (Con) Int. Sr.Catherine (90th b.)


10.0am (Con) Int. + Fr.Edward Walker


No Mass today


10.0am (Con) Int.



11.0am (Con) Int.


10.0am (Con) Int. + Fr.Ivor Morris

6.0pm (St.F) Int. +Vincent Brannan


Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday 5.15 to 5.45 p.m. or by appointment.


The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.271 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.480 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Regina Coeli) Hymn : 287

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria Belmont

Sanctus & Benedictus Belmont

Acclamation B

Hymns : 268, 279, 748, 271

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Hymn Book p.498


On Sundays during Eastertide we use Regina Coeli in place of Angelus :

Joy to thee of 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.




It is disappointing and frustrating that the work in the Sanctuary seems to be proceeding at such a slow place. I'm finding the continuing upheaval in church most depressing, as I'm sure you are too. You are all being so patient about it, and not complaining ; you are teaching me a lesson! I continue to chivvy the builder....

And so again this week the weekday Masses will all be in the Convent Chapel. We are fortunate in having an alternative venue for this, and Sisters who are so welcoming.


Today 9.30am Baptism of Gabriel Morley Andrews, son of James and Danielle Andrews.

Wednesday 10.30am Fr.John attends a meeting of the Diocesan Liturgical Committee in Norwich. I'm afraid that this means there will not be a Mass today.

Saturday 8.45am Childrens' Activities at the Convent. Fr.John meets with the First Holy

Communion Parents.




Anniversaries this week Vera Pawlowski (2006), George Friel (2010), Roman Nanowski (1995), Stanislaw Janikowski (2015), David Thomson, Priest (1998), Richard Morley (1996), and Patricia Amey (2007). R.I.P.


Money Matters Last Sunday 571.27 was given at the Offertory, and 148.53 for CAFOD. There was a retiring collection for the Priests Training Fund, which brought in 248.22.


Congratulations to our excellent First Holy Communion Catechist, Pauline Mayes, and her husband Neville who are celebrating their Thirtieth Wedding Anniversary today. They will receive a special blessing at the end of the 9.30am Mass. And also Congratulations to Sr.Catherine, who will be celebrating her Ninetieth Birthday tomorrow. A splendid achievement, and just when ninetieth birthdays are much in our mind.......



Special Humanitarian Collection for Sunday April 24th

My dear brothers and Sisters,

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked that a special collection be taken up throughout Europe this Sunday which will be added to his own substantial offering towards the growing humanitarian crisis in the Ukraine, that has come about as a result of the ongoing war in that country. These funds will be used for the benefit of those living in the conflict zones and those who are displaced within the country. In order to ensure that this aid is effectively and properly managed, the Holy See will organise specific projects for the most urgent humanitarian emergencies. These projects will be examined on site by a special Commission, and the Pontifical Council Cor Unum will approve and evaluate the management of these funds.

I am sorry that this adds yet another special collection to the ones we already have, but I know that you will respond generously to Pope Francis' appeal.

With all good wishes and gratitude,

+ Alan, Bishop of East Anglia

Catholic Womens' League Jenny writes

'The Felixstowe Section of the Catholic Womens' League sincerely thanks everybody who supported our cake stall last weekend : we raised 134, which we will use to buy items for the Women's Refuge in Ipswich. We are continuing our collection for the centre until the end of June ; if you would like to donate items there is a box in the porch at St.Felix. Items required (must be new) are - saucepans, baking tins, cutlery, A5 notepads/journals, pens, plastic storage boxes for artwork, ladies socks and toiletries, dried goods, eg. tea, coffee, pasta, tinned food etc. Any queries please contact Jenny.'


Together Club Teresa writes 'The Together Club meets at the Convent this Thursday 1.45pm-3.45pm for a quiz with a difference! All welcome.'



Yesterday we celebrated the feast of St. George, Patron Saint of England. As ever our observance of the day was muted, certainly as compared with the keeping of those other patrons of our Isles, St.Patrick, St.Andrew, and St.David.

Quite often one hears people say that it would be much better to have as our Patron St.Alban, the first martyr of England, or St.Edward the Confessor, whose relics are still venerated in the Abbey he founded at Westminster, or our own St.Edmund, the martyred King of East Anglia. Another contender, I suppose, might be St.Thomas More, having lived much nearer in history to our own times.

Two reasons are advanced for St,George's supposed unsuitability : first he was foreign, and second the details of his life are sketchy to say the least. All that we know for certain about him is that he was martyred in the early fourth century in Palestine, and that he may have been a soldier. Not much to go on. But maybe the fact that we know so little throws into prominence that vital and edifying fact that he was ready to give up his life rather than deny Our Lord. Nothing obscures his utter devotion to Jesus, and his readiness to give Him his all. We, all of us, need to learn from that.


To make you laugh (maybe)

Q. What do our feline friends burn on their open hearths?

A. Catalogues, I suppose...........