Parish Priest :  Fr. John Barnes MA

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

Tel.01394 282561    e-mail

Parish Website  ""




Sunday Masses

Saturday   6.0pm   (St.F)  Int. Helen Gorham (LB)

Sunday     9.30am  (St.F) Int. +John King

                 11.0am  (Con) Int. For the People


Weekday Masses

Monday           FERIA

   9.30am   (St.F)   Int. Peter & Mary Sutcliffe

   10.30am (Con)  Int. 

Tuesday           FERIA

   9.30am   (St.F)   Int. +Joe Homan (CWL)


   No services today

Thursday         ST.PHILIP NERI

   10.0am   (Con)  Int.

Friday              ST.AUGUSTINE OF


   11.0am   (St.F) Int. Alexandra McPherson

   5.0pm     (Con) Int.                            (CWL)

Saturday          FERIA

   11.0am   (St.F)  Int

   6.0pm     (St.F)  Int. Helen Gorham  (CWL)


The Daily Office

Lauds (Morning Prayer) is said a quarter of an hour before the first Mass


Sacrament of Reconciliation

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


The Rosary

Fridays at 10.15am


The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.81 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.1100 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass         Eucharistic Prayer  3

Sanctus & Benedictus        Parish Mass Book p.16

(Angelus)       Hymn :        315           

At the 9.30am Mass         Eucharistic Prayer  2

Gloria                                New Celtic

Sanctus & Benedictus        New Celtic

Hymns :                             714, 312, 720, 887

At the 11.0am Mass         Eucharistic Prayer  3

Gloria                                Hymn Book  498




            This is probably what you asked when you came into church today. You were hoping to see the work in the Sanctuary completed, as you'd been led to believe it would be. Instead, nothing at all appears to have happened since last week. So what is going on? Let me explain. 

           When the new tiling was completed a week last Friday, I examined it and was very dissatisfied with what I found. There were a great many places where adjacent tiles were not completely level with one another. I telephoned our Honorary Architect, and he most kindly agreed to come over the following day, which is a week yesterday. He confirmed that the tiling was not acceptable, and both of us e.mailed the Builder, saying that we were not satisfied with the work. The architect also drew the builders attention to the ugly electrical installation, with boxes raised above the floor surface, and with horrible black plastic edgings.

           The Builder duly came on the next working day, last Monday, and was horrified with the work which his tilers had done. He was full of apologies, and accepted complete responsibility - much to my relief! Since then he has been in consultation with the Architect, and he - the Builder - is to meet with me on Tuesday morning, to discuss how we should proceed. He thinks that probably the only thing to do will be to take up the present tiles, and start again..... I will, of course, be urging him to do whatever needs to be done as quickly as possible.

         With all this uncertainty, I think we had better cancel or postpone the planned all-night Vigil for Corpus Christi which was to have taken place next weekend.

         Meanwhile, some are saying that they don't like the new red tiles : one person said that they would have preferred black & white ones, and another, cream. So why did I choose red? First because they are correct for the date and style of the building. And second because they look so well with the white Portland Stone steps, and I think they will also look very well with the golden stone of the new Altar supports and Tabernacle base. Personally I'm delighted with the tiles themselves. And when they have been re-laid and polished, I'm hoping that you will like them too.




Tuesday        No Exposition and Benediction this week.

Wednesday  10.30am   Fr.John attends a Study Day for diocesan priests at the Cathedral on the Holy Father's new document on the family,  Amoris Laetitia. I'm afraid that this means no Mass today.

Friday            2.0pm Training session for new Lay Ministers of Holy Communion, at the Presbytery.

Saturday       No Childrens' Activities at the Convent  today - half term is beginning.

2.15pm           Nuptial Mass for Heather and Justin, at the Convent.

Next Sunday   The Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Lay Ministers of Holy Communion will be Commissioned or re-Commissioned at each of the Sunday Masses.




Anniversaries this week    Catherine Achow (1994), Elizabeth Negus (1998), Elizabeth Briton (1999), Carla Burgess (1995), James Kanna (2003), and Maureen Packer (2006). R.I.P.


The Cathedral Mass          Today is the final day for you to sign up for the coach if you would like to come to this great diocesan celebration on Friday June 3rd, marking the 40th Anniversary of the foundation of the Diocese of East Anglia. Cardinal Vincent Nichols will be the preacher.


Apostleship of the Sea    Barbara writes  'Mass this Tuesday at the seafarers Centre, 7.0pm.  All are welcome.  Stella Maris is holding a Photographic Exhibition for Seafarers 7th-11th June at the Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, St.Stephen's Lane, Ipswich. It will be opened by Jayne Lindell, Editor of the Suffolk Magazine at Noon on Tuesday 7th June. Please come along and support seafarers through this event.'


Churches Together in Felixstowe     Barbara writes ' The Forum Meeting will be held on Wednesday 25th May, 7.0pm at Christ Church (opposite Morrisons), and will be chaired by the Revd.Mark Kitchenside. If you are interested in Christian Unity, please come along fro a cup of tae at 7.0pm. The Meeting will start at 7.30pm.'


Celebration Lunch     Jenny writes ' This is on Sunday 12th June,12.30pm for 1.0pm in the Hall. Tickets (bring your own drink) available after Mass from this Sunday, or by contacting Jenny. This is to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. We will be having live music, a tiara/crown/hat competition - the fancier the better, plus other things. Please buy a ticket and come along. We are aiming to finish about 4.0pm. Organised by Team Felix.'




     Over the past months we've thought of the love of the Father, Creator of all things, in sending the divine Son into the world to save us; of the love of the Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who has taught us, died for us, and has risen with new life to share with us;  and then last Sunday we thought about the love of the Holy Spirit, who came to the Apostles at Pentecost, and to each one of us at our Baptism. Today, we think of the Oneness of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - the three Persons within the One Godhead. Our finite human minds are baffled  by God the Holy Trinity ; God's being if a wonder beyond our comprehension. So lost in wonder, love, and praise, we bow down in reverence and awe, mindful that Almighty God is to be worshipped rather than understood..........