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

Parish Website "http://stfelixfelixstowe.uk/"

 

June 26th, 2016 : THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 


Sunday Masses

Saturday 6.0pm (St.F) Int. +Winifred Barnes

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. For the People 11.0am (Con) Int. For the Country

 

Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int.

10.30am (Con) Int. +Padraig Hanley

Tuesday ST.IRENAEUS

9.30am (St.F) Int. +James & Dorothy Kearney

Wednesday SOLEMNITY OF ST.PETER &

ST.PAUL

9.30am (St.F) Int.

10.30am (Con) Int.

7.0pm (St.F) Int.

Thursday FIRST MARTYRS OF ROME

10.0am (Con) Int.

Friday ST.OLIVER PLUNKET

11.0am (St.F) Int.

5.0pm (Con) Int.

Saturday FERIA

11.0am (St.F) Int.

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 at 10.15am

 

The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.102 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.1013 of The Sunday Missal.

 

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 846

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Hymn Book 498

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Boo p.16

Hymns : 601, 629, 720, 465

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

THIS WEEK

 

Today The Children who made their First Holy Communions last Sunday will receive their Certificates at the 9.30am Mass today.

Monday 2.30pm The Parish Liturgy Committee meets at the Presbytery.

Wednesday The Solemnity of St.Peter and St.Paul. This is a Holy Day of Obligation, when all of us must be at Mass. To facilitate this, there will be Masses at 9.30am (St.Felix), 10.30am (The Convent), and 7.0pm (St.Felix).

Friday 2.0pm A meeting at the Presbytery for those who are interested in being part of a group of people prepared visit the sick and the housebound, etc. Come and find out more.

Saturday 8.50am Childrens Activities at the Convent.

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

Anniversaries this week Mary Humphries (1998), Austin Ryan (2006), Mary Newby (2003), Antonietta Dimascio (2014), and John Ryan (2006). May they Rest in Peace,

Money Matters Last Sunday 632.19 was given at the Offertory, with a further 96.62 for CAFOD. 175.99 was given in the retiring collection, which was for Catholic Life Charities.

Parish Pastoral Council Please note that the next meeting will be on July 19th, and not on July 12th, as Fr.John hopes to go away for a few days in the week beginning July 11th.

Catholic Womens League 'CWL would like to thank the Parish for its support in donating items for the Womens Refuge in Ipswich (Light- house). We will be collecting until next Sunday - 3rd July if you still wish to donate. Thank you once again.'

Parish Barbecue Teresa writes 'A date for your diary - the Parish BBQ will be held at Sunday Lunch time on 21st August in the Presbytery garden. Please book this date, and make this revival a success.'

Town Pastors Barbara writes 'Recently we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Town Pastors in Suffolk. Every Saturday Town Pastors are out on the streets of Felixstowe giving Christian witness from 10.0pm until 3.30am - have you seen them? They are supported by at least two people at Prayer Base and Home Prayers who give an hour each to pray through the night. Who are these people? Christians from many of the churches in Felixstowe. If you are interested please see 'Street Life' on the table in the church porch, or speak to me, Barbara Lamberton.'

Any Volunteers? How good it would be if a team of fit young men would be prepared to undertake some high level cleaning in the church : not too high, just ledges which are a little too high for our excellent team of cleaners. I'm afraid that there is an awful lot of dust above our heads! Please say if you are prepared to help.

A door for disabled people At a recent meeting of the Finance Committee, the question of whether we should be allocating funds to make one of the side doors to the church capable of being opened electronically was raised. This would facilitate entrance by wheel-chair users when no one was around to help them. If there is a need for such a facility, then we most certainly ought to meet it. On the other hand, if there is not such a need, then it would not be a good use of our money. Is anyone able to provide information? Do you know of someone who would benefit?

 

THE NEW TABERNACLE

 

Now that Our Lord is enthroned at the centre of our church, in the new Tabernacle beneath the east window, I think that two things ought to happen.

 

The first is that we should remember to genuflect towards the tabernacle when we come into church and when we leave (unless old age or infirmity prevents us from doing this). The Catholic tradition is to genuflect in the aisle just before entering our pew, and upon leaving it. It is an act of reverence and love shown towards Our Lord. The word genuflect means literally 'to bend the knee'. As in the hymn 'At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow'. Jesus is our Friend and our Companion, yes, but he is also our Lord and our God. It is right for us to show respect and reverence towards Him, and genuflecting towards the Tabernacle where he is sacramentally present is the traditional way of doing this.

 

The second thing is that we should be quiet before Mass begins, now that we have Our Lord there before us in the Tabernacle. Our attention should be directed towards him before Mass begins, savouring his presence, and preparing for our Communion. There is plenty of time to talk to other people afterwards. Just recently a couple of people have told me independently how difficult they find it when, having come to church a few minutes before Mass to have a time of quiet prayer, this is made impossible by the people around them chattering. If for no other reason, let charity towards others lead us to refrain from gossiping before the Mass begins!

 

FOR THE HOLY SOULS

There is a money box - or a wall safe, more correctly - in the Porch marked 'Holy Souls', and some people may have wondered what it is all about. A work of mercy, of Christian charity, is to pray for those who have died, not forgetting those for whom no one now prays. And the best way of praying for the departed is by the offering of the Mass for them. The 'going rate' for Mass stipends these days is around five pounds, and so every time the contents of the wall safe in the Porch reach that sum (or there abouts ) a Mass is said 'For the Holy Souls'.