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/"

 

July 10th, 2016 : FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 


Sunday Masses

Saturday 6.0pm (St.F) Int. For the People

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. +Michael Orton 11.0am (Con) Int. Sr.Sheila

McGovern SSL

Weekday Masses

Monday FEAST OF ST.BENEDICT

5.45pm (Con) Int.

Tuesday FERIA

No Mass today

Wednesday FERIA

5.45pm (Con) Int.

Thursday FERIA

10.0am (Con) Int.

Friday FERIA

5.45pm (Con) Int.

Saturday FERIA

11.0am (St.F) Int. Peter & Mary Sutcliffe

6.0pm (St.F) Int. For the People

 

The Daily Office

Lauds (Morning Prayer) will be said a quarter of an hour before the first Mass on Saturday.

 

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.108 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.1021 of The Sunday Missal.

 

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 963

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria New Celtic

Sanctus & Benedictus New Celtic

Hymns : 807, 963, 772, 356

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

 

THIS WEEK

 

Fr.John hopes to be away for a few days this week. Fr.Adrian Gates has kindly undertaken to say Mass at the Convent, at 5.45pm, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so weekday Masses are available. They resume at St.Felix on Saturday morning. In an emergency, please contact the Dean, Fr.Russell Frost , 01473 741975.

 

Today Is being kept as Sea Sunday, something close to our hearts in Felixstowe in view of our being a port. We will pray for Mariners, and for Sr.Marion A.o.S in the Prayer of the Faithful, and there will be a retiring collection for the Apostleship of the Sea.

9.30am Kian Christian Searle will be baptized in the course of the Liturgy.

Tuesday Noon A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Halina Schoeberl RIP at St.Felix' Church, following a private Cremation. The Service will be conducted by Deacon Chris Brightman from St.Mary's Ipswich, and will be followed by Refreshments in the Hall.

Saturday The Childrens Activities at the Convent are now in abeyance for the holidays.

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

Anniversaries this week Reginald Johnson (2009), Michael Donnelly (1998), Anthony McGrath (2010) and Sean McManus (2011). RIP

Money Matters Last Sunday 535.35 was given at the Offertory, and a further 107.69 for CAFOD.

Please don't forget the meeting of the Parish

Advisory Council a week on Tuesday, at 7.30pm. Agendas will be available next Sunday.

The Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham, on Saturday August 6th It is very good to see the list of the names of those who wish to come growing day by day. Do add yours : this should be a most happy and profitable day for us all as we keep the Holy Year of Mercy.

Confirmation A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the possibility of a Parish Confirmation in late Spring next year, but so far no one has shown any interest. As I said then, the Bishop wants dates to be booked as soon as possible. Candidates need to be at least thirteen years old. Please tell me ASAP if you are interested.

Also whilst on the subject of Christian Initiation, it won't be too long before we begin to think about preparation for First Holy Communion next year : the first step is to obtain an enrolement form from Fr.John. Also, preparation for adult Baptism and Reception at Easter 2017 will begin in September ; again, please speak to Fr.John if you would like to know more about this.

Catholic Womens' League Barbara writes 'The next meeting is on Monday July 11th, at 7.0pm at The Hut for our fish and chip supper. There will be a 'bring and buy', a raffle, and a One Pound draw as this is a fund raising evening.. There will be no meeting in August, but on September 12th John and Sue Hockenhull will be giving a presentation on India.'

Sea Sunday The Apostleship of the Sea writes ' Today is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for those who live and work at sea. Without them we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops. Today's retiring collection is for the Apostleship of the Sea, the Church's official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually. This annual collection is absolutely vital to enable it to continue its work, so please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers. For more information about the Apostleship of the Sea, please visit www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk '

 

OUR SAINTED COAST

Sea Sunday is maybe an appropriate time to recall the Saints associated with the coastline of the Diocese of East Anglia. Four of them come to mind. First. St.Withburga, whose feast we kept last Friday. She lived in the eighth century, and was a daughter of King Anna of East Anglia, and sister of St.Etheldreda, founder of the monastic community at Ely, and one of the co-patrons of the diocese. She lived as a solitary at Holkham on the North Norfolk coast, before establishing a community at East Dereham. The site of the church at Holkham, built on a knoll in the park, is where her hermitage once stood.

Then next St.Botolph, who lived a century before St.Withburga and who founded a monastic community at Iken, the hamlet situated on a promontary in the Alde estuary, between Orford and Snape. The mediaeval church which stands on the site is a pleasant place to visit, and not too far away from here. Like Withburga he was a native of East Anglia, and in succeeding centuries his relics were venerated at the Benedictine monasteries at Bury St.Edmunds' and Ely.

 

Of course we are very aware here of St.Felix, another seventh-century saint, and first Bishop of East Anglia, another coastal saint. He was a Burgundian, and came to bring the Gospel to this region at the invitation of Sigebert, the Christian king of East Anglia. St.Bede, the firstEnglish historian, tells us that Felix established his see at Dunnoc, which many have taken to be Dunwish, although others think that Dunnoc is more likely to have been Felixstowe.

 

It was during the episcopate of St.Felix that St.Fursey, the fourth coastal saint of East Anglia came to these shores. Again St.Bede tells us that King Sigebert gave Fursey the ruined Roman fort of Cnobheresburg, which has long been taken to be Burgh Castle on the coast near Great Yarmouth; today some argue that it is more likely to have been the lost Roman fort at Walton, in the parish here, which would have been nearer to Sigebert's royal hall at Rendlesham.

 

So today, as we keep Sea Sunday, it is good to think of our East Anglian coast as encircled by the prayers of these four saints, who lived by our shores in the seventh and eighth centuries. They still pray for us, and they inspire us who, like them, live in times when there is a great need for the proclamation of the Christian Gospel by word and by deed.