Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA

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

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail

Parish Website : ""


July 24th, 2016 : 17th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int.+Phil Pickering 11.0am (Con) Int.+David Goodall

Weekday Masses


9.30am (St.F) Int. +Jim Shevlin

10.30am (Con) Int.


9.30am (St.F) Int. +Harry Hamill, P

Wednesday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Alfred Bailey (FM)

10.30am (Con) Int.

Thursday FERIA

No services today




5.0pm (Con) Int.

Saturday FERIA

11.0am (St.F) Int. +Marjorie Dawson (FM)

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


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.115 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.1029 of The Sunday Missal.

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 727

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria, Sanctus & Benedictus New Celtic

Hymns : 762, 765, 627, 878

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3




Tuesday 7.30pm St.Felix Young Fathers meet at the Presbytery, for supper & discussion.

Friday 2.30pm Funeral Mass for Bill Sole at St.Felix, followed by Cremation at the Crematorium of the Seven Hills. There will not be the usual 11.0am Mass today, although the Rosary will be said as normal at 10.15am.

Saturday 11.30am-12.30pm A meeting in the Hall, following the 11.0am Mass, for those who attended the PROCLAIM! day here a few weeks ago - plus anyone else who would like to join us. We will be sharing ideas as to how we can best proclaim the Catholic Faith here in Felixstowe




Anniversaries this week William Martin (1997), Arthur Hayes (1996), James Shevlin (2011), Roy Fenton (2001), Ronald Hockery (2002), and Anne Hurley (1996). R.I.P.


Money Matters Last Sunday 511.21 was given at the Offertory, and a further 141.68 was given to CAFOD. Today there is an emergency retiring collection for CAFOD relief in Ethiopia.


The Year of Mercy Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham on Saturday, August 6th. Names for the coach are needed by tomorrow. Programmes for the Pilgrimage are available at the

back of church. Please take one.


Repository Diana writes 'Father quoted here from the recent document Amoris Laetitia , and I understand some may like to read it. We have a copy in the Repository that we are happy to lend out library style ; alternatively, if you would like your own copy please let me know and I will order it for you.'


Association of the Family of Jesus and Mary

Elizabeth writes 'Our Strawberry Tea raised 768 and we would like to thank all those who came and supported the tea and the raffle on the day, and also those who sent very generous donations of over 385. The money will be sent to help the work of the Sisters in East Timor, where there is a great need for education, but very few school buildings.


Apostleship of the Sea The next Mass at the Seafarers Centre will be on Tuesday July 26th at Everyone is welcome.


Catholic Womens' Guild Barbara writes

'Branch Spiritual Day is on Saturday 3rd September, at Wymondham. Coffee is from 10.0am and we sill start at 10.30am. The cost is 2 (to cover tea/coffee etc.) & can be paid on the day. We will be having a shared lunch and Felixstowe members are asked to bring savoury items. If you would like to go, please let Barbara Lamberton know before August 20th.


Parish BBQ Teresa writes 'Tickets will be on sale after all Masses next weekend for the Parish BBQ on Sunday 21st August at 1.0pm in Father's Garden. Tickets 6.0 adult, children under 12, 3. (children under five free). Come along and enjoy a feast of burgers, sausages, chicken, various salads, jacket potatoes, and a variety of delicious sweets. There will be a martial arts display, with a chance for the youngsters to 'have a go'. Bring your own bottle and let us hope the weather is kind to us. Prizes for the raffle would be gratefully received. Teresa at St.Felix or Kate at the Convent will collect them, or they can be left with Fr.John.


The Together Club -will be re-starting at the Convent on 8thSeptember.




You may perhaps have heard about a recent fluttering in the ecclesiastical dovecotes. It concerns where the priest stands at the Altar in the course of the Mass. In a recent lecture at a liturgical conference in London, Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship at the Vatican, extolled the merits of the priest celebrating ad orientem ('Towards the East')- that is standing in front of the Altar, rather than behind it, and facing eastwards. This of course is how it was done for many many centuries ; the practice of the priest standing behind the Altar really only came in universally during the second half of the twentieth century. The Second Vatican Council was silent on the matter, and priests are at liberty to celebrate ad orientem. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal , however, seems to say that celebration 'across the Altar' is 'desirable wherever possible'. It certainly doesn't forbid the older practice.

The fluttering has come about because Cardinal Sarah, the Cardinal in charge of the Churches' worship under the Pope, said in that lecture that in view of the good things about celebration ad orientem, it should be adopted as the norm from the First Sunday in Advent this year. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, has taken great exception to this, and has written to all of his clergy, discouraging them from doing as Cardinal Sarah has suggested..........

Well it seems to be a highly emotive issue, and the subsequent debate could well generate more heat than light. Where the priest stands at the Altar is not crucial compared with the fact that the Mass is offered, Christ becomes present, the Holy Sacrifice is offered, and the people are fed with the Bread of Life. None of these things depend upon which side of the Altar the priest stands. One piece of very emotive language in this debate is saying that the priest celebrating ad orientem 'has his back to us', as if the priest were offering a calculated insult to the people! Better to say that the priest is 'facing the same way that we are'. After all, unless you are sitting on the back row at Mass, there will be people who you are turning your back towards!

But what are the merits of celebrating ad orientem? First, maybe, that seems appropriate that the priest, the leader of the people in worship, should be facing in the same way that they are facing, rather confronting them from behind the Altar. Second, that the Offering of the Holy Sacrifice, which is essential to the Mass, seems to be better expressed by the priest standing in front of the Altar. Third, that this position helps to engender an atmosphere of reverence and mystery, things so vital and yet so often lost in contemporary worship.

So what about here? I've certainly got no plans to make any change in our present practice, unless required to do so by the Bishop (which is most unlikely). We do, of course, use the ad orientem position here every Saturday morning, when at the 11.0am Mass very few people are present, and Mass is said in one of the side Chapels. I will continue to do this, but the main thing perhaps to say is 'No change'.