Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA

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

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail

Parish Website : ""


July 31st, 2016 : 18th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. Joseph, Valsamma, and family.

11.0am (Con) Int. For the People


Weekday Masses


9.30am (St.F) Int. +Nicholas Aylward (FM)

10.30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday FERIA

No Mass today

Wednesday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Lois Lazell (FM)


No services today

Friday FERIA

11.0am (St.F) Int. +Reg Bunt



6.0pm (St.F) Int. +Michael McGuire (FM)


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.118 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.1034 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

(Angelus) Hymn : 722

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria Belmont

Sanctus & Benedictus Belmont

Hymns : 851, 770, 795, 920

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Hymn Book 498




From Wednesday onwards, a French priest, Fr.Faize, will be staying at the Convent for two or three weeks, and will be saying Mass there at 10.0am each day; on Sundays the Mass will be at 11.0am as usual.


Tuesday Fr.John has to attend the Funeral Mass for Mgr.Tony Philpot at Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge, so there will not be Mass and Adoration today.

Saturday The Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham. This means that there will not be an 11.0am Mass at St. Felix today. Canon Michael Hazell has kindly agreed to say the 6.0pm Mass, as we are not due back from the Pilgrimage until 6.30pm.




Anniversaries this week Wilhelmina 0'Karfa (1994), Christiane Taylor (2004), Maria Maher (2005), Rose Mulholland (2014), Sr.George Deane (2008), Joan Jacobi (2012), Dennis Jones (2000), Peter Newman (2006), and Clifford Brides (1995).

May they Rest in Peace.


Money Matters Last weekend 477.65 was given at the Offertory, and 111.67 to CAFOD. The emergency collection for the hungry in Ethiopia brought in the splendid sum of 534.31.


Parish Confirmation So far five candidates have come forward, and so I have booked a date with the Bishop - Friday May 26th 2017, at 7.0pm. If there are others who are interested, please contact me. Teenagers have to be at least thirteen years old at the time of the Confirmation. The Confirmation Group will most probably meet alternate Sundays, 6.0pm-7.30pm, starting after the School holidays, in September.


First Holy Communion Classes for First Holy Communion will be beginning at the same time. The first step is to obtain an Application form from Fr.John, who now has these available.


The Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Which will take place next Saturday, August 6th.

Fiona, who has kindly made the arrangements, writes :

'A coach has now been booked, and pick-up will be outside the Convent on Orwell Road at 8.45am. Please would those parishioners who are going be at the Convent by 8.35am, as this will help a prompt departure. The cost per person is 10, and this will be collected on the day. You will also need to bring a packed lunch.'




This Year of Mercy which we are keeping is a Holy Year in the Catholic Church, and as is usual in such cases the Holy Father has declared a Plenary Indulgence for those who fulfill certain obligations. So two questions arise : what is a Plenary Indulgence, and what are the requirements for obtaining it?

The Church teaches that serious sin - disobedience towards God - has a double effect. It cuts us off from God eternally (if nothing is done about it), and it also merits a temporal punishment, a punishment which would normally be imposed in Purgatory. The first, spiritual, effect - that damaging of our relationship with God which sin causes - is mended by our receiving God's forgiveness, most obviously through the practice of Confession & Absolution. But that temporal punishment which is owing to sin can be wiped out too by the granting of a Plenary Indulgence. How? Well we believe that the Church possesses a 'Treasury of Merit' - the accumulation of all the goodness, the holiness of Our Lady and the Saints. And that this merit can be 'used' or 'applied' by the Holy Father as Peter's successor (Jesus said to Peter 'I give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven', and 'whoever sins you forgive, they are forgiven, whoever sins you retain, they are retained') ; used, applied, to remit the temporal punishment of those to whom an indulgence is granted. When we receive a Plenary (full) Indulgence then whatever temporal punishment may still be owing to our sins is, by a gracious act of God through his Church, cancelled out.


Indulgences are usually given under some special circumstances, such as in a Holy Year, and in order to obtain an Indulgence we have to do certain things. For this present indulgence, we have to

1. Walk through a Hoy Door, with a true desire to amend our life, with a true repentance of sin, and a desire for God's mercy and forgiveness.

2. Make our Confession. We can do this within a month either side of walking through the Holy Door.

3. We must, on the day we walk through the Holy Door, say a prayer - such as the Our Father - for the intentions which the Pope carries in his heart.

4. We must profess our faith by saying the Creed.

And of course we must attend Mass and receive Holy Communion.


Why pass through a Holy Door - a door designated as such by the Apostolic See? Well doorways are rich in significance - we think for instance of Jesus saying 'I am the Door of the sheepfold', and of Jesus 'standing at the Door and knocking' in the Book of Revelation. And sometimes we think of death as a 'doorway'. Doors are for passing through, from one space or area to another. in this context, we think of passing through a doorway from a state of disobedience and alienation from God, into his presence, where we are received anew and welcomed as his beloved sons and daughters. There is the idea of 'coming in out of the cold', coming into the Father's house, coming in to where we belong and will find peace and joy, and all the warmth of the Father's love. In this Year of Mercy, there are Holy Doors in our diocese both at the Cathedral and at Walsingham . Going through one of those Holy Door next Saturday will be very special.