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/"

 

August 14th, 2016 : SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION

OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

 


Sunday Masses

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

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

 

Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Finnbarr Murphy

10.0am (Con) Int.

Tuesday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Alan Deveney

10.0am (Con)

Wednesday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int.

10.0am (Con) Int.

Thursday FERIA

11.30am (Con) Int.

Friday FERIA

10. 0am (Con) Int.

11.0am (St.F) Int. +Agnes Curley

5.0pm (Con) Int.

Saturday ST. BERNARD

10.0am (Con) Int.

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 Friday at 10.15am

The Mass today The readings can be found on

p.189 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.1175 of The Sunday Missal.

 

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 350

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria Hymn Book 498

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 350, 356, 663, 347, 360

At the end of the 9.30am Mass, we will make a Procession to the Lady Altar, led by the children, there to greet Our Lady with a prayer and a hymn.

 

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer

 

THIS WEEK

 

Fr.Faize remains in residence at the Convent, and will saying a 10.0am Mass there each day this week (Thursday 11.30am).

 

Friday 3.30pm Afternoon Tea for the Church Cleaners, at the Presbytery.

 

Next Sunday

PARISH BARBEQUE

1.0pm in the Presbytery Garden

(in the Hall if wet)

 

Last chance to buy your tickets today,

after all Masses.

(No coffee after Mass next Sunday, but please could volunteers move tables & chairs from the Hall to the Garden after Mass?)

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

Anniversaries this week Lilian Hart (2000), Maria Cunnell (2008), Elizabeth Bartholomew (2011), Eileen Poole (1997), Bernard O'Reilly

(1998), June Gilson (2001), Bridie Burns (2015),

and Bettina Hutchinson (1998). R.I.P.

 

Money Matters Last Sunday 745.11 was given at the Offertory, and a further 145.22 was given to CAFOD.

 

Sponsored Cycle Ride This is coming up on Saturday September 10th. Cycle (or walk) to as many churches as you can - having collected lots of sponsorship beforehand! Half of the money you collect goes to the Suffolk Church Trust to repair churches throughout the county, and half to the church of your choice - hopefully St.Felix! This is a really good opportunity to raise money for our church - and have an enjoyable time as well. Felixstowe is remarkable in having so many churches and chapels, and it will be easy to pick up a good 'score' without having ridden very far! Fr. John is hoping to ride this year, as his 1920's bicycle is currently in good order : he wonder whether any young cyclists would like to come with him?

 

Lunch Club Jenny writes 'The next lunch will be on Wednesday 7th September at 12.30pm in the Hall. The menu is Toad in the Hole, Vienetta, Tea//coffee. Cost 4. Must be pre-booked by contacting Jenny.

 

Date for your diary Jenny also writes 'Saturday 17th September the parish will be holding a coffee morning as part of the Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning : more details nearer the time.'

 

 

A Fortnight today

Sunday, August 28th

A TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC

3.0pm-5.0pm in the Presbytery Garden

with Teddy Bear Games and Tea

All Young Children and Families are warmly invited

 

 

HONOURING MARY

 

Last Saturday was the day of our Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham. It was a great success, despite the fact that less than thirty parishioners took part. We were blessed with excellent weather, and the Shrine was relatively quiet. The countryside around it was looking charming, and a particular joy was walking along the Holy Mile from the village, with the path edged with wild flowers, and beyond them the fields golden to Harvest. We joined in the mid-day Sung Mass, and after our picnic lunch, entered through the Holy Door, and followed the Stations of the Cross. After which we left for the village, and visited some of the places of interest in which it abounds.

 

Anciently, people referred to the Holy Land of Walsingham, or to England's Nazareth. At the heart of the devotion is the Incarnation : the Word made Flesh, who lived amongst us. In the Middle Ages the devotion was centred not upon a statue, but upon a reproduction of the Holy House, where Gabriel brought his message to Mary, and where she assented to God's plan of salvation. At Walsingham we honour Mary yes, for her obedience to God's will, but even more for what she became at Nazareth through that obedience - Mother of God, Mother, that is, of the One who is God the Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

And of course it is a consequence of what happened at Nazareth, the incarnation of the Lord, that we are keeping today's feast - the Assumption of Mary. It would not have been appropriate for the body which had tabernacled the Divine Word for nine months to know the decay of the grave which is our common lot : Mary's role as Mother of God the Son was unique, and it was fitting that her transition from this life to the next should be unique. And so it was that her death was followed straightway by resurrection, and translation to the heavenly places, to be in the glory of her divine Son. This is her Assumption, which we celebrate with great joy today. Maybe the flowers which have been brought to her Altar in our church will remind us of the wild flowers at Walsingham, where we celebrated the Annunciation and the beginning of her motherhood of God the Son. They speak too of our joy in her glorious translation into heaven, her Assumption.