Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA

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

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail

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October 16th, 2016 : 29th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int.The Shabu Family 11.0am (Con) Int. Vivienne Stubbs


Weekday Masses


9.30am (St.F) Int. +Helen Gorham (CWL)

10.30am (Con) Int. +John Brickwell (FM)


9.30am (St.F) Int.

Wednesday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. Refugees (CWL)

10.30am (Con) Int.

Thursday FERIA

No services today

Friday FERIA

11.0am (St.F) Int. A Special Intention

5.0pm (Con) Int. + Peter Anglim, P

Saturday FERIA

11.0am (St.F) Int. David & Naomi (Wedding)

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.



Friday at 10.15am


The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.152 of the Parish

Mass Book, and on p.1076 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 720

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria Hymn Book 527

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 788, 873, 926, 821

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Said




Today 6.0pm-7.30pm The Confirmation Group meets at the Presbytery.

Monday 2.30pm The Finance Committee meets at the Presbytery.

Tuesday 7.30pm The Parish Advisory Council meets in the Hall. Please take an Agenda from the Font cover today.

Thursday 1.45pm-3.45pm The together Club meets at the Convent. Chris Parfitt will show his film on the Scilly Isles. All welcome.

Saturday No Childrens' Activities at the Convent today - Half-Term begins.




Anniversaries this week Audrey Beech (2001), Lionel Rickett (2012), Maureen Newman (2007), Sr.Edmund Boutall (1994), Nellie Raffe (2007), Gordon Harries (1994), Elsie Fordham (2001), Veronica McDonald (2003), and Arthur Burgess (2009). May they Rest in Peace.


Money Matters Last Sunday 645.03 was given at the Offertory, and the retiring collection for CAFOD (following the Family Fast Day) brought in 695.09 - a splendid sum. Next Sunday is World Mission Day, and there will be a retiring collection for Missio (APF). Barbara Lamberton writes 'I shall be collecting the Missio Red Boxes in after all three Masses next Sunday. If you would like me to collect your box at some other time, please call me.'


The Sponsored Cycle Ride Teresa writes 'A total of 700.30 has been raised by Fr.John and Sister Lucy for the Suffolk Churches Trust Sponsored Cycle Ride, half of which will be returned to the Parish.'


ALIVE IN FAITH 'After Mass today, copies of the second diocesan-wide Alive in Faith newsletter will be distributed. As you know, this special initiative is focused on strengthening our Church for this and future generations. It is committed to providing support to clergy in both formation and retirement, ensuring vibrant parishes, and supporting those on the margins through social outreach.

'Acknowledging the generosity of parishioners over the past years and decades, we still need additional funds to ensure a solid and strong Catholic community - one alive and hopeful in our faith and ability to live the Gospel.

'We hope these newsletters keep you updated on the impact of your generosity, demonstrate your funds at work, and highlight the tangible difference your support is making.

'Thank you again for all that you are doing and for your ongoing generosity.'




It looks as if the re-ordering of the Sanctuary may be finished by Christmas, with the installation of the stone Lectern, or Ambo, to match the new stone Tabernacle base and Altar supports. The generous donors have approved the drawings made by the architect and the stone mason, and the Diocesan Liturgy Commission has given enthus-iastic approval. The drawings will be on show at the Parish Advisory Committee on Tuesday this week.

But what is the thinking behind this replacement of the wooden Lectern with a stone one (which will incorporate the rather fine carvings of the symbols of the four evangelists from the former pulpit in the church) ? I'm eager

that you should understand this thinking, which is why I'm writing about it.

I think that the starting place is to ask what it says in the General Instructions of the ROMAN MISSAL about the Lectern (which the Instructions call the Ambo), because this document regulates all that is done in the offering of the Mass, and in the furnishing and arrangement of Catholic churches. Concerning the Ambo it says :


'The dignity of the Word of God requires that in the church there be a suitable place from which it may be proclaimed and toward which the attention of the faithful naturally turns during the Liturgy of the Word.

'It is appropriate that generally this place be a stationary ambo and not simply a movable lectern. The ambo must be located in keeping with the design of each church in such a way that the ordained ministers and readers may be clearly seen and heard by the faithful.

'From the ambo only the readings, the Responsorial Psalm, and the Easter Proclamation are to be proclaimed ; likewise it may be used for giving the Homily and for announcing the intentions of the Universal Prayer. The dignity of the ambo requires that only a minister of the word should stand at it.

'It is appropriate it that before being put into liturgical use a new ambo be blessed according to the rite described in the Roman Ritual.'


Although not stated explicitly here, it is considered proper these days for the ambo to be made of the same material as the Altar, thus balancing the dignity of the Word of God with the dignity of the Holy Sacrament. Here at St.Felix, when the new ambo is installed, both ambo and altar will be constructed of the same golden stone. The balancing of Word and Sacrament is a fruit of the thinking of the Second Vatican Council ; places with maybe an elaborate altar, made from a costly material, and just a simple wooden lectern, look back to pre-Vatican II times, when the Word of God had relatively little attention paid to it in the eucharistic worship of the Church.

I'm hoping very much that you will be pleased with the completed work in the Sanctuary, and I'm sure that you will be pleased to see those four carving made in the 1930's back in church, and appropriately sited.