Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA

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

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail

Parish Website "" HelpingHands - 07342722521


October 23rd, 2016 : 30th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. For the people 11.0am (Con) Int. of Syria


Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Josie Hatchett (FM)

10.30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int.

Wednesday ST.CHAD & ST.CEDD

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Charles Garratt (FM)

10.30am (Con) Int.

Thursday FERIA

No services today


11.0am (St.F) Int. S&P -Praise & Thanksgiving

5.0pm (Con) Int.

Saturday FERIA

11.0am (St.F) Int.

6.0pm (St.F) Int. +Hubert Badcock


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.155 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.1080 of

The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 761

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria New Celtic

Sanctus & Benedictus New Celtic

Hymns : 794, 765, 795, 846

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1




Today Sr.Annie, who belongs to our own Religious of Jesus and Mary sisters, and who works in Syria, heading the Aid to the Church in Need operations there, and going regularly into Aleppo, is staying at the Convent for a few days: she will speak to us at each of the Sunday Masses today. We hear so much on the News about Syria in general and Aleppo in particular, that this is a wonderful opportunity to learn from the inside about what is happening there. It is very good to welcome Sr.Annie to the Parish.


Saturday No Childrens' Activities at the Convent - they recommence a week on Saturday after half-term.




Anniversaries this week Alice Gotch (2004), James Dunne (2010), Enrico Dimascio (1995), Harold Clarke (1996), John O'Brien (2002), Michael Brookes (2009), and Mary Cooper (2013). May they Rest in Peace.


Money Matters Last Sunday was given at the Offertory, and a further for CAFOD. Today is World Mission Day, and thee will be a

retiring collection for Missio, the official Missionary agency of the Catholic church.


Repository Diana writes 'From this Sunday we will be selling Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, and Candles. Come and see what we have available.'


Catholic Women's League Barbara writes 'Ipswich section have invited us to their 80th Anniversary celebrations on Tuesday Nov. 15th at St.Pancras Church. The afternoon will start with Mass at 2.30pm followed by a tea party. Anyone who would like to attend please notify Jenny Birchall before 28th Oct. for catering purposes. We can discuss transport at our meeting on Nov.14th.'




'This weekend sees the start of a new group in the parish. HELPING HANDS is a fruit in our Parish of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, in which Pope Francis reminds us of our mission to reach out to our brothers and sisters in need. The Group has twenty volunteers who will be responding to individual requests for help, which could include visiting someone who is housebound, taking someone for an appointment or dealing with a small domestic task light changing a light bulb. All the volunteer are subject to DBS (Disbarring and Closure Service). The contact number for the group is 07342722521, and this will appear in the heading of the Newsheet every week. Catherine Richardson.'




Last Autumn we had four Study Groups meeting week by week in the Parish, and it has been suggested that we might do the same this year. We went through Pope Francis Introduction to the Holy Year of Mercy last year, and maybe it would be good this time to look at selected passages from his recent Apostolic Exhortation AMORIS LAETITIA - ON LOVE IN THE FAMILY. With the Year of mercy document, we were able to review the whole of it because it was fairly brief: this one is 158 pages long - hence 'selected passages'! It would be good if the groups could meet weekly in the last two weeks of November and the first two weeks of December, and I would like to advertise venues and days of the week as soon as possible. So if you are prepared for a small group to meet in your home, please will you tell me, preferably within the next few days, saying also the day of the week and the time which would suit you best. Last year I think we said that the meetings would last for an hour or so. Then in the next week or two I will be able to advertise the venues on the notice board, and invite people to sign up for the one which suits them best.

At the weekend before each weeks meetings, I will have available a sheet on which is printed the section of the document which we will be looking at in that particular week, so that we can read it and think about it beforehand. So please, are you prepared the host a group, and if so, when?


NEW SERIES : Answering difficult questions


"How can any modern person possibly believe in God?"

In this as in any other century we have to account for the existence of the universe in all its complexity, and in particular for the existence of human beings, with their wonderful intelligence and skills. And in a scientific age we are more, rather than less, aware of just how amazing and diverse are both the universe in general, and human life in particular.

Of course no one can prove the existence of God - God is not a mere theory or a formula. But it may well be that there are good reasons for thinking that his existence and creative activity is by far the most convincing answer to the existence of the world which we experience and of which we are part.

If, out on a walk, I stumbled over a watch, I could of course say that this lump of metal just happened to be of such a shape that all the elements fitted together in such a way that it 'worked', and told the time. Or I could say that the elements hung together and told the time because a very skilled craftsman had thought it out and made it. I couldn't prove that a craftsman had been involved, but I would consider that to be far more likely. The existence of God is a very reasonable answer to why the universe exists. And so it is perfectly possible to believe in God. More reasonable, perhaps, than not to believe.............