Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA

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

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail

Parish Website "" Helping Hands - 07342722521


November 6th, 2016 : 32nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int The first Holy Communion Candidates 11.0am (Con) Int.


Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Margaret Croston

10.30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. +The Holy Souls



8.30am (St.F) Int.


10.0am (Con) Int.


11.0am (St.F) Int. +Timothy Room

5.0pm (Con) Int.


11.0am (St.F) Int. +Connolly Kieeron, P (FM)

6.0pm (St.F) Int. +Billy Smythe


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.161 of the Parish

Mass Book, and on p.1087 of The Sunday Missal.

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 967

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

This is the Enrolment Mass for the 2017 First Holy Communion Candidates. The readings are special to the Mass.

Gloria New Celtic

Sanctus & Benedictus New Celtic

Hymns : 722, 820, 627, 878

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3




Today 6.0pm-7.30pm The Confirmation Candidates meet at the Presbytery.

Monday 2.30pm The Parish Liturgy Committee meets at the Presbytery.

Tuesday 11.0am Funeral Service for Alice Colson RIP, followed by Cremation at the Crematorium of the Seven Hills.

7.30pm St.Felix Young Fathers meet for Supper and Discussion at the Presbytery.

Wednesday Fr.John has to attend a meeting of the Diocesan Historic Churches Committee at Poringland at 10.30am. This means that Mass at St.Felix will have to be at 8.30am, with no Mass at the Convent today.

Saturday 8.45am Childrens' Activities at the Convent.

Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. The traditional Act of Remembrance will take place at the beginning of the 9.30am Mass, which will be offered as a Requiem for All who have Died in Battle.




Anniversaries this week Patrick Kelly

(2009), Mary Russell (2003), Martin Gaffey (2005), Graham Conroy (2007), Edward Davison (2013), John Walsh (2001), Mary Hovihave (2003), and Mary Holding (2011). R.I.P.

Money Matters Last Sunday 507.57 was given at the Offertory, and a further 138.65 for CAFOD. Today there is a retiring collection for the St.Edmund Fund, which 'relieves poverty and distress' in the area covered by the diocese of East Anglia.

Senior Parishioners Christmas Lunch Monica writes 'The Lunch will be held this year on Sunday 11th December. ALL parishioners aged 70+ are warmly invited to this occasion, to be held in the parish hall. If you have reached the age of 70 in the past year or are new to the parish and are 70+, or if you know of someone who is in this category, please contact Fr.John or Monica Macdonald (Felx.278258 ) so that we can ensure that you receive an invitation.'

Christmas Raffle Jenny writes 'Just to remind you we are handing out raffle tickets from this weekend. Please try to sell as many as possible. They are 1 a book. Please return money and counterfoils either to a member of Team Felix - Sylvia, Barbara (Lamberton), Fiona and Jenny, or put them through the Presbytery door in an envelope marked 'Raffle'. The lists asking for prizes are now up. Please leave prizes with Fr.John or a member of Team Felix. Your support is appreciated. Ant queries please contact. Association of the Family of Jesus and Mary

Elizabeth writes 'Our next meeting is n Wednesday 16th November, and will be a preparation for Advent.

The Christmas Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 19th November in St.Felix Hall from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Please start collecting items for the tombolas - chocolate, toiletries, etc.. - and items for the Christmas stall. There will be boxes at the Convent and St.Felix where you can leave your donations. Your support is vital as we raise money for the Sisters of Jesus and Mary in many places in the world where much help is needed. Please come on Saturday 19th November.

Retreats at the Convent Please see the notice board for details of two Retreats coming up at the St.Joseph Retreat Centre at the Convent : they are on November 19th, and December 5th-7th. To book, 'phone Carol.

Dying Well Bishop John Sherrington writes :

'The Art of dying Well' is a new website that offers a helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying. Based in the Catholic tradition but open to all, it features real life stories about dealing with the journey through death to eternal life. It will launched this month - the traditional month of remembering and praying for the dead. .


The Autumn Study Groups

The lists are now up on the noticeboard : please sign up for the Group you would like to attend. Next weekend the 'notes' will be available in church, giving the quotations from The Joy of Love which we will be thinking about


Answering difficult questions - II


"If God exists at all, surely he is unknowable?"


Yes, our unaided human reasoning can never lead us to know what God is like. In the wonder and majesty of his divine being, he is indeed beyond our understanding. He cannot be quantified and measured ; he cannot be described or analysed. If these things were possible, then he would be an 'object' - nothing greater than that. But God has been called 'the ground of all being', he is infinitely mysterious, 'in light inaccessible hid from our eyes' as we sing in a hymn.

No, man cannot on his own discover God, as he might discover a scientific formula ; nor can he study him as he might study a flower or a rock under a microscope. If God is to be known, then he must reveal himself : he must find some way of making his being and his nature known to us. The approach must come from him, for we cannot find him simply by our own mental powers.

But we believe that God HAS - and does -make himself known, or 'reveal' himself as we usually say. We believe that he made us human beings so that we might enjoy a loving relationship with him - and we can't love what is beyond our understanding. And so he shows himself to us, supremely in the coming into our world of God the Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. In the words of Jesus we hear the divine wisdom translated into human language ; in the miracles of Jesus we see the divine power at work; and in his compassionate encounters, we see the divine Love, made visible.