PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE
Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA
The Presbytery, 8, Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7HT
Tel.01394 282561 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Website "email@example.com Helping Hands - 07342722521
December 11th, 2016 : THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Saturday 6.0pm (St.F) Int. For the People
Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. +William Murphy 11.0am (Con) Int. Helen Hurry (LB)
Monday ADVENT FERIA
9.30am (St.F) Int. Linda Fisher
10.30am (Con) Int. Carol Charles
9.30am (St.F) Int. A Special Intention
Wednesday ST.JOHN OF THE CROSS
9.30am (St.F) Int. +John Battersby
10.30am (Con) Int. +Mary Imelda Waldron
Thursday ADVENT FERIA
10.0am (Con) Int.
Friday ADVENT FERIA
11.0am (St.F) Int. Peter & Mary Sutcliffe
5.0pm (Con) Int.
Saturday ADVENT FERIA
11.0am (St.F) Int. +Edgar Barnes
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 Fridays at 10.15am
The Mass today
The readings can be found on p.88 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.36 of The Sunday Missal
At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1
Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 102
At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2
Kyrie Hymn Book 516
Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16
Hymns : 94, 768, 873, 880
At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3
Kyrie Parish Mass Book p.16
Today 1.0pm The Senior Parishioners
Christmas Lunch, in the Hall
Thursday 1.0pm The Together Club meets for their Christmas Lunch at the Alex.
Saturday The Childrens' Activities at the Convent are suspended for Christmas.
7.30pm The Parish Christmas Party, in the Hall.
Anniversaries this week Victor Durrant (1996)
Rita Alexander (1997), Phyllis Garrod (2006), Catherine Spencer (2008), Tony Byrne (2001), Jane Waite (2004), Neville Poots (2011), Sheila Bonello (2011), Martin Brogan (2007), and Eileen Ascott (2008). May they Rest in Peace.
Money Matters Last weekend £628.80 was given at the Offertory, and a further £104.07 to CAFOD. Today there is a retiring collection for the Diocesan Dependent Priests Fund.
A Christmas Competition Papers are available at the back of church with an outline of the stable at Bethlehem : you are invited to draw in and colour the Nativity scene. This is open to all ages. Please put your name on the back (and 'phone number too) and bring your scene back next Sunday. They will be displayed in church over Christmas, and there will be prizes.
Christmas Party Jenny writes 'The Party is to be held next Saturday in the Hall, 7.0pm for 7.30pm. Tickets £6 8includes a meal but please bring your own drinks. Tickets are available until Tuesday (Dec.13th), just contact Jenny.
The Grand Christmas Raffle - please remember to return your counterfoils and money as soon as possible (Tuesday 13th at the latest). This is a very easy way to raise funds for the parish and your support is very much appreciated. The raffle will be drawn at the Party, and a list of winners will be available on Sunday 18th.
Wednesday Lunch Club Jenny writes 'Our first lunch in 2017 will be on 4th January at 12.30pm. The menu is Sausage Casserole, Lemon Meringue Pie, Tea/Coffee. Cost - only £4. Must be pre-booked by contacting Jenny on 671217 by 21st December at the latest. Thank you.'
Calling all Artists Barbara writes 'Is there anyone out there who could paint a stone to represent St.Felix parish for the Unity Service at the Academy in January 2017? Please contact Barbara Lamberton.
Apostleship of the Sea Barbara writes 'Sr.Marian would like to thank St.Felix Parish for the use of their Hall, and the ladies who organised the refreshments at the Carol Concert last Saturday. It was a great success and raised £337 for the work of AoS. The next Mass at the Seafarers Centre is next Tuesday at 7.0pm.
One of our projects for the Year of Mercy was, you remember, the improvement of the Confessional - and this is almost complete. What has happened?
1. Red and green lights have been placed outside the door to indicate when someone is inside and when the Confessional is vacant. This is, in fact, the usual practice, and avoids any uncertainty as to 'whether you should go in'.
2. In order to deal as far as possible with the very cramped interior of the penitents section, the prieu-dieu (kneeling desk) has been removed, as when the door is opened it used to crash into it. A deep cushion/kneeler has taken its place. Also a seat which folds down has been installed. When the penitent is kneeling, it remains folded up, and can be let down if a penitent prefers to sit.
3. The curtain between the priest and penitent has been replaced by a canework 'grille' ( made by the cane workshop at Rishangles, beyond Debenham). This means that whilst the priest and penitent cannot see each other clearly, they are nevertheless aware of each other. It was slightly un-nerving to be uncertain as to whether there was anyone the other side or not!
So what remains to be done? The inside still needs to be decorated, and a mat of some kind laid on the concrete floor. I hope that this can be addressed in the New Year.
Chris has carried out the construction work, and Alan the electrical work. We are grateful to them.
Our Parish Reconciliation Service before Christmas will take place next week, on Tuesday December 20th, at 7.30pm. Fr.Russell Frost and Fr.Christopher Smith have kindly agreed to assist.
Please take a copy of the special Christmas Services leaflet which is available at the back of church. It also contains times for Confessions before Christmas.