PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE
Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA
Tel.01394 282561 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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December 18th, 2016 : THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Saturday 6.0pm (St.F) Int. For the People
Sunday 11.0am (St.F) Int. In Thanksgiving
Monday ADVENT FERIA
9.30am (St.F) Int. Gabrielle Compton
10.30am (Con) Int. For the Holy Father
Tuesday ADVENT FERIA
9.30am (St.F) Int.Helen Hurry (Rosary Group)
Wednesday ADVENT FERIA
9.30am (St.F) Int. +Paddy
10.30am (Con) Int.
Thursday ADVENT FERIA
No services today
Friday ADVENT FERIA
11.0am (St.F) Int. Mary & Peter Sutcliffe
5.0pm (Con) Int.
Saturday ADVENT FERIA
11.0am (St.F) Int. +Anthony Slack, P
The Daily Office
Lauds (Morning Prayer) is said a quarter of
an hour before the first
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Tuesdays at10.0am Benediction at 10.30am
The Rosary Fridays at 10.15am
The Mass today
The readings can be found on p.91 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.41 of The Sunday Missal.
At the Mass Eucharistic Prayer
Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 113
At the 11.0am Mass There is a special leaflet
giving details of the Liturgy.
Tuesday Noon Burial of Marlene Strachan RIP at the
Anniversaries this week Andrew Yates (2013), Stanley Ring (2009), Doris Bird (2002), Margaret Hanlon (2009), Jospeh Grace (2003), Heather Campbell (2001), Patricia Schwan (2015) and Keith McGinn (1997). May they Rest in Peace.
Money Matters Last Sunday £623.79 was given at the Offertory, and £397.30 in the retiring collection, which was for the Diocesan Dependent Priests Fund. Next Sunday, Christmas Day, the Offertory collection goes to the Parish Priest as a basic constituent of his annual income.
Correction In the first batch of Christmas Service leaflets, the venues for the Masses a fortnight today, January 1st, were reversed : the 9.30am Mass will, as usual, be at St.Felix, and the 11.0am Mass at the Convent.
& Kate Pinto write 'A huge thank-you to Roberto Moldovan for entertaining us to an
evening of Opera in aid of Sr.Annie's work for the refugees in
The Over 70's Christmas Lunch As ever this event, held last Sunday, was a most happy and successful occasion, and we were left wondering at the apparent ease with which nearly eighty people in all were fed - only careful planning and years of experience can have brought it about. A number of people made a point of expressing their appreciation. One couple wrote 'We have much enjoyed the Senior Parishioners Christmas Lunch. We never cease to be amazed at the organisation, professionalism, dedication and cheerfulness of all involved, plus the politeness of the youngsters who served us. Words fail to convey the thanks they deserve. It all emphasises the togetherness of the St.Felix' family.' I think we would all agree.
AND NOW .......
..... We all await the celebration Our Lord's birth at
But have you noticed the change in atmosphere which takes place in the afternoon of Christmas Eve? The shopping peters out, and the streets begin to empty. Something of a hush descends, which always reminds me of those words from a prayer of Blessed Cardinal Newman 'the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over'. For the non-Christian, I suspect that the ending of the razz-matazz seems to be an awful anti-climax to all which has gone before, with nothing left to do but lounge before the television and eat and drink oneself into a stupor. How very different it is for the Christian! For once the rush and fuss is over, there comes the glorious time of the celebration of the Birth of Our Lord. We come to his cradle, and delight in the light and the love which He makes manifest at his birth. We identify ourselves with the shepherds, hastening to kneel at the manger, and with the wise men, offering gifts to the One who is the Father's gift to our fallen and needy world. For us, the best has most certainly been left to the last, and Christmas itself - the real Christmas - is no kind of anti-climax!