PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE

 

Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA

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

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail frjohnfelixstowe@gmail.com

Parish website "hppt//stfelixfelixstowe@gmail.com Helping Hands - 07342722521

 

December 18th, 2016 : THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 11.0am (St.F) Int. In Thanksgiving

Weekday Masses

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 Kearney

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 Mass.

 

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 6.0pm 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.

 

 

Today it is a joy and privilege to welcome our bishop, Bishop Alan Hopes,

to celebrate the 11.0am Mass

and to bless the new works in the Sanctuary -

the tiled floor, the Tabernacle base, the Altar supports, and the Ambo (Lectern)

Bishop Alan is hoping to meet you in the Hall after the Mass,

where seasonal refreshments will be served

 

 

THIS WEEK

 

Tuesday Noon Burial of Marlene Strachan RIP at the Town Cemetery.

 

 

CONFESSIONS BEFORE CHRISTMAS

 

PARISH PENITENTIAL SERVICE

Tuesday, at 7.30pm

There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during the Confessions.

 

Fr.Russell Frost and Fr.Christopher Smith

have promised to assist

 

OTHER TIMES FOR CONFESSIONS

 

Wednesday - Noon-12.30pm

Friday - Noon-12.30pm, 3.0pm-3.30pm

Christmas Eve - 10.0am-10.30am,

2.0pm-2.30pm

or by appointment : Phone 282561

 

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

6.0pm First Mass of Christmas, with the

Childrens' Procession & Blessing of the Crib (St.Felix)

8.0pm The Mass of Midnight (The Convent)

10.0pm The Mass of Midnight (St.Felix)

 

CHRISTMAS DAY

8.0am The Mass of the Dawn (St.Felix) 9.30am The Mass of the Day, with a Visit

to the Crib (St.Felix)

11.0am The Mass of the Day (The Convent)

 

FEAST OF ST.STEPHEN (BOXING DAY)

9.30am Mass of the Feast (St.Felix)

11.0am Mass of the Feast (The Convent)

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

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.

Boniface & 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 Aleppo. A wonderful sum of 1,082.00 was raised ; thank you all who supported the event and for kind donations from those unable to attend.'

 

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 Bethlehem. During these weeks before Christmas there is frantic activity in so many lives and households : the decorating of trees, and the hanging of other decorations , the buying of presents and the writing of cards, the ordering and collecting of festive food and drink, the beginning of the party season, with the eating of innumerable 'Christmas dinners' and mince pies. The streets are decked with lights, and the shop windows are full of festive fare and decoration.

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!