Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA

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

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail

Parish Website " Helping Hands - 07342722521


January 1st, 2017 : Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. Mr&Mrs Wynn- Jones

11.0am (Con) Int. Sisters RJM

(Craft Club)

Weekday Masses


9.30am (St.F) Int. For Vocations

10.30am (Con) Int.


9.30am (St.F) Int.


9.30am (St.F) Int. For the lapsed

10.30am (Con) Int.


No services today


11.0am (St.F) Int. +Hugh & Delia Brannan

5.0pm (Con) Int.


11.0am (St.F) Int.

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 Friday at 10.15am


The Mass today The readings can be found

on p.109 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.110

of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 128

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Hymn Book 498

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 355, 128, 144, 366

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1




Saturday 11.30am-12.30pm Proclaim Meeting in the Hall. We will continue to share and discuss ideas about spreading the Faith. All welcome.

Next Sunday 3.15pm The Confirmation Group - now numbering ten - leaves for Bishop's House, Poringland, for the Epiphany Candlelight Mass and Bonfire. I've got a problem over transport : is anyone prepared to help me? FJ




Anniversaries this week Pauline O'Reilly (2007), Peter Flynn (1997), Marion Groundwater (2006), John Dimascio (2003), Francesca Warford (2000), Mary Underwood (2011), Adrian Cotton (2013), and Maud Ring (1997). R.I.P.


Money Matters Last Sunday (Christmas Day)

2005.22 was given at the Offertory, and 109.16 for CAFOD.


Malachy Hodgen RIP We are sorry to hear of the death of Malachy Hodgen, who died on Christmas Day at the Ipswich Hospital. He had been ill for several months ; before that he was faithfully at Mass week by week, and always full of good humour. His Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday, January 19th, at Noon.


Walsingham The Bishop has asked me to serve on the newly-formed Art and Architecture Committee for the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. It will be a privilege to have some kind of official connection with the Shrine, however minor, and will only involve, I imagine, attendance at the occasional meeting.


Christmas Many thanks to those who contributed to our celebrations in one way or another, and especially to the flower ladies who made the church look so attractive. Numbers at the various Masses seemed to be slightly down this year, and I think that we will have to think carefully about what provision of Masses should be made next Christmas.......

On a personal note, I was most grateful for the cards and presents which found their way to the Presbytery. Thank you so much.


Christmas Raffle Jenny writes 'Thank you to everyone who supported the Raffle. A list of winners is still up in the porch, and a few prizes have still to be collected. Please check ; prizes can be collected from the Sacristy. After expenses of 157 (100 for the first prize and 57 for printing), a profit of 320.00 was made for parish funds. Again many thanks ; your support is appreciated.'


Christmas Party Jenny writes 'Thank you to the few who supported this social evening. We hope you enjoyed it as much as Team Felix did. This was not a fund raising event, and we broke even.'


Lunch Club A reminder to those who have booked, our next lunch is on Wednesday 4th January at 12.30pm in the Hall. We do have a few places left - the menu is Sausage Casserole, Lemon Meringue Pie, Tea/Coffee, cost 4. Please contact Jenny by 6pm on Monday 2nd January if you would like to come. If you are new to the parish or are now free on a Wednesday, it is a good way to meet people and have a good chat. You do not have to come every month, but you do need to pre-book. In 2016 we served 612 meals and made a total profit of 1450, of which 1000 is for parish funds and 450 will be donated to charities chosen by our regular diners. These lunches are held monthly, and are now in their sixth year. Any queries please contact Jenny. Organised by Team Felix.'




In the Gospel reading on Christmas morning St.John spoke of Our Lord as the Light which has come into the world, and proclaimed that the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will never overcome it. I found these to be words of great comfort. I think that we are very much aware of the darkness that is in our world. We hear almost daily of conflicts, aggression, natural disasters, heart-rending instances of cruelty and great poverty, to say nothing of the threats which face our fragile environment and the peace of the world. Sometimes we feel very vulnerable, and fear that human life has little future.


But we have seen the little Child lying in a manger, and have recognised him as God come amongst us, God made man. And faith has assured us that he is indeed 'the true Light that enlightens all men', and that the darkness is powerless to suppress him, and those who are united with him. Here is hope - Christ is our hope. And as the liturgical year continues to unfold, we will see him triumphing over death, and enthroned in heaven. So when things are bleak and we feel under threat, we must remind ourselves of St.John's magisterial words, and find comfort in them. The darkness will not overcome the light, however threatening it may seem. Our hope and our comfort is in this tiny Child, who is the expression of the divine love, and who gives us the security and reassurance which we need.


And now today we keep the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and we recognise that not only have we a Saviour, but also a Mother. For if we are 'in Christ', then we are his brothers and sisters, and spiritually 'children of Mary'. We think of good Mothers as bringers of comfort and reassurance, and Mary comforts and reassures us. There in heaven she supports us by her prayers, even as she inspires us by her example of love and fidelity. With Christ as our Light, and Mary as our Mother, we can face the new year with confidence.