Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA

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

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail

Parish Website " Helping Hands - 0734442722521


January 8th, 2017 : Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int.

11.0am (Con) Int.


Weekday Masses



9.30am (St.F) Int.

10.30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday FERIA

No Mass today

Wednesday FERIA

5.45pm (Con) Int.


10.0am (Con) Int.


5.45pm (Con) Int.

Saturday FERIA

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


The Daily Office

Lauds (Morning Prayer) will be said a quarter of an hour before Mass on Monday.


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.115 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.124 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 166

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria New Celtic

Sanctus & Benedictus New Celtic

Hymns : 167, 150, 145, 166

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1




Today 3.0pm The Confirmation Candidates leave the Presbytery for the Candlelight Mass and bonfire at Bishop's House, Poringland.

Monday Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, which brings the season of Christmastide to an end.

Tuesday In the Liturgy, we return to Ordinary Time today. The Readings at Mass are for Year One, and in the Office we use Psalter Week One.

Thursday 1.45pm The Together Club meets at the Convent for Bingo. All welcome.


Fr.John is hoping to take a short post-Christmas break this week, at Peterborough. He will leave after the Masses for the Baptism of Our Lord on Monday, and return on Saturday. Meanwhile there will be Masses at the Convent on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday - see opposite for times.




Anniversaries this week Johanna Pope (2001), Lynn Goulden (2005), Roy Dawson (2008), Elizabeth Durrant (1998), and Rutland Barsby (2005). May they Rest in Peace.


Money Matters Last weekend 589.64 was given at the Offertory, and 92.42 to CAFOD. Next Sunday there will be the annual collection for the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC), when 'white flowers' will be on sale.


Statement from the Bishop You may be aware that the Diocese is intending to submit bids to the government in March 2017 to open new Catholic schools across the Diocese from 2019 onwards. Primary schools are being proposed in Norwich, Cambridge, Peterborough and Thetford, whilst a high school is being proposed in West Cambourne, Cambridgeshire, and a sixth form in Norwich. The diocese has set up a page on its website with more information about these proposals. There is also an opportunity on this website page to register your interest in these new schools, and this will allow the Diocese to keep you updated on the proposals. It is very important that we get as many people as possible to register their interest on the website as this will provide strong evidence to the government of the of the need for Catholic schools in East Anglia. The website address is schools/


Diocesan Yearbook 2017 Copies are available at the Repository, priced 3. They are full of information about the diocese and the liturgical year.

Parish AGM This will take place in the Hall in the evening of January 31st (The date of Jan. 24th had been proposed, but that would clash with the Goodbye to Sr.Marion at the Seafarers Centre.)

Association of the Family of Jesus and Mary

Elizabeth writes 'Our first meeting of the year will be on Wednesday 18th January - a talk on Dementia. All welcome. Menus will be available at the meeting for the lunch at the Orwell on Tuesday 7th February to celebrate the feast of St.Claudine.'

Art at the Convent Sr.Sheila Gosney writes 'Art classes will begin 23rd January, 2.0pm-4.0pm.

At St.Joseph's Retreat Centre - 'Art and Prayer Retreat Day', Saturday 21st January, 10.30am-4.0pm.'

Catholic Women's League Barbara writes 'Ladies are reminded that the Annual Dinner is on Monday 9th January at the Orwell Hotel, 7.0pm for 7.30pm. Teresa Doran.'

Hunger Lunch Jenny writes 'A Hunger Lunch will be held on Friday 20th January, as part of the Christian Unity Week, at 12.30pm in the Hall. All welcome.

Lunch Club 'Our next Lunch is on 1st February at 12.30pm in the Hall. The menu is : Lasagne, Apple Lattice Tart, Tea/Coffee. Only 4. To book please contact Jenny on 671217 by 24th January at the latest. Thank you.'



Last year Pope Francis published a document, issued through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, dealing with this subject. He makes it clear that the Church prefers burial to cremation, but that cremation is allowed. He writes 'The Church raises no doctrinal objections to cremation, since cremation of the deceased's body does not affect his or her soul, nor does it prevent God, in his omnipotence, from raising up the deceased body to new life. Thus cremation, in and of itself, objectively negates neither the Christian doctrine of the soul's immortality, nor that of the resurrection of the body.'

'When, for legitimate motives, cremation of the body has been chosen, the ashes of the faithful must be laid to rest in a sacred place, that is, in a cemetery or, in certain cases, in a church or an area which has been set aside for this purpose, and so dedicated by the competent ecclesial authority. From the earliest times, Christians have desired that the faithful departed become objects of the Christian community's prayers and remembrance. Their tombs have become places of prayer, remembrance and reflection.. The faithful departed remain part of the Church who believes "in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church." The reservation of the ashes of the departed in a sacred place ensures that they are not excluded from the prayers and remembrance of their family or the Christian community. It prevents the faithful departed from being forgotten, or their remains being shown a lack of respect. The conservation of the ashes of the departed in a domestic residence is not permitted ...nor may they be divided among various family members, and due respect must be maintained.'

'It is not permitted to scatter the ashes of the faithful departed in the air, on land, at sea, or in some other way, nor may they be preserved in mementoes, pieces of jewelry or other objects. True respect demands that they be reverently buried in a designated area where they are kept together and will not be shown any disrespect.' A place where they may truly rest in peace.'