PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE
Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA
Tel.01394 282561 e-mail email@example.com
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January 15th, 2017 : SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Saturday 6.0pm (St.F) Int. For the People
Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. +Bill Pain
11.0am (Con) Int. +Edgar Barnes
9.30am (St.F) Int. Paul Macdonald
10.30am (Con) Int.
Noon (St.F) FUNERAL MASS FOR
MALACHY HODGEN RIP
9.30am (St.F) Int.
10.30am (Con) Int.
10.0am (Con) Int.
Noon (St.F) Int. Christian Unity
5.0pm (Con) Int.
11.0am (StF) 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 (Not Tuesday this week)
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 5.15 to 5.45 p.m. or by appointment.
The Rosary Friday at 11.15am
The Mass today
The readings can be found on p.125 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.693 of The Sunday Missal.
At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3
Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16
(Angelus) Hymn : 938
At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2
Gloria Hymn Book 527
Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16
Hymns : 969, 721, 627, 924
At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3
Tuesday Noon Funeral Mass for Malachy Hodgen RIP, followed by cremation at the Crematorium of the Seven Hills. No 9.30am Mass or Exposition today.
7.30pm St.Felix Young Fathers meet at the Presbytery for supper and discussion.
Wednesday Noon Fr.John attends
a Deanery Clergy Meeting at
Friday Noon Mass for the Week of Prayer for Christian
Unity, followed by a hunger lunch in the Hall. No 11.0am
Next Sunday 6.0pm-7.30pm The Confirmation Group meets at the Presbytery.
Anniversaries this week Albert Schmitz (2004), Derek Manthorpe (2006), Mary Hunt (1999), Mary Ward (2011), and Martin Amey (2000). May they Rest in Peace.
Money Matters Last Sunday £573.28 was given at the Offertory, and £78.91 for CAFOD. Today we are asked to support the annual White Flower Appeal of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). This is NOT a second collection, but simply an opportunity to support a very worthwhile cause.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 16th-22nd. Barbara writes 'Please see the poster in the church porch for details of events, and try to support some of these, especially the Unity Service next Sunday, January 22nd, and our own Mass and hunger lunch on Friday.'
Apostleship of the Sea Barbara writes 'The next Mass at the Seafarers Centre is on Tuesday 24th at 7.0pm. All welcome. This will be a farewell Mass for Sr.Marian, so if you are coming please bring a plate of food to share if you can.'
Hunger Lunch Jenny writes 'This will be held next Friday at 12.30pm in the Hall, following the Mass at Noon. Minimum donation £2. This takes place during the Christian Unity Week, and all are welcome.'
Sponsored Swim Pauline Mayes writes 'On July 16th I will be taking part in the Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim, in aid of the British Heart Foundation. I am busy training for this 1.4 mile open water challenge, and I am looking for sponsor money now because if I can raise £150 and send it to BHF early, then they will send me a pack to help me with training and with the swim on the day. I have set up a Just Giving page -
www.Just Giving.com Pauline-Mayes or, if you would rather, I have a Sponsor Form. Thank you for your support.'
The White Flower Appeal 'The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children will be holding its annual appeal this weekend. In 2017 SPUC is commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act. Over 8.7 million unborn children have lost their lives due to abortion in the last fifty years.
'Since 1967 SPUC has been working tirelessly to uphold the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. Please help make 2017 a landmark year in SPUC's historic campaign to win legal protection for unborn children.
Please be as generous as you can to help SPUC and help save mothers and babies from abortion.'
Please take an information card and a 'white flower' from the table by the Font, and leave your donation in the basket there.
A GOOD READ
I looked forward to my few days post-Christmas break last week not least so that I could do some reading. I took four books with me, and read about half of each one. Some of us like to have several books on the go at the same time ; others, I suppose, take books 'one at a time'.
Of my four books, the one which is giving me greatest pleasure is the recently-published Last Testament being a book-length interview given by Pope Benedict XVI to Peter Seewald. The title is poignant : Pope Benedict, who has been a prolific and profound writer over many decades is now ninety, and what he says in this extended interview constitutes his own 'last testament', his final published thoughts about his own life and about the Church which he led for nearly a decade. It is full of his characteristic gentleness and humility, as well as his incisive thinking and insightful analysis. It is also eminently readable. Sometimes I find religious books a bit 'hard going', but not this one. I find it difficult to put down!
Something which evidently causes the former Pope great sadness is what he describes as the loss of faith in recent times. And this he makes clear is not just the lack of faith outside the confines of the Church, but also within it. He doesn't elaborate very much on this, but I imagine he means that cooling in the devotion and commitment of so many still-practicing Catholics. So many Catholics no longer attend Mass faithfully and regularly Sunday by Sunday, and so few are ready to take on positions of responsibility within the life of the Church. So many, it seems, appear to be on the downward path which leads ultimately to being lapsed from active participation in the sacramental life of the Church. Oh that the spirit of enthusiasm cold be re-kindled! Oh that we could catch fire from the Holy Spirit! Where can we do this? Pope Benedict is clear : the Mass is at the heart of the Church's life, and there, if we'll let it happen, our faith can be deepened and set on fire. If the devil can persuade us 'not to bother going to Mass' he has scored a great victory over us and over our most loving Lord.