PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE
Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA
Tel.01394 282561 e-mail email@example.com
Parish Website : firstname.lastname@example.org Helping Hands - 07342722521
January 29th, 2017 : FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Saturday 6.0pm (St.F) Int. For the People
Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int.
11.0am (Con) Int.
9.30am (St.F) Int. +Charles Pritchard (FM)
10.30am (Con) Int.
Tuesday ST.JOHN BOSCO
9.30am (St.F) Int. For our young people
9.30am (St.F) Int. Peter & Mary Sutcliffe
10.30am (Con) Int.
Thursday FEAST OF THE PRES-
ENTATION OF THE LORD
9.30am (St.F) Int.
10.0am (Con) Int.
11.0am (St.F) Int. +Finnbarr Murphy
10.0am (Con) (FEAST OF ST.CLAUDINE)
11.0am (St.F) Int. +Winifred Barnes
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 10.15am on Friday
The Mass today The readings can be found
on p.130 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.700 of The Sunday Missal.
At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3
Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 696
At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2
Gloria New Celtic
Sanctus & Benedictus New Celtic
Hymns : 807, 770, 720, 761
At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3
Monday 3.0pm Meeting of the Parish Finance Committee at the Presbytery.
Tuesday 7.30pm The Parish AGM in the Hall. All parishioners should attend this annual review of our parish life.
Wednesday 12.30pm This month's Parish Lunch, in the Hall.
Thursday Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas. The 9.30am Mass will begin with the traditional Blessing of Candles, and the Candlemas Procession.
11.30am Funeral Service ( not Mass) for Johanna Norgan. Cremation at the Crematorium of the Seven Hills at 3.0pm.
Friday Feast of St.Blaise. The traditional Blessing of Throats will take place in the 9.30am.
Saturday 11.30am The next PROCLAIM! meeting, when we exchange ideas about spreading and encouraging the Faith.
Anniversaries this week Barbara Strong (2009), Nigel Gorham (2013), Ethel McCready (1998), Sydney Pope (2003), Iris Douglas (2006), Nora Twomey (2008), Muriel Hargreaves (2003), and Patrick Kilbride (2005). R.I.P.
Money Matters Last Sunday £513.61 was given at the Offertory, and £274.51 for CAFOD.
From Jenny 'HUNGER LUNCH - Thank you to everyone who supported the lunch. We raised £85 for Churches Together in Felixstowe.
WEDNESDAY LUNCH CLUB - a reminder to those who have booked, our next lunch is on Wednesday this week at 12.30pm.
FOR YOUR DIARY - On 26th February we will be having a Bacon Butty Brunch after the 9.30am Mass. Full details next week.'
ANSWERING DIFFICULT QUESTIONS
IV - " How can you be a Catholic when everything about the Catholic Church is so old-fashioned?
"So far as I can see just about everything is out of date as regards the Catholic Church - its moral teaching, its beliefs, its worship... how can you go along with something so thoroughly enmeshed in the past?"
Maybe 'fashioned' is the operative word here. Yes, the Church is not, and has never sought to be, fashionable. 'Fashion' is to do with the whim of the moment, and that is notoriously uncertain and unstable. What is fashionable today is out-of date, rejected, disregarded, tomorrow. The Church is concerned with truths which are lasting, indeed eternal. Its teachings, whether regarding doctrine or morality, are 'given' - given by God, most obviously in the teaching of God the Son recorded it the four gospels. And so coming from God they are not up for being changed by us to suit the mood of the times. The wise man builds his house upon the rock. And the Church is built firmly upon the rock of Our Lord's teaching. Truth, we believe, is absolute. Truth is Truth, solid, unchanging. It can't be modified or changed just to suit the whim and fancy of contemporary society. Of course this leads to the charge of the Church being 'old fash- ioned', 'not up to date', even irrelevant. So be it. Our values are not those of the world, of the passing moment and age. Rather it is timeless, and to those who accept Christ's teaching, always relevant.
One further thing. There is myth, accepted by so many people, that what is 'new', 'modern', 'contemporary' is best just for that reason. The brand new must ALWAYS, this myth says, be an improvement on the past. And so the old and the traditional is, without any discussion, to be rejected. This is neither true nor reasonable. Things must be judged on their intrinsic merit, not simply on whether they are 'old' or 'new'. We must be discerning, seeking for what is true rather than for what is merely novel and fashionable.
WHAT YOU RECEIVED
"What I received?" Yes, at your Confirmation. You received in that Sacrament the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. What are those seven gifts? Well our Confirmation Group have now begun to think about them at their fortnightly meetings. We have got a set of seven olivewood candle holders, and in the final part of each meeting we are now lighting one of the candles and thinking about one of the seven Gifts. I thought it might be good if we follow this in the Newsheet, so that all of us who have been Confirmed can remind ourselves of what we have received from God the Holy Spirit.
When the Group met last Sunday, we thought about the first of those Seven Gifts, WISDOM. And whilst all of us in the group had some idea as to what Wisdom is, we all found it difficult to put into words. What would you say Wisdom is? Perhaps a person possessed of Wisdom has the gift of discernment - the ability to see what things have real value, real worth, and are lasting - as distinct from what things are merely superficial and ephemeral. All of us, I think, need to have, and need to exercise this gift of discernment. There are so many things available to us, and so many different paths which we can pursue. We need to know what will bring us real satisfaction, real peace of mind, real joy. It is so easy to pursue something which turns out to be a mere handful of dust.
Of course with all of God's gifts we have to actually want them and ask for them. With the courtesy of true love, God doesn't force his gifts upon us. Whether we are now preparing for Confirmation, or whether we were Confirmed many years ago, it is right for us to ask or ask anew for the gift of Wisdom. 'Lord, let me be able to see what things truly matter, what things have real and lasting value. Give me true Wisdom, so that I can live purposefully, and find inner peace and joy.