Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA

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

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail


Parish Website: Helping Hands - 07342722521




Sunday Masses

Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int. For the People

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. +Family & the Decd.

father of Shanthini Gunaratna

11:00am (Con) Int.+Pinto family decd.


Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. +Angela Hoare

10:30am (Con) Int.


9:30am (St.F) Int.

Wednesday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. +Mike Tehan

10:30am (Con) Int.

Thursday FERIA

Noon (Con) Int.

Friday FERIA

11:00am (St.F) Int. +Helen & Nigel Gorham

5:00pm (Con) Int.

Saturday FERIA

11:00am (St.F) Int.

6:00pm (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 10:15


The Mass today The readings can be found

on p.136 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.708

of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) 604

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Belmont

Sanctus & Benedictus Belmont

Hymns : 887, 833, 898 (Children),


At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2








in the Hall, 10.0am-Noon





Anniversaries this week Henry Dukes (2004),

John Battersbyy (2015), Bernard Davies (1997), and Sr.Felicity Moody (2004). R.I.P.


Money Matters Last Sunday 594.74 was given at the Offertory, and 100.34 for CAFOD. Today is Racial Justice Day, and there will be a retiring collection for the Catholic Association for Racial Justice.


CAFOD Day of Recollection 'This will take place at the Cathedral on Saturday, February 25th, beginning with a Mass celebrated by the Bishop at Noon, followed by a light lunch in the Narthex. In the afternoon , 2.0pm-4.30pm, we will be looking forward to, and preparing for, Lent. Our focus will be on the people and projects we are helping people to provide in Zambia, particularly focusing on livelihoods - how people in the community are coming together, helping themselves grow food and create a income for their families. Please register your interest in attending this special event.'


Catholic Women's League Barbara writes 'Our next meeting is on Monday 13th February at 3.30pm - a Valentine's Tea Party in the Church Hall. All ladies welcome. Advance Warning : our April meeting will be on 6th April at 7.30pm and NOT 10th, as 10th is in Holy Week.


St.Joseph's Retreat Centre, Convent of Jesus and Mary

Art & Prayer Retreat Day, Sat.Feb.18th, 10.30am-4.0pm

Lenten Retreat Day, Sat. March 4th, 10.30am-4.0pm

Contact : Tel. 01394 282386



- at your Confirmation. The Second Gift of the Holy Spirit which is received at Confirmation, and which the teenage Confirmation Group thought about when it met last week, is the gift of UNDERSTANDING.

What precisely is this gift which was made available to us in the Sacrament of Confirmation? I think it is the gift of insight. When we under-stand something, we customarily say "Ah yes, I see". Understanding is this kind of 'seeing', a seeing not with our eyes, but with our mind. And in the religious context, I think it means 'seeing', understanding, what God is seeking to do with us : how He is seeking to draw us ever closer to himself, and re-make us in the likeness of his incarnate Son. Insight into God's purposes and his love, a seeing how the great truths of our religion effect us as individuals in our daily life. An understanding of what God is doing in our life day by day.

God as our loving Father doesn't want us to be in ignorance as to why he has made us, and what He intends for us. He wants us to have understanding, and He makes it available to us in this Sacrament.

(Adult Confirmation preparation is now underway, as well as Teenage preparation. It is never too late to receive this Sacrament. If you are interested, please tell Fr.John as soon as possible.)


Lent is now less than a month away, and I've been thinking about what you might find

helpful during that holy season, when we prepare ourselves to celebrate once more the mystery of our Redemption through the dying and rising of the Lord. I was able to share my thoughts with the PROCLAIM! Group when it met last week.

I'd thought initially about another CAFE Course, or house groups - both of which have proved useful in the past , but I feel overwhelmingly that what we need to do is to LISTEN to Our Lord Jesus Christ this Lent, who speaks to us in the Gospels and in the silence of our own hearts, and to give him - present in the Holy Sacrament - our silent adoration. I'm wondering therefore - and I would welcome your thoughts - whether we might come together in church for an hour each week, maybe on a Tuesday evening : the first half hour we would spend in groups (circles of chairs in the three side chapels?) reflecting together on the Gospel reading from the previous Sunday. And then we would spend the second half hour in silent Adoration of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament on the Altar, reflecting individually on what we've been discussing, and letting Him speak to us in our own heart. It would be something quite different, and it would be centred on Jesus. Tell me what you think.

The Parish Liturgy Committee also met last week, and are keen that we should have Stations of the Cross each Sunday afternoon during Lent, with maximum congregational participation. Stations is a splendid Lenten devotion, and we have a good tradition here of using it.


Baptism Programme Several people have asked about Baptism for their children, which enables us to begin a proper 'programme' or course, based on four sessions during Lent. Details are available at the back of church.