PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE
Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA
The Presbytery, 8,
Tel.01394 282561 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Website: stfelixfelixstowe.uk Helping Hand - 07342722521
February 19th, 2017 : 7th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int. +Jill Harris
Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. +Alan Deveney
11.0am (Con) Int. For the People
9:30am (St.F) Int. +Bridget Gleeson
10:30am (Con) Int.
9:30am (St.F) Int.
Wednesday FEAST OF THE CHAIR OF
9:30am (St.F) Int. +Agnes Cumley
10:30am (Con) Int. The Holy Father
Noon (Con) Int.
11:00am (St.F) Int. + John Edwards
5:00pm (Con) Int.
11:00am (St.F) Int. The Byrne & Galvin
families and friends
6:00pm (St.F) Int. For the People
The Daily Office
Lauds (Morning Prayer) is said a quarter of
an hour before the first
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Tuesdays at 10.0am 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.139 of the Parish
Mass Book, and on p.712 of The Sunday Missal.
At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3
Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 803
At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2
Gloria New Celtic
Sanctus & Benedictus New Celtic
Hymns : 406, 865, 607, 898
At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1
Today Wayn Coote and Alba Andrades Galvez are to be married in Seville - Alba's home city - in a few weeks time : today at the 9.30am Mass Wayn is going to be Baptized, and both of them are going to be Confirmed - the Chancellor, on behalf of the Bishop having granted a Faculty for this to take place. An adult Baptism is always an especially inspiring occasion, and we look forward to welcoming Wayn into the Church - and Alba to the completion of her Christian initiation. Philip Dance and Helen Riddell have agreed to act as their Sponsors.
6.0pm The Confirmation Group meets at the Presbytery for supper and instruction.
Thursday 1.45pm The Together Club meets at the Convent. New members welcome.
Next Sunday will be the final Sunday before Lent begins : the usual Lent Paper, giving details of our Lenten observances, will be available - together with a special Lent Calendar.
Anniversaries this week Daniel Mullin-
Henderson (1999), Pamela Evans (2008), Robert Horne (2002), Wanda Turner (2006), Evelyn Foster (2011), and John Pitt (2014). RIP
Money Matters Last Sunday £554.78 was given at the Offertory, and £118.45 was given for
CAFOD. £159.25 was given in the retiring collection, which was for the Catholic Association for Racial Justice.
Palm Crosses Please will you bring back to church your Palm Crosses from last year (latest - next Sunday) so that they can be burnt to make the ash for Ash Wednesday.
World Day of Prayer Helen writes 'This will take place on Friday March
3rd, 10.30am at the
Apostleship of the Sea Barbara writes ' The next Mass at the Seafarers Centre will be on Tuesday February 21st, at 7.0pm.'
Bacon Butty Brunch Jenny writes 'This will be held in the Hall next Sunday, 26th, after the 9.30am Mass. Bacon Roll + drink, minimum donation £2, just a drink minimum donation £1. All profit is for Marie Curie, who do such good work in the community. Your generous support at these events is always appreciated. All welcome. Organized by Team Felix.'
ANSWERING DIFFICULT QUESTIONS
VI "Surely you can't believe all that nonsense about there being a devil - horns, tail, and trident? It's the stuff of pantomine!"
Well I think you've first got to distinguish between the image and the reality. As for the image, well no, I don't think for one moment that the devil is a being with horns and hoofs and whatever. That is pure imagery, and whilst it might have helped our mediaeval forbears in their thinking about the powers of darkness, I don't think that it helps us now.
But it would be foolish indeed to dismiss
the reality along with the antiquated imagery. I
suppose it would be rather like saying that because God is not really an old man sitting on a cloud with a long white beard, therefore God does not exist. Image and reality are two quite separate things.
Is there a devil? Well what do we mean by a devil? I think we mean a spiritual being of great power and potency, who is opposed to God and to the operation of his goodness. His self-appointed mission is to destroy, disfigure, and disrupt God's work. He is the adversary, the enemy, and what he wants to destroy above all else is that loving relationship between God and humankind for which humankind was made. Our true and lasting happiness is to be found in that relationship with God, into which we are invited, and which has been made possible by Christ's saving work. And this happiness is what the devil wants to take away from us. He wants us to share in his own eternal misery. He wants to drag us into the darkness, and take us away from that uncreated light in which God himself dwells.
So leaving aside outdated imagery, horns and hoofs and all the rest, is there a devil? Why should we believe that there is? Maybe for two reasons. One is the unwavering teaching of Holy Scripture and the Church. In a couple of weeks time, we'll hear once more in the Sunday gospel of Jesus being tempted three times by the devil in the wilderness. Our Lord repulsed him. Jesus took the devil very seriously. Do we know better than him?
The second reason is based on personal experience. I remember once hearing someone say that sometimes they feel more vividly aware of the presence of the evil one than they do of the presence of God! I know what they mean. Yes, sometimes one is strongly aware of a power urging one to do, say, and think, what is manifestly wrong; a destructive force trying to draw one away from God and from his goodness. Sometimes at the Altar, at that most sacred moment in the life of a priest, I feel the presence of the enemy, trying to introduce false and wicked thoughts into my mind at the very moment when I'm handling the Bread of Life. I experience his power and his wicked- ness. No devil? Nonsense. Of course that's what he wants us to think - it suits him very well. For the Christian, he is all too real, and we can only say with Our Lord "Get behind me, Satan!"