,PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE

 

Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA

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

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail frjohnfelixstowe@gmail.com

 

Parish Website: stfelixfelixstowe.uk Helping Hand - 07342722521

 

February 26th, 2017 : 8th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int.+Euphrasia Roberts 11:00am (Con) Int.

 

Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. +Jack Gaffney

10:30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. +James Kearny

Wednesday ASH WEDNESDAY

9:30am (St.F) Int. +Gareth Fox

10:30am (Con) Int.

7.30pm (St.F) Int. +Robert Hills

Thursday LENT FERIA

Noon (Con) Int.

Friday LENT FERIA

Noon (St.F) Int. +Alan Deveney

5:00pm (Con) Int.

Saturday LENT FERIA

11:00am (St.F) Int. +Miriam Hills

6:00pm (St.F) Int. The Payne Family

 

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 11:15am

 

The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.142 of the Parish

Mass Book, and on p.716 of The Sunday Missal.

 

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 765

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Hymn Book 498

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 962, 877, 967, 821

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

 

THIS WEEK

 

Wednesday ASH WEDNESDAY, the first day of Lent. The Imposition of Ashes will take place at each of the Masses (times opposite).

 

Friday 10.30am Women's World Day of Prayer, at Trinity Methodist Church.

12.30pm The first of the Lenten Hunger Lunches, in the Hall. Please note that the Mass on Fridays during Lent is at Noon.

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

Anniversaries this week Olivia Schwan (1999), Patrick Bailey (2004), Ferdinando Conti (2011), Christian Jones (1999), Ellen Newman (2006), Ada Spencer (1997), Margaret Lupton (2003), Bertie Simpkin-Kane (2009), Kathleen Thomson (2007), Kathleen Dillon (2002), Karen Thomson (2016), and Sr.Mary Agnes (1995).RIP

Money Matters Last Sunday 594.09 was given at the Offertory, & 97.30 for CAFOD.

Two recent deaths We were sad to hear of the death of Cyril Keeble, husband of Liz. He had been in poor health for some time. His funeral will be held at the Crematorium of the Seven Hills on Tuesday March 14th. Also Olive Rigby has died ; older parishioners will remember her as the redoubtable housekeeper of Fr.Brophy at the Presbytery. Olive moved to Weston-super-Mare last year, to be near her daughter. May they both rest in light and peace.

Association of the Family of Jesus & Mary

Elizabeth writes 'The Day of Reflection for Lent led by Fr.Michael Rear will be at the Convent on Saturday 11th March, beginning with Mass at 10.0am. Booking forms are available at St.Felix and at the Convent. The cost is 5 and you are asked to bring a packed lunch.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 15th March at the Convent, at 7.30pm. We will be considering Sr.Monica Joseph's Three Propositions. All welcome.'

 

WHAT YOU RECEIVED

 

At your Confirmation you received - amongst the Gifts of the Holy Spirit given to you then - the Gift of COUNSEL. The Confirmation Group thought about this particular Gift when it met last Sunday evening. We thought of how we most often meet with this word these days when we hear of someone receiving counseling. This process assists a person in sorting themselves out, in seeing what is happening in their lives, and what is the way forward. It is a gentle and often very necessary process. There are times when all of us need help - we are not self-sufficient.

The Gift of Counsel : God the Holy Spirit helping us, yes, to sort ourselves out, to see the truth about ourselves and about our situation. And to see the way forward - to see what course we should take to promote our own true happiness and the happiness of others. And maybe to be able to help other people on their journey through life and towards God.

If power is one characteristic of God the Holy Spirit (remember that one of the signs under which He came to the Apostles at Pentecost was the 'rushing mighty wind' - unseen power), so too is gentleness. Remember that he came upon Jesus at his Baptism in the Jordan under the sign of a dove. He gently guides, counsels, and directs us.

 

READY, STEADY, ...GO!

 

Once more it's time for us to keep the season of Lent, a time which for more than fifteen hundred years Christians have found to be an invaluable preparation for celebrating the great events by which Jesus brought about our salvation. It is primarily a time of preparation - a means to an end, rather than an end it itself - a time when we try to come more alive to the things of God by using the disciplines of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. So that when Holy Week and Easter come, we are able to enter into Our Lord's saving actions at a more profound level.

Are you Ready? Which means have you thought about your Lent plan? In terms of Prayer, what are you going to do? Will you maybe spend a few more minutes in prayer each day? Will you, maybe, add a decade of the Rosary to your prayer schedule? Will you come to Stations, or to the Tuesday evening 'Listening to Jesus' sessions? Or will you come to a weekday Mass each week? And then with Fasting - what are you going to deny yourself during Lent, in order to strengthen your self-control? And Almsgiving , what are you going to aim to give to which good causes? It really makes sense to have a plan for Lent - something to aim at.

Are you Steady? Which means have you resolved to keep a good Lent - and having decided what you are going to aim to do, have you made an act of will to see it through? It almost goes without saying that the devil will try to derail us all in our keeping of Lent. He will provide a hundred reasons for why we should give up. We have to be ready to stand firm and not give way - to be firm just as Jesus was firm in the wilderness.

And so on Wednesday this week, Ash Wednesday, it will be time to 'Go' - time to make a start on this endeavour. As we come together at the Altar on Wednesday, to receive our Cross traced in ash on our forehead and to receive the Bread of life which will give us strength, we will be aware that we are not undertaking this thing alone. We will be keeping Lent together, encouraging one another in our common goal and endeavour.

 

PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO COLLECT YOUR LENT PAPER TODAY,

GIVING DETAILS

OF ALL OUR LENT ACTIVITIES,

AND ALSO A COPY OF THE LENT CALENDAR, GIVING SOME SUGGESTIONS

OF THINGS TO DO DAY BY DAY