PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE
Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA
The Presbytery, 8,
Tel.01394 282561 e-mail email@example.com
Parish Website: stfelixfelixstowe.uk Helping Hand - 07342722521
March 26th, 2017 : FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int.+Helen Hurry (C&PR)
Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int.+Brian Evans (PS) 11:00am (Con) Int. For the People
Monday LENT FERIA
9:30am (St.F) Int. Peter & Mary Sutcliffe
10.30am (Con) Int.+Christopher Thursby-
Tuesday LENT FERIA Pelham
9:30am (St.F) Int.+Marie & Basil Richardson
Wednesday LENT FERIA
9:30am (St.F) Int. Brian, Monica, & Family
10:30am (Con) Int.
Thursday LENT FERIA
12:00 noon (Con) Int.
Friday LENT FERIA
11:00am (Con) Int.
2:30pm (St.F) FUNERAL MASS FOR BRIAN
Saturday LENT FERIA
11:00am (St.F) Int. +Molly Versey (P&AD)
6:00pm (St.F) Int. +Josephine Gouldie
The Daily Office
Lauds (Morning Prayer) is said a quarter of
an hour before the first
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 5.15pm to 5.45 p.m. or by
Sunday 9.0am to 9.20am appointment
The Rosary Friday at 11:15am
The Mass today The readings can be found on
p.165 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.170 of
The Sunday Missal.
At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3
Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) 720
At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2
Kyries Hymn Book 516
Sanctus & Benedictus New Celtic
Hymns : 807, 721, 360 (children)
At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1
Kyries Hymn Book 516
ALSO THIS WEEK
Tuesday 7.30pm The last of the Listening to Jesus sessions : the following Tuesday, April 4th, will be our Penitential Service before Holy Week, and the Tuesday after that will be the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral.
Friday 2.30pm Funeral Mass for Brian Evans RIP : No Mass at Noon today, although
Rosary will be at 11.15am, as usual during Lent.
7.0pm Meeting for the Confirmation Candidates Parents, at the Presbytery.
Anniversaries this week Peter Goggins (1998), Leslie Styles (2004), John Mitchell (2015), Eileen Wlson (2008), and Peter O'Connor (2013). May they Rest in peace.
Molly Versey RIP Yet another of our elderly and greatly valued parishioners has died - Molly Versey. What a great ingathering there has been in recent weeks! Molly, who had reached the age of ninety-four was a dear soul, with a great faith, and loved by all. We will miss her sorely. Her Funeral Mass will take place a week on Friday, April 7th, at 10.0am.
Money Matters Last Sunday £591.74 was given at the Offertory, and a further £173.41 for CAFOD. Don't forget the Lenten Almsbox in the Porch : the diocesan Lenten charities are Aid to the Church in Need and The Medaille Trust (for victims of trafficking).
CAFOD Lenten Hunger Lunches Barbara writes 'There will be no Hunger Lunch next Friday - March 31st - due to Brian Evans Funeral Mass at 2.30pm on that day. However the last Hunger lunch this year will go ahead at 12.30pm on April 7th, although there will be no preceding Mass due to Molly Versey's funeral taking place at 10.0am. Please try to support this last lunch if you can.'
Parish Penitential Service Please have this firmly in your diary - Tuesday April 4th, at 7.30pm. A WEEK ON TUESDAY. Fr.Russell Frost and Fr.Edmund Eggleston have promised to come and assist. And a reminder that Fr.John is now available for Confessions before the 9.30am Mass on Sundays, 9.0am-9.20am.
THE LORD'S PRAYER IN LENT II
Last week I suggested that the Lord's Prayer seems to take on a special depth of meaning during this season of Lent. This is perhaps particularly evident as regards the two final phrases. 'Lead us not into Temptation' : well this is a season when the devil is particularly active in tempting us. He hated seeing Our Lord engaged in fasting and prayer in the wilderness, and he hates seeing us keeping a disciplined Lent. He will try to throw a spanner into the works. It didn't work with Jesus, but he knows that he stands a much better chance with us. By asking the Father to 'lead us not into temptation' we are acknowledging with humility our weakness, our disposition to falls into sins of thought, word, and deed. We are asking, I think, that the Tempter may not get the better of us - that God will not allow us to be tempted above our ability to resist.
And then 'deliver us from evil'. I think we are only too aware of the powers of evil which surround us, and which can gain entrance to us through our pride and selfishness. To say nothing of the media : much that is unedifying - even if not seen immediately to be of evil origin - is served up to us in newspapers, magazines, and on the screen. And most people are unheeding of this. Which greatly assist the powers of evil. 'Deliver us, Lord, set us free - do not let us be overcome'. Like children to whom the wolf comes near - to use an analogy of St.Francis de Sales - we must cry out to our Father to come and protect us. If Lent is a time for coming alive in Christ, it is also perhaps a time for coming awake to the spiritual dangers which surround us.
WHAT YOU RECEIVED AT YOUR CONFIRMATION
A fifth Gift of the Holy Spirit which we are given at Confirmation, and which our teenage Candidates thought about at their meeting last week, is the gift of KNOWLEDGE. When we think of knowledge we tend to think first and foremost about knowing THINGS - facts and theories and whatever. I'm sure that God the Holy Spirit does indeed help us in grasping the truths of our religion, but there is of course another kind of knowledge - not knowing of things, but the knowing of people. This kind of knowledge requires an opening, and extension, of our hearts as well as of our minds. Maybe this particular gift is very akin to another of the seven gifts, the gift of understanding. Understanding the truths which the Catholic Faith presents to us, but above all understanding - so far as is possible - the nature and love of the God, who chooses to reveal himself to us in our Lord.