Parish Priest :  Fr. John Barnes MA

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

                   Tel.01394 282561    e-mail


        Parish Website:      Helping Hand - 07342722521


April 23rd, 2017  :  SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday     9:30am  (St.F) Int. +Marjorie Yelverton        11:00am   (Con) Int. Sr.Helen RJM


Weekday Masses


   5.45pm  (Con)  Int. Catholic Women 's League

Tuesday           FEAST OF ST.MARK

   No Mass today

Wednesday     EASTER FERIA

   5.45pm  (Con) Int.

Thursday         EASTER FERIA

   Noon     (Con) Int.

Friday              EASTER FERIA

   5:45pm  (Con)  Int.

Saturday          ST.CATHERINE OF SIENNA

   11:00am (St.F) Int. +Finnbarrr Murphy

   6:00pm  (St.F)  Int. Bernadette & Keith


The Daily Office

Lauds (Morning Prayer) is said a quarter of an hour before the first morning Mass.


Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday     5.15 to 5.45 p.m.           or by

Sunday       9.0am to 9.20am.           appointment       


The Rosary          Friday at 10:15am


The Mass today 

The readings can be found on p.255 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.368 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass         Eucharistic Prayer  1

Sanctus & Benedictus       Parish Mass Book p.16   

Hymn                               268

At the 9.30am Mass       Eucharistic Prayer  3

Gloria                               New Celtic

Sanctus & Benedictus       New Celtic

Hymns :                            270, 279, 748, 272

At the 11.0am Mass       Eucharistic Prayer   1




Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven, Alleluia!

He whom thou wast meet to bear, Alleluia!

As he promised, hath arisen, Alleluia!

Pour for us to Him thy prayer, Alleluia!


V.  Rejoice and be glad, O virgin Mary, Alleluia!

R.  For the Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!

Let us pray

O God who through the Resurrection of thy Son Our Lord Jesus Christ hast vouchsafed to bring joy to the whole world, grant, we beseech thee, that aided by the prayers of his Mother the Virgin Mary, we too may come to the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.




Fr.John hopes to take his Easter break this week, and spend a few days near Richmond in North Yorkshire. The daily Mass at St Felix will resume with the 11.0am Mass next Saturday morning. Meanwhile there will be a Mass at the Convent most days this week -see the list opposite.


Saturday           Noon    Baptism of Oliver, son of Kacper and Karolina Pas.

Next Sunday     6.0pm   The Confirmation Group meets at the Presbytery, for supper and instruction.




Anniversaries this week       Mary Harney (2000), Vera Pawlowski (2006), George Friel (2010),  Stanislaw Janikowski (2015), and David Thomson, Priest (1998). May they rest in peace.


Money Matters     I haven't yet been given the figures for last weekend ; hopefully they will appear in the next Newsheet.


Easter       We are all most grateful to those who worked so hard to prepare for Holy Week and Easter, and to those who played a special part in it. Many thanks to Giavanna and her team of Flower Arrangers for the memorable floral decorations ; to our Cleaners, to the Musicians, and to our Altar Servers and Readers. A special word of thanks to John Yelverton - Holy Week and Easter is always an especially busy time for a Sacristan.


Found       The Cleaners found a gemstone on the floor of the church - it may be from a ring or a brooch. If you have lost one, please contact Fr.John.


Apostleship of the Sea    Barbara writes 'The next Port Mass will be on Tuesday this week, 7.0pm at the Seafarers Centre. Everyone welcome.


Missio Red Box Charity (APF)     Barbara writes 'I shall be collecting Red Boxes at the 6.0pm and 9.30am Masses next week, 29th/30th April. If this is not convenient please call me to arrange collection of your box.


Catholic Women's League     Barbara further writes 'There will be a cake sale after the 9.30am Mass next Sunday, April 30th. We are hoping to raise money to support our National President's charity, Catholic Social Action Network. This charity is helping to resettle Syrian refugee families in this country (see poster in porch). If you can make a cake please bring it to the Hall at 9.0am on the 30th, and please come and buy a cake to support this very worthwhile cause.'



both at St.Felix and at the Convent.


   I would like to thank you all for the important 

contribution which you make to the Liturgy week by week, and especially for the part which you played in the Liturgies of Holy Week and Easter. We are very fortunate to have such a band of dedicated and able readers.

        There are three matters in which clarification might be helpful :

*       At the end of reading the Responsorial Psalm on weekdays, or the second reading on Sundays, please leave the Lectern when you have finished. There is no point in remaining standing at the Lectern whilst the Gospel Acclamation is being sung. And there is no need to announce the Gospel Acclamation - people know what is coming next!

*       If you are leading the Prayer of the Faithful, please don't leave the Lectern until the Prayer is finished - and that is when we have kept a short silence, the priest has said 'We make these prayers etc.', and everyone has said AMEN. Only then should you return to your seat.

*       And please remember to say 'The Word of the Lord' after your reading : the Catholic Church ceased saying 'This is the Word of the Lord' nearly four years ago! -  Just as the person giving you Holy Communion does not say 'This is the Body of Christ', but rather just 'The Body of Christ'.




        I suppose Advent has the word 'Come!', and maybe Lent has the word 'Repent!', but no season has such a distinctive and oft-repeated word as the word 'Alleluia!' which distinguishes the fifty days of Eastertide ( Yes, fifty days, and not forty as was stated in an article in last week's Catholic Herald!)


        Alleluia is a Hebrew word meaning 'Praise the Lord' ; it occurs in several of the Psalms, and in the Apocalypse (TheBook of Revelation)  it is shouted by the inhabitants of Heaven. St. Augustine refers to it as being used particularly at Easter, and Pope St.Gregory the Great ruled that it should be used throughout the year except during the penitential season of Lent.


        Sometimes Holy Saturday has been known as 'Alleluia Saturday', because this cry of victory and joy reappears then in the Easter Liturgy : the priest solemnly sings it three times, on a higher note each time, ushering in the Easter Celebration.  It is a shout of joy, praising the risen Lord.