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

 

May 7th, 2017 : FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

 


Sunday Masses

Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int. Philomena & Colin

Payne

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. +Alan Deveney

11:00am (Con) Int.For the People

 

Weekday Masses

Monday EASTER FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int.

10:30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday EASTER FERIA

3.0pm (St.F) MASS FOR THE SICK

Wednesday EASTER FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int.

10:30am (Con) Int.

Thursday EASTER FERIA

Noon (Con) Int.

Friday EASTER FERIA

11:00am (St.F) Int. +Agnes Cunley

5:00pm (Con) Int.

Saturday OUR LADY OF FATIMA

11:00am (St.F) Int.

6:00pm (St.F) Int.

 

The Daily Office

Lauds (Morning Prayer) is said a quarter of an hour before the first 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.262 of the Parish

Mass Book, and on p.377 of The Sunday Missal.

 

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymn 271

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Said

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 851, 287, 278, 360

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

 

DURING EASTERTIDE WE USE REGINA COELI BEFORE THE 6.0PM MASS, AND AT THE END OF THE SUNDAY MASSES

 

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 by 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 Christ Our Lord. Amen.

 

THIS WEEK

 

MASS FOR THE SICK

with the Sacrament of Anointing

Followed by Afternoon Tea in the Hall

Tuesday, at 3.0pm

(No 9.30am Mass today)

 

Also on Tuesday 7.30pm Meeting of the Parish Advisory Council in the Hall. All welcome.

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

Anniversaries this week Ann Button (2013), Kathleen Greaves (2000), Winifred Barker (2004), Kathleen Crace (1997), Kenneth Carter (1999), & Sr.Bernadette (2001). May they Rest in Peace.

 

Peter Sutcliffe, RIP We were sad to hear of the death of Peter Sutcliffe last Sunday. He and Mary had only left Felixstowe a month ago, to live in a nursing home nearer to their family. For the past two years they have received Holy Communion at home, and have been visited by members of the parish.

 

Money Matters Last Sunday 571.79 was given at the Offertory, and 119.78 was given for CAFOD. Today there is a retiring collection for the Priest's Training Fund.

 

CWL Cake Stall Barbara writes 'Many thanks to all who supported the cake stall last Sunday by making and/or buying cakes, and making donations. We made the magnificent sum of 155'

 

Catholic Women's League Barbara writes 'Our next meeting, this Monday, will incorporate the WUCWO Prayer Service, a short business meeting and a talk by Sr.Sheila about the Retreat House at the Convent.'

 

Weekend Conference for all the Family Catherine writes 'This Conference is being held 3rd/4th June at St.Benedict's School, Bury St.Edmund's. The cost is Adults 38, 18s-22s 15, and children 8. The cost includes an evening meal on the Saturday. Booking closes 27th May.

'This is a wonderful weekend of inspiration and renewal in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The weekend includes inspiring talks, creative liturgy, wonderful worship, streams for learning and fun for children & young people & live music. Bishop Alan will celebrate Mass on Saturday. There will be an extensive bookshop, all-weekend adoration available, and plenty of time to talk, eat, and drink.

Dare to do something different!

The website is celebrateconference.org if you would like to find out more. You can just go for one day if you'd like a taster. In the porch there are a few programmes for you to look at from last year. If you would like to know more please speak to Dave or Catherine Richardson .'

 

THE GOOD SHEPHERD

 

Just as the theme for the first Sunday in Lent is always the Temptation of Our Lord in the wild- erness, so the theme for the Fourth Sunday in Eastertide is always Christ, the Good Shepherd.

The image of Our Lord as Shepherd has long had a strong appeal for his people. Indeed the oldest representations of Jesus in art, painted in the Roman catacombs in the third century, show him as a shepherd with a sheep on his shoulders - Christ the Good Shepherd rescuing lost humanity. No matter that in likening himself to a shepherd he is by implication likening us to sheep - hardly a compliment! - the metaphor is one which nonetheless has great attraction.

That attraction comes, I suppose from the fact that the shepherd both leads and feeds his sheep, and we recognise our two-fold need for being both led and fed. Without Our Lord, mankind lacks a sense of direction : why are we here? What is life about? How can we achieve true happiness? Where are we going? The Good shepherd leads us to see the path, and the truth which he gives us enables us to find an answer to life's most fundamental questions.

And then he feeds us too. 'I am the Bread of life', Jesus says, and our prayer ; Give us this day our daily bread' is abundantly answered. We are

given both food for

our bodies and food

for our souls. In

feeding us, day by

day, the Good

Shepherd shows his

care for his sheep. It

is appropriate that we

think of Christ as the

Good Shepherd in

Eastertide, for he is

the shepherd who

has laid down his life

for the sheep, and who

has taken up that life

again and shared it gen-

erously with us.