PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE

 

Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA VF

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

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

 

Parish Website: stfelixfelixstowe.uk Helping Hands - 07342722521

 

July 9th, 2017 : 14th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 


Sunday Masses

Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int. +John McNeillis

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. +Gwen Wilkinson 11:00am (Con) Int. For the People

 

Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int.

10:30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday FEAST OF ST.BENEDICT

9:30am (St.F) Int. The Deanery Clergy

Wednesday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. +Patrick McAleenan, P

10:30am (Con) Int.

Thursday FERIA

Noon (Con) Int.

Friday FERIA

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

5:00pm (Con) Int. +Peter Hocken, P

Saturday ST.BONAVENTURE

11:00am (St.F) Int.

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

 

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 5.15pm to 5.45 p.m. or by

Sunday 9.0am-9.20am appointment

 

The Rosary Friday at 10:15

 

The Mass today The readings can be found on

p.99 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.7337 of

The Sunday Missal.

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 720

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Belmont

Sanctus & Benedictus Belmont

Hymns : 807, 963, 820, 356

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

 

THIS WEEK

Monday 7.30pm C.W.L. meets in the Hall. Speaker : Pat Ezra, the Apostleship of the Sea Chaplain for Felixstowe. Visitors welcome

Tuesday 11.30am The Team conducts a Service at the Mill Lane Care Home.

Thursday 1.45pm The Together Club meets at the Convent. All welcome.

Friday 7.0pm Fr.John represents the Parish at Civic Reception at the Football Club.

Saturday 2.30pm The Team Felix Beetledrive & Summer Raffle.

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

Anniversaries this week Mary Clapham (2003), Reginald Johnson (2009), Joan Styles (2003), Michael Taylor (2007), Bill Sole (2016), and Michael Donnelly (1998). R.I.P.

 

Money Matters Last weekend 706.57 was given at the Offertory, and 132.40 to CAFOD. Today is Sea Sunday, and there is a retiring collection for the Apostleship of the Sea.

Fr.John writes : 'A few weeks ago Phil Dance, the Chairman of our Parish Advisory Council spoke at the end of each of the Masses, and told us that we are, as a Parish, failing to pay our way : that week by week the money which we have to pay out well exceeds the money which is coming in. For a number of years we have been dipping into our savings to make up the difference, but as anyone who knows about good housekeeping understands, income and expenditure ought to balance. Phil asked us all to review our weekly giving, and see if we can't increase it somewhat. I want to thank all those who have already done this, and ask those who have not yet got around to it to please do so as soon as possible! - and please do think about the option of Direct Debit for your giving.

 

Thank you Vicky Squirrell writes 'I would like to thank everyone for all their help, prayers, and support in my Mother's last years of life and her death. It has been a great comfort in knowing that we have been surrounded by so many friends. The family is really appreciated the way in which the community at St.Felix came together to help and support us with and at Mum's funeral. It made such a difference. Our thanks and prayers.'

 

Mary's Meals Many of you will know of this most excellent charity, which provides school meals for impoverished and hungry children in many countries of the world. The children are thereby both fed, and encouraged to come to school to get an education. Now there is a new way in which we can assist - namely through inkjet cartridges from our computer printers. For every 14 cartridges recycled, a child can be fed.

At the back of church (on the table below the noticeboard) you will find a pile of envelopes. Simply put your cartridge in an envelope, and post it to the freepost address.

 

The Memorial Garden I wrote here a couple of weeks ago that I hoped to make a plan of the Memorial Garden, on which we could mark all the burials of cremated remains which have taken place there. This is simply so that when I dig fresh holes for burials, I don't disturb existing burials, which seems to be rather an irreverent thing to do. Also, some would like their remains to eventually be interred with their husband/wife, and for this again we need to know where peoples remains are. Thirteen burials have so far been recorded on the new plan, but I suspect that there must be several more. So if you have got the remains of a loved one there, and haven't already spoken to me, please do so soon.

OUR CHILDRENS WORK

 

There was a special Mass at St.Felix yesterday morning to mark the end of the school year, and so of the Saturday Morning Instruction at the Convent. But sadly this also marked the permanent ending of the Saturday Morning sessions. The number of children attending has gone down and down, and during this last term they have hardly gone into double figures. On occasion there have been more catechists than children. And so clearly the time has come to call a halt and start again with something entirely new and different. Those of you who have worked with children and teenagers will know that these things flourish for a while - in the case of the Saturday Morning sessions for a very long while - and then they decline and wither. It's no use trying desperately to keep something alive which, for some reason or another, is no longer working. Best to end it, to give thanks for all that has been achieved (as we did at the Mass yesterday) and then move on.

By contrast the Sunday morning Childrens' Liturgy is flourishing, and the number of children taking part in it seems to grow, which is splendid. Our thanks to those who organise it week by week.

Yesterday morning was a time for saying thank you, and thanks were given to Monica Macdonald and her Team - Pauline, Anne, Angela, Philip, Sr.Penelope, Austina, Mary, Mim, and Sue. We are all most grateful to them for all the time which they have given over the years. And grateful also to the Convent for having hosted the activities over such a long time.

So what of the future? I'm still thinking and consulting about this. I'm minded to maybe launch a weekly Saturday Morning Childrens Mass at St.Felix in the Autumn, the Mass being followed by activities in the Hall and games. Although at the Parish Advisory Council meeting last Tuesday, it was suggested that something on a weekday evening after school might be preferable? Again the question as to whether a Saturday morning Childrens' Mass should be early (say 9.0am) - or later (say 10.0am) - was also raised. Parents, please will you make your views known to me as soon as possible? Fr.John