Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA VF

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

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail


Parish Website: Helping Hands - 07342722521


July 16th, 2017 : 15th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. +Ursula Skoczko 11:00am (Con) Int. +John Brickwell


Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. +Karen Thomson

Tuesday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. (Con) Int.

Wednesday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. +Gerard Butcher, P

10:0am (Con) Int.

Thursday FERIA

10:0 (Con) Int.

Friday FERIA

10.0am (Con) Int.

11:00am (St.F) Int.



10.0am (Con) Int

11:00am (St.F) Int. +Peter Coyle, P

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 pm. 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.102 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.740 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 970

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria New Celtic

Sanctus & Benedictus New Celtic

Hymns : 851, 721, 808 (Children),


At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2




Tuesday 11.15am Funeral Service for Marie Trotter, at the Crematorium of the Seven Hills.

3.30pm First Afternoon Tea for the Church Cleaners, at the Presbytery.

Friday 3.30pm Second Afternoon Tea for the Church Cleaners, at the Presbytery.




Anniversaries this week Anthony McGrath (2010), Sean McManus (2011), Sr.Monica Brennan (2011), Rita Robertson (2002), Mary Cooper (1997), Maria McIntee (1997), Arthur Green (2006), Brian Tehan (2009), Maurice Simms (2004), and William Martin (1997). RIP


Money Matters Last Sunday 582.16 was given at the Offertory, a further 99.89 to CAFOD, and 270.72 in the retiring collection, which was for the Apostleship of the Sea.


Association of the Family of Jesus and Mary

Elizabeth writes 'AFJM would like to thank

everyone who supported the Strawberry Tea, and those who made generous donations. The total amount raised was 783, and this will be sent to help the Sisters in their work in missions all over the world.'




Last Tuesday I got home from visiting parishioners at about 6.0pm, and on an impulse I slipped into church to check that everything was alright. It wasn't. I was met by a terrible acrid smell of burning. I ran down the aisle, and saw flames in the Lady Chapel : the area of carpeting around the votive candle stand was on fire. I tried to stamp the flames out, and when I wasn't able to do this, I grabbed a mat from beneath one of the other candle stands, and used it to gradually smother the flames.

I think - indeed I'm pretty certain - that the fire was caused by a lighted candle tipping off the stand and falling on to the carpeted floor. Maybe it hadn't been placed very securely within its holder. But had I not happened to go into church, or had another quarter of an hour elapsed before I arrived home, I think the outcome could have been serious. As it is, we must be very grateful that things turned out as well as they did. As Tuesday was the Feast of St.Benedict, and as the fire was in Our Lady's chapel, I don't know which saint to thank for the deliverance! Maybe both.


Something which we must do - and indeed should have done before - is to place a metal tray under each of the votive candle stands. Then should another candle fall at some time, it would hopefully not do any damage. One parishioner has suggested that we think about getting the kind of electrified 'candle' stands which are often seen on the continent : you put your 20p in the box, and the electric candle lights up for half an hour. I wonder what you think about that idea?




There is a rather beautiful passage at the end of the Second Eucharistic Prayer which reads :

'Remember also our brothers and sisters

who have fallen asleep in the hope of resurrection,

and all who have died in your mercy :

welcome them into the light of your face.'


There are two wonderfully positive images here. The first is seeing death as a 'falling asleep'. The image is given to us by Jesus himself, who said that both Jairus' daughter and Lazarus -both of whom had died- were 'asleep'. Sleep implies both a resting, and an awakening. As Christians we see death in these terms. After death we are 'resting in Christ' as we await that great awakening in the Resurrection on the last day.

The other image is that of being 'welcomed' - 'welcome them into the light of your face'. We will be welcome in heaven because that is where God wants us to be. He loves as a loving parents loves its child, and wants us to be with him just as any good parents delights to have their child present with them. He wants us to see 'the light of his face', radiating love for us and for all people.

And note that not only those who have 'hoped in the resurrection' have a future : those who have 'died in your mercy' are given a future -and a welcome - too. Who has 'died in God's mercy'? Well how wide do we believe God's mercy to be?