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

 

August 6th, 2017 : TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD

 


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. +Reg Bunt

11:00am (Con) Int.+Lilian White

 

Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int.+Pauline Sutcliffe

10:0am (Con) Int.+Bridget Hanlon

Tuesday ST.DOMINIC

9:30am (St.F) Int.+John Hatchett (FM)

10.0am (Con) Int.

Wednesday FEAST OF ST.TERESA BEN-

EDICTA OF THE CROSS

9:30am (St.F) Int.+Peter, & Mary Sutcliffe

10:0am (Con) Int.

Thursday FEAST OF ST.LAWRENCE

10:0am (Con) Int.

Friday ST.CLARE

10:0am (Con) Int.

11.0am (St.F) Int. The Deanery Clergy

Saturday FERIA

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 at St.Felix.

 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesdays at10.0am Benediction at 10.30am

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday 5.15pm to 5.45 p.m.

Sunday 9.0am-9.20am or by appointment.

 

The Rosary Friday at 10:15

 

The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.111 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.752 of The Sunday Missal.

 

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 208

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Hymn Book 527

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 208, 770, 607, 887

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

 

THIS WEEK

 

Last Sunday we said Goodbye to Fr.Luis, the young Argentinian priest who had been staying at the Convent for five weeks to learn English, and who had won all our hearts. Now an old friend of the Community, Fr.Frazier, has come from France to stay for a fortnight or so, and he will be saying Mass at 10.0am at the Convent each day whilst he is here.

 

Friday 3.0pm Funeral of Teresa McNeill, at the Crematorium of the Seven Hills.

Saturday No 11.0am Mass today, as Fr.John has to attend a Mass in Colchester, celebrated by the Bishop of Brentwood, to mark the Golden Wedding of Fr. and Mrs.Michael Rear.

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

Anniversaries this week John Ashe (2008), Eileen Stafford (2012), and John Sullivan (2002). May they Rest in Pace.

 

Money Matters Last Sunday 698.58 was given at the Offertory, and 133.08 for CAFOD.

 

The Parish Barbecue - TODAY!

Philip Dance writes 'Dear Friends we are having our annual parish barbecue today, in Fr.John's garden. If you have not yet bought a ticket but would like to come there are a few remaining places, please see Phil Dance after Mass. Help with the set up it would be good : if you can, please help transport the tables and chairs from the hall to the garden after the 9.30am Mass. The kitchen will be very busy on Sunday, so there will be no teas or coffee after the 9.30am Mass today.'

 

Helping Hands Catherine Richardson

writes 'Just to remind you that helping Hands is

here if you ever need a lift (including regular lifts) to Mass on Sundays and weekdays or to any Parish events, or, indeed, anything locally. Please call Catherine on the Helping Hands number 07342722521 - and don't forget that the number is at the top of the Parish Newsletter every week should you need a lift or help of any kind.'

 

Teenagers Please put in your diary PIZZA, PLANNING, PRESBYTERY - Sunday, Sept -ember 3rd, at 6pm

 

First Holy Communion Next month we hope to begin preparation for First Holy Communion next summer. Children should be at least in Year Three at school. Parents, the first step is to obtain an enrolment form from Fr.John.

 

OUR WORK WITH CHILDREN - CONTINUED

 

Well the meeting concerning the renewal of our work with children duly took place on Friday evening. Most of the Catechists were present, and a few of the Helpers with Childrens' Liturgy, but sadly only two parents. I know that the timing wasn't ideal : some were away on holiday, but I fear that others just didn't bother. Which is indic- ative of the fact that we've got an uphill struggle to renew and revitalize our work with children.

 

The meeting was not easy, but it was good that there was a frank exchange of views. The foundation of the concern is that we have an obligation to provide religious instruction for children who do not attend Catholic schools - where, at least in theory, they would receive instruction in the Catholic Faith. Hitherto we have tried to provide this instruction chiefly through the classes at the Convent on a Saturday morning. But in recent months in particular the number of children attending these classes has gone down into single figures. Which is why we have to think again - and seek to revitalize the work. It does matter - it matters very much - because now as never before Catholics of all ages need to have a very solid grounding in what the Church believes.

Fr.John proposed a strategy, arrived at after consultation with those Parents who let him know their thinking, and others with an interest. It centred on instruction happening on a Sunday morning, with a kind of merging of Childrens' Liturgy and the Classes, and with a Chidlrens' Mass on the first Sunday of the month. This scheme proved to be unacceptable to most of those attending the meeting. In particular there was a strongly expressed wish that the present Childrens' Liturgy should not be affected by any changes. Some very fair points were made, which Fr.John duly took on board. One of these points was that we ought to research how other parishes deal with the responsibility of providing instruction before we proceed any further. Of course three of the parishes in the Deanery have schools - St.Mark's, St.Mary's, and St.Pancras, and so they don't face our own problem.

 

So where do we go from here? It is not very clear. Certainly, I think, there needs to be more research and consultation. And if nothing is in place for the beginning of term, so be it. We will have to continue for a while with just Childrens' Liturgy as it is, plus First Holy Communion training, and nothing more. But I remain, as ever, eager to listen to peoples comments and suggestions.