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


August 27th, 2017 : 21st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int. Anne Hannon

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


Weekday Masses


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

10:30am (Con) Int.



9:30am (St.F) Int. +Finnbarr Murphy

Wednesday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. +Edward Congdon

10:30am (Con) Int.

Thursday ST.AIDAN

No Mass today

Friday FERIA

11:00am (St.F) Int. +Peter Davey

5:00pm (Con) Int.

Saturday FERIA

11:00am (St.F) Int. +Bernard Davies (FM)

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 5.45pm. 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.120 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.762 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 962

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Belmont

Sanctus & Benedictus Belmont

Hymns : 794, 970, 883, 898

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2




Anniversaries this week Gerard Stattery (20001), Sr.Margaret Mary Flynn (2000), and Anne Logan-Mann (2010). R.I.P.


Money Matters Last Sunday 650.96 was given at the Offertory, and a further 131.48 for CAFOD.


Teddy Bear's Picnic The Picnic last Sunday afternoon was a very happy occasion, and we were blessed with good weather, just as we were for the Barbeque a fortnight earlier. There was much to keep the children amused, including blowing bubbles, making animal masks, listening to a story, - besides the teddy Bear games and the Teddy Bear Tea. We are very grateful to Emma, Katie, Philip, and Anne for organising it so well.


Clothes needed Donal Hannon, who was PAC Chairman in my previous parish, and who visits me here from time to time, has asked me to put this paragraph in the Newsheet :

'On 20th September I hope to fly to Jamaica for twelve days to volunteer with the Missionaries of the Poor. I would like to take with me the clothes that they are always in need of. If anyone would like to donate lightweight dresses, T-shirts (all sizes), or men's and children's shorts (elastic waist), I would be very happy to take them out for you. They could be left with Fr.John for me to collect before I go.'


The Sponsored Ride or Stride, Sat. Sept. 9th

How are you getting on with collecting your sponsorship? It is good to get as many sponsors as you can, so that the overall effort brings in a good amount of money to be shared equally between our own church and all the churches of Suffolk.

It is not too late to begin collecting sponsorship - there are another couple of weeks to go before the big day. Just take a sponsorship form from the table in the Porch, and ask your family and friends to support you.

Then be ready to join Fr.John and other walkers from the parish when they sally forth from St.Felix at 11.30am on Saturday 9th. We aim to walk to churches for an hour or so before a picnic lunch at the Convent, and then do another hour or so afterwards. Nothing too strenuous or demanding. A gentle, companionable, ramble. Exercise after which we'll all feel much better - as hopefully will our Parish bank account too!




Give me half a chance to visit a historic building, and I'll leap at it. So early last week, when I found myself in Ipswich, I went to look at one of the historic churches of Ipswich, St.Mary-at -the-Quay. But what I discovered is that it is no longer the ancient church of St.Mary-at-the-Quay. It is now called not St.Mary's, as it has been known for many hundreds of years, but 'Quay Place'. What has happened is that this redundant, unused church, has been taken over, thoroughly and rather stylishly restored, and is now a meeting place for all kinds of organizations and events. Yes, all has been done faultlessly, and with a respect for the ancient fabric and surviving furnishings. Much better, anyone would say, than a derelict or ruinous building. Yes, I suppose so. And yet...... This place down the centuries has been a house of God, a holy place. In medieval times a place where the Mass was offered for half a millenium, day by day. And in later centuries a place where the Gospel has been proclaimed, and prayer has been offered week by week. And now after so long it is no longer to be treated or respected as a holy place. Even its ancient name has gone. It's Quay Place now, not St.Mary's Church.

I was deeply depressed not just because here seemed to be an icon of the secularization of our society - a rejection of our Christian past - but because this distinguished building was not being allowed to be true to itself. It had been built for the glory of God, and consecrated to his worship. Built to be a holy place, where prayer was made and sacraments celebrated. That had shaped it. This was what it was for. And somehow as Quay Place it had lost its moorings, the purpose that shaped it, and identified it as what it was.

But then I thought about how this a kind of picture of contemporary humankind. We were made by God to give him praise and glory. That is our purpose - what we were created to be. To live in his world and to care for it, to enjoy his gifts, and to offer thanksgiving to him for all his mercies. We human beings only make sense in relation to our having been made by God. If we cut ourselves off from him, disregard him, see him as irrelevant to our lives, then we have lost our moorings, our orientation, our very purpose, as surely as that sad building in Ipswich has done. We , without God, don't make sense. We are neither true to ourselves or him.

Tomorrow we will be keeping the feast of St.Augustine of Hippo, the fifth century bishop and saint who is regarded as one of the greatest ever of Christian thinkers. And maybe we will recall his most famous words addressed to God 'Our hearts are restless till they rest in thee'. We were made by God and for God, and until we acknowledge him and live for him, our hearts will be restless, and we will be incomplete. And, in a self-imposed state of alienation from God and from his Church, we will be unable to be true to ourselves, and true to that for which we were made.


To cheer you up...........

Q. What do you need if you have to provide a lot of mashed potato?

A. A mashine, I should think.................