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


September 3rd, 2017 : 22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. In Thanksgiving

11:00am (Con) Int. Sylvano & Pamela

Franks (Golden W.)

Weekday Masses


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

10.30am (Con)

Tuesday FERIA

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


9:30am (St.F) Int. +Helen Hurry

10:30am (Con) Int.

Thursday FERIA

No Mass today


11:00am (St.F) Int. +Mary Immelda Waldron

5:00pm (Con) Int. +Roy Fenton

Saturday FERIA

11:00am (St.F) Int. +John McNeillis

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 5.45p.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.123 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.766 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 837

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria New Celtic

Sanctus & Benedictus New Celtic

Hymns : 807, 863, 795, 938

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3




Today 6.0pm Meeting and Supper for Teenagers, The Presbytery

Tuesday 7.0pm Mass in the Seafarers Centre.






You still have a week to pick up a sponsorship form from the Porch, get some sponsorship, and join in!

It would be helpful if those who intend to walk with Fr.John could tell him so. And don't forget to bring your picnic lunch on the day! We will leave St.Felix at 11.30am, straight after the 11.0am Mass, having signed in for this the first of the twelve churches we hope to visit.


Fr.John would be very grateful for sponsorship, if you haven't already sponsored someone else. He will have his sponsor form with him after Mass.


Do support this venture, to help maintain our own and the other churches in Suffolk.




Money Matters Last Sunday 648.29 was given at the Offertory, and 159.77 for CAFOD. The welcome summer break from retiring collections is, alas, nearly over, and next Sunday there will be a collection for the Catholic Education Service.


Anniversaries this week Anne Doyle (1998), Terry Madden (2008), Max Scott (2000), and Helen Gorham (2016). May they Rest in Peace.


First Holy Communion Application forms will be available after Mass for First Holy Communion. The course will begin in a month's time. Please register as soon as possible. Children must be at least in Year Three.


Association of the Family of Jesus and Mary

Elizabeth writes 'The next meeting of AFJM will be on Wednesday 20th September at 7.30pm at the Convent. We will be thinking about the future progress/programme of the Association and the ways in which we could be making changes. All members are asked to make a special effort to come and consider these very important matters for the AFJM.'


Together Club Teresa writes 'The Together Club meets after its summer break on Thursday this week at the Convent, 1.45pm to 3.45pm. We will be playing Bingo, and all are welcome.'


Wednesday Lunch Club Jenny writes 'A reminder to those who have booked, our next Lunch is this Wednesday at 12.30pm. If you would like to come please contact Jenny by 6.0pm on Monday, as we have a few places left.'




Canon Law (Canon 868) states that a priest is only allowed to Baptize a baby or young person if he has good reason to believe that the child will be brought up within the Catholic Faith - which means good reason to suppose that the child will be taught the Faith, and be brought regularly to Mass. The priest talks to the Parents, and ascertains whether they understand this, and are prepared to carry our their duty as Christian parents. They must confirm both that they will see that their child receives instruction (from themselves initially, and later perhaps from others - catechists, teachers, etc.), and that they are going to bring their child to Mass so that he or she grows up as part of the worshipping community which he or she has become part of through Baptism.


But I've known exceptional instances in which it has seemed right to receive the assurance of instruction and Mass attendance not from the parents, who may be indifferent, but from deeply committed Grandparents - who have the parents permission to see to the religious life of the child. There are cases where this has seemed right, bearing in mind the very close relationship which often exists between children and their grandparents. Often grandparents play a very important role in the life and learning of their grandchildren, and not least in their religious life. These days, it might well be the grandparents who will introduce their grandchildren to the Christian life, rather than the parents.....


Which makes me wonder whether it might be good to form a branch of the Catholic Grandparents Association in our parish? I'm in the process of finding out more about this Association, but what I've got in mind is that those grandparents in the parish who might wish to be involved would meet together once a month to pray for their grandchildren (using, perhaps, the Rosary) ; discuss the difficulties and opportunities which a Catholic grandparent encounters ; maybe have occasional talks on relevant issues; take part maybe in Catholic Grandparents events outside the parish ( such as the annual CGA Pilgrimage to Walsingham) and generally offer each other support and companionship. I wonder whether any of you would be interested in this? If you think that you might be, please would you tell me? If there is sufficient interest then we could meet together to discuss the matter further.


The aims of the Catholic Grandparents Association are :

'To recognise and support the Vocation of Grandparents, to help them pass on the Faith, keep prayer at the heart of family life, and foster mutual support for each other'