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 10th, 2017 : 23rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int. A Private Intention

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


Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. +Rosemary Chase (FM)

10.30am (Con) Int. A Special Intention

Tuesday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int.


9.30am (St.F) Int.

10.30am (Con) Int.



No Mass today


11:00am (St.F) Int.

5:00pm (Con) Int.


11:00am (St.F) Int.

6:00pm (St.F) Int.


The Daily Office

Lauds (Morning Prayer) is said a quarter of an hour before the first Mass at St.Felix


Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday 5.15pm to 5.45 p.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.125 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.769 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

(Angelus) Hymn 735

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria Said

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 962, 876, 629, 880

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1




Today 6.0pm-7.0pm A further meeting for Teenagers, for detailing our Programme, at the Presbytery.

Monday 7.30pm The Catholic Women's League meets in the Hall. Speaker : Violet Jones.

Tuesday 10.30am Fr.John attends the Deanery Clergy meeting at Kesgrave. No Exposition & Benediction today.

6.30pm Catechists Meeting, at the Presbytery.

.Next Sunday Fr.John leaves in the afternoon for his annual summer holiday. He will be away for the inside of two weeks.




Anniversaries this week Pamela Russell (2009), Felix Shaw (2000), Monica Barsby (2008), Michael Kay (2001), Annie O'Hagan (2003), Patrick O'Reilly (2000), William Keane (2009). May they Rest in Peace.


Money Matters Last Sunday 700.67 was given at the Offertory, and 108.59 for CAFOD.

Today there is a retiring collection for The Catholic Education Service, and next Sunday a retiring collection for Home Missions.


Town Pastors Barbara writes 'Town Pastor

schemes in Suffolk and Norfolk are having their first 'Town Pastor Sunday' on September 17th 2017. In Felixstowe the celebration service will be at the Salvation Army, Cobbold Road at 5.30pm on September 17th. Everyone is welcome. A new Town and Festival Pastor film will be shown and pastors will be available to answer questions. Do come and learn about the work of Town Pastors in your community. If you have a moment thee is a letter on the notice board in the porch.'


Crib Festival 2017 Barbara further writes 'We are planning to hold a Crib Festival at St.Felix Church on the weekend of December 2nd and 3rd, from 10.30am to 4.30pm each day. We hope this will attract many people from our local community into our lovely church and also raise funds though donations. We want to involve everyone in the parish - we shall need 2 people each hour in church, 2 people each hour serving refreshments in the Hall, people to make cakes and biscuits, help setting up on Friday December 1st and help dismantling on December 3rd. But first of all we need cribs. If you are willing to lend a crib (or 2 or more) please sign the sheet in the porch. We will need at least 50 cribs to proceed. They can be of any size (I have one that fits into a matchbox) and can be shop bought or handmade. Maybe some of the children would like to make a crib. If we get sufficient cribs I will be asking for volunteers for the other areas nearer the time. If you have any queries or suggestions please contact Barbara Lamberton




I imagine that all of us are gravely concerned about the present world situation, with what seems to be a real danger of nuclear war between North Korea and the United States, brought about largely by the foolish military ambitions of the former. We know that whilst the worst of such warfare may be contained within a part of the world far distant from our own, the various effects of such a conflict would be global. No one would be unaffected. And of course we cannot be other than deeply worried about the countless people whose lives would be very directly taken or severely blighted. Maybe in our pessimistic moments we may feel that we are in a Titanic moment : the ship is sinking, and there is seemingly nothing that we can do to prevent the catastrophy.

Last Wednesday we kept for the first time the feast of St.Teresa of Calcutta. Mother Teresa, who died twenty years ago after her heroic work amongst the poorest of the poor in that great city and well beyond, has recently been canonized, and the date September 6th has been assigned to her for her feast day. I wondered what she would advise if we sought her guidance in the present situation.

I think first she would tell us not to wallow in our fear and apprehension. She would tell us to place our anxiety into the hands of Jesus and of his blessed Mother, trustfully, as a child might do - 'unless you become as little children'. And of course she would counsel us to pray, to pray earnestly, trustfully, and unremittingly. Much is accomplished by prayer, even those things which seem to be almost hopeless.

And then I think she would urge us to get on with the daily tasks which God has given us to do, - especially those which are of direct benefit to others - rather than nurse our own difficulties.She would tell us to practice self-forgetfulness, and be there for those in real need. She , like Jesus, was always there for others. And she would tell us to go and do likewise, and so find pace of mind and heart in seeking to serve our brothers and sisters.




The Bishops of England and Wales have decided to return two of the Holy Days of Obligation - The feast of the Epiphany and the feast of the Ascension - to their proper dates. For the last few years these feast have been celebrated on the nearest Sunday. Now the Epiphany will once more be celebrated on the Twelth Day of Christmas, January 6th. Even more important is the fact that the celebration of the Ascension of the Lord will once more happen forty days after the Resurrection, and nine days before Pentecost which always takes us to a Thursday. These changes are much to be welcomed. The third holy day of obligation which was moved to a Sunday, Corpus Christi, will continue to be kept on a Sunday, since it doesn't celebrate a historical event, as the other two do, but rather a profound and wonderful doctrine.