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 17th, 2017 : 24th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int. +John & Joan Kelly

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int.+Vi Picton

11:00am (Con) Int. For the People


Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

10:30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday FERIA

10.30am (Con) Int.


10.30am (Con) Int.


10.30am (Con) Int.

Friday FERIA

5.45pm (Con) Int.

Saturday FERIA

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


Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday 5.15pm to 5.45 pm


The Rosary Friday at 10:15am


The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.128 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.773 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 934

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Belmont

Sanctus & Benedictus Belmont

Hymns : 851, 934, 748, 971

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer



Fr.John plans to take his Summer holiday this

week and the major part of the following week. He hopes to leave this afternoon, and return on Friday 29th. The first week will be spend in Cornwall, at a cottage near the Helford River, and then the remaining days in Devon, in an 1839 folly called The China Tower - where he hopes to have a smashing time. As you can see opposite, there will be a Mass at the Convent almost every day this week : a visiting priest is staying there until Thursday, and then Fr.Adrian from St.James' Ipswich will say a Mass on Friday afternoon. Next Sunday our old friend Fr.Michael Rear, from Manningtree, has kindly agreed to say the three Sunday Masses - and so all in all you will be well looked after.


Thursday 1.45pm The Together Club meets at the Convent. All welcome.




Anniversaries this week Marjorie Atkinson (2002) and Christine Seale. May they Rest in Peace.


Money Matters Last Sunday 660.08 was given at the Offertory, and a further 226.70 in the retiring collection, which was for Catholic Education Services. 124.36 was given to CAFOD. This Sunday there is another retiring collection, this time for Home Missions.


The Sponsored 'Ride and Stride' took place a week ago, and more people than usual from our parish walked or cycled to churches in the area. All of us who took part would like to thank our generous sponsors ; a good deal of money will have been raised - 50% coming to the parish, and the other 50% going towards the repair of all the churches in Suffolk. We won't know the exact amount until all the sponsorship money comes in. I was a little disappointed that only seven walkers accepted my invitation to come with me, but we were a very happy group. How fortunate we were with the weather! The Sisters kindly invited us to eat our picnic lunch at the Convent ; we had already visited eight churches, and five more were to follow in the afternoon. We were grateful to the three good men who provided us with lifts from far down the Langer Road to Walton High Street. A Mexican sister, Sr.Paz, who is staying at the Convent was in our party, and she took a photo of us at each of the churches : hopefully one of the photos will appear in the next edition of the diocesan Newspaper. She also made the very good suggestion that we should say a prayer in each church we visited - we duly said an Our Father at them all.

So thank you to everyone who was involved - not least the people who 'manned' the church and the convent chapel throughout the day.


Teresa, our Parish Organiser for the event, adds

'If you have any sponsor money for the Ride and Stride event, please could you give it to me, or put it in an envelope clearly marked 'Ride and Stride', and put it through the Presbytery door. Thank you.'


Catholic Grandparents Association I wrote a fortnight ago about the important part which Catholic grandparents often play in commun- icating the Faith to their grandchildren, and in encouraging them in prayer - and suggested that maybe we should think about a branch of the Catholic Grandparents Association in this Parish. Its members might meet together monthly to pray for their grandchildren, and to share their experiences, both their difficulties and their encouragements.

A number of people expressed interest, and so when I return from my holiday in a fortnight's time I'll get in touch with those people, suggesting a date when we might meet to talk about it. The date will be in the Newsheet too, in case others are also interested.


CAFOD Boni and Kate Pinto, our parish representatives, write : 'Boni and Kate wish to thank everyone for their continuing support of CAFOD throughout the year.

As the parish has a regular collection, half the money donated each week will be given to the Connect2:Peru project. This project supports two vulnerable communities, one rural and one urban on the outskirts of Lima. If you wish to find out more about these projects there is further information on the CAFOD notice board in the church porch, or on the internet at

Thank you once again for you continuing support.


Crib Festival 2017 Barbara renews her appeal :

'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 through donations. We want to involve everyone in the parish - we shall need two people each hour in church, two people each hour serving refreshments in the Hall, people to make cakes and biscuits, and help setting up on Friday December 1st, and with dismantling on December 3rd. But first of all we need Cribs. If you are willing to lend a crib ( or two or more) please sign the sheet in the porch. We will need at least fifty 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.


The Memorial Garden The roses and the planting-out in the pots are now past their best, and, after a very good season, are now looking distinctly autumnal. In a few weeks time the pots will be given their Winter planting of tulips, pansies, and wallflowers. Meanwhile my old college friend Fr.Gladstone Liddell has given us a clematis to grow up the bare trunk of the large holly tree near the enclosure. If it grows and thrives it will look very attractive.