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


October 1st, 2017 : 26th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int. Wilf & Jane Ablard

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

11:00am (Con) Int.


Weekday Masses


8.0am (St.F) Int. +John Sullivan (FM)

Tuesday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. Clergy of the Deanery


9:30am (St.F) Int. + Loris & Doug Squirrell

10:30am (Con) Int.

Thursday FERIA

No Mass today

Friday FERIA

11:00am (St.F) Int.

5:00pm (Con) Int.


11:00am (St.F) Int.

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 5.45 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.134 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.780 of The Sunday Missal.

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 961

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria New Celtic

Sanctus & Benedictus New Celtic

Hymns : 601, 877, 956, 910

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1




Today 3.30pm The Youth Group visits Lazar Tag at Martlesham, leaving from the Church.

Monday Fr.John has to attend a Meeting of the Council of Priests at Poringland : Mass at St.Felix at 8.0am ; no Mass at the Convent.

Tuesday 11.30am We provide the Monthly Service at the Mill Lane Care Home.

Wednesday 12.30pm First Friday Lunch Club, in the Hall.

Friday CAFOD Family Fast Day in Harvest




Anniversaries this week John Douglas (2001), Ellen Bayley (2000), and Jane Reid (2015). May they Rest in Peace.


Money Matters A week last Sunday 672.59 was given at the Offertory, and 166.52 in the retiring collection, which was for Home Missions. 134.70 was given for CAFOD.

Last Sunday, 674.23 was given at the Offertory, and 145.05 for CAFOD. Friday is the CAFOD Family Fast Day in Harvest : we are asked to bring back our envelopes containing the money which we have saved through our fasting, and put them

in the retiring collection for CAFOD.


Wednesday Lunch Club Jenny writes 'Our next lunch is on Wednesday at 12.30pm in the Hall. The menu is Beef Casserole & Dumpling, Fruit Jelly, and Tea/Coffee. Cost 5. All welcome, but lunches must be pre-booked by contacting Jenny by 6.0pm on Monday at the latest.


Mass for the Sick Jenny continues 'The Mass for the Sick will be on Tuesday 17th October at 3.0pm, followed by Afternoon Tea in the Hall. More details to come from Fr.John.'


Quiz Night And Jenny concludes 'A Quiz Night will be held on Saturday 28th October in the Hall. Teams must be a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6. Tickets will cost 7 and include supper BUT please bring your own drinks. Tickets will be on sale from 14th October or by contacting Jenny.


St.Felix Young Fathers It seems that the day chosen for our next get-together - this Tuesday - is a 'dud'. Most of you are working. And so can we try again in three weeks time - Tuesday, October 24th ? Sorry about this FJ.


Torchlight Procession of the Blessed Sacrament

The Bishop hopes that the diocese will give enthusiastic support to the Procession which will be held in Norwich on Friday, October 27th, followed by an All Night Vigil of Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral. The special intention is for the Sanctity of all Human Life, since this day marks the moment when the Bill legalising abortion came into effect fifty years ago. The timetable is

8.0pm Gather at the Castle Mound, Norwich to process to the Cathedral.

9.30pm The All Night Vigil begins, led by young people of the diocese.

10.0am on Saturday 28th, Mass

It is probably unrealistic to think of our getting up a coach, but individual cars may be going, and could offer lifts? Fr.John will act as a broker: Please tell him if you can OFFER a lift, or would LIKE a lift, and he will try to match the two.


On a Personal Note I've got two anniversaries coming up this week : Wednesday is the third anniversary of my Induction here as Parish Priest, and Saturday, the Feast of the Holy Rosary, is the twenty second anniversary of my Ordination as a Catholic Priest. A priest is called by God to this ministry, and depends upon God for the strength which he needs - spiritual, mental, and physical, to carry it out. He is totally a dependent person. But also the priest depends upon the people committed to his spiritual charge : he needs their love and understanding, their support, and sometimes their forgiveness. So as I keep these two anniversaries I ask you earnestly for your prayers. I need them if I am to continue to serve you as your parish priest, and to serve God in the Office to which, unworthy though I am, he has called me.




Today, October 1st, we begin to keep the Month of the Holy Rosary. It is a characteristic Catholic devotion, and yet it seems to be one which is not used as widely as heretofore. Sadly, for example, only three, four, five people attend our weekly Rosary at 10.15am on Friday morn- ings. No Catholic is bound to use the Rosary. It is a method of meditation, and one among many. And yet it is one which countless people down the centuries have found powerful to draw them more closely into union with Our Lord. A true means of spiritual growth and sustenance.

Why does the Rosary matter? Because by it, as Pope St.John Paul wrote in his Apostolic Letter on the Rosary, we 'look at Jesus with Mary'. Essentially the Rosary IS 'looking at Jesus', cont-emplating the crucial events in his life. And by doing that we come to see more clearly the depths of his love for us, and we find ourselves inspired to respond to that love.

Why does it work? Not just because of its subject matter, but also because of the way the Rosary is geared to the people we are, a compound of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual : our body - the rosary is physical, it passes through our fingers. Our mind - we think about the mysteries which the rosary brings before us. Our soul - we pray the Rosary.

So in this Month of the Holy Rosary, why not come back to it, or begin using it? You will be more than welcome to join us at 10.15am on a Friday morning, and I will be happy at any time to help you get started.