PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE
Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA VF
The Presbytery, 8,
Tel.01394 282561 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Website: stfelixfelixstowe.uk Helping Hands - 07342722521
October 1st, 2017 : 26th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int. Wilf & Jane Ablard
Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. For the People
11:00am (Con) Int.
Monday HOLY GUARDIAN ANGELS
8.0am (St.F) Int. +John Sullivan (FM)
9:30am (St.F) Int. Clergy of the Deanery
9:30am (St.F) Int. + Loris & Doug Squirrell
10:30am (Con) Int.
No Mass today
11:00am (St.F) Int.
5:00pm (Con) Int.
Saturday OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
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
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
Gather at the Castle Mound,
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.
THE HOLY ROSARY
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.