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
November 19th, 2017 : 33rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int. For the People
Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. Clare Macdonald
11:00am (Con) Int. +Martin Gaffey
Monday FEAST OF ST.EDMUND
9:30am (St.F) Int.+Decd. Members of CWL
10.30am (Con) +Fr.Sean O'Toole
Tuesday PRESENTATION OF THE BVM
9:30am (St.F) Int. A Special Intention
9:30am (St.F) Int. For persecuted Christians
10:30am (Con) Int. For Persecuted Christians
No Mass today
Friday ST.ANDREW DUNG-LAC
11:00am (St.F) Int.
5:00pm (Con) Int. +Fr.John Elliot
9.0am (St.F) CHILDRENS MASS
6:00pm (St.F) Int. Fort he People
The Daily Office
Lauds (Morning Prayer) is said a quarter of an hour before the first Mass, except Saturday.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Tuesdays at10.0am Benediction at 10.30am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 5.15pm to 5.45 pm. 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.155 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.807 of The Sunday Missal.
At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2
Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 888
At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2
Gloria New Celtic
Sanctus & Benedictus New Celtic
Hymns : 807, 972, 808, 898
At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3
Monday 2.30pm The Parish Liturgy Committee meets at the Presbytery.
Thursday 7.30pm Fr.John attends the Vigil funeral Mass for Fr.Bill Mason RIP at Bury St.Eds
Anniversaries this week Ellen Moran (2000), Bridget Chalcraft (2011), Marguerite Gamble (2013), and Marlene Strachan (2016). R.I.P.
Money Matters Last Sunday £715.57 was given at the Offertory, and £127.09 for CAFOD. Next Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King, is kept as Youth Sunday, and there will be a retiring collection for the Diocesan Youth Services.
The Senior Parishioners' Lunch on Sunday 10th December Monica writes 'Invitations for parishioners of 70+ are now ready to be collected from the porch of the church or from the convent. Please be sure to collect your invitation and reply by Monday December 4th.'
Christmas Social Evening Jenny writes 'Christmas Social Evening to be held on Saturday 16th December, 7pm for 7.30 pm in the hall. Tickets are £6 and includes a meal (but please bring you own drinks) and will be on sale from 2nd December. A chance to relax and socialize before Christmas. Please try to come along. Any queries or to book tickets please contact Jenny.
Christmas Crib Festival Barbara writes ' Thank you for your support so far. Now we are looking for volunteers for the refreshments on December 2nd & 3rd. Sign up on the notice board in the porch if you can help'.
again the Posada, a figure of Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem for the
birth of our Lord, will be making its way through the parish during Advent,
having been blessed at the end of the 9.30am Mass on Advent Sunday. If you
would like to give shelter to Mary & Joseph one night during this special
season, please sign up for the date which suits you best on the notice in the
Porch. Then on that evening ask a few of your friends or neighbours
to join you for light refreshments and to say the Posada prayer together. This
is way of reminding those outside the Church of what Advent and Christmas are
truly about, and also provides an opportunity for a very pleasant pre-Christmas
evening. (I'm planning to invite my neighbours in
Fairtrade Mrs.Teresa Whitely has acted as our Fair Trade representative for some years, but has now retired. I wonder whether anyone would be prepared to take it on? Please speak to Teresa or Fr.John if you would like to know more.
THE POWER OF SILENCE
I'm currently reading a book with this title, written by Robert, Cardinal Sarah, the Ghanian cardinal who was made Prefect of the Congreg- ation for Divine Worship by Pope Francis. It is subtitled 'Against the dictatorship of Noise', and it argues that silence, exterior and interior, are vital for our relationship with God, and that this is threatened by the increasing scarcity of silence in our frenetic world. Cardinal Sarah writes 'I am certain that silence is a divine liberation that unifies man and places him at the centre of himself, in the depths of God's mysteries. In silence, man is absorbed by the divine, and the world's movements no longer have any hold on his soul. In silence, we set out from God and we arrive at God.'
In one part of the book the Cardinal speaks about the importance of silence in the liturgy of the Church, and I want to begin a new series here in the Newsheet in which we look briefly at the various points in the Mass where silence is ordered or recommended. I think that to keep these silences can only be an enrichment of our worship. We begin this week with
1. The silence before the Mass begins In the Missal, preceding the Order of Mass, are the words 'The people gather in a spirit of recollection, preparing for their participation in the Mass' Now although silence is not specifically mentioned here, I don't see how we can possibly 'gather in a spirit of recollection' or 'prepare for participation in the Mass' unless there IS silence. Neither of those two things can come about when there is talking. We can only fully immerse ourselves in the worship of God if we have liberated ourselves from the noise of the world, and come to an interior stillness. And remember that even if you don't want to do that, other people do! So please, can we have silence whilst we are waiting for Mass to begin? We are about to take part in the most important thing in which we do take part in in this world, the offering of the Holy Sacrifice. Best to reflect quietly upon where we are, and what we are about to do. Remember the words of the Psalmist, 'Be still, and know that I am God'. Or maybe read through the words of the modern hymn 'Be still, for the presence of the Lord' - 720 in our hymn books.