PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE

 

Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA VF

The Presbytery, 8, Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7HT

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail frjohnfelixstowe@gmail.com

 

Parish Website: stfelixfelixstowe.uk Helping Hands - 07342722521

 

November 19th, 2017 : 33rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. Clare Macdonald

11:00am (Con) Int. +Martin Gaffey

Weekday Masses

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

Wednesday ST.CECILIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. For persecuted Christians

10:30am (Con) Int. For Persecuted Christians

Thursday FERIA

No Mass today

Friday ST.ANDREW DUNG-LAC

11:00am (St.F) Int.

5:00pm (Con) Int. +Fr.John Elliot

Saturday FERIA

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

 

THIS WEEK

 

Monday 2.30pm The Parish Liturgy Committee meets at the Presbytery.

 

This Wednesday is

RED WEDNESDAY

a day when Aid to the Church in Need

asks us to Stand up for Faith and Freedom,

and when we remember the many of our fellow Christians who are undergoing persecution for their Faith at this time.

The Masses will be offered for persecuted Christians, and we are all asked to wear

Red, the colour of Martyrdom.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS,

will be offered for the persecuted at twelve

NOON, AT ST.FELIX

 

Thursday 7.30pm Fr.John attends the Vigil funeral Mass for Fr.Bill Mason RIP at Bury St.Eds

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

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'.

 

The Posada Once 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 Gainsborough Road to come to the Presbytery for a Posada evening. I wonder if they'll come?!)

 

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.