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


November 26th, 2017 : SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. +Hilda Murphy 11:00am (Con) Int.+ Mariana Jozwiak

Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. +Fr.Norman Brown

10:30am (Con) Int. +Barbara Johnston

Tuesday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. For Vocations

Wednesday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. +Gerad Bennett

10:00am (Con) Int.


10.00am (Con) Int.

Friday FERIA

10.0am (Con) Int.

11:00am (St.F) Int.

Saturday FERIA

9.0am (St.F) Int. For the Crib Festival

6:00pm (St.F) Int.


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 5.15 to 5.45 p.m. or by appointment.


The Rosary Friday at 10.15am


The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.158 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.812 of The Sunday Missal.

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

(Angelus) Hymn 326

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Hymn Book 527

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 319, 806, 320, 888, 821

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3




Tuesday 7.0pm Mass at the Seafarers Centre, All welcome.





at St.Felix Church, 10.30am-4.30am

View around eighty Cribs,

and enjoy refreshments in the Hall


Thursday 1.45pm The Together Club meets at the Convent for an organ concert and sing-song. All welcome.

Saturday 9.0am Saturday Club, for young people of Primary School age, beginning with a Childrens' Mass at 9.0am

Next Sunday is Advent Sunday, the beginning of a new liturgical year.




Anniversaries this week Charles Burnham-Slipper (2013), Patricia Thompson (2012), Patrick Hall (2007), Sr.Carmel Murphy (2003), Mary Kalo (2003), Tadeusz Drouet (1998), and Kenneth Hylins (2013). May they Rest in Peace.

Sr.Marceline RJM We were sad to hear of the sudden death of Sr.Marceline last Thursday. She had been in frail health for some time, but had been looked after with great care and devotion at the Convent. May she rest in light and peace.


Money Matters Last Sunday 632.91 was given at the Offertory, and a further 92.65 for CAFOD. Today, which is being kept as Youth Sunday, there will be a retiring collection for the Diocesan Youth Services.


St Felix Crib Festival Barbara writes ' I shall be in Church on Thursday November 30th from 1- 5pm and on Friday 1st December from 11.30 -5pm to receive cribs. Please make sure your name is on your crib. Cakes for the refreshments can be delivered then or on Saturday from 9am. Any queries please contact Barbara.


Senior Parishioners' Christmas Lunch - 10th December. Monica writes 'There are still quite a number of invitations to be collected from the porch at St Felix. If you are 70+, please collect your invitation and be sure to return your reply by Monday December 4th.


Volunteer Drivers needed to bring some of our parishioners to the lunch on Sunday 10th Dec. If you can help, please put you name and telephone number on the list in the porch at St Felix'.


Christmas Social Evening to be held on Saturday 16th December 7pm for 7.30pm in the hall. Tickets are only 6 and includes a meal and will be on sale from 2nd December. A chance to relax and socialise before Christmas. Any queries please contact Jenny. Organised by Team Felix.


Ipswich Life Group invite you to their annual Coffee and Carols Morning on Friday 8th Dec, in St Pancras' Church Hall from 10am to 12noon. Entrance 2 includes coffee and mince pies. Bring & Buy, cakes and raffle. Proceeds to Life Education. Any queries please contact Judith Fell


Penitential Service before Christmas This will be held on Tuesday December 19th, 7.30pm at St.Felix. Fr.Christopher Smith and Fr.Edmund Eggleston have kindly agreed to assist.

Newsheet I asked that material for inclusion in the Newsheet should reach me by a Tuesday, and people have been most co-operative. Many thanks for this. Teresa Whiteley most kindly gives me secretarial help on most Wednesday mornings, and if the Newsheet material has come in on Tuesday, then she is able to type it up then, which is a great help.


II The Silence before the Penitential Act


We are thinking in this series about the importance of silence in the liturgy, the Mass. Last week we thought about the silence before the Mass begins : that silence, in which 'the people gather in a spirit of recollection, preparing for their participation in the Mass', depends upon YOU - it isn't a silence which the priest can impose. But then the periods of silence which the Roman Missal enjoins within the Mass DO depend upon the Celebrant - and I regret that I have often been somewhat neglectful of them. I'm now making an effort to get it right.

The first silence within the liturgy itself is the silence which follows on after the priest has said 'Let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries'. We always begin the Mass with the Penitential Rite - it's rather like washing our hands before meal : not like a bath or a shower - that is when we make a sacramental Confession. There's a place - a necessary place - both for bathing and showering and for hand-washing too.

The rubric after the invitation to acknowledge our sins reads 'a brief pause for silence follows'. Yes, it's brief, but it does give us a moment to recall the principal ways in which we have failed to love God and to love our neighbour. I think that we should have made a short examination of conscience before the Mass begins - a part of our preparation for receiving Holy Communion - but here in this brief silence we bring to mind those things which our short examination has brought to the surface. The silence, and what we recall within it, gives a reality to the general confession which we now make. To confess that we have sinned without having troubled to think HOW we have sinned makes that general confession seem rather empty, and even valueless.