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


December 3rd, 2017 : FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. +Dorothy Milton 11:00am (Con) Int. +Kenneth Hylins

Weekday Masses


9:30am (St.F) Int. Housebound members,

10.0am (Con) Int. CWL


10.0am (Con)




8.00am (St.F) Int.

10:0am (Con) Int.


No Mass today



11:00am (St.F) Int.

3.30pm (Con) Int.


9.0am (St.F) Childrens' Mass

11:30am (Con)) FUNERAL MASS FOR SR.


6:00pm (St.F) Int.


The Daily Office

Lauds (Morning Prayer) is said a quarter of an hour before the first Mass, except Tues. & Sat.


Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday 5.15pm to 5.45pm. or by Sunday 9.0am to 9.20am appointment.


The Rosary Friday at 10:15am


The Mass today A new Liturgical Year begins

today : the Sunday Mass Readings are those of

Year B

The readings can be found on p.82 of the Parish

Mass Book, and on p.45 of The Sunday Missal.

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 112

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Kyrie 516

Sanctus & Benedictus New Celtic

Hymns : 87, 109, 662, 100

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Kyrie 516




Today The Christmas Crib Festival at St.Felix continues until 4.30pm.

6.0pm-8.0pm The St.Felix Youth Group meets in the Hall, for a Quiz evening. Hopefully teenagers from the Ipswich parishes will be joining us.

Tuesday 10.30am Funeral Mass for Hilda Murphy, followed by Cremation at the Crematorium of the Seven Hills. No 9.30am Mass & Exposition today.

Wednesday 10.30am Fr.John attends a meeting of the Diocesan Historic Churches Committee at Poringland. Mass today is at 8.0am

Friday Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. In the evening Fr.John attends the priestly Ordination of Jaylord Magpuyo at St.John's Cathedral.

Saturday 9.0am Saturday Club at St.Felix, beginning with a Childrens Mass as usual.




Anniversaries this week Helen Richards (2000), Elizabeth Barnes (2005), Sr.Ursula Tierney (2009), Sr.Mary of the Sacred Heart (1999), Ivy Watts (2001), Victor Ward (2008), Sr.Assisi Clifford (2006), Joseph Smyth (2007), Kate Godfrey (2001), Cyril Doran (1999), Brenda Davison (2004), and Josie Bones (2007). R.I.P.

Money Matters Last Sunday 763.69 was given at the Offertory ; 84.77 was given for CAFOD, and 147.70 was given in the retiring collection for Diocesan Youth Services.

Wednesday Lunch Club Jenny writes 'A reminder to those who have booked, our next lunch is on 6th December at 12.30pm. Any queries please contact Jenny.

Senior Parishioners' Christmas Lunch Monica writes 'If you received an invitation to the Christmas lunch next Sunday 10th December, please make sure that you return your reply by this coming Monday 4th December'.

Volunteer Drivers are still needed to bring some of the senior parishioners to the lunch on Sunday 10th December. We do not have enough drivers yet, so if you can help, please put your name and telephone number on the list in the porch.

CWL Meeting This month's CWL meeting will be on Monday 11th December in the Church hall. at 2.30pm-4pm and will be an afternoon tea and social. Members are invited to bring along favourite pieces of poetry or prose about Advent, Christmas or Winter, to share during the tea.

Christmas Social Evening Jenny writes 'to be held on Saturday 16th December, 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets only 6 and includes a meal and are now on sale. Any queries please contact Jenny. We look forward to seeing you.'.

Race Night Philip Hills writes '13th January at 7.30pm. Tickets now available price 5, includes food, bring your own drink. We have 8 horses still to sell at 5 each. Can everyone who took a race sheet, please let me have it back by Christmas. If you would like tickets and/or can sell/buy a horse please give me a ring.

Giving Tree Phil Dance writes 'Our youth group has placed a giving tree in the church porch. On the tree you will find labels describing a gift that might be given to one of our Syrian refugee families as a welcome gesture on their first Christmas in the UK. Please take a label which best matches what you would like to give. Buy the gift, label it and place in the box under the tree. The aim is to collect as much as we can by the third Sunday in Advent and to give this to the Suffolk Refugee team in Ipswich. Please support this initiative by our youth group to help our neighbours in need'.


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III The Silence before the Collect

When the Penitential section of the Mass is ended - or when on Sunday the Gloria is concluded - the Celebrant then says 'Let us pray', after which he observes a short silence before saying or singing the opening prayer, the Collect. The General Instructions of the Roman Missal tell us what this silence is about. We read : 'Next the Priest calls upon the people to pray and everybody, together with the Priest, observes a brief silence so that they may become aware of being in God's presence and may call to mind their intentions'. And so the prime way in which we should use this moment of silence is to remind ourselves of being in God's presence. Well haven't we already done that in the opening words of the Mass 'In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit'?, it might be asked. Well I'm afraid that some of us, myself included, find that we need to keep on reminding ourselves that we are in God's presence - it's not a once and for all thing. And it seems very right to make that short act of recollection before we go on to make whatever requests are going to be made of God in the Collect. I think perhaps all of the silences in and before - and after - the Mass are to do with Recalling and Recollecting. Recalling back our wandering thoughts to the momentous thing which we are doing in the liturgy, and recollecting God's gracious presence.