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 17th, 2017 : THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT


Sunday Masses

Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int. A Special Intention

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. +John Battersby 11:00am (Con) Int. For the People


Weekday Masses


9:30am (St.F) Int. Shirley Newberry

10:30am (Con) Int. +Peter Gilburt, P


9:30am (St.F) Int. Betty Bewick


9:30am (St.F) Int. +Peter McGuire

10:30am (Con) Int.


No Mass today


11:00am (St.F) Int.

5:00pm (Con) Int.


9.00am (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 Mass.


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesdays at10.0am Benediction at 10.30am


Sacrament of Reconciliation -

Confessions before Christmas

Tuesday 7.30pm (Penitential Service)

Wednesday Noon-12.30pm

Friday 11.45am-12.15pm; 3.0pm -3.30pm

Saturday Noon - 12.30pm ; 5.15pm- 5.45pm



The Rosary Friday at 10.15am


The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.88 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.53 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 100

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Kyrie Hymn Book 516

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 94, 983, 607, 878

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Kyrie Hymn Book 516






St.Felix, 3.0pm

A Service of Preparation for the

Christmas Festival, based on the Christingles which will be distributed at the Service


Followed by Tea in the Hall






7.30pm at St.Felix

Fr.John will be assisted by

Fr.Christopher Smith & Fr.Edmund Eggleston

There will be

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament





Anniversaries this week Martin Brogan (2007), Eileen Ascott (2008), Andrew Yates (2013), Stanley Ring (2009), Doris Bird (2002), Margaret Hanlon (2009), Joseph Grace (2003), Heather Campbell, and Patricia Schwan (2015). May they Rest in Peace.


Money Matters Last Sunday 561.37 was given at the Offertory, and 100.18 for CAFOD.

Today there is a retiring collection for the Dependant Priests Fund.


Diocesan Handbooks The new 2018 Diocesan Handbook is now available, and can be obtained from the Repository for 3. It is full of interesting information about the diocese, and at its unchanged price of 3 represents very good value.


The Senior Parishioners Christmas Lunch Held last Sunday, the lunch was once again a great success, and gave pleasure to many. The snowstorm in the morning seemed to threaten a good attendance, but in the event very few people were prevented from coming. A big thank-you to Monica for organising the event, and to her excellent team of cooks and waiters.



V The Silence after the Eucharistic Prayer


Now this short silence between the ending of the Eucharistic Prayer and the saying of the Lord's Prayer is not actually enjoined by the Roman Missal. And yet it seems wholly right and appropriate that there should be a brief pause between the conclusion of the Eucharistic Prayer, which lies at the heart of the Mass, and the Communion Devotions which follow. In the course of the Eucharistic Prayer the Lord himself becomes present, as He speaks his own words through the mouth of the earthly priest THIS IS MY BODY and THIS IS MY BLOOD, and following this the Body and Blood of Christ, the risen and living Lord now present upon the Altar, are Offered to the Father (the Eucharistic Sacrifice) as the oblation by which we are reconciled and accepted. The Prayer ends with the great AMEN, pronounced by all, and signifying the assent of all to what has been said and done. What we do next is something quite different : we begin to prepare ourselves for receiving Holy Communion by using the Communion Devotions. They begin with the Lord's Prayer, for how better can we prepare ourselves for receiving his Body and Blood than by saying together the prayer which he himself taught us? But the Eucharistic Prayer and the Communion Devotions which follow are two quite seperate things. And to run them into each other, as so often happens, seems to be a cause of confusion. Much better to keep a moments silence in between, not least to let the wonderful thing that has just happened sink in, before we embark on our preparation for Holy Communion. This short silence is, like all of the other silences in the Mass, a time for quiet reflection, however brief.


IT'S NEARLY TIME...........


I don't like - and I don't know anyone who does - this minimalist three-week Advent which we're having this year! With the fourth Sunday in Advent (next Sunday) sharing a single day with Christmas Eve, it is the very shortest Advent possible - really only a three-week Advent rather than the proper four-week one. It hasn't happened, apparently, since 2006.

It means, I think, that this time of the year is more of a scamper than ever, and with that being so, we must be careful to get our priorities right, and not omit anything which really does matter. I'm thinking, of course, about making our Confess- ion in preparation for Christmas. Of course the devil will have several things to say to each one of us : He say that we haven't possibly got time ; that we've not really done anything that warrants making a Confession ; that confession is old-hat ; etc.etc. Tell him to get lost. And prepare yourself for a joyful Christmas in the way that the Church knows to be the best way. Come to the Crib cleansed and prepared. 'Cast out our sin, and enter in', we sing in a Carol: it is the proper way to prepare for Jesus entering afresh into our hearts and lives at Christmas ; simply allowing him to 'cast out our sin' by Absolution, and then to enter into a soul made ready to receive Him.