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 31st, 2017 : FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY


Sunday Masses

Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int.+ Margaret and

William Robinson

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int +Michael Sutcliffe

11:00am (Con) Int. For the People


Weekday Masses



10:30am (Con) Int. +Trevor Jordan

Noon (St.F) Int.


9:30am (St.F) Int.



9:30am (St.F) Int.

10:30am (Con) Int.


No Mass today


11:00am (St.F) Int.

5:00pm (Con) Int.


9.0am (St.F) Int.

6:00pm (St.F) Int. +Delia & Hugh Brannan


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

Saturday 5.15pm to 5.45pm. or by appointment.


The Rosary Friday at 10.15am

The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.106 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.101 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 128

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria Hymn Book 527

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 135, 128, 144, 152

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1








(Octave Day of Christmas, & New Year's Day)



10.30am Convent

Noon St.Felix

The best place to begin a New Year

is at the Altar



Friday 2.0pm Catholic Grandparents

Group, Presbytery.

Saturday Saturday Club is on holiday ; it resumes next week.




Anniversaries this week Joanna Norgan (2016), Pauline O'Reilly (2007), Marion Groundwater (2006), John Dimascio (2003), Francesca Warford (2000), Mary Underwood (2011), Adrian Cotton (2013). R.I.P.


Michael Sutcliffe RIP We were saddened by Michael's death, on Christmas Day. Fr.John was with him, and as he spoke the Commendation 'Go forth, Christian soul, from this world' , Michael died. Although he and Mary (whose funeral took place only a couple of weeks ago) had only been in Felixstowe for three years, they had endeared themselves to many. Michael was a person of great charm and courtesy, and of unfailing good humour. We will miss him. May he rest in peace.


Michael's Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, January 17th at 11.0am. Because Fr.John will be on a pre-arranged Christmas break then, it will be celebrated by Michael's old friend Fr.Sam Leeder.


Money Matters Last Sunday 606.57 was given at the offertory, and 111.00 for CAFOD. The Christmas Day collection was 1672.90.


Christmas As ever the church looked most attractive for the festival : we are very grateful to Giavanna and her team for the fine floral and other decorations. Also to our cleaners, who made a special effort to have everywhere looking spruce. Thank you, too, to our musicians, readers, and Altar servers.

A notable feature of our celebrations this year was the Nativity Play which our young people performed at the First Mass of Christmas. It was very charming, and all of the children remembered both their lines, and just when to come and go. We are grateful to Monica and Kathleen.

Fr.John was most grateful for the cards, food, and presents which found their way to the Presbytery. And also to Fr.Anthony Watkins, a retired priest from London, who helped him with the Masses.


Team Felix Jenny writes 'Team Felix would like to sincerely thank our supporters of the Wednesday Lunch Club. This year the total profit was 1,250, of which 1,000 is for parish funds and 250 will be donated to East Anglia Childrens' Hospices. 2018 will see us start our 7th year, all are welcome and you do not need to come every month, all we ask is that you pre-book by contacting Jenny. Our first lunch is on 10th January at 12.30pm, and the menu is - Sausage Casserole, Apple Strudel and Custard, followed by tea/coffee, cost 5. These lunches are not fund raising events but an opportunity to come along and socialise with others, whilst having lunch - the fact that they make money is a bonus. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.'


Race Night Philip Hills writes 'The Parish Race Night is to take place on Saturday January 13th, at 7.30pm. Tickets are available at 5, including food. Bring you own drink. For details and bookings 'phone me.'


Our Seminarian If all goes according to plan, James, the Seminarian who is to do a month-long placement here, should be arriving on Thursday this week. Do speak to him and make him welcome. It would be very good if you could invite him to visit you in your home. Seminarians don't usually seem to be sent to medium-sized parishes like this one. But since most parishes in the diocese are of that type, it seems very good for a Seminarian to get experience of a parish like our own.



(The times of Silence during the Mass)

VII The Silence after Communion

Perhaps this is the longest and most obvious period of silence within the Mass ; it is also arguably the most valuable. Like the other silences it is a time for reflection. A time for us to try to take in the wonder of the risen and glorified Christ having become present to us individually in an extraordinary way through Holy Communion : Jesus having given himself to us, having become tabernacled within us, even as he was tabernacled within Our Lady during those nine months of her pregnancy.

When something so wonderful and so humbling has happened to the individual, how could he or she possibly go back to their seat and chat or read the newsheet? Only an interior silence which matches the exterior silence can be an apt response. Wonder, reflection, silence - these things must surely follow on from Holy Communion? This pause in the liturgy is the time for these things. A time of inner and outward silence.