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


January 14th, 2018 : 2nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int.+Michael Sutcliffe


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


Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

10:30am (Con) Int.


No Mass today

Wednesday ST.ANTHONY



Thursday FERIA

No Mass today

Friday FERIA

5:45pm (Con) Int.

Saturday FERIA


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


.Sacrament of Reconciliation

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


The Rosary Friday at 10:15


The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.127 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.835 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 720

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria Sacred Heart

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 807, 683, 627, 716

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3



Fr.John is hoping to take his post-Christmas break this week - three days in Shropshire, staying in a seventeenth-century gatehouse. He plans to travel there on Monday, and return on Friday. He is grateful to Fr.Adrian Gates for saying three Masses at the Convent whilst he is away, and to Fr.Sam Leeder for saying the Funeral Mass at St.Felix' on Wednesday.

Please note that at the time of writing the Presbytery is unable to receive or send e.mails.


Today The annual White Flower Collection to support the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC). This is not an official, mandatory, collection, but an opportunity for us to support - if we wish - a most worthy and important cause. Thousands of unborn children are being killed through abortion ; a present day Massacre of the Innocents. We can't stand by and do nothing. Supporting SPUC in its fight against this terrible scandal is one thing which all of us can do. The 'white flowers' will be in a basket at the back of church : please take a sticker, and put your donation in the basket.

Wednesday 11.0am Funeral Mass for Michael Sutcliffe, followed by Cremation at the Crematorium of the Seven Hills.

Saturday 9.0am Saturday Club, beginning with a Childrens' Mass.




Anniversaries this week Elizabeth Durrant (1998), Rutland Barsby (2005), Albert Schmitz (2004), Derek Manthorpe (2006), Mary Hunt (1999), and Mary Ward (2011). May they rest in Peace.

Money Matters Last Sunday 579.21 was given at the Offertory, and a further 73.76 for CAFOD.




Each January this Octave of Prayer, sometimes called 'The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity', takes place. Always and everywhere, the Octave runs from January 18th until January 25th (the Feast of the Conversion of St.Paul), but rather perversely the Felixstowe Churches Together has chosen for it to run here from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st ! The main events are

Monday 15th-Friday 19th Vespers at the Convent each day at 4.30pm

Tuesday 16th Reflections at the URC 10.30am

Saturday 20th A Pilgrimage to the different churches, starting from St.Mary's Walton at 9.45am (and reaching St.Felix at 10.50am).

Sunday 21st A United service at the Trinity Methodist Church at 6.30pm.


Here, there will be a Mass for Unity on Friday 26th (the day after the Octave is meant to end) at Noon, followed by a Hunger Lunch in the Hall.



We've had the shortest possible Advent, and it now it feels as if we have had the shortest possible Christmastide too! The Epiphany Crib was only in place for one Sunday this time, and now we are back in green, and in what the Church rather prosaically calls Ordinary Time - and this will continue until Lent begins on Wednesday February 14th ( I can't remember Ash Wednesday and St.Valentine sharing a day before!)

But if this seems to be rather a dull time in the Christian Calendar - ordinary indeed - it nevertheless reminds of those 'ordinary' years which constituted the major part of Our Lord's incarnate life here on earth : those 'hidden years' as they are sometimes called, when, for thirty years, he lived quietly at Nazareth, pursuing, as we suppose the life of a carpenter. St.Luke tells us about the infant Christ being Presented in the Temple, and about him being lost there at the age of twelve. But beyond that we know nothing.

So have these 'hidden years' nothing to say to us? Indeed they have. First, I think they underline the reality of the Incarnation. That God the Son has indeed taken our common humanity, not as some kind of brief set-piece, but as something to be lived out in the most ordinary circumstances, and over an appreciable length of time. Living for thirty years in what we would now consider rather squalid conditions speaks of a very real identification with our human condition.

Then second I think it speaks of Our Lord's very real ability to sympathize with us in the difficulties and sadnesses which all of us encounter in the course of our lives. Sometimes, for instance, Jesus is pictured with Our Lady at the deathbed of St.Joseph : he knows about family bereavement, as he does - from the inside - about all the constituents of this mortal life, including obedience to parents, and daily work.

But third, and this particularly as we begin to keep Ordinary Time in church, he knows about the everyday life which we sometimes think of as being humdrum and boring : life without special events and excitements. Life that is, simply, Ordinary, and whose ordinariness we sometimes chafe against. But which, in reality, we should savour, because it presents us with opportunities to reflect on the wonder of God's creation, and the place which he gives us within it.




Some of you may have in your diaries the date Tuesday January 23rd for the next meeting of the Council, which was to also have been our AGM. For various good reasons it has been decided to postpone this meeting : a new date will be announced shortly.

Phil Dance has come to the end of his (distinguished) two-year term as Chairman, and so we are seeking to appoint a new Chairperson. The Council meets four times a year, and the Chairperson usually serves for two years. Applications are invited from parishioners who have an ability to listen and to encourage others to contribute their ideas at PAC meetings. We also need a Secretary to take the minutes at the meetings. If you would be interested in helping the parish in either of these important roles, please let me, Fr.John, or Phil Dance know as soon as possible. Phil can be reached on 01394 671994.