PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE

 

Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA VF

The Presbytery, 8, Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7HT

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail frjohnfelixstowe@gmail.com

 

Parish Website: stfelixfelixstowe.uk Helping Hands - 07342722521

 

January 28th, 2018 : 4th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. Douglas Birchall 11:00am (Con) Int.

 

Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. +John Phelan

10:30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. A Special Intention

Wednesday ST.JOHN BOSCO

9:30am (St.F) Int. A Special Intention

10:30am (Con) Int.

Thursday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int

Friday FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION

OF THE LORD (CANDLEMAS)

11:00am (St.F) Int. +James, Alex, Karen, and

deceased relatives.

5:00pm (Con) Int.

Saturday ST.BLAISE (and ST.CLAUDINE)

9.00am (St.F) Int.

11.0am (Con) Mass of St.Claudine

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

 

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

 

The Rosary Friday at 10.15am

The Mass today The readings can be found

on p.132 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.842 of The Sunday Missal.

 

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 924

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria Sacred Heart

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 725, 721, 629, 652

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

 

THIS WEEK

 

Everyone is invited to come to the Hall

tomorrow, Monday, at 7.30pm

when the stained glass artist

THOMAS DENNY

will talk with us about the proposed

stained glass for St.Felix

(See last Sunday's Newsheet, & Google)

 

Friday CANDLEMAS The traditional Blessing of Candles and Candlemas Procession will precede the 11.0am Mass at St.Felix.

Saturday 9.0am Saturday Club, St.Felix beginning with the Childrens' Mass at 9.0am. Today is the Feast of St.Blaise, and the customary Blessing of Throats will take place at this Mass.

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

Anniversaries this week Barbara Strong (2009), Nigel Gorham (2013), Ethel McGready (1998), Sydney Pope (2003), and Iris Douglas (2008). May they Rest in Peace.

 

Money Matters Last Sunday 608.38 was given at the Offertory, and 108.55 for CAFOD.

 

Wednesday Lunch Club Jenny writes 'Our next lunch is on 7th February at 12.30pm. The menu is Chicken Kiev, Cheesecake, plus tea/coffee, cost 5. To book or any queries please contact BARBARA: please note the different number at the moment.'

 

Lent in the Parish I'm thinking about our Lent Programme - it is now time to put it together. After consultation it seems that people would like to have house groups during Lent, and I think it would be good if we studied five of Our Lord's parables, asking how they apply to us today. They will falls under the titles :

CHRIST THE TEACHER (Parable of the Sower)

CHRIST THE SAVIOUR (Parable of the Good Samaritan)

CHRIST THE JUDGE (Parable of the sheep and the goats)

CHRIST WHO REVEALS THE FATHER

(Parable of the Prodigal Son)

CHRIST THE SUFFERING SERVANT

(Parable of the Vineyard)

Would you be prepared to hold one of the groups in your house? (The materials will be provided) Please tell me if you are willing to do this.

The Lent Programme will also contain weekly Stations of the Cross, and a weekly Holy Hour.

Useful dates : ASH WEDNESDAY is on February 14th, and EASTER DAY is on April 1st.

 

Apostleship of the Sea Barbara writes 'The next Mass at the Seafarers Centre will be on Tuesday evening January 30th at 7.0pm, Everyone is welcome.

 

Churches Together in Felixstowe Barbara further writes 'An ecumenical Lent Course studying the film 'Victoria and Abdul' in five sessions at different venues. See the noticeboard for details or contact Barbara Lamberton .

 

Ash Wednesday Lent begins in just over a fortnight, and John asks that Palm Crosses be returned to the Sacristy so that he can burn them to make the ash for use on Ash Wednesday.

 

 

 

CHRIST OUR LIGHT

 

One of the most powerful images of Our Lord is Light. 'Christ our Light' we sing on Easter night as we begin our great annual celebration of his resurrection. Already this year we've thought of him as the Light to whom the Kings were led by the light of a star, and as the blinding Light from which He, the risen Lord spoke to St.Paul on the Damascus road. And soon, on the Second Sunday of Lent we'll be thinking of Our Lord streaming with light at the time of his transfiguration on the holy mountain.

But this week, when we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple on Friday, we'll recall how the aged prophet Simeon took the infant Christ in his arms, and declared him to be the 'Light to give light to the gentiles'. The Presentation, like the Transfigur- ation and indeed the Epiphany, is a feast of Light. And they point us forward to our heavenly home, the place where we hope to dwell in eternal light, and see the Lord in his glory.

But what does this image of light say to us about Our Lord? What aspects of his being and his saving work does it highlight? First, maybe, He is the light that shows us reality : in the dark, we don't see what is there, what the true situation is. We are left, as we say 'in the dark'. Jesus, who is The Truth, makes known to us what is true, what is lasting, what has real value, what can lead us to happiness and fulfillment. He shines in the darkness of our perplexity. He reveals what is real.

And then he is the light which lights up our way, a guiding light. He teaches us what path we should pursue in order to fulfill the vocation which the Father has given us as his beloved children. 'Lead, kindly Light' Blessed John Henry Newman wrote, 'Lead thou me on'. By his own incarnate life, Jesus teaches us the way which we should pursue. And often when we feel that we are groping our way in the darkness, he seems to show us the way.

The Light which reveals the Truth, The Light which guides our Way, and finally the Light which cheers us. Most of us love light, the light of the sun, the light of a candle. Add the letters D and E and we get 'delight'. Our Lord, as the Light, brings joy and hope, raises our spirits, and encourages us on our way.