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

 

February 4th, 2018 : FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 


Sunday Masses

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

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

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

 

Weekday Masses

Monday ST.AGATHA

9:30am (St.F) Int. For persecuted Christians 10:30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday ST.PAUL MIKI & COMPS.

9:30am (St.F) Int.

Wednesday FERIA

8:0am (St.F) Int.

Thursday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Abraham

Friday FERIA

11:00am (St.F) Int.

5:00pm (Con) Int.

Saturday ST.SCHOLASTICA

9.30am (St.F) Int.

6:00pm (St.F) Int. +Joan Nelson

 

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 at 10.0am Benediction at 10.30am

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday 5.15pm to 5.45 pm. 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.135 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.845

of The Sunday Missal.

 

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 961

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Sacred Heart

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 934, 803, 795, 861

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Hymns 761, 934, 607

 

THIS WEEK

 

Today 6.0pm-8.0pm The St.Felix Youth Group meets in the Hall. The evening is being arranged by the diocesan IGNITE Group.

Wednesday Only an 8.0am Mass today, as Fr.John hopes to attend a Day of Recollection.

12.30pm The February Lunch Club, in the Hall

Next Sunday The last Sunday before Lent begins - copies of the Lent programme will be available.

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

Anniversaries this week Muriel Hargreaves (2003), Patrick Kilbride (2006),Gillian Thomas (1999), Patricia Manthorpe (2000), Mary Sanford (2002), William Pipe (2006), Mary Droust (2003), Tori-Anna Williams (2004), and Joan Nelson (2014). May they Rest in Peace.

 

Money Matters Last Sunday 556.31 was given at the Offertory, and 111.04 to CAFOD.

 

Catholic Women's League Teresa writes 'The next meeting of the League is on Monday 12th February, at 2.30pm in the afternoon. It is a battle of the biscuits. Please bring along your favourite biscuit, home made or bought. Everyone will have the opportunity to taste the biscuits and vote for their favourite.'

 

Parish Advisory Council Phil Dance, the out-going Chairman writes, 'We are still looking to fill the roles of Chairperson and Secretary to the PAC. These tasks are not onerous, there are only four meetings each year. We need someone who is good at listening and who can encourage all to contribute their ideas to the life of the parish. Please let Fr.John know if you are willing to volunteer for one of these important roles.'

 

THE GOSPEL AT MASS

 

There are three readings at the Sunday Mass - the first from the Old Testament, and the second usually taken from one of the letters of St.Paul. These first two readings lead up to the Gospel reading, to which we give both special attention and special honour - for here it is Our Lord himself speaking to us, by his actions and by his words. We stand to receive the Gospel Read- ing, which is always, of course, taken from one of the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Standing is a posture which speaks of both attentiveness and receptivity, and of our readiness to go out in due course to live out what has been spoken to us. The Gospel book is censed - incense being a sign of giving honour , and we honour the words in which Jesus reveals himself to us. The carrying of lights is also an ancient way of showing honour, and so Acolytes carrying candles flank the place from which the Gospel is read. Sometimes the Gospel is sung rather than spoken, to give it extra dignity.

The Gospel reading is followed by the homily - and priests are urged these days to give a homily at every Mass if possible. The homily is the living word spoken to us, and whilst it can be based on any of the readings, or indeed on the words of any part of the Liturgy, it will normally be based on the Gospel that has just been read - since the words of Jesus himself must always take precedence.

Sometimes people prepare for Mass by reading the Gospel beforehand, and that is always a good thing to do. Others read the Gospel after-wards in the course of their private prayer, seeking to understand more fully the message which Our Lord is conveying to us by his words and actions. Perhaps I'll sometimes write down in the Newsheet some of the questions which we might ask ourselves as we meditate on the Gospel we have heard read on a particular Sunday........

This Sunday - the Gospel is Mark 1 : 29-39 - thinking about it, we might ask ourself :

 

* The four disciples told Jesus that Simon's mother-in-law was ill 'straightaway'. How quick are we at bringing our sick friends to Jesus in prayer?

* When we are sick in body, mind, or soul, do we as a priority bring ourselves into Our Lord's presence, and seek his help? Or do we try to cope alone?

* Jesus went out to pray in a lonely place 'before dawn' : How disciplined are we over our daily prayers? Are we prepared to manage our time and put ourselves out so as to spend time with God?

* The disciples told Jesus that 'everyone was looking for him' : are we truly 'looking for Jesus' in the events of our everyday life? Do we really want to find him, submit ourselves to him, and live more closely to Him?

 

THE STAINED GLASS

 

I was delighted that no fewer than thirty parishioners came along to the Hall last Monday evening to meet Mr.Thomas Denny, and to hear about his proposals for the two small windows at the western end of the side aisles at St.Felix'. We listened carefully to the thinking behind the designs, and then looked carefully at the designs themselves.

The donor had stipulated that the Divine Mercy must be the subject, and the windows will show Our Lord appearing to St.Faustina - one of them in one window, and the other in the window opposite. We all liked the fresh and slightly unconventional way in which the figures are depicted in the beautifully-prepared drawings, and the fact that the windows will be very colourful. Like all Mr.Denny's designs, the windows will be full of details - including here the vegetable garden in which St.Faustina worked at her Polish convent. I have to show the designs to the Diocesan Art & Architecture Committee on March 27th, and Mr.Denny hopes to begin work shortly after this. Something to look forward too..........