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


February 18th, 2018 : FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT


Sunday Masses

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

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

11:00am (Con) Int. A Special Intention

Weekday Masses


9:30am (St.F) Int. In Thanksgiving (BR)

10:30am (Con) Int.


9:30am (St.F) Int. Douglas & Jenny Birchall

Wednesday LENT FERIA (CWL)

8.0am (St.F) Int. Donal Hannon


No Mass Today PETER


Noon (St.F) Int. +Ian

5:00pm (Con) Int.


9.0am (St.F) Int. A Special Intention

6:00pm (St.F) Int. +John Edwards


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 Sunday 9.0am to 9.20am appointment.


The Rosary Friday at 11:15am


The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.148 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.183 of The Sunday Missal.

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 206

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Kyries Hymn Book 497

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 199, 206, 938, 860

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Kyries Hymn Book 497

Hymns 199, 206, 627





TODAY 4.30pm Stations of the Cross at St.Felix


MONDAY - FRIDAY The Groups looking at the Parables of Jesus meet :

Group One : Mon., 3.0pm-4.0pm, at 10,

Priory Road

Group Two : Tues., 11.0am-Noon, Convent

Group Three : Tues., 3.0pm-4.0pm,

Fairfield Road

Group Four : Fri., 7.0pm-8.0pm, Presbytery


WEDNESDAY 5.0pm Stations of the Cross at the Convent


FRIDAY 12.30pm Lent Lunch in the St.Felix Hall, following a Mass at Noon





Tuesday 11.30am Monthly Service at the Mill Lane Retirement home

Wednesday 10.30am Fr.John attends the Council of Priests, at Poringland. Mass at 8.0am

Thursday 10.30am Fr.John attends a Deans'

Meeting at Poringland. No Mass today

2.0pm -4.0pm The Together Club meets at the Convent for Beetle. All welcome.


Friday 2.0pm-3.0pm Catholic Grandparents meet at the Presbytery. All Catholic Grandparents welcome.

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




Anniversaries this week Daniel Mullin-Henderson (1999), and Pamela Evans (2008).

may they Rest in Peace


Money Matters Last Sunday 660.53 was given at the Offertory, and 92.34 for CAFOD. Next Friday is the CAFOD Family Fast Day in Lent - please bring back your envelopes next weekend. This year all donations will be doubled by the UK government.


Goodbye Today we are sad to be saying goodbye to Paul McIntee, who is moving with his wife Julia to live at Elmswell, near Bury St.Edmund's. Paul has served the parish in various ways over many years - not least as Cantor at the Convent - and he will be much missed. We wish him and Julia every happiness in their new home.


Helping Hands Catherine writes 'There will be a meeting in the Cooper Room of St.Felix Hall on Monday 26th February at 7.0pm to talk about our Parish help group, Helping Hands. All are welcome whether you are an existing volunteer, would like to consider becoming a volunteer, are just interested in coming along or, indeed, have been helped in some way.'


Association of the Family of Jesus and Mary

Elizabeth writes ' A reminder about the LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION which is to take place at the Convent on Saturday, March 3rd, led by Fr.David Bagstaff. It will begin at 10.0am. You will find booking forms in the porches at both St.Felix and the Convent chapel.





NOW IT'S LENT..........

You'll notice in church that :


* There are no flowers These will return when we celebrate with joy the new life of Our Lord Jesus Christ at Easter - that new resurrection life which is His for ever, and in which in its fullness we will come to share. The flowers re-appearing at Easter will be symbolic of the triumph of life over death, of good over evil.

* The liturgical colour is purple This is a solemn colour, for Lent is one of the two Penit- ential seasons, when we recognise our disobed- ience, and turn to God for forgiveness. But also Purple is a rich colour : this season is rich in opportunities for us to grow in grace.

* We don't use the Gloria during Lent The Gloria is an ancient song of joy and praise : when it returns at Easter, it will be expressive of our delight that the Lord is risen from the dead.

* And we don't use the word Alleluia : this is the Easter cry of victory, which we won't hear again until Easter night, when we begin to celebrate the Resurrection ; then, and throughout the fifty days of Eastertide, we will hear it many many times!




On receiving the latest edition of the free local magazine The Flyer , I was both surprised and saddened to see that the Town Mayor has arranged as a charity event next month a Medium Night at the Orwell Hotel. Resorting to Mediums and Seances has always been held to be very wrong, not just by the Catholic Church, but by the whole Christian world.

As Catholics, we pray - earnestly and often - that the departed may Rest in Peace. To seek to disturb them, contact them, or in any sense 'bring them back' (always assuming that this is in any way possible) is quite contrary to our right desire that they should rest in peace, and is an offence against charity.

What a sign of the times it is that something which is so palpably wrong is reduced to entertainment. You may like to write to the Town Mayor about this. But certainly I hope that no Catholic will even consider supporting the event, which is contrary to both universal Christian teaching and to good taste.