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


March 18th, 2018 : FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT


Sunday Masses

Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int. +David Compton

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


Weekday Masses


9:30am (St.F) Int. +Richard Collis

10:30am (Con) Int.


9:30am (St.F) Int. +Elsie Fenton (FM)

Wednesday LENT FERIA

10:30am (Con) Int.




9.30am (St.F) Int. For the Lapsed


Noon (St.F) Int. Maeve and Family

5:00pm (Con) Int.



6:00pm (St.F) Int. Brian and Jenny Coates


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 5.45 pm 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.170 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.203 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 809

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Kyries Hymn Book 497

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 809, 752, 776,


At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Kyries Hymn Book 497

Hymns 809, 752, 212




Today 4.30pm Stations of the Cross, St.Felix


Monday 3.0pm-4.0pm Lent Group I meets at

10, Priory Road

Tuesday 11.0am-Noon Lent Group II meets

at the Convent

Tuesday Lent Group III meets

at Springfield Road

Wednesday 5.0pm Stations of the Cross

at the Convent

Friday 12.30pm Lent Lunch in St.Felix

Hall, after Noon Mass

7.0pm-8.0pm Lent Group IV meets

at the Presbytery




Tuesday 11.30am Monthly Service at the

Mill Lane Home

Wednesday 1.30pm Funeral Mass for Vera Histed, followed by cremation at the Crematorium of the Seven Hills. No 9.30am Mass today.

Friday 2.0pm-3.0pm Catholic Grandparents Group, at the Presbytery. All grandparents welcome.

Saturday 9.0am Saturday Club, for Primary School age children, beginning with a Childrens' Mass. First Confessions at 10.0am.

2.15pm Palm Cross making in the Cooper Room. Please come along and help - no previous experience needed, but please bring scissors.

Next Sunday Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. Please collect a Holy Week Leaflet today, giving full details of the Services.



Anniversaries this week Catherine Pooley (2009), Clarita Smy (2011), Molly Versey (2017), Kathleen Williams (2003), Sr.Francis (2001), Marie Richardson (2014), and Frederick Sykes (2007). May they Rest in Peace


Money Matters Last Sunday 583.27 was given at the Offertory, and 144.49 for CAFOD. In the retiring collection for the two charities which the diocese is supporting by way of Lenten Almsgiving - Aid to the Church in Need and Don't Screen us out - 397.72 was given.


Together Club Teresa writes 'The Club will meet at the Convent on Thursday. The meeting will begin with Stations of the Cross.'


Knights of St.Columba Vernon writes 'We will be making the usual Holy Week poster available for everyone. Please don't forget our collection of stamps and glasses - there is a box for them in the Porch.'


Helping Hands Catherine writes 'It is eighteen months since we launched our Helping Hands group in the parish. In that time we have been able to assist over twenty five people in a variety of ways. Some on a regular weekly basis and some just as the need arises.

We have over twenty volunteers in the Parish, men and women, all of whom have had to undergo the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. They have been assisting with giving lifts and small household tasks.

We are always open to new ways of helping people, and recently were asked by some parishioners if we could help with technical support which might include helping someone to use their mobile 'phone, tablet or kindle, for example. This seemed an excellent suggestion and we now have several volunteers designated for this task.

We are always open to more volunteers joining Helping Hands. They need to be over 18 years of age, and to say in what area they would like to offer help.

So far most of what we have done has been to help our older parishioners, but we are here for all the Parish, so please do not hesitate to call the designated Helping Hands 'phone number on 07342722521 if you think there is some way we may be able to help. This number appears in our Parish Newsletter every week.'


LAST CHANCE this weekend to put your name down to come on our coach to the Chrism Mass at St.John's Cathedral, a week on Tuesday - the Tuesday in Holy Week. It is a splendid occasion, and well worthwhile attending. Full details, and the list to sign, are on the notice boards both at St.Felix and at the Convent.



Today we begin that solemn season of the Church's Year which used to be known as Passiontide - the two weeks which precede Easter, during which we concentrate our attention on the suffering and death of Our Lord, and on the great love which they express. Only, I think, by entering into the mystery of the Cross can we truly enter into the joy of the Resurrection.

People sometimes express puzzlement over why, at the very time that we are contemplating the Cross, the crucifixes in Catholic churches are veiled. It is in order to give the full impact to the deeply moving Good Friday Liturgy, when the Cross is solemnly unveiled in the sight of the people, and we are confronted in that liturgy by the terrible prospect of our blessed Lord having suffered such a hideous death on our account. If, during these two weeks we were seeing the crucifix in church day by day, then the true impact of what is shown to us on Good Friday would be lost. The statues of the Saints are also veiled because they are essentially Easter people, and seeing them again at Easter increases our Easter joy