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

 

April 8th, 2018 : SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

 


Sunday Masses

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

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

 

Weekday Masses

Monday SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD

10.0am (Con) Int.

11:30am (St.F) Int. FUNERAL MASS FOR

NORMAN CAWSTON RIP

Tuesday EASTER FERIA

No Mass today

Wednesday ST.STANISLAUS

5.45pm (Con) Int.

Thursday EASTER FERIA

No Mass today

Friday EASTER FERIA

5.45pm (Con) Int.

Saturday EASTER FERIA

9.0am (St.F) Int.

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

 

The Daily Office

Lauds (Morning Prayer) will be said only on Saturday this week, at 8.45am.

 

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.256 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.425 of The Sunday Missal.

 

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

(Regina Coeli) Hymn 283

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Sacred Heart

Sanctus & Benedictus Schubert

Hymns : 270, 280, 278, 272

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Hymns 270, 271, 607

 

DURING EASTERTIDE WE USE REGINA COELI IN PLACE OF ANGELUS

Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven, Alleluia!

He whom thou wast meet to bear, Alleluia!

As he promised hath arisen, Alleluia!

Pour for us to him thy prayer, Alleluia!

V Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia!

R For the Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!

Let us pray

O God, who by the resurrection of thy Son, Jesus Christ, hast vouchsafed to bring joy to the whole world, grant we beseech thee, that aided by the prayers of his Mother the Virgin Mary, we too may be brought to the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

THIS WEEK

 

Fr.John is hoping to take a few days off this week, Tuesday to Friday. The daily Mass will resume on Saturday.

Monday 7.0pm The Union of Catholic Mothers meets in the Hall.

Saturday Saturday Club is on holiday ; it resumes on Saturday April 21st.

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

Anniversaries this week Helen Samkin (2009), Rose Cotton (1999), Miriam Harcourt (2004), Michael Birt (1999), Kathleen Newman (2008), Brian Hughes (2006), Edith Martin (2008), David Holding (2009), and Margaret Smyth (2010). May they Rest in Peace.

 

Money Matters Last Sunday 1786.22 was given at the Offertory, and 104.18 for CAFOD. The retiring collection for the Holy Land Shrines on Good Friday brought in 191.36. Next weekend our annual Missionary Appeal takes place. It will be given on behalf of MISSIO by Deacon Chris Brighten, from St.Mary's, Ipswich, who will give the Homily at each of the Masses.

 

Holy Week and Easter As ever we are most grateful to those who helped ensure that our celebration of Holy Week and Easter went so well, especially our Altar Servers, Readers, and Flower Arrangers. And of course a special thank-you to Mr.John Yelverton, our Sacristan, who put in many extra hours of work. The 9.30am Mass on Easter morning was attended by a great many people - more than last year.

 

THE DAILY EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

 

Last week we began to experiment with daily Exposition on the first four days of the week. A handful of people were there each day, and I felt that this was something which we must persevere with. Daily Exposition has a wonderful potential to raise the spiritual tone of a parish, and to promote the atmosphere of prayer which we must always be seeking to promote in our parish church. When I came here nearly four years ago I was so glad to be able to restore the daily Mass to St.Felix ; now it would be an additional blessing if together we can introduce daily Exposition as well.

Good to remember the words of Pope St.John Paul II 'It is pleasant to spend time with Jesus, to lie close to his breast like the Beloved Disciple (John 13.25) and to feel the infinite love present in his heart....... How can we not feel a renewed need to spend time in spiritual converse, in silent adoration, in heartfelt love before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament? The Eucharist is a priceless treasure : by not only celebrating it, but by praying before it outside Mass we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace.'

And the words, too, of St.Teresa of Calcutta: 'Nowhere on earth are you more loved than by Jesus, living and truly present in the most Holy Sacrament. The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth'.

So what went wrong on Friday and Saturday last week, when Exposition didn't take place? Well on Friday afternoon I had a dental appointment in Bury St.Edmund's, and so wasn't here to expose and repose the Blessed Sacrament, and neither was I available on Saturday afternoon. This points to the fact that we need to have Lay Ministers of the Eucharist who are prepared to simply light the candles and lift the small Monstrance out of the Tabernacle on the Sacred Heart altar when I am not available; it is perfectly in order for a Lay Ministers to do this. Are there volunteers, please? Also I rather suspect that we would do well to aim at Exposition on the five weekdays, and at least initially not try to cover weekends as well. But is 2.0pm-3.0pm the best time?

I am hoping to be away for most of this coming week : Let's try to make a new start a week on Monday.

 

WHAT THE HELL

It's been reported that the Pope, in conver- sation with a journalist, has denied the reality of Hell, - although some claim that his views have been misrepresented.

If we think of Hell as being a state of complete alienation from God - a conscious and deliberate turning away from his mercy and his love - then surely our God-given freedom of will means that there must be Hell. Simply because if we were not free to reject God, utterly and forever, then our freedom of choice and action would not be complete. Of course whether anyone actually does make that terrible decision at the end of the day, willfully rejecting the very source of all joy and peace, is a different matter. I think that the doctrine of Freedom of Will demands that Hell must be possible. But whether anyone is actually in that state, is not for us to speculate upon.....