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


May 27th, 2018 : SOLEMNITY OF



Sunday Masses

Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int. Thomas, Mathias

Karen & Associates

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

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

Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

10:0am (Con) Int.

Tuesday FERIA

10.0am (Con) Int.

Wednesday FERIA

10:0am (Con) Int.


10.0am (Con) Int.


10.0am (Con) Int.

Saturday FERIA

9:00am (St.F) Int.

6:00pm (St.F) Int. +Margaret, Karen, Joe, Sean

The Daily Office

Lauds (Morning Prayer) will be said a quarter of an hour before the first Mass on Saturday


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.83 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.956 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 315

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Sacred Heart

Sanctus & Benedictus Schubert

Hymns : 468, 312, 720, 315

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer




Fr.John writes : I have been urged to take a few days break, as I have been getting rather tired and run-down recently. I expect some of you have also discovered that it isn't possible to do in ones mid-seventies what one could do in one's mid-sixties! So I will be away from after the 9.30am Mass today until next Friday evening. It is a good week to go, because a visiting priest is staying at the Convent, and will be saying a Mass there each day at 10.0am.

The Weekday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be suspended until I get back. But




Our great annual celebration of the wonderful gift of the Blessed Sacrament. There will be the usual





from after the 6.0pm Mass on Saturday until before the 9.30am Mass.

The 6.0pm Mass will be the Mass of Exposition.

Please sign-up to take part in the Vigil.

This is all about expressing our love and thanksgiving to Our Lord Jesus Christ,

who is our Bread of Life



Anniversaries this week James Kanna (2003), Maureen Packer (2006), Percy Oliver (2003), Christine Hodgen (2012), Joyce Irvine (2001), Rose Gaffney (2001), Janet Sims (2009) and Peter Love (2009). May they rest in peace.


Money Matters Last weekend 611.91 was given at the Offertory & 104.25 was given for CAFOD


Help Jenny writes - Team Felix continues with the monthly lunch club but would be grateful for volunteers to put tables and chairs out at 9.45am & return at 1.30pm to clear away. The next lunch is 6th June. If you can help, could you please let Jenny or any member of Team Felix (Fiona Badcock, Barbara Lamberton, Sylvia McCallum) know. Thank you.


Grand Summer Raffle Jenny writes 'This will be drawn during the Strawberry Tea to be held on Saturday 7th July. This is a really easy way to raise money for parish funds and the support of the parish is always appreciated. The first prize is 100 and there will be a least another 14 prizes. Tickets are 20p each (a book costs 1). We will start handing them out from 2nd June. Please try to sell as many as possible to family and friends as you can. Once sold please return counterfoils and cash to a member of Team Felix or through the presbytery door. Also there will be a list in the porch and the Convent requesting raffle prizes. If you can help in this way, please put your name against the prize you wish to donate. Details of the Strawberry Tea will follows shortly. Any questions please contact Jenny'


The Together Club Teresa writes 'The Together Club meets on Thursday at the Convent 2.00pm to 4.00pm. All welcome.'


Association of the Family of Jesus and Mary

Elizabeth writes 'Our Fund Raising event this year will be a Coffee Morning in St.Felix Hall on Saturday June 9th. Entry is free, and thee will be refreshments and a Tombola for which items can be left at the Convent or at St.Felix (Bottles, toiletries, chocolates will be welcome, but please not books or bric-a-brac.) Please come and support this event - the RJM Sisters missions need your help more than ever in many parts of the world.'


The Outing to Beccles The visit to Beccles to see the Minster, and another church which is also by the same architect as our own church, F.E.Banham, seems to be receiving support : already three cars have signed up, and each is offering seats to passengers. The date is July 14th : please tell Fr.John if you would like to come.



Most of the Solemnities - the greater Holy Days in the Church's year - celebrate an event : the Birth of Our Lord, his Resurrection, his Ascension, his sending of the Holy Spirit. But today's solemnity doesn't celebrate an event in the scheme of salvation, but celebrates rather the vey Being and Nature of God. And also the fact that God in his infinite love has made known to us, revealed to us, the essential fact that within the Oneness of his divinity there is also a threeness - the three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - within the one Godhead.


Revelation, God making known to us his nature, and yet mystery : The very idea of God as one and yet three is beyond our grasp. He reveals himself to us just so far as we are able to comprehend, and yet of course we are finite, and can only understand so much. On this solemnity we hold in balance what can - and has - be made known to us, and what is beyond our ability to know. We give thanks and praise to God for what he has shown us - that he is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - whilst at the same time recognising the ultimate wonder and mystery of God. What has been made known we must proclaim. And what is unknowable to the human mind we accept with faith, and respond to with silent adoration.


Why not re- aquaint yourself with the beautiful Holy Trinity window in the Sacred Heart Chapel this weekend? There we see represented the Father, who holds the Son, shown hanging upon the Cross, whilst above hovers the Dove representing the Holy Spirit. On either side, St.John Fisher and St.Thomas More kneel in adoration. May we do likewise.