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

 

June 3rd, 2018 : SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY

BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (CORPUS CHRISTI)

 


Sunday Masses

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

Joe, & Sean

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

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

Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

10.30am (Con) Int.

1.30pm (St.F) FUNERAL MASS FOR BOB

FISHER R.I.P.

Tuesday ST.BONIFACE

8.00am (St.F) Int. For Vocations

Wednesday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. + Norma Rush

10:30am (Con) Int.

Thursday FERIA

No Mass today

Friday SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST

SACRED HEART OF JESUS

11:00am (St.F) Int. A Special Intention

5:00pm (Con) Int.

Saturday IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

9.0am (St.F) CHILDREN'S MASS

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

 

The Daily Office

Lauds (Morning Prayer) is said a quarter of an hour before the first Mass, except Mon. & Sat.

 

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.85 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.960 of The Sunday Missal.

 

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 627, 662

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Sacred Heart

Sanctus & Benedictus Schubert

Hymns : 663, 629, 662, 945

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Hymns 318 (Chorus), 663, 627

 

Lay Ministers of Holy Communion will be re-commissioned for the coming year at each of the Corpus Christi Masses.

 

 

THE CORPUS CHRISTI

VIGIL OF PRAYER AND ADORATION

 

The 6.30pm Anticipatory Mass will be

The Mass of Exposition

After the Communion the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the Altar ; the post-communion prayer will then follow, and after it all kneel as we sing Hymn 662.

When you leave church, please do so quietly, as people will be at prayer.

Try to return later in the evening, or on Sunday morning, to take part in the Vigil, which will end shortly before the 9.30am Mass.

The purpose of the Vigil is to express our love for Our Lord Jesus Christ,

in response to the love which he shows for us

in giving himself to us in the

Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar

 

THIS WEEK

 

WEEKDAY ADORATION OF

THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

In the Sacred Heart Chapel, 2.0pm-3.0pm

This week on Wednesday & Friday

 

Monday 1.30pm Funeral Mass for Bob Fisher, RIP, followed by cremation at the Crematorium of the Seven Hills : no 9.30am Mass today, but 10.30am at the Convent as usual.

Tuesday 10.30am Fr.John attends a Priest's Study Day at Poringland.

Wednesday 12.30pm The June Parish Lunch.

Thursday 7.30pm Fr.John attends the annual Catenian dinner at Ipswich.

Friday Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus . Masses at the usual Friday times. The Friday abstention from meat is dispensed today.

Saturday 9.0am Saturday Club, for children of Primary School age, resumes after the half-term break.

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

Anniversaries this week Sr.Bridget Carbery (2017), Joan Hazell (2004), Sr.Clare Cook (2003), Florence O'Donnell (2005), and Rita Pahlas (2007). May they Rest in Peace.

 

Money Matters Last weekend 459.41 was given at the Offertory (not including the Convent collection), and 51.69 for CAFOD. Next Sunday is being kept as the annual Day for Life, and there will be a retiring collection for Life Charities.

 

HOLY MYSTERIES

 

At the heart of the Catholic Faith lie certain Mysteries - things which lie beyond our very limited human understanding Last Sunday we contemplated what is the central Mystery of our Faith, the Most Holy Trinity. We thought of how within the unity of the divine being are the three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

And now today another great Mystery is brought before us - the mystery of the Holy Sacrament, in which bread and wine are mysteriously, miraculously, transformed into the Body and Blood of the risen Christ. This too lies beyond our human understanding. Three Persons in one Substance, and bread and wine being changed into the living Christ, may sound straightforward when we rattle them off as a formula. But once we begin to consider carefully what is being asserted we see very quickly that these things are indeed mysteries, which our human mind is not equipped to deal with. These are things to be accepted with humility and faith rather than to be fully understood.

 

Do these mysteries which lie at the heart of our religion trouble us? Do they cause problems for us in believing? I don't think that they should do so. Rather I think that when we are dealing with things concerning God's very being and his working out of our salvation, we should not expect to fully grasp and understand divine Truth. Just as a young child does not understand all that its parents do and say, not yet being mentally equipped to do so, in the same way we should rather expect to be baffled by the things of God.

Maybe because of our human cleverness and advances in knowledge we expect that nothing should lie beyond our human understanding. There is something of pride and arrogance in that. We are far from being all-wise and all-knowing, and the Christian recognizes this and seeks to accept what God has revealed to us with childlike trust.

 

SOLEMNITY OF THE SACRED HEART

 

Maybe the proximity of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to Corpus Christi leads us to somewhat neglect the feast day of the Sacred Heart, which falls on Friday this week. But that proximity is appropriate : for having contemplated the wonderful love which leads Jesus to feed us with his own Body and Blood, it is right to then contemplate that love itself. A parishioner recently upbraided me with talking far to much about the love of Our Lord in homilies : but how can I do otherwise when the love of Jesus is so all-embracing and life-giving?

 

A couple of weeks ago I urged you to look again at the Holy Trinity window in the Sacred Heart Chapel at St.Felix. Do look at the Sacred Herat window too. There you will find St.Gertrude and St.Margaret Mary, both of whom promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus