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


July 8th, 2018 : 14th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. +Sean Downes 11:00am (Con) Int.


Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int.

10:30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday FERIA

8.0am (St.F) Int. +Charles Garratt (FM)


9:30am (St.F) Int. +Albert (Birthday)

10:30am (Con) Int.

Thursday FERIA

No Mass today

Friday FERIA

11.00am (St.F) Int. Doug Birchall's Intentions

5:00pm (Con) Int.

Saturday FERIA


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


The Daily Office

Lauds (Morning Prayer) is said a quarter of an hour before the first Mass.


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.104 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.878

of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 600

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2


Sanctus & Benedictus Schubert

Hymns : 703, 683, 720, 761

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Hymns : 962, 724, 651





in the Sacred Heart Chapel, 2.0pm-3.0pm




Today The Children who made their First Holy Communion last Sunday will receive their Certificates at the end of the 9.30am Mass.

Monday 7.0pm The Catholic Womens League meets at The Hut for Fish & Chips

Tuesday 11.0am Fr.John attends a meeting of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission, at St.John's Cathedral.


Friday 7.0m Fr.John presides at a special Mass at St.Mary's Ipswich, to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood of Canon Michael Hazell.

Saturday 9.0am End of Term Mass for Saturday Club. All young people, and friends, are invited to attend. There will be refreshments in the Hall afterwards.

9.45am Those who are taking part in the Parish Outing to Beccles leave from St.Felix. There are flyers at the back of church giving all the details : please tell Fr.John if you would like a lift or can offer a lift to others. It should be a very enjoyable day.




Anniversaries this week Mary Clapham (2003), Reginald Johnson (2009), Joan Styles (2003), Michael Taylor (2003), Bill Sole (2016). May they rest in peace.

Jack Thraves RIP Monica writes 'Jack THraves died on Tuesday 26th June at the age of 102. His wife was a long-time member of CWL, and after her death he was always invited to the senior citizens Lunch, and was often at the 9.30am Mass when one of his children came to visit. May he Rest in Peace.'

Money Matters Last week 817.11 was given at the Offertory and 109.34 for CAFOD. This Sunday is being kept as Sea Sunday, and there will be a retiring collection for the Apostleship of the Sea.

Association of the Family of Jesus and Mary Elizabeth writes 'Our next meeting is on Wednesday 18th July 7.30 pm at the Convent. Fr. John Thackray, St Mary at the Elms, Ipswich will be speaking on Christian Education in schools today. A very appropriate subject when we think of the concern St Claudine had for the children in her care.'

Redecoration of the Sacristies The work is going well, but has been delayed by one of the two decorators falling ill. He will be unable to work for a while. I had hoped that all would be completed by last Friday. So the work will be continuing for another week, and looking at my diary I would be so grateful if people would volunteer to 'do' the Noon cold lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, and the 5.0pm supper on Wednesday.




Last week we thought about the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and the place which it holds in God's plan to save and sanctify us. Its occurence was opportune in view of the fact that last Sunday was our First Holy Communion Sunday. Today we reach the Sacrament of Confirmation, and that is no less so in view of the fact that we are making preparations for a new group of young people to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next year. (Already one parent has enrolled a candidate ; a person has to be at least thirteen at the time of the Confirmation).

Confirmation is the third Sacrament of Initiation, and when a person receives this sacrament, having already been baptized and having made their First Holy Communion, they are then completely initiated into the Catholic Church . What happens at Confirmation? God the Holy Spirit, who comes to us first at our Baptism - bringing us the gift of life, the life of the risen Christ - in Confirmation pours out his Gifts upon us. Those gifts are WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING, COUNSEL, FORTITUDE, KNOWLEDGE, PIETY, AND FEAR OF THE LORD. These gifts enable us to live as full members of the Church, fulfilling our vocation to love and worship God and to share the good news of the Gospel with others.

Hoe does this promote our salvation? Well in the Creed we call the Holy Spirit 'The Lord, the Giver of Life' and a more complete indwelling and operation within us by the Holy Spirit can only promote our salvation, besides enabling us to live the kind of life which is acceptable to God, and will enable us to receive a merciful judgement on the Last Day. Again we speak of the 'Sanctifying Spirit' : He is the one who makes us holy, the one who sanctifies. And so this Sacrament, which is preeminently the Sacrament of the Holy Spirit, does indeed promote our Salvation and Sanctification.


Pope Francis on Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :

"I want to encourage everyone to visit - if possible every day, amid life's difficulties - the Blessed Sacrament of the infinite love of Christ and his mercy, preserved in our churches, and often abandoned ; to speak filially with Him, to listen to Him in silence, and to peacefully entrust yourself to Him."