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 22nd, 2018 : 16th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

Saturday 6:00pm (St.F) Int.+Cornelius McCarthy

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. For the People

11:00am (Con)Int.John & Diane

Whelan (60th Annivers.)

Weekday Masses


9:30am (St.F) Int. Special Intention

10.30am (Con) Int. Canon Michael Hazell

Tuesday FERIA (RJM)

9:30am (St.F) Int. +Euphasia Roberts


9:30am (St.F) Int. Canon Michael Hazell


10:30am (Con) Int.


No Mass today

Friday FERIA

11:00am (St.F) Int. Alan & Barbara Lamberton

5:00pm (Con) Int. (50th Annivers)

Saturday FERIA

9.0am (St.F) Int. +Robert Hills

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.


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesday at10.0am Benediction at 10.30am


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.109 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.885 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 924

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria Sacred Heart

Sanctus & Benedictus Schubert

Hymns : 851, 762, 874, 880

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Hymns 720, 801, 846





in the Sacred Heart Chapel, 2.0pm-3.0pm

This week on MONDAY


Today 6.0pm Fr.John says the Mass at St.Mary's, Ipswich.




Anniversaries this week Maurice Simms (2004), James Shevlin (2011), and Roy Fenton (2001). May they Rest in Peace.


Money Matters Last Sunday 554.39 was given at the Offertory, and 95.26 for CAFOD.


Congratulations to John and Diane Whelan, who are celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary today. They will receive a special blessing at the end of the 11.0am Mass.


Also Congratulations to Alan and Barbara Lamberton, who celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Saturday day this week. Their special Mass will be the 11.0am on Friday.


And every good wish to Fr.Christopher Smith, our neighbour at St.Mark's, Ipswich, and former Dean, whom the bishop has appointed to be Parish Priest of Newmarket. We will miss him.


The 2018 Suffolk Churches Trust RIDE AND STRIDE A date for your diaries : this year's event will be on Saturday, September 8th, and I hope to lead a party of walkers to Twelve Churches in Felixstowe, just as we did last year.

Plenty of time for us to get in to training!


Confirmation and First Holy Communion I've still only had one approach about Confirmation ; please think about this, as I'm hoping to hold an initial Parents Meeting early in September. Likewise First Holy Communion : it is time now to be asking me for an application form if you would like your child to make their First Holy Communion next year. For this, a child will need to be in Year Three when he or she goes back to school next term. For Confirmation, a young person must be thirteen by next summer.


Parish Barbeque Phil Dance writes 'Breaking news - children eat free! Yes, all children under 12 are free at this year's BBQ. So give the cook a rest & come along to the Presbytery Garden at 1.0pm on 5th August & help us make the Parish BBQ an event to remember. Tickets will be available after all Sunday Masses and offers for help on the day gratefully received.'



And so as we continue to consider what part the Seven Sacraments of the Church play in the work of our Salvation and Sanctification, we come to the second of the two Sacraments of Healing, the Sacrament of Confession. Sometimes these days called the Sacrament of Reconciliation, I suppose the two names really fit together to make a whole : Reconciliation tells us what the end product is, and Confession tells us how it is achieved! In this sacrament we admit to God and to ourselves - under the guidance of the Holy Spirit - the things which we have done wrong by thought, word, deed, and omission, and God in his infinite love and mercy gives us his forgiveness through the special ministry with which he has entrusted his priesthood.

How does this tend to our salvation? Well simply because there can be no salvation without our being forgiven, and thereby reconciled to God. Our sin needs to be dealt with before we can enter heaven. And this way of Confession is the way which God has chosen to bring about our forgiveness. That forgiveness is made possible by the sacrifice which Our Lord made on the Cross. The merits, the effects, of that sacrifice are applied to us in the Sacrament of Confession.

And Sanctification? Well clearly the washing away of sin ('absolution' means 'washing away') does by its very nature bring about sanctification. We are made holy by being purified. By Confession, our baptismal purity is restored to us. A wonderful gift!



One of my most precious possessions is my prayer book. Only it isn't really a prayer book, it is an A5 loose leaf folder, in which over many years I've jotted down thoughts which I believe have come to me from God, especially during the various Retreats which I've made. I use this folder in my daily prayers, and often come across a thought which seems helpful in a particular situation.

One which I came upon recently is that every thought which enters ones head comes from somewhere. Ultimately it is coming either from God or from the enemy. If from the former, then it is to be welcomed, considered, acted upon. But if from the latter then it is to be dismissed as soon as possible, because it can only damage our charity and our peace of mind.

I think we've got to be alert, and do some sifting. What is the origin of the many thoughts which come into our mind? We need to become more adept at recognising which thoughts come from God, and so make for our up-building in Christ, and what thoughts can only damage us and adversely effect our relationship with God.