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


September 9th, 2018 : 23rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int.

11:00am (Con) Int.


Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int.

10:30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int.


9:30am (St.F) Int.

10:30am (Con) Int.


No Mass today



5:45pm (Con) Int.


6:00pm (St.F) Int.


The Daily Office

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


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesday at10.0am Benediction at 10.30am


Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday 5.15pm to 5.45pm. or by appointment.


The Rosary Friday at 10:15am


The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.130 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.913 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 720

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Gloria Sacred Heart

Sanctus & Benedictus Schubert

Hymns : 704, 724, 659, 465

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Hymns 720, 803, 607




Fr.John goes away on his summer holiday this Wednesday, and will be away until September 28th. For the past few years he has only taken one Sunday off each year, but friends have urged him that it would be wise to take two. Fr.Michael Rear, who covered the Sunday Masses last year has kindly agreed to come again for the two Sundays when Fr.John will be away. I'm afraid that it is not possible to find priests to cover the weekday Masses at St.Felix, but on a number of days Mass will be available at the Convent, to which parishioners are always welcome. These Masses will be published here in the Newsheet.

Fr.John hopes to spend a few days in Dorset, then a week in Cornwall, followed by a few days in Somerset. After which he will doubtless be delighted to be back at home!




This will resume when Fr.John returns

from his holiday.


Tuesday 10.30am Fr.John attends a Deanery Clergy meeting at Woodbridge.




Anniversaries this week Pamela Russell (2009), Felix Shaw (2000), Monica Barsby (2008), Michael Kay (2001), Annie O'Hagan (2003). May they Rest in Peace.


Money Matters Last Sunday 696.99 was given at the Offertory, 108.68 for CAFOD and 665.31 in the retiring collection for relief work in Kerula following the flooding there.


CaFE Course on Mary during October ' We will be running a CaFE course about Mary (Let it be done unto me) every Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm-9pm during October, in the Church Hall. The first evening will be on Wednesday 3rd October. Come along and discover more about Mary in a relaxed atmosphere.'


Association of the Friends of Jesus and Mary Elizabeth writes 'our next meeting on Wednesday 19th September at 7.30 pm at the Convent will be a talk by Sean Johnson on the Ugandan Martyrs. All welcome.'


Day of Renewal Catherine writes 'You are warmly invited to a Day of Renewal on Saturday 13th October, organised by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Team in the diocese. It will be led by Gemma Wildsmith, full time Catholic Lay Evangelist. The day includes Holy Mass, Prayer Ministry, and Reconciliation, and is at St.Mary's Church, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. Bring a packed lunch, drinks will be provided. For more details contact Philip.


Catholic Womens' League Teresa writes 'We meet on Monday this week, at 7.30pm in the Hall. Mr.Powell is to give us a talk on Bees, accompanied by a power-point presentation.'


Wednesday Lunch Club Jenny writes ' Our next Lunch is on 3rd October at 12.30pm. The menu is Pork Casserole, Trifle, Tea/coffee. The cost is only 5. All are welcome, but you must pre-book by contacting Jenny. We look forward to seeing you.'

'A date for your Diary : on Saturday 27th October we will be holding our annual Quiz. Teams should be a minimum of four and a maximum of six.

More details later.'


Parish Pastoral Council The next meeting of the Council will take place on Tuesday. October 16th at 7.30pm ; on that same day the twice-yearly Mass for the Sick will take place at 3.0pm.




In the past month or so we've kept the Feast of The Queenship of Mary, formerly the Feast of Mary Mother and Queen ; we've kept The Passion of St.John the Baptist, formerly The Beheading of St.John the Baptist ; and now this week we keep The Exhaltation of the Holy Cross, formerly The Triumph of the Cross! Truly we live in a world of change. But this last feast, which occurs on Friday, will probably always be for most of us simply Holy Cross Day, as it has been for many centuries.

Why this feast? Well of course we always associate the Cross with Good Friday, but on that day we are consumed with sorrow as we recall the terrible sufferings of Our Lord as he underwent his crucifixion. And so the Church gives us another day when we can focus not so much on the suffering of Our Lord on the Cross, but rather on the wonderful deed which he accomplished there, and be filled with thanksgiving. The deed? - the offering of himself upon the Altar of the Cross on behalf of disobedient humanity ; Christ both priest and victim, making oblation to the Father of his new and undefiled humanity, a sacrifice acceptable to the Father. He offered himself, and he offers us, who have been made one with him by Baptism. We think of the Cross on this feast as an Altar, but also as a Throne, from which Christ the Conqueror of Death reigns in glory, in the brightness of his love for all people.

I'm sorry that I will have begun my holiday by Friday, and so won't be here to say the Masses. But Fr.Adrian Gates has kindly agreed to say a Mass at the Convent at 5.45pm, to which all are welcome.