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

 

October 14th, 2018 : 28th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 


Sunday Masses

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

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

O'Mahoney (DT)

11:00am (Con) Int.

 

Weekday Masses

Monday ST.TERESA OF AVILA

9:30am (St.F) Int.

10:30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday ST.MARGARET MARY

3.0pm (St.F) MASS FOR THE SICK

Wednesday ST.IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH

10:30am (Con) Int.

12.30pm (St.F) FUNERAL MASS FOR

STEPHANIE O'MAHONEY

Thursday FEAST OF ST.LUKE

No Mass today

Friday FERIA

2.30pm (St.F) FUNERAL MASS FOR

CLEMENT LOISEAU

5:00pm (Con) Int.

Saturday FERIA

9.0am (St.F) CHILDRENS' MASS

11.45am (St.F) DAY WITH MARY 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 on Monday.

 

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.144 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.932 of The Sunday Missal.

 

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 810

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Sacred Heart

Sanctus & Benedictus Schubert

Hymns : 962, 876, 643, 910

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Hymns 283, 877, 663

 

THIS WEEK

 

WEEKDAY ADORATION OF THE

BLESSED SACRAMENT

in the Sacred Heart Chapel 2.0pm - 3.0pm

This week on Monday

 

Monday 4.15pm Meeting of the Finance Committee at the Presbtery.

Tuesday 3.0pm Mass for the Sick, with the Sacrament of Anointing. Tea afterwards.

Wednesday 12.30pm Funeral Mass for Stephanie O'Mahoney, followed by Cremation at 2.15pm, at the Crematorium of the Seven Hills.

7.30pm The next session of the CaFE Course. LET IT BE, in the Hall.

Friday 2.30pm Funeral Mass for Clement Loiseau, followed by Cremation at 3.45pm, at the Crematorium of the Seven Hills.

Saturday 10.0am DAY WITH MARY at St.Felix Church and Hall (See Notice board)

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

Anniversaries this week Mary Scott (2006), Catherine Rundle (2001), Joyce Hughes (2006), Audrey Beech (2001), Lionel Rickett (2012), Maureen Newman (2007), Nellie Raffe (2007), & Peggy Colson (2016). May they rest in peace.

 

Money Matters Last Sunday 505.81 was given at the Offertory and 592.89 in the retiring collection to CAFOD.

 

C.W.L Helen writes 'please would any member of C.W.L holding R&R boxes return them to me by the end of October. Thank you.'

 

CREMATION II

 

A fortnight ago we thought about the implications of our Christian teaching about the future of the person after death - the teaching concerning the Resurrection of the Body. Namely that the body has a future as well as the soul. Resurrection of the Body - which we assert each time we say the Creed - means that on the Last Day, God the Creator will take our mortal remains, and from them will wonderfully make our new Resurrection Body, to which our soul will be rejoined for life in the heavenly kingdom. The implication of this is that the dust and ashes to which our present body will be reduced is nothing less than the raw material for our future Resurrection Body. This truth makes us Christians view the cremated remains of our brothers and sisters in Christ - their 'ashes' - in a different way from how the non-Christians views these same things. For the non-Christian, they have no kind of future, and are simply to be disposed of in the most convenient way. For us, they must be treated with the greatest respect, as having a future in accordance with God's plan of redemption.

 

I said that there are two current practices - widely practiced - regarding cremated remains which are not in line with our Christian understanding. The first, which we will mention this week, is that of 'Scattering Ashes' ( as opposed to reverently burying them). The Catholic church forbids this as regards its members. Why? First because the whole gesture of scattering them to the winds seems to speak of the abandoning, the disposing, of the remains as if they had no kind of future. Scattering seems to imply 'getting rid' of the ashes as if they were simply 'finished', rather than being the raw material of the Resurrection Body.

And then Second, and more practically, when Cremated Remains are 'scattered' there is no knowing where they are going to end up : they may, in a rural context, end up blowing away into a cow pat, or in an urban context, blowing away and going down the drain. And this is just not in line with the reverence which the Christian Church shows to the remains of the dead - the 'raw material' of the Resurrection Body. There is an appropriate reverence attached to burying the remains under the turf in consecrated ground, where the remains are planted like a seed 'to bear fruit in due season' which is denied when 'scattering' takes place.

 

I'm so glad, therefore, that although we don't have a graveyard attached to our church, we do have the Memorial Garden, where, in the shadow of the church, Cremated Remains can we reverently buried to await their resurrection, and where corporately ( as on a Friday in November each year) or individually we can go there to remember and to pray. The burial place gives a focus to our doing both of these things.

 

Next week we will consider the other modern practice concerning Cremated Remains which the Church discourages.

 

 

Don't forget

A DAY WITH MARY

 

NEXT SATURDAY

ST.FELIX CHURCH, 10.0AM-4.0PM

 

FOR THE PROGRAMME,

SEE THE NOTICE BOARD