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


October 21st, 2018 : 29th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9:30am (St.F) Int. +Raymonmd Smith 11:00am (Con) Int. +James Dunne


Weekday Masses


9:30am (St.F) Int. +Stephanie O'Mahony

10.30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int.

Wednesday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int. Vocations to Priesthood

10:30am (Con) Int.

Thursday FERIA

No Mass today


11:00am (St.F) Int. +Stephanie O'Mahony

5:00pm (Con) Int. (Craft Group)

Saturday FERIA

9.00am (St.F) Int.

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

Tuesdays 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.146 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.935

of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 659

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria Lourdes

Sanctus & Benedictus Schubert

Hymns : 466, 969, 964, 880

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Hymns 852, 865, 643






in the Sacred Heart Chapel 2.0pm-3.0pm

This week on Friday


Tuesday 7.0pm Apostleship of the Sea Mass at the Seafarers Centre.

(If you need a lift, 'phone 279373)

Wednesday 7.30pm Next session of the CaFE Course LET IT BE in the Hall.

Thursday 10.30am Fr.John attends a Dean's

Meeting at Poringland.

Saturday No Saturday Club - Half Term. We resume next Saturday.




Anniversaries this week Gordon Herries (1994), Raymond smith (2017), Elsie Foordham (2001), Veronica Mcdonald (2003), Arthur Burgess (2009), Alice Gotch (2004), and James Dunne (2010). May they Rest in Peace.


Money Matters Last Sunday 570.74 was

given at the Offertory, and 151.61 for CAFOD. Today there is a retiring collection for MISSIO (APF).


APF Missio Red Boxes Barbara writes 'If you would like me to empty your red box please bring it to Mass or contact me on Fxt.279373. The next time I shall be emptying boxes will be April 2019.


Quiz Night Jenny writes 'There will be a Quiz on Saturday 27th October in the Hall, 7.0pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are only 7, which includes supper, but please bring your own drinks; now on sale, or by contacting Jenny. Teams should be a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6. All are welcome at this popular annual event. Organized by Team Felix in aid of Parish Funds.'




Our Christian hope of the Resurrection of the body on the Last Day means that we don't see human remains as 'finished', and fit only for convenient disposal. Rather in the Christian tradition we treat those remains with great respect and reverence. As we have already thought, they are 'the raw materials of the resurrection body', the body in which we are going to enjoy eternity.

Last week we thought of a particular modern practice which the Church does not permit because it doesn't seem to be compatible with that respect and reverence for those 'ashes' to which a body has been reduced by cremation : that practice is the 'scattering' of ashes, as opposed to their reverent burial in holy ground. Today we ought to look at another modern practice regarding cremated remains which the Church, because of its teaching on the Resurrection of the Body, is not able to approve.

I was rather taken aback a few months ago when a lady who had come to see me about arrangements for the burial of ashes in the Memorial Garden here asked 'Can I keep some?' I shouldn't perhaps have been taken aback because a year or two ago I was rather shocked to find that the Crematorium of the Seven Hills sells lockets in which people can enclose a few grains of the cremated remains of a loved one. But I hadn't expected to come across this practice of retaining a part of a set of remains in a Catholic context. I have, though, in a non-Catholic context, heard of children dividing out the cremated remains of a parent amongst themselves! The Church, for good reasons, does not permit its members to do this.

But why? First, I think it again comes down to treating human remains with reverence and respect. At the time, the 'portion' placed in an locket or a box or whatever IS going to be treated with reverence and respect. But what is going to happen in the future, when maybe it is forgotten what that 'ash' is? It could easily, at some time in the future, just be 'chucked out'. Much better for the ashes to be kept together and reverently buried in consecrated ground.

Then again the portioning-out of the remains somehow doesn't seem to tie-in with the idea of the new body being miraculously formed by God from those very remains. It rather seems to relate to the idea that the remains are 'finished' with, rather than awaiting resurrection.

And also it seems to stem from the idea that the remains, after either earth-burial or cremation ARE the person. It is sad when one hears someone say, for instance, that they are going to the cemetery to 'visit' a loved one, as if that that is where the essential person IS. Whereas as Christians we believe that the departed person is with God, in his keeping, being prepared to enter into his presence. To tie the departed person to their mortal remains is surely a misunderstanding, and I feel that the keeping of 'part of them' at home or about the person encourages this mistake.

And so the Church in its wisdom urges us to bury cremated remains in holy ground ; not to scatter them, and not to divide them up. And here at St.Felix this can be done easily and suitably.




The week after this one contains the Solemnity of All Saints (a holy day of Obligation) and the Commemoration of All Souls. Several people have already asked me at what time the Masses will be :

Thursday Nov. 1st - All Saints

9.30am St.Felix

11.0am Convent

7.0pm St.Felix

Friday Nov. 2nd - All Souls

11.0am St.Felix

5.0pm Convent

7.0pm St.Felix