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


November 18th, 2018 : 33rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 11:00am (Con) Int.+ Mary Imelda


Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9:30am (St.F) Int.+Decd. members of CWL

10.30am (Con) Int.


9:30am (St.F) Int. +Ann Candon


9:30am (St.F) Int. Claire Veitch

10:30am (Con) Int. +Robert Aylward (FM)


No Mass Today

Friday FERIA

11:00am (St.F) Int. A Special Intention

5:00pm (Con) Int.



6:00pm (St.F) Int. Mary Ward


The Daily Office

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


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.158 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.949 of The Sunday Missal.

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn 962


No 9.30am Mass today


At the 11.0am Mass we welcome our Bishop, Bishop Alan Hopes, who will bless the two new Divine Mercy windows. We also welcome the stained glass artist Thomas Denny and his wife Benita, who have come over from their home in Dorset for the occasion.


There is a special leaflet for this Mass





in the Sacred Heart Chapel 2.0pm-3.0pm

This week on Friday


Monday 2.30pm The Liturgy Committee meets at the Presbytery.

Tuesday 7.0pm Mass at the Seafarers Centre.

Saturday 9.0am Saturday Club, for young people of Primary School age.




Anniversaries this week: Margaret Mooney (1996), Eileen Moran (2000), Bridget Chalcroft (2011), Marguerite Gamble (2013), Marlene Strachan (2016). May they Rest in Peace.


Money Matters Last Sunday 534.54 was given at the Offertory, and 81.40 for CAFOD. Next Sunday there will be a retiring collection for the Diocesan Youth Services.

World Day of Prayer Helen writes 'The Committee (reps of various Churches) had their first meeting on Friday 9th November in the Cooper Room to plan the service to be held on 1st March 2019 and identify the help which will be needed to enable St Felix to host. The areas where help is required are music, technology and Hunger Lunch. Many thanks to those parishioners who have already offered assistance and the final arrangements will be discussed in the New Year. The next Committee Meeting is Friday 18th January 2019 at 2.00pm and is open to anyone who would like to attend.'


Mary's Meals Film "Generation Help" Phil Hills writes 'The film will be shown on Saturday 29th November at 7.15pm in the parish hall. Please try and come along to se this wonderful film. Only 30 minutes long Tea/coffee and biscuits whilst you watch.'


Senior Parishioners Christmas Lunch

Monica writes ' Invitations to the Lunch on 9th

December are now ready to be collected from the porch of the Parish Church or the Convent.'


CAFOD World Gifts

Each year CAFOD publishes a catalogue of World Gifts, featuring items which you can buy in order to supply all kinds of needs in the third world. You send off the money, and receive a very nice card for each one, which you can then give to your friends as Christmas gifts - gifts from them to people in great need. It is an excellent scheme. We may fear that our friends will feel that they have been 'cheated' out of a 'proper gift' : but anyone who has received one of these 'world gifts' will testify to what a pleasure it is to receive, and instead of being given something which is maybe unnecessary, and not especially welcome, to know that - in your name - someone in real need has been helped. There is a supply of this year's catalogues in the Porch.


Very smart Those of you who have been in the Sacristies recently will have noticed new carpeting. It replaces carpeting which had become badly stained over the years, and which was completely worn out. The new carpeting completes the work began with the redecoration of this area in the summer by the men from Hollesley Bay, and now the one part of our church which was rather a slum looks very nice indeed.


Welcome! I've been very remiss in not introducing Tom and Linda Jones, who moved to the Parish a few months ago, Tom and Linda were parishioners of mine at Bury St.Edmunds some years ago, where they both taught at the St.Louis Middle School. They were Lay Ministers of the Eucharist then, and have now begun to continue that ministry here. We welcome them warmly.


Post Cards of the Divine Mercy Windows

Carol, 'Carol from the Convent' as we affectionately call her, has created and given some excellent postcards of the new windows which the Bishop will bless today : they will be sold at the normal postcard-price of 40p, for church funds. We are most grateful. ( 'Though it was rather alarming to see Carol balanced high on a step-ladder to take the photographs!). The postcards are available in the Porch.




Tuesday this week is the Feast of St.Edmund, the eighth-century King of East Anglia who was put to death because he refused to renounce his Christian Faith, and hand over his people to the pagan Danes who had invaded his lands. In earlier centuries he was regarded as Patron Saint of England, before being displaced by St.George. He is secondary patron of the Diocese of East Anglia, the primary patron being Our Lady of Walsingham.


Earlier this year a new book on St.Edmund was published - Edmund : in Search of England's Lost King. Written by Francis Young, it would make a good Christmas present. It gives evidence for believing that at the Reformation, the body of St.Edmund was not lost, but was buried within the Abbey grounds at Bury. The spot which seems most likely has long lain beneath hard tennis courts, but with these to be shortly removed, the way is opening up for an excavation. Another Richard III at Leicester situation, maybe. But with a rather different kind of king at its centre.............