Saint Felix Catholic Parish Newsletter

“The teaching of the Second Vatican Council has represented for Catholics a clear landmark to which constant reference is made in our attitude and our relations with the Jewish people, marking a new and significant stage. The Council gave a strong impetus to our irrevocable commitment to pursue the path of dialogue, fraternity and friendship, a journey which has been deepened and developed in the last forty years, through important steps and significant gestures. Among them, I should mention once again the historic visit by my Venerable Predecessor to this Synagogue on 13 April 1986, the numerous meetings he had with Jewish representatives, both here in Rome and during his Apostolic Visits throughout the world, the Jubilee Pilgrimage which he made to the Holy Land in the year 2000, the various documents of the Holy See which, following the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration Nostra Aetate, have made helpful contributions to the increasingly close relations between Catholics and Jews. I too, in the course of my Pontificate, have wanted to demonstrate my closeness to and my affection for the people of the Covenant. I cherish in my heart each moment of the pilgrimage that I had the joy of making to the Holy Land in May of last year, along with the memories of numerous meetings with Jewish Communities and Organizations, in particular my visits to the Synagogues of Cologne and New York. Furthermore, the Church has not failed to deplore the failings of her sons and daughters, begging forgiveness for all that could in any way have contributed to the scourge of anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism (cf. Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah, 16 March 1998). May these wounds be healed forever! The heartfelt prayer which Pope John Paul II offered at the Western Wall on 26 March 2000 comes back to my mind, and it calls forth a profound echo in our hearts: “God of our Fathers, you chose Abraham and his descendants to bring your Name to the nations: we are deeply saddened by the behaviour of those who in the course of history have caused these children of yours to suffer, and asking your forgiveness we wish to commit ourselves to genuine brotherhood with the people of the Covenant. ... ... The memory of these events compels us to strengthen the bonds that unite us so that our mutual understanding, respect and acceptance may always increase.” Pope Benedict XVI, speech given at his visit to the synagogue of Rome, January 17th, 2010

8, Gainsborough Road Felixstowe IP11 7HT Tel: 01394 282561 Parish Priest: Fr David Hennessy e-mail: sacerdotus@googlemail.com Website: www.saintfelix.org.uk

JANUARY 24th, 2010 3rd SUNDAY YEAR C

WEEKEND MASS TIMES SATURDAY 6pm SUNDAY 9am
( Gemma Ryan - 18th birthday)

10.30am ( Convent ) 11.30am ( Trimley )
( Myrtle Shevlin+ )

... He went to the synagogue ... He stood up to read ... WEEKDAY MASS AT THE CONVENT TUESDAY—FRIDAY

COLLECTIONS LAST WEEK OFFERTORY: £923.00 CAFOD HAITI APPEAL: £1498.68 MANY THANKS FOR YOUR GENEROSITY

10.00am FRIDAY 12 NOON Mass at St Felix
( Mary Buckley+ )

MANY THANKS
FOR YOUR GREAT GENEROSITY TO THE PEOPLE OF HAITI. THIS COLLECTION WILL CONTINUE FOR THIS WEEKEND BUT I MUST SEND A CHEQUE TO CAFOD BY THIS COMING TUESDAY AS THE NEED IS SO URGENT.

WEDNESDAY, 27th JANUARY, IS HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY.

CATHOLIC WOMEN'S LEAGUE ANNUAL WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY • St John’s Church have once again extended • their hospitality to welcome us to the CTF Unity Service this evening, 24th January ,2010 at 6.30pm. Because we missed our January meeting, and are going to the Town Hall for our meeting on Feb 8th, we have decided to have a short business meeting on Monday 1st Feb in the Hall at 7.30. There are a few important items to discuss, which need sorting out before the next full meeting in March.
Angela Ashby

THE TOGETHER CLUB meet at the Convent on Thursday 2.00 p.m. for Bingo
PARISH QUIZ AND SUPPER in the Church Hall Shrove Tuesday 16th February at 7.30p.m.
Tickets £4. Bring your own bottle Tickets will be on sale w/e 30th Jan and 6th Feb.

There will be a Requiem Mass for Dee Davies (who used to be a member of St. Felix Parish) at 10.00am on Monday, 25th January at the Church of Our Lady in Stowmarket.
Kathleen Waring

PARISH SUMMER FETE
It has been decided to have a change from the summer fete this year. However we do still need to raise money for parish funds. We need fund raising ideas, one will need to include a Grand Raffle ( this is a really easy way to raise between £700 - £800 after expenses). If you have any ideas or suggestions please place them in the box in the porch at St. Felix or speak to Sylvia - Ft. 275370 or Jenny - Ft.671217 as soon as possible. We can all play a part however small or large and your parish really does need you to be involved and any ideas will be welcome.

... I have no answer to the question of how God can allow so many innocent people to die in natural disasters, like the earthquake .. ( in ) ... Haiti. And indeed, I can quite understand that many will regard these events as proof positive that religious people are living a foolish dream ... And yet, I still believe. For there exists a place in me - deeper than my rational self - that compels me to respond to tragedies like Haiti not with argument but with prayer. On a very basic level, what people find in religion is not so much the answers, but a means of responding to and living with life's hardest questions. And this is why a tragedy like this doesn't, on the whole, make believers suddenly wake up to the foolishness of their faith. On the contrary, it mostly tends to deepen our sense of a need for God. What many believers mean by faith is not that we have a firm foundation in rational justification. Those... who try to claim this are, I believe, rationalizing something that properly exists on another level. Which is why, at a moment like this, I'd prefer to leave the arguments to others. For me, this is a time quietly to light a candle for the people of Haiti and to offer them up to God in my prayers. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.
Thought for the Day, 15 January 2010 The Rev. Dr Giles Fraser

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS ALL WHO ARE SICK AND THOSE WHO HAVE DIED RECENTLY OR HAVE ANNIVERSARIES: Sick: Jack Gaffney, Betty McIlwraith, Stephanie O’Mahony Fr. John Refitt, Sr. James Cafferkey, Sr. Florence Moylett, Ellen McLaughlin, Jacob Law, Christopher Ashford, William Oliver, Thomas Brannon, Norah Edlestone, Eileen Whitlum, John Van Tilborgh, Andrew Toal, Andrew Pawlowski, Terry Leeming, David Dowling, Harold Milner-Walker, William McGrath, Dorothy O’Mahony, Rischard Ascott, Madge Slim, Teresa Greatbanks. RIP