THE CURRENT FOOD CRISIS—SOME THOUGHTS ...

ST. FELIX PARISH NEWSLETTER 8, Gainsborough Rd., Felixstowe IP11 7HT 01394 282561 E-Mail: sacerdotus@googlemail.com Parish Priest: Fr David Hennessy Website : www.saintfelix.co.uk

Part of the current food shortage concerns rice. Some countries have introduced strict limits on exports of this crop in case their own country, where it is the staple diet, should run short. One of the problems of rice is that it needs lots of water and if the rains shift from their traditional pattern the crops can suffer badly. But it is interesting to compare the amount of water used for rice growing compared to that of beef production. The average number of litres used to produce 1 kilo of rice is 2,380. The number required to produce a kilo of beef is around 9,680. So if we were to consume less beef we could have lots more rice - or wheat or maize. It also takes around 8 kilos of grain feed to produce 1 kilo of beef and 7 litres of oil (the petroleum variety) are also required for each 1 kilo of steak. There is enough ammunition there to justify the slogan ‘Vegetarianism makes sense’, an interesting theme for a poster competition. But if we would find it difficult to be fully converted, there is still a great deal of sense in gradually modifying our diet so that we consume less meat and make its production a more viable option. A general move in this direction amongst the more affluent inhabitants of our planet would take some of the stress out of the food crisis, allow a little bit more for those who have least and, by all accounts, it should be healthier for us personally as well as for the planet ... After writing on the theme of food, I feel that I ought to finish with a recipe. So here is one from Haiti. Mix together mud, oil and sugar, shape into patties and grill or fry. One regular 24 year old consumer remarked: “It’s salty and has butter and you don’t know you’re eating dirt. It makes your stomach quiet down.” Brother John Deeney, FSC

WEEKEND MASSES SATURDAY VIGIL 6pm: St Felix SUNDAY MORNING 9am: St Felix ( Intentions of First Communicants ) 10.30am: Convent For the people 11.30am: St Cecilia’s ( Veronica & David Milburn Ruby wedding ann’y ) )

15th June, 2008 11th Sunday, A

TODAY IS FIRST COMMUNION SUNDAY FOR
RACHEL BYRNE JACK COX

MASS THIS WEEK
MASS NODAY—SATURDAY CONVENT AT 10.00am Monday: Fr Seamus Hunter ( 40th ann’y )

BEN DOWSETT CHARLIE DUFFY NICOLA FOSKER MATTHEW MAYES ALICE MEADOWS NIAMH O’GORMAN MARTIN RADONIC CHLOE RETALLICK

Brother John organises “Lasallian Developing World Projects”, annual summer volunteer projects to the Third World for young people who are just leaving school.

COLLECTIONS LAST WEEK OFFERTORY : £739.85 CAFOD: £257.48 MANY THANKS ONCE AGAIN FOR YOUR GENEROSITY

Please pray for them and for their families

PARISH SUMMER FETE

However you supported the fete, either by donating goods or selling them on the day, moving tables, selling and buying raffle tickets, donating a prize or folding tickets, turning up on a very wet day to spend your money, the parish worked together to raise £1600 for parish funds. Thank you to everyone of you, however you supported the fete. See you next year ! Jenny Birchall And thanks to Jenny and Sylvia who did so much of the background work for the fete.
ST ALBAN'S CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

PARISH AGM

Please remember in your prayers those who are sick in the parish and
Bishop Michael and those whose anniversaries are about this time

I hope to have a date soon for

the AGM of the parish, where we will have several things to discuss. Meanwhile, if you have any agenda items for that important meeting, please let me have them as soon as possible.
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

in Ipswich is holding a family quiz night on Friday June 20 to raise money for school funds. Tickets, costing £5 a person will include a ploughman's supper, dessert and hot drinks. They are available now by sending an envelope including names of team members, contact details and payment ( cheques payable to Friends of St Alban's please). There will be a cash prize and raffle and you may bring your own cold drinks. Further information can be obtained from Friends chairwoman Anna Beaumont on 01473 610032 or Stephen Donaghy on 01473 785723.
Couples and Families are invited to a CELEBRATION MASS FOR MARRIED LIFE.

Mary Spillane 2004 John Ryan 2005 Thomas Landers Alan Byfield Sister Campion Green Patrick McArdle Ernest Root Helen Simpson John Munro Florence Kitchingman Valerie Howes 2007 MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

for the next financial year will be available as from TODAY. Please be sure to collect yours after Mass

ST CECILIA’S BBQ is set for Sunday, 20th July. Further details will follow

TOGETHER CLUB will meet on Thursday at the Beach Hut for fish and chips and strawberries and ice-cream. IF WET, the meeting will be at the convent at 2pm PARISH BBQ IN THE PARISH GARDEN SUNDAY, 10th AUGUST

This year’s Syro-Malabar pilgrimage to Walsingham is on Sunday 3rd August. The procession to the Chapel of Reconciliation will start from the Parish church in Walsingham at 12.00 noon. The solemn Mass in Malayalam will be at 3.00pm.

ORWELL CONNECTION CONCERT C.W.L. would like to sincerely thank everybody who supported the concert on Tuesday. We raised £360, which will be shared between St. Elizabeth's Hospice and C.W.L. Charities. Our next event will be on Monday 14th July and will be a French Evening - details will follow shortly.

St John’s Cathedral, Norwich on Saturday, 28th June at 11.00am.
Contact Lorraine Brroks ( 01480 455621 )

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