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Fourth Sunday of Advent/20th & 21th Dec 2014
Third Sunday of Advent/13th & 14th Dec 2014
Second Sunday of Advent/6th & 7th Dec 2014
First Sunday of Advent/29th & 30th Nov 2014
The Solemnity of Christ the King/22nd & 23rd Nov 2014
Thirty-Third Sunday of the Year/15th & 16th Nov 2014
Feast of Dedication of the Lateran Basilica 2014/8th & 9th Nov 2014
Thirty-First Sunday of the Year/1st & 2nd Nov 2014
Thirtieth Sunday of the Year/25th & 26th Oct 2014
Twenty-Ninth Sunday of the Year/18th & 19th Oct 2014
Twenty-Eighth Sunday of the Year/11th & 12th Oct 2014
Twenty-Seventh Sunday of the Year/4th & 5th Oct 2014
Twenty-Sixth Sunday of the Year/27th & 28th Sep 2014
Twenty-Fifth Sunday of the Year/20th & 21st Sep 2014
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross/13th & 14th Sep 2014
Twenty-Third Sunday of the Year/6th & 7th Sep 2014
Twenty-Second Sunday of the Year/30th & 31st Aug 2014
Twenty-First Sunday of the Year/23rd & 24th Aug 2014
Twentieth Sunday of the Year/16th & 17th Aug 2014
Nineteenth Sunday of the Year/9th & 10th Aug 2014
Eighteenth Sunday of the Year/2nd & 3rd Aug 2014
Seventeenth Sunday of the Year/26th & 27th July 2014
Sixteenth Sunday of the Year/19th & 20th July 2014
Fifteenth Sunday of the Year/12th & 13th July 2014
Fourteenth Sunday of the Year/5th & 6th July 2014
Feast of St Peter and St Paul/28th & 29th June 2014
Corpus Christi/21st & 22nd June 2014
The Most Holy Trinity/14th & 15th June 2014
Pentecost Sunday/7th & 8th June 2014
The Ascension of the Lord/31st May & 1st June 2014
Sixth Sunday of Easter/24th & 25th May 2014
Fifth Sunday of Easter/17th & 18th May 2014
Fourth Sunday of Easter/10th & 11th May 2014
Third Sunday of Easter/3rd & 4th May 2014
Second Sunday of Easter/26th & 27th Apr 2014
Easter Sunday/19th & 20th Apr 2014
Palm Sunday/12th & 13th Apr 2014
Fifth Sunday of Lent/5th & 6th Apr 2014
Fourth Sunday of Lent/29th & 30th Mar 2014
Third Sunday of Lent/22nd & 23rd Mar 2014
Second Sunday of Lent/15th & 16th Mar 2014
First Sunday of Lent/8th & 9th Mar 2014
Eighth Sunday of the Year/1st & 2nd Mar 2014
Seventh Sunday of the Year/22th & 23th Feb 2014
Sixth Sunday of the Year/15th & 16th Feb 2014
Fifth Sunday of the Year/8th & 9th Feb 2014
The Presentation of the Lord/1st & 2nd Feb 2014
Third Sunday of the Year/25th & 26th Jan 2014
Second Sunday of the Year/18th & 19th Jan 2014
The Baptism of the Lord/11th & 12th Jan 2014
Second Sunday of Christmas-The Epiphany of the Lord/4th & 5th Jan 2014

News Items 2014




Added Saturday 20 December 2014

Merry Christmas from Fr Michael

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Added Saturday 20 December 2014

Personal Gift to our Parish Priest

Please remember that by tradition the collection at Christmas masses is our personal gift to our Parish Priest.


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Added Saturday 20 December 2014

Crib Donations

There will be a basket beside the crib for donations which, this year, will go to St. Nicholas Hospice Care. Many of you will have known friends and relatives cared for by the Hospice and as their vision for care moves into the community we are so fortunate in being the first town in East Anglia with a 'Hospice Hub' at the Burton Centre. Please visit the coffee shop beside the library and see this amazing place!


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Added Saturday 20 December 2014

A very big Thank You

A very big Thank You to all who helped to organise our Christmas Raffle. A well worthwhile event! Also to our craft group who meet here during the year. They had generously made cards and other things which they sold for the Building Fund.

This was organised by Zoe - Many Thanks.


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Added Saturday 20 December 2014

Christmas Mass Times

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Christmas EveWed 24th Dec6:30pm
Carols and ReadingsWed 24th Dec11:00pm
Mass at MidnightWed 24th Dec11:30pm
Christmas Morning MassThu 25th Dec11:00AM
St Stephen's Day*Fri 26th Dec10:00am

* Servers will renew their commitment at this Mass


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Added Friday 12 December 2014

'Stained-Glass Windows'

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If you are doing one of the window pictures from the magazine to decorate the church windows for Christmas and would like to have it laminated (in case of condensation!), please bring it next week-end and leave it in the box provided.

Don't forget to put your name on the back if you would like it returned to you after Christmas. Thank you.

Happy Cutting & Sticking!


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Added Sunday 30 November 2014

Confirmation Preparation Course for Young People

If you are in Year 9 or above at school you may wish to think about being Confirmed. You do not have to commit to being Confirmed at this stage

You must be in Year 9 or above in order to be Confirmed

If you would like to take part please write a short letter to Fr. Michael outlining your interest in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. You should send this letter to arrive no later than Sunday 14th December 2014.

Please include you contact details (address, telephone number and email).

For further information contact Huw Williams. Tel:01440 708273, email htwilliams@talktalk.net or in the Sacristry after Sunday Mass

Short Introductory Session for Candidates and Parents after Mass on Sunday 14th December.


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Added Friday 12 December 2014

Preparing the Church

Flower arrangers will be working on Monday 22nd pm and Tuesday 23rd after 9.30am mass.

Cleaners will do their work on Tuesday 23rd starting at 1pm

Both teams welcome anyone who is available for a BIG EFFORT!


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Added Friday 12 December 2014

Appeal...

The flower arrangers will be in need of HOLLY and any other suitable foliage for our Christmas decorations in church.

If you have some in your garden, please start pruning! Bags can be delivered to church and left by the cycle park at the side or collection can be arranged. Call 01440 269254 or 087787832451


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Added Friday 12 December 2014

Christmas Flowers

If you would like to contribute towards the Christmas flowers in memory of loved ones, please put their names in an envelope with your donation and give to Fr. Michael by next weekend 20th/21st December.


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Added Friday 12 December 2014

Christmas Draw

Please check to see if you are a prize winner and collect your prize!

The results of the Christmas Draw and the Craft Group Sale will be available next week.


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Added Sunday 7 December 2014

Mass for Sisters of Mercy

The celebration of the Sisters of Mercy was at 10:00am Mass on Sunday 7th December. The Mass booklet used can be found here


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Added Sunday 30 November 2014

St Nicholas Hospice - Light Up a Life

At Christmas our thoughts often turn to cherished family, friends or family members who are no longer with us. St Nicholas Hospice Care services are a way of remembering and celebrating your loved ones whether they received Hospice care or not.

The service in Haverhill is on 20th December in St Mary's Church at 3:00pm.

You are invited to bring your own dedication to a maximum of one side of A4 which will be displayed at the service. ALL WELCOME

We will be supporting the work of the Hospice in a collection during our Advent Service.


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Added Sunday 16 November 2014

Offertory Collection

Every so often I am asked how much we should put in the plate when the collection takes place during Mass. In some churches people give a tithe or 10% of their income. This has not been the custom in the Catholic Church. However, our expenses for electricity, gas, insurance and the set amount we are obliged to pay to the Diocese - our levies - to cover retired priests, our Catholic schools and other diocesan expenses, have risen year by year.

The total amount of between £400 and £500 now does not really cover these expenses. Whilst we do not tithe our offerings we do need to ask ourselves how much an hour with God each week, in a warm and well lit and well maintained church is worth? Certainly we should look at our our hourly rate of pay and give something near to that. We perhaps need to ask ourselves how much we spend on our own electricity and gas and house insurance?

Whilst we do not beg for money, the weekly offering is our only source of income.

So - may I suggest we at least look at our givng and in the light of this situation I do hope you will feel able to increase the amount we give each week.

Fr. Michael


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Added Friday 7 November 2014

Quilted by Toad Ltd

Wendy Maude is a textile artist and designer and owner of 'Quilted by Toad' specialising in patchwork, quilting and machine embroidery.

Her range includes everything from homeware to accessories - handcrafted cushions and quilts, baby blankets, bags and embroidered and appliqué towels. Everything she creates is unique and bespoke and can be created in whatever style or fabric the customer wants. Perfect presents for Christmas! Wendy also works with small businesses creating machine embroidery and digitizing company logos.

Wendy will have a stall at St. Felix after mass this week 8th/9th November. A 10% discount will be offered on all purchases and no delivery charges for items ordered that weekend.

There will be items to purchase and to order. Any orders will be delivered to St. Felix for collection the following weekend. Orders for customised items are paid for in advance.

For further information on items that will be offered please visit: www.quiltedbytoad.co.uk


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Added Sunday 26 October 2014

Retreat for Readers and Ministers

November 30th - First Sunday of Advent - sarting at 3.00pm in church. The retreat will be led by Fr. Peter Brett, Parish Priest of Sudbury with Hadleigh.


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Added Sunday 13 July 2014

DVD of Church Consecration

A DVD of the Consecration of our new Church is now available. This is an opportunity to relive this once in a life time event. The DVD lasts for 55 minutes and is available for £10. To order your copy either sign the form at back of church giving your name and contact number or see Tina Hanks (email tina@stfelixchurch.org.uk) or Duncan Batty (email duncan@battyfamily.org.uk) after Mass.


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Added Saturday 8 February 2014

Easyfindraising.org.uk

Thank you to all those who are supporting our Fundraising efforts by shopping on line with 'Easy Fundraising'. We have just passed the £50.00 mark which is a great start.

If you would like to know more about this please see the regular item in the newsletter or go to the St Felix website (www.stfelixchurch.org.uk). Alternatively Duncan Batty is able to provide full details, if you don't know Duncan please ask one of the Welcome Group who will point him out to you!


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Added Friday 7 November 2014

Church Cleaning - An Update

Thanks to my appeal we had some response to our call for more church cleaners - still more help is needed!

COME ON .... it does not take up too much time or effort but the satisfaction of worshipping in a lean and tidy church is great! Fr. Michael

PLEASE .... if you can spare a couple of hours every 5/6 weeks contact Jo Rowson 01440 731744 or jorowson@btinternet.com


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Added Friday 7 November 2014

Newsletter- New Contact Details

Items for the newsletter should be sent to Sharon, preferably by email stfelixnewsletter@gmail.com by Thursday 12 noon for inclusion in the newsletter the following week.


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Added Sunday 7 December 2014

Congratulations to Fr. Michael!

This weekend, 7th December, is the Anniversary if Fr. Michael's ordination. Many of you will remember that wonderful occasion and the moment when the Bishop announced that he would be our Parish Priest!

We thank him today for his ministry and his commitmnet to all of us;for making the sacraments available to us all, for teaching, consoling, encouraging and leading us.

We pray that God will continue to bless him, to inspire him and to renew in him the joy of his ordination.


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Added Sunday 7 December 2014

Civic Carol Service Wednesday 10th December 7:00pm

This year it will take place at the Old Independent Church, Hamlet Road.

This is always a good beginning to Christmas, singing and listening to readings with the Town Band


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Added Saturday 22 November 2014

Family Christmas Quiz Night

In 2016 the World Youth Day led by Pope Francis will take place in Krakow, Poland. We would like to support some of our young adults to attend this festival.

To begin their fundraising efforts St Felix Youth Group are holding a Family Christmas Quiz night on Friday 12th December 2014 at the School starting at 7:00pm.

We invite you to book a table for your family/group. There will be light refreshments and a lot of fun. There is no charge to take part but all donations are welcome including raffle prizes. There will be a prize for the winning team and a raffle.


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Added Sunday 30 November 2014

Christmas Draw

The Christmas Draw is next Sunday December 7th

Please return all counterfoils, money and and any unsold tickets by next weekend. Thank you all very much for such a big effort.


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Added Saturday 22 November 2014

SF Magazine

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Please take a copy for your family/household. Enjoy, let us know what you think, and begin mulling over what you can contribute to Issue 2!

You will see that the middle page consists of an activity for children, families and the young at heart. It requires the middle page to be removed, so if you would rather not do that, or require more than one for your family, then spare copies of the middle pages will be/are available in the Narthex.


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Added Saturday 22 November 2014

St Felix Craft Group

Christmas cards, decorations and gifts made by the St. Felix Craft Group will be on sale after the 6.30pm Mass on 6th December and after the 10,00am Mass on Sunday 7th December

All proceeds from the sale are going towards the Church Building Fund. Do come and buy!

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Added Friday 7 November 2014

School Christmas Bazaar

St Felix Primary School is holding their Christmas Bazaar on Friday November 28th from 6-8pm


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Added Friday 7 November 2014

Mass for the Sisters of Mercy and Sr Carmel

As already agreed there will be a mass of celebration for the contribution of the Sisters of Mercy to our Parish and 'thank you and farewell' to Sister Carmel at 10am on Sunday December 7th.The mass will be followed by a reception at St Felix School (to be confirmed) with lunch at 12 midday and everyone is invited and welcome.

We are a very diverse parish, representing all corners of the world and would like to reflect that in the food we share at lunch. Facillities are quite limited so all food should be able to be eaten by finger/fork and can be taken to the hall from 10am onwards on the day.

There is a list of food and drink at the back of the church which we would encourage you to contribute to. It would of course be wonderful to have one of your own signature dishes!

Thanks to your exceptional generosity we have collected over £500 and it intended that we will present Sister with travel Vouchers, a memory book and leaving card with the messages you completed with your donations.

Any queries please contact: Sharon Copperthwaite 269438, Angela Rymills 730790 or Sharon Paradine 704502

Many Thanks.


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Added Sunday 26 October 2014

ADVENT SERVICE Sunday 30th November at 6.00pm

Please put this date in your diary NOW - it is a service for Everyone which will mark the beginning of the Season of Advent, our preparation for the great Feast of Christmas and is also the beginning of a New Year in the Church.


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Added Sunday 26 October 2014

Christmas Draw

Christmas Draw tickets are now available so please help to make this a big success by taking tickets to sell to friends and family and of course take some yourself!

Also needed to make the Draw a success is PRIZES!! All donations will be gratefully accepted.


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Updated Friday 10 October 2014

Foodbank Shortages

Firstly a massive thank you to everyone who has already donated Harvest food, it's keeping us very busy!

Foodbank: Sponge puddings & custard, Instant mash and long-life fruit juice

Starterpack: Pots, pans and towels

For full details about Haverhill FoodBank, Click Here


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Added Saturday 22 November 2014

Youth Sunday

This Sunday we celebrate YOUTH SUNDAY, a day when we give thanks for the young people of our church. We have a great deal to be thankful for as we witness them serving, reading, welcoming people and helping in the liturgy.

We welcome their input this Sunday. We also welcome our First Holy Communion children and parents who will make their commitment during Mass.


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Added Saturday 22 November 2014

Prison Week

This last week has been Prisons Week. Bishop Alan came to our prison and celebrated Mass for the men there. Please pray for them, their families and also the victims of crime.


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Added Sunday 16 November 2014

Fundraising

We still have a large debt with the Diocese which needs to be paid off so if anyone is willing to join the fundraising group, working with a team of dedicated and energetic people, please come to see me. We need new and dynamic ideas in order to continue the good work this group has done over the years

Fr. Michael


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Updated Saturday 22 November 2014, Added Sunday 16 November 2014

Patrick O'Keefe

Patrick O'Keefe's Requiem Mass will be on Tuesday Nov 25th at 1.30pm Fr. Michael


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Added Saturday 22 November 2014

Children and Youth News

This weekend we celebrate Christ Our King

It is also Youth Sunday and the Liturgy will be led by the children of our Parish The children preparing for their First Holy Communion and their parents will also make their commitment to their preparation at Mass.

Jesus the light of the world

The time between celebrating Christ the King and Candlemas is a time when we reflect on the arrival of the Son of God as a baby and his life as a child on earth to his presentation at the Temple in Jerusalem. To celebrate this time we are asking all children and young people to make a Christingle to bring in to help decorate the church for Christmas.

On Sunday 23rd November, each child will be given a candle and instructions. We ask the children to bring their Christingles to Mass on the 4th Sunday of Advent (21st/22nd December) for a blessing.

First Holy Communion

There is a meeting for all parents this Wednesday 26th November at the School at 7:30pm. The next Children's session is on Saturday 6th December at 3:00pm in the Church.

Added Sunday 16 November 2014

Patrick O'Keefe

I am sorry to tell you that Patrick O'Keefe died this week. Please pray for him and his family. May he rest in peace. Fr. Michael


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Added Friday 7 November 2014

Remembrance Service

This will take place in St. Mary's Church at 3.00pm on Sunday afternoon - an opportunity to unite ourselves with other Christians in an act of remembrance for those who died in conflict.


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Added Friday 7 November 2014

Liturgy Group Meeting

Liturgy Meeting - This Tuesday November 11th - 7.15pm in Church.


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Added Friday 7 November 2014

Fundraising

We still have a large debt with the Diocese which needs to be paid off so if anyone is willing to join the fundraising group, working with a team of dedicated and energetic people, please come to see me. We need new and dynamic ideas in order to continue the good work this group has done over the years

Fr. Michael


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Added Friday 7 November 2014

Call for Those who have taken the RCIA Course

Sister Carmel always took particular pleasure and pride in the RCIA course and working closely with individuals wishing to be received into the church. We would like to present her with a framed photograph of as many of those people as we can muster for a photograph after 10am mass on Sunday the 16th November. If you able to be there that would be great!

Sharon Paradine - 01440 704502 or 07557381914


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Added Friday 7 November 2014

Operation Christmas Child

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD - CHRISTMAS BOXES - ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT!


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Added Sunday 26 October 2014

Celebrating the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls

Next weekend we will be celebrating the Feast of All Saints and on Monday 3rd - the Feast of All Souls

You will find some envelopes - please use them to ask for prayers for your deceased family and friends. Put their names and your Mass offerings in the envelope, returning them by Monday 3rd Nov. Mass will be offered each week in November for the repose of their souls. We are called to pray for the dead that they may come to dwell in the eternal presence of God.

May the souls of the faithful rest in peace

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.


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Added Sunday 26 October 2014

Raising Funds for the "Rainbow Trust and "Help Children in Zambia"

Dear Friends

As you will know, when Sister Carmel left the parish she asked that much of her furniture and personal possessions would be sold to raise funds for these 2 charities, the first helping bereaved children and the second helping women and children in Zambia affected by HIV and AIDS.

I am pleased to say that due to the generosity of many of our community we have so far raised £849.40. This is an amazing amount and still growing! Could we please remind those who did not have money with them this week to hand it to Sharon P, Sharon C or Joan Hefford as soon as they are able.

There are some unsold items that we intend to sell at the St Felix School Christmas bazaar which is taking place on Friday November 28th - as always the Bazaar is open to everyone in the parish and we would encourage you to support it.

On behalf of Sr Philippa and Sr Carmel, again many thanks for your generosity


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Added Saturday 18 October 2014

RED BOXES

We have a new organiser for our Red Box missionary collection. Murry Staight has agreed to oversee this in the parish. If you have a box at home please return it. If you would like a box for your spare pennies please let Murry or Fr. Michael know. This is a well established and worthwhile cause for your consideration.


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Added Saturday 18 October 2014, updated Sunday 26 October 2014

Church Cleaning - Update

Thanks to my appeal we have had some response to our call for more church cleaners - still more help is needed!

COME ON.... it does not take too much time or effort but the satisfaction of worshipping in a clean and tidy church is great! Fr Michael

PLEASE.... if you can spare a couple of hours every 5/6 weeks contact Jo Rowson 01440 731744 or jorowson@btinternet.com


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Added Saturday 18 October 2014, updated Sunday 26 October 2014

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This is it- LAST CALL forcontirbutions to the first issue of our parish magazine. THere are 5 days left before the deadline on October 31st.

Email your articles to: linda.pector@gmail.com or put it in the green box in the narthex.

We have another suggestion - do you have any tried and tested Christmas recipes to share...? or any seasonal or useful tips to pass on...?

We want the magazine to be self-funding so we are seeking advertising sponsors. Advertising slots of small credit card size, 6cms x 4.5 cms, are available for £25. If you are interested in supporting the magazine in this way, please get in touch as above.

Many Thanks - Editorial team


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Added Saturday 18 October 2014

Justice and Peace

Please start filling your shoe boxes for the Operation Christmas child collection which will take place NEXT MONTH.

If you start to buy one or two items gradually over the next few weeks, the box will fill up without it seeming to cost a great deal all at once. This is a great project for Half Term Week!

Please continue to pray for peace in the Holy Land and in the troubled areas of our world.


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Added Friday 22 August 2014

RCIA Programme

The RCIA ( Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) course runs from October to Easter.

It is for those who would like to know more about the Catholic faith: the Mass, the Sacraments, Scripture, Liturgy, Mary the Mother of Jesus and other topics relating to the Church Thoe who wish and feel they would like to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church at Easter will have a clearer and fuller understanding of what that commitment entails. The group will meet for about one hour each week to listen to the talks and share in the discussions.

If interested we would ask that you complete one of the forms available at the entrance and return to either Father Michael or Sister Carmel as soon as possible as the course is now underway.


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Added Saturday 18 October 2014

URGENT...URGENT....URGENT...

We are now desperate for church cleaners. Since we started to appeal 11 people joined the rota but since then 11 have had to leave due to family and work commitments.

PLEASE.... if you can spare a couple of hours every 5/6 weeks contact Jo Rowson 01440 732744 or jorowson@btinternet.com

Or speak to Fr. Michael


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Added Friday 10 October 2014

Young Children in Mass

It was noticed, by a parishioner, on Sunday that there was some noise from our young children and I know this causes embarrassment to their parents. I love to see our church filled with both young and old and I especially welcome our children. There was no Little Church this week and the whole Mass is trying for them.

Please remember that there are speakers outside the main church and a carpet where children can sit or crawl. The Mass is relayed there so you as parents can watch, listen, and so fully take part in the liturgy. So - don't feel embarrassed, just take them out if they are noisy and let them have more space to express themselves while you enjoy the Mass to the full.

Fr. Michael


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Added Friday 10 October 2014

For Sale

With the Sisters of Mercy leaving, we have a very good quality:

  • Sideboard with drawers and cupboards.
  • Dining Table (extendable)and four chairs
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Three piece suite
  • Filing Cabinets

Please see Fr. Michael if interested


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Added Saturday 18 October 2014

Parish Magazine

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Added Saturday 18 October 2014

Thanking the Sisters of Mercy and saying goodbye to Sister Carmel

As you are all now aware The Sister of Mercy are sadly withdrawing from Haverhill after 20 years' service to our community and Sister Carmel is retiring to her congregation in Derby. Sister wanted to leave the parish quietly and we have respected her wishes. However such a momentous occasion could not pass without recognition and there is to be a celebration mass dedicated to the Sisters on Sunday December 7th at 10am followed by a reception - details to follow in the coming weeks. This is a very special occasion for the sisters and our parish history and we would like a full church so PLEASE PUT THIS DATE IN YOUR DIARY.

As mentioned some weeks ago we need photos of "camera shy" Sister Carmel to form a memory book which will be presented to her on the 7th. Could you please hand these photos to Fr Michal and once they are scanned they will be returned to you. For anyone who missed the opportunity to contribute to sisters leaving gift there are envelopes at the back of the church with labels for you to write a message for her card.

Thank You


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Added Thursday 18 September 2014

Church Cleaning

We are again appealing for CHURCH CLEANERS...If you have a few hours to spare once every 5 weeks on Friday or Saturday and could help to make the work easier for the teams already doing an amazing job, please contact Jo Rowson - jrowson@btinternet.com or 01440 731774


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Added Friday 3 October 2014

Calling all young people of our parish......

Sunday 23rd of November is Christ the King and marks the end of the Church's Liturgical year. It is also Youth Sunday and we would like all the young members of our Parish to participate in the Mass.

To begin the planning for this Mass there will be a social evening on Saturday 18th October after the 6:30pm Mass at the Church. If you are aged 13 and over than please come and join us. (Please sign up at the back of the church if you are able to come so that we can plan the food element of the evening).

If you are not able to come along to the social evening but would like to know more about the St Felix Parish Youth Group please put your name down on the list at the back of the church and let us know your ideas about activities and events you would like to join in with.


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is the name that was selected for our magazine in the 'dot poll' last week-end.

Now, for the next stage your input is essential! We need you to send any contributions for the magazine as soon as possible, but definitely by October 31st.

Email your articles to: linda.pector@gmail.com or leave your piece in the magazine box by the door, in the narthex.

Here's a suggestion - as we are a diverse community with members from many countries and cultures how about some contributions sharing how Advent, Christmas and the New Year are celebrated in other places.

Waiting to hear from you...

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Added Friday 10 October 2014

Thank You

Many thanks to all the bakers who produced some wonderful cakes and puddings, also to parishioners who provided local produce.

We raised £127.40p for the church building fund so thank you to everyone who supported and bought. We hope you enjoyed the products.

Hospitality team


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Added Friday 10 October 2014

Justice and Peace

1.Thank You to all those who supported CAFOD Family Fast Day

2. Save your shoe boxes for the Operation Christmas child collection which will take place in November. If you start to buy one or two items gradually over the next few weeks, the box will fill up without it seeming to cost a great deal all at once.

3. Please continue to pray for peace in the Holy Land and in the troubled areas of our world.


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Added Friday 3 October 2014

Peter Houlahan

Last weekend we said goodbye to Peter Houlahan. He has moved to Luton.

He has been a loyal member of our parish and we wish him every blessing as he moves on. Fr. Michael


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Added Friday 3 October 2014

NAME THAT MAGAZINE!

Many thanks to those who returned the parish magazine questionnaires.

We had several suggestions for names/titles, and now need to choose one. Please help by voting, using the sheets in the narthex. Each name/title is displayed on a 'dummy' magazine front cover. Make your choice by sticking a coloured dot on the page next to your chosen magazine name/title. You may select up to 3 different names.

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Having got a name for our magazine we now need the content. The deadline for articles and other contributions is October 31st, but please send things before then if you have them ready. Let us have information from parish groups, events occurring around Christmas and beyond, views on parish life, news on parish people; personal prayers, poems, stories and why they are of particular significance to you, recipes, helpful tips - anything that you would like to share with others or think other people may be interested in hearing about - everything will be considered for inclusion. If you contribute something from another publication, please say where it came from, if you know.

Magazine contributions can be sent to:linda.pector@gmail.com or left in the lime green magazine box in the narthex.

To 'happen' the magazine needs you looking forward to hearing from you.

Linda Pector and the editorial team.


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Updated Friday 3 October 2014

Cake and Local Produce Stall-this weeked

We are holding a cake stall on the 4th and 5th October and hope to sell many cakes that parishioners are so good at making and donating, in order to raise funds for the church building. If you have an excess of fruit from your garden we will sell this as well or perhaps you can include it in puddings and pastries which would enhance a Sunday lunch.

Also Coffee/Tea after 10.00am Mass on Sunday 5th October

Thank you, Hospitality team


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Added Sunday 28 September 2014

Justice and Peace

1. CAFOD Family Fast day envelopes due back this weekend

2. Save your shoe boxes for the Operation Christmas child collection which will take place in November. If you start to buy one or two items gradually over the next few weeks, the box will fill up without it seeming to cost a great deal all at once.


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A Time of Quiet Prayer for Healing at Clare Priory

On Thursday October 9th (between 7.00pm and 8.30pm) we have another of our evenings entitled "Come to me all who are burdened and I will give you rest." These evenings offer you the opportunity to experience quiet prayer for healing of the hurts of life. It will be a peaceful and reflective time with the opportunity, for those who wish, to be prayed with individually in silence. And there will be no expectation for you to say anything or take part in anything ...... you may just sit quietly. To book a place please phone Kathy at the Priory. 01787 277326. We do need to know the number to expect.


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Added Thursday 18 September 2014

Calling all NFP instructors!

Are you a qualified instructor in any method of family planning or fertility awareness? (Even if you have not practised for a while).

We would like to invite you to a diocesan day on November 8th where we will gather and discuss ideas for the provision of NFP programmes and resources in our diocese. Bishop Alan will speak to the group and lunch will be provided. For further information please contact Kerry Urdzik at

mflc@east-angliadiocese.org.uk Marriage and Family Life East Anglia


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Added Thursday 18 September 2014

I have to tell you some sad news......

The Sister of Mercy are moving out of our parish. This means that Sr. Carmel will be leaving us in the near future. The Sisters have been a great support to our parish - certainly without their financial gifts we would not have been able to build our new church.

Sr. Carmel has been a huge support to me - in preparation for my Ordination as a Deacon and as a Priest.

She has worked very hard, often behind the scenes, in the parish and in the prison.

We owe the Sisters a great deal and now reluctantly we have to wish them well as they move on to meet new challenges - a new call to a new vineyard of the Lord.

Fr. Michael


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Added Thursday 18 September 2014

Parish Management Committee

The next Parish Management Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday 23rd September 2014

If you have any items that you would like raised at the meeting please contact one of the Parish Representatives who will ensure that the matter is brought to the attention of the Committee. Thank you.

Paul Cooper

Contact by email: coopsville@btinternet.com or tel:01440 702922

Dave Smith

Contact by email: davesmith@mypostoffice.co.uk or tel:01440 710058


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Added Thursday 18 September 2014

Thank You

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone for your prayers and donations to John Batty for his Make a wish Foundation charity challenge. John went out to China on 25th August and completed his trek along parts of the Great Wall of China.

With your help he has raised £1500 for The Make a Wish Foundation


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Added Friday 30 August 2014

Fr Michal's Holidays

I will be taking my holiday from Friday September 12th until Friday 26th.

Fr. Anthony will be saying some of the Masses - please make him welcome - as you usually do.

Fr.Michael


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Added Friday 30 August 2014

Parish Magazine

If you were away last week and did not get the questionnaire about a proposed Parish Magazine please take one from the back of the church.

There is a lime green box on the bookshelf by the front door for all competed forms.


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Added Saturday 19 July 2014

Gardening Day

We often appeal for church cleaners and you generously respond. On Saturday morning 26th September can we please turn out with forks and hoes to help with a grand tidy-up of our grounds? An offer, open to everyone! Brendan will be here to help organise. With a band of people working together it won't take very long or much effort.

Fr Michael


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Added Friday 22 August 2014

Justice and Peace Group Group

The next meeting of the Justice and Peace group will be on Thursday 11th September at 7.30pm in the meetings room.


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Added Sunday 1 June 2014, updated Saturday 19 July 2014

The 100 Club

Still some numbers left to be issued. Why not join our lottery - give yourself a chance to win AND help our church building fund?

If you do not speak English very well and so do not understand the rules then speak to the organisers after Mass.


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Added Friday 30 August 2014

Altar Service Practice

There will be a short practice for Altar Servers after Mass this Saturday / Sunday (30th / 31st August). Please will all Altar Servers stay after mass for this important session - about 20 mins.

Thank you

Huw Williams


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Added Friday 30 August 2014

"Be Still" Days at Clare Priory

Tuesday 16th September and Thursday 18th September

"Towards a new and deeper Faith."

A soup lunch is provided and the cost is £20.00.

The programme will be identical on both days, so book for the day that suits you. Each day begins at 9.30 am and ends at around 3.30 pm. During the morning we will reflect upon our lifelong journey toward a deeper and more mature faith.

Please book through Kathy 01787 277326.


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Added Friday 30 August 2014

St Nicolas Hospice Care

Tuesday 16th September 9am-2pm at the Burton Centre, Haverhill

A training opportunity organised by the Hospice Pastoral Support Network

The morning will provide an opportunity to hear from people from a variety of cultural backgrounds and traditions with the focus on end of life care. Through listening to some short talks and having time for discussion we hope to learn more about the specific needs of those living with life-shortening illness.

This session is open to ALL - it will be particularly helpful for anyone working pastorally or professionally with those receiving care at the end of life. However - you may just be interested in learning about people or even just use this opportunity to come and see our new beautiful HOSPICE IN HAVERHILL at work.

The charge for the training session is £10 and you will be made VERY welcome. To book your place e mail Sharon (sharonlwaters@hotmail.com) or leave your details in an envelope in the parish office clearly marked Hospice Training.


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Added Friday 22 August 2014

Photographs of the Consecration of St Felix Church

Sincere apologies to those parishioners who ordered copies, for the delay in having them delivered for collection.

The orders should be available for collection after the weekend Masses now. There will be envelopes with the names of those who ordered copies, and the numbers of the photos ordered, together with the quantity. In the envelope of those who are paying on collection, there will be a coin bag.

Please collect your envelope, check the black order file for the order(s) you placed and put a tick against your name in the appropriately numbered page to confirm collection. If you are paying, please put the exact amount in the coin bag and leave in the basket.

The photographer has been paid for the whole order, so I am asking Brendan to please collect the coin bags and keep them separately from other money collected at the church.

I am not in Haverhill at the weekends for the foreseeable future so I am sorry that I shall not be able to attend and distribute the envelopes/collect the money myself. In case of any errors, please email the details to tina@stfelixchurch.org.uk

Tina Hanks


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Added Friday 22 August 2014

Ministers of the Word and the Eucharist

If you have agreed to stand in for someone else please let Fr. Michael know before Mass to avoid confusion during the Mass. Fr. Michael


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Added Friday 22 August 2014

Holidays

To those of you going on holiday I wish you a relaxing time and a safe return to us. If you are visiting us you are very welcome. We hope you are blessed by your visit to our church. Fr.Michael


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Added Friday 22 August 2014

Congratulations

We congratulate all our young people on their examination results. We wish them well as they move on to higher things.

Our Catholic School, St. Benedict's is celebrating its best ever 'A' Level results. This reflects the very high standard of teaching and support given to students there.

Congratulations to Mr. O'Neill and his dedicated staff and governors.


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Added Saturday 19 July 2014, Updated Monday 18 August 2014

THIS WEEK - "Rediscovering my faith through Silent Prayer"

Clare Priory 2.00pm to 4.30pm, Saturday 23rd August 2014

On Saturday 23rd August we are inviting you to reflect with our speaker on her amazing journey into Silent Prayer, the journey that led her back to her childhood faith.

We will begin at 2.00pm and end at approximately 4.30pm. Afternoon tea will be served at about 3.45pm. The cost of the afternoon including tea is £8.00

Please book through Kathy at the Priory 01787 288326.


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Added Thursday 7 August 2014

Welcome Group

You should have received your copy of the rota for Welcome duties at St Felix which start 2nd/3rd August 2014.

A copy of the new rota will be available on the notice board at the back of the church, on the website http://www.stfelixhaverhill.org.uk and 'names for the next week' will be published in the newsletter.

If you do not have your copy or would like to be included on the rota please contact Joan Hefford (01799 584530) to arrange for the information to be made available to you.


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Added Thursday 7 August 2014

Home Help!

Isn't that everyone's dream?

Lady parishioner with years of experience and excellent references from parishioners and Cambridge Colleges, has some availability.

If YOU need help with general cleaning/ironing ring 07957 305670 or speak to Fr. Michael

Competitive rates


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Added Thursday 7 August 2014

Holidays

To those of you who will be on holiday during the next few weeks I hope you have a relaxing and blessed time. If you are a visitor, here on your holiday, you are very welcome. I hope you and your family are blessed by your visit. Please make yourself known to us.


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Added Thursday 7 August 2014, Updated Monday 18 August 2014

Pilgrim's News

If you donated monies to Mark for his walk please let Fr. Michael know and we will refund you. He is very disappointed and sorry to let us down. Accidents do happen.


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Added Saturday 4 January 2014

Make A Wish Foundation Challenge

A very big thank you to everyone for your generous contributions the 'Make a Wish Foundation challenge' which John Batty is undertaking in 2014. Your generosity has raised over £200 towards his target of £3000. For those who were unable to make a donation, there is still an opportunity to support John in this worthwhile cause via John's Just Giving web page.


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Added Saturday 21 September 2013

Diary Date - October 6th-12th 2014

Experience the Nativity Story in Nazareth and Bethlehem

A guided retreat using scripture, prayer and reflection led by Fr. Michael and Fr. Martin.

Twin Room £1,300. Visit www.palestinepilgrimage.org.ukfor details.


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Added Thursday 7 August 2014

FEAST DAY

This Friday (15th August) we celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION and we are allowed to eat meat in order to celebrate!


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Added Thursday 7 August 2014

Thank You

Thank you very much for your prayers and messages. I am at home now convalescing and hope to be with you all again soon,

Huw.


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Added Thursday 7 August 2014

Generous Gift

We have received generous gift of £500.00 from Mr. and Mrs. Barber. You may remember them as frequent visitors from New Zealand when their family lived here.


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Added Thursday 7 August 2014

A Message from Bishop Alan

AUGUST 4TH - COMMEMORATION OF THE OUTBREAK OF WORLD WAR ONE

Together with the other Bishops of England Wales, I shall be celebrating a Solemn Requiem Mass at 8.00pm in the Cathedral in Norwich on August 4th for all those who died during this conflict. We shall also be praying for peace and for the safety of the members of our present-day armed forces.

Following the Mass, there will be a candlelight procession which will leave the cathedral at 9.50pm for the City's War Memorial. There will be a similar procession from the Anglican Cathedral. We will meet the civic dignitaries and there will be an Act of Remembrance.

The Cathedral Garden Cafe and the Narthex will be open from 6.00pm until just before the Mass begins and snacks and other refreshments will be available. As you know parking around the Cathedral is difficult but it will be a lot easier at that time of the evening.

With many thanks and with all good wishes,

+Alan


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Added Saturday 26 July 2014

Day For Life

This Sunday there will be a collection for Day for Life. This is a day in the Church's year dedicated to celebrating the dignity of life. We are called to protect and cherish life from conception to natural death. This poem is a prayer that helps us unite ourselves to Christ's mother- a Mother of Love for all generations.


Holy Mary, Mother of Love,

holding in your arms, the fruit of your womb,

graciously look upon our earth and remove from it

all that hardens our hearts and dims our eyes

to the preciousness of human life,

from the moment of conception to natural death.


Through the example of your tenderness

teach us the ways of compassion and love

that we may build up the civilisation of love among us

and a society that is truly worthy of the human person.


Help us to reject all that contributes to a culture of death,

and to work with others of goodwill

in promoting the culture of life.


Bring us ever closer to your Son,

so that we may know the fullness of life that he offers us

and come to know that life more perfectly,

with you, and all the angels and saints,

in the eternal life of Heaven.


Amen


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Added Monday 19 May 2014

Youth Summer Camp

Youth Summer Camp at Buckden Towers 4th-8th August

15-18Yr Olds - £95.00 for the four days. Details at the back of the church


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Added Thursday 7 August 2014

Pilgrim's News

I am starting my Camino walk on the 2nd of August, leaving on the 31st of July. I'm a going to try and do a daily blog which people can follow on YouTube by typing markstapleshaverhill, and if anyone would like to email me they can do so on markstaples8@gmail.com

I will also be sending a weekly update message for the newsletter for those of you who haven't got access to the internet

Mark Staples


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Added Saturday 19 July 2014

Fr Michael Away for a couple of Days

I will be away for a break for a few days next week. Fr Anthony will be here looking after you.

Fr Michael


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Added Saturday 19 July 2014

Blood Donor Session - Wed 23rd July

There is a Blood Donor Session at Haverhill Arts Centre this Wednesday, 23th July, at 1:00-3:15pm and 4:30-7:00pm.

Appointments available by calling 0300 123 23 33. (You are strongly recommended to make an appointment).

Donors need to be aged 17-66 years old. New donors are urgently needed to ensure that hospital patients get the life saving treatment they need.


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Added Sunday 13 July 2014

Assisted Dying Bill

Please write to a member of the House of Lords.

The bill to legalise 'assisted dying' - meaning assisted suicide - will be debated in the House of Lords on 18th July 2014. There will be a free vote because it is not government legislation. If passed this bill would place vulnerable people at serious risk. Especially if you have direct experience of caring for a dying person, either as a family member or as a health or social care professional. Please write before the 18th July to a peer to tell them your views. For more information, including details of how to write to a peer please visit

www.catholicchurch.org.uk/assisted-dying-bill

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO WRITE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND CERTAINLY BEFORE 18TH JULY.


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Added Sunday 13 July 2014

The Apostleship of the Sea

This weekend we have a collection for those who live and work on the sea. The Apostleship of the Sea supports sea farers both practically and spiritually. As an island we know the hardships and dangers the sea can bring. Many of those who sail spend months away from their families and their job is difficult, but without them we would all suffer as most of our goods arnd trade relies on the sea.


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Added Monday 7 July 2014, updated 13 July 2014

Fairtrade Notice

I have recently been informed by the Just Traid shop in Bury St Edmunds that in the last financial year St Felix parish purchased £700 of goods. I would like to thank everyone for their support for the fairtrade stall and also to the volunteers who help because everyone's contribution is valued.

The Just Traid shop is also involved with many social projects in addition to the sale of fairly traded goods, so their work has many benefits.

The next stall is the weekend of 12th/13th July and will be the last one until September.


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Added Sunday 8 June 2014

Big Opportunity

I am off on a long pilgrimage called the 'Way of St James'. It starts at St Jean Pied de Port and finishes 500 miles away in Santiago del Compostela.

I am appealing for your help and asking the people of St Felix Parish to sponsor me if possible. All donations will go to the St Felix Church Funds!

If anyone would also commit to writing an encouraging letter for when I'm feeling down, on a hard day, that would be brilliant!

I will leave something at the back of the church to collect your promises of funds or commitments to encouraging messages. Many thanks for your help. Mark Staples


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Added Monday 7 July 2014

Rev Charles Amoah

This Sunday we welcome Rev. Charles Amoah the Chaplain of St. Nicolas Hospice who will speak to us about the work of the new Hospice Hub in Haverhill.


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Added Monday 7 July 2014

Deanery Mass

Thank You to all who worked so hard to make our Deanery Mass such a success:the liturgy for which we were responsible, was very well organised, especially the music.

Although we had a great downpour of rain it did not dampen the afternoon.

Fr. Michael


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If you would like to view News Articles from 2013 click Here

Added Monday 30 June 2014

Corpus Christi Procession

Our Corpus Christi Procession was a very moving experience. Our various nationalities worked hard to set up their personal altars and each prayed and sang in their native language.

As well as being a special spiritual experience it also showed us as a truly Cathoilic Church celebrating across the divide of nations - one community celebrating one faith.


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Added Monday 30 June 2014

St Felix Summer Fete

The Fete was a huge success both in the money made and in the joyful co-operation of all who workd so hard. Profit so far £1,898.37!

A big thank you to all who helped at the Summer Fete in any way and congratulations on such a successful outcome!

Sharon Copperthwaite - Leader of the Team


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Added Sunday 22 June 2014

Mission Appeal from Fr Robert

Fr Robert - this weekened we have a mission appeal for his order, the Verona Fathers. He will be speaking about his work and the need for our prayers and support

To find our more about the Verona Fathers and the Comboni Missionaries why not look at their Website


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Added Sunday 22 June 2014

Requiem Mass William (Bill) Dempsey

The requiem Mass for William Dempsey (Bill) will be on Monday this week at 1:30pm. His body will be brought into church on Sunday evening at 6:30pm

All parishioners will be welcome to come to Mass and for tea afterwards in the church.


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Added Sunday 8 June 2014

Next Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on 24th June 2014

If you have any items that you would like raised at the meeting please contact one of the Parish Representatives who will ensure that the matter is brought to the attention of the Committee.

Paul Cooper email: paul.cooper@oscommsonline.com 01440 702922

Dave Smith email: davesmith@mypostoffice.co.uk 01440 710058


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Added Monday 19 May 2014, Updated Sunday 22 June 2014

Deanery Celebration- Sunday 29th June, 2-5pm

Join Bishop Alan Hopes when he celebrates Mass at 2:30pm for all the parishes in our Deanery in the Gym Hall at Moreton Hall Prep School, Bury St Edmunds.

After Mass in the splendid school grounds:

  • Enjoy the BBQ, Salads and Refreshments
  • Visit the various stalls - Fair Trade, CAFOD, SVP, Justice & Peace, World Youth Day, Siem Reap, Street Pastors, displays of Clare, Diss and Haverhill 'new churches' etc
  • Join in the games
  • Meet parishioners from the different parishes in our deanery
  • Relax and have fun
  • Bring chairs or rugs to sit outside in the school grounds

Car Parking - enter from Symonds Road near Sainsburys into the school grounds.

PLEASE SIGN THE SHEET AT TEH BACK OF THE CHURCH IF YOU ARE INTENDING TO COME TO THIS EVENT AS IT WILL BE VERY HELPFUL FOR ORGANISERS AND THE CATERING TEAM.


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Sunday 22 June 2014

St Felix Summer Fayre

A very big thank you for all who worked so hard to set up, run and tidy away at our Fete on Saturday


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Added Sunday 15 June 2014

"Hearing God's word through Creation"

At Clare Priory on Saturday 28th June 2014

Our Saturday afternoons offering a time for reflection, prayer and afternoon tea are becoming very popular.

On Saturday 28th June we are inviting you to reflect upon God's amazing creation.

We will begin at 2:00pm and end at approximately 4:30pm

The cost of the afternoon including tea is £8:00.

Please book through Kathy at the Priory on 01787 277326


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Added Sunday 8 June 2014

Corpus Christi

Last year our Corpus Christi procession was a very prayerful experience appreciated by all those who took part and an opportunity to give public witness to our belief in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

It was also an opportunity for us to celebrate the diversity of our community united in faith. It was also an opportunity for us to celebrate with our First Communion children

Our CORPUS CHRISTI celebration this year will be on Sunday 22nd June at 3:00pm. Please put this date in your diary!


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Added Sunday 15 June 2014

Next Weekend

Next weekend we welcome a priest form the missions. He will be making an appeal for support for this important mission of the Church.


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Added Sunday 15 June 2014

More Sad News

I am sorry to tell you that William Dempsey, Sharon Wlater's father, died this week. He has been receiving the Eucharist at home in one of our nursing homes for some time.

Please Pry for hom and his family in their sadness


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Added Sunday 1 June 2014, updated Sunday 8 June 2014

Requiem Mass for John McGlue

As reported last week, John McGlue has died - we pray for him and his family.

Requiem Mass at 11:00am on THursday so there will be no Mass at 12:00 midday


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Added Sunday 1 June 2014

Lift to Hospital

Edie Smith's son is in hospital in Bury St. Edmunds and she is finding it impossible to visit him. Can anyone offer her a lift once a week otherwise she has to use expensive taxis?


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Added Sunday 1 June 2014

Hospitality Team

We need some help on the Hospitality Team. Please see either Angela Rymills or Fr. Michael.

This team is a very important part of our parish life


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Added Sunday 25 May 2014

'Phil' the Bag is back!- Collecting the weekend of June 7-9th

In a joint enterprise with St Felix School we have signed up to a fundraising programme called 'Phil' the Bag which recycles your old unwanted clothing and turns it into cash. We hope you will support our 'Phil' the Bag effort by donating your unwanted textiles in either a bag which will be available at church before the collection date or in any bag and bringing them to church on our 'Phil' the Bag recycle weekend which will be held on Saturday 7th June and Sunday 8th June 2014. Collection at the school on Monday 9th June, during morning registration.

The more clothing we collect - adult and children's clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, hats, curtains, towels and bedding - the more money we will receive in exchange. 'Phil' the Bag is also able to accept soft toys, provided they are kept separate from other textiles. Items will be accepted in any condition - those items that cannot be reused are recycled.

This is the first of our collections this year and the proceeds will be split 50/50 between the school and the Parish. The Parish share will go towards repaying the Church Building debt. The total collection in April 2013 weighed over 2 tons and raised £1,153.40.

Unfortunately, the amount we receive has been reduced from £500 to £400 per tonne, so we need to collect even more to at least match last year's efforts!

If you usually throw out your unwanted or damaged clothes or have bits and pieces gathering dust in the wardrobe please use them to 'Phil' the Bag!

We may also be able to collect from you if you have donations that you are unable to transport to church, please call Paul Cooper on 07590 902477 to arrange collection.

Thank you for your support.

Paul Cooper and the St Felix Fundraising Group

To download a flyer/handout for Phil the Bag, click Here


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Added Monday 19 May 2014

Looking for Authentic Catholic Teaching?

Looking for authentic Catholic teaching, bored with the one-sided secular media on your television, radio, and online? Then why not tune into EWTN. You will find something of interest for all ages! Parents of young children check out the children's programmes aired after school. If you subscribe to satellite television then you can find the channel under the 'Religion' section.

Alternatively you can access all EWTN programmes at www.ewtn.com. You can even get an 'app' for all smart phone users!

It also serves many useful links to various Catholic websites and has its own UK sections- St Clare Media.

EWTN is recommended by our Catholic Bishops Conference. Enjoy!


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Added Saturday 10 May 2014, updated SUnday 25 May 2014

Hospitality Group

We need some help on the Hospitality Team. Please see either Angela Rymills or Fr Michael

This team is a very important part of our parish life.


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Added Sunday 16 March 2014

The Emergent Christ

A 2 day course on understanding the science and theology behind the beauty and wonder of creation 6th/7th June

www.norwichmeditation.co.uk or poster at the back of the church for more info


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Added Sunday 4 May 2014, updated Monday 19 May 2014

Cleaners

We are urgently in need of cleaners to join the cleaning rota so that we can keep our church looking beautiful. This is a big job each week but made easier when it is shared with a big team of willing volunteers! Please consider helping- usually only once in 5 or 6 weeks.

Please contact Jo Rowson on 01440 731744

Or speak to Fr. Michael


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Added Saturday 27 April 2014, updated Sunday 25 May 2014

Final Call - Please return your Smarties Tubes

At the beginning of Lent, tubes of Smarties were distributed throughout the parish. The intention was for ou to eat the Smarties and then fill the empty tubes with either 20 pence pieces or £1 coins

Could you please return any full or partially full tubes in the next couple of weeks.


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Added Sunday 25 May 2014

Confirmatin Celebration

On Wednesday Evening some of our young people recevied the Sacrament of Confirmation. We congratulate themand theank their parents for supporting them on their faith journey from Baptism until Confirmation.

The evening was a huge success and we say big thank you to Huw and all who worked so hard in preparing the candidates and organising the Mass and the celebration afterwards.


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Added Monday 19 May 2014

The Parish Barn Dance

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the Barn Dance that was held at Castle Camps Hall on Saturday 10th May with such enthusiasm and energy!

Not only did we make a profit to go towards our fundraising efforts, the event raised £650.00 in aid of the new church, but we also had a really great time. It was an excellent evening and a proper Parish social occasion. Thank you to all those who did so much ahead, during and after the event in terms of making the evening such a success.

To those who took part in the dancing, we didn't realise just how many talented dancers there were in the Parish!

There are some photographs we hope to publish shortly!

Thank you, the Fundraising team


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Added Monday 19 May 2014

Thank You

A very big thank you doe all your good wishes and gifts for my birthday. Also yo all who worked so hard to make the Barn Bance such a success. What pleased me most was to see the parish working together and having fun together.

Fr. Michael


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Added Saturday 10 May 2014

An Invitation to the Celebration of Confirmation with Bishop AlanConfirmation-2014



Please come along and give your support to our young people as they take this important step in their journey of faith

Followed by nibbles in the narthex...

Wednesday 21st May at 7:00pm


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Added Sunday 20 April 2014, updated Monday 19 May 2014

Update from Communications

Consecration of a church is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of us. Fr Michael decided that we should have professional photographs and a video to record the occasion of the Consecration of our new church- for those of us who attended, as well as for those parishioners who were unable to attend

Photographs are now available to view and order; the photographs are numbered in a blue file at the back of the church at weekend Masses. Please make your selection and write your order(s) in the corresponding numbered page in the black file,

No of copies, your Name, Telephone or email and Total due.

Each 7" x 5" photograph is £1.

In order to keep costs down, we need to place a bulk order, once. Please let us know your orders THIS WEEKEND

Thank You

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Added Sunday 22 March 2014

Vocation Weekend for Young Women (20's & 30's)

Theme:Discerning God's Call in my life.

Dates: 23rd-25th May 2014

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

The weekend is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus(FCJ)

There will be input from the FCJ sisters on different aspects of vowed life, and time for prayer, reflection and discussions with other young women who are also considering a vocation to religious life.

It's an opportunity to live community life for a weekend and meet some of the sisters!

For more information contact Sr Lynne FCL at lynnefcj@hotmail.com or visit our website www.fcjsisters.org


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Added Saturday 10 May 2014

First Holy CommunionFirst Holy Communion-2014


This Sunday and next Sunday in the afternoon at 2:00pm, some of our children will be receiving the Eucharist for the first time. You will be very welcome at these celebrations but also please pray for our children as they take this beautiful and important step on their faith journey.


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Added Saturday 10 May 2014

Fr Michael's Easter Holiday

I will be taking three days away this week for my Easter holiday. I expect you have all forgooten yours! There will be Mass on Tuesday and Thursday but not on Wednesday

Fr Michael


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Added Sunday 4 May 2014

Liturgy Group

The next meeting of the Liturgy Group will be on Thursday 15th May at 7:30pm


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Added Saturday 27 April 2014

Barn Dance - Saturday 10th May

Hi Everyone!

As I am sure you are aware, we are holding a Barn Dance on Saturday 10th May as part of our continuing fundraising effort to pay off the debt owed on the new church. It also coincides with Fr. Michael's 75th birthday. We have been advertising this event for a number of weeks now, and have had tickets on sale after each mass. Unfortunately, the take up has been a little disappointing to say the least, and I am writing to you directly to see if you would be interested in attending this fantastic parish occasion. We have booked a band, a hall, and a fish/chicken and chips supper.

All for the cost of just £15 per adult and £10 per child.

ALL WE NEED IS YOU!

Please ask your friends, family and colleagues to come along and make this a wonderful celebration.

When: Saturday 10th May, 8.00 pm

Where: Castle Camps Village Hall

Contact me at the details below to buy or order your tickets, or ask after mass.

Full details on the posters.

God bless,

Dave Smith Tel: 01440 710058 Mob: 07796 245093 E-mail: dmsmudge@aol.com


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Added Saturday 27 April 2014

Walsingham Pilgimage - Monday 5th May

We will have 20 seats on the coach shared with Bury St.Edmunds.

Please sign up on the list at the door of the church - Cost £10.00; Senior Citizens and children £5.00

Leave the church at 8.45am


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Added Sunday 13 April 2014

Diary Dates

First Holy Communion

Sunday 11th and Sunday 18th May at 2:00pm

Confirmation

Wednesday 21st May

Deanery Mass and Family Day

Sunday 29th June 2:30pm.

Celebrated by Bishop Alan and Deanery priests at Moreton Hall School in Bury

This is a day for everyone! Our parish will be organising the music/liturgy for the afternoon so PLEASE all musicians and singers- we will need your help!


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Added Tuesday 8 April 2014

Wanted - Vintage Baby Clothes

I am looking for vintage baby clothes sewing patterns. If you have any that I could borrow to copy, they will be returned to you, or I am willing to buy them from you. I have a small collection of vintage coach built prams and would like to dress some dolls in outfits of that era to display in them.

Contact Rachel Blythe 01440 763265


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Added Sunday 4 May 2014

St Felix Justice and Peace Group- Thank You

Dear Friends,

I want to sincerely thank everyone in the parish for all their support, care and prayers. I was very blessed during my month in Zambia both in what I was able to achieve, both in terms of the projects I was able to support and the incredible people I met. Most of the people I met and worked with were in desperate need or trying to help those for who life is a daily struggle. Those who had very little themselves were willingly giving their time or sharing what they had with others.

By the time I left for my trip the parish had given me £428 in donations; this together with money from family and friends meant that:

  • A new income generating Baking project has been set up to provide home based care to woman and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • 400 deprived school children In Guardian Angels Community School will have their free porridge provided from Monday to Thursday for the month of May.
  • 50 children from vulnerable families will have a blanket for the coming winter months.
  • 3 children who had arrived for school barefoot went home proudly wearing shoes!
  • 2 HIV/AIDS clinic received BP machines and basic dressings etc.
  • 20 pairs of boys school trousers went to our school uniform project in Thandizo Orphans day Centre (established at last visit 2013)
  • 12 Babies of women prisoners in Lusaka Prison will have formula milk, nappies and soap.
  • A young refugee from Rwanda and her 2 daughters had their first meal of chicken in 3 years, some basics eg soap/loo rolls/sugar and new sandals for the girls.

Sister Aquilina Parafin writes from Zambia:

Dear Friends and Parishioners of St Felix Church,

On behalf of Thandizo CommunityNursery,Mothers with babies in Lusaka Prison and the vulnerable in general would like to Thank You most sincerely .for the donations we received through Sharon. All will be given to the needy as indicated.

May God bless you all! We will continue to pray for you and your families.

Sister Aquilina Paraffin

(original is on Peace and Justice notice board)

Sharon Paradine 01440 704502 or 07557381914


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Added Saturday 27 April 2014

Easter Week

On the Wednesday of Holy Week I thought of all there was to do over the next few days. I didn't panic! I trusted that everything would fall into place if I trusted not only in God but also in you all - members of our St. Felix community.

My trust was not in vain! Thanks to you all the church was clean, the flowers were beautiful, the chalices were gleaming. The music throughout was very impressive as were the singers, the readers and the ministers of the Eucharist. Servers turned up and worked hard.

Visitors remarked on the welcome they received - so I wish to thank you all however small or large your role. It was the team togetherness that allowed me to get on with my contribution and not worry about the rest.

Thank You

Fr. Michael


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Added Sunday 20 April 2014

Foodbank

Our gifts for the FOODBANK in the past have been very generous but these last few weeks we have seen contributions go down a little. I know we are all finding things difficult but just one tin, one packet, will make a huge difference to those who are finding it even harder


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Added Sunday 20 April 2014

Red Mission Boxes

Paul can no longer organise the Red Mission Boxes. If someone is willing to take this missionary work on - counting and re-issuing once or twice a year - please let Fr Michael know

This is an outreach project that is well worthwhile.


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Added Monday 17 February 2014

Society of St Gregory Summer School

Annual conference for all those interested in Music and the Liturgy.

There are 15 FREE places for 18-35 yr olds

If you are interested, more details and application form are available on:http://www.ssg.org.uk


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Added Monday 17 February 2014

Gift Aid Envelopes

If you are a visitor to our Parish or would like to make a donation please consider using a 'one off Gift Aid envelope available from the Welcome Team at the back of the church. These envelopes can also be used for the monthly Church Building Fund collection, if you are a tax payer and do not already have a Gift Aid envelope for the collection please use the envelopes to enable us to maximise our income from your contribution.

Thank you.


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Added Sunday 13 April 2014

Parish House

We are in need of some furniture to make this available for renting out. If you have any that is in reasonable condition please see Fr. Michael


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Added Sunday 30 March 2014

URGENT - Church Cleaning

Sadly we have lost two of our cleaners due to full employment. SO.... we urgently need more volunteers to join our cleaning teams- just a few weeks every 5/6 weeks

Contact Jo 01440 731744


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Added Sunday 2 March 2014

St Felix Youth Group

Please note that the youth group will not be meeting on Friday 14th March 2014, as it is the Consecration of the church.

As numbers of young people have dwindled over the last twelve months, we feel that the time has come to re-examine the format, role and value that having a parish group for the young people of our Parish has.

We are in need of adult Volunteers to assist Ina Shraeder-Bidwell in facilitating the group. The Youth group is open to all children aged between 13 and 18 but does need support from Adult volunteers to facilitate the group. We also need to have an idea of the numbers of children aged 13 - 18 who would be interested in joining the group along with ideas of what you would like to do at these meetings.

If you are aged 13 - 18 and would be interested in finding out what the Youth group is all about, or if you are an adult who would be interested in helping please put do give your name and contact details either to Mrs Shreader-Bidwell at the Saturday evening Mass or to Mrs Batty on Sunday or to Father Michael.


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Added Sunday 2 March 2014

Lenten Alms

During LENT there will be a box available for your Lenten Alms - this will be split between local Hospices and The Leprosy Guild - two worthwhile causes for us to support.


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Added Saturday 21 September 2013

English Lessons for Polish Speakers

Nauka Jezyka Angielskiego

1 godz. tygodniowo

Nauka jezyka wieczorami

Dla poczatkujacych

Dla srednio zaawansowanych

Kontakt p. Ania tel 01440 703668 07741486058

email: iandawade@sky.com

Lub u Ksiedza Michael w kosciele po sw. Mszy w Niedziele o 10-tej


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Added Friday 6 September 2013

My Spanish for your English

My Name is Pablo. I am a Spanish man and I am living in Haverhill with my children. I am offering help with improving your Spanish in exchange for help with improving my English. Monday to Friday in the morning. If you want to contact me please use email as my English is limited on the telephone.pabloarafon@gmail.com Mob. 07551018346


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Added Sunday 20 April 2014

Sad News

Alan Langley, husband of Bridget sadly died suddenly last week.

A funeral service will be help here on Wednesday at 1:30pm


We were very sorry to hear of the death of Duncan Batty's mother.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to him and his family


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Added Sunday 20 April 2014

Deanery Mass - Thank you

A very big 'Thank You' to everyone who helped to make the Deanery Station Mass such a fine evening. Many of our visitors from other churches, priess and people remarked on the welcome they received. THe Bishop too felt very much at home with us.


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Added Sunday 13 April 2014

St Nicholas Hospice - Burton Centre Launch Party

Saturday 26th April 11am - 5pm

Admission Free - Bring the family to a very special day of celebration and have a look at what will be on offer at the centre


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Added Sunday 13 April 2014

Parish Meeting Last Sunday

Last Sunday we held a very successful parish meeting. Whilst I was somewhat disappointed by the number of people who showed interest, the reports from various parish groups showed what an alive and active community we are. I would like to thank all of you for all the hard work you offer to the parish and for all we achieve by working together.

Fr. Michael


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Added Tuesday 8 April 2014, updated 13th April 2014

Easter Services

Times of Masses and Services over the Easter Period

Maundy Thursday:Mass of the Lord's Supper 7.30pm
Good Friday
Children's Stations of the Cross 11.00am
Solemn Liturgy of the Passion 3.00pm
Stations of the Cross 7.00pm
Easter Masses
Easter Vigil 8.00pm
Easter Morning 10.00am

To download a leaflet on the Easter Services and some thoughts in preparation please Click Here


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Added Tuesday 8 April 2014

Chrism Mass - Wednesday 16th April at the Cathedral in Norwich.

There will be a coach leaving Bury St Edmunds at 5.15pm. Please book your place in advance. Booking sheet at the back of the church.


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Added Tuesday 8 April 2014

Easter Flowers

If you would like to contribute towards the Easter flowers in memory of a loved one please put your donation in an envelope with the names of those to be remembered and give to Fr. Michael by next weekend 12th/13th April please.


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Added Saturday 8 March 2014

Vespers for Lent

If you are looking or a way to take up extra prayer for Lent:

Vespers (Evening Prayer) is celebrated every Sunday evening - 6 pm at the church.

Give fifteen minutes to God in this communal prayer at the end of the day.

Tuesday Evening Prayer Group - every Tuesday - for Lent

For Lent, join us in prayer and reflection for about half an hour on Tuesday evenings at the church after the 6pm Mass (about 6:30pm)


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Added Sunday 13 April 2014

Foodbank Shortages

This weeks shortages include, Longlife juice. Also for the Starterpacks:- Saucepans, tin openers and microwaveable containers are required

For full details about Haverhill FoodBank, Click Here


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Added Saturday 8 March 2014

Vespers for Lent

If you are looking or a way to take up extra prayer for Lent:

Vespers (Evening Prayer) is celebrated every Sunday evening - 6 pm at the church.

Give fifteen minutes to God in this communal prayer at the end of the day.

Tuesday Evening Prayer Group - every Tuesday - for Lent

For Lent, join us in prayer and reflection for about half an hour on Tuesday evenings at the church after the 6pm Mass (about 6:30pm)


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Added Sunday 13 April 2014

Please Remember

....That by tradition the collection at Easter Masses is our personal gift to our Parish Priest. Many of us have reason to be grateful for Fr. Michael's generous service and it would be so easy to take it for granted in these days of diminishing numbers of clergy and merging parishes, that we have our own priest and one who does not accept a salary form the parish!


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Added Tuesday 8 April 2014

Cake Bake - Many thanks

Many thanks to all who baked and bought cakes last weekend we raised approx £130 for the church building fund debt.

TEA AND COFFEE after Mass this Sunday. Please stay for a cup and a quick chat before the parish meeting!


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Added Sunday 22 March 2014

Diary Date - Deanery Mass and Family Day

Sunday 29th June @ 2.30pm. Celebrated by Bishop Alan and Deanery priests at Moreton Hall School in Bury St Edmunds

This is a day for EVERYONE!

Our parish will be organising the music/liturgy for the afternoon so PLEASE all musicians and singers- we will need you help!


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Added Sunday 22 March 2014, updated Tuesday 8 April 2014

Lent Station Mass

There will be an opportunity for personal confession before the Mass. This will be the only Reconciliation Service before we celebrate Easter Day. Please try to make confession a priority this Lent. Thursday April 10th 2014

Exposition and confessions 6pm-7pm - There will also be a Polish priest available to hear confessions in Polish.

W dniu 10 Kwiecien 2014 (czwartek) odbedzie sie Polska Spowiedz W godzinnach 18-19

Serdecznie wszystkich Zapraszamy


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Added Saturday 8 March 2014

Parish Meeting

I will be holding a Parish Meeting on Sunday 6th April 2014 after the 10.00am mass and would like to invite you all to attend. Members of the various Parish Groups will present reports on their activities to keep you informed about the work they do in making our Parish such a wonderful community to belong to.

Please put the date in your diaries and make an effort to attend so that you can hear about the things that go on, sometimes behind the scenes, at St Felix and show your support for the work that is done.

There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and you may even decide to get involved in one of the Groups who will welcome new ideas and volunteers.

Thank you, Fr Michael


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Added Sunday 22 March 2014

Thank You

A very big Thank You to everyone who worked so hard to make the consecration of our church such a wonderful celebration. It would be impossible to pick out any one person or any one group for it was truly a Parish Community effort

The bishop was delighted and impressed by everything that took place before, during and after the night

My heartful thanks. Fr Michael


Added Sunday 16 March 2014

Eastern Savings & Loans Credit Union - Call for Volunteers in Haverhill

Credit Unions are set up to help its members save and borrow money safely. Their has been a presence in Haverhill for a number of years and it is to be relaunched on 21 March 2014.

To read the full press release Click Here


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Added Sunday 16 March 2014

Returning to Zambia

Dear Friends

I am writing to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for your generosity and love in supporting me in my return to Zambia. Thanks to your generosity I am able to take 2 digitial blood pressure machines,thermometers,antiseptic cream, plasters and dressings. This will be much appreciated both in the HIV/AIDS clinic and by Sr Aquilina who runs the home based service in the compound where I am staying in Makeni.

In addition, you donated over £200 which I have set aside to spend once I arrive under the guidance of the thrifty and resourceful ladies of the CWLI! Please rest assured I will spend wisely to support children and look forward to returning and showing you just how meaningful your kindness is to these children.

THANK YOU again and please keep me in you thoughts and prayers while I am away. I look forward to returning in time for Easter

Sharon Paradine 01440 704502 or 0755 7381914

"Its not how much we give but how much love we put into giving" (Mother Teresa)


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Added Sunday 16 March 2014

Welcome

Last Sunday the bishop used the Rite of Election to welcome Ronald, Talent, Andrew and Nellie on the next stage of their journey of faith. Today they join with us as we profess our faith together.


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Added Sunday 16 March 2014

Workshop for Mothers Day

Last year a small group of volunteers had a very enjoyable Saturday morning preparing the daffodils for distribution on Mothering Sunday. We promised ourselves we would do the same again!

SO.... come and join us on Sat 29th MArch at 11:00am in the church meeting room. NO experience necessary - all training will be given! All equipment and light refreshments provided! This session is NOT a 'ladies only' session! We are privileged in this parish to have some very talented men in the flower group!


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Added Saturday 8 March 2014, updated Sunday 22 March 2014

Cake Stall

Cake stall after both masses NEXT weekend SAturday/Sunday 29/30 March.

Please get baking for this event and bring cakes to church on Friday. Saturday or Sunday. Celebrate Mothering Sunday with a cake!

All proceeds to church building fund

Thank you - Hospitality team


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Added Monday 24 February 2014

St Nicholas Hospice Care

We are appealing for more volunteers from Haverhill and the surrounding areas for the Burton Centre.

We are hoping to draft in extra support in advance of the opening of our new outreach centre in the town, which will be up and running in Camps Road in the spring.

Emma Izod, Voluntary Services Manager, said: "With the builders already working on converting the Burton Centre into our first outreach centre, we are behind the scenes ensuring we have a volunteering team ready to go when the building is finished.

"We already have some volunteers signed up, but could really do with a few more. Even if you have just a few hours to spare each week, we would like to hear from you."

Emma is currently looking for volunteers for complementary therapy, reception or coffee shop roles.

For more information, contact Emma on 01284 766418 or email volunteersdept@stnh.org.uk


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Added Monday 17 February 2014

Hospital

If you, or a loved one, is going into hospital please be sure to Inform the R.C. Chaplaincy so that they can support you during your stay - it is not automatically recorded now.


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Added Sunday 2 February 2014

Red Mission Boxes

Paul is now ready to collect these and send the money off. Please, during the next two weeks can you return them to the church - however little is in them!


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Added Saturday 25 January 2014

Consecration of the New Church- Friday 14th March

Appeal for your fond memories of St Felix!

As you will already have heard the Bishop is coming to Haverhill to consecrate our new church. To mark the occasion we are preparing a History of St Felix Roman Catholic Parish / Church in Haverhill. Work is underway and we are asking anyone who has pictures or memories of Parish occasions / events etc. to please share them with us for inclusion in our presentation. (We will return any photographs loaned to us for the occasion. Please leave any photographs, clearly marked with your name and contact details.).

We really would appreciate everyone's help with this project as we don't have a great deal of time to prepare a fitting tribute to all the work that has gone in over the years to get us to what is the 'first purpose built' Catholic church in Haverhill.

All contributions should be sent by e-mail to tina@stfelixchurch.org.uk or left in an envelope at the back of the church marked for the attention of Tina Hanks by Sunday 2nd February 2014 at the latest.

If you prefer to speak to someone about your memories please contact Tina on 01440 704151 and we will try to reproduce your stories in a suitable format for inclusion.

We plan a short display of the 'story' at the back of the church on the day of the consecration (due to available space). After the event all the information received will be collected into a 'history book' and published in full on the Parish website.

Thank you.

Tina Hanks (Communications)


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Added Saturday 18 January 2014

Diary Dates

  • Lent Station Mass for our Deanery to be celebrated at St Felix with Bishop Alan.
  • Thursday 10th April 2014, Confessions 6.00pm, Mass 7.00pm

    Invitations to all the parishes in our Deanery.


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Added Saturday 25 January 2014

New Prayer Group

Please come and join us for sharing and reflection for about half an hour after Mass on Tuesday 28th January.

It is hoped that this group will meet monthly on the last Tuesday of each month. All welcome - feel free to attend whenever you wish.


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Added Saturday 8 March 2014

The Fundraising Group

The Fundraising Group would like to let you know that as a result of all your support during 2013 we have been able to send the sum of £22,000.00 to the Diocese to offset our loan on the new church building.

This is a splendid result and would not have been possible without a great deal of work and help from everyone in the Parish. Thank you to all for your contributions.


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Added Sunday 2 March 2014

Gift to Felix Parish in your Will

Have you ever thought about leaving a part of your estate to the parish in your Will?

Fr Michael has written a letter to the parish on this subject and is available here


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Added Sunday 2 March 2014

Sense and Nonsense on 'Assisted Dying'

'Assisted dying' is often in the news. There is a Private Member's bill defore Parliament to try to legalise it. But just what is 'assisted dying'? What does the law say about it? What do doctors have to say about it? What does te Church say about it and what are the problems with it?

The Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales have put a fatsheet together to answer these questions

The factsheet can be read here


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Added Sunday 2 March 2014

It's Smarties Time

In our annual effort to boost our Fundraising and reduce our debt Father Michael will be giving tubes of smarties out to parishioners after each mass this week!

As you will recall we raised £1400 in our last "smarties time"

All that is required is for you to eat and enjoy the smarties and over the Lent period replace the smarties with £1 or 20p pieces and return the tube/tubes to Father.

This is a good opportunity for the children to do a "smartie job" and donate the proceeds and for us adults to make a small sacrifice and fill the tube.

Remember you can take more than 1 tube and every penny makes a difference. Thank you all for your continuing support.


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Added Monday 17 February 2014, updated Saturday 8 March 2014

Rite of Election-Next Sunday

Sunday 9th March at Cathedral Norwich 4:00pm

This weekend at our Cathedral four of our people will join with others across the Diocese seeking a blessing from our bishop as they prepare to be received into the Catholic Church this Easter. Please keep Ronald, Andrew, Nellie and Talent in your prayers as they make this step of faith.


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Added Monday 17 February 2014

Learning Together Programme

Saturday 15th March

How can we live the New Evangelisation?

Clare Ward

Parish Centre Newmarket 11.00- 15.00

More details on course booklets at the back of the church


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Added Monday 24 February 2014, Updated Sunday 2 March 2014

Church Consecration Service - March 14th 2014

There will be a number of visitors to St Felix to celebrate the consecration of our new church and our car park is unlikely to be able to cope with the number of vehicles expected to arrive.

If you are able, we would be grateful if you will consider parking at the rugby club to leave sufficient spaces for our invited guests, some of whom will be unfamiliar with the area.

If you are planning to attend the ceremony and are unable to walk please let me know and we will issue you with a ticket to ensure you are able to use the church car park.

Please also consider car sharing or dropping off passengers at the church and going on to park at the rugby club.

I would also be grateful if you will arrive in good time for the 7 p.m. service and aim to be seated in church no later than 6.45 p.m.

Thank you for your co-operation.


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Added Saturday 8 February 2014

St Felix Parish Management Committee

The next Parish Management Committee meeting will be held on 25th February 2014.

If you have any items that you would like raised at the meeting please contact one of the Parish Representatives who will ensure that the matter is brought to the attention of the Committee.

Thank you.

Paul Cooper, email: coopsville@btinternet.com or Tel:01440 702922

Dave Smith, email: davesmith@mypostoffice.co.uk or Tel:01440 710058


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Added Tuesday 28 January 2014

Justice and Peace Newsletter

The diocese Justice and Peace Group newletter for January is , along with news from our own Parish Justice and Peace Group, now available.

To download the Newsletter please click here
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Added Saturday 8 February 2014

Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Please will Readers and Extraordinary Ministers collect a copy of the new rotas from the back of the church - there is one for Saturdays and one for Sundays.

A gentle reminder also that, if you are unable to attend when it is your turn on the rota, you should make arrangements for somebody else to replace you: there is a list with contact details on the back of the rota.


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Added Monday 3 February 2014

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Alan

On Sunday January 12th, Fr Michael read out a Pastoral Letter from Bishop Alan. The full text of the letter can be found on the noticeboard at the back of church or can be downloaded from here


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Added Monday 3 February 2014

Update from the Parish Fundraising Group

We held our first meeting of the year on 20th January and these are some of the events and fund raisers we have planned for 2014.

Smarties in Lent: The Fundraising Group will be distributing tubes of Smarties to young and old alike before Lent begins and your task is to eat the Smarties and fill the empty tube with either 20p pieces (children) or £1 coins (adults) and return the filled tube to church at Easter.

Saturday, May 10th 2014 - Fr Michael's birthday bash!The Parish will be celebrating Fr Michael's 75th Birthday in style by holding a Barn Dance on Saturday May 10th, 2014 at Castle Camps Village Hall. Tickets will be priced at £15 to include supper. Please bring your own drinks. We will be arranging transport from church to the venue (leaving after the 6.30 p.m. mass) if you would like a lift to the party please let us know when you buy your tickets which will be available shortly.

Phil the Bag Clothes Drop:The total raised for church funds in 2013 was £944.78 which represents 50% of the amount collected as we shared the proceeds with the school.

The more clothing we collect - adult and children's clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, hats, curtains, towels and bedding - the more money we will receive in exchange. 'Phil' the Bag is also able to accept soft toys, provided they are kept separate from other textiles.

Items will be accepted in any condition - those items that cannot be reused are recycled.

Our next collection will be in May 2014 and we would like to remind you that bags can be collected from you or brought to church in advance of the collection for storage. Please contact Paul Cooper on 07590 902477 to arrange collection.

Summer 'Fayre' event - June 21st 2014:We will be holding a Summer Fayre at the church, please make a note of the date and speak to one of the Fundraising Group if you would like to have a stall or help on the day. At the Fayre we will draw the winning tickets in the Grand Summer Draw, first prize is holiday accommodation in Madeira, be sure to get your tickets as soon as they are on sale to be in with a chance of winning this or one of our other great prizes.

Please support our cake and plant stalls that will be held throughout the year and don't forget to sign up for www.easyfundraising.org.uk and the 100 Club.

If you would like to join us or can offer any help or ideas for fundraising we would love to hear from you. Please contact Sharon Paradine 01440 704502, by email at sparadine@yahoo.co.uk , or take a look at our page on the Parish Website

Thank you to everyone for helping to pay off the Parish debt.

The Fundraising Group

This article appeared as an insert in the weekly newsletter on 1st/2nd Feb. It can be downloaded here


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Added Monday 24 February 2014

Next weekend 1st/2nd March

Trevor Codling will be with us next weekend to speak to us about GIFT AID. This is a very important source of funds for the parish which costs YOU, the TAX PAYER absolutely NO MORE than you give already in the weekly collection, in our monthly collection to pay off the church debt or in fact ANY 'one off' donations you may make to St. Felix Parish.

So.....if you are a tax payer and have not yet signed up for the Gift Aid Scheme please take this opportunity to do so.


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Added Monday 17 February 2014

Education Sunday

Today, Sunday 16th February, is Education Sunday. We pray that the Church may continue to serve our global community through its commitment to Catholic Education. May our schools and parishes be a support to young people throughout their faith journey so that they may confidently fulfil their role as Christian witnesses in the world.


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Added Saturday 25 January 2014

Thank You

My thanks to all parishioners for your support during my formation and studies for the diaconate. Please continue to keep me in your prayers.

Huw Williams.


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Added Saturday 18 January 2014

Thank you

Thank you to all those who managed to come to Mass on Friday morning and to those who helped with refreshments and music. Bishop Alan was impressed with our new church.

CONGRATULATIONS to Huw to whom the Bishop gave the Ministry of Lector. This is a vital step on his journey towards Diaconate Ordination


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Added Saturday 18 January 2014

Message from the Waters Family

The Waters family would like to thank everyone who helped to make Chris' requiem mass such a special and moving service. They are extremely grateful for all your prayers, your hard work, generosity and support at this difficult time.


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Added Friday 10 January 2014

St Stephen's Guild of Altar Servers

Altar Servers 2013
Altar Servers St Stephen's Day 2013

Silver medals awarded for ten years of service:

John Batty and Katrina Williams

New members enrolled:

Marc Fisher, Lauren Falconio, Nathan Falconio, Kacper Jozefowicz and Kacper Woligora

If you would like to be an altar server, and you have received first Holy Communion, please speak to Huw Williams or Brendan Grace in the sacristy before and after Mass.


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Added Saturday 4 January 2014

Message from the Waters Family

Our heartfelt thanks to so many of you in the parish who have supported us with your prayers, with cards and messages and Mass offerings - words of sympathy so hard to find in the devastating loss of our son Christopher.

Thank you for meals prepared which kept us going for quite a few days! and offers of help with absolutely everything!

Thank you to all of you who have stopped to talk even when it has been difficult to know what to say. It has been such a help to feel supported by such an amazing extended family.

Many of you will have known Christopher growing up, as a school friend at St. Felix, St Louis and St. Benedict's. Some of you have been his teachers - for some he was your star babysitter!

Most recently you will have seen him behind the wheel of the coach that drove us around our new Deanery churches.

Please do continue to pray for us during the difficult days ahead and we hope that many of you will feel able to join us at his Requiem Mass to be held at St. Felix on Thursday 16th January at 1.30pm

Sharon and Michael Waters, Kate and Clare.


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Added Saturday 4 January 2014, updated Friady 10 January 2014

Visiting Student

We have with us a student from St. Mary's College. He is a first year student on his first placement. His name is Edrich and I am sure you will make him feel welcome as he comes to taste parish life.


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Added Saturday 4 January 2014

St Felix Church and Balsham Singers

Christmas Carols 2013
St Felix Church and Balsham Singers singing Carols at Sainsbury's Haverhill

St Felix Church and Balsham Singers raised £500 for the Haverhill Food Bank singing Carols at Sainsbury's before Christmas. Father Michael said "thank you to the store and to All who gave so generously to help our local community; We would also like to thank those who joined in the singing!"


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Added Saturday 11 January 2014

Requiem Mass for Chris Waters

The requiem Mass for Chris Waters is on Thursday at 1.30pm. The Waters family would like to invite all parishioners to attend the mass if able and join them afterwards at the Bowls Club in Manor Road.


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Added Friday 10 January 2014

Bishop Alan will be making his first visit to our parish on Friday 17th January

He will celebrate Mass at 10.00am and stay to share time with us after Mass.

Whilst he is here he will confer the ministry of Lector on Huw Williams. This is an important stage of his training. I hope as many people as possible will come and meet Bishop Alan.


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Added Friday 10 January 2014

First Holy Communion Children and Confirmation Candidates

On Saturday 18th January our First Holy Communion children will make their First Confession. Also on Saturday evening the Confirmation candidates will introduce themselves to the parish. Please keep these children and young people in your prayers.


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Added Saturday 4 January 2014

Thank You from Fr. Michael

would like to say a big Thank You to all who worked so hard to make our Christmas celebrations so beautiful.

The clean church; the flowers; the music and the servers.

People were welcomed into a church, alive and active - many of our visitors expressed their joy in joining us.

Also, many thanks for my Christmas gifts - you really are a generous parish - in what you give and in what you do.

Thank You - Fr. Michael


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