Newsletter - 03/04/2011

4th Sunday  Lent

Year A  

3rd April 2011

Tel 59331




Saturday Vigil Mass

6.30  only at ST ALBAN’S


Sunday morning Mass

9.15  &  11.15  

Sunday Morning  10.15am



The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.


Glory to you, O Christ, You are the Word of God! I am the light of the world, says the Lord; anyone who follows me will have the light of life. Glory to you O Christ, you are the Word of God


ST ALBAN’S      
















7.30 am Early Mass   and   12.15



12.15  (Ashes Mass for Mick Shaw) 

9.30   (Rosary at 9.10)


Confessions:  Saturday   11  - 12  &   5.45  - 6.15


Stations of the Cross:  Friday & Saturday at 11.55  Exposition of the Lord:  Saturday from 11 to 11.50


The story of the beggar man who was blind from birth and cured by Jesus on a Sabbath day, a fact that infuriated the Pharisees, has the content for a dozen sermons! The story starts and runs with controversy. Some thought that his blindness was a punishment for his or his parent’s sins! Sounds daft…  but then we are easily tempted to think that if we live a good life then ‘bad things or illnesses’ shouldn’t come our way.

Jesus often spoke about ‘LIGHT’ and that he was ‘the light’. Blindness is a kind of darkness, which I am sure none of us would want  -  I have just been to the eye-clinic this week and will have to go back at have some laser work to remove a film over my left eye.

We are taking 2 little lads to Lourdes this Easter who have extremely poor vision and our Helpers now are realising how much more they will have to ‘explain’ and ‘talk’ and ‘describe’ all the beauty of Lourdes so that the boys will then ‘see with their minds’ all that we see with our eyes.

The Blind man didn’t see Jesus (he heard & felt his touch) – it was only later when Jesus tracked him down that he actually saw him – and his response was “I believe and worshipped him”.

But he couldn’t keep begging and, in a sense, lost his ‘job’ – but then and now following Jesus will not always be easy. Happy Lent on this ‘Joyful Sunday’.


Fr Kevin O’Neil, known and loved by so many through his days at St Mary’s College died a week ago as I mentioned last week. I have not heard when there will be a memorial mass for him, but when I do I will let everyone know.


COVENANT ENVELOPES / GIFT AID:   The Boxes of pink (Yellow at Good Shepherd) are at the back of Church waiting for those who have them. They are marked by name  - some people who previously had numbers over 120 now have new numbers. If there are any queries please ask Fr Jude. Thanks.


HCPT LOURDES CHILDREN SPRING RAFFLE:  The tickets at a £1 a book are at the back of Church – and will be for this and next Sunday  -  quick fire raffle. Many thanks for all who buy them and take and sell them to others – lots of great prizes: Draw on Palm Sunday afternoon.


Thanks for all Knitting volunteers / bless you for the extra wool  - most welcome

          As are any Euros that find there way onto the collection plate !!


On Sunday, April 10th we will holding a ‘Lenten Lunch’ in the Social Club after the 11.15am Mass. This will consist of a roll and a cup of soup. The aim of this is to make a Lenten offering by having a very basic lunch and giving the money we save for charity. All profits we make will be sent as part of our donation to the people of Cambodia. Also in the club will be a small sale of clothes, bric-a-brac and a tombola. Your support will be greatly appreciated.


Compostella / Lourdes Holiday: Information Leaflets & Booking Forms are available at both exits from Church.   So, please if you really are interested and want to go, please do actually fill in a form and send it to Enjoy Travel. Rooms have to be reserved/booked and deposits paid out. --  The Dates we are going for are from Monday 20th June 2011 out off Manchester to Lourdes for 2 days. Off to Oviedo on the Wednesday. The next couple of days at Santiago and back on Sunday 26th June back to Liverpool. Cost is £439 & around £200 for the Flights. NEW BOOKING FORMS are at each end of Church. Please do spread the word as we hope it will be a wonderful holiday; but we do need a ‘Coach load’. Thank you… Fr Jude really really wants to go.


MILL HILL BOOKLETS at the back of Church for those with the Red Boxes.


I BELIEVE CHARITY SALE at Good Shepherd Hall: It made over  £400  Congratulations all round


PARISH WEBSITE  New and Updated is on

Huge thanks to Chris Birch who has created it for us… go and visit it…


On the Weekend of March 12th / 13th we heared about the work of Cafod in the Parish at Masses.

 Last year this Parish gave over £14,400 to Cafod… Fourteen Thousand Four Hundred Pounds….   Never doubt the generosity to St Alban’s people  … tell that to one and all if anyone starts to criticise the R.C.’s  !!!


We will have our Friday early Mass at 7.30am in Lent: And Stations of the Cross at just before 12 on Fridays & Saturdays…       Funerals Permitting) in Lent and Exposition on Saturdays from 11.00 am.


St. Alban’s collection plate is very happy with Euro’s of any size or shape !!  many thanks    


Please do remember it is our Parish Centre  -  if you are having a ‘Family Do’ or celebration; 21st, 40th. 60th Birthday Party etc..  a celebration after a Baptism / Funeral / Wedding evening then please remember that you can hire the Centre for your Party  Pop in after Mass and have a drink and a natter.   Tel:  661193 to enquire/book.


GOOD SHEPHERD HALL   Line Dancing   £2 A CLASS Monday & Friday 7pm to 9 pm: Tuesday 7.30 pm- 9.30pm .HEALTHY

HEART EXERCISE  Monday  10.30  -  11.30 Use Beez Card & NO Charge  SHORT MAT BOWLING  Over 50’s  Thursday 1.30

to 4.30 pm  and Dominos etc…  £1  All Welcome     OVER 50’S  LINE DANCING  10.15AM  -  11.30AM


ST VINCENT de PAUL Association meet here in the Presbytery fortnightly on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm for their prayer and discussions about he work they do in the parish:  They do a marvellous work they can do. They have great faith and show it with good works of charity. I truly believe more people have the desire and zeal to help the Parish through the SVP:  Please ring John Gannon for details & Date of next Meeting on 661258.


If anyone goes to Hospital and is likely to be there for a few days …. Please tell Fr Jude and I will do my best to visit them in hospital


Perhaps if you just have spare wool that I am sure would do nicely, as the blankets are those multi coloured square patches ones. If you can help with either WOOL or KNITTING SKILLS then please ring Barbara on 01254 246217: Many thanks