Newsletter - 04/11/2012


31st Sunday  Year B

ST ALBAN’S  Tel: 59331 4th November 2012


Saturday Mass

6.30 pm      


Sunday Mass

9.15  &  11.15     

Sunday Mass  10.15 am

PREFACE – Page 43

In new Prayer books

Eucharistic Prayer 2  Acclamation 2





I love you, Lord my strength.


Alleluia, alleluia! Your words are spirit Lord, and they are life: you have the message of eternal life. Alleluia!


ST ALBAN’S      








9.30 Eu. Service


9.00  St Willibrard






12.15  Dedication of the Lateran Basilica



12.15  St Leo the Great + Ashes for Jim Hardman



CONFESSIONS  Saturday 11  -  12


WASTE PAPER  Many thanks to all who bring in Waste Paper :  You can bring it in Carrier bags / melon type boxes / strong cardboard boxes  etc….   The Church is usually open from around 8 am to 5 pm in the evening  (Side Door  - i.e. the bottom one near the presbytery) 


To celebrate the Year of Faith, the parish is and has given to each family a ‘Catechism’ called “YOUCAT”.  Please God we are finding this book really helpful. I am finding it quite readable, it is in small manageable pieces with questions, answers and comments. We will hold monthly meetings to pray & discover more about out faith in – ‘The coming YEAR of FAITH’. The ‘meetings will be more thoughtful & prayerful than anything else. No one will feel ‘threatened or worried’ at them. No one will be ‘made to speak out loud’ !! God forbid!! They will take place on the FIRST & LAST Saturday of the month. We will have one at Good Shepherd Hall (next door to the church on Earl St) & the other in the Sacristy at St Alban’s. The Faith witnessed by the Lancashire Martyrs will be a part of our local heritage. We will focus on our patron St. John Southworth, an icon of whom will be used in major celebrations and will tour all parish churches. The sessions will last around 30 minutes and no more than 40.


The New Sunday Missal  We still have a few of these for sale at the Piety Stall: they have all the new translations, with the Gloria & Creed etc..  I think they at about £12 or £13.


HCPT Christmas Cards have finally arrived. We had to find a new supplier as the only ones previously available had ‘lost the Good Lord’  -- these are proper cards with a real Christmas picture!!


Cambodia Craft Sculptors Stories
All these inspirational original wood carvings made by young disabled people in Cambodia now come with a small card with a brief story of the sculptor .
This matches the name carved on the base and personalises these wonderful works - if your looking for an unusual Christmas gift which helps keep these people in work and brings some money for our own charity !
If anyone has already bought an item without a story card just contact Bob with the name on the base  01200445030 . 
Last WEEK all the display will be at the Good Shepherd - but back down at St Albans for 3rd Nov.



November Dates for Diaries:  Sunday 25th after the 11.15 mass there will be a Fun Coffee Morning with a difference in the Social Centre. Our HCPT Group are having a fund raiser a sort of Autumn Fair. Spinney Wheel  / CHOCOLATE Tombola  /  MYSTERY Tombola  /  Cakes and all sorts. I am sure it will be another real good Family do!!


Thursday 29th November there will be a Silver Jubilee Mass to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Our Lady & St John High School here at St Alban’s. Please spread the news  - lovely to see lots of ex pupils & teachers coming:  There will be some refreshments after in the Club.


PARISH WEBSITE  New and Updated is on


Please remember 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 think to Hire our Centre for your Party. Pop in after Mass 4 a drink & a look in Tel: 661193 to enquire/book.



MONDAY:      10.30  -  11.30  Exercise  (Free with a Beez Card)

TUESDAY:     1.30  -  4.30  Over 50’s Bowling  £2.00:   7.30  -  9.30  Line Dancing also £2

THURSDAY:   10.15  -  11.30  Over 60’s Line Dancing £1:  1.30  -  4.30  Over 60’s Bowling £2

FRIDAY:            7.00pm  -  9.00  Line Dancing  £2  Everyone welcome to any or all – bring a pal !!


KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA: The Knights meet here at St Alban’s each Friday evening at 7.30pm in CHURCH to say the Rosary: Please come into Church at THE BOTTOM DOOR NEAR TO THE PRESBYTERY. Anyone is welcome to pray the Rosary with them: Just come to the bottom side church door.


ST VINCENT de PAUL Association meet here in the Presbytery fortnightly on Tuesday evenings at 7pm for their prayer and discussions about he work they do in the parish:  They do a marvellous work they can do.



A Message from the new Headteacher of Our Lady & St John


Our Lady & St John staff and pupils have now settled into our temporary school site. We have much to celebrate and also many new challenges to face as a school community and, as the new (Acting) Head teacher, I wanted to write to you to ask for your continued prayers and support.


This year’s GCSE results were very good indeed.  76% of students achieved an A* - C grade in 5 or more GCSEs; 51% achieved an A* - C grade in five or more GCSEs including English and Maths.  These are our best ever results a 13% increase on our results for the previous two years and exceeds both the targets set for us by the Government and the Local Authority.  This reflects the dedication and sustained hard work of staff and pupils and the wonderful support given by you, the parents and parishioners.  It demonstrates, once again, what can be achieved in our Catholic schools when parents, teachers and associate staff work in close partnership in the best interests of the children.


This year the school celebrates its Silver Jubilee.  It is twenty five years since the opening of Our Lady & St John Catholic College during which time we have seen over twenty thousand pupils educated at the College.  Later in the year we hope to invite you to celebrate Mass with us in thanksgiving at St Alban’s on 29th November at 7.30pm for all that has been achieved during those twenty five years. We are determined to build upon our examination success again with our current Year 11 pupils but I am also very keen to see every pupil make the very best of each and every opportunity during the coming academic year so that every House group will have much to celebrate.


Plans for our new school are well underway and there was a great deal of interest and excitement about the new building from parents and prospective pupils in year 6 who came to our recent Open Evening.  If you know of anyone who could not attend our Open Evening please let them know that they would still be most welcome to visit us here at our temporary site and that they can make an appointment to look around by simply contacting us on 01254 59055 or emailing the school at








Father:  The Lord be with you.      Our New Response:  AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT



The New I Confess                           I confess to almighty God

And to you, my brothers and sisters,

That I have greatly sinned,

In my thoughts and in my words, In what I have done

And in what I have failed to do,

Through my fault, through my fault

Through my most grievous fault.

Therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-virgin, All the angels and saints,

And you, my brothers and sisters to pray for me to the Lord my God  





Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God,
Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One,  you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,  in the glory of God the Father. Amen



I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.

God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen


Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Priest: The Lord be with you.
People: And with your spirit.
Priest: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the Lord.
Priest: Let us give thanks
to the Lord our God.
People: It is right and just

Priest: The mystery of faith.

A – We proclaim your death, O Lord,
and profess your Resurrection
until you come again.

PRAYER FOR PEACE after the Our FatherLord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles, Peace I leave you,  my peace I give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will.  Who live and reign for ever and ever.



All: Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof,
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.

The Lord be with you    Response:    AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT