Newsletter - 09/12/2012


2nd Sunday ADVENT Yr C

ST ALBAN’S  Tel: 59331 18th November 2012


Saturday Mass

6.30 pm      2nd Sunday of Advent   Year C  


Sunday Mass

9.15  &  11.15    2nd Sunday of Advent   Year C

Sunday Mass  10.15 am

PREFACE – Page 43

Eucharistic Prayer 2  Acclamation 2





What marvels the Lord worked for us, indeed we were glad.


Alleluia, alleluia Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight. And all mankind shall see the salvation of God. Alleluia!


ST ALBAN’S      







9.00    St Damasus     



9.00    Our Lady of Guadalupe



8.30   &   12 noon Requiem George Marsh   7 pm Primary School                                                        Carol concert here in St Alban’s



7.30am MASS  + 12.15  St John of the Cross






CONFESSIONS  Saturday 11  -  12


We are very sadly soon coming to an end of an era. Fr. Fred has been helping at St Alban’s for some 10 years and as an ‘old boy’ of the parish has a lifetime’s presence here and at St Peter’s in Mill Hill. His superiors in the Order, also called Mill Hill, have asked him to return to his order to their home in Freshfields at Formby. This isn’t the first time they have put this to him! He has resisted them for some time. Now they are insisting and Fr Fred will retire there in January. I am going to miss Fr Fred hugely. As well as his wit, help, and personal presence, I will miss his example of prayer. If anyone has taught me to ‘pray’… it is Fr Fred. Fred will leave on or around January 3rd/4th. He is a man of ‘no fuss’… and would find any ‘special Do’ an absolute trial. So, please good people in your own personal way, share your own thanks and love to Fr Fred personally. On Tuesday 1st January we always have a lovely mass on the Feast of the Mother of God at midday. This mass we will offer for Fr Fred and we will make it one of thankfulness and gratitude for all he has done for God’s people in Blackburn as well as Africa.


CHRISTMAS IS COMING!! Christmas Tree Decorating:  Next Sunday 16th after the 11.15 Mass

       All help welcome:  Many hands make ‘fairy’ lights work… what an awful pun…..

Christmas Family Candles: again many thanks to those who wish to have a family candle burnt during the Christmas Season in Church. I have noticed how our suppliers keep pushing up the prices: so this year they will be £2-50 . or   £5..   or    £10 :  please pop names & money in an envelope and hand it in.

Once again many thanks.


Christmas Bauble / Memory Tree  In Our Lady’s Chapel: Each year we place a Memory Tree here :  Place a special bauble on the tree, attach it to one of the prayer cards with a name & maybe a wee prayer :  Those in heaven and we on earth celebrate the Lord’s birth together.


That time of year: Has anyone any Holly or evergreen :  This is a great help to Pat as she makes her Advent / Christmas wreathes. With Berrries on would be a fabulous bonus: can be left by Our Lady’s Altar:  Many thanks.


The Senior Citizens Party & Carol Singing at Our Lady & St John’s RC High School will take place on Monday 17th December:  The teachers will pick people up from outside Church or home: Please sign the list and give a Telephone Number  (in case of dreadful weather!!); Picking up at 1 pm. Some people make their own way by car ; please remember that this year the school is in it’s temporary home on the Old Shadsworth School on Shadworth Road.


So happy to announce that Mrs Claire Speakman will start at Headteacher at St Alban’s in January.



Our Year of Faith, with our helpful guide & ‘Catechism’ the “YOUCAT”  please keep reading it. The Catechism may be helpful to people who are not Roman Catholic and might be interested in learning more: along with the thought that they may wish to become a full catholic themselves: this would take extra instruction, but if there is anyone who wishes to take this further  -  then do please have a word with Fr Jude.


Here we are in the Season of ADVENT. It is a time of    LONGING   WAITING    EXPECTING   HOPING

Purple vestments, a sign of preparation, cleansing of sin:  We have ‘empty cribs’ ( well without a baby ) Jesse Trees     unopened doors on Advent calendars    We have an Early Friday Mass at 7.30am    We prepare for the Coming of the Lord         The King of our Hearts is coming      We must be Ready for him with a greater Love in our Hearts. It is often for people a ‘Mini Lent’  -- the Fast before the Feast.


ADVANCE NOTICE Christmas Mass Times:  We will keep them as last year: On Christmas Eve there will be Mass at Good Shepherd at 7 pm :    and Midnight Mass at St Alban’s at 12 Midnight !!  Carols from 11.15 pm

            Christmas Day as Sunday:  10.15 at Good Shepherd and 9.15 & 11.15 at St Alban’s.


WASTE PAPER  SKIP Coming this Saturday 15th:  8.30 onwards for help. Many thanks to all who bring in Waste Paper :  You can bring it in Carrier bags / melon type boxes / Church is usually open from around 8 am to 5 pm in the evening  (Side Door  - i.e. the bottom one near the presbytery) 


Thank you to all who supported the Fun Coffee Morning :

Still UnClaimed  1st PRIZE  : HAMPER    Pink  611  -  615  Prize in the SAcristy


GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE : Our new Plaque has been installed with the small name plaques of our loved ones. Many thanks to the staff at Our Lady & St John’s High School 6th Form for doing this. Took a while to get it all together – but 1000% improvemenet.



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)  7 pm to 9 pm Line Dancing £2-50

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

THURSDAY:   10.15  -  11.30  Over 50’s Line Dancing £1:      1.30  -  4.30  Over 50’s Bowling £2

FRIDAY:            7.00pm  -  9.00  Line Dancing  £2-50p  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 couple was Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve and the whole place was heaving, packed with other last minute shoppers.


Walking through the shopping centre the surprised wife looked up from a window display and noticed her husband was nowhere to be seen. She knew they had lots still to do and she became very upset.


She rummaged in her handbag and found her mobile phoned then used it to call her husband to ask him where he was.


The husband in a calm voice replied: "Darling, you remember the jewellery shop we went into five years ago, where you fell in love with that diamond necklace that we could not afford and I told you that one day I would get it for you...?"


His wife's eyes filled with tears of emotion, she began to cry softly and stifling a sob she whispered:"Yes, I remember that jewellery shop...".


"Well," he said, "I'm in the pub next to it!"











Our picture of St. John Southworth is not an icon in the strict sense, but it is an invitation to enter into a tradition of Faith, a relationship with the Church throughout the centuries and a personal relationship with the God who is the source and the focus of that Faith.

Look at the picture and see an ordinary looking man.

See a man who has responded in Faith to a call, a vocation, from God, to serve God as a priest for the sake of others at a time when such a life would almost inevitably mean living in fear of arrest, torture and ultimately horrific execution.

See in the gold, the promise of life in heaven.


See in the richness of the red also a reflection of the majesty of heavenly glory, but also of the rich and fertile blood of martyrs.

See in his face a look of gentle love for others and a concern for the Faith that he lived and was prepared to die for so that they might have the ministries of a priest.

See in his raised hand a desire to bless and to pass on the gifts of God to others.

See in the crowd of other witnesses around his head others who shared not only his Faith but his persecution and steadfastness unto death.

See in them a mix of people, male and female, lay and religious, young and old.

See in the view of Salmesbury the reminder of his family home and the place where the Faith was lived, shared and nurtured.

See in the ruined gatehouse of Whalley Abbey the monastic tradition which had supported the Faith in this area, not just in terms of the Spiritual Life, but in the practical lived out experience of Christian Charity; of welcome to strangers, food for the hungry, shelter for the weary and healing for the sick.

See in the local scenes of Clitheroe Castle and Pendle Hill the spread of Faith from the mighty places to the forest huts, from the wealthy and influential to the poor and humble.

See in the image of him celebrating Holy Mass the image of the cross with which he was prepared to unite with his own life and death.

See in the image of him celebrating the Sacrifice of the Mass, the centrality of the Sacred Host which gave focus to his life and Faith, his ministry, his sufferings and death and his hope for his church and for eternal life.

See in the image of the Tyburn gallows the image of his own gateway to heaven and sanctity.

See too, in the purple haze not only the sense of sorrow, but also the hope of things still to come. It is the purple of Advent and Lent promising a new Incarnation and Resurrection in our time.


























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