Newsletter - 03/03/2013


3rd  Sunday of LENT  Year C

ST ALBAN’S  Tel: 59331  3rd March 2013


Saturday Mass

6.30 pm         Year C  


Sunday Mass

9.15  &  11.15      Year C

Sunday Mass  10.15 am

PREFACE – 1st Lent

Eucharistic Prayer  Acclamation





The Lord is compassion and love.


Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of the Lord! Repent, says the Lord, for the kingdom of God is close at hand. Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word f God.




ST ALBAN’S      




No Mass today  9.30 at the Franciscan Convent




No Mass today


9.00  and Requiem Mass for Albert Haworth (93) at 12 noon

9.30 Mass


9.00  Sts Perpetua & Felicity

9.30 Mass


7.30 am Early Lent Mass and 12.15 St John of God



12.00 Thanksgiving Mass for Fr Jude’s 40th Anniversary of Ordination

No Mass today


STATIONS OF THE CROSS:   Friday’s at 12 noon

CONFESSIONS  Saturday 11  -  12  and    5.45 to 6.15pm  LENTEN WALK WITH ME DAILY PRAYER BOOKS £1


POPE BENEDICT’S RESIGNATION: We have seen in my life time the occasional Pope who has struggled on with ill health to the point where it has been really sad to watch. Bravely and I think wisely he has chosen to retire because of failing health for the good of the church. We received from the diocese a statement that explains ‘what happens next’. ‘Following Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation coming into effect at 8 pm on Thursday 28th February, the office of the Roman Pontiff (the Pope) will become vacant and a new Bishop of Rome  will need to be elected. (when you are elected Pope you also become the bishop of the Diocese of Rome) The current Holy Father will at that point cease to be the Bishop of Rome and will no longer hold the title of Pope and will return to the use of his baptismal name, together with the customary mode of address pertaining to a Cardinal Bishop, in all formal modes of address. He has now stated that he will enter a very quiet monastery in the Vatican City.

During the period of the vacancy in the office of Roman Pontiff, the governance of the Church will be entrusted to the College of Cardinals solely for the dispatch of ordinary business and of matters which cannot be postponed, and for the preparation of everything necessary for the election of a new Pope. The College of Cardinals cannot, however exercise any power or jurisdiction which is proper to that office of the Roman Pontiff. The Cardinal Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, currently Cardinal Tarcisco Bertone, has the duty of safeguarding and administering the goods and temporal rights of the Holy See. So, the white smoke from the Sistine  Chapel will not appear until March at the earliest. Please do offer a Prayer Each Day for the College of Cardinals to ask them to discover the ‘voice of the Holy Spirit’ amid all the other ‘voices’ that will be buzzing about the Halls of St Peter’s. Pope Benedict is now referred to as the ‘Pope Emeritus’ 

Which roughly translated means to be “honourably discharged from ones office”  - a nice phrase


PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT  Heavenly Father, you never leave your sheep untended. Send your Holy Spirit, the source of God’s life, to enter deeply into the minds and hearts of Cardinals of your Church. Guide them with the wisdom of God and free them from earthly concerns. Let the new Pope be a light to inspire mission and zeal among your Church and offer to your world a vision of hope and challenge. Your Son Jesus prayed that you, the Holy Spirit, will lead your Church to the fullest of the truth. We place our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.


This Saturday 9th March, Father Jude will be celebrating his 40th Anniversary to the priesthood with a mass of thanks at 12 noon here in St Albans’s. One and all are welcome to come along and add your prayers for the past and especially for the future. No ‘3 line whip’ – I have been blessed by God, family & people in my years and have had so much to be grateful and happy for. God Bless.



WASTE PAPER  SKIP 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  of church)  Next Collection is Saturday March 16th


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 !!


FUN QUIZ   Back in business now:  BUT A change of Time and DAY:          We will try Thursday and at 8 pm

                   Let us see if this can appeal to a few more people. Fr Jude asks the 40 questions on all sorts of topics as well as ‘what’s in the news this week’  Donations only and for our Lourdes children

You don’t have to ‘Be a Member’ of the Social Centre’ to attend – all are welcome & it is fun


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.



This week we received a belated Christmas and New Year message from Fr. Greg in Cambodia.

Dear people of the parish of St. Alban and Good Shepherd and all supporters of ‘I Believe, Action Cambodia Today.

God so loved the world that He gave his only Son.......” (John 3. 16).

This is the good news for us. God becomes human-a baby, poor and helpless. Our God is Emmanuel-God is with us-so close to us. We learn from the Infant Jesus the solidarity of God with us humans. We learn from Him the message of solidarity with the poor and vulnerable.

In this occasion of this Christmas season I would like to express my gratitude to all of you for showing your love and generosity through the solidarity with the poor and vulnerable people of Cambodia. Your assistance, partnership and cooperation serve as an encouragement for Jesuit Service-Cambodia to continue to do its mission, that is to accompany and work with disadvantaged communities in upholding the rights, the welfare and the dignity of the poor by implementing programmes that alleviate poverty, improve education, and establish just relations in Cambodian society.

I wish you a happy new year 2013. I would like to greet you in the Cambodian way by wishing you  

All the best regards and God bless.  Father Greg.


PARISH WEBSITE  New and Updated is on


RED MILL HIILL MISSION BOXES: IF YOU HAVE ONE AT HOME, PLEASE CAN YOU BRING THEM IN FOR REPLACING. Many thanks to al who have a box. If you would like one we have many of them in the Sacristy.




















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