Newsletter - 17/04/2011

Palm Sunday  Lent

Year A  

17th 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



My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.


Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory! Christ was humbler yet, even to accepting death on a cross. But God raised him high and gave him a name which is above all others. Praise to you, O Christ.


ST ALBAN’S      










9.30   Mass in Church with the children





7.30 pm


8.00 pm


Maundy Thursday WATCHING & PRAYER

Till 10 pm Night Prayer

3.00 pm

GOOD FRIDAY  Service of the Passion

3.00 pm

6.30 pm


8.00 pm

9.15 & 11.15


10.15 am


GOOD FRIDAY is a Day of Fasting and Abstinence from Meat                                                                        Confessions:  Good Friday  11  to  12 noon  and Saturday 11-12 & 5.45 -6.15 

Stations of the Cross:  In Holy Week on Good Friday at 12 noon


Palm Sunday’s Gospel is from St Matthew, the tax collector. He wrote his Gospel especially for the Jewish people to help them understand and believe that Jesus was the promised Messiah of the Old Testament. Matthew contains many references to the Old Testament to help us all see that the prophecies were fulfilled.

HOLY WEEK is our special week of Prayer. The Mass of the Last Supper at 7.30 on Maundy Thursday celebrates the Institution, both of the Mass and the Priesthood. We take the Lord to the Altar of Repose and ‘watch in Prayer’ with him as if in the Garden of Gethsemane till Night Prayer at 10pm

On Good Friday we have our Christian Peoples ‘Walk of Witness’ which begins at The Clock Tower in Little Harwood at 9 am. We walk down the road and through Ambleside Estate to the rear of Bowland House for a Simple Prayer Service on the Green Hill facing the Town Centre and erect a Large Cross.


At Church on Good Friday we have a very Special Stations of the Cross at 12 Noon. We will hear ‘picture Stories’ of many people who were there might have been thinking.

          Our Great Service of the Passion is as always at 3 pm at the traditional time Jesus died for us.

Our Easter Vigil and Mass will be at the new Saturday evening Mass time of 6.30pm It is a Service of Light / New Birth / the Fulfilment of Scripture and the Renewal of our Baptismal Promises on the Night the Lord Jesus Arose from the dead. And the Joy of Easter is 2The Lord is with Us”.


Fr Joe and FR Fred and I will all be here this Easter and we wish you all the blessings and joys of our Season. On Easter Monday  -  very early  - I will be off to Lourdes with our 12 children and their Leader, Louise, and all the Helpers for a week of Sunshine with Our Lady. We will remember you in our thoughts and prayers at the Grotto and celebrate a happy Mass for all your Intentions.


LOURDES CHILDREN SPRING RAFFLE:  The tickets at a £1 a book are at the back of Church – and we will hold the Draw this Afternoon at our Final Children & Helpers Meeting. Many Thanks

Today one of our Helpers from HCPT  Will give the Annual Appeal for Lourdes at the Palm Sunday Masses and we will have the Candle Sheets for you to sign after Mass & a little collection. thanks

COVENANT ENVELOPES   The Boxes of pink (Yellow at Good Shepherd) are at the back of Church HCPT


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


HAND PUSHED LAWN MOWER needed for Church Grounds.  If anyone has one please can you bring it in: we have some proper ones for the main cutting: but we need a small, hand push one for small bits in between the shrubs. Many thanks


DIVINE MERCY PRAYER DAY:  Sunday 1st May  at St Joseph’s Audley Range.

                   2 pm Adoration followed by prayers and devotions and Mass at 3.15


 LEEDS PEOPLE WALK FOR LIFE:  100 Crosses March for life;   Sunday 8th May

1.15    -- 1.45 gathering at the West front of the Minster in York

Transport is being organised by Joan Hirst  886033  We will by stivng to take a Mini Bus or Coach dependant on the uptake.


KNITTER THANK YOU  Huge thanks to all wool donators & Knitters from Barbara: there has been a great response and more will be seen in Church with some pictures etc..  soon.


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


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