Newsletter - 21/04/2013


4th SUNDAY of Easter Year C

ST ALBAN’S  Tel: 59331  21st  April 2013


Saturday Mass

6.30 pm         Year C       


Sunday Mass

9.15  &  11.15      Year C

Sunday Mass  10.15 am

PREFACE – 5th Easter

Eucharistic Prayer  Acclamation





We are his people, the sheep of his flock.


Alleluia, alleluia! I am the good shepherd, says the lord; I know my own sheep and my own know me. Alleluia.


ST ALBAN’S      




No Mass






9.00   and Requiem Mass for Ann Lyons at 12 noon






9.00 mass and a

Wedding Service at 11 am  Liam Matthews & Nicki Rostron 






Confessions this Saturday.  11  -  12  noon &  5.45 to 6.15


YEAR OF FAITH: Saturday 27th April at 10 am in the Sacristy at St Alban’s on the 4 Last Things!  Hell  -  Heaven  -  Death  -  Judgement.    40 minutes of reflection, thoughts and a bit of discussion on ‘interesting topics!!’ Please do come and learn more about what we as Catholic believe. Your YOUCAT can help  -  52 – 53, 154 – 163, 112. Questions about the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession on 224  -  239.

We will repeat this session in the Good Shepherd Hall the following Saturday at 10 am on Saturday 4th May.


There is some Lourdes Water and a card at the back of Church for everyone. Water – water everywhere….. the song of Lourdes this year!! We have brought back plenty of Lourdes water this year, it was easy  - it hardly stopped raining! But we had a lovely time and the children really enjoyed themselves. We has a Reunion get-together with them and the helpers this afternoon in the social centre – lots of photos and stories to share!!


SONGS OF PRAISE (the Recordings)  Will take place at Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday 19th & Monday 20th May. Join the choir or congregation. TICKETS: via –

Email: or post Songs of Praise (Blackburn Tickets) 1st Floor, Dock House, MediaCityUK, Salford M50 2LH I would recommend a Stamped addressed envelope! The tickets will be at a premium - as they say ‘do it today’.





·        Empty drinks cans are set to replace waste paper!!!! They will be crushed and weighed in for cash for CAFOD.

·        Please bring them in carrier bags and leave inside tower door as before BUT only bring them in when there is a Mass or Service on.. NOT JUST WHEN THE CHURCH IS OPEN.

  • PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT NO FOOD TINS MUST BE SENT but chocolate and biscuits tins will be fine.
  • ALSO FOR A TRIAL PERIOD ONLY we will also collect old keys, padlocks and electric cables and flexes (without plugs)


Next weekend we will have a Retiring Collection for CAFOD as part of their Emergency Fund for the refugees in Syria. Cafod is playing a major role in the recue mission for the many families who have had to leave homes & possessions to escape the bombings.


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.


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.


POEM TO THE POPE  The following poem was written by Mrs Mary Fletcher in 1971 and appeared in the Blackburn Times on 1 January that year.




I think of our beloved Pope                                     

A shining star to give us hope

Lights our path that we may know

The road to take the way to go

With him the greatest power of all

The grace of God within his soul

His very breath is Heaven blest

To speak the truth to East and West

He asks us all to pray for peace

That all these cruel wars may cease

To turn away from sin and greed

Give to others more in need

Administrator of God’s will

His task a hard one to fulfil

Apostle chosen from above

To teach us all faith, hope and love


Mary’s 100th birthday was celebrated on Saturday 23 March with a house Mass attended by her sisters and close friends…. AND....would you believe that she recited from memory the whole poem word for word!!!

In light of the recent appointment of Pope Francis I this poem is still as relevant as it was when it was written at the time of Pope Paul





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