Newsletter - 22/12/2013


Fourth Sunday of Advent

ST ALBAN’S      22 nd December 2013


Saturday Mass

6.30 pm         Year A       


Sunday Mass

9.15  &  11.15      Year A

Sunday Mass  10.15 am

PREFACE – Sunday 3

Eucharistic Prayer  Acclamation





Let the Lord enter! He is the king of glory


Alleluia, alleluia !  The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and they will call him Emmanuel, a name which means “God-is-with-us.” Alleluia!



  ST ALBAN’S        ( )



No Mass    St John of Kanty, Priest

No Mass


9.00  mass in the morning



CHRISTMAS EVE   Carols from 11.15

Midnight Mass at 12

Vigil Mass

7.30 pm


CHRISTMAS DAY   9.15  and     11.15

10.15 Mass


12.15  St Stephen, Protomarrtyr

No Mass                       


12.15 St John, Apostle & Evangelist

No Mass


12.15 The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

No Mass


Confessions on Saturday.  11-12 noon & 5.45 - 6.15

THE WORD THIS WEEK              Jesus is born of Mary who was betrothed to Joseph, son of David          

Here we enter a new stage of Advent: having spent so much time on the Second Coming, now we look back, to remember the details of the Lord’s First Coming. Today we focus on the characters of Mary and Joseph, and hear of the circumstances surrounding the conception of the child Jesus, and the reaction of Joseph. This mystery springs from the House of David, and so we lead into the Gospel by hearing of the promise that the Messiah would come from that line. The link between the First Reading and the Gospel is quite explicit today, since Matthew actually quotes Isaiah. Joseph, descendant of King David, is invited to take his place in the great story of God’s relationship with the Chosen people. There is great sense of a timeless mystery reaching its focal point, as that which was “promised long ago” (Second Reading) now takes flesh in the womb of Mary.



Thomas Fish; Jonathan Pope; Maureen Baker( poorly in hospital); Frank Orrell   



  All help welcome


CHRISTMAS WINDOW POSTERS AND CAR STICKERS are available at the back and side of church. Please take one or more home. Thank you


Christmas Family Candles: If you would like to have a, family candle lit in Church over the Christmas season then please put an offering in an envelope with your family name on the outside. Prices are £10, £6 and £3. Many thanks.


Advance notice for Christmas Mass times: Midnight at St Alban’s & 7.30 Good SP Christmas Eve

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


FINAL PART OF THE REAL LAST LETTER FROM AUSTRALIA !!—SENT MONDAY 6 DECEMBER (Full extracts of all the letters sent by Father Jude are being put on the website shortly)

The journey home started at 9.50am and the first coach driver asked me if I had bricks in my suitcase! Finally  ended at 3.50pm at Wooly Creek. The journey took in endless forests, mountains as well as the Pacific coast line and the industrial cities south of Sydney. I didn't see many kangaroos on this journey!

Ruth was there at Wooly Creek, no surprise in that! A 20 minute drive had us back at her house for one of her special cups of tea, she has dozens of assorted packets of tea, proper tea. Before long we went out for a short drive and a walk along one of the many estuary bays that flow out from the Parematta River. Lots of life above and under the water from yachts, surf boarders and jumping fish. We ended up at a 'club' which overlooked the river and choose an outside table with a spectacular view of the city. We were joined by one of the older great nieces who I hadn't yet met, Siobhan, a young dentist who had finished a final critical exam that afternoon. She was also ready for a good tuck in! I had the best Calamari starter I have ever tasted, and gem fish and barramundi were just a few of the goodies we enjoyed. My treat and I could scarcely believe the bill which only came to £60. The Pokies machines must be well used there to help bring the food down to that price, but I didn't complain, and neither did the girls!

Got to bed by 10.30 which was a good job as I had to be up at 3.45am for the flight home.

Ruth had done the 'on line' booking for me which meant I was in a shorter queue.

Due to the queuing system I got a nod from the check in lady on the Business Class section. I hauled my golf bag hold all onto the scales which was bulging with many things other than golf gear. No seeming problems here and pointed to the special cage where I was to deposit them. Next came the suitcase. Summoning all my strength and trying to look like the case was as light as a feather I just about managed to place it on the conveyer belt without rupturing myself and still smiling but with my teeth firmly gritted. I caught the 35.90 kilo out of the corner of my eye and continued exchanging pleasantries of how wonderful Australia had been to me. On went the label and a boarding pass was handed over and I scurried off as quickly as I could, thank God, no excess baggage charge.

I met a young man with East European accent airside who was telling me that he had been charged a fortune because his hand luggage was way over the limit. They had charged him 50 dollars a kilo and he was 10 over his limit. Seemed as though Harrison's luck was in again, and more was to come. I joined the queue at the boarding gate and at the gate the lady told me that there had been an alteration to my given seat and was asked to sit on a nearby bench and wait a moment. Wondering if I had gone to the wrong gate or a myriad other possibilities I waited in fear and trepidation. "Here's your new seat number, Mr. Harrison, J 12, we have upgraded you to Business Class, enjoy your flight".  !!!  And me with no coat on and wearing a Burnley shirt. Come the day I want to be buried in this shirt!

Off I went down a long gangway with no one on it but me I arrived at the Business Class area. My seat was a sort of double extendable unit. The large seat could recline totally horizontally, the head phones were mega size and assorted drinks were in the right hand side of my little cabin. Drinks and special menus were given out and the party began for the next 14 hours. I can't remember when I had a glass of Moët Champagne at ten to six in the morning!

Observations in Australia:

Very family orientated and I noticed that lots of the couples with children were wearing wedding rings.


Pubs, as we would know them were minimal. The vast number of people went to 'Clubs'. They may be associated with Bowling / golf / OzZy version of the British Legion / or what ever. They were usually very large, had massive function rooms, sold excellent food with subsidies to members and...... They all have a gigantic room full of Pokies (one armed bandits) and the only complicated bit was deciding to play at anything from a penny to a pound a go...... Plus they all would have the TAB Totaliser Australian Betting in on other big and central area. Gambling creates the money and the subsidies on the food and drink! In England the only places where you can have a bet and a drink at the same time is at a race course. Me thinks that Gambling d their bright lightsAnonymous is also big in Australia.


I became very good at the 'Australian salute'..... Waving fingers and Hands around forehead.... To waft away the flies!!! I met a lot of them.


One of the big hopes I had was to see the stars in the Southern Hemisphere. On a cloud free night it is majestic and packed with stars and constellations. It helps to be away from the city and their bright lights. But it rained a lot during my stay! It was frequently cloudy! In fact the first time Angela and I saw the stars was on my last night with her! The best thing was to see Orion but 'down under' it is upside down!



1. CAFOD needs YOU and your ALUMINIUM cans…If they DON’T stick to a magnet then they ARE aluminium……....... It’s even better if they are crushed flat and completely dry.

2. ALSO  your old flexes and wire…..any length……………… LAST WEIGH IN CAME TO £66  -  50P

3. AND ….in conjunction with our church charity “Action 4 Cambodia” ANY clothes that are no longer of any use to you (no bedding…only clothes)




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 at St Alban’s each Friday evening at 7.30pm to say the Rosary: Please come to the house where a room has been converted to a little chapel. Anyone is welcome to pray the Rosary with them: Just come to the house. Thanks


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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.
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.
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