Newsletter - 02/02/2014


4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

(Presentation of the  Lord)

ST ALBAN’S      2nd February 2014


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





How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven


Alleluia, alleluia !  Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children. Alleluia!





  ST ALBAN’S        ( )



No Mass      St Blaise, Bishop & Martyr and St Ansgar, Bishop

No Mass


9.00           Mass in Presbytery Chapel

No Mass


9.00           St Agatha, Virgin & Martyr



9.00           St Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs




No Mass


12.15          St Jerome Emiliani and St Josephine Bakhita, Virgin



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


Last week we heard Saint Matthew describing the beginnings of Jesus’ public ministry. This week Saint Matthew begins the most important summary of the proclamation of the kingdom of God – what we refer to as the “Sermon on the Mount.” This great collection of Jesus’ teachings begins with the Beatitudes – the Charter of the Kingdom. It is essential to understand these, if we are to understand what we will read in Saint Matthew during the rest of this year: the key, as underlined by the First Reading, is that the values of this world are not the values of the Kingdom of God – the Kingdom will see things turned upside down: happiness and blessing belong to those whom this world would ignore or mistreat. If we truly wish to live out the Gospel, we would do well to reflect on the virtues laid out in this familiar passage.


ENJOY TRAVEL-Pilgrimage To Rome  April 4th to 11th 2014        

 Flights, Accommodation & Daily Excursions all included---Only £799pp.

For more information please call Enjoy Travel on 01254 504970 and/or  visit our website

 Papal Audience with Pope Francis                St Peter’s Basilica  

 Tour in and around Rome                           Visit the Catacombs 

 Visits to Rome’s popular tourist attractions    Visits to Naples and Pompei



Thomas Fish; Jonathan Pope;  Agnes Goodwin  Madeline Gibbons  Mary McCallum  Mrs Heald   Mr Ginty

Do you wish to teach in a Catholic Primary School? Ring the Diocese of Salford Education Department on 0161 817 2222 and speak to Daniella Stephens or for an application e-mail her on   Poster at the back of church


Ordination to the Priesthood:  Alfred Rebello & Laurence Gambella 


The date for the Ordination is Friday 18th July:

The Bishop of Salford, Bishop Brain, will conduct the ceremony in The Cathedral at Salford, commencing at 7 pm.

I have it on good authority that driving into the city, especially on a Friday evening is somewhat of a nightmare and finding a parking space near to the Cathedral is akin to finding a ‘hen’s tooth’………. So I propose that we let a Bus Company do the driving and parking and those who wish, like myself, travel by coach. (P.S. they have double deckers and those on the top deck will get a fabulous view of Manchester) The newly ordained priests will celebrate their 1st Masses back here in Blackburn the f9ollowing day, Saturday 19th.

Father Alf will say his in the Church of the Sacred Heart, on Preston New Road; and Father Laurence will celebrate his here in St. Alban’s. I imagine they will begin around 12 noon. We will pop a ‘Provisional list’ soon to see how much interest there is in going to the Cathedral  -- how many coaches ??

Do you wish to teach in a Catholic Primary School?                                                                             Ring the Diocese of Salford Education Department on 0161 817 2222 and speak to Daniella Stephens or for an application e-mail her on   Poster at the back of church.

MANY THANKS FROM CAFOD for the many floral arrangements bought over Christmas: if anyone still has any of the small saucers or baskets and they are still around, please can you bring them to Church… guess what.. we can re-use them again!! Many thanks


Oh Dear ‘Calling all Elves, calling all Elves’ -- Chrismtas tree & decorations have to come down now…. Help help..   Can we say Wednesday & Thursday evening in Church 7pm onwards…thank you.



A heart warm round of thanks to all those who have donated wool and helped to knit for the charity and it is hoped that this work and its rewards will continue throughout 2014. Thanks again


Diocese of Salford Pilgrimage to Lourdes:  July 31st to 7th August

Travelling in a variety of ways with appropriate charges:

For general enquiries or for sick pilgrims  -  please apply direct to the Diocesan Office in Salford on the Tel:

0161 817 2209

Or have a look at the Adverts on the Notice Boards at the back of Church

Father Jude does have booking forms with all the prices and costs 



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……………… 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