Newsletter - 23/02/2014


7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

ST ALBAN’S     23rd 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





The Lord is compassion and love


Alleluia, alleluia !  If anyone loves me he will kep my word, and my Father will love him. And we shall come to him. Alleluia!



  ST ALBAN’S        ( )



No Mass

No Mass


No Mass       






9.00  &  A Funeral Service at 12.00 for George Walsh 




No Mass


12.15 St David, Bishop, Patron of Wales          



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


THE WORD THIS WEEK       "Love your enemies."

Love your neighbour as yourself.” These are words we associate so clearly with the teaching of Jesus and the way of life the Gospel calls us to. But it may be a surprise to some people to hear that these words come first from the Old Testament, in the mouth of Moses himself. Moses was speaking the Lord God’s instruction for the community – the community of the people of Israel in flight from Egypt in their long sojourn in the wilderness. God’s instructions were about how that community had to work – without grudges, resentment or vengeance, but with love and forgiveness and tolerance. When Jesus comes with the message of the Kingdom of heaven, it is the same – instruction for a perfect, God-guided society, which depends on how each of us lives with others. The “wisdom of this world”, which Saint Paul mentions in the Second Reading, will not teach us this: the world will believe in vengeance, and friendship only for your friends. Each of us must ask how we can embrace the apparent folly of Jesus’ teaching: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you

Calling all 16-35yr olds for an exciting, engaging, retreat event - Reignite! with great feedback from the young people who have attended previously, with just the right balance of spirituality, prayer and fun, this next event will take place on Saturday 1st March, 10.30am-4pm at St Josephs, Audley Range, Blackburn, BB1 1TG. Including great speakers, Mass, quiet/reflective time, group work, activities, and much much more. For more info or to book your place go to where under 18's can apply for a consent form.

HCPT HORSE RACE NIGHT ON SATURDAY 8th MARCH . Advance notice of this annual event to raise funds for this year’s HCPT Lourdes children. There will be eight races including a SPECIAL HCPT CHILDREN’S RACE. Each winning Horse’s Owner will  receive a nice prize!! Cost of a horse is only £5. So please come along to the Social Club where the first race takes place at 7.30pm



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


BERNARD CHARNOCK former well known priest here at St Alban’s is celebrating his 50 years of Service to the Priesthood in May. This is being held at St Monica’s Church, Woodsend Road South, M41 6QB at 6pm on Friday 23rd May. Mass will be followed by a Buffet and Social Time at Our Lady’s and English Martyrs’ Parish Hall Davyhulme M41 7DS. If anyone would like to attend please reply by 1st May. This can be by post to St Monica’s or by email to or by phone or text  to 07531179552.




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)



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



The first is ‘A Silver Service Evening Dinner’ to be held on Friday 28th February: 7 for 7.30pm. The 6th Form Catering Department St Our Lady & St John’s, where Fr Jude is chaplain, is hosting the event at the College on North Road in Blackburn. This is the 3rd time we have had this enjoyable meal with entertainment thrown in. Last year the staff put on ’A Murder Mystery’ so we wait to see what will be on the menu as well a lovely meal. The menu is a choice of: A Melon dish or Pate: then Chicken Chasseur or Salmon: Chocolate Fudge Cake or Cheese & Biscuits then Tea or Coffee: and the College run a bar. The cost is only £20 per person which is fabulous value. So please do come if you can and bring friends and family.

Booking, whether individually or by the table can be make to Carol Philips at OLSJ – North Road, Blackburn BB1 1PY: Cheques payable to OLSJ Catholic College. Please state your food choices for the 1st three courses and that you are coming via Fr Jude’s letter: This will help to place our people together. You can ask Fr Jude for any further details.



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.


PARISH WEBSITE  New and Updated is on


Please remember in your prayers Dorothy Walsh who has died recently.

Her funeral is at the Cathedral this coming Friday and the family have asked if I could play a part in the Funeral.

Dorothy has been a good friend to me and to many over the years.

She has worked tirelessly for those in need and been a great servant to the people of Blackburn.

Bless her, she also, thought the world of the work of our HCPT and the children we take to Lourdes over the years. So we will remember her in Lourdes this Easter with our prayers. God bless, Dorothy


Please offer a prayer for our Bishop, Terence Brain, who celebrates his 50th Anniversary of his priestly ordination this week.

There was a Mass at the Cathedral in Salford for his on Saturday morning which I attended and passed our love and prayers