Newsletter - 02/03/2014


8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

ST ALBAN’S     2nd MARCH 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





In God alone is my soul at rest.


Alleluia, alleluia ! Your word is truth, O Lord, consecrate us in the truth. Alleluia!



  ST ALBAN’S  ( )



No Mass

No Mass


  12.15  Requiem Vera Young     

No Mass


Mass & Ashes


12.10 and 7.00 pm   (2.15  Service in Primary)

9.30 am


No Mass

9.15 am                       


7.30am mass  and 12.15   Sts. Perpetua & Felicity    

No Mass


12.15 St John of God

1.30 Wedding Service Dominic Wilson & Jennifer Chorlton       



Confessions on Saturday.  11-11-45 noon & 5.45 - 6.15

Stations of the Cross: Friday & Saturday at 11.50 am (before the 12.15 mass)

                                         Friday evening at 7 pm in Church (led by the Knights of St Columba)


SEASON OF LENT:   This week, lent begins. Ash Wednesday is one of two days which are days of Fasting and Abstinence, Good Friday being the other. Basically, we do not eat meat: and just have one square meal that day.

We have masses & ashes throughout the day with the evening mass at the slightly earlier time of 7 pm.

We have the Stations of the Cross on Fridays & Saturdays and the Early Mass on Friday morning.

Prayer / Fasting / Almsgiving are the 3 corner stones of Lent

These 3 activities demand our commitment and effort and don’t usually come naturally to us!

Best foot forward with the Lord. Face the demons, just as Jesus did in the wilderness, and believe that you can conquer them as also did. Smile and be cheerful. With your hanad in the hand of the Lord, make your promises and do your penance. Enjoy Lent.

URGENT APPEAL FOR CHURCH CLEANERS     At this moment we are down a couple of Thursday & Friday morning Church Cleaners. If you can spare an hour or so on either day………….  Just pop into church at around 10 am on either of the days and the ladies who organise the ‘where and who does what of the church cleaning’ will make you very welcome and give you either a brush or a duster…. Or both!!

HCPT HORSE RACE NIGHT ON SATURDAY 8th MARCH  (next Saturday). 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;   Madeline Gibbons  Mary McCallum   Paddy Heggarty  Aunty MArgaret

Please keep in your prayers Agnes Goodwin who has died. Her funeral date is yet to be set but will probably be on Monday 10th March at around 12 noon.


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



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: During Lent they will lead the Stations of the Cross at 7 pm in Church: all welcome.  At 7.30pm they have their meeting. Please come to the house where a room has been converted to a little chapel. Anyone is welcome to pray the Stations with them: Just come to the Church Side Door during Lent.


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