Newsletter - 23/03/2014


3rd Sunday of Lent

ST ALBAN’S     23rd 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




·      Psalm

·      O that today you would listen to my voice: ‘Harden not your hearts’.

·      Alleluia

·      Glory to you O Christ; you are the Word of God! Lord, you are really the Saviour of the world; give me living water, so that I may never thirst. Glory to you O Christ, you are the Word of God!


·      DAY      

·        ST ALBAN’S  ( )


·       Monday

·      No Mass

·      No Mass

·      Tuesday


·      9.30

·      Wednesday

·      DEANERY MASS    7.30 pm at St Alban’s

·      No Mass

·      Thursday

·       9.00

·      9.30                         

·      Friday

·       7.30 am  Mass  and 12.15       

·      No Mass

·      Saturday

·       12.15     

·      9.30


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)

The Word This Week                  A spring of water welling up to eternal life

The Gospel of the third Sunday is the remarkable conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman by the well, the theme is water - which gives life, which cleanses, which is so necessary. This reading forms part of the catechesis given before Baptism at Easter: the candidates who would go into the water are invited to reflect on what that means. But more necessary than the water which gives life is the water which gives eternal life - the water of baptism, the water flowing from Jesus’ side on the cross. Even if your Church does not have any candidates preparing for Baptism, we will all renew our baptismal promises at Easter: we should take this opportunity to reflect on what baptism has given us, and what God has done for us in this gift.



St John Southworth Deanery Station Masses Lent 2014  ST Alban’s Church    This Wednesday at 7.30 pm Please come to pray with the people and priest of our Deanery in Blackburn, Darwen & the Ribble Valley – T & Biscuits afterwards

Guest Preacher Father Ged Barry Parish Priest at St Joseph’s / Teresa’s & O of P Sucour





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 hand in the hand of the Lord, make your promises and do your penance. Enjoy Lent. DEANERY MASSES: Wednesday 26th March here at St Alban’s at 7.30 pm           Wednesday 2nd April at 7.30 pm at St Mary’s Bamber Bridge  Preacher FR Antony Grimshaw

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!!

RED MISSION BOXES  (Mill Hill) Can those good people who have a Red Box please bring them in and have them replaced with an empty one (all the spares are in the Sacristy) and Please collect a Magazine. The boxes can be brought in any time during the Month of March. Many thanks



Thomas Fish; Jonathan Pope;   Madeline Gibbons  Mary McCallum   Paddy Heggarty  Aunty Margaret Francis Moore


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




FIRST CONFESSION:  (Year 3)             Tuesday 8th April at 6 pm


CONFIRMATION:        (Year 3)             Sunday 8th June at the 11.15 Mass


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION  (Year 4)    Sunday 6th July at the 11.15 Mass