Newsletter - 30/03/2014


4th Sunday of Lent

ST ALBAN’S     30th MARCH 2014


Saturday Mass

6.30 pm         Year A       


Sunday Mass

9.15  &  11.15      Year A

Sunday Mass  10.15 am

PREFACE – Lent 3

Eucharistic Prayer  Acclamation





The Lord is my shepherd there is nothing I shall want.


Glory to you O Christ; you are the Word of God I am the light of the world, says the Lord; anyone who follows me will have the light of life. Glory to you O Christ, you are the Word of God!



  ST ALBAN’S  ( )



No Mass

No Mass


No Mass        



11.00 Requiem Rita O’Reilly






 7.30 am  Mass & 10.15 Requiem Paddy Hegarty & 12.15

No Mass





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                  He went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored

When we get to Easter, there are two symbols of the resurrection that we use in Church: fire and light (the Easter Candle) and water (the Font). Last week we reflected on water, and this week there are passages all about light – true light, that defeats the blindness of sin. Again, this would have been offered to those preparing for Baptism, but speaks to all of us who have been baptised, inviting us to be renewed in the light of Christ at Easter. Remember that one of the oldest titles of the newly baptised was “neophyte”, which means “newly enlightened” There is a subtle link between the readings on this Sunday: in the first reading, David is anointed, and the Spirit of the Lord seizes on him. This anointing lights him along the right path - ‘no evil would I fear’ as the Psalm says. Then Paul tells us more about this light: it is Christ shining on us, calling us to live as children of light. All this is summed up in the Gospel, the marvellous story of the healing (by being ‘anointed’ with spittle) of the man born blind. Jesus is the light of the world





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 MASS:

Wednesday 2nd April at 7.30 pm at St Mary’s Bamber Bridge  Preacher FR Antony Grimshaw


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


 URGENT APPEAL FOR CHURCH CLEANERS     THANKS FOR THE NEW RECRUITS!! 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!!



Thomas Fish; Jonathan Pope;   Madeline Gibbons  Mary McCallum    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



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.




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



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