Newsletter - 01/03/2015



ST ALBAN’S    1st MARCH 2015


Saturday Mass

6.30 pm         Year B      Tel: 59331     


Sunday Mass

9.15  &  11.15      Year B

Sunday Mass  10.15 am








Requiem for Kathleen Simcoe 2.30 at  Holy Souls

Father Jude is caring for this    

No Mass


9.00 Mass.  

No Mass  


9.00  & Station Mass at St Joseph’s Audley at 7.30pm

9.30 Mass  



9.30 Mass


7.30 am and 12.15

Franciscan Convent


12.15 Mass  & Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 11.00 -11.45 every Saturday in Lent

9.30 Mass

10am Lent Discussion time



STATIONS OF THE CROSS:  Every Friday & Saturday in Lent at 5 to 12 (11.55am)

 AND also Stations with the Knights (KSC) Every Friday at            7.30 pm     


Confessions on Saturday 11-11.45 & 5.45 - 6.15 



We spool forward a few centuries in the story of the Old Testament, to arrive at Abraham, “our Father in faith”. Today we hear of another Covenant (like last week) - even though the word is not used. God promises Abraham descendants like “the stars of heaven”, and the showering of blessings. This shows how much God loves Abraham, and all his children.  This love is proved for us in Jesus: God loves us so much he sacrificed his only Son (just as Abraham was willing to do); but this is not all: Jesus also rose from the dead, to stand at God’s right hand and plead for us. All this is revealed in the story of the Transfiguration, where Jesus is seen in the glory that is rightfully his as the only Son of God. Not until after the Resurrection will the disciples see this fully again.


FAITH, CHAT & DISCUSSION:  Saturday mornings in Lent 10.00 to 10.45 (after mass) at Good Shepherd Hall. Please come along and learn more of our Church

TOPIC THIS WEEK:    ‘How do we make sense of the Old Testament?’



RECONCILIATION / 1ST CONFESSION:-    Thursday 26th March 6pm

CONFIRMATION:-                                                                                                      Sunday 7th June at the 11.15 Mass

1ST HOLY COMMUNION:-                                    Sunday 5th July at the 11.15 Mass


CAFOD:    Please keep bringing in your empty cans to church for crushing and ecycling………BUT please NO GLASS BOTTLES. Also old wire etc & clothes can be brought to be weighed in.


Lourdes Children’s  H C P T  Family Race Night This Sat: In the Parish Centre March 7th  1st Race  7.30ish ::  People of every age welcome .. Buy /Name/Sponsor a Horse for a Fiver to run in one of the 8 Races… Horse Forms at the back of Church or near the HCPT Bucket.. please pass any filled in Forms on to Fr Jude ASAP as I need to write them in the Race Card. This will support the Charity and the Club which needs your help!!

We have our own ‘Bookies’ who will take your bets … a Race Meeting!! You could go home with more money than you come with ??.... but I doubt it!! Many thanks.. I promise you it is a real fun evening.


Red Missions Boxes  .. Please can they be brought in This Month -  Thank You





The Knights are running a course for young people over16 on the Topic: FOLLOWING JESUS IN SERVING MY NEIGHBOUR’. From midday Tuesday 14th July to midday Friday 17th July. This is a residential course to be held at Hinsley Hall (Pastoral Centre for the Leeds Diocese) on the outskirts of Leeds. The Course is free and will be paid for by the Knights.. what an opportunity to meet like minded young people  -- and have a fantastic time. This has my fullest support & recommendation.



The building adjacent to our church has been a significant facility for this parish; firstly as a school since 1866 but in later years it has been supported by parishioners & their families as their social centre.

MEMBERSHIP  Please consider joining along with friends and neighbours if possible. Please take a form/s away and return to the presbytery or Club.

MEMBERSHIP FEES for 2015:  Under 65   £5        65 – 79 years £3        Over 80 Free



1. HCPT RACE NIGHT Saturday 7 March. First Race 7.30pm. Come and have fun “Buy and name a Horse” see forms at back of the Church.

2. FASHION SHOW  BY ‘STYLE DIVA BOUTIQUE’   Saturday 21st MARCH. Doors open at 7pm.  Come and see for only £2 entry including free entry into the £50 voucher prize draw.

BOOKINGS Please continue to book the Social Centre for, Christening Parties / Special Birthday Celebrations / Evening Wedding Parties……etc.  Pop in and talk to June or Lynn or ring the Club:  661193.


If there isn’t a Private Function on a Friday evening: there will be BINGO with the 1st House at 8.30pm : Club opens at 7.30pm AND on these occasions there is a free supper…so please come along and support the Club. Thanks


WE NOW HAVE A “DEVELOPMENT TEAM” for our Parish Social Centre: Interested.. talk to Fr Jude


HOSPITAL VISITS  Our Hospital Chaplain (Father Sean O’Brien) who lives here at St Alban’s) has asked me to remind everyone that if you have a relative in Hospital and the patient would like to have a visit from the priest or a chaplaincy worker….. and /or would like to receive Holy Communion or is in need of the Sacrament of the sick  …. Then the way it MUST happen is that you or the patient must ask the Ward Staff to contact the Catholic Chaplaincy in the first place. This is a safeguarding issue which has been instigated by the hospitals and which we have to abide by.  

(Regular attendees of the parish can contact Fr Jude directly)



St Joseph’s Blackburn     Wed 4  March 7.30               Homily Fr Anthony Dutton

St Joseph’s Darwen        Wed 11 March 7.30              Homily Fr Kevin Kenney

St Gerard’s Lostock Hall  Wed 18 March 7.30              Homily by a Benedictine Father


Celebrate Lent with Your Deanery. Each Mass followed by light refreshments



Medjugorje:  In 1990  Our Lady Queen of Peace prayer group was formed when we travelled to Medgugorje.  Members have met every Tuesday night since then for 25 years.  We currently meet at Good Shepherd Church at 7.30pm and to celebrate our 25th year we are returning to our roots travelling to Medgogorje form 1st to 8th October 2015.   Cost is £530 which includes flight and half board.  If you would like to join us please contact any member of the group or telephone Peter Costello 01254 262952.



Monday:-   10.30-11.30 am  Exercise (free with a Beez Card)

Tuesday:-   1.30-4.30 pm   Over 50’s Bowling £2.00;  7.30-9.30 pm Line Dancing £2.50

Thursday:- 10.15-11.30 am  Over 50’s Line Dancing £1.00; 1.30-4.30 pm Over 50’s Bowling £2.00

Saturday;-  7.00-9.00 pm Line Dancing