Newsletter - 08/03/2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

      THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

ST ALBAN’S    8th MARCH 2015

GOOD SHEPHERD

Saturday Mass

6.30 pm         Year B      Tel: 59331     

 

Sunday Mass

9.15  &  11.15      Year B

Sunday Mass  10.15 am

       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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ST ALBAN’S  ( revjudeharrison@btconnect.com )

GOOD SHEPHERD

 Monday

No Mass    St Frances of Rome

No Mass

Tuesday

No Mass.  

9.30 Mass  

Wednesday

No Mass

9.30 Mass  

Thursday

No Mass  

9.30 Mass

Friday

7.30 am and 12.15

Franciscan Convent

Saturday

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

Wedding Service at 1pm Gary Pentland & Charlene Roberts

9.30 Mass

10am Lent Discussion time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

Palm Sunday 9.15 Mass  It will Start at 9am on Palm Sunday  (Advance Notice – Thanks)

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS:  Every Friday & Saturday in Lent at 5 to 12 (11.55am) This Saturday Stations at 11.45 and Mass at 12.05 (got a wedding shortly afterwards)

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

 

Confessions on Saturday 11-11.45 & 5.45 - 6.15 

 

THE WORD THIS WEEK

This week, in our journey through the Old Testament, we reach Covenant Number Three: and this is the big one - the Covenant with Moses at Sinai. The Ten Commandments are (or should be) familiar to us all: they form our side of the agreement with God - if we stick to these rules and commands, then we are truly God’s people, and he is truly our God. If we ignore them, or break them, then we break the Covenant or relationship.  The Temple was, for the people of Israel, the place that guaranteed the permanence of this Covenant - God dwelling with man. Jesus alerts us to the new Temple - himself - since he is the core of the New Covenant, God and Man in perfect unity. Only by the destruction of this new Temple, in his death, will he rise again as an eternal Temple, and the eternal guarantee of the New Covenant which we enjoy.

 

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?’

 

DATES FOR THE SACRAMENTS FOR OUR CHILDREN

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

 

April 2015 to March 2016 Gift Aid / Covenant Envelope Boxes are now at the back of Church for those people who are ‘signed up’. If you pay Income Tax and have not signed a GIFT AID Form then please consider this: if you put your collection into one of the Brown Envelopes near the end of the Church benches and write your name, signature & address on one I will get you a Box of Envelopes for next week. Many thanks.

 

Parish Social Centre membership Cards: Thanks to those who have become members of the Center. I have your nice new Red Membership cards in the Sacristy – please come in and collect them, and again, huge thanks to you.

 

ST ALBAN’S SOCIAL CLUB & FAMILY CENTRE

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

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COMING EVENTS

1. 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.

2. “TALES OF BYGONE BLACKBURN”  presented by Simon Entwistle.  Friday 10th APRIL. Doors open 7.30pm and tickets £3. Take a nostalgic look at Blackburn past as Simon tells the history of our fascinating town.

3. “ST. GEORGE’S DAY CONCERT” Saturday 25th APRIL. Doors open 7.30pm. Come and spend an exciting evening with the popular Lancashire Folk Group “Trouble at’ Mill” Tickets are £5 including potato pie supper.

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.

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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

 

ST JOHN SOUTHWORTH DEANERY: DEANERY STATION MASSES LENT 2015

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

 

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.

 

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

 

GOOD SHEPHERD HALL

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

 

LEGION OF MARY TRIP

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

 

VE DAY COMMUNITY CONCERT AT KING GEORGE’S HALL ON TUESDAY 21ST APRIL AT 6.30PM.

The evening promises to be filled with nostalgia, when pupils from Our Lady and St.John’s together with our six feeder primary schools will sing songs from the war, read war poems they have written, jive and the band will play classic Glenn Miller numbers. Our staff and pupils will be modelling victory rolls and other 1940’s fashions, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DRESS UP and join us in

 

 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 

 

Our Lady & St John: Wed: 25th March from 4pm to 5pm: We are invited to school for an hour of entertainment refreshments as the young people unveil a symbol of their togetherness in our multi cultural & faith town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

celebrating this occasion.