Newsletter - 19/07/2015





SIXTEENTH SUNDAY  19th July 2015  

 Tel: 01254 59331    e-mail







20 July

9.00am Mass

St Apollinaris

Franciscan Convent

9.30am   Eucharistic Service


21 July

9.00am Mass

St Laurence of Brindisi

Franciscan Convent

9.30am   Mass


22 July

9.00am Mass 

St Mary Magdalene

9.30am Mass


9.30am   Mass in School

9.30 Mass in Church 


23 July

10.30 Requiem Paul Billington

1.30 Mass in Church with the School Children

9.30am Mass


9.30am   Mass


24 July

12.15 am Mass St Sharbel Makhluf

7.30pm Rosary with the Knights of St Columba in Church

Franciscan Convent

10.00 Mass


25 July

12.15 Mass

St James - Apostle

6.30pm Vigil Mass

9.30am Mass

Rosary at 9.10 am

12 Noon

Sunday 26 July

17th Sunday

9.00am  Mass


10.15 Mass

10.00am   Mass  

 5.00pm    Mass 

Confessions:  Saturday  11 – 12  & 5.45 – 6.15


As promised in the recent Pastoral Letter from Bishop John, the diocesan consultation is now ready and will remain open for several weeks.

It can be accessed at where responses can be entered directly onto the electronic form. This is the best way to complete the questionnaire, since the system will also do the analysis of responses. For those who do not have access to a computer, paper copies of the questionnaire can be obtained from the parish priest/parish office/back of church. As well as your individual responses, we have been asked to provide a collective response from the parish and so we will have a parish meeting for this purpose Please submit all responses by the deadline of Friday 7 August 2015


Sun: 12th July after the 10am Mass at Holy Souls (In Church)

Good Shepherd have discussed most of these with Fr O’Carroll.

We can send in Group Responses after these meetings.

If you can send an electronic response… please do… the deadline doesn’t give much leeway; hence we will speak about this at Mass this weekend.



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.

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



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


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


St. Alban's RCP
Primary School NurseryIf your child is aged 3 before the 1st of September.

Come and play, learn and have fun.

Ring: 01254 57582


8.45 to 11.45


12.00 to 3.00


MASS OFFERINGS:                                                                            Just a gentle reminder. We are so grateful for people asking us to say a mass for people… alive, well, poorly or gone home to God……  and people give a donation for the Mass Intention. When we are given more masses than we can actually during a week we pass them on to Father Thomas & Father Ephraim and their fellow priests to say. The issue is the ‘amount of the donation’. Quite a few years ago £5 was the minimum gift and times etc… have moved onwards and upwards. Most donations are of £10 nowadays. So can I ask you to consider the size of the donation you give for a mass and to know that in a variety of ways your donation goes to help people way beyond St Alban’s. Many thanks



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

Friday:-     7.00-9.00 pm Line Dancing £2.50


Every Friday at 7.30 pm the Knights of St Columba say the Rosary in St Alban’s Church:

Anyone is most welcome to come along whenever you are able. Thank You.

Please keep in your prayers :-  All who are poorly  especially Sylvia Kelly

Statement for the Catholic Press from Archbishop Smith

Very many people of all faiths and none will be concerned about a Bill to legalise Assisted Suicide in England and Wales which will be debated in the House of Commons on 11th September 2015.  This private members Bill, introduced by Rob Marris MP, will have a free vote and it is important that people make their views known to their own MP ahead of this extremely important debate.  

Information about the issues, together with resources and guidance will be circulated to all parishes in the next week or two.   There are excellent resources:on the Bishops Conference website  and the website of the Anscombe Bioethics centre  

I strongly urge all Catholics to contact their own MP as soon as possible to express their concern about the dangerous impact which such a Bill would have on the most vulnerable people. MPs do listen to their own constituents. What is needed is more and better palliative care, not assistance with suicide.

+Archbishop Peter Smith


Department of Christian responsibility and Citizenship