Newsletter - 04122016





SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT  (Year A)    04th December 2016  

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Confessions:  Saturday  11 – 12  &  5.45 – 6.15  





Monday 05 December

No Mass

Franciscan Convent

9.30 am Eucharistic Service

Tuesday 06 December

St Nicholas, Bishop

1.30 Requiem Mass

Kevin Ward

Franciscan Convent

9.30 am Mass

Wednesday 07 December

St. Ambrose,

9.00 am Mass

Franciscan Convent

9.30 am Mass

Thursday 08 December


9.00 am Mass

9.30 am Mass

9.30 am Mass

Friday 09 December

7.30 am Advent Mass & 12.15 pm

Franciscan Convent

10.00 am Mass

Saturday 10 December

St Francis Xavier, Priest

12.15 Mass

6.30 pm Mass

9.10 Rosary

9.30 am Mass

12.00 Mass

Sunday 11 December


9.00 am Mass

11.15 am Mass

10.15 Mass

10.00 am Mass

5.00pm Mass

Please remember the lately dead:- Kevin Ward & Frank Briggs


Despite all valiant attempts of June & Ray and the Staff, concerned parishioners and many others our Parish Centre will finally close for good after the 2016 New Year’s Party.

Our Centre has suffered from trading issues, the downturn in popularity & support for the Club Trade and losses for a long time. The Diocese strongly pushed for its closure 2 years ago; we asked for a reprieve of execution but the hopeful financial improvement has not matched the expenditures, building overheads and security costs for the building.

It was opened just before Christmas in 1976.. with the help of energy of many parishioners: it has seen the hay-day of Club Trade and hosted countless family & parish functions & activates.

So, all our thanks to June and her team: let’s enjoy the last 6 weeks – pop in for a drink if you can – it contains so many good memories for so many. Thanks to all who have done all they could to keep it going over the years…


LET’S HELP THE PARISH FAMILY:  Please pray about how each one of us can do more to

strengthen the Parish family & the 3 Churches: We do need help in plenty of ways:

In Church:    Helping with the collection / welcoming people & handing out hymnbooks / Church Cleaning / Reading at Mass / Helping to distribute Holy Communion / Taking Holy Communion to our House bound or poorly parishioners……  we need ideas for times & ways of Prayer / Help with deepening our faith / a sense of outreach to people who could be interested in learning about our faith… list is pretty endless!!   More to come!!


GREAT CAROL SERVICE: Tuesday 13th Dec: 6.00pm in Church with all our local RC Schools


SENIOR CITIZENS PARTY AT Our Lady & St John’s:  Thursday Dec: 15th 1pm:  Transport available if needed: If you wish to come: please sign the sheet at the back of Church and ‘tick’ if you need picking up: Carols. Food & drink & Festive Music… a wonderful afternoon.



CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATING    Sunday Dec: 18th after the 11.15 Mass



CAKE STALL…. Big Bake Off here at Alban’s!!  Please bring on the day!!

Proceeds to be shared between the Parish & Fr Ephraim’s work in Kenya.

We are OK for empty JARS now… all filled ones welcome

Thanks for supporting the 2 Raffle Prizes:  WINNER TAKEDS ALL… 36 BOTTLES OF SPIRITS/WINE / LAGER & BEER……. And the Great MARKS 7 SPENCERS LUXURY HAMPER

There will be Stalls with  --  Christmas Gifts  -  Chocolate Tombola  -  Jarbola  -  Cake Stall etc.

Father Christmas will be there as well!!

            Please can you let people know about the day on 4th December.. we need lots of folk to come !!


There will be the usual M & S Hamper Raffle & a “WINNER TAKERS ALL Bumper Drinks Hamper.  Drawn at the Fayre on Sunday December 4th


COMMUNION TO THE SICK AND HOUSEBOUND If you know of anyone who would like a regular visit please complete the details on the form below:-


We are grateful to many of our parishioners who have volunteered for this important ministry already. It is part of our priestly duties to visit the sick. We are delighted to be able to support our parishioners in any way. 


FAMILY CANDLE If you wish to have a family candle lit in Church during Christmas Season: Please pop an offering in an envelope with the family names or names: Candles are £2  /  £6  /  £10.

Many thanks.


CONIFER & GREENERY: - We are looking for conifer and greenery such as holly etc. for Pat to decorate all around the church. If you have any could you please drop off at the side door of church or presbytery. Ta.

FLOWER DONATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS… Thanks…slot in sacristy door  .. or ‘flowers for Christmas’ in an envelope!  


MOTHER’S PRAYER DATES AT ST. ALBAN’S (All on Wednesdays now starting at 3.30pm)

These are little gatherings to pray for sons & daughters of families who have drifted away from the practice of the faith, a great heartache for their mums & dads. These gatherings are for mums who want to pray together for this need and intention. They take place as follows:-  WEDNESDAY 07th December & fortnightly


KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA: Rosary each Friday at 7.30pm …. IN THE PRESBYTERY CHAPEL… During the winter…. Warmer in the Presbytery Chapel;   Come to the Front door of the presbytery.. Chapel is straight in front and the Knights will see you at the Presbytery Door.


LEGION OF The legion of Mary is one of the biggest lay organisations in the Catholic Church around the world, and invites Catholics to a deeper relationship with God and to Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. Unfortunately, due to pressures of work and ill-health, the Holy Family parish Legion has fallen to only two active members. I invite those who are interested in being part of the Legion’s work of bringing Christ’s love to those in most need, and in deepening their own faith, to contact Fr. Barry or Fr. Frankie. For St. Alban’s and Good Shepherd our Group is based at Holy Souls so for further information please speak to Father Jude. Thanks


THE QUEEN OF PEACE PRAYER GROUP AT GOOD SHEPHERD   have organised a Day of Prayer for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday 8th December. This will begin with Mass at 9.30 am and will end with Divine Mercy Devotions at 3.00pm. All welcome. Please bring your own refreshments if you planning to stay for the full day. Thanks



Monday:        10.30-11.30 Exercise (SADLY NO LONGER free with Beez card)  £1…Over75 Free..

Tuesday:       1.30 - 4.30pm Over 50's bowling £2;    Line Dancing  7.30  - 9.30 pm £2-50

Wednesday:   TaiChi commences again on 5 October 1.45-2.45 (£2.50) Beginners welcome. Please contact  

                     Mavis Deeney on 261330 for more information.

Thursday:     Over 50's Line dancing £1  10.30- 11.30.   Over 50's bowling £2  1.30 - 4.30

Friday:         7.00 to 9.00 pm    Line Dancing  £2.50p