Newsletter - 18/12/2016





FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT  (Year A)    18th December 2016  

 Tel: 01254 59331    e-mail

Confessions:  Saturday  11 – 12  &  5.45 – 6.15  





Monday 19 December


No Mass

Franciscan Convent

9.30 am Eucharistic Service

Tuesday 20 December


1.30 pm Mass in Church with School

6 pm Carol & Remembrance Service for the Deceased of 2016

Franciscan Convent

9.30 am Mass

Wednesday 21 December


9.00 am Mass

Franciscan Convent

9.30 am Mass

Thursday 22 December

9.00 am Mass

9.30 am Mass

9.30 am Mass

Friday 23 December

St John of Kenty

7.30 am Advent Mass

10.00 am Requiem Mass Peter Bridson

Franciscan Convent

10.00 am Mass

Saturday 24 December



9.10 Rosary

9.30 am Mass

4.00 pm Vigil Mass

Sunday 25 December




9.00 am Mass

11.15 am Mass


10.15 Mass


10.00 am Mass


Please remember the lately dead:- Eileen Atherton, Peter Bridson, Margaret Greenwood


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.

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY:  Music & Dancing for the Final Evening:-

 All are welcome to THE ‘LAST NIGHT OF THE BONNEY’S’


FR JUDE’S CHRISTMAS QUIZ -- Wednesday 21st at 9 pm in the Social Centre… … we will begin after the Gateway at about 9.00. Quiz about everything you know and don’t know on Christmas… family fun … Mince Pies and a couple of beers…Free as well !!


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!!


Dear Frs. Jude, Joe and the parishioners,

Many thanks for the donation of £1,500 I received from the Christmas Fair.. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and kindness. I thank those who put so much effort to the success of the day. Your generosity gives me so much courage to do what I am doing for the mission. The burden of caring for the orphans and the poor people is lightened with joy of seeing them happy knowing they are thought of by some good souls out there. Hopefully by the end of the year we will have completed the kitchen in St. Joseph's parish, Vredefort, and get it running for the feeding of these little ones. The conditions of most people here call for pity especially after 20 years of democracy. Corruption is a dreadful sickness here and the cure yet to be found. When people are robbed even of the little they have they tend to turn to other means for survival. This has led to the rampant increase in HIV/AIDS related illnesses even among the very young people. With your prayers and help, we shall one time overcome. I wish you a very happy Christmas and 2017.

God bless you and I will be with you in the New Year Fr. Ephraim Odhiambo MHM


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. 


CHRISTMAS FAMILY CANDLES:  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.


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)

Next date is in January.


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 MARY  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.


CHRISTMAS:  Christmas brings so many memories to us all.. quite a mixture, I’m sure! But above all the Good Lord Jesus speaks to us all from his Manger in Bethlehem. He is saying that it is good to be human and good to be like God…. He is saying the world is a good place to live in and share your love in… with his outstretched arms he is offering God’s love to EVERYONE… and I think he is asking us to do the same! Please enjoy Christ’s birth.. share his love & forgiveness with one and all.. raise a glass to loved ones who are with Jesus at his Christmas Feast in Heaven… and remember they will be lifting a ‘glass of the new heavenly wine’ back for you.

All love, blessings and prayers from Frs Jude, Joe & Paul.




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;   

Wednesday:   TaiChi commences again on 5 October 1.45 - 2.45 (£3) 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