Newsletter - 22/01/2017





THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR  (Year A)    22nd January 2017  

 Tel: 01254 59331    e-mail

Confessions:  Saturday  11 – 12  &  5.45 – 6.15  





Monday 23 January 2017

No Mass

Franciscan Convent

9.30 am Eucharistic Service

Tuesday 24 January 2017

St. Francis de Sales

9.00 am Mass

Franciscan Convent

9.30 am Mass

Wed 25 January 2017

The Conversion of St Paul

9.00 am Mass


Franciscan Convent

9.30 am Mass

Thursday 26 January 2017

St Timothy & St Titus

9.00 am Mass


9.30 am Mass

9.30 am Mass

Friday 27 January 2017

St Angela Merici

12.15 pm Mass


Franciscan Convent

10.00 am Mass

Saturday 28 January 2017

St Thomas Aquinas

12 noon Mass for

Deceased of 2016

For those names on the Cross Tree

6.30 pm Mass

9.10 Rosary

9.30 am Mass

12 Noon Mass

Sunday 29 January 2017

4th Sunday of the Year

9.00 am Mass

11.15 am Mass

10.15 Mass

10.00 am Mass

5.00pm Mass

Please remember the lately dead:-  Lilian Oxendale (Funeral 6th Feb at 11am), Josie Robinson (Funeral 31st Jan 1.45) & Fred Perkins (Funeral 30th Jan 11am) all Requiems Masses at St Alban’s


This Saturday (28th) at the 12 Noon Mass we will offer it for all those who have had their funeral Services at St Alban’s, Holy Souls or Good Shepherd in 2016. We will recall their names, light a candle for them all and at the end of mass the Named Crosses can be taken home by the families. May they all be with the Lord in his Kingdom.


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!!


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

Next date is Wednesday 1st February January and every fortnight.


WALSINGHAM- England’s National Shrine to Our Lady

The annual pilgrimage to Walsingham by the Blackburn Association will take place between May 16th-18th 2017.

Cost is approx. £170 per person , some sharing may be required. Deposit is £50 non-returnable.

To book a place please call: - Vincent on 01254 209101


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. The burden of caring for the orphans and the poor people is lightened now. 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. God bless you and I will be with you in the New Year Fr. Ephraim Odhiambo MHM


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.


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. 



The 85th annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Bishop Arnold, will take place between Friday 28th July and Thursday 3rd August 2017 and it is hoped that priests and people from all over Salford Diocese will join Bishop John on pilgrimage, to Our Lady’s shrine at Lourdes in France. Travel has been organised by plane and coach. For further details about travel and accommodation please contact Joe Walsh Tours on 0161 820 8790 or by email :- For all other aspects of the pilgrimage, please contact the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office on :- 0161 817 2209 or visit the diocesan website at



2 Dates available on Saturday 25th March and Saturday 13th May 2017

Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm

Venue: Holy Souls Parish Hall, Whalley New Road, Blackburn BB1 9BE

Cost: £70 per Couple that is £35 each person which includes lunch and drinks during the day.

How to Book: Couple’s book in themselves on a Marriage Care Appointment Service

Freephone 0800 389 3801 Mon-Friday between 9am and 5pm.

Couples receive a Certificate on completion of the course.

Bishop John Arnold is celebrating a Mass for Engaged Couple at Salford Cathedral on Saturday 18th February at 2pm to which all couples are invited



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  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