Newsletter - 05/03/2017

                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT  (Year A)    5 March 2017  

 Tel: 01254 59331    e-mail revjudeharrison@btconnect.com

Confessions:  Saturday  11 – 12  &  5.45 – 6.15   Stations of the Cross  Saturday 12 noon

DAY/DATE 

ST ALBAN’S

GOOD SHEPHERD

HOLY SOULS

Monday 6 March

No Mass

Franciscan Convent

9.30 am Eucharistic Service

Tuesday 7 March

9.00 am Mass

Franciscan Convent

9.30 am Mass

Wed 8 March 2017

DEANERY MASS

9.00 am Mass

ST JOSEPH’S 7 pm

9.30 am Mass

Praying for

9.30 am Mass

Vocations

Thurs 9 March 2017

9.00 am Mas

9.30 am Mass

9.30 am Mass

Friday 10 March 2017

 

7.30am Early Mass

11.55 Stations/Cross

12.15 Mass

Franciscan Convent

10.00 am Mass

Sat 11 Mach 2017

 

11.00am Exposition Rosary at 11.45 am Stations at 12 noon

12.15 Mass 

6.30 pm Mass

9.10 Rosary

9.30 am Mass

12 Noon Mass

Sunday 12 March 2017

Second Sunday in Lent

9.00 am Mass

11.15 am Mass

10.15 Mass

10.00 am Mass

5.00pm Mass

 

LENT HAS BEGUN:  Start small and Build up your Spiritual Muscle: S A G..Small Achievable Goals

Remember: each new day is the First day of Lent.

PRAYER: Rosary / Extra daily masses..Fri / Sat at 12.15.. early Friday mass at 7.30am…Stations of the Cross: the bottom door is open Wednesday onwards: Take quiet time at home.. RC Newspapers Universe & Catholic Times at the back of church. We have ‘to pray’ as well as ‘say prayers’.

Let’s make decisions this weekend about ‘WHAT I NEED TO DO WITH MY CATHOLIC / CHRISTIAN LIFE.

God bless all our efforts in the Lord’s name and help.

 

St Patrick’s Evening Do at Holy Souls Parish Hall on Saturday 18th March  8  -  11pm

Irish Music & Dance with Dale Country Band & B/Burn School of Irish Dance

Bring your own.. glass and !!  Tickets £10 including Supper :  Contact Patsy 247941

 

DEANERY MASS FOR VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD AND RELIGIOUS LIFE

There will be a deanery mass for this intention as follows:

THIS Wednesday 8 March, 2017 at St Joseph’s Church, Blackburn at 7.00 p.m.

This will be a wonderful celebration and it is expected that all parishes will be involved, as well as children from all our primary and secondary schools who will have roles in music, serving, reading, writing bidding prayers, acting out the Gospel, creating banners and using movement and much more!  It will finish by 8.10 p.m. and refreshments will be available afterwards.  It is so important that we pray the Lord will provide labourers to work in the harvest so please come to the mass and lend your support and your prayers.

 

Next Weekend our Local Group of the HCPT will give a Candle Talk at the masses in the 3 Churches and have a Retiring Collection to help the 3 special children they are taking to Lourdes this Easter. It is a smaller Group.. with a new leadership team who have been with Group 72 for many years. Thanks in advance for your kindness.

 

LET’S HELP THE PARISH FAMILYPlease 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!!

 

Rosary with Knights of St Columba every Saturday at 11.145 in Church before the Stations of the Cross at 12noon

 

LEGION OF MARY

St Joseph’s Praesidium needs new members. Anyone interested please contact Joan Hirst  Etc……..

 

GIFT AID ENVELOPES: Just a thought: They can be put into the Offertory collection in any of the 3 churches and they will ‘Find Their Way Home’ !! to the correct church!!

 

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

 

AMALGAMATION OF CHURCHES  UPDATE :-

There are small leaflets at the back of church for your ‘name’ suggestions for the overall name of the newly formed parish. Please take one and fill it in & return. Many thanks.

BEFORE ANY FINAL DECISION WE WILL HAVE AN OPEN MEETING TO CONSIDER OPTIONS.

WE HAVE RECEIVED lots of SUGGESTIONS ALREADY SO PLEASE KEEP THEM COMING.

 

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:-

NAME:-    TELEPHONE NUMBER:-  ADDRESS INCLUDING POST CODE:-_

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. 

 

ENGAGED COUPLE MARRIAGE PREPARATION DAYS:

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

 

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

Next date is Wednesday 1st March and every fortnight.

 

GOOD SHEPHERD HALL    

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;    Tuesday from 7th March Line Dancing resumes 7.30pm to 9.30pm. £2.50

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