Newsletter - 20/08/2017






TWENTIETH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR  (Year A) 20th August 2017  

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Monday 21 Aug 2017

St Pius X, Pope

No Mass

Franciscan Convent

9.30 am Eucharistic Service


Tuesday 22 Aug 2017

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

No Mass

Franciscan Convent  



9.30 am Mass


Wed 23 Aug 2017

St Rose of Lima

9.00 am Mass


Franciscan Convent

9.30 am Mass


Thursday 24 Aug 2017

St Bartholomew



9.30 am Mass

9.30 am Mass

Friday 25 Aug 2017

St Louis

12.15 Mass


Franciscan Convent

10.00 am Mass

Saturday 26 Aug 2017

Blessed Dominic of the Mother of God


KSC Rosary 11.45

Confession:  11 – 12.00

12.15 pm Mass

3.00 pm 40th Wedding Service

6.30 pm Mass

9.10 Rosary

9.30 am Mass

12 noon Mass

27th Aug 2017

21st Sunday

9.00 am Mass

11.15 am Mass

10.15 Mass

10.00 am Mass

5.00 pm Mass


PLEASE PRAY FOR THE LATELY DEAD:- Kelly Dunn, Ellen Birnie, Joan Bracewell & John Slater & Roland Russell


Fr Jude must give the Diocese a document with the reasons for the Amalgamation. This need to contain parishioner’s views and thoughts. We have been doing our best to look after the 3 churches and everyone for a while now. Please can I suggest the following:

We will have an ‘open forum’ after a 1st Sunday in the Month Coffee Morning: but in the meantime please can parishioners have a think and a pray about the amalgamation and put your thoughts in writing – either in an e-mail to or a letter which can be left in church or posted. Any worries / joys / how we can all share resources and develop the faith and parish life.

Clearly we need an overall ‘Parish Name’  -- we have lots of replies on this and the overwhelming view is to retain St Alban with its local heritage back to 1773 along with Holy Souls & Good Shepherd sprang from St Alban’s. So, pen to paper or finger to computer!! Please. God bless: Fr Jude


KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA: Meet at St Albans’ for their regular Saturday meeting at 11 am in the Presbytery  -- if you think you could help work for the church in this way – please pop along for a chat. They then lead the Rosary each Saturday at 11.45 In Church.


ACTION MOTHER’S PRAYER DATES AT ST. ALBAN’S  (Now to be first Wednesday of each Month)

Next date WEDNESDAY 6th SEPTEMBER at 3.30 pm.


The Diaconate: for Laymen is now being started in our Diocese and there is a leaflet about it at the back of church. Married or Single…. A great love & practise of the Catholic Faith together with some time to trained are needed. COULD THIS BE FOR YOU?


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!!


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. 



What is the Pledge all about?  We need an urgent and holistic response to the climate change crisis, that includes each of us embracing care for creation in our spiritual lives, taking steps to change our own lifestyle, and pushing for change in our society. Anyone taking this pledge commits to doing those three things in the spirit of Laudato Si’.


What do I have to do if I sign the Pledge?  The Laudato Si’ pledge states that the signer will “pray for and with creation, live more simply, and advocate to protect our common home.” We have resources to help suggest different ways to accomplish those three things, but we only ask that the signers commit to doing those in whatever way works best for them as an individual, family or parish. While there is no “requirement” as part of this pledge, we hope that anyone who signs it will also encourage others to sign the pledge and look for ways to become more engaged around care for creation in your parish and community as well.

Who else has signed the Pledge? The Pledge is being signed by Catholics around the world. We hope to engage 1 million Catholics by 2020. For now, we know that individuals, families, parishes, and Catholic organizations around the world are signing the Pledge. It’s also been signed and endorsed by all of the Bishops in the Philippines, Cardinal Cupich of Chicago, Fr. Richard Rohr, Christiana Figueres, one of the climate negotiators, and many others.


Why should I sign/care about climate change?  We are already seeing the effects of climate change-2016 was the hottest year on record, 2015 was the hottest year before that, and 2014 the hottest year before that. Severe droughts, severe storms and sea level rise are causing people around the world to have to flee their homes. Additionally, Laudato Si’ has called for “ecological conversion”, and highlighted that care for creation is an essential part of our Catholic teaching, adding to previous statements from Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict. We need to care about climate change and act on it as “responsible citizens and followers of Christ” as Pope Francis has said.


What does signing this Pledge really do?  Signing the pledge shows that you are standing with millions of other Catholics to take action on climate change. Taking the actions to pray with and for creation, live more simply, and advocate to protect our common home will make a huge difference. Praying places us in solidarity with others around the world, and makes us more aware of God’s presence in creation. Millions of individuals changing their lifestyle can add up to make a huge dent in carbon emissions, and lead to societal change as well. Advocacy will lead to the needed policy change—not only at the national level, but in cities and states as well. These local areas are where decisions like including bike lanes or funding public transport, or supporting tax incentives solar and other forms of renewable energy, are made, and why we need people engaged in our community. You can do this on your own, but by signing the pledge you’ll be sent additional suggestions and resources and, even more important, join a community of others trying to make these changes as well.


 Who is the Global Catholic Climate Movement?   The Global Catholic Climate Movement is made up Catholics around the world committed to living Laudato Si’ and standing up for our common home. We are made up of over 400 Catholic organizational partners and the thousands of individuals who feel called by their faith to respond to and raise awareness about climate change.



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Tuesday:       1.30 - 4.30pm Over 50's bowling £2;  

Wednesday:   TaiChi  1.45 - 2.45 (£3) Beginners welcome. Please contact  

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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