Newsletter - 07/08/2011





Saturday Mass

6.30 pm


Sunday  Mass

9.15  &  11.15  

Sunday Morning  10.15am



Let us see, O Lord, your mercy; and give us your saving help.


Alleluia, alleluia! Blessings on the King who comes, in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens. Alleluia!


ST ALBAN’S      

  ST ALBAN’S         



9.00  St Dominic



9.00  St Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein)



9.00  St Lawrence



9.00  St Clare



10.00  Requiem Helen Magee & Requiem Jim Wade 1pm



12.30 Wedding Service  Tyne Smith & Adam Botterril

9.30  Rosary at 9.10

Requiem Mass

 for  Winnie Shallaker

To be arraigned

Confessions:  Saturday 11-12 & 5.45 -6.15 


I am sure we are all aware of the devastation occurring in the ‘Horn of Africa’. We all know that the politics in Somalia and the war torn troubles in the South of Sudan add greatly to the famine – but the human cost is spiralling out of control.

CAFOD works in some parts of the areas : so many thanks for the £ 601  -  83p

That was given last weekend: Please remember that there are CAFOD Green Envelopes in th benches that we can use on a regular weekly basis. Many thanks once again.


CHARITY COFFEE MORNING  THIS  Sunday 7th August will be for Father Fred and the widows he looks after in Kenya. It will take place in the Parish Social Centre after the 2 Sunday morning Masses.

Please do pop in if you can spare a few minutes. There will be Tombola and refreshments. THANK YOU for the Tombola Prizes that people dropped in during the week.


DIVIDE AND CONQUER: Was a phrase coined to help in the Cleaning and care of our Church here at St Alban’s. One or two of our helpers have been bitten with bug ‘Age’ and ‘Bad Backs’ ………..  So we are in great need of a few more sturdy volunteers to help with the Church Cleaning.

This can take place on a ‘When you can do it basis’  -  or on a Thursday or Friday Morning. We have the brushes etc.. We just need some more regular help… please… please.. Ask Fr Jude for more info or just turn up !!  Thanks


I am in the process of getting a large stainless steel board to put along side our Garden of Remembrance. We will be able to affix the plaques on it at last. This is being manufactured at our High School  - unfortunately it isn’t ready before the holidays – so we will have to wait till September for its completion. I am sure it will be worth the wait.


I have a memory  -  that’s a first! -  of a painting I once saw in Townley Hall of Jesus stretching his hand out to Peter as he began to sink into the waves having just walked a few yards on the water. This is today’s Gospel and a real favourite of mine. It is so typically ‘ST Peter’  -- headstrong, brave and a man who just acted instinctively. Jesus said ‘come to me’ and so Peter went… straight across the water of the Sea of Galilee. Then he felt the wind and saw where he was and oops… he began to sink…… ‘man of little faith, why did you doubt’ were the next words he heard as Jesus grabbed his hand and pulled him back on top of the water. Let’s all ask Jesus to call us across any difficult waters we have to travel and walk with him always confident in the knowledge that he is at our side and will also pull us out when our spirit or faith fail us a bit.


It is with great sadness that I am hearing that the Church Action which includes the Furniture store will be closing down soon. St Alban’s and the parishioners have been great supporters of this for many years.

It provides a caring service for many people who find themselves at their wits end and desperate. It received funding from the Council that helped it pay its way  -  now with cuts across the board it will have to close.


It provides opportunities for lots of young lads to develop a trade; it help to save the council & pole a fortune in recycling as the store pick up unwanted furniture and pass it on. It must save the community a vast amount of money because they receive the furniture for a nominal sum. BUT mostly for the care it gives to people and them seeing the car of the Churches in Blackburn acting together. Surely we can put some pressure on the Council to take another look at this budget cut and save the Store so if you haven’t already done so  .PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AT THE DOORS OF CHURCH


CHARITY STALL OUTSIDE THE SOCIAL CENTRE :  During the summer we are going to hold a series of small Sunday

Charity mornings just outside the Club. The club will be open as well and tea & biscuits (and anything stronger from the bar) will be available. We are in need of a few hearty souls who can help the small team running this venture. Please have a word with Bob Turner  (or myself) and I will put you in touch with Bob. Just about 4 or 5 Sunday mornings during the summer months.


PARISH WEBSITE  New and Updated is on

Please remember our Parish Centre  -  if you are having a ‘Family Do’ or celebration; 21st, 40th   60th Birthday Party etc..  A celebration after a Baptism / Funeral / Wedding evening then please think to

Hire our Centre for your Party. Pop in after Mass 4 a drink & a look in Tel: 661193 to enquire/book.


GOOD SHEPHERD HALL   Line Dancing   £2 a CLASS Monday & Friday 7pm to 9 pm: Tuesday 7.30 pm-

9.30pm .HEALTHY

HEART EXERCISE  Monday  10.30  -  11.30 Use Beez Card & NO Charge  SHORT MAT BOWLING  Over 50’s  Thursday 1.30

to 4.30 pm  and Dominos etc…  £1  All Welcome     OVER 50’S  LINE DANCING  10.15AM  -  11.30AM


ST VINCENT de PAUL Association meet here in the Presbytery fortnightly on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm for their prayer and discussions about he work they do in the parish:  They do a marvellous work they can do. They have great faith and show it with good works of charity. I truly believe more people have the desire and zeal to help the Parish through the SVP:  Please ring John Gannon for details & Date of next Meeting on 661258.


If anyone goes to Hospital and is likely to be there for a few days …. Please tell Fr Jude and I will do my best to visit them in hospital


THE LEGION OF MARY  WOULD LIKE TO RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS. The organisation is open to any Catholic men and women. The Legion meet as a group once a week to pray together, to allocate work to be completed during the week and to report on work previously done. Our work consists in visiting the sick and housebound and those in retirement and nursing homes and in hospital. We always visit in pairs. We also like to support the parish priest in any ventures that may increase the spiritual life of a parish. It only takes 2 hours a week of your time; one hour for the meeting and another hour for the visiting or work allocated. Please contact  Margaret  601678   Peter Costello on 262952 /Stella  661503  or Joan on 886033.


This is the way that we will say the I confess together when the new translation comes


I confess to almighty God

And to you, my brothers and sisters,

That I have greatly sinned,

In my thoughts and in my words,

In what I have done

And in what I have failed to do,

Through my fault, through my fault

Through my most gervious fault.

Therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-virgin

All the angels and saints,

And you, my brothers and sisters

to pray for me to the Lord my God   BOLD ITALICALS ARE THE LITTLE CHANGES.