Newsletter - 20/11/2011



ST ALBAN’S  Tel: 59331  November 13th


Saturday Mass

6.30 pm


Sunday  Mass

9.15  &  11.15   

Sunday Morning    10.15 am



The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.


Alleluia, alleluia! Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming kingdom of our father David. Alleluia!


ST ALBAN’S      




9.00 Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary



10.00 Requiem Robert (Bob) Jenkinson       7.30 pm Mass with Fr Jan Klaver for the Mill Hill Mission Evening



9.00  St Clement     10.30 Funeral Service Kathleen Greenwood



9.00  St Andrew Dung-Lac



12.15  St Catherine of Alexandria




9.30 & Rosary at 9.10



CONFESSIONS SATURDAY  11 TO 12.   &   5.45 to 6.15pm


A P F Mission Evening St Alban’s Parish Hall this Tuesday 22nd November  We will start with a Mass at 7.30 pm followed by a Mission Film in the Club on the Missionary work in Papua New Guinea. There will be Tea & Biscuits  -  and the Bar will be open as well. The evening is to give a more real idea of how the money given via the Red Mission Boxes is used. Fr Jan Claver will lead the evening and it will help us to fulfil our ‘Call to be a Missionary’ ourselve


CAFOD CHRISTMAS GIFTS:    There are many Small Cafod Christmas Booklets at the doors of Church which allow you to ‘send a gift’ to a friend through Cafod. You can ‘send a PAIR OF PIGLETS’ for £25:  You can send a £10 Gift to ‘Teach some one to Read’;  £35 will give a person in the 3rd world a ‘set of Ducks’:  So Cafod gets the Christmas Money and your friend gets a Certificate from Cafod telling them of your love and kindness.


A Christmas Concert wilt take place at St James Church, just above the Good Shepherd Church, on Friday 16th Decmeber at 7.30pm. The Elizabethen Singers are leading the singing . There will be readings from the Scripures etc.. for an eveing of prayer and Christmas music. All are cordially invited.


The 50th Eucharistic Congress takes place in Dublin next year  - I think the last one was in Australia  - so it is bit nearer. Our Bishop hopes that people from each Deanery will join in and go for some part of the Congress. The full week is from June 10th to the 17th   - though he will be there for the last 3 days  14th  - the 17th June.  Further information can be obtained from  Or from Fr Patrick Deegan on 0161 226 1730 or ourladys’


NEW TARMAC DRIVEWAY:   Many thanks to J & R Moran for a fantastic job on the Church drive. They did the work at a price that reflected a long connection with St Alban’s and we should all be very grateful  -  I certainly am!!   Open to contributions from one and all as always. We have had Scaffolding up the cark park side of Church for the last week and the holes and gaps in the roof have been sorted out. So the leaking in up past the top Confessional box on the right hand side will now be fixed. This ‘old girl’ of a church will always take plenty of upkeep  -  but God is good and so are you. Many thanks.


NOVEMBER ‘DEAD LIST’  please write Family names down on the sheets provided at the Church doors & pop them in the collection baskets or simply place them in the Basket which is on the Altar.


KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA:   They are meeting here at St Alban’s each Friday evening at 7.30pm in the Sacristy: They love to say the Rosary together and invite all and anyone to come to join them in prayer.


ADVENT “WALK WITH ME”  Booklets now available at the Piety Stall with HCPT Christmas Cards Please remember Mike’s appeal for any spare or broken Jewellery  Silver or Gold which we can ;’weigh in’ for CAFOD. If you have any, please pop it in the Green Cafod Envelopes and we will let you know how much we get this way. The latest 3 small chains were turned into £47 !! Thanks.


If anyone would like to order a new Sunday Missal  - with all the new prayers in them  -  can you

please leave a name & Telephone number at the PIETY STALL and I will order them  - hopefully I will get a discount. They will be available sometime late in November.


QUIZ NIGHT  back in  business on Wednesday evening in the Social Centre:  begins at 9.30pm with Fr Jude asking the Questions: this is a fun quiz / friendly nature  - no big prizes  - only the prize of participation and a chance to win – the Honour of Winning. £1 a team


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.


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.


ENJOY TRAVEL are a running a Trip to Ireland this coming  Summer  from Tuesday 19th June to 25th June with a Church in Wigan and they need a few more folk to make it more viable. They do fantastic tips and we have had lots in the past  --   the coach tour is as follows:  Coach from Holyhead to Dublin. Transfer to Tralee for half board accommodation for 6 nights, Day 2  Free day to relax, Day 3 visit Cork city and Blarney woollen mills, Day 4 Visit to Fota wildlife park and Youghal seaside town. Day 5, Killarney and the ring of Kerry with an evening at the Laurels in Killarney for a sing song and a drink or two. Day 6 Tralee and the Geraldine experience, (Life in the olden days) and a visit to St Brendan’s cathedral in Ardfert. Day 7, Home visiting the Rock of Cashel en route to Dublin and ferry back to the UK and return home. Price over 30 pax £559 price over 40 pax £495:  for more details and booking Forms : please contact Enjoy Travel on 01254 504970



Earlier this week we had an e-mail from Fr. Greg updating us on the flood situation in Cambodia. Although the rain is easing now there are still floods in the provinces along the Mekong and Toni Sap Rivers. This is because of heavy rains in China overwhelming the river systems passing through Laos and Cambodia. The death rate is over 200. On Sunday morning Fr. Greg celebrated Mass in the floating church on Tonie Sap Lake, not far from our school at Siem Reap. He reported that the level of water was still unusually very high. Some people living in the area had been raising crocodiles. These escaped in the flood from their cages and into the lake. One child has been killed already and more victims are expected. Children are now avoiding using the lake to wash and bath in. The Cambodian Government has allocated $100 million dollars for relief and reconstruction, with a further $300,000 coming from China and $250,000 from Japan. Fr. Greg and Jesuit Services are trying to help those affected by the flood but who have not received government assistance. His main worry is that the rice crop has been destroyed and there will a serious emergency in the coming months because of lack of food. By now he will have moved on deeper into the countryside and will report to us again soon, possibly with some photographs. Following the success of our charity shop and all the many donations received recently we have assured Fr. Greg of our help as well as our prayers.





Father:  The Lord be with you.      Our New Response:  AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT


The New I Confess                           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 grievous 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  





Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God,
Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One,  you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,  in the glory of God the Father. Amen



I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.

God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen


Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Priest: The Lord be with you.
People: And with your spirit.
Priest: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the Lord.
Priest: Let us give thanks
to the Lord our God.
People: It is right and just

Priest: The mystery of faith.

A – We proclaim your death, O Lord,
and profess your Resurrection
until you come again.

PRAYER FOR PEACE after the Our FatherLord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles, Peace I leave you,  my peace I give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will.  Who live and reign for ever and ever.



All: Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof,
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.

The Lord be with you    Response:    AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT