Newsletter - 04/12/2011


ADVENT Sunday: 2 Yr B

ST ALBAN’S  Tel: 59331  December 5th


Saturday Mass

6.30 pm


Sunday  Mass

9.15  &  11.15  

Sunday Morning    10.15 am



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


Alleluia, alleluia! Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight. And all mankind shall see the salvation of God. Alleluia!


ST ALBAN’S      




9.00 St Nicholas



9.00 St Ambrose



9.00  Immaculate Conception



9.00 St Jan Diego  (Seer of Guadalupe)



7.30 am Early Advent Mass  Requiem May Webster ay 12 noon 



12.15    Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament from 11 to 12 noon

9.30 & Rosary at 9.10



CONFESSIONS SATURDAY  11 TO 12.   &   5.45 to 6.15pm



          Here is today   -  John the Baptist -  we light the second Advent Candle for him today. The First Candle represents all the Old Testament Prophets who preached a message of repentance, dedication to God and gradually they began to speak about the ‘one who is to come’  -  the title ‘Messiah’ evolved. The Anointed one who we now believe is Jesus Christ the second person of the Blessed Trinity  -  God made man  -- born in Bethlehem.

          As they were related I have often wondered if they ever met before that amazing day at the River Jordan but you get the impression that they hadn’t, which always seemed strange to me. Anyway, we are called to think that if John the Baptist didn’t feel worthy to undo Jesus’ sandal – then it calls us to straighten out our lives – as we prepare for the feast of the Good Lord’s birth.


During Advent we will have our Early Friday Morning Mass at 7.30 am.

We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 11 to 12 noon on a Saturday morning.

          Advent reminds of the need for giving and the CAFOD Envelopes litter church. You can put money in them and any ‘Old Gold or Silver bits of redundant jewellery. People have given lots of small pieces and it has been turned into over  £ 462 So it has been a great source of income for Cafod  - many thanks.


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  singing . There will be readings from the Scripures etc.. for an eveing of prayer and Christmas music. All are cordially invited.


CHRISTMAS FAMILY CANADLES   I have noticed a steep rise in the price of Candles over the last few year sadly – so they are priced at £2 / £5 or £10  Please place some money and the names who wish us to remember at Christmas on the envelope: Thank you


SENIOR CITIZENS PARTY at Our Lady & St John’s High School:  Friday 16th Dec: 1.30pm Transport provided:  Please Sign up on one of the many Forms.


CAFOD FLOWERS / WREATHES  All available from the back of Church:  any special oders please contact Pat on 54789


FAMILY  MASS at Our Lady & St John’s this Wed: at 7pm all welcome  - Family school east nearby of the Immaculate Conception.


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.


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.


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 7pm 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


THE LEGION OF MARY  Have organised a Carol Singing around the Town Crib in Ainsworth St

                                             on Sat: 17th Dec: at 3pm


ENJOY TRAVEL are a running a Trip to Ireland this coming  Summer  from  the 3rd to the 9th July.


 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


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.







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