Newsletter - 06/03/2011

9th Sunday of the Year                  Year A                6th March 2011                  Tel 59331

       St Alban’s                  Good Shepherd


Saturday Vigil Mass  6.30  only and at ST ALBAN’S

Sunday morning Mass   9.15  &  11.15                             Sunday Morning  10.15am


Psalm                   Be a rock of refuge for me, O Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia!   If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him,

                             And we shall come to him. Alleluia!  


ST ALBAN’S       WEEKDAYS                                                          GOOD SHEPHERD

Monday          9.00    Sts Perpetua & Felicity

Tuesday         9.00    St John of God                                                                  9.30              


Ash Wednesday   9.00, 12.10 & 7.30 pm                                                            9.30

Thursday       9.00                                                                                             9.30               

Friday           12.15   

Saturday     12.15                                                                        9.30   (Rosary at 9.10)

Confessions:  Saturday   11  - 12  & 5.45  - 6.15


Stations of the Cross:             Friday & Saturday at 11.55

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament            Saturday from 11 to 11.50


It has been a long time since Christmas and Easter couldn’t be later so as the days lengthen we begin our Season of Preparation, Self-Denial, Prayer and Charity.

Lent is good for the Soul, mind and the body. In the 40 days to come we have plenty of time to reflect on our God and his love for us made visible in the Lord Jesus. So easily ‘routines’ and ‘habits’ slide us away from love of God & neighbour. We need a period of TIME to chisel away bad habits and failings. Lenten Resolutions give us ‘good routines & habits’. It helps us to make the decision in our minds that ‘we are in charge’ of our lives. They demand… effort  … dedication .. a challenge to say that for the next 40 days (and with God’s help) we will grow in goodness and holiness. Lent is a fight & a battle .. the Lord’s 40 days in the Desert was the ultimate ‘desert warfare’ …. So don’t look for a easy Lent  …   if it doesn’t cost / or isn’t difficult / then it ‘aint Lent !!  Use the Day by Day Prayer booklets..your own Bible.. pray     fast    give 


Compostella / LourdesHoliday: Information Leaflets & Booking Forms are available at both exits from Church.   So, please if you really are interested and want to go, please do actually fill in a form and send it to Enjoy Travel. Rooms have to be reserved/booked and deposits paid out. --  The Dates we are going for are from Monday 20th June 2011 out off Manchester to Lourdes for 2 days.Off to Oviedo on the Wednesday. The next couple of days at Santiago and back on Sunday 26th June back to Liverpool. Cost is £439 & around £200 for the Flights. NEW BOOKING FORMS are at each end of Church. Please do spread the word as we hope it will be a wonderful holiday; but we do need a ‘Coach load’. Thank you… Fr Jude really really wants to go.


MILL HILL BOOKLETS at the back of Church for those with the Red Boxes.


I BELIEVE CHARITY SALE at Good Shepherd Hall

This will take place on Friday 18th March from 11 to 4pm and Saturday 19th from 10 to 4pm.

Please note we have more than enough items for sale  !!!!!! We just need helpers etc.. to come and ‘man / woman’ the stalls…. See the lists at the back of Church: on the Friday there will be a ‘Lenten Lunch’ on offer in the Hall after the Sunday 20th 10.15 Mass at Good Shepherd.


I BELIEVE,(March 2011).

There will be a charity sale taking place in the Good Shepherd Hall on Friday 18th March between 11.00am and 4.00pm and Saturday 19th March from 10.00am until 4.00pm. Please note that we already have lots to sell and do not need any more stock..... but we do need helpers etc to come and run the stalls. If you can help please sign up on the lists at the back of both churches as soon as possible.

There will also be a ‘Lenten Lunch’ in the Good Shepherd Hall after the 10.15am Mass on Sunday  20th March.  This will be repeated at St. Alban’s Parish Club on Sunday  27th March after the 11.15am Mass. This will consist of soup and a roll, and all profits will go to our next project in Cambodia



On the Weekend of March 12th / 13th we will hear about the work of Cafod in the Parish at Masses. Lent will have begun the previous Wednesday (Ash) 9th March. Last year this Parish gave over £14,400 to Cafod… Fourteen Thousand Four Hundred Pounds….   Never doubt the generosity to St Alban’s people  … tell that to one and all if anyone starts to criticise the R.C.’s  !!!

We will have our Friday early Mass at 7.30am in Lent: Any Stations of the Cross at just before 12 noon on Fridays & Saturdays… (Funerals Permitting) in Lent and Exposition on Saturdays from 11.00 am.


St. Alban’s collection plate is very happy with Euro’s of any size or shape !!  many thanks           

Please do remember it is 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 remember that you can hire the Centre for your Party  Pop in after Mass and have a drink

and a natter.   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