Newsletter - 11/12/2011


ADVENT Sunday: 3 Yr B

ST ALBAN’S  Tel: 59331  December 11th


Saturday Mass

6.30 pm


Sunday  Mass

9.15  &  11.15  

Sunday Morning    10.15 am



My soul rejoices in my God.


Alleluia, alleluia! The spirit of the Lord has been given to me. He sent me to bring the good news to the poor. Alleluia!


ST ALBAN’S       




9.00 Our Lady of Guadalupe



9.00 St Lucy



9.00  and 10.30 Service of the Angels for baby Stephen Barton






7.30 am Mass         Requiem  Emma Greaves at 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



          Today is called “Gaudete Sunday” – which is the Latin for ‘rejoicing’.   The middle Sunday in Advent has readings that look forward to the joy of God’s kingdom and to those who live in his ways. They will bring joy to others by the goodness, love and generosity in their lives. Isaiah speaks about ‘someone’ who will ‘bring good news’, who will ‘free people’ from things that ‘enslave us’. One who will ‘bind up broken hearts’ and we pray for the families of baby Stephen Barton and Emma Greaves whose funerals we care for this week;  our baby for only 24 minutes and Emma for 27 years; both sudden and devastating to those who knew and loved them. John the Baptist points the way to the Lord today, to the one who is ‘the Light’. Winter is here, colder and darker than ever – so even much more important to us is to have Jesus as our ‘inner light’ to guide us through any dark days and nights. So, as St Paul says – ‘pray constantly’ and strive for holiness so that we too may be able to witness to God’s love in the world by the way we heal hearts, care for the troubled and bring joy to those we meet.


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 are in Church for us.


CAROL SERVICE AT OUR LADY & ST JOHN’S  this Thursday at 7pm all welcome.


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 at the back of Church.


CHRISTMAS POSTERS / CAR STICKERS / CHRISTMAS CARD STICKERS  all from the Knights of St Columba are been given away near to the exits.


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


RED BOX   MISSION BOXES  please bring them into the Sacristy and get a replacement: plus a calendar—many thanks to one and all for this – it does so much for the missions.

Today there are double sided sheets with times of Carols Services  -  Christmas Mass times / Christmas Tree Decorating date ( Sunday 18th Dec: after 11.15 mass)


CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATING   we will do this after the 11.15 mass on Sunday 18th December as they say ‘Many hands will make the fairy lights work’  ……   dreadful pun …..all welcome


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


The 50th Eucharistic Congress takes place in Dublin next year  -. A TRIP IS NOW UP AND RUNNING:  13th  - the 17th June  £362 Transport & Dinner B & B in Dublin. See Posters for details:  via ENJOY TRAVEL  or  Fr Patrick Deegan on 0161 226 1730 or ourladys’


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 BUT in 2 weeks time there will be A Family CHRISTMAS QUIZ  AT  7.30 on Wednesday 21st December Whole quiz on Christmas  - on Kings and Carols—on reindeers and Christmas songs – n fact on every weird & wonderful I can find out about Christmas  - Mince Pies and all  - make a date in your diary


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


THE LEGION are on the look out for 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.


Family Mass on Sunday 18th   before the Tree Decorating  -  I have heard that in some churches the children dress up for Christmas mass  - great idea  - especially if it is Nativity type clothes…. Suppose I could cope with the odd Santa !! they will be around our tree!  But on the Sunday 18th  at the 11.15 mass they could dress up as well.. kings and shepherds and angels or whatever  -  Father Joe and Fr Fred  -  the challenge is on!!








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