Newsletter - 25/12/2011


ADVENT Sunday: 4 Yr B

ST ALBAN’S  Tel: 59331  December 25th


Saturday Mass

Next Saturday Christmas Eve Mass at midnight


Sunday  Mass

9.15  &  11.15  

Sunday Mass  10.15 am



I will sing forever of your love O Lord.


Alleluia, alleluia!I am the handmaid of the Lord; let what you have said be done to me. Alleluia!


ST ALBAN’S      










10.00    and Wedding Service Sharon Walker & Nathan Peel at 12










9.30 & Rosary at 9.10



CONFESSIONS SATURDAY  11 TO 12.   &   5.45 to 6.15pm




Great joy and happiness to everyone this Christmas Time.


We wish you all the Health, Holiness and Happiness of this Season.

We contemplate the fact that our God has become man out of love for us all.

No one is excluded form his Love.

Let us live out his ways and his hope for us.

Let our faith grow and blossom both now and into the new year.


God bless and a wonderful happy and blessed Christmas form Fr Jude, Fr Joe and Fr Fred.


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


Today there are double sided sheets with all the carols and Hymns for Christmas


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’


New Sunday Missal  - Ones with the imitation leather back have arrived  -  I have also ordered some with a Hardback – these ones haven’t yet arrived: The ones we have are priced at £8 and can be bought at the Piety Stall at the back of Church. Hardback ones at £10 will be here in Jan.


Callum has now finished his first term at the Seminary in Vallodalid and will be staying with us till Christmas. He says he is doing well and really happy that he has started on the real road to priesthood.


PARISH WEBSITE  New and Updated is on


I BELIEVE:  Cambodian Charity:  Bob Turner is actually going to Cambodia in January and taking lots of small writing packs for the children in the school we have built  - ‘The New Bonneys’. Our children at St Alban’s have made the packs up for the Cambodian children: if you would like to ‘Sponsor a Pack’ for just £5  -  please pop your donation in the bucket at the back of Church next to a PACK which will be going to Cambodia.


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.


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.


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.


Many thanks to those people who have given money towards the flowers in Church at Christmas  -  every bit helps  - there is a donation box via the ‘Church Flower’ slot in the bottom door leading to the sacristy.


Our grateful thanks to the young people of Our Lady & St John’s and the pupils at Blessed Trinity in Burnley (where Fr Joe works) who have donated the groceries in the Carrier Bags for our senior citizens. Do take one and if you know a senior citizen neighbour, then please take one to them as well with the children’s love.


During the week after Christmas we will go for a 12 noon mass each day except Wednesday 28th as there is a wedding here at that time.


Thank you for the donations for Christmas Candles and Masses  The masses are especially a great help to Fr Fred.


Last but not least: from all 3 of us, Fred, Joe and Jude  - we wish you and all your families the happiest and holiest Christmas possible and a safe& healthy New Year.

















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