Newsletter - 08/01/2012



ST ALBAN’S  Tel: 59331 January 8th 2012


Saturday Mass

6.30 pm


Sunday  Mass

9.15  &  11.15  

Sunday Mass  10.15 am



All nations shall fall prostrate before you, O Lord.


Alleluia, alleluia! We saw his star as it rose and have come to do the Lord homage. Alleluia!


ST ALBAN’S      




9.00 The Baptism of the Lord









12.00 Requiem Mass for Benito Booth



12.15  St Hilary 




9.30 & Rosary at 9.10



CONFESSIONS SATURDAY  11 TO 12.   &   5.45 to 6.15pm


This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. The holydays which were in honour of Our Lord have been moved to the nearest Sunday  -  this happened a few years ago, hence the reason we celebrate this feast today. The feast is a great mixture of mystery, wonder and intrigue. Who were they? Kings? Astrologers? Men of learning? Whatever the truth really is our feast speaks to us that the birth of the Lord Jesus was for all of mankind from every part of the world. Most people know their ‘star sign’ but I don’t really believe that many truly think that the position of Saturn in a certain place will help them find the winner of the 2.15 at Ascot!

For us though, we do believe that the Lord came to earth for each one of us. He is the ‘star’ that shines before us and leads us to heaven. He has given us all many ‘gifts’; sometimes we call them ‘talents’ and he asks us to use them as gifts and blessings for others.

Today we are to recognise that we are blessed and gifted. We too come to the manger and offer our worship and lives to Jesus. We do not offer gold, frankincense or myrrh  - we present ourselves to Jesus with all our joys and sorrows. We seek his ways and his love to guide us in his footsteps and ‘to lead us heaven and live with you there’ as a popular carol tells us.


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 AND THEY HAVE NEARLY ALL BEEN SOLD  - THANKS TO ONE AND ALL WHO HAVE PURCHESED THEM  -  I have also ordered some with a Hardback – these ones haven’t yet arrived: The Missals can be bought at the Piety Stall at the back of Church. Hardback ones at £10 will be here later this month.


PARISH WEBSITE  New and Updated is on


Please keep in your prayers, Benito Booth, Vincent Wilson and Alex Smith who have died recently. Remember their wives and families. Benito had just recently started helping with the collection at the 11.15 mass and was so pleased to have been asked. He died very suddenly on Thursday. Alex and his wife moved to Lancaster 20 years ago but, along with the other deceased were married here at St Alban’s. The funerals for Vincent and Alex will be a week on Monday. May they all rest in peace. Amen.


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 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 meet 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.


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.


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

























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