Newsletter - 19/02/2012


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ST ALBAN’S  Tel: 59331 February 19th 2012


Saturday Mass

6.30 pm    


Sunday Mass

9.15  &  11.15  

Sunday Mass  10.15 am



Heal my soul for I have sinned against you.


Alleluia, alleluia! The Lord has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives. Alleluia!.


ST ALBAN’S      







9.00  (Shrove Tuesday)  St Peter Damian    






MASS at 9.30  --  12.10  --  7.30pm  All with distribution of Ashes



9.00  and Requiem Mabel Begley at 1.30 pm



Early Mass at 7.30am  and  also at  12.15  (Hunger Lunch after mass



12.15 Ashes Mass for Eileen Birtwistle 

9.30 & Rosary at 9.10



CONFESSIONS SATURDAY  11 TO 12.   &   5.45 to 6.15pm


The Season of Lent begins this Wednesday. It is a Day of Fasting and Abstinence which helps us to begin lent in charge of our body and telling it that ‘it will be a bit hungry today’. No meat or some alternative for those who don’t eat that – and just one main meal in the day. Lent combines the three disciplines of Fasting, Prayer and Charity Giving If all 3 of these come easy to you I don’t know what kind of saint you must be! But for 40 days we will give it our best.

PRAYER:  There are the Walk we me Booklets at the Piety stall 50p and that’s half price!!   But they are good and have prayers for every day: we have our Early Friday Mass at 7.30am

FASTING: On the Friday’s of Lent we will have ‘Soup & Rolls’ in the Sacristy after the 12.15 mass. I will put the heater on !!  We can have a chinwag and some little talks about Lent / Cafod, prayer etc… nothing to heavy but we will see how it goes and our donations we will give to Cafod.

GIVING: People are always encouraged to give in Lent and our Government has joined in! They have announced that they will give £1 for £1 to any Charity that gives to foreign aid. The charity has to produce a vast amount – but Cafod will qualify. So -  every penny we can collect for Cafod this Lent will be doubled by the government £1 4  £1  !!   So please take the Green Envelopes home or even a specially prepared Cafod Box which are at the church doors. HAPPY LENT


Please keep in your prayer Mabel Begley whose funeral is this week and Harry Burke, also in his late 80’s who moved to South Africa a good few years ago, he has died and the family are bringing him home for a funeral at St Alban’s.


RESCUE SOCIETY COLLECTION  The Diocese now call this the Charity “CARITAS” ANAD IT INCLUDES the work of the children’s services along with many other caring activities. There are Donation Envelopes on the Church benches for your contributions. Many thanks, PLEASE POP THEM IN THE COLLECTING BASKETS  thanks.


HCPT Charity Gala Dinner  This will be held at the 6th Form College of Our Lady & St John’s on North Road on Friday 2nd March at 7pm. There are limited number of tickets.

MENU: Honeydew melon & raspberry sauce or Chicken liver parfait  --  French onion soup with Gruyere toast  --  Pan fried chicken chasseur or Fresh Scottish salmon & roasties & Veg  -  Rich Choc torte or cheese & biscuits  -  coffee & mints. £20 per person :  Musical entertainment and a Magician thrown in!!  Drink available…  all proceeds to help with the trip and especially for 2 of our 6th formers who are helping in Lourdes with the children this Easter. Fr Jude has tickets & also available via the 6th Form on 260145


The family of Matt, especially Diana and Paul & his 2 bothers wish me to give everyone all their thanks for your love, mass cards and thoughts. As well as the Funeral mass of celebration for his life – your presence and care has meant so much to them all. God bless from the family.


PARISH WEBSITE  New and Updated is on



‘I Believe, Action Cambodia Today‘ is organising a Michael Buble tribute evening on Saturday, April 14th in St.Alban’s Social Club, from  7.30pm to 11.30pm.  Entertainment will be provided by a Michael Buble sound- alike singer. Tickets are £10 each and will be available from both churches  from next weekend. The cost of the tickets will cover entry into the club, entertainment, potato pie supper and a lucky ticket draw. There will also be a raffle. All profits will help to finance our projects in Cambodia. Should be a good night.


MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER  Marriage Encounter have been around for many a year  - I went on one of their weekends nearly 40 years ago  -  I hasten to add as a priest !!  and a happy as well !   They do wonderful work for married couples and engaged couples.

          They are also having a Weekend for couple with a healthy marriage who would like to deepen their married life by working on their communication: this will be held in Warrington on 20-22nd April this year. They have my fullest support and recommendation.

          More information:  0118 981 1105 and


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




The Salford Diocesan pilgrimage is from Wednesday 13th June – Sunday 17th June 2012.

The Congress registration fee is £70.00 and can only be paid on a credit card or banker’s draft

  The accommodation and travel costs per person will be £374.00.* This price includes insurance, travel by coach from Salford to Holyhead, ferry to Dublin, four nights bed, breakfast and dinner in a 3-star Dublin hotel, and travel to and from the Congress. These prices are based on twin bedded rooms. A non-returnable deposit of £100.00 is required at the time of booking.

The outstanding balance has to be paid before the 30th March 2012.




Our Bishop, Terence Brain will be going on our Coach: so if you would like to go to this Congress, an event which rarely gets so close to us, please contact Gerry or Susan Flynn, either at the 11.15 Mass, or on their Website or on Blackburn 504970


New Sunday Missal  - ONLY 4 LEFT  - THERE IS A LIST AT THE PIETY STALL for anyone who would like one should these go and I will order some more.


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


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.


Just a quick ‘Thank You’ to the KNITTERS of St Alban’s and those who keep sending in the wool. All is going great guns – they have a weekly ‘get together’  -  I guess the needles and teeth chatter away with grand fun  -  bless all of you involved in any way. It is keeping the poor of the world warm in their winters






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.

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























































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