Newsletter - 11/03/2012



ST ALBAN’S  Tel: 59331  MARCH 11th 2012


Saturday Mass

6.30 pm    


Sunday Mass

9.15  &  11.15  

Sunday Mass  10.15 am



You, Lord have the message of eternal life.


Prasie to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory! I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord; whoever believes in me will never die. Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!


ST ALBAN’S      
















Early Mass at 7.30am  and  also at  12.15  (No Lunch this week)



St Patrick     12.15

9.30 & Rosary at 9.10



CONFESSIONS SATURDAY  11 TO 12.   &   5.45 to 6.15pm STATIONS OF THE CROSS:  Friday & Saturday at 11.55  


We will hear from our Cardinal today when he speaks to us about our Christian understanding of marriage. The Coalition Government is seeking to ‘legally redefine marriage’ which would include same sex partners. In my Collins dictionary, marriage is defined as the ‘state of relationship between a husband and wife’.  We would add that marriage, where possible involves fidelity and children and a life long commitment. This reflects God’s love for us and Jesus’ total love for us. In this we see marriage as a Sacrament  -  a channel of God’s grace and presence coming to a couple and working in thdm in their lives and family. When it comes to ‘relationships’, I use the analogy I used at mass last Sunday  -  different types of relationships can be like ‘2 red things’  --  a tomato is red and an apple is red…. Therefore a tomato is an apple - ??!!  There many types of ‘relationships’ in this world – but it doesn’t make them the same or equal and it is not right to call all relationships ‘Marriage’.

The information about the e-petition follows -  I have done it so it must be easy!! and it was! Please take 2 minutes to add your name and support.



In light of recent Government proposals, the Bishops of England and Wales are urging people to sign the petition arranged by “Coalition for Marriage”, a body that supports the traditional institution of marriage. If you or your parishioners would like to sign it, the website where to do so is There is also a link on the diocesan website.


PARISH WEBSITE  New and Updated is on


RED MILL HILL MISSION BOXES  please can people bring them in an take your Magazine and a fresh box: thanks


ANNUAL HCPT RACE NIGHT   To help the 10 Children we are taking to Lourdes this Easter. This will take place tonight  St Patrick’s night  - Saturday 17th March. Starting after the 6.30 mass, the first race will begin at around 7.30pm in the Parish Centre next door. Entrance is Free :   but you can Sponsor a Horse which you ‘give a name’  -  it will be entered into a race during the evening and if it wins you will receive a nice bottle of wine / or chocs. We have our own bookmakers so that you can have a bet on the horses. It is a great fun filled family evening. How do we get 8 Horses running in a race in our centre all at once???  Well come and see and enjoy! Horse Sponsor Forms are near the church doors. £5 for a Horse. Many Thanks.



* For all their help like to thank Jenny and Myra , the wonderful staff at our primary school , Joanne at S.A.M.S .for materials for the finger puppets . Janice Rachel & Simon at Stonehill Nurseries for donating the seeds, and the Range for the white boards and other local businesses for the discounts..

* A selection of handicraft made by the disabled in Cambodia  samples are at the back of church and  are available to order. please put your name on the list
The Krama scarves are availble now  but in short supply - we can get more sent over if you like them.  
* Anyone interested in a trip to Cambodia next year Bob now has the contacts and would be able to organise if there was a enough interest. please contact Bob on the number below
*Bob has been asked if he could mention a wonderful job opportunity which has arisen for a Farm Manager at the Farm of Jesus in Siem Reap Cambodia This is a 2 year + posting for a strong hardy soul keen to help the poor people by running the farm and teaching the community how to nurture plants. No big salary but a life changing opportunity. A bursary would be available for a suitable applicant  more info ;  contact Bob Tel; 01200445030 or


Cambodia craft items : This  week the Good Shepherd will be having a look at the Krama scarves
and placing orders for the wooden craft items -- they will be back here at St Albans next week.




‘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 are available from both churches  NOW. 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.


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


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


We still have our Fun Quiz Night on Wednesday evening in the Parish Centre  - it starts after the Gateway Club at 9.30pm. Lots of topical questions and a friendly ‘chatty’ quiz’. But still very competitive! You don’t have to be a member or anything  -  or feel obliged to come every Wednesday  - if you can , just pop along and enjoy the banter and testing the grey mater. The cost is minimal  - the beer is good  - shame about the quizmaster – who is still Father Jude.


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.  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