Newsletter - 27/03/2011

3rd Sunday  Lent

Year A  

27th March 2011

Tel 59331




Saturday Vigil Mass

6.30  only at ST ALBAN’S


Sunday morning Mass

9.15  &  11.15  

Sunday Morning  10.15am



O that today you would listen to my voice: Harden not your hearts.


Glory to you, O Christ, You are the Word of God! Lord, you are really the saviour of the world: give me the living water, so that I may never get thirsty. Glory to you O Christ, you are the Word of God


ST ALBAN’S      
















7.30 am Early Mass   and   12.15



12.15  (Ashes Mass for Mick Shaw) 

9.30   (Rosary at 9.10)


Confessions:  Saturday   11  - 12  &   5.45  - 6.15


Stations of the Cross:  Friday & Saturday at 11.55  Exposition of the Lord Saturday from 11 to 11.50


The Story of the Thirty woman at the well is one of the all time classic meetings in the Gospel. Jewish men would never normally speak, off the cuff, to any woman, let alone a foreign one as in this tale. It jumps from one misunderstanding to another, almost comical. Slowly, and with the patience only the Lord has, he brings her to realise that her inner thirst is to be at peace with her God and also her family. Her love life has been a shambles and probably contains a litany of hurt and anger. I suspect she thinks she has burnt her boats with God because of it all. 

          In the end she becomes one of the few people in the Gospel to truly recognise Jesus as the Messiah. Not only that she then goes and brings the entire village to him….  She was, in the end, a true Disciple; God’s messenger. The story also reminds us that no one is ever “beyond redemption” and that Jesus himself really does quench any thirst.


Fr Kevin O’Neil, known and loved by so many through his days at St Mary’s College has died this week. He has been suffering with his memory for ever such a long time. For a man of such wit and wisdom and turn of phrase it was a tragedy to witness his decline. Countless people will have many treasured memories of time with him and his passion for Catholic Education. He started his teaching career at the College in 1964 and became the Deputy Principal in 1969. He went to become the Principal from 1978 to his retirement in 1993. He was acting Provincial of the Marist Order for a time. Many of his 6th formers have enjoyed his company on trecks all over Europe & Greece; tent, sleeping bag a few bob and away they went!

His influence on so many at a formative age is immeasurable and his memory will be fondly kept in many a heart. Please pray for him. His Funeral is to take place St Andrew’s Church / Fabian Rd / Teesville / MiddlesboroughTS6 9BA  at this minut – not sure exactly, but probably next Friday at around midday. Watch this space  --


Compostella / Lourdes Holiday: Information Leaflets & Booking Forms are available at both exits from Church.   So, please if you really are interested and want to go, please do actually fill in a form and send it to Enjoy Travel. Rooms have to be reserved/booked and deposits paid out. --  The Dates we are going for are from Monday 20th June 2011 out off Manchester to Lourdes for 2 days. Off to Oviedo on the Wednesday. The next couple of days at Santiago and back on Sunday 26th June back to Liverpool. Cost is £439 & around £200 for the Flights. NEW BOOKING FORMS are at each end of Church. Please do spread the word as we hope it will be a wonderful holiday; but we do need a ‘Coach load’. Thank you… Fr Jude really really wants to go.


MILL HILL BOOKLETS at the back of Church for those with the Red Boxes.


I BELIEVE CHARITY SALE at Good Shepherd Hall: It made over  £400  Congratulations all round


PARISH WEBSITE  New and Updated is on

Huge thanks to Chris Birch who has created it for us… go and visit it…


On the Weekend of March 12th / 13th we will hear about the work of Cafod in the Parish at Masses. Lent will have begun the previous Wednesday (Ash) 9th March. Last year this Parish gave over £14,400 to Cafod… Fourteen Thousand Four Hundred Pounds….   Never doubt the generosity to St Alban’s people  … tell that to one and all if anyone starts to criticise the R.C.’s  !!!


We will have our Friday early Mass at 7.30am in Lent: And Stations of the Cross at just before 12 on Fridays & Saturdays…       Funerals Permitting) in Lent and Exposition on Saturdays from 11.00 am.


St. Alban’s collection plate is very happy with Euro’s of any size or shape !!  many thanks    


Please do remember it is 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 remember that you can hire the Centre for your Party  Pop in after Mass and have a drink and a natter.   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 6 pm 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 on 661258.


If anyone goes to Hospital and is likely to be there for a few days …. Please tell Fr Jude and I will do my best to visit them in hospital


Calling Knitters of the Parish:  Barbara Etherington has made contact with a lady who needs blankets for children in Romania. So are there any Knitters out there who would like to help. Clearly the ‘knitters’ will need wool. So maybe there are people out there with sheep who could supply wool ?  Perhaps if you just have spare wool that I am sure would do nicely, as the blankets are those multi coloured square patches ones. If you can help with either WOOL or KNNITTING SKILLS then please ring Barbara on 01254 246217: Many thanks