FROM FATHER JUDE
We find ourselves living through very difficult times, where peoples health and jobs are at stake and people are not able to attend mass. Please, if you can, consider church funding during these difficult times. If you wish to setup a direct debit/standing order, or even make a direct transfer into the church bank account, here are the account details.
Account Name: srcdtr st alban blackburn
Sort Code: 20 55 34
Account No: 90783218
Barclays Bank PLC
Mosley Street Branch
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Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above all things and I desire Thee in my soul. Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though Thou were already there, I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly to Thee; permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee. Amen.
With the decision to suspend all public acts of worship from Friday, our churches in the parish faces the challenge of keeping in contact as a faith community.
Although there will be no services, church will be open daily as normal for private prayers.
Especially as more people are being asked to ‘self-isolate’ or feel that they are heading in that direction, as a church
family, we want to try to hold parishioners together.
Our idea is to create a sort of ‘What’s App’ online by e-mail. To join up simply send an e-mail to Fr Jude at
we will put them all together and create an e-mail group.
Fr Jude can send out any parish news; up to date information on where we are with church matters; Sunday
Readings; Possible a mini sermon.. (marks out of 10!!) ; Lenten Prayer ideas etc..
Parishioners can them reply – either to Fr Jude or ‘reply all’ or to whoever you wish.
We can ask for prayers for special people; share any thoughts, ideas & activities that will be positive & helpful.
People may well have to be ‘isolated’ BUT no one must feel ALONE. We must believe that the Good Lord Jesus is with
us in this time of our earthly Passion.
Please talk to other parishioners or friends who you think would like to join this ‘Prayer / Parish Family and ask them
to send their e-mail to Fr Jude and join in.
In brief: The bishops on Wednesday instructed us to end public masses on Friday 20th - pity they didn’t leave it to
the Sunday – so there will be no public masses for the time being. Priests will say mass on their own (behind closed
doors): we will try to keep church doors open for people to come and pray & light candles; Baptisms must be put on
hold. One of the more distressing things is that from now on a Funeral Service can only take place at the
Crematorium or at the Graveside. We will have a Memorial Requiem/Service in Church when it is safe and
The latest I have received from the bishop is that no one can take Holy Communion to the sick or housebound.
Instead a regular phone call and a reminder that when we do this sat a prayer with them so that they know they are making a Spiritual Communion
We are working to create a web Cam in St Alban’s to be able to beam out Sunday Mass over the internet.. I think we
are a few weeks off this – but in hand.
For how long? A piece of string comes to mind - let’s keep the medical & scientific people in our prayers for their
work and care along with the people who are making the ‘big decisions’ about our future & about what we can and
can’t do – that they will support the everyone in our land.
Your priests will be offering mass as often as we can – if at any time you want a special mass to be offered for any
intention or someone who has died or for any reason – then please pop the intention & donation through the letter
box at St Alban’s presbytery. Feel free to pop any weekly envelopes there as well! Jude never misses a trick!!
If you are a bit more ‘on your own’ at the moment.. is it not akin to ‘the Lenten Desert’ the Lord was on; so you are
not ‘on your own’ – but we do now all have much more time to pray & read our Gospel and know that Jesus is right
beside us... not 2 yards away or keeping his distance. As we often say at Mass - ‘Let us Pray’.
Heavenly Father, in these worrying times, help us to be selfless and caring to others and patient with our family
members and generous with our time. Help us to fight the Virus in all personal ways and we pray that all medical staff
be protected from harm. If we find ourselves on our own, remind us that you are at our side always so that we will
never feel ALONE. We make all our prayers through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.