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St Albans: Wed & Fri 12 noon,  Saturday Vigil  6.30pm ,   Sunday  9am and 11.15am 

Good Shepherd: Thurs 12 noon, Sunday 10.15am

Holy Souls: Sat 12 noon, Sunday 10am

Confessions on request.

 

St Albans is open for private prayer Wed & Friday from 11am until after 12 noon mass.

76  ST ALBAN’S PARISH FAMILY NEWSLETTER  SUNDAY 25th  17th SUNDAY   YEAR B

Masses this week: Monday & Tuesday No Mass:  Requiem for Canon Francis Deeney at 1pm Sts Peter & Paul Ribchester on Tuesday 27th.  Wednesday 28th Mass at 12 noon at St Alban’s            Thursday 29th 10am at Good Shepherd & 12 noon St Alban’s     Friday 30th    mass at 12 noon at St Alban’s        Saturday 31st Mass at St Alban’s at 11-30                     Mass at Holy Souls  12noon on Saturday 31st

Wedding Service at St Alban’s Saturday 31st at 1pm:    Christopher Hall & Stephanie Soloniewicz

Weekend Masses:      Saturday Vigil Mass at 6 – 30pm St Alban’s        Sunday 1st August (White Rabbits  White Rabbits  White Rabbits)   9am  &  11-15am  at  St Alban’s                   10am Holy Souls                         Good Shepherd  10-15am

Last week I popped in the below into the newsletter and having had discussions with many people and our Local Parish Priests there is a strong feeling that we do not make any hasty changes in Church at the present. There are still ‘Local Covid Issues’ and a worry that infection rates are rising as the country ‘unlocks’ from previous restrictions.

In the meantime at least we can all enjoy the lovely sunshine… though I am sadly hearing the odd grumble that it is too hot and sticky… and sleeping isn’t easy … too warm.. What it really shows is the obvious… it is pretty difficult to please ‘all the people..all the time’ !!!

LATEST COVID REGULATIONS FOR WORSHIP: We have received these and I have had discussions with our own Health & Safety teams in our 3 churches along with conversations with my neighbouring Parish Priests. The result of the conversations have taken on board the ‘our local conditions’ …plus the scary predictions about the ‘possible rise in infections’ with the unlocking.. plus genuine fears that many people will have. In particular, those good people who are considering returning to Sunday Mass more frequently… who, in fairness will be totally put off if went straight back to ‘an all singing all dancing’ liturgy in Church as it was pre=pandemic. So, the entire ‘local agreement’ is that we continue, for the time being, more or less as we were. Face Coverings are optional but recommended…. We will wait awhile before we introduce communal singing… Please remain seated during mass & receive Holy Communion as we have been doing. I will be able to leave St Alban’s Side door open from next Wednesday during the day for people to come along for private prayer & lighting Candles. Numbers at Weddings / Funerals / Baptism have been increased to a proportionate size based on church capacity.. which is grand .. especially at St Alban’s. I hope we all want to welcome people back into Church, to ease any fears people have and to draw us all ever closer to Almighty God and each other. God Bless

We have the lovely Gospel story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 today. It tells me that we can easily fear that we might not have ‘enough of things’. But a trust in God and a willingness to share will mean that there will always be enough for all and lots left over.. the ‘key’ is ‘to share what we have’.

 

The new meeting for “Action 4 Cambodia” will be held at:-

7.00pm on Thursday, 29th July, in the sacristy down at St Alban's.