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Ss Alban and Stephen Parish Mission 2015


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Beaconsfield Road,
St Albans, Herts, AL1 3RB

Phone: 01727 853585

Parish Priest Fr TJ (Tom) Plower
Secretary  Ivana Mearns


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  6.00 pm

Saturday Evening

  8.00 am
Quiet Mass
  9.00 am
at Marshalswick Mass Centre (2 miles away)
  9.30 am
Family Mass
11.30 am A more "high" Mass
  4.00 pm Polish Mass (not every Sunday - refer to bulletin)
  7.00 pm
Folk Mass

10.00 am
Every day
12 noon
at St Albans Abbey (Fridays only)
  7.00 pm
Every day
Italian & Polish Masses

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Masses not in the church

Every Sunday, there is Mass at 9.00am at Marshalswick Mass Centre (at St John Fisher School)

On Fridays at 12 noon, there is Catholic Mass at St Albans Cathedral

Christmas, Easter, etc.

At times such as Advent, Christmas, Easter, Lent etc., times of Masses will vary click for more
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Ss Alban and Stephen Advent 2016
Advent 2017
The monastic tradition preserves early morning prayers and vigils, so that, at least symbolically, the monk awaits the coming of Christ at an hour that might not be expected.  This is the work of a good watchman, a figure we often find mentioned in the scriptures and particularly in the prophetic texts. The watchman is called to see what might be overlooked by others – by night and by day.  He will see the early dawn, or maybe the rising dust from an approaching messenger, or even the glimmering shield of an enemy host.

In the gospel on the First Sunday of Advent, the master is absent from the house; his return will be the moment for all things to be restored and renewed. The first sign of harmony will come when the watchman greets his master’s return.  The attentive watchfulness of the watchman who joyfully anticipates the restoration of harmony with the coming of his master is an image of hope. This is not bland optimism, nor wishful speculation, but rather a focused and attentive expectation.

The Christian community, in these dark days of winter, is called in like manner to the watchman’s post, attentively, and hopefully, awaiting the homecoming Lord who will make all things visible.

Christmas 2017

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Olive Wood Carves from Bethlehem
The Good Shepherd Company from the Holy land, (based in Nottingham) will be selling Olive Wood Carves (rosaries, crosses, cribs and religious statues) after Masses at the back of the Church on Sunday, 10th December. Their goal is to support and help the Christian families in the holy land.

You Can Be Santa
Many thanks to all the benefactors who drew tickets last weekend, a tremendous response means that Santa will be able to provide gifts for over 150 this Christmas. A member of the Santa team will be in the Parish Centre and at Marshalswick after each Mass next weekend (9/10 December) to receive your gifts. Please remember to label each present with the unique identity number of the child to ensure that Santa delivers to the correct address. Placing presents together in one bag will help. If you have any questions, please contact the Santa team by e-mail ( Your generosity and support continues to spread the joy and true message of Christmas!

Carols by Candlelight
Friday, 22nd December, 7.30pm, in the Church.
We're looking for singers, musicians, readers, mulled wine pourers and glow-stick givers for our biggest parish event! If you can be involved, text or call Jacquie on 07840 367555

Advent Talks

Starting at 7.45pm in the parish hall.
Everyone is warmly invited to prepare for Christmas by looking at different aspects of the Christmas story
relevant to today.

Wednesday 6th December
The Flight into Egypt – Refugees
Presented by Meghan Knowles, Communications & Development Officer at the Jesuit Refugee Service, London

Wednesday 13th December
Jesus, born to redeem us – the Joy of Christmas! Presented by Mgr John Armitage, rector of the RC National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

Parish Market Stall
Volunteers needed for the market stall next Saturday, 9th December, to hand out the Parish Christmas card.  If you can spare some time (half-hour slots) please call Eric Harber (838598

Christmas Day Lunch
Anyone on their own on Christmas Day is welcome to join us for lunch in the Parish Hall after 11.30am Mass. Please put your name and contact details on a sheet of paper stating any food allergies and if you will require a lift either to 11.30am Mass or to the Hall at 12.30pm. Write "Christmas Day Lunch" on the envelope and post it through the presbytery door.  If anyone is able to provide lifts on Christmas Day please contact Helen by email or phone  07860 830340.

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