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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
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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

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Ss Alban and Stephen Sister Anita O'Leary
Sister Anita O'Leary

At the beginning of 2014 we are delighted to welcome Sr. Anita O’Leary who has joined the Parish as our new youth co-ordinator. 

Sister Anita is a St John of God sister, from Ferns in Ireland, and in 2004, she took the opportunity to travel Sr. Anne Marie Ryan, Sr. Johanna Klep and Sr. Corona Gainford to work in a new ministry in Tzaneen in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.   Much of the work was to
look after HIV/Aids sufferers and their families in St. Scholastica's Mission in the diocese of Tzaneen

We asked Sister Anita to write a little about herself

When asked to write about myself for this ‘Parish Magazine’, I did wonder: Where do I start? So maybe the
beginning is always a good place.

I am Anita O’Leary, originally from Ferns Co Wexford Ireland. Those who have a keen interest in history, can
actually Google Ferns and see that in the centre of the village there is a  ‘Norman Castle’.  I suppose one could say that it was the people of Ferns that brought the Normans to Ireland. I am the only daughter of the late Thomas and Mary O’Leary. I have three brothers, who now have families of their own.  I am the aunt to five nephews and two nieces.

I entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. John of God in 1979.  I like to tell the story that it was only going to be for five weeks. Just to get it out of my system.  ‘It’ being a vocation to religious life. I have celebrated my silver jubilee so the five weeks have multiplied. For more information on my congregation, please feel free to visit our website:

During my formation years, I completed my teacher training at La Sainte Union Southampton. I have my B.Ed in History. My first teaching post was in London. Christ the King Tollington Park. Following my first year teaching, I returned to Ireland where I studied in the  Mater Dei Institute for Higher Education.

I returned to England where I took up my post at St. John’s Catholic School Trowbridge, where I taught both in the infant and junior departments. While in Trowbridge, I was actively involved in the parish.

In 2003 I heard the call to respond to a congregational call to be part of mission to South Africa. On the 27th September 2004 three sisters and myself left Ireland to be the founding members of this mission.  Our task was to work with caregivers who cared for those living with HIV/AIDS across the Diocese of Tzaneen. For nine years I was part of this ministry working at various levels of out-reach to the most vulnerable.

I left South Africa on the 1st December 2013 and arrived in London Gateway on the 21st December. The twenty days on board a container ship gave me time to reflect and to give thanks for nine most blessed years.

A new chapter in my religious life begins now. This role within the Parish brings with it many opportunities. I take this opportunity to thank you all for your welcome
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