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Ss Alban and Stephen Parish Mission 2015


wersja Polska
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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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Weekly Reflection
Weekly Bulletin
Sunday 11th March 2018
Fourth Sunday in Lent 

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The bulletin on this webpage is just the headline items, such as this week's readings, the weekly reflection, marriages, the sick list, births, deaths etc. You can read the "full" bulletin just by downloading, it in its entirety,as a PDF - just click here.
... and download back copies if you've missed them due to illness, holidays etc. just click here                 
Today, the ‘middle’ Sunday of Lent, is known as Laetare Sunday. The name comes from the opening words of the entrance antiphon of the Mass, ‘Laetare Jerusalem’ or  ‘Rejoice, O Jerusalem’. We tend not to think of Lent as a time to rejoice, but a few small signs of joy are permitted at Mass today, such as the use of flowers on the altar and rose-coloured vestments for the priest instead of the Lenten purple. The shadow of the cross still looms large, but we look forward with hope to Easter, when light will conquer the darkness.

We are offered an opportunity today to pause and reflect on our Lenten journey. Listen to the words of St Paul: ‘You are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had

meant us to live it.’ Many of our efforts during Lent are aimed at improving ourselves, being more generous with our time or resources, more patient, more attentive to the needs of others – living as true followers of Jesus. What changes do I need to make to be ‘God’s work of art’?

And in John’s Gospel we hear: ‘The [person] who lives by the truth comes out into the light, so that it may be plainly seen that what he does is done in God.’ One question we might ask this Lent is: Am I living a truthful life? Am I honest in my dealings with others, trying always to choose what is right and just, or are there things I think or do in secret that are unkind or dishonest? How might I step out into the light this Lent?

Ss Alban & Stephen - Sunday Masses this week
Masses this Weekend
   In the Church
  6.00 pm
   Denis Bunny Watkins RIP                                
First mass of Sunday

In the Church

In the Church
In the Church
In the Church
  8.00 am
  9.00 am

  9.30 am
11.30 am
  4.00 pm
  7.00 pm

People of the Parish          
Milly Yarwood Anniv.
(this Mass NOT at the Church)    
Martin and Bridget Cloherty Anniv.
The deceased members of the Moore family
Polish Mass         
Declan O’Brien RIP

... and during the week

Morning Mass
Evening Mass

St Patrick
10am & 7pm
10am & 7pm
10am & 7pm
10am & 7pm
10am & 7pm

Sarah Pendlebury RIP
ElizabethDelaney funeral
Simon Gaetrell RIP     
Alban Loran RIP      
Brian Delaney Anniv.
John Drummond Anniv.

Steve Pickard Ints.
Maureen McCormack RIP
MSC Benefactors       
Wm & Eileen Miller RIP    
Dominic Hensman Ints.
Saturdays during Lent at 9.30am Stations of the Cross

All year round, on Friday only, Mass is also celebrated at 12.00 noon in St Albans Abbey
Ss Alban & Stephen - Weekly Reflection
Readings for Sunday
First Reading: 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23  At the centre of this reading we hear the chilling words, ‘there was no further remedy.’ Sin brought its inevitable suffering to God’s people. But as time passed, it became clear that grace and mercy would have the last word.

Second Reading: Ephesians 2:4-10 ‘God loved us with so much love.’ These opening words of the reading are a consolation and a challenge. Nothing gives more than love – and nothing asks more.

Gospel John 3:14-21 It is a terrible thing to fear the light on account of one’s deeds. It is a beautiful thing to seek the light out of a good and clear conscience. 
Weekday Readings



Is 65:17-21; Ps 29:2.4-6.11-13; Jn 4:43-54
Ezek 47:1-9.12; Ps 45:2-3.5-6.8-9; Jn 5:1-3.5-16 
Is 49:8-15; Ps 144:8-9,13-14.17-18; Jn 5:17-30
Ex 32:7-14; Ps 105:19-23; Jn 5:31-47
Wis 2:1-12-22; Ps 33:16-21.23; Jn 7:1-2.10.25-30
Jer 1:4-9; Ps 115; 2 Tim 4:1-18; Mt 13:24-32
Ss Alban and Stephen

World Youth Day Panama A Pilgrimage to Panama, 20th – 30th January 2019
Organiser: Westminster Youth Ministry. Age range: 18-35 years. Cost: £2,400. 35 Spaces.  Contact: Sr. Anita

Parish Social Committee A call for volunteers! Building on the success of parish tea parties and film shows, it has been suggested that we should hold more social events such as barn dances, quiz nights, and a summer barbeque, to build our sense of parish community. This is a call for volunteers to help form a social committee to organise some social activities over the spring and summer.  If you like the idea of holding more social events and can spare a small amount of time to help with organisation, please come to a short meeting in the Parish Centre on Wednesday, 21st March at 7.30pm.

Parking for Saturday Evening and Sunday Masses Please remember that parking at church for Saturday evening & Sunday Masses is reserved for people with very limited mobility. Parking for people attending weekend Masses is available at Loreto. Your cooperation would be much appreciated.

Wedding Congratulations to Olivia Donohue and Michael Towler who were married at our Church recently.

By the way, we are collecting quite few photographs of parishioners' weddings - some new, and some a little older
- click here to have a look

Welcome into the Christian community Alfie Newton, Lalena-Bella Mongan, Toby Cooper,
Annabel Mills and Albert Oakman
who were baptised at our Church recently. We also offer our congratulations to their parents.
The Sick of our Parish Please pray for all those who are ill at this time including Rita Carter, Bernadette Marron, Andrea Ezcurra, Mark Norris, Patrick Foley, Liz Smith, Jim O’Neill, Mary Curran, Mike Smith, Noreen Carolan, Jack O’Mahoney, Carmaline Xavier, Elisabeth Page, Kathleen Murphy, Jim O’Connor, Sr. Annie Bromham IBVM, Geraldine McBride, Fiona Wright, Becki Vousden, Vertina Fernandes, Veronica Hamilton, Claire Whitehead, Alice Daly, Richard Mayes, Sheila Doohan, Janet Szymczak, Noah Gregorio, Edie Hale, Gerry Smith, Edmond Mansfield, Ethel Holloway, Teresa Hill, Ida Daswa, Catrin Rees-Doherty, John Rowland, Margaret Moloney, Jim Moss, Margaret Malloney, Ruth O’Gorman, John Baxter, Derita Whyte, Carmen Mincu & Teresa Virrueta; may the Lord comfort them in their illness.

The Deceased Please pray for the repose of the souls of all those who have died recently including Tom Williamson, Thomas Kiely, Caroline Sobieraj, Elizabeth Delaney, Margaret Kennedy, Garry Quaine, Manuel Paz and Sheila Aylward and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time
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