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St Albans, Herts, AL1 3RB

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Parish Priest Fr TJ (Tom) Plower
Secretary  Ivana Mearns

         

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Sundays
         


  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
             
Weekdays
          

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 February 2018
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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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                 
   
Reflection
         
In Jesus’ days, leprosy was one of the most horrifying, incurable diseases. Leprosy was still seen as a curse and punishment from Yahweh as it was in the Old Testament. People who had the disease were not allowed to come out in the public. They were forced by law to live in leper colonies. Lepers were shunned, rejected and sadly separated from non-leprous family members. We can understand why in the gospel of Lk 17:11-12, the ten lepers (in colony) met Jesus at the border town. They were “quarantined” and they had to live outside the town. And when they saw Jesus, they did not get closer; rather, they stood at a distance shouting “Jesus Son of David, take pity on us”. This owes
to the first reading of today from the book of Leviticus – “…as long as the disease lasts, he [the leper] …must live apart: he must live outside the camp” (Lev. 13:46).

Now here came a leper kneeling before Jesus to implore His mercy in these words “if you are willing, you can cure me”. He was very sure that Jesus was capable of making him well again. What he doubted was whether Jesus too would observe the custom that sees lepers as outcasts. Already, he had gone against the law by getting closer to Jesus when he was supposed to stay off at a distance to shout like the other ten lepers. At this point, everyone else may have given way, abandoning him to Jesus. But Jesus would not abandon him like every other person. So He said: “Yes, I am willing, be cured”. He not only spoke, He stretched out His hands and touched the leper who was supposed to be unclean.a

Jesus never rejects anyone who comes to him. In your leprous situations, I mean that which has alienated you from others, all your rejections; Jesus is the only one who is ever willing to welcome, nay, and also make you qualify to count among those who matter. He did this by His work on the cross. The great mystery of the cross is that Jesus chose to become the accursed so that we would be free. He chose to become the leper, the unclean, so that we would be clean. The Prophet Isaiah said exactly: “…ours were the sufferings He bore, ours the sorrows He carried…on Him lies the punishment that brings us peace, and through His wounds, we are healed” (Is 53:4-5). All it takes is for us to shun whatever barrier and be bold to come close to him like the leper who shunned every dictates of the law. He will not turn us back, and He will put a smiling face on us.
   

Ss Alban & Stephen - Sunday Masses this week
Masses this Weekend
Dedications
         
  Saturday
   In the Church
  6.00 pm
   Paul Kennedy Ints.
First mass of Sunday
         
  Sunday
 

In the Church
Marshalswick

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

  9.30 am
11.30 am
  4.00 pm
  7.00 pm


Bridget Ruane RIP
Ainsley Lambet 5th Anniv.
(this Mass NOT at the Church)    
People of the Parish
Jean Horan RIP 
Polish Mass
Hermina Gaufroid Anniv.
 

... and during the week

Morning Mass
Evening Mass
         
  Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
  Thursday
  Friday
  Saturday


Feria
Feria
Ash Wednesday
10am & 7pm
10am & 7pm
10am & 7pm
10am & 7pm
10am & 7pm
10am



         
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:  Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46  The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘If a swelling or scab or shiny spot appears on a man’s skin, a case of leprosy of the skin is to be suspected.  As long as the disease lasts he must be unclean; and therefore he must live apart: he must live outside the camp.
       
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1  Never do anything offensive to anyone – to Jews or Greeks or to the Church of God; just as I try to be helpful to everyone at all times, not anxious for my own advantage but for the advantage of everybody else, so that they may be saved
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Gospel Reading: Mark 1:40-45  A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: ‘If you want to’ he said ‘you can cure me.’ Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘Of course I want to!’ he said. ‘Be cured!’ And the leprosy left him.    
                
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General

Refreshments after Weekend Masses in the Church and at Marshalswick Mass Centre You are all very welcome to join us for light refreshments  as follows

- Every Week: After Saturday 6pm Mass & Sunday 9.30am Mass in

  the Tea/Coffee Bar in the Parish Centre.


- First Sunday of the Month: 7th January 2018 After Sunday 11.30am
  Mass
in the Tea/Coffee Bar in the Parish Centre.

- Every Sunday: After Sunday 9am Mass at Marshalswick Mass Centre Coffee Bar.

Support Catholic Schools Do you support Catholic schools and their right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admission cap which prevents Catholic Schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic Schools.

Offertory Collection Fr TJ has requested that the following method is used to take up the offertory collection at the 6pm, 9.30am, 11.30am and 7pm weekend Masses. Bags will be placed on the hooks at the end of pews in the centre aisle.

If you are closest to one, please take the bag and pass along the pew and then move it to the row behind until it reaches one that has already been completed.

Please ensure that the bag is returned to the centre aisle from where one of the collectors will gather it. A collector will still go around the side of the church. Having just one system in place will mean that it will become familiar to everyone. Thanks for your co-operation on this


People
 
Wedding Congratulations to Stacey O’Connell and Matthew Osborn 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 Alice Lawton and Emilia Moya Izaon 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 Liz Smith, Mary Curran, Mike Smith, Sheila Aylward, Noreen Carolan, Jim O’Neil, Thomas Kiely, Jack O’Mahoney, Carmaline Xavier, Tom Williamson, Jim O’Neill, 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 Murthy Govindasamy, Paul Kennedy, Kate Kelly, Antonio Del Core, Joseph Lynch and Fr. Tom Hewitt MSC and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time, including Ines Quinteross
       
                       
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