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What is the one thing that can transcend time and place? We live
in the here and now; we can’t travel back in time and we can’t move forward;
we have only this present moment. That seems like a fact. However, is this
Think of a member
of family who is far away. Imagine them, their face, the sound of their voice.
In your mind, they are now present. It is as if they are alive and with you.
What is doing this? Of course we have memories and shared experiences, but
there is something more. We are connected by a deep sense of emotion that
is much more than memory. We are connected by love. Love is the one thing
that transcends time and place. Think of our loved ones who have died. Love
is what keeps them in our hearts; it is the most powerful force on this earth.
The Trinity is a mystery so profound and beyond human understanding
that no human words can even approach understanding it. We need to go to
another plane of understanding to even begin to grasp it. It can only be
understood by love. Think of a baby. A baby needs to be given
everything in order to survive, he or she cannot do it herself. For months,
all he or she will understand is the loving arms that support him or her.
The warmth of another body tells the baby that everything is ok. The only
language he or she can understand is love. When we think of the Blessed
Trinity, the only thing we can do is bask in the radiance of the love of
the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit, a love that we now share in, by the
mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection.
Frs. Tom &
Mary B. Keane RIP
M & AGuttadauro RIP
Nancy Gimmelly Ints.
Freda Clancy funeral
John Burke RIP
June Coonan RIP
Thursday 31st, Lie-in for Freda Clancy at 6pm
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
Deuteronomy 4:32-34; 39-40 Moses reminds the people
of the great things God has done for them. It is easy to forget how God has
worked in our lives. The countless blessing and graces that we take for granted
can be easily missed.
Second Reading: Romans 8:14-17
God is within us. The Holy Spirit has been poured into our hearts.
It is the Holy Spirit that makes us cry ‘Abba Father.’ Every prayer we offer
is made at the prompting of the Holy Spirit. The Father, the Son and Holy
Spirit have made us into loving tabernacles.
Gospel Matthew 28:16-20 Go and
make disciples of all nations
1 Pet 1:3-9; Ps 110:1-2.5-6.9-10: Mk 10:17-27
1 Pet 1:10-16; Ps 97:1-4; Mk 10:28-31
1 Pet 1:18-25; Ps 147:12-15.19-20; Mk 10:32-45
Zep 3:14-18; Ps : Is 12:2-6; Lk 1:39-56
1 Pet 4:7-13: Ps 95:10-13; Mk 11:11-26
Jude 17.20-25; Ps 62:2-6; Mk 11:27-33
Ss Alban and Stephen
All volunteers working with children, young people and vulnerable adults
are required by Westminster Diocese to complete a Disclosure and Barring
Service check (DBS), Diocese of Westminster volunteer forms and safeguarding
training. The process for this has now changed. All DBS checks now need
to be performed online via the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS).
To start the process please contact a safeguarding representative (contacts
below), who will send you the DBS link and Westminster forms via email and
guide you through the procedures. The safeguarding training is also now
delivered online (via Educare); please contact Westminster Diocese on email@example.com
to register. Alternatively, if this is not convenient for you, the safeguarding
representatives are happy to provide the training that volunteers may require.
Safeguarding is an important aspect of the Parish and Nicky and Mary are
happy to discuss any safeguarding questions and concerns you may have.
firstname.lastname@example.org Nicky Vellacott: 07882 566 020; Mary Harber:
07976 277 059
General Feast Day of the
Sacred Heart of Jesus 8th June 2018 In the words of Pope Francis,
“The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the highest human expression of divine love.
The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the feast that sets the tone
for the whole month of June. Popular piety highly prizes symbols, and the
Heart of Jesus is the ultimate symbol of God's mercy – but it is not an imaginary
symbol, it is a real symbol, which represents the centre, the source from
which salvation for all humanity gushed forth.” (Pope Francis, Krakow, 9th
On 31st May, we join other members of the MSC/Chevalier family throughout
the world in prayer at the start of the Novena in honour of the Sacred Heart.
This prayer will be said every day until the Feast of the Sacred Heart on
8th June. During the month of June there will also be the opportunity to
see how others have tried to make people aware of the love that there is
in the Heart of Jesus for us all, especially those trapped in any form of
misfortune – physical, psychological or spiritual. Quotations will be displayed
highlighting the importance of the Spirituality of the Heart in our lives.
Parish Summer Garden Party WE
NEED YOU! This isbeing arranged for 1st July and it is hoped
t hat everyone in the parish will be involved. Tea and scones will be served
alongside family games such as rounders, parachute games and other fun activities.
We hope to have musicians playing throughout the afternoon alongside people
selling their crafts. Tickets will be on sale shortly but in the meantime
please contact Melanie or Joanna (details below) if you could help with any
of the following:
1. Would you help serve on the day? Could you help set up or clear up?
2. Would you help organise children’s games?
3. Would you like to organise/play some live music for a half hour slot?
4. Do you have a craft you would like to exhibit or sell on the day?
5. Do you have a popcorn or candy floss machine or suitable outside games
we could borrow or you would manage for the afternoon?
If you will do any of the above, or you have additional suggestions please
contact Melanie O’Neill email@example.com 07900 051 966 or Joanna
firstname.lastname@example.org; 07960 519 789. We would love everyone in the parish
to be involved.
Bond & Benjamin Mahoney who were married at our Church
By the way, we are collecting quite few photographs
of parishioners' weddings - some new, and some a little
click here to have a look
Christian community Elodie Mathiesen, George
Bittleston, Damilola Michael
and Christopher Hall who were baptised at our
Church recently. We also offer our congratulations
to their parents.
The Sick of our Parish
for all those who are ill at this time including Catherine Elkin, Avenal Jenkins, John Moloney, Rita Carter,
Liz Smith, Bernadette Marron, Mark Norris, Patrick Foley, Jim O’Neill, Mike
Smith, Jack O’Mahoney, Carmaline Xavier, Elisabeth Page, Kathleen Murphy,
Jim O’Connor, Sr. Annie Bromham IBVM, Geraldine McBride, Becki Vousden, Vertina
Fernandes, Veronica Hamilton, Claire Whitehead, Alice Daly, Sheila Doohan,
Janet Szymczak, Noah Gregorio, Edie Hale, Gerry Smith, Edmond Mansfield,
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
Deceased Please pray
for the repose of the souls of all those who have died recently
including Freda Clancy, Zara Lowthian, Ethel Holloway, Andrea Ezcurra
and Kathleen Davies and for those whose anniversaries
occur at this time, including John Boland Jn.
Getting Married? A Marriage Preparation programme
will be running in the Parish soon. If you are planning to get married please
contact Fr. Jimmy as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. Parish
Office: 01727 853585, Office Hours: Mon – Fri, 9am – 1pm
Baptism Course The pre-baptism
session will be held on Saturday, 16th June at 10.30am, in Room 1 of the Parish
Centre. Parents who wish to baptise their FIRST child need to attend. To
book a place on this course, please call the presbytery on 01727 853 585 (Office
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 1pm). If you would like to baptise your FIRST
child you will be unable to secure a baptism date before attending this session.
Baptisms are held on Sundays at 1pm. If you live outside our Parish it is
necessary to have a letter from your Parish Priest giving permission to baptise
here. Modern Day Slavery affects
all of us. Slavery's wonder for the trafficker is its invisibility. According
to the Hertfordshire Modern Slavery
Partnership the most likely places you will meet a slave are: car washes,
restaurants, nail bars and Turkish barbers. And at Church - often slaves
are allowed to go to Mass. If you suspect slavery, please call the Modern
Slavery helpline on 08000 121 700. This can by anonymous. You can learn
more at www.modernslaveryhelpline.org. Be careful not to place yourself
in danger. This item was placed by the parish JPIC group