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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 27th May
Trinity Sunday

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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                 
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 totally true?
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.
Ss Alban & Stephen - Sunday Masses this week
Masses this Weekend
   In the Church
  8.00 pm
   Peggy Sheehan Anniv.
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
Terry Lane RIP
(this Mass NOT at the Church)    
Sajish Kandaramth Anniv.
Mary Quaine RIP
Polish Mass
Margaret Clancy Anniv. 
... and during the week

Morning Mass
Evening Mass



The Visitation of BVM
St Justin

Ss Marellinus & Peter

10am & 7pm
10am & 7pm
10am &
  12.00 & 7pm


Frs. Tom & Sandy
Mary B. Keane RIP
M & AGuttadauro RIP  
Priests’ Intentions
Nancy Gimmelly Ints.
   Freda Clancy funeral
Teresa O’Hara
John Burke RIP

MSC Benefactors

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
First Reading: 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
Weekday Readings



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
Parish Safeguarding
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 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.   Nicky Vellacott: 07882 566 020; Mary Harber: 07976 277 059


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 June 2013)

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 in Church
highlighting the importance of the Spirituality of the Heart in our lives.

Parish Summer Garden Party WE NEED YOU!  This is being 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 07900 051 966 or Joanna Roche; 07960 519 789. We would love everyone in the parish to be involved.

Wedding Congratulations to Hannah Bond & Benjamin Mahoney 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 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 Please pray 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 illness.

The 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 Be careful not to place yourself in danger. This item was placed by the parish JPIC group
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