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Beaconsfield Road,
St Albans, Herts, AL1 3RB

Phone: 01727 853585
email alban_stephen@lineone.net

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 8th October 2017
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Liturgical Year A)

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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

We are entrusted with the responsibility of making the best of what God has given us. There is no policing of our actions. Hence, this parable. We, too, can act out of self-righteousness and with the pretention of gods. We can be shy with our gifts and talents. We don’t always forgive those who trespass against us. We abuse our freedom. What are we doing to our planet? Pope Francis is convinced that we have broken three closely intertwined relations.  Our relationship with God, with our neighbour and with earth itself have been broken both outwardly and within (Laudato Si’). Today’s gospel speaks of God’s

generosity and the people’s shameful response. See the way the landowner’s servants were treated by the tenants. They became greedy. So greedy that they committed the heinous crime of murder.

Is our consumerist greed leading us the same way? God is generous. He forgives our sins and transgressions. His generosity has blessed us with gifts and talents. He has given us the earth in all its splendour and beauty. All God asks is that we use this freedom to look after, nourish and care for life and the things with which he has lavished us.

   
Ss Alban & Stephen - Sunday Masses this week
Masses this Weekend
Dedications
         
  Saturday
   In the Church
  6.00 pm
   Antonio and Giuseppa Lobue Anniv.   
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


Gemma Bergin RIP
John Walsh RIP
(this Mass NOT at the Church)    
Nancy Rae Meates RIP
People of the Parish
Polish Mass
Elizabeth Bolgiano RIP
                        
         
... and during the week

Morning Mass
Evening Mass
         
  Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
  Thursday
  Friday
  Saturday


Feria
Feria
Feria
Feria
St.Edward the Confessor
Feria
10am & 7pm
10am & 7pm
10am & 7pm
10am & 7pm
10am & 7pm
10am 

Sheila Coyle RIP 
Terry Mahalier RIP
Brian Huckle funeral
Priests’ Intentions
John Kellett RIP
James Smith 1st Anniv. 

Martin Brosnan Anniv.
Matthew & Kiely Ints.
MSC Benefactors
Meena Grovner Ints.
Christine Coughlan RIP

         
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 This Sunday
           
First Reading Isaiah 5:1-7
Isaiah is a prophet of great vision and much hope. As a prophet he has a duty to warn the people of God’s expectations and their responsibilities.

Second Reading: Philippians 4:6-9
St. Paul reassures us that no matter how difficult and challenging life is, there is no need to worry.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:33-43
What God has given is for us to use freely and prudently. The most precious gift is life. It is to yield a rich harvest. It is to bear much fruit; good fruit. We are entrusted with the responsibility of making the best of what God has given us. God shows great trust in us. 
   

                
Weekday Readings

                       
Mon 
Tues 
Weds  
Thur 
Fri 
Sat  

Jon 1:1-2:1.11; Ps: Jon 2:3-5-8: Lk 10:25-37
Jon 3:1-10; Ps 129:1-4.7-8; Lk 10:38-42
Jon 4:1-11; Ps 85:3-6.9-10; Lk 11:1-4
Mal 3:13-20; Ps 1:1-4.6; Lk 11:5-13
Joel 1:13-15, 2:1-2; Ps 9:2-3.6.16.8-9; Lk 11:15-26
Joel 4:12-21; Ps 96:1-2.5-6.11-12; Lk 11:27-28
            
Ss Alban and Stephen
       
November – Month of the Holy Souls

A Novena to remember the deceased will be held from 1st November to 9th November. If you would like a deceased relative or friend to be included in these Masses please put their name on the November List (purple leaflets available from the Church porch and Marshalswick Mass Centre). Please return completed lists to the presbytery in the envelope provided by Monday, 31st October.

         
General
       
Form Signing for Secondary School Admissions The priests will be available to sign your Certificate of Catholic Practise on Tuesday 10th October 4.30-6.30pm and on Tuesday 17th October 4.30-6.30pm, in the Parish Centre. For more information on Certificates of Catholic Practise, please visit www.loreto.herts.sch.uk or www.nicholasbreakspearschool.co.uk

Confirmations 2018 Enrolment forms are now available from the back of the Church for all those in Year 10 and above who would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next year. Please note that the deadline for submitting your enrolment is Friday, 10th November 2017.


Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School The school warmly invites prospective parents and pupils to morning tours of the School from w/c 9th Oct – please contact the school office on 01727 860079 (ext. 210) to make an appointment. 


Loreto College - Tours during the school day will take place between the 2nd– 13th October (by appointment only). Appointments can be made from 27th September 2017, tel. no: 01727 856206.


You Can Be Santa
The parish will again be running the ‘You Can Be Santa’ scheme this year, whereby children/families who may not otherwise enjoy the full spirit of Christmas will at least experience a visit from Santa. We are asking parishioners who know of families within the Parish who may not experience the joys of Christmas to let us have their full contact details; please be assured though that these will be kept in confidence. If you feel confident about approaching the family yourself and asking if they would like to take part, please do so and then pass on their details. Please contact one of the Santa team Cath White, Sr Anita, Sara Nash, Helen Bassill or Anita O’Connor for more information. Alternatively e-mail: santa@albanstephen


Become a Parish Sponsor/Godparent   Every year we have been blessed to receive New Catholics into our Church Community at the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday). We have been doing this for over twenty years and it is always such a joy for us at SS Alban & Stephen. To assist / walk alongside these wonderful people we do need volunteers, each year, to become Sponsors / Godparents willing to journey with each person on their pathway to Easter. To become their spiritual ‘agony aunt / uncle’ is a joy. We would very much appreciate anyone who is interested in becoming part of our team (September > Easter) contacting Deacon Steve on 01727 863925 or stephenrpickard@gmail.com   The rewards are great! 


People

Wedding Congratulations Suzanne Uludag and Christian Easdown 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 Luke Hart, Abigail Fernandes and Thomas Murphy 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 Therese Egan, Seamus Meehan, Sr. Annie Bromham IBVM, Geraldine McBride, Fiona Wright, Becki Vousden, Vertina Fernandes, Veronica Hamilton, Claire Whitehead, Alice Daly, Richard Mayes, Sheila Doohan, Ida Daswa, Noah Gregorio, Janet Szymczak, , Edie Hale, Gerry Smith, Edmond Mansfield, Ethel Holloway, Teresa Hill, , Catrin Rees-Doherty, John Rowland, Margaret Moloney, Jim Moss, Margaret Malloney, Ruth O’Gorman, John Baxter, Derita Whyte, Carmen Mincu and 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 Paul Thompson, Luigi Basile, Bro. Roger Bosse SC, Dave Gleeson, Kathleen Fanning, Mossie Bambury, Brian Hodgson, Brian Huckle, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time, including Patrick William Curran, Marie Smith and Mary Minogue

Peggy Brampton would like to thanks all those who celebrated her 103rd birthday with her after 6pm Mass on 16th September. She had a lovely time and was delighted to have two cakes. Many thanks to the bakers.
       
                       
Finances and Offerings

Last weekend’s offertory amounted to £2,100 Many thanks for your generosity.

This weekend, 8th / 9th October, there will be a second collection for CAFOD Harvest Fast Day.

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