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Ss Alban and Stephen Parish Mission 2015


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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.

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Ss Alban and Stephen Northern Saints Pilgrimage
Parish Pilgrimage following the Footsteps of the Saints of the North East   

From the 6th until 9th June 2016, twenty-six people from St Albans enjoyed being based at The Shepherd's Dene Retreat Centre in Riding Mill, Northumberland, just south of the River Tyne.

The pilgrims outside Shepherd's Dene Retreat Centre

The Shepherds Dene is a retreat centre run by the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle. It is a tranquil and peaceful place, set in beautiful countryside.

Dinner at The Shepherd's Dene Retreat Centre

When one goes on a retreat or a pilgrimage one would expect to return slimmer – not so at Shepherd’s Dene; the evening meal was superb and the more than adequate packed lunch very filling.

We were blessed by having with us Fr Tom, so we could have Mass each day, mainly in the house but once on Lindisfarne (Holy Island). We were blessed, also, by good weather (something Northumberland is not noted for – however, it more than makes up for this by the scenery, both in the countryside and on the coast; together with its many castles).

During the (very full) three days, efficiently organised by Richard and Melanie O’Neill, we enjoyed visits on the Tuesday to St Peter’s (Saxon) Church at Monkwearmouth, St Peter’s Saxon Church at Jarrow, learning about The Venerable Bede; and to Hexham Abbey in the afternoon.

On Wednesday we went to Escomb Church in the morning and then to Durham Cathedral in the afternoon, for a conducted tour of the Cathedral following the journeys of St Cuthbert and St Aidan.

On the Thursday, the highlight of the week, we journeyed through Northumberland to Lindisfarne, having followed the footsteps of Saints Aidan and Cuthbert, where we were able to enjoy Mass in St Aidan’s Catholic Centre, celebrated by Fr Tom. After tea and cake we were free to explore Holy Island; to explore the ruins of the monastery, the church of St Mary, St Cuthbert’s island (a small islet alongside Holy Island, where St Cuthbert could go for even more peace and quiet) and the island’s lovely coast line.
Fr Tom saying Mass    

A Tombstone Puzzle at Escomb


In the afternoon we boarded our coach to visit Bamburgh, to visit St Aidan’s church there; to visit Grace Darling’s tomb in its cemetery; to enjoy the beauty of the town and the grandeur of the magnificent castle.

Each evening we enjoyed DVDs of the saint’s stories and on one evening we had a speaker who balanced the mainly male saint’s stories with St Hilda’s story and her influence in bringing together the Northern and Southern factions of (Catholic) Christianity at the Synod of Whitby.


St Cuthbert's body arriving at Durham

Sadly, most of us had to come home to St Albans on the Friday morning, after a few days of adventure, prayer and one or two mishaps (happily resolved).

We hope you enjoy some of our photos

Again, thanks are tendered to the organisers of such an enjoyable pilgrimage.

St Bede's Tomb

St Cuthbert's Tomb

The Night Stairs at Hexham

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