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29th Sunday of the Year
19th October 2014

Congratulations Fr Sandy on the 25th Anniversary of your Ordination.
In the early 1990s, we welcomed Fr Sandy and quickly began to appreciate his sage counsel, erudite homilies, and dry Scottish humour.   Despite his stroke ten years later, Fr Sandy is still here with us in St Albans, enjoying his retirement, and we continue to value his presence and influence to this day. Well done Fr Sandy!

Informal information evening for young people from Year 10 and up this Sunday, 19th October, 6pm in the Parish Hall. We look forward to seeing you there.

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 Dead List (purple leaflets available from the Church porch and Mass Centre).

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The Justice & Peace Group - a PPC priority group

What is the PPC ?
The PPC (Parish Pastoral Council) works in collaboration with the Priest/Clergy for the time being of the Parish under the direction of the Bishop of Westminster. The PPC is called to participate with the Priest/Clergy for the time being in the Pastoral Ministry of proclaiming God's word, celebrating the sacraments,
caring for the faithful, promoting the mission of the Church to the world, and being a good steward of parish resources. The scope includes all the practical matters of Parish life, responding to the call of Christ to Peter "Feed my lambs, feed my sheep."

PPC Priority Groups

Six groups/activities were identified to be "priorities" at the 2011 Parish Assembly.  Click here to read about any of them

  Parish Friends
  Justice & Peace

Click here to return to the main PPC page
Contacting the PPC
Feel free to approach any of the PPC members after Masss, or you can e-mail the PPC as a group at

The Justice and Peace Group

“The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people of this age, especially those who are poor or are in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ.”
Preface to Gaudium et Spesa

The J&P Group was set up at the Parish Assembly in 2011 as one of the areas of catholic doctrine on which the Parish should concentrate.  Justice and Peace lie at the heart of the message of Christ and the Doctrines of the Church.  This has long been made clear by the Church in Synods and Papal Encyclicals and was reaffirmed this year in Pope Francis’ Message of Peace.

The Group is really a network of individuals involved in a variety of activities but linked by a common desire to live justly and to give practical effect to the teaching of the Church through our support for people and organisations in St Albans, elsewhere in the UK and in other places around the world.  Those involved in the Group support its aims in different ways by raising awareness of issues, such as homelessness, discrimination and poverty, through talks and discussion sessions with outside speakers as well as doing practical things to raise money for or to support in other ways those in need.

2014  This year the group is especially seeking to support and increase awareness of the three charities chosen by the parish for its support: The Living Room, Centre 33 and the Catholic Workers’ Farm.  Working with the Mission Group, special open evening meetings have been arranged at which representatives of these Groups talk and answer questions about their aims and needs.

Fairtrade, Live Simply and Cafod  Members of the Group work to promote the Parish’s commitment to Fairtrade by promoting the use of Fairtrade products. The Group is also becoming involved in the ‘Live Simply’ campaign. This is an initiative co-founded by Cafod with the aim of helping people lead a simpler life so that others are able ‘simply to live’.

Meetings  The Group normally meets in the Presbytery at 8 pm on the third Thursday of the month – though not in April this year as the third Thursday is Maundy Thursday.
Welcome: We welcome new members
Contact us
James O’Hare Tel:  01727 851352.   email:
Sheila Clegg Tel:  01727 835004.     Email:
James O'Hare

Sheila Clegg

Events for 2014: Tea, talk and discussion in the Hall on the Catholic Worker Farm by Scott Albrecht;  Bruce Kent will speak on Justice and Trident on 10 April 2014; in the autumn we will be having a session on the ethical purpose of war.  All are welcome to these talks and full details of these and any other events will be published in the Weekly Bulletin

“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that can.”
Margaret Mead

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