Alpha at St Alban & St Stephen Catholic Church in St Albans
2013 - Year of Faith
Message from Fr. Charles
As part of the Year of Faith,
our Church has been designated a ‘Holy Site’ by the Archbishop. This means
that the Church will be open every day from 9.30am to 12noon. It will also
be open on certain evenings and during the year there will be special days
centred on prayer and forgiveness. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel (Prayer Room)
is available all day.
A full list of all the Churches
in the Diocese designated ‘Holy Sites’ is given below, and will be posted
on the Church and Mass Centres notice-boards. By attending Mass or
making a pilgrimage to these Churches, the faithful may gain a Plenary Indulgence
– a special way of experiencing tthe abundance of God’s mercy.
Full explanation of what this
means is given below
There will be special arrangements in the Church
for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, especially during Lent. Our Bishop,
John Sherrington, will lead a special Penitential Service on Tuesday, 5th
What is a Plenary Indulgence
It is a very special way of experiencing
the abundance of God’s mercy and is also applicable to the souls of the deceased.
It is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose
guilt has been forgiven (Paul VI Apostolic Constitution Indulgentiarium Doctrina
The Church’s doctrine and practice
of indulgences has to be placed in the context of the Sacrament of Penance.
Sin has a double consequence:
When we commit mortal sin we break
our communion with God and that deprives us of eternal life with Him. When
we make our Confession and our sin is forgiven this eternal punishment is
remitted and our relationship with God is restored
When we commit mortal or venial
sin there is also a consequence called temporal punishment. This is a temporal
distancing of the soul from God under undue attachment to the things of earth.
This punishment is removed by works of mercy and love, through prayer and
penance. After death it is purified by the process we call purgatory.
In all of this the Church calls
us to personal conversion of mind and heart and of life.
How Do We Obtain The
Year of Faith Plenary Indulgence ?
First, in order to receive the
gift of a Plenary Indulgence a person must be truly repentant of sin, have
received the Sacrament of Penance and Holy Communion and pray for the intentions
of the Holy Father.
Having fulfilled these conditions the Year of Faith Plenary Indulgence is
By making a pilgrimage to one
of the designated churches in the Diocese. During the pilgrimage the pilgrim
should attend a Sacred Celebration or spend some time in prayer. The pilgrim
should conclude the Visit by saying the Our Father, the Profession of Faith
and the Hail Mary or another prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary
By attending Mass at any Church
and reciting the Profession of Faith on the following specific days:
Feast of the Chair
of St Peter
Feast of St Joseph
Feast of the Visitation
St John Southworth.
Feast of St Benedict.
Feast of the Transfiguration
of Our Lord.
Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross
Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham.
St Edward the Confessor.
Feast of All Saints.
Those unable to make a pilgrimage
for reasons of age or infirmity may gain the Plenary Indulgence at home.
Open Mon-Fri from 6.30am - 7pm,
Saturday 7.30am - 7.15pm; Sunday 7.30am - 8pm. Our Lady
of Muswell Hill
1 Colney Hatch Lane, Muswell Hill
London N10 1PN The Church is usually open each weekday until 2.30pm. The Immaculate
Conception & St Joseph
23 St John’s Street,
Hertford SG1 1RX. The Church is generally open from 8am to 6pm but closes around 4pm on
Thursdays. Allen Hall
28 Beaufort Street, Chelsea
London SW3 5AA. Seminarians and staff will welcome visitors on 2 dates in the Year of
Faith – Saturday, 2nd March and Saturday, 16th November. Our Lady
Nicholl Rd, Willesden
London, NW10 9AX. The Shrine Church is open from 8.30am- 8pm daily (8am -6.30pm on Sundays).
8 Hyde Place, Marble Arch
London W2 2LJ. Tyburn Convent is opened to the laity from 6.30am – 8.30pm. St Anselm
& St Cecilia
70 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Lincoln's Inn
London WC2A 3JA. Open every weekday from 7am -7pm
On Saturday from noon to 7pm
On Sunday from 9am – 7pm. St Etheldreda
14 Ely Place, Near Holborn
London EC1N 6RY. Church is open from 8am – 5pm weekdays and Saturdays and from 8am – 12.30pm,
on Sundays. Church of
St Benedict Ealing Abbey
Charlbury Grove, Ealing
London, W5 2DY. The Abbey Church is open from 6am – 8.20pm every day except on Sunday
when it opens at 7am. SS Alban
Beaconsfield Road, St Albans
Herts AL1 3RB The Church is open every day from 9.30am – 12noon. It will also be open on certain evenings and during the year there will
be special days centred on prayer and forgiveness. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel
is available all day. The English
30 Prescot Street, Tower Hill
London E1 8BB. Foyer of Church open from 8.30am – 2pm daily.(Click
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