Born For This – A Lenten Reflection

St Alban’s, St Hugh’s and The Church on Oakwood are putting on ‘Born For This’, a Lentern reflection delivered through Music, Poetry and Drama.

This is a powerful presentation of the Stations of the Cross open to all ages. We will prepare on Wednesday evenings during Lent and the performance will be on Friday 12th April – as our final Stations of the Cross.

Please click here: https://goo.gl/forms/z3zCtLNoIEUVVhgi1

Sign up and state your preference for rehearsal timings.

Alternatively fill in the sign up sheet that will be at the back of Church.

We are very excited by this project and look forward to seeing many of you there.

Any questions please see Jo or Geoff Rowlands.

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Christmas 2018

We are now approaching the fourth and final Sunday of Advent. Advent is a time where we wait for an encounter with God. We’re not only remembering and preparing to celebrate His coming as a tiny, vulnerable baby boy, born in Bethlehem on that first Christmas morning, but we’re waiting for God to come into our hearts and minds in a deep spiritual way as well.

Why is Christmas such an important festival for us? Because, as Christians, we already share in the life of Jesus in a very special way. At Christmas time, we need to try extra hard to make that encounter with Jesus into something real.

Let’s share with family and friends the gift of Jesus that God the Father gives to each of us. “Peace and Goodwill to All” the angels sang, “Joy to the World”. Peace, goodwill and joy can become a reality through us this year.

So let’s open our lives to the Lord, let’s celebrate our ‘faith’ at Christmas: “O Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ The Lord”!

May God bless you in your journey of Advent and in the season of Christmas

Fr David

Events in the run up to, and our Christmas Celebrations

  • Tuesday 18th — Sacrament of Reconcilliation 7pm at St. Mary’s Bridgegate
  • Wednesday 19th — Mass at St. Hugh’s Borrowash
  • Wednesday 19th — Carols on the Circus 4pm at Sussex Circus
  • Wednesday 19th — Advent House Mass 7pm – Contact Parish Office for details
  • Wednesday 19th — Sacrament of Reconcilliation 7pm at Our Lady of Lourdes, Mickleover
  • Thursday 20th — St. Alban’s School Carol Service 2pm at St. Alban’s Chaddesden
  • Thursday 20th — Parish Carol Service 7pm at St. Alban’s Chaddesden
  • Friday 21st — Adoration and Reconcilliation 7-7.30am at St. Hugh’s Borrowash
  • Friday 21st — Mass 7am at St. Hugh’s Borrowash
  • Friday 21st — Sacrament of Reconcilliation 7pm at English Martyrs, Alvaston
  • Saturday 22nd — Adoration and Reconcilliation 9-9.45am at St. Alban’s
  • Saturday 22nd — Carols at the Precinct – 10am Oakwood District Centre, Bishops Drive, Oakwood
  • Saturday 22nd — Parish Vigil Mass Fourth Sunday of Advent 6.30pm The Church on Oakwood
  • Sunday 23nd — Parish Mass Fourth Sunday of Advent 9am at St. Hugh’s Church Borrowash
  • Sunday 23nd — Parish Mass Fourth Sunday of Advent 10.30am at St. Alban’s Chaddesden
  • Monday 24th — Christmas Vigil Mass 4.30pm at St. Alban’s Chaddesden
  • Monday 24th — Christmas Carols 6pm and Vigil Mass 6.30pm at St. Hugh’s Borrowash
  • Tuesday 25th — Christmas Mass 8.30am The Church on Oakwood
  • Tuesday 25th — Christmas Mass 10.30am at St. Alban’s Chaddesden
  • Wednesday 26th – St. Stephen’s Day Mass 10am at St. Hugh’s Church Borrowash

Easter and Holy Week 2018

Maundy Thursday – 29th March

  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper with washing of feet (Sacred Triduum Part 1)
    • 7.30 pm – St Hugh’s Church

Good Friday – 30th March

  • Ecumenical Act of  Witness
    • 10am Outside the Co-op at Borrowash
  •  Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (Sacred Triduum Part 2)
    • 3pm St Alban’s Church
    • 3pm St Hugh’s Church
  • Stations of the Cross:
    • 7pm Ecumenical Service at The Church on Oakwood

Holy Saturday – 31st March

  • Swieconka – Blessing of Easter Food:
    • 10am St Alban’s Church.  The blessing of meat, eggs and bread at the end of Lent is a Catholic tradition particularly popular amongst Polish people. It’s called Swieconka (which is pronounced as: Sh-vee-en-soon-kah).  Our Priest will bless the baskets of food, prepared and brought to church by families. The idea is that the baskets of food will be taken back home to be shared amongst family and friends on Easter Sunday. Everyone is welcome to come along for this simple informal service.
  • Easter Vigil: with blessing of the fire and lighting of the Easter candle (Sacred Triduum Part 3):
    • 7.30pm – St Alban’s Church

Easter Sunday – 1st April

  • Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
    • 9.00am – St Hugh’s Church
    • 10.30am – St Alban’s Church

Hope, Joy, Love and Peace…these are the ‘real’ gifts of the Season..

There is always something very exciting about getting ready for Christmas.  If we can enjoy, but look beyond the twinkling lights and the brightly wrapped gifts under the tree, something powerful is taking place.  Christmas and the build up to the festivity is about “remembering” – and what we are remembering as people of faith is the powerful arrival of God’s Son, Jesus,  on earth.

What all this means is that God loved the world so much, that he sent his Son to show us just how much he loves us, and through the vulnerable cry of a baby born into unusual and unlikely circumstances, Gods voice of love was heard.

Advent is our spiritual journey to discover that love!  We have four weeks to get ready for the great festival of the Christian Church and we can prepare in all sorts of ways; through quiet reflection of the Christmas story, through community prayer at Mass or through a living out of the themes of Advent as each candle is lit on our wreath:  Hope, Joy, Love and Peace.  Christmas is built around these four words – these are the ‘real’  gifts of the Season and living these will show the effect that God’s presence can have on those who are open to his arrival in our world and in our hearts.

Enjoy the Season.  With my prayers,   Fr David

You are very welcome to join us as we prepare for Christmas during Advent, our Christmas Masses and Masses during the Octave of Christmas. Follow this link for details; Christmas 2017 .

For a printable leaflet follow this link; Printable Christmas 2017

Derby to host second LGBT Mass – St. Albans Church 2pm 28/10/17

Following a well-attended Mass for LGBT Catholics, their families and friends, celebrated by Bishop Patrick McKinney in the Cathedral Church of St Barnabas in October 2016, the Diocese is to host another Mass this October. The venue this time will be St Alban’s church. The Mass will be celebrated by Fr David Cain, at 2pm on Saturday 28th October. Refreshments will be available in the parish hall following the Mass.  Fr David will be available for the sacrament of reconciliation and/or consultation from 12.30 to 1.30pm.

These masses deliver a strong and clear message to LGBT Catholics that they are welcome and that they have a place in the Church. Last year’s Mass attended by some seventy lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, their friends and families, from the diocese and beyond.  Bishop McKinney is among a growing number of bishops seeking to be more inclusive. In his homily at last year’s Mass,  reflecting on Jesus’ meeting with the tax collector Matthew, the bishop said, “The view we have of ourselves can often be limited and indeed negatively affected by the way others look upon us and the labels they give us. . . let us take comfort and hope from today’s Gospel story of Matthew who allowed Jesus to draw close to him, to look upon him with love and mercy, so freeing him from a narrow understanding of himself and enabling him to look upon himself as Jesus looked upon him.”

This diocesan initiative is evidence of the principle of accompaniment, meaning that bishops and priests can meet people where they are spiritually and build relationships that help them deepen their faith.

Please join us for this opportunity for Christian fellowship.

Poster and more information.