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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Joseph…in a week over at St. Alban’s

A great week, a great afternoon, some great performances and a great audience!

Thank you so much to all cast and crew, refreshments organisers, welcomers, and anyone who drove people to and from the church.

What a fabulous combined community we have!

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.

Holy Week and Easter

Monday 30th March

  • Mass: 7 pm – St Alban’s Church

Tuesday 31st March

  • Mass: 9.15 am – St Alban’s Church
  • Penitential Service: 7pm – St Alban’s Church. Several Priests are available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Wednesday 1st April

  • Mass: 9.15 am – St Alban’s Church
  • Chrism Mass: 11.30 am – St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham.  During this Mass the priests will renew their promises made at their ordinations. The oil of catechumens, oil of the sick and Sacred Chrism are blessed for distribution where they will be used in the parishes of the Diocese.

The Sacred Triduum

Holy Thursday – 2nd April

  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper with washing of feet: 7.30 pm – St Hugh’s Church
  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper with washing of feet: 7.30 pm – St Alban’s Church
  • Both followed by ‘watching’ before the Blessed Sacrament until 10 pm

Good Friday – 3rd April

  • Day of Fasting and Abstinence
  • Ecumenical witness: 12pm at Co-op car park
  • Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: 3pm St Hugh’s Church
  • Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: 3pm St Alban’s Church
  • Stations of the Cross: 7 pm Ecumenical Service at The Church on Oakwood

Holy Saturday – 4th April

  • Swieconka – Blessing of Easter Food: 10.30am 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).  Fr Paul 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: 7.30pm – St Hugh’s Church
  • Easter Vigil: with blessing of the fire and lighting of the Easter candle: 8pm – St Alban’s Church

Easter Sunday – 5th April

  • Mass: with the renewal of our Baptismal Promises and blessing with the Easter Water: 8.30am – The Church on Oakwood
  • Mass: with the renewal of our Baptismal Promises and blessing with the Easter Water: 9.30am – St Hugh’s Church
  • Mass: with the renewal of our Baptismal Promises and blessing with the Easter Water: 10.00am – St Alban’s Church