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

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

Christmas 2015

We have lots going on in the parishes of St. Alban and St Hugh, both before and after Christmas.  Why not plan ahead and invite a family member or neighbour who doesn’t normally join us.

CAROL SERVICES

St Alban’s:

  • Thursday 17th December 2.00 pm – with children from St Alban’s School
  • Monday 21st December 7.00pm – followed by refreshments and our Prize Draw.

The Church on Oakwood:

  • Sunday 20th December 6.30pm – Followed by refreshments

Services of Reconciliation in Our Deanery

  • Wednesday 16th December 7.00 pm St George’s, Village Street, Normanton
  • Thursday 17th December 7.00 pm St Hugh’s, Borrowash
  • Monday 21st December 7.00 pm St Mary’s, Bridge Gate, Derby

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

  • At St Alban’s: Saturday 12th and 19th December 5.45 pm—6.15 pm
  • At St Hugh’s: on request please speak to Fr Paul or Fr Slavic.

CHRISTMAS VIGIL MASSES

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  • St Alban’s Church 6.00 pm – Beginning with the blessing of the Christmas Crib (Carols from 5.30 pm)
  • St Hugh’s Church 6.30 pm – Family Mass (Carols from 6.00 pm)

CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES

  • The Church on Oakwood 8.30am
  • St Hugh’s  9.00am
  • St Alban’s 10.30am

MASSES IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS

  • Saturday 26th December 6.30pm at St. Alban’s
  • Sunday 27th December (Feast of the Holy Family)
    • 9.00am at St Hugh’s
    • 10.30am at St Alban’s
    • 5.00pm at The Church on Oakwood
  • Monday 28th December (Holy Innocents) 10.00am St. Alban’s
  • Tuesday 29th December 10.00am St. Hugh’s
  • Wednesday 30th December 10.00am St. Alban’s
  • Thursday 31st December 10.00am St. Hugh’s
  • Friday 1st January 2016 (Mary, Mother of God) 10.00am St. Alban’s

Lots of Masses in the Octave of Christmas

Here is hoping that you have had a wonderful Christmas. We have plenty of masses for you over the next few days.  If you don’t normally come to mass during the week, and you are having a break from work, why not come along to one of our masses and re-charge your batteries:

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  St Alban’s St Hugh’s Oakwood
Friday
(St Stephen)
26th December 10.00 am No Service
Saturday
(Vigil Mass for Sunday)
27th December 6.30 pm No Service
Sunday
(The Feast of the Holy Family)
28th December  10.00 am 9.30 am 5.00 pm
Monday 29th December 10.00 am No Service
Tuesday 30th December 10.00 am No Service
Wednesday 31st December 10.00 am No Service
Thursday 1st January 2015 12 noon No Service

Christmas at St Hugh’s and St Alban’s

“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.

Picture1What 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 our prayers,”

Fr Paul & Fr Ka Fai


CAROL SERVICES

At St Alban’s Church:
THURSDAY 18th DECEMBER 2.00 pm
(with children from St Alban’s School)
MONDAY 22nd DECEMBER 7.00 pm
Followed by refreshments
Services of Reconciliation

Thursday 11th December – 6.00 pm at St Hugh’s Borrowash
Tuesday 16th December – 7.00 pm at St Alban’s Church, Chaddesden


The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

At St Alban’s: Saturday 13th and 20th December 5.45 pm—6.15 pm
At St Hugh’s: Available on request.


CHRISTMAS VIGIL MASSES

St Alban’s Church 6.00 pm, Carols from 5.30 pm (Beginning with the blessing of the Christmas Crib )
St Hugh’s Church 7.30 pm, Carols from 7.00 pm (Family Mass)

CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES

The Church on Oakwood 8.30 am
St Hugh’s Church, Borrowash 9.30 am
St Alban’s Church, Chaddesden 10.00 am

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