Following the Governments latest announcements of the easing of restrictions but aware of rising numbers of Covid cases we have made a few key changes:
1. The Booking for Mass has ended. 2. Continue hand sanitizing on entry, exit & ministry. 3. We ‘strongly recommend’ the wearing of masks. 4. Stewards only need to write down details for those folks who can’t use the QR Code whilst the Governments Track & Trace is still in place. 5. If Mass goers would like a space kept free next to them, they’ll receive a card from a Steward as they arrive to put on the seat beside them. 6. Congregational singing is permitted for those wearing a mask. 7. The one-way systems go but we’re keeping the Holy Communion distance markers at the front. 8. Those receiving Holy Communion on the tongue should go to the priest at the end. 9. Stewards keep hold of the offertory baskets. 10. We continue the sign language of peace. 11. Good ventilation continues. 12. Social activities generally will remain on pause until after the summer.
Following the announcement of the latest lockdown in England and Wales, the Parish Council members of the Parishes of St. Alban and St. Hugh and the Oakwood Catholic Committee have been in discussions with our Parish Priest Fr. David, in order consider the most appropriate response to the worsening pandemic. It is of paramount importance that, as a family we do what is needed to protect our members, and to do the right thing for the wider community.
It has therefore, after careful consideration, been decided that all public masses (with the exception of funerals) will be suspended in our churches until further notice. Streaming masses will be available online.
For live streaming of masses please visit www.derbycatholiclive.co.uk. Online masses will be available from Sunday 10th January at 10:00
It is with great regret that our Outdoor Carol Service planned for Wednesday 23rd December 2020 is now cancelled. This is in response to the widening public health concerns wth the current Covid pandemic. Please join us for our Online Carol Service.
Christmas Eve – Thursday 24th December 4.00pm at St. Alban’s, 6.00pm at St Hugh’s
Christmas Day – Friday 25th December 10.00am at St. Alban’s
Feast of St. Stephen – Saturday 26th December 10.00am at St. Hugh’s
Feast of the Holy Family – Sunday 27th December St. Hugh’s 9.00am, St. Alban’s 10.30am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 12th December 9am to 9.45am at St Hugh’s
Saturday 19th December 9am to 9.45am at Alban’s
For full details of our Advent and Christmas journey have a look the following LEAFLET. You can print this at home and make sure that you dont miss anything. Don’t forget that due to current restrictions you need to book masses in advance, details are on the leaflet.
There is still no obligation to attend Mass & we are still Live Streaming but if you are in good health and you’d like to come to Mass from Sunday 19th July, you’d be most welcome!
How to Book a Place at Mass…
From Sunday 1pm to Saturday 1pm, please phone or text 07935 609769 and leave your name, phone number, the number of places you require & your priority code A, B or C:
A – Parishioners who are not on the internet & those living alone. B – Families of those volunteering to Steward or help at Mass that weekend C – All other Parishioners
You will receive a message by 4pm on the Saturday to either confirm your booking or, if your Mass is full, to offer you a place at another Mass or to inform you that all Masses are full.
When you arrive at Mass, a Steward will guide you to your place.
If you arrive at Mass without a booking, you will only be invited in if there are free places available and a Steward will record your details.
Update 05/08/2020 ***Please note that in line with government rules which change on Saturday 8th August, when visiting indoor venues you are required to wear a mask which covers your mouth and nose. This includes churches. Please wear a mask when you visit St. Hugh’s!***
The re-opening is reliant on our volunteer stewards and church cleaners – Please thank them, respect them, and make life very easy for this difficult role. If you would like to help them, please get in touch with the parish office. 01332 672 914
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.
Fr David will be joining the BBC Radio Derby – Sunday Faith show on 22nd April (around 7.45 – 8.30am). He will be talking about St George, whose Saints day we celebrate on Monday next week.
A recording of the show will be available on the Radio Derby website if you would like to listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p063545k
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.
Given the combined responsibility for Fr Paul and Fr Slavic to look after the parishes of St Alban’s (with The Church on Oakwood) and St Hugh’s, we have to change the times of our Sunday morning Masses so that in the event of an emergency, or if Fr Paul or Fr Slavic is needed elsewhere, the Masses can be covered by one priest.
From 25th October the new Mass times will be as follows: 9am at St Hugh’s and 10.30am at St Alban’s. Thank you for your cooperation.