Parish Walk & Picnic 24/06/2017

Well the weather is picking up and it’s time for a walk in God’s beautiful county of Derbyshire!

Members of our three communities at St. Alban’s, St. Hugh’s and The Church on Oakwood are welcome to come along and bring your family and friends on our Parish Walk and Picnic!DCF 1.0

Our walk will take place on Saturday 24th June and the details are as follows:

Meeting Place

  • EITHER at St. Alban’s Church Car Park for a 9.30am departure,
  • OR at the Tissington Trail Pay and Display Car Park, Tissington.  Map Ref SK 1776 5205, postcode DE6 1RA no later that 10.30am.  We will aim to be away by 10.45am.
  • If you are able to offer a lift please let Simon know on 07903 841941 or, with how many seats you have.
  • If you require a lift please use the same contact details and confirm how many seats you need.

The Walk

We will set off from the car park, through Tissington village, heading North into open fields until we eventually pick up the Tissington Trail for a mile or so.  We then leave that and make our make to the village of Alsop-en-le-Dale.  We then proceed through some mixed farmland/wooded areas until we arrive at Parwich village.  This will be about 2/3rds of the route completed.  Our plan is to have our picnic lunch in this village.  After lunch we will head back to Tissington.

The walk consists of typical North Derbyshire terrain, it includes gentle undulations with a few steeper ascents/descents, mainly across pasture land.  The distance is around 6miles, and the pace will be steady and inclusive.

Please bring along your lunch plus plenty of fluids to drink along the way.  There is no place to purchase anything except a pub/village shop in Parwich and a cafe/tea room in Tissington.

What You Need

  • Some sturdy footwear, with a reasonable grip.
  • Take heed of the weather forecast, but you will most probably need a waterproof in your rucksack/bag with your lunch and drink.
  • A sense of humour and a spirit to encourage those who may lose a bit of steam of every now and again.

So lets join together and have a lovely day.

Finally, if we have a really bad weather forecast check here on Friday 23rd June after 18:00, any cancellation notice will be posted here by then.

Holy Week and Easter 2016

Palm Sunday

Blessing of Palms and reading of the Passion of our Lord.  Bring branches from your garden if you would like them blessing too.

  • Saturday 19th March: 6.30pm – St Alban’s Church
  • Sunday 20th March:
    • 9.00am – St Hugh’s Church
    • 10.30am – St Alban’s Church
    • 5.00pm – The Church on Oakwood

Monday 21st March

  • Mass: 7 pm – St Alban’s Church

Tuesday 22nd March

  • Mass: 9.15 am – St Alban’s Church
  • Mass: 9.30 am – St Hugh’s Church

Wednesday 23rd March

  • 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 – 24th March

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

Good Friday – 25th March

  • Ecumenical Walk of Witness
    • 10 am starting from St Philip’s Church, Taddington Road.
  •  Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
    • 3pm St Alban’s Church
    • 3pm St Hugh’s Church
  • Stations of the Cross:
    • 7pm Ecumenical Service at The Church on Oakwood

Holy Saturday – 26th 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:
    • 8pm – St Alban’s Church
    • 7.30pm – St Hugh’s Church

Easter Sunday – 27th March

  • Mass: with the renewal of our Baptismal Promises and blessing with the Easter Water:
    • 8.30am – The Church on Oakwood
    • 9.00am – St Hugh’s Church
    • 10.30am – St Alban’s Church

Services to Remember Those Who Have Died

candlesThroughout the year, as a community, we offer prayers and masses for the faithful who have departed from this life.  The month of November is specially dedicated as the month of prayer for those who have died.

During November members of our community will be especially remembering their own loved ones in their private prayers and reflection.  As well as at every mass we also have the following services to remember those people who have died this year.

  • There will be an ecumenical service at The Church on Oakwood on Wednesday 11th November at 7.30pm to remember those who have died during this last year.
  • On Sunday 15th November, 2pm at St. Aban’s Chaddesden, there will be a service to remember those who have died, particularly from our parish community during the last 12 months. There will be refreshments afterwards in the Parish Centre.  (Please note that our Newsletter gave this as Saturday which was incorrect).


Our Altar Servers quietly and reverently serve at our masses week in week out.   This both a privilege for them and also is an act of service on their part.   We really do appreciate this and as a parish we try to show this appreciation by taking them for a bit of fun every now and again.

Today we have been to Megazone and what a fun time we’ve had.   Twenty three of us have been jumping around in four teams zapping each other.   We had a lovely afternoon discussing who was top of the table in strikes,  shots or whatever stats were on our sheets.   To be honest we think our priests did  rather well 😂.   The only argument is who’s the best shot, Fr Paul or Fr Slavic?


Events During Lent

crossLent is our special season of preparation and renewal — preparing our hearts to grow closer to the Lord and remembering what our faith means to us. It really is an important six weeks to use well and wisely.

Every year, Lent ends with the greatest expression of selfless giving — through the passion and death of Jesus, he gives himself to us in love which climaxes in his glorious Resurrection.

We can give something of ourselves to him as we work our way through Lent; journey with him through the Stations of the Cross, try to get to Mass more regularly and through our self-denial and good works we can show our gratitude to the Lord for offering us, through his Resurrection, the promise of life with him in heaven.

Let’s respond if we can to God calling us through the prophet Joel to ‘Come back to me with all your heart’. With open hearts, this is our chance to do just that—to come back to our God of love and enjoy a new, fresh relationship with him.

Getting to the Heart of Faith:

Two inspiring talks on Jesus Christ will be given by Rev Michael Hooton, a Biblical Theologian, at 7.30pm St Hugh’s Borrowash on:

  • Wednesday 26th March
  • Wednesday 9th April

Journeying Through Lent:

Each week ‘Churches Together’ in Chaddesden & Oakwood will reflect on the Gospel readings for Lent. Tea & coffee from 7.00pm. Starts at 7.30pm.

  • Thursday 13th March, St Philips Church
  • Thursday 20th March, The Church on Oakwood
  • Thursday 27th March, St Alban’s Church
  • Thursday 3rd April, The Church on Oakwood
  • Thursday 10th April, Mayfield Rd Methodist Church

Passover Celebrations

  • Tuesday 1st April, Passover Celebration, St Hugh’s Borrowash at 7.30pm (Canon Mervyn Tower will lead this celebration).
  • Tuesday 15th April: Passover Celebration at The Church on Oakwood. Starts at 7.30pm.

Ecumenical Prayer Meetings in Borrowash & Ockbrook (all starting at 12 noon):

  • Thursday 13th March, Moravian Church Ockbrook
  • Thursday 20th March, All Saints’ Church Ockbrook
  • Thursday 27th March, St Hugh’s Church Borrowash
  • Thursday 3rd April, Methodist Chapel Borrowash
  • Thursday 10th April, St Stephen’s Church Borrowash

Finding God in the Word during Lent:

Exploring the Gospel through listening, stillness and prayer at St Alban’s Parish Centre at 7.30pm on

  • Tuesday 11th March
  • Tuesday 18th March
  • Tuesday 25th March
  • Tuesday 1st April

Services of Reconciliation and Penance (All services begin at 7.00pm)

  • Thursday 10th April at St George’s, Village St
  • Friday 11th April at Our Lady’s, Mickleover
  • Monday 14th April at St Mary’s, Bridge Gate
  • Tuesday 15th at English Martyrs, Alvaston

Confession Times

  • St Hugh’s: Saturday 12th April, 10.00am-10.30am
  • St Alban’s: Every Saturday during Lent, 5.30pm-6.00pm

Stations of the Cross

Friday’s during Lent beginning at 7.00pm (soup and a roll will be served in the Parish Hall’s after the services)

  • 14th March – St Hugh’s Borrowash
  • 21st March – St Alban’s Church
  • 28th March – St Hugh’s Borrowash
  • 4th April – St Alban’s Church
  • 11th April – St Hugh’s Borrowash