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

Further Update – Suspension of Masses at St Alban’s, St Hugh’s and The Church on Oakwood

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Catholic Church in England and Wales will suspend public Masses and other liturgies until Saturday 2nd May, at the earliest.

What does this mean for the Parishes of St Alban’s and St Hugh’s

As part of our risk management strategy for reducing the possibility of passing on the COVID-19, Coronavirus, public Masses are suspended as well as the following events at either at St Albans, St Hugh’s or The Church on Oakwood:

  • Easter services,
  • Baptisms,
  • First Confessions,
  • First Holy Communion preparations
  • Confirmations preparations
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Discovering Our Faith
  • Station Masses
  • Lenten House Masses
  • Parish Friday Football
  • Biguns and Littleuns
  • Fund raising events eg 24-hour football
  • Group and individual meetings
  • Good Friday Walk and Act of Witness
  • Easter Blessing of baskets
  • Deanery Adult and junior choirs
  • Meditation sessions
  • Youth Group

To support the parish communities, we intend to stream Sunday 10am and weekday Masses via www.derbycatholiclive.co.uk

Suspension of Public Masses

The Catholic Bishops conference of England and Wales have today announced the removal of the Sunday obligation for the faithful. There will be no public masses held on Sundays or during the day until further notice.

Fr. David will still be saying mass, this will take place at 10am each day with the exception of Tuesday, Fr’s day off. We have set up a system where you are able to attend these Masses through the internet www.derbycatholiclive.co.uk Mass, Stations of the cross and Adoration will take place with times on the website.

When going to the website, please click on the “live stream” tab and press play. There is also a page where you may add prayer requests and intentions, these will be offered in prayer at each Mass. You will also find a resources page where we shall add prayer books, readings of the Sundays and other useful devotional items. Please do contact the parish office if you need help with this.

During the closure of the public Mass, the opening of the church as an individual place of prayer will remain as before. We ask you to observe good hygiene, as we shall within the building. If you find yourself in private prayer along with others, then please ensure at least 2 metres is left between you.

We do not know how long this process will remain but will continue to support you as we are able. It will be sad to not see each other face to face, but please do not feel isolated. If you need help, please contact the parish office. If you would like a phone call, or know someone who might appreciate one, please contact the parish office.

Please pass all this information on to others that we know may be finding this time difficult. With all the love and prayers of the communities of St. Alban’s, St Hugh’s and the Church on Oakwood.

Fr David Completes Marathon Pyrenees Walk!

Fr Dave & his fellow team of explorers have finished the HCPT Sponsored Marathon Walk through the Pyrenees & all are still in fine form.

Thank you to all of you for your generous sponsorship, kind messages & essential prayers which have been very much appreciated.

Don’t worry if you haven’t had time to sponsor him as here’s a handy link with more information:


Fireworks, Food, Dressing Up & a Quiet Time with Jesus – This Friday 1st November @ St Alban’s Church

6:00pm Bible story ‘Moses and the Burning Bush’ Input

For Children & Adults followed by a variety of Prayer Stations and a quiet time with Jesus.

7:00pm Fireworks & Food

All are welcome and we encourage anyone, young or old, who has a Halloween costume to wear it once again. Just like last year we will be providing chilli, hot dogs, chilli dogs and teas and coffees at a small cost and all funds will go to the Youth Group’s Christmas Party. If you want to bring something stronger to drink, please bring it along with you. We look forward to seeing you

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.

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