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
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St. George…

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

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

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.

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 simonpbaldwin@gmail.com, 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