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
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
A great week, a great afternoon, some great performances and a great audience!
Thank you so much to all cast and crew, refreshments organisers, welcomers, and anyone who drove people to and from the church.
What a fabulous combined community we have!
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
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
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.
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!
Our walk will take place on Saturday 24th June and the details are as follows:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, with how many seats you have.
- If you require a lift please use the same contact details and confirm how many seats you need.
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.