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.
May her humility and desire to follow the will of God inspire us on our own pilgrim journey.
Take a look at @Pontifex’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/764786217187618821?s=09
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
We have lots going on in the parishes of St. Alban and St Hugh, both before and after Christmas. Why not plan ahead and invite a family member or neighbour who doesn’t normally join us.
- Thursday 17th December 2.00 pm – with children from St Alban’s School
- Monday 21st December 7.00pm – followed by refreshments and our Prize Draw.
The Church on Oakwood:
- Sunday 20th December 6.30pm – Followed by refreshments
Services of Reconciliation in Our Deanery
- Wednesday 16th December 7.00 pm St George’s, Village Street, Normanton
- Thursday 17th December 7.00 pm St Hugh’s, Borrowash
- Monday 21st December 7.00 pm St Mary’s, Bridge Gate, Derby
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
- At St Alban’s: Saturday 12th and 19th December 5.45 pm—6.15 pm
- At St Hugh’s: on request please speak to Fr Paul or Fr Slavic.
CHRISTMAS VIGIL MASSES
- St Alban’s Church 6.00 pm – Beginning with the blessing of the Christmas Crib (Carols from 5.30 pm)
- St Hugh’s Church 6.30 pm – Family Mass (Carols from 6.00 pm)
CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES
- The Church on Oakwood 8.30am
- St Hugh’s 9.00am
- St Alban’s 10.30am
MASSES IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS
- Saturday 26th December 6.30pm at St. Alban’s
- Sunday 27th December (Feast of the Holy Family)
- 9.00am at St Hugh’s
- 10.30am at St Alban’s
- 5.00pm at The Church on Oakwood
- Monday 28th December (Holy Innocents) 10.00am St. Alban’s
- Tuesday 29th December 10.00am St. Hugh’s
- Wednesday 30th December 10.00am St. Alban’s
- Thursday 31st December 10.00am St. Hugh’s
- Friday 1st January 2016 (Mary, Mother of God) 10.00am St. Alban’s
Throughout 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).