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.


Today we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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:

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

Christmas 2015

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.


St Alban’s:

  • 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.


nativity scene

  • 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)


  • The Church on Oakwood 8.30am
  • St Hugh’s  9.00am
  • St Alban’s 10.30am


  • 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

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?