Holy Week and Easter

Monday 30th March

  • Mass: 7 pm – St Alban’s Church

Tuesday 31st March

  • Mass: 9.15 am – St Alban’s Church
  • Penitential Service: 7pm – St Alban’s Church. Several Priests are available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Wednesday 1st April

  • 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 – 2nd April

  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper with washing of feet: 7.30 pm – St Hugh’s Church
  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper with washing of feet: 7.30 pm – St Alban’s Church
  • Both followed by ‘watching’ before the Blessed Sacrament until 10 pm

Good Friday – 3rd April

  • Day of Fasting and Abstinence
  • Ecumenical witness: 12pm at Co-op car park
  • Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: 3pm St Hugh’s Church
  • Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: 3pm St Alban’s Church
  • Stations of the Cross: 7 pm Ecumenical Service at The Church on Oakwood

Holy Saturday – 4th April

  • Swieconka – Blessing of Easter Food: 10.30am 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).  Fr Paul 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: 7.30pm – St Hugh’s Church
  • Easter Vigil: with blessing of the fire and lighting of the Easter candle: 8pm – St Alban’s Church

Easter Sunday – 5th April

  • Mass: with the renewal of our Baptismal Promises and blessing with the Easter Water: 8.30am – The Church on Oakwood
  • Mass: with the renewal of our Baptismal Promises and blessing with the Easter Water: 9.30am – St Hugh’s Church
  • Mass: with the renewal of our Baptismal Promises and blessing with the Easter Water: 10.00am – St Alban’s Church

Events During Lent

crossLent is our special season of preparation and renewal — preparing our hearts to grow closer to the Lord and remembering what our faith means to us. It really is an important six weeks to use well and wisely.

Every year, Lent ends with the greatest expression of selfless giving — through the passion and death of Jesus, he gives himself to us in love which climaxes in his glorious Resurrection.

We can give something of ourselves to him as we work our way through Lent; journey with him through the Stations of the Cross, try to get to Mass more regularly and through our self-denial and good works we can show our gratitude to the Lord for offering us, through his Resurrection, the promise of life with him in heaven.

Let’s respond if we can to God calling us through the prophet Joel to ‘Come back to me with all your heart’. With open hearts, this is our chance to do just that—to come back to our God of love and enjoy a new, fresh relationship with him.

Getting to the Heart of Faith:

Two inspiring talks on Jesus Christ will be given by Rev Michael Hooton, a Biblical Theologian, at 7.30pm St Hugh’s Borrowash on:

  • Wednesday 26th March
  • Wednesday 9th April

Journeying Through Lent:

Each week ‘Churches Together’ in Chaddesden & Oakwood will reflect on the Gospel readings for Lent. Tea & coffee from 7.00pm. Starts at 7.30pm.

  • Thursday 13th March, St Philips Church
  • Thursday 20th March, The Church on Oakwood
  • Thursday 27th March, St Alban’s Church
  • Thursday 3rd April, The Church on Oakwood
  • Thursday 10th April, Mayfield Rd Methodist Church

Passover Celebrations

  • Tuesday 1st April, Passover Celebration, St Hugh’s Borrowash at 7.30pm (Canon Mervyn Tower will lead this celebration).
  • Tuesday 15th April: Passover Celebration at The Church on Oakwood. Starts at 7.30pm.

Ecumenical Prayer Meetings in Borrowash & Ockbrook (all starting at 12 noon):

  • Thursday 13th March, Moravian Church Ockbrook
  • Thursday 20th March, All Saints’ Church Ockbrook
  • Thursday 27th March, St Hugh’s Church Borrowash
  • Thursday 3rd April, Methodist Chapel Borrowash
  • Thursday 10th April, St Stephen’s Church Borrowash

Finding God in the Word during Lent:

Exploring the Gospel through listening, stillness and prayer at St Alban’s Parish Centre at 7.30pm on

  • Tuesday 11th March
  • Tuesday 18th March
  • Tuesday 25th March
  • Tuesday 1st April

Services of Reconciliation and Penance (All services begin at 7.00pm)

  • Thursday 10th April at St George’s, Village St
  • Friday 11th April at Our Lady’s, Mickleover
  • Monday 14th April at St Mary’s, Bridge Gate
  • Tuesday 15th at English Martyrs, Alvaston

Confession Times

  • St Hugh’s: Saturday 12th April, 10.00am-10.30am
  • St Alban’s: Every Saturday during Lent, 5.30pm-6.00pm

Stations of the Cross

Friday’s during Lent beginning at 7.00pm (soup and a roll will be served in the Parish Hall’s after the services)

  • 14th March – St Hugh’s Borrowash
  • 21st March – St Alban’s Church
  • 28th March – St Hugh’s Borrowash
  • 4th April – St Alban’s Church
  • 11th April – St Hugh’s Borrowash