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

Lent: what’s on this week…

Tuesday 1st April

  • 7.30pm, St Hugh’s Borrowash. Passover Celebration (Canon Mervyn Tower will lead this celebration).
  • 7.30pm, St Alban’s Parish Centre, Chaddesden. Finding God in the Word during Lent: Exploring the Gospel through listening, stillness and prayer.

Thursday 3rd April

  • 12 noon, Methodist Chapel Borrowash.  Ecumenical Prayer Meetings.
  • 7.30pm, The Church on Oakwood. Journeying Through Lent: reflect on the Gospel readings for Lent. Tea & coffee from 7.00pm.

Friday 4th April

  • 7.00pm, St Alban’s Church Chaddesden.  Stations of the Cross (with soup and a roll).

 Saturday 5th April

  • 5.30pm-6.00pm during Lent, St Alba’s Church Chaddesden: Confession.