Christmas 2018

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

Fr David

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

St. George…

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

Derby to host second LGBT Mass – St. Albans Church 2pm 28/10/17

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.