May this day, bring hope and blessings to you and your family,
with love from all at St. Albans
Help me, Dear Lord, to Enter into the sorrow and the silence of this Holy Saturday. Today no sacraments are celebrated.
Today the world waits in mourning in anticipation of the glory of new life!
We have one, who also was broken in ways we could never comprehend, yet he remained strong and chose to endure it all – for us.
He extends grace to remind us we don’t have to stay stuck in our struggle and pain. He holds good in store through it all, able to bring greater purpose, beauty and strength. He never intends for us to remain in the pit of our despair – for He breathes fresh life.
The power of the Resurrection gives hope for our future.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13;34
We have already become ‘a different sort of church’ in unprecedented ways. The very place in which the body of Christ finds its identity, offers prayer, and receives solace in time of crisis—that is, the church building—is not available to us. The present situation does not negate the joy we have been granted in the resurrection, but it will be lived out this year in different ways.
Patronal Festival: this year’s Patronal Festival will be on Sunday 24th June. The cost is £15 (children £10). Please sign up with Gwen. Please pay immediately for your place to be confirmed. The list is now open to extra guests.
St Albans’ Singers: the next concert, entitled ‘The London I Love’, will be held at 7.30pm on Saturday 7th July.
Walsingham 2018: the weekend of Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September in 2018. Places are still available.
Fr Stuart: thanks you for your kind expressions of sympathy following the death of his father. The funeral will take place in Yorkshire on either 1st or 8th June. Your continued prayers are much appreciated.
This Sunday and next Sunday: Fr Reg Bushau SSC will be our Preacher and Celebrant. Our old friend Alan Littell will substitute for Charles on the organ. Many thanks to them both for their help.
PCC: the PCC meets briefly after Mass today to arrange dates for the APCM and for receiving and approving the 2017 accounts.
Lent Appeal: this Lent we are raising money for the Nando’s appeal for the relief of malaria.
Coach Trip to Rochester Cathedral: we plan a visit to Rochester Cathedral for Mass and a tour on Saturday 24th March. The cost is £30, which includes admission, a guided tour and the return coach journey. We will leave Ilford at 9.15am and depart from Rochester at 4.00pm. Places still available. Please see Gwen Dodkins.
St Alban’s Singers: the next concert will be on Saturday 17th March 2018. Admission will be £5 on the door.
Candlemass:the list for our annual fundraising for church requisites is at the back of church.
Volunteers Needed!!:we urgently need extra help on Saturday mornings to keep the Coffee Morning and cleaning schedule going. If you can spare 2 hours once a month to help us keep this important community resource alive, please speak to Ivy or Kathy or Fr Stuart.
Women’s Fellowship Group: meets next after Mass on Wednesday 31st January. All are welcome.
St Alban’s Singers: the next concert will be on Saturday 17th March 2018.
Confirmations 2018: Bishop Norman will be confirming candidates here on Sunday 6th May 2018. Adults and children over 8 are eligible. Please speak to Fr Stuart. Classes will start at the end of February on Saturday mornings at 10am.