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Hope, Joy, Love and Peace…these are the ‘real’ gifts of the Season..

There is always something very exciting about getting ready for Christmas.  If we can enjoy, but look beyond the twinkling lights and the brightly wrapped gifts under the tree, something powerful is taking place.  Christmas and the build up to the festivity is about “remembering” – and what we are remembering as people of faith is the powerful arrival of God’s Son, Jesus,  on earth.

What all this means is that God loved the world so much, that he sent his Son to show us just how much he loves us, and through the vulnerable cry of a baby born into unusual and unlikely circumstances, Gods voice of love was heard.

Advent is our spiritual journey to discover that love!  We have four weeks to get ready for the great festival of the Christian Church and we can prepare in all sorts of ways; through quiet reflection of the Christmas story, through community prayer at Mass or through a living out of the themes of Advent as each candle is lit on our wreath:  Hope, Joy, Love and Peace.  Christmas is built around these four words – these are the ‘real’  gifts of the Season and living these will show the effect that God’s presence can have on those who are open to his arrival in our world and in our hearts.

Enjoy the Season.  With my prayers,   Fr David

You are very welcome to join us as we prepare for Christmas during Advent, our Christmas Masses and Masses during the Octave of Christmas. Follow this link for details; Christmas 2017 .

For a printable leaflet follow this link; Printable Christmas 2017

About St. Alban’s

St. Alban’s is a parish within the Nottingham Diocese of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. We are a partner of the Church on Oakwood (ecumenical).  Our parish is clustered with St Hugh’s at Borrowash.  You are welcome to join us for any of our Masses or social occasions.  Details can be found on our website or weekly newsletter.

Our Weekly Newsletter is available by following this LINK.

News:

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

LGBT Mass Poster 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. … Continue reading

Reformation Study Day – 13th May 2017

Diocese of Nottingham Ecumenical Commission What was the Reformation and why does it matter five hundred years later? Rev. Dr. David Cornick General Secretary of Churches Together in England. Looking at what happened in the sixteenth century so that we … Continue reading

Good Friday Walk of Witness

As is our tradition the Good Friday Walk of Witness began at St. Philip’s Anglican Church on Taddington Road……….. Following Prayers of Thanksgiving and the hymn ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’ we continued our witness down to St. Alban’s … Continue reading

Parish Pastoral Council Minutes – June, July and September 2016

The Parish Pastoral Council minutes for the meetings held in June, July and September 2016 have been added here: 1-parish-council-minutes-140616-1 2-parish-council-minutes-040716 3-parish-council-minutes-150916-1 … Continue reading