News

News and Events in the Parish and beyond

Road Closure – Updated

 

We have been informed that the road closure of Clydesdale Road has now been moved to 17th June for 1 night within the hours of 8pm – 5am for resurfacing works. Pedestrian access will be maintained but there will be no vehicular access or egress and no vehicles can be parked on the road during the closure.  This means there will be no access to the church car park during this time.

Parish Registration

 

Please take a few minutes to register as a parishioner of our church with our new computer system, Caspar at www.caspar.church/me?ID=560444 We politely request that all parishioners register please, so that we have an up-to-date census for our parish.  The system is fully GDPR compliant, secure and puts you in charge of managing your personal data.  The minimum information required is a name and email address (an address and contact number would be useful too).  It really does only take a few minutes!  If you don’t have an email address, please contact Elaine in the parish office and she can help you.

 

Admission to Catholic Secondary Schools for 2025

 

LUTON PASTORAL AREA, DUNSTABLE & the POLISH PARISH – Catholic Schools may ask for your priest to sign a form stating that you are a practising Catholic family.  If you need this for any Catholic school within or without the diocese you must collect a SIGN UP CARD (available from the church porch).  On given Sundays in the coming months your priest will stamp this card if you are present at Mass with the child[ren] involved. The responsibility for this lies with parents/guardians/carers alone.

 

St Alban’s Festival

 

Saturday 15th June 2024 – 10.00am, Mass at 12.30pm.  Holy Ghost Parish Centre, (LU4 8JD). An opportunity celebrate inspirational Catholic activity locally. All welcome. Market Place – Parishes and Catholic ministries are invited to take a table to display leaflets and to talk to people about your group. To reserve a table please email: paulacloonan@gmail.com Organised by Luton and Dunstable Pastoral Area Council. www.lutonpastoralarea.org

Bethany Mass

 

Mass for people with disabilities and their families – Sunday June 16th at 3pm at Sacred Heart Church, LU2 9AY. All are welcome.  Access to the Church is step-free, and there is ample parking. The Mass will be followed by refreshments.

The Thomas Becket Festival

 

Northampton Cathedral, Saturday 6th July, 11am.  Bishop David will preside at Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Translation of the Relics of one of our diocesan patrons, Saint Thomas Becket.  The Festival will close with Solemn Vespers of Saint Thomas Becket at 4pm on Sunday 7 July. The Becket lecture will take place at 3pm on the same day. The lecture this year will be focussed on Venerable Ignatius Spencer who has strong links to Northampton and we look forward to listening to Fr Gerard Skinner deliver the lecture.  Please visit https://northamptondiocese.org/relics/ for a full programme of events (leaflets also available in the church porch).

Bishop David has written a pastoral message to parishioners about the Becket Festival.  It is available on our website, under the newsletter tab, and is also displayed on our church noticeboards.

Couples for Christ

 

You are invited to join Christian Life Program(CLP).  CLP is an integrated course for a renewed understanding of God’s call to us Christians.  Saturday 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th June in our church hall from 2-5pm.  CLP is open to everyone, not just married couples.

Parish Hall

 

Owing to the increased use of the hall by parish groups, with regret we are no longer able to offer the hall for private functions, other than those directly linked to a liturgy in the church e.g. a baptism celebration.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Considerate Parking

 

Please be considerate of our neighbours when parking along Clydesdale Road, being careful not to block people’s driveways or cause obstructions on the roadway.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Residential Youth Retreat

 

‘D-Summer’ which stands for ‘Discipleship Summer’, all about living out our faith and building friendship with God.  For young people in school years 7-13 on 5th-7th July in Brentwood, Essex (Cost £80). Led by our Youth Ministry Office (NYMO) in partnership with the Sion Community.    Discover what it means to be a disciple, and what difference that can make in our lives.  Visit www.nymo.org/d-summer

Pilgrimage to Walsingham

 

For the Sanctity of Life – Saturday 3rd August.  Led by Bishop David Oakley. Coaches available – see information in church porch.  Adults £24.00, Children, teenagers and students £8.00. Seats reserved only with payment. Bring a packed lunch and drinks. For more information go to www.prolifepilgrimage.org  and to book kevin.drew@btinternet.com or 07802 525581.

Annual Mass for Marriage & Family Life

 

Will be celebrated by Bishop David on 7 September 2024 at 12 noon at Northampton Cathedral.  Everyone is welcome and there will be refreshments after Mass in the Cathedral Centre.   More details to follow in due course.   Please contact Sam at mfl@northamptondiocese.org if you have a special anniversary this year.

Vinny’s Pantry – Food Bank

 

Open Every Tuesday, 6pm to 8pm at Our Lady Help of Christian’s Hall (52 Castle Street, LU1 3AG).  If you are in need of food, other essential supplies or need help or advice, pop along for a cuppa and chat with the friendly SVP Members. 

We will host a collection box for the food bank in our church porch for non-perishable food goods (e.g. tinned fruit, vegetables, meats, fish), as well as household cleaning materials and toiletries.  Please consider adding an extra item to your weekly shop to donate to this worthy initiative