Social Action

Bereavement Group

A Group of parishioners meet regularly to ensure that all who have been bereaved are contacted, and assured of the prayers and support of the parish. They also arrange a special Mass at 12noon on the last Saturday of the month for all those mourning the death of a loved one, and an annual Mass in November for all who have died during the year.

Marie Senior
01625 420 916

Family Life Commission

The Commission is a group of representatives from each Deanery in the Diocese who seek to promote family life, by encouraging special liturgies, supporting family life by promoting special courses and evenings for married couples etc. They also provide help for difficulties in family life such as separation, divorce and domestic violence etc.

Mark & Liz Dutton
01625 428 498

Hospital Chaplaincy Team

The team, consisting of lay men and women from the Deanery parishes, assists the priests of St Alban’s in their Hospital Ministry. Each team member has responsibility for specific wards, visiting on a regular basis, talking and listening to patients and taking Holy Communion to those who wish to receive.

Marie Senior
01625 420 916

Justice And Peace Group

We try to address the meaning of justice in the light of the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching. We try to raise awareness our own and others’, of the instances of injustice and need and to discover ways in which everyone can respond in the hope of building a better world. Everyone is welcome to any of the monthly evening meetings, which take place in the Parish Centre on the third Wednesday except in August and December.

For further information, please see the Justice and Peace Group page.

Bernadette Bailey
dwbailey@btopenworld.com

Marriage Care

This is a Deanery Group who work with engaged couples to prepare them for marriage.

Monika and Gyorgy Zorenyi
01625 615 763

Marriage and Engaged Encounter

This is a world-wide Catholic movement of couples, priests and religious who organise weekends to enrich married life and religious vocations through deeper and more open communication, and with a richer awareness of God’s presence in relationships.

Mark and Liz Dutton
01625 428 498

St. Vincent De Paul Society

We are a lay organisation working closely with and within the church. Our core work is to visit and befriend the elderly, the housebound, the sick, the lonely, the carers and families in need by providing practical and moral support through one to one contact.

Click here for the St Alban’s SVP pages.

Click here for the St Alban’s SVP FAQs.

Margaret Barnett
07781 895 540

Catholic Children’s Society

The Catholic Children’s Society (Shrewsbury Diocese) empower children and families to experience a fullness of life. Many parishoners have a home collection box to raise funds for the work of the Society. These are emptied twice yearly.

Click here for the Catholic Children’s Society (Shrewsbury Diocese) website.

Anne Collier
01625 431 380

Missio (Formerly APF/Mill Hill)

Missio prepares and supports priests for their mission work in more than 27 countries. Many parishoners support Missio by having one of their red collecting boxes at home. These are emptied annually in October.

Click here for the Missio website.

Marie Senior
01625 420 916

Live Simply

“Livesimply” is a 21st Century reminder to all of God’s people that we are called to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor. 

On 1st March 2009 St Alban’s Parishioners made a commitment to Livesimply!
Read our commitment

This theme was taken up by Pope Paul Vl, 42 years ago, in a prophetic encyclical where he said that what drives most people is the desire for security, enough to eat, good health, a steady job, a say in how their lives are run and a chance for a better education.

Pope Paul Vl said that the problem for much of the world’s population was that things were getting worse, not better !

Not much has changed.  Even in the massively wealthy Western world we are now seeing what happens if rampant consumerism and corporate greed in excess of our real needs are promoted by reckless lending and borrowing. Many banks suddenly realise that they do not have enough assets to support their own huge borrowings and their world caves in, dragging the rest of the economy with it.

affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. (de Graaf )

Never has there been a better time to embrace the call to live more simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor.

Simply

Living more simply means learning to enjoy what we have and not wasting money on things we do not need even if advertisers try to convince us otherwise.

Sustainably

Living more sustainably means that we should not use more than our fair share of the shrinking resources of the world.  We should use less energy  and consume less “things” not only to reduce global warming ( important as that is) but also to help ensure there will be enough food, oil, coal, gas, minerals and other raw materials left to supply the whole world and not just the rich nations in the future.

Solidarity with the Poor

Living in solidarity with the poor means recognising that we have no God given right to hang on to the wealth we create in excess of our reasonable needs but should use it in the relief of worldwide poverty.  This means almsgiving, prayer and also using the benefit of our faith and education to convince others that St Ambrose was right when he said that “you are not making a gift of what is yours to the poor but you are giving back what is theirs…You have been appropriating things that are meant to be for the common use of everyone.”

There are no model answers on how we can live more simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor but what we cannot say is that there is nothing we can do which will make any difference! Revolutions always start with individual action.

If we all start living more simply in little ways who knows what the outcome may be, and it may help us to accept some of the consequences of the credit crunch too.

The Livesimply initiative has been running since Advent 2006 and much has already been done to increase awareness and encourage participation.  Unlike many projects this one should not have an end date. It will only be truly successful if enters the fabric of our Christian lives on a permanent basis.  Are we ready to take up the challenge?

If you are interested in going further, please visit the Livesimply website

Ian Stewart