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Caring for those who have lost a loved one is an act of kindness, but it is also a living example of God’s compassionate mercy delivered through the power of human contact. If you have been bereaved and are in need of any kind of practical or pastoral support, or to speak with someone with whom confidentiality is assured, please contact St Alban’s Parish Clergy.
Bereavement Support Group To further support our clergy and those who have suffered a loss, a group of St Alban’s parishioners meet regularly to ensure that all who have been bereaved are contacted and offered practical and pastoral help where needed and given the assurance of the prayers and support of the whole parish. The group also arranges the special Mass at 12noon on the last Saturday of each month for all those mourning the death of a loved one as well as an annual Mass in November for all who have died during the year.
Formerly known as the Catholic Children’s Society (Shrewsbury Diocese), our Diocesan charity, which aims to empower children and families to experience a fullness of life in all its wide variety, is now called Caritas Shrewsbury, part of a world wide network of local charities seeking to support children and families with anything from complex needs to friendship and companionship. Many St Alban’s parishioners have a home collection box to raise funds for the work of the Charity. These are emptied twice yearly.
Click here for the Caritas Shrewsbury / Catholic Children’s Society (Shrewsbury Diocese) website.
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.
Hospital Chaplaincy Team
Due to on-going Covid restrictions, the Hospital Chaplaincy team, consisting of lay men and women from the Deanery parishes, are temporarily unable to assist the priests of St Alban’s in their Hospital Ministry. We hope to restart this important lay ministry as soon as it is safe to do so.
Under normal circumstances, each team member has responsibility for specific wards at Macclesfield District General Hospital, visiting on a regular basis, talking and listening to patients and taking Holy Communion to those who wish to receive it. Training is available for those who wish to join the team.
There is currently a volunteer opportunity to help co-ordinate the team, if you are interested in serving your community in this way, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Justice & Peace Group
We try to understand the meaning of justice in the light of the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching and to raise awareness – our own and others’- of the instances of injustice and need in the world.
We seek to discover and promote ways in which we can respond in the hope of building a better world.
Everyone is welcome to any of activities through the year.
“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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
This is a Deanery Group who work with engaged couples to prepare them for marriage.
Missio – the Pope’s charity for world mission
Missio ignites God’s love by helping local missionaries to work alongside global communities that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief.
Sometimes this need might be very specific: a motorbike for a Priest to celebrate Mass in remote villages; a simple community hall so people can gather together; vaccinations to protect vulnerable children. Whatever our missionaries need to help them share the joy of the Gospel, Missio strives to provide it.
By supporting Missio, you play a vital part in creating a vibrant Catholic Church for the future.
Many St Alban’s parishioners support Missio by having one of their red collecting boxes at home and collecting small change throughout the year. These boxes are usually emptied annually in October each year, but like many charities, small change programmes have been hit hard by the move to online payments during the pandemic, so if you would like to support missions around the world, please visit this supporting Missio, link .
Click here to visit the Missio website to see the great work they are doing to ignite God’s love in others through supporting those most in need.
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.