Christmas Lunch - 25th December 2019

A very enjoyable Christmas Day lunch was held again in our parish this year: some 40 meals were served. A big thank you to our chef, Mark for cooking a delicious meal, and to everyone involved in publicising the lunch, donating desserts, buying food and drink, setting up the hall, organising and giving lifts, and serving and clearing away. We are grateful to our friends from St Albans Cathedral for joining in and helping as waiters and for playing the piano to lead the singing. A good time was had by all!

Carols by Candlelight - 23rd December 2019

Thank you to everyone involved in making Carols by Candlelight such an inspiring and uplifting point on our journey to Christmas. A special thanks to Jacquie and Tim for organising the event. The church, with its crib and Christmas tree, and adorned with lanterns, looked beautiful on the evening, and the lovely music and singing engaged us all in the blessings of Christmas.

Carols by the Clock Tower - 21st December 2019

Christians from several churches in St Albans joined together at the Clock Tower for a Carol Service to bring some Christmas cheer to the shoppers in the town, whilst spreading the Good News of the birth of Jesus through a series of scripture readings. Singing with the support of the Salvation Army Band and a helpful handout of Christmas Carols we all enjoyed taking a break from the Christmas preparations to bring the meaning of Christmas to the people of St Albans.

Unveiling the Mother of the Messiah - The Jewish Roots of Mary - Advent 2019

A series of 4 talks was given by Brian Purfield, a member of the Mount Street, Jesuit Team. The themes chosen for the talks were:

The New Eve
The Queen Mother
The Mother of the Messiah
The New Rachel

The talks were developed by Brian to try and answer some of the questions that Protestants have about the role of Mary in our Catholic faith. With many references to scripture in both the Old and New Testaments, our speaker helped us to see how they would have been understood by the early Jewish people and the early Christians. The talks were well attended and included visitors from other Parishes. A useful handout was provided for each of the talks.