Weekly Bulletin 11 March 2018


Parish Priest Shaun Smith; Priest in Residence Michael Umameh; 479 Langsett Road, Sheffield. S6 2LN

Parish Deacon Tony Strike; Parish Secretary Richard Cooper

Telephone 2343580 email sacredheart479@btinternet.com. Website address: www.sacredheartsheffield.co.uk


Sunday 11th March 2018 – The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Today is Mothers’ Day, and celebration of Fr Shaun’s 50 years ordination to the priesthood.

Please come into the hall after Mass for a shared lunch.

There will be a collection at the end of Mass for the annual Hallam Diocesan Appeal for LIFE


Bishop Ralph has appointed Fr Michael Umameh to be priest in charge when Fr Shaun retires at Easter, until the Sheffield parishes are re-organised to take account of there being fewer priests in full time ministry.

The Bishop and the parish are thankful that Fr Michael is taking this on while continuing his university studies, and are confident that he will receive the support and encouragement he needs. Thank you, Fr Michael!


Stations of the Cross are prayed at 6pm on the Sundays of Lent in church. Lent Lunches on Fridays in the Presbytery after 11.30am Mass. Donations to Rustenburg in South Africa (projects run by Sr Maire's religious order). Table top sale and raffle on Sundays in the hall for Rustenburg. Pray the Gospels (Lectio Divina) at Sacred Heart School (Shalom Room) on Fridays at 2.15-3.15pm. Parents welcome. Ring of Coins around the church, to raise funds for the Parish Covenant with the Poor: please bring along your loose change when there isn't a retiring collection for something else


Mass Times and Intentions


Saturday 10th March Vigil, Fourth Sunday of Lent 6.30pm Gwen Pickin

Sunday 11th March, Fourth Sunday of Lent 10.30am For the People of the Parish

Monday in the school Shalom Room 9.00am

Tuesday in the presbytery 9.00am Gerry Martin

Wednesday in the church with school, Y3 12 noon followed by rosary & novena (No evening Mass) Thursday in the presbytery 9.00am Prayer of the Church (no Mass)

Friday in the presbytery 11.30am Barbara Parker’s intentions

Saturday in the church 9.00am Tom & Bridie Kinsella, Brian Moore

Saturday 18th March, Vigil Fifth Sunday Lent 6.30pm For the People of the Parish

Sunday 19th March, Fifth Sunday of Lent 10.30am Anthony Saville



Mass at Kirk Edge Monastery each day at 8am.Wednesday: 12.30pm. Rosary and Novena after Mass (this week only)

Saturday: 8.45am Morning Prayer, 9am Mass, 10am to 11am Confessions and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament


ANNIE WAINWRIGHT died on 27 February, her funeral Mass will be on Thursday 22nd March at 11.15am, followed by cremation at Grenoside. May she rest in peace. We offer her family our deepest sympathy and the promise of our prayers.


Please also pray for Graham Barton-Nunn, Margaret Annette Hall, Miriam Rapa, and Teresina Cachia who have died recently, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time: John Donlon, Ruth Davison, Francis Roche, Barbara Murphy, Kathleen Cole, Peter Broadhurst, Mary Vera David & Samuel Jackson, Winifred Hattersley, Irene Moore, Willie Coath, Mollie Smith, Dennis Roberts, Peter Long, Michael Haydon-Crookes, Kathleen Firth, Marjorie Pawson, James Corrigan, James Bird, Freda Moore, Elizabeth Hall, Mary Lawson May they rest in peace.


Please pray for all those who are unwell at home or in hospital.


Many thanks for last week's collection of £ 466.62, plus your regular standing orders of £ 436.00 per week.


Also thanks for all donations to Sacred Heart Food Bank, and all other donations.


Mass information for 17th & 18th March, The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Guidance notes for readings at Mass are in the church porch for readers to take and use.


Announcers: Malcolm Fleet (Saturday) Darren McDonnell (Sunday)

Readers: Pauline McConnon, Lisa Sargeant, Lesley Murray (Saturday)

Monica Grant, Janet Reader and Gerard Strain (Sunday) Eucharistic Ministers: Claire Brady, Mario Castellino*, Malcolm Fleet (Saturday)

Rita Kaye, Sheila McDonnell,* Stephen Marlow, Sr Maire, Marie Gelder (Sunday)

Children’s Liturgy: Debbie, Eileen & Fran


Holy Communion Visits at home. Arrangements with Eucharistic Ministers will be co-ordinated by Chris Ashton, president of our parish SVP conference. If you know of anyone who needs to receive Holy Communion at home please ring the parish secretary on 2343580, Patient in hospital? Ring the voicemail on 2714999.

Church Cleaning: Saturday 24th March, 11am: Group 2: June Corrigan, Ann Fleet, Malcolm Fleet, Stella House, Pauline McConnon, Helen Woods.


St Vincent de Paul: Mondays at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Contact Chris Ashton

Toddler & Baby Group: Tuesdays at 10am in the presbytery. Contact Debbie James

Choir Rehearsals: Next rehearsal Tuesday 6th March 7.30pm: Contact Barbara Hartley

Art Class: Wednesdays10am in the presbytery: Contact Barbara Beatson

Contact Club: Wednesdays at 1.30pm in the Presbytery, Bingo and chat. All welcome.

Sewing Group: Normally 2nd Sunday, 1pm to 3.30pm. Next date TBA. Please contact Sylvia Grayson.

Youth Friendship: Years 6,7 & 8. Fridays 6.30 – 8pm in the presbytery on the following dates: 23rd March, 20th April, 4th May,18th May, 15th June, 29th June. Contact Fran Shiel


Hallam Diocesan Appeal for LIFE: The team provide local support for women, men and their families who think that abortion is their only option. Counselling, housing, practical and emotional support and work in schools helps to show there is another way and a way out of their circumstances which enables them to keep their baby. Please donate to help this work.


Distribution of Easter Cards to Parishioners: If you are willing to distribute cards inviting people on our register to come to our Holy Week and Easter Services, please put your name down on the list at the back of church today. The cards and address lists will be available for collection next weekend. Thank you.


Lent Reconciliation Service with Confessions this Thursday 15th March at 7.30pm. Fr Cooke, Dean of Sheffield and parish priest of St William’s will help to hear confessions. Come and join us. Fr Michael is away this week, giving a retreat.


First Holy Communion Programme Sessions: due to dangerous weather conditions and school closures, last weekend’s session was put off until Sunday 18th March and First Confession service will be held on Wednesday 21st March at 6.30pm.


Rustenburg Project. For eight years our parish has generously supported this project in South Africa.Last year we raised £1,100. It was sent directly to the Diocese. The Soup Lunch on Fridays, and the Raffle and Sale on Sunday's in Lent, are in support of this Project. Please be as generous as you can. Thanks Sr, Maire


Golden Jubilee and Retirement Party: The Saturday Vigil Mass will be followed by refreshments in the hall, and Sunday Mass will be followed by a party and shared lunch in the Hall from 12 noon when as a parish we can celebrate his 50 years’ as a Priest and wish him a happy retirement. You may write your own tribute in the Memory Book located next to the pulpit.


Many thanks to all the people who donated via the Red Mission boxes and those who collected. We raised £798 at Sacred Heart! The boxes are due to be emptied again over the next few weeks. Collectors books are at the back of church. Anyone who has a box to be emptied please either phone Janet Reader via the Presbytery number 2343580 or bring it in to church. Thank you.


Beer and Brass Charity Night in aid of CAFOD's Connect 2 El Salvador project at sacred Heart Hall - Friday 16th March at 7pm. Concert, beer, fish and chip supper included in the price. Admission by ticket only. Tickets on sale today, £20.


Family Fun Day committee meets a week on Monday, 19th March, 7pm in the Presbytery

Sheffield Deanery Mission Sector (Justice and Peace) meets on Monday, 26th March, 7.30pm in the Presbytery

Sacred Heart Film Night: The February presentation was postponed due to the weather until Wednesday 21st March, 7.30 in the Presbytery. Admission free, all welcome. Poster at the back of church.

Sacred Heart Parish Council: next meeting is Thursday, 22nd March at 8pm in the Presbytery. All parishioners welcome to attend. This will be combined Parish Council & Developing Spirituality meeting.


Thomas Lewin Organ Launch Event, St Marie’s Cathedral, Thursday 12th April, 7pm. A performance of vocal & organ music to celebrate the restored historic organ. All welcome. Free. See letter at back of church.


Notre Dame Past Pupils' Morning, Saturday 28th April, 10am to 12 noon. Please join us for tours of the school, talks and refreshments. Contact by email alumni@notredame-high.co.uk or see the poster at the back of church.

Notre Dame Spring Ceilidh, Friday 11th May, 7pm to 11pm, £12 per person, includes buffet, bring your own drink. Contact awright@notredame-high.co.uk or see the poster at the back of church.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Saturday 30th June at 6.30pm for young people in year 9 and upwards - the programme begins on Tuesday 13th March at 6.30pm in the Presbytery.


Parish Safeguarding Representatives: Fiona O'Farrell and Andrew Hartley. For non-urgent matters, please contact Fiona on 07955 234602, or in church after Mass on Sunday. For urgent matters go to the Hallam Safeguarding Team on 2566453.

School Job Vacancies are on the screen notice board at the back of church and also on the Diocesan website.

Bereavement Support: If you would like support at either Sacred Heart or St Marie's, please call the presbytery on 2343580 and your request will be passed to Sr Maire or Janina Klapas.



Please join us for the Jubilee shared lunch in the hall after Mass. Donations to Sacred Heart Food Bank.


Volunteers are needed to help with teas & coffees on the 4th Sunday of each month after Mass in the hall. Please contact Rita Kaye via the Presbytery number 2343580


New to the Parish?


Please give us your contact details by phone or email, or use this as a tear off slip and put it in the collection basket:


Your name and phone number ….................................Your address and email ..........................................................................................................................................................


Further Announcements



Parking in the school playground: Parking in the playground will be very limited from now on, and it will be necessary for the able-bodied to use other options, e.g. Morrisons, Walkley Lane, Dodd Street. With apologies for any inconvenience, and many thanks for your cooperation.


'Help in Hillsborough' The Companion Café that takes place on Tuesday mornings in the extension of Hillsborough Tabernacle Congregational Church has changed its name to 'Help in Hillsborough'. We continue to help people with on-line and paper forms and signpost them to other local organisations. With the departure of the Citizen's Advice Centre we have become busier but thankfully we've been blest with new volunteers. Our users comment that our open, friendly manner is very different from other agencies. Sometimes people just need reassurance that they've understood a letter correctly. So far we've helped with Job Seekers Allowance, Housing Benefit, Attendance Allowance, Blue Badge, Bus Pass, Passport Forms and signposted people to legal aid, debt advice and the Foodbank.

The vicar of St John's adds: “we still run a Citizens Advice session on Monday to Wednesday from our church office at the rear of St John's Vicarage (Walkley Lane entrance). Open 10am - 12pm. Appointments not required - just come early”.


Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress “Adoremus” Liverpool 7th to 9thSeptember 2018

The bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool this year. Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. Participants will engage in a series of sessions focusing on different dimensions of the Eucharist and the daily celebration and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The Echo Arena in Liverpool - which can accommodate 10,000 pilgrims - will be the home to a six-hour stage programme on the second day of the Congress, which will include a Congress Mass, keynote speakers and a drama highlighting the beauty of reverence and devotion. The day will conclude with Adoration.

If you would like to be one of six parish delegates for Saturday 8th September, then please give your name to our parish secretary Richard Cooper by email on sacredheart479@btinternet.com or telephone 0114 2343580. The diocese will be organising coaches to get to and from Liverpool.


Parish Emergency Food Pantry: The people who rely on the food pantry are very grateful for your support. The number of requests for help made at the door is currently running at about 50 per week. If you wish to contribute to the food pantry, there are three ways to do this: 1. Purchase cans and put them in the box at the back of church. 2. Make regular donations by standing order with a reference of “food pantry”. . 3.Donate by cash / cheque in an envelope marked “food pantry” and put it in the box at the back of church. Please note: all cheques should be made payable to “Diocese of Hallam – Sacred Heart”. There are some marked envelopes at the back of church for this purpose. Many thanks for all your help, including new standing orders received. It really is much appreciated by local people in need.


Can you help? CAFOD in Hallam is desperate for new people to join our schools’ team. It’s a fun and rewarding role that allows you to share your faith and concern for social justice with chidren and young people. Full training and support is given so all you need is a confidence and ability to communicate with groups of children, plus some free time during the school day. If you’re interested, please contact Jeremy Cain on hallam@cafod.ac.uk


Gift Aid: The tax the parish can reclaim from HMRC is an important source of income and we would like to encourage any taxpayers who do not currently make their offering under Gift Aid to consider doing so. It is the best way of increasing your offering without it costing you more, since currently, the government will increase each £1 of your personal offering by a further 25p.For the parish to reclaim the tax on your offering, you, the taxpayer, need to make a Gift Aid declaration and we, the parish, need to have a record of the date and amount of your offerings. Offerings can be by standing order, cheque or cash in a numbered offertory envelope. Your Gift Aid Declaration will cover all donations recorded by the parish, including for the Food Pantry. You will find Gift Aid declaration forms at the back of church near the hymn books. When you have completed the form, please hand it either to our the presbytery or drop it through the letterbox. Please be assured that the administration of Gift Aid is completely confidential. If you have any questions about about Gift Aid, please call Janina Klapas via the Presbytery number 2343580 If you are considering making a gift to the Church in your will, information can be obtained by contacting the presbytery. Thank you for your continuing support. It is very much appreciated. Offertory envelopes are at the back of church. If you want to start using envelopes please let us know.

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