Bulletin - Palm Sunday


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

Parish Deacon Tony Strike; Parish Secretary Richard Cooper

Telephone 01142343580 email sacredheart479@btinternet.com website www.sacredheartsheffield.co.uk


Sunday 25th March 2018 – Palm Sunday

New Eucharistic ministers will be commissioned at Mass today.

The Ring of Coins around the church (bucket collection after Mass) raises funds for the Parish Covenant with the Poor.


Mass Times and Intentions


Saturday 24th March, Vigil Passion (Palm)Sunday 6.30pm For the People of the Parish

Sunday 25th March, Passion (Palm) Sunday 10.30am Teresina Cachia

Monday in the school Shalom Room 9.00am John Ashton

Tuesday in the presbytery 9.00am Bernard Kelly

Wednesday in St Marie’s Cathedral 11.00am Chrism Mass with Bishop Ralph and diocesan clergy

Wednesday In the church 6.30pm Children’s first confessions (no evening Mass)

Thursday in the church 7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper (church open until 11pm)

Good Friday a day of fasting and abstinence 3.00pm Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday

Holy Saturday in the church 9.00am Prayer of the Church (no Mass)

Saturday 31st March, Easter Vigil 8.30pm For the People of the Parish

Easter Sunday, 1st April, Resurrection of the Lord 10.30am Denis and Kieron Gillespie


Stations of the Cross on the Sundays of Lent in the church (last one today)

Mass at Kirk Edge Monastery each day at 8am, except Thursday (5pm), Good Friday (3pm) and Easter Vigil (8pm)



Holy Week & Easter


Altar Servers Practices: Thursday 6.45pm, Good Friday 9.30am, Saturday 9.30am.

Readers, Eucharistic Ministers and washing of the feet: sign-up sheets are in the porch. Please add your name.

Morning prayer of the church on Holy Thursday, Good Friday & Holy Saturday at 9.00 am in church.

On Good Friday, Hillsborough Churches are holding a prayer event around a Cross at the top of Hillsborough Park, with public prayer from 12 noon to 12.30pm. From 11am to 12 noon, people will be going round the local shops inviting people to come and pray or say what they want us to pray for.

Good Friday Solemn Liturgy is at 3pm with John's Passion, the veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion.

Good Friday Ecumenical Service, 7.00pm at St John’s Penistone Road. No evening service at Sacred Heart.


Please pray for our parishioner John Haywood who died last Saturday, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Joseph Haley, Patrick Smith, Mona Price, Michael O’Neill, Gordon French, Margaret Towey, Mae Woods, Rosemary Sayles, Madeleine Eyre, Pat Shaw, Winifred Richmond, Kenneth Larkins, Stanley Howard, Sandor Beres, Isabella McArdle and Julie Bennett. May they rest in peace.


Please pray for Fr Kieran O’Connell, Janet Hakin, and all those who are unwell at home or in hospital.


Many thanks for last week's collection of £ 370.06, plus your regular standing orders of £ 436.00 per week.


Thanks also for all donations to Sacred Heart Food Bank, and all other donations.


Mass information for 31st March & 1st April, Easter Sunday


Announcers: (not on Holy Saturday) John Brennan (Sunday)

Readers: Anita Gibson, Paul Zadik, Claire Brady (Saturday)

Brian Marsden, Katie Unwin, Ailsa Rodgers (Sunday)

Eucharistic Minister volunteers please put your names on the list at the back of church (Saturday and Sunday)


Children’s Liturgy: No Children’ Liturgy – Easter break.


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, or ring Chris on 2962514. Patient in hospital? Ring the voicemail on 2714999.

Church Cleaning: Thursday 5th April, 9.30am: Group 3:
Pip Crane, Pat Deakin, Monique Fournier, Anita Gibson, Janina Klapas, Andrew & Ailsa Rodgers.

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

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

Choir Rehearsals: Next rehearsal Tuesday 3rd April, 7.30pm: Barbara Hartley

Art Class: Wednesdays10am in the presbytery: Barbara Beatson

Contact Club: Wednesdays at 1.30pm in the Presbytery, Bingo and chat. All welcome. Next one: 11th April.
No meetings on 28th March & 4th April.

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


Sr Maire writes: Easter is fast approaching, and the weather has interrupted our fund raising for Rustenburg project. On Easter Sunday Easter eggs will be raffled and chocolates on sale. In South Africa millions of people live in severe poverty. The Church picks up the short fall. In the HIV and AIDS programme, the Church employs nurses and carers to take care of the patients. If they are short of funds they are unable to carry out this invaluable mission, as has happened recently. This project helps to buy school uniforms and shoes for children. Training is provided for brick laying, plastering, sewing, and knitting, There is training in parenting to help families. There are numerous ways that your money can help. Please be generous .


Sunday Readers: The new list is on the notice board & there are copies in the sacristy. Thank you.


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, the cards and address lists are at the back of church. Thank you.

Beer and Brass Charity Night on 16th March raised over £400 for CAFOD’s Connect 2 El Salvador project. Grateful thanks to Andrew Hartley and his team who inspired and worked so hard for this fundraiser, and to the (training) Oughtibridge Brass Band who turned out in force with other local band players to provide an excellent evening of great entertainment conducted by the magnificent Tony Woodley. Great beer and fish and chips too. Thanks too to the supporters of the event who raised the funds for El Salvador, thanks to one and all.


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. 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.

Pastoral Renewal Exchange [PRE] Meeting today Sunday 25th March at 7pm in the Presbytery. All welcome.

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


Thomas Lewis 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.


Sheffield Deanery Liturgy & Spirituality Group session - Exploring being a church community without a priest resident in the parish - Saturday 14th April 9.30am - 12.30pm at the Pastoral Centre. Speakers are Bishop Ralph, Andrew Crowley and Frank McDermott. All welcome.


St Vincent’s Furniture Store Fund Raiser, Sunday 18th April: Fr Andrew, Marie Grant, Dec Healy will run the Sheffield Half Marathon. Please consider sponsoring this worthy cause and sign the sponsor sheet at the 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.

Parish Safeguarding Representatives: Fiona O'Farrell and Andrew Hartley. For non-urgent matters, please contact Fiona 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 refreshments 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.  



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



Golden Jubilee and Retirement: Fr Shaun writes: “Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all you have done to make my time here with you so good in so many ways. I do appreciate what the Sacred Heart School and Parish have done to mark the occasion of fifty years in the priesthood, and the retirement from my 22 years here. The school children and staff have given me some wonderful keepsakes of their writing, drawings and photos (which are displayed in the baptistry), and the parish has presented me with a most generous cheque, an illuminated scroll done by the Sisters at Kirk Edge, a while painting of a Hillsborough street scene by Joe Hibberd and a portrait that Sue Hunter has painted of me from a photo taken ago in a favourable light, inscribed with apt quotation by St Augustine. They are amazing mementoes of you all. Thank you for your kind messages in the Memory Book that is located next to the pulpit, and thank you so much for your love, support, and generosity. I have been very blessed, and encouraged by your friendship and your prayers. May God bless you too”.


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”. The parish bank account details are: HSBC, sort code 404107, account number 21094319. 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 or 07710094454.


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 on 2312300. 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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