SACRED HEART CHURCH, HILLSBOROUGH
Priest-in-Charge: Fr. Michael Achile Umameh
479 Langsett Road, Sheffield, S6 2LN.
Telephone: (0114) 2343580
Parish Deacon: Rev.Tony Strike
Parish Priest and Dean: Fr. John Cooke
Parish website: www.sacredheartsheffield.co.uk
Parish email: email@example.com
Sunday 23rd September 2018 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Michael Swift and Sarah Holden will be married here next Saturday, 29th September at 1.30pm.
Mass Times and Intentions
Saturday 22nd September, Vigil, 25th Sunday in Ord. Time 6.30pm Louise West
Sunday 23rd September, Mass, 25th Sunday in Ord. Time 10.30am For the People of the Parish
Monday in the church Our Lady of Walsingham 9.15am Anthony Gallagher
Tuesday in the church 9.00am No Mass. Prayer of the Church.
Wednesday in the church Ss Cosmas & Damian 7.30pm
Thursday in the church St Vincent de Paul 9.00am
Friday in the church Sr Wenceslaus 11:30am
Saturday in the church Ss Michael, Raphael & Gabriel 9.00am No mass prayer of the Church
Saturday 29th September, Vigil, 26th Sunday in Ord. Time 6.30pm For the People of the Parish
Sunday, 30th September, Mass, 26th Sunday in Ord.Time 10.30am For the People of the Parish
Please note: Monday Masses at Sacred Heart in September will start at 9.15am.
Mass at Kirk Edge Monastery each day at 8am. Wednesdays: Rosary & Novena, 7.00pm in the Church.
Saturdays: 8.45am Morning Prayer, 9am Mass, 10am to 11am Confessions & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Anthony Gallagher passed away on 3rd September. May he rest in peace.
Please pray for Anthony Gallagher and all those who have died recently, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Edna Monfredi, Denis Hudson, James Fitzpatrick, Michelle Jayne Grant, Dorothy Caborn, Doris Moore, Agnes Barrett, Joan Fitzpatrick, Ivy Good, Tom Somers, Mick Cowen, John Prendergast, Patricia Neylan, Wayne Moran, Mary Holmes Pickford, Esther Moss, Norah Hunter, Brian Kay, Iris Bullivant, Patrick Stephen Harley, Sr Mechtilde, Mary Judge, and Vera Hickman, May they rest in peace.
Please pray for Patrick Hussey all those unwell at home or in hospital.
Thank you for last week’s collection of £ 464.20, plus your regular standing orders of £ 417.00 per week.
The collection for Home Mission Sunday totalled £ 87.57. Thank you.
Mass information for 29th & 30th September – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Announcers: Lesley Murray (Saturday) Jayne Kirwan (Sunday)
Readers: Christine Trebicka, Ann Fleet, David Barrett (Saturday)
Janet Reader, Clare Farrington, Mike Nadin (Sunday) Eucharistic Ministers: Annette Murray, Claire Brady,* Mario Castellino (Saturday)
Jane Higgins, David Wilkinson,* Annie Reed, Chris Ashton, Vicky Moss (Sunday)
Children’s Liturgy: In the Hall
Holy Communion Visits at home. If you know of anyone who needs to receive Holy Communion at home, please ring the parish on 2343580 . Patient in hospital: Ring the voicemail on 2714999.
Church Cleaning: Thursday, 27th Sept: Group 3: P Crane, P Deakin, M Fournier, A Gibson, J Klapas, A&A Rodgers.
St Vincent de Paul: Mondays at 7.30pm. Contact Chris Ashton
Toddler & Baby Group: Not until further notice.
Choir Rehearsals: Next rehearsal: Tuesday 2nd October, 7.30pm: contact Barbara Hartley
Art Class: Wednesdays 10am in the sacristy: contact Barbara Beatson
Contact Club: Wednesdays 1.30pm. In the sacristy.
Sacred Heart Parish Council met on 6th September. Here are outlined the salient points from the discussion: Presbytery Update: initially when necessary refurbishment work was suggested by the Vicar General and Fr John, it was envisaged that during the summer months of June and July all would be completed, and we might return to the status quo! However, organising quotes and the release of necessary funds has had a serious impact on progress and getting the required installations and alterations done has, unfortunately, been much slower than initially thought. This is a standing agenda item and monthly updates will be given. So, watch this space! Fund Raising: there was some initial discussion about how we might raise the money needed for maintenance and upkeep of our parish and further ideas were to be researched for the next meeting. Christmas Events:1) following contact with Lucy and Mike, who organise the Christmas Fayre, it was decided to change the timing of this to a Sunday morning after 10.30 Mass (date to be decided). A working group has been set up, so look out for further details in the coming weeks about how you can get involved. 2) the young people's Epiphany party was hailed as a success last year, so it was agreed to look at planning a similar event for January 2019. 3) the printed Christmas cards which are delivered to doors of parishioners seem to have become redundant, so other methods of advertising and evangelising during this period were discussed. Parish Pairings – there is a meeting on 2nd October to feed back to the Bishop on progress made so far. Fr Michael and Fr Paddy have already had some discussions and some parishioners have started looking for ways we can link up.
Saturday, 13th October - 10.30am to 11.30am (Coffee 10am): Blessed Trinity Church Hall, Northfield Lane, Wickersley S66 2HL - Sean Ryan (National Caritas Community Sponsorship Coordinator) will give a talk on the Church’s response to the refugee crisis in particular the ‘Sponsor a Family Community Scheme’. Sean is very knowledgeable and speaks with great enthusiasm on the subject. If you would like to attend, please contact Susan Tym: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please consider making your offertory donations to the Parish via Standing Order.
THE EVIDENCE OF GRACE
(Fr. Michael’s Reflection)
The Seeds which Bear Fruits in Holiness
In today’s Gospel (Mark 9:30-37), Jesus performs a symbolic action, in welcoming the little children, He points us to the fact that true greatness lies in service, compassion, welcoming and living a virtuous life informed by our Christian discipleship. This discipleship entails sowing seeds that bear fruit of holiness: seeds of gentleness, of virtue, of peace, kindness, compassion, peace and the seed of welcoming. As Matthias Claudius states: “We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land, it is fed and watered by God's almighty hand.” St. John XXIII, ‘the good Pope’ in the Journal of a Soul (1965) wrote, “We are not on earth as museum keepers, but to cultivate a flourishing garden of life and to prepare a glorious future.” What seed grows in the garden of your own life? What seeds of holiness are you planting, watering in the parish community? Let Paul plant, let Apollos water, God will give the growth (1Cor3:6).
The Church community is not a museum, neither is it a declining hall of history. Our parish community ought to be a stadium of virtues and a flourishing garden of virtuous life. The church is a place for changing life in the power of the Holy Spirit, the church is a pacesetter in the charge for social change, the church is the key driver for justice and peace across the world. In the parish community therefore, we put arms around each other’s shoulders, feel welcomed and reach out to others who are at the margin of the society: rejected and ignored. We now have the loud symbolic example of Jesus as guide for our attitudes and actions. Those who welcome the little ones, welcome me also!
Please join us for refreshments in the hall after Mass.
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 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 Gift Aid, please call Janina Klapas . 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.
Parish Safeguarding Representatives: Fiona O'Farrell. 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.
Diocesan Job Vacancies are on the screen notice board at the back of church, and 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.