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
- pray for all those who have died recently, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Mary Strain, George Henry Cummings, Harold Dobson, Joseph Flanagan, Giorgos Klapas, Laurance Guest, Tom Yeardley, Margaret Coyle, Ellen & Joseph & Christine, Ron Ashby, Irene Growden, Annie Turner, John Joe O’Hagan, Brian Moore, John Reilly, Raymond Fleet, Grace Wood, Ann Healan, John McGeehan, Sylvia Hamilton, Mary Theresa Hydes, Tommy Kelly, Nora Thompson, Donald Gordon and James Paul Ward. May they rest in peace.
Please pray for all those unwell at home or in hospital.
Thank you for last week’s collection of £ 517.87, plus your regular standing orders of £ 417.00 per week.
- The Christmas Fayre raised £1007.96. thanks.
Mass information for 8th& 9th December, 2ndSunday of Advent
- Claire Brady(Saturday)Jayne Kirwan (Sunday).Readers: Paul Zadik, Ann Fleet, David Barrett (Saturday). Ailsa Rodgers, Gerard Strain, Clare Farrington (Sunday) Eucharistic Ministers: Annette Murray*, Claire Brady, Mario Castellino(Saturday). Annie Reed, Chris Ashton, Vicky Moss, Monique Fournier, Chris Grant (Sunday)
Advent Day-by-Day:Available at the back of church, 70p each. Please put your money into the envelopes provided and into the collection.
The November Dead Listis on display in the Lady Chapel.
Operation Christmas Child - Gift-filled Shoeboxes: There are shoeboxes with instruction leaflets inside in the church porch for you to take away and fill. If you cannot fill a shoebox but would like to contribute, please put donations in the box in the porch. For more information call Janina on 2343580. Please return by Sunday 2nd December.
The Christmas Fayreraised £1007.96 for Parish funds. Many thanks for your contributions of time, effort and money! You may collect uncollected raffle prizesfrom the sacristy after Mass. Please see the notices at the back of church / church porch for the list of prize winners.
Pastoral Review Exchange: The latest edition of the Review is out. If you would like either a paper or email copy of it, please phone or email Richard (2343580 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Certificate in Pastoral Ministry:Offered by Loyola University, Chicago, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Liverpool, this course consists of online modules running from February 2019 to December 2020. Please see the notice at the back of church or go toluc.edu/ips/Liverpoolfor more details on how to enrol.
Holy Communion Visits at home. If you know of anyone who needs to receive Holy Communion at home, please ring the Parish on 2343580 or Chris Ashton on 2962514.Patient in hospital: Ring the voicemail on 2714999.
Church Cleaning: Sat. 8thDecember, 11am: Group 4: D&R Kaye, M Mirando, A Purdy, A Windle, MA Todd, R Gillott
St Vincent de Paul: Mondaysat 7.30pm. Chris Ashton on 2962514.
Choir Rehearsals: Next rehearsal: Tuesday 4thDecember 7.30pm: Barbara Hartley 2343580
Art Class: Wednesdays 10am in the sacristy: Barbara Beatson2343580.
Contact Club: Wednesdays 1.30pm.5th& 12thDecember: Rawson Spring. Then none till New Year, date TBA.
Fran Shiel on 2343580
Parish Safeguarding Representatives:Fiona O'Farrell. For non-urgent matters, please contact Fiona on 2343580, or in church after Mass on Sunday. For urgent matters go to the Hallam Safeguarding Team on 2566453.
Diocesan Job Vacanciesare on the screen notice board at the back of church and also the Diocesan website.
Please consider making your offertory donations to the Parish via Standing Order. Our account details:
Diocese of Hallam Sacred Heart - Sort code 404107 - Account no. 21094319.
THE EVIDENCE OF GRACE
(Fr. Michael’s Homily)
Advent: The Season of Great Expectations; Jesus is Coming
Much of the season of Advent is spent in waiting for something or someone to come. For some, the season is marked by a delicious anticipation of good things to enjoy. For others there are very many great expectations of various things hanging in the air.
Christmas is coming . . .Santa Claus is coming . . . Snow is coming. Another year is almost upon us. There are many things to do, so many gifts to buy and wrap and deliver. . . So many meals to prepare and so many decorations . . . so many lights . . . so many . . . Too many! We could lose the meaning of the season in these undertakings. We must set our heart and look for Jesus (Lk 2:45).
In her wisdom the Church, through the scripture readings for Advent gathers the preoccupied thoughts, the anxieties, wandering hopes and scattered energies of each one of us to focus them once again on the “reason for the season”: Jesus who comes! Jesus our great expectations and our redemption who is at hand.
Advent celebrates the coming, into time and space and human flesh, of Jesus, not as a past event but also as a present experience and future joy yet to be fully realized. We know that Jesus will come because he is already here. He remains present in the sacred word; in the living bread; in the sacramental moments which mark the passages of our lives; in the midst of the community gathered in his name at prayer; and through the abiding power of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, God has given this gift in Jesus. He has come; he is here, and he will come again. In 1John 3:1, we are reminded: “Think of the love the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are”. And if we are His children, then we are His heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ; joint-heir with Christ sharing His inheritance with Him (Rom 8:17). This is who we are!
Please join us for refreshments in the hall after Mass