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 13th January 2019 – Baptism of the Lord
Next Sunday is Peace Sunday. There will be a collection after Mass next week in aid of Pax Christi. Please pick up your envelope from the back of church today.
Mass Times and Intentions
Saturday 12th January, Vigil, Baptism of the Lord 6.30pm For the People of the Parish
Sunday 13th January, Baptism of the Lord 11.00am For the People of the Parish
Monday in the church 9.00am No Mass. Prayer of the Church
Tuesday in the church 9.00am No Mass. Prayer of the Church
Wednesday in the church 9.00am No Mass. Prayer of the Church
Thursday in the church 9.00am No Mass. Prayer of the Church
Friday in the church St Anthony, abbott 9.00am No Mass. Prayer of the Church
Saturday in the church Prayers for Christian Unity 9.00am
Saturday 19th January, Vigil, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 6.30pm For the People of the Parish
Sunday 20th January, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 11.00am For the People of the Parish
Mass at Kirk Edge Monastery each day at 8am. Wednesdays: Rosary & Novena, 7.00pm in the Church.
Saturdays: 9.45am Morning Prayer, 9am Mass, Confessions & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Please pray for all those who have died recently, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Deborah Tennant, Jack Dearing, Sean Scannell, Colleen Holland, Robert Winterbottom, Terence Morton, Frances O’Reilly, Frank Ronan, John Fitroy, Don Cauldwell and Betty Shepherd. May they rest in peace.
Please also pray for all those unwell at home or in hospital.
Thank you for last week’s collection of £ 474.16, plus your regular standing orders of £ 417.00 per week.
Mass information for 19th & 20th January, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Announcers: John McConnon (Saturday) David Wilkinson (Sunday).
Readers: David Barrett, Paul Zadik, Malcolm Fleet (Saturday).
David Wilkinson, Aidan Woodley, Janet Reader (Sunday). Eucharistic Ministers: Malcolm Fleet, Jayne Kirwan*, Enrica Castellino (Saturday).
Chris Hibberd, Rita Kaye*, Sheila McDonnell, Stephen Marlow, Sr Marie (Sunday).
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 2343580. Patient in hospital: Ring the voicemail on 2714999.
Church Cleaning: Thurs. 17th January, 11am: Group 3: Pip Crane, Patricia Deakin, Monique Founier, Anita Gibson,
Janina Klapas, Andrew & Ailsa Rodgers.
St Vincent de Paul: Mondays at 7.30pm. Chris Ashton on 2962514.
Choir Rehearsals: Next rehearsal: Tuesday 5th February 7.30pm: Barbara Hartley 2343580
Art Class: Wednesdays 10am in the sacristy: Barbara Beatson .
Contact Club: Wednesdays 1.30pm. Christine Trebicka 2343580
Youth Friendship: Fridays in the School Hall, 6.30 to 8.00pm.Years 6,7 & 8. Here are the dates for 2019: 18th Jan, 1st Feb, 15th Feb, 8th March, 22nd March, 26th April, 10th May, 24th May, 7th June, 21st June, 5th July, 12th July (Gelato Trip). Please contact Fran Shiel on 2343580.
Eucharistic Ministers: The new rota is set to start from 10th March. In order that it will carry correct information, would Ministers please inform Richard on 2343580 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to be added to the list or removed from it. Thank you.
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.
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 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.
THE EVIDENCE OF GRACE
(Fr. Michael’s Homily)
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Today’s feast concludes the Christmas season, and so we continue to probe the mystery of Jesus as son of God and son of Mary, the mystery of Jesus who is totally human and yet also fully son of God. But at this point in our Christmas reflections on the coming of Jesus into our world, we look at the event of his baptism. Why was Jesus baptized? Christ has come not only to reveal the divinity to us; he has come to reveal us to ourselves. Not only is he truly God. He is truly human. And he is truly human precisely because he does not sin. All of our sin is nothing other than the rejection of the truth of our humanity. Jesus’ utter acceptance of our humanity, his drinking of our cup fully, his sharing of our wounded condition, reverses our sinful rejection of our creatureliness. His baptism, then, is at the heart of his mission to heal us. He accepts full solidarity with us even if it means being s
een as sinner. Jesus’ baptism is one of his earliest great transformations of our human condition. The first was that the Word itself could take human flesh. And that is what we have been celebrating this whole Christmas season. Baptism identifies us as God’s beloved children and our mission is to follow Jesus to help create the kingdom of God—a kingdom of justice, healing, liberation, etc. In our baptism there is a purifying by water, but also an enlightening by the Spirit who asks us to go beyond our boundaries, beyond the familiar, beyond our level of comfort. Our natural lives go into the waters and begin a rebirth to shine our lights in the same direction as those of Jesus. He began going public by becoming obedient to his true identity. Let us pray that we find out identity through Christ in OUR Baptism, and that we too can hear the words You are my son and daughter, my beloved, in whom I am well pleased.
Please join us for refreshments in the hall after Mass
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.
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.
Diocesan Job Vacancies are on the screen notice board at the back of church and also the Diocesan website.