Weekly Bulletin 20 January 2019




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: sacredheart479@gmail.com


Sunday 20th January 2019 – Peace Day


There will be a collection after Mass in aid of Pax Christi.


After next weekend’s Masses there will be a collection in aid of SPUC’s annual White Flower Appeal.


Mass Times and Intentions


Saturday 19th January, Vigil, 2nd Sunday in Ord. 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

Monday in the church St Agnes. Virgin, martyr 9.00am

Tuesday in the church St Vincent. Deacon, martyr 9.00am No Mass. Prayer of the Church

Wednesday in the church 7.30pm

Thursday in the church St Francis de Sales, Bishop 9.00am

Friday in the church Conversion of St Paul, Apostle 11.30am David James Green

Saturday in the church Sts Timothy & Titus, Bishops 9.00am

Saturday 26th January, Vigil, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 6.30pm For the People of the Parish

Sunday 27th January, 3rd 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 Jacques Hakin all those who have died recently, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Harry Armitage, Peter Eborall, Monica Smith, Bernard Finn, Stephen Hunter, Seamus Donaghey, Mary Green, Anthony Winterbottom, Kieran Bermingham, Carol Nicholson, Rosemary Beech, Elsie Simonite, Sheila Ward, Helen Hughes, Julia Mary Flynn, Frederick Askham, Minnie Dearing, Joseph Ernest Tingle, Rose Murray, Gerard Finnigan, Patrick Keoghan, Aberilda Cade, Kate Dunn, Kay Perks, David Green, Madelaine Somers, Ann Hutton and Catherine Sharpe. May they rest in peace.

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


Jacques Hakin died the weekend of 5th/6th January. His family have the assurance of our prayers. May he rest in peace.


Thank you for last week’s collection of £ 458.57, plus your regular standing orders of £ 417.00 per week.


Mass information for 26th & 27th January, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time


Announcers: Annette Murray (Saturday) Tony Woodley (Sunday). Readers: Claire Brady, Ann Fleet, Christine Trebicka (Saturday). Bronagh Ross, Stephen Marlow, John Brennan (Sunday). Eucharistic Ministers: Anita Gibson, Francesca Esposito, Richard Mardlin.*(Saturday). Marie Gelder, John Mizzi*, Mary Nadin, Mike Nadin, Juliet White (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 Patient in hospital: Ring the voicemail on 2714999.


Children’s Liturgy: Kirsty & Marianne

Church Cleaning: As from next week, the new cleaners’ rota will be on the notice board in the church porch.

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

Choir Rehearsals: Next rehearsal: Tuesday 5th February 7.30pm: contact Barbara Hartley

Art Class: Wednesdays 10am in the sacristy: contact Barbara Beatson

Contact Club: Wednesdays 1.30pm. Contact Christine Trebicka

Youth Friendship: Fridays in the School Hall, 6.30 to 8.00pm.Years 6,7 & 8. Here are the dates for 2019: 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


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 sacredheart479@gmail.com if you need to be added to the list or removed from it. Thank you.

Church Cleaning Groups: In order that he can put together a correct new rota, could someone from each of the 4 groups please let Richard know of any changes to the membership of the group. 2343580 or sacredheart479@gmail.com. Thank you.


White Flower Appeal – The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal next weekend. SPUC is campaigning to stop the decriminalisation of abortion, which would mean taking abortion outside the law, a dangerous threat to mothers and their unborn children. Please be generous in your support.


Sacred Heart Parish Council met last week. Below are the points from the discussion: Church Displays: the Welcome Banner has been installed and there have been a number of positive comments received about it .Mission – there was an update on charitable fundraising within the parish. Parish Groups Structure: Ministries and Recruitment- this is to be an item for discussion during the next few meetings. There is a huge amount of work going on in the parish with many parishioners organising and participating in a variety of activities. These are to be reviewed and where necessary replenished in a recruitment drive over the next few months. Epiphany Party – was deemed a huge success again, thanks to all the organisers and participants. Ideas for future parish get-togethers were considered.


Parish Website – Volunteer Needed: is there anyone with website development knowledge who could assist with a new design for the parish website? Knowledge of Drupal software would be particularly helpful. If so, please contact Pete Holland via the Presbytery number 2343580


(Fr. Michael’s Homily)

Turning to Mary as Advocate and Intercessor

Christ worked his first miracle in order to grant a temporal favor, an earthly gift, to save the newly-married groom from embarrassment. It had the other effects of convincing his very recent disciples of their belief that he was the expected Messiah, and also it convinces all Christians of the efficacy of our Lady's intercession for us, but its primary purpose was to confer a temporal benefit on the groom.

By this kind act he has shown us that he is interested in our earthly affairs also. He became man in order that we could become sons of God, he came on earth so that we could go to heaven, but this miracle at Cana proves that he has a deep interest in our many and varied activities during the course of our journey to heaven. John recounts in the Gospel: “They began to believe at this time.” Mary’s faith, her initiative, her trust, brought those present - guests and disciples alike - to trust Jesus. As we know, trust is faith.

Popular piety and Marian devotion draw from the Bible and the riches of the Church’s liturgy and in turn leads back to it. Many prayers request the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary soliciting Mary’s help in time of need. The “Sub Tuum Praesidium” we “fly to your patronage, O Holy Mother of God,” so that she will “deliver us from all danger.” In the ‘Memorare’ we beseech her “remember … that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided.” In the Salve Regina we ask her, “Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us… show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus!” who else could we turn to if we want to know and contemplate: Jesus the face of the Father’s mercy? Each time then we turn to the Marian devotion especially, in the recitation of the Rosary- the Gospels on its knees- we contemplate with Mary the face of Christ. The many Marian apparitions and pilgrimages to Fatima, Lourdes, Walsingham, and Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, Knock and Emekutu are great testimonies to the efficacy of her maternal advocacy. Mary’s faith and intercession are the catalyst for the faith of others. May her example inspire us.



Please join us for refreshments in the hall after Mass


Please consider making your offertory donations to the Parish via Standing Order.


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.


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. 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 contact Janina Klapas on 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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