Bulletin 27 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 27th January 2019 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Please join us for refreshments in the hall after Mass.

Mass Times and Intentions

Saturday 26th January,

Vigil, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time


For the People of the Parish

Sunday 27th January,

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time


For the People of the Parish

Monday, in the church, St Thomas Aquinas


Thanksgiving for Daniel Wotton

Tuesday, in the church


Funeral Mass, Andrew Varley

Wednesday, in the church


For Peace in threatened places

Thursday, in the church, St John Bosco


Brian Clarke & Reamann Clarke

Friday, in the church, St Bridget


Matty Billington

Friday, in the church, First Friday Devotion



Saturday, in the church



Saturday 2nd February,

Vigil, Presentation of the Lord


Thanksgiving, Nicholoy’s 21st Birthday

Sunday 3rd February,

Presentation of the Lord


For the People of the Parish

  • Mass at Kirk Edge Monastery each day at 8.00am. Wednesdays: Rosary and Novena, 7.00pm in the church

  • Saturdays: 9.45am Morning Prayer, 9.00am Mass, Confessions & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

  • Friday 1st February: 6pm in church – First Friday Contemplation and Adoration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Please pray for all those who have died recently, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Frances Tingle, Mary Groark, Stephen Hunter, John Thomas Sands, Mary O’Hagan, Mary Kelly, Josephine Lewis, John Clements, Patricia Hartley, John O’Connor, Josephine Hunt, John Hinchliffe, Siobhan Purdy, Kathleen Rhodes, James Flynn, Helena Lasek, Christina Purdy, Alice McCluskie, Lavinia Hissitt, Helen Bramwell, Ruth Freer, Margaret Evans, Norah Walker and Shirley Anne Fox. May they rest in peace.

Please also pray for all those unwell at home or in hospital and for all those who care for the sick.

Thank you for last week’s collection of £413.98, plus your regular standing orders of £417.00 per week.

Mass information for 2nd & 3rd February, Presentation of the Lord


Saturday: Malcolm Fleet

Sunday: Janet Reader



John McConnon, Clarissa Mswaka, Anita Gibson


Rachel Woodley, Monica Grant, Brian Marsden

Eucharistic Ministers


Alison Woodhead, David Raynes, Peter Roche*


Barbara Parker, Harry Priestley* Rebecca LeCount, Angela Day, Gerard Strain

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: Maryann and Kirsty

Church Cleaning: Please see the rota on the notice board in the church porch. New rotas are being put together now. Can someone from each of the 4 groups contact Richard on 2343580 or sacredheart479@gmail.com to let him know of any changes to the membership of the group?

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

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

Art Class: Wednesdays 10.00am in the sacristy. Barbara Beatson

Contact Club: Wednesdays 1.30pm. Christine Trebicka

Youth Friendship: Fridays in the School Hall, 6.30 to 8.00pm.Years 6, 7 & 8. Dates for 2019 are 1st Feb, 15th Feb, 8th March, 22nd March, 26th April, 10th May, 24th May, 7th June, 21st June, 5th July, 12th July (Gelato Trip). 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 or removed from the list. Thank you.

White Flower Appeal: The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) is holding its annual appeal this 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.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred by Bishop Ralph Heskett on Saturday 29th June at 6.30pm. Candidates will be in Year 9 or older. Confirmation Preparation Leaders have a meeting in February to prepare the programme of preparation. Letters of invitation to potential candidates who are former Sacred Heart School pupils are at the back of church, with application forms inside. Copies are also available from the Presbytery on 2343580 or sacredheart479@gmail.com. Please return the form to Fr Michael or Deacon Tony as soon as possible.

First Holy Communion Parents preparation evening Wednesday 30th January at 6:30pm in the Hall. Sessions with children begins on Sunday 3rd February at 9:30am in the Hall.

Journey in Faith: sessions begin on Sunday 3rd February at 6:30pm in the Presbytery. Please fill out the forms at the back of the Church.

Forthcoming events at other parishes in the Deanery:

  • St Vincent’s Panto “A Tale of Two Cities” Friday 15th February 7:30 pm, Saturday 16th February 2pm and 7:30pm. Proceeds to St Justin’s Group and CAFOD.

  • St Francis Dance Group: “The Greatest Show” Friday 1st March, 8.00pm and Saturday 2nd March, 3.00pm. Proceeds to CAFOD.

The Evidence of Grace

(Fr. Michael’s Homily)

Jesus Fulfils the Messianic Prophecy

In the Gospel passage we find ourselves part of a typical Jewish synagogue service. Jesus is not only the lector for the day, but he is also the homilist. He reads from the prophet Isaiah. The people sit and listen. He then gives his interpretation of what they have heard, and the people respond. The meaning of today’s liturgy is subtle and many-layered. We witness in today’s Liturgy the creation of a new people of God. Ezra started reading at dawn of the first day of the Jewish new year. Jesus also proclaims a “sabbath,” a great year of Jubilee, a deliverance from slavery to sin, a release from the debts we owe to God. The people greeted Ezra “as one man.” And, as today’s Epistle teaches, in the Spirit the new people of God—the Church—is made “one body” with Him.

Jesus is full of the spirit. He stands in continuity with the past by reading from Isaiah, and he gives the people assurance that God has been faithful to God’s promises, that in him what the prophet had said hundreds of years before has come to pass. His mission, his program, his vocation will be to do what the prophet says: bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives, give sight to the blind, release prisoners, announce a year of favour from the Lord. A year of favour is the Jubilee year when debts were forgiven, enemies were reconciled, and there was a new start for everyone. His words were words of encouragement for the people, words of compassion, of understanding, of love. And of course, he did not just talk about it. He went out and did it. The Holy Spirit is Jesus' gift to the Church. The Holy Spirit enables the Church to continue the mission of Jesus. May we have the courage to say: Here I am, Lord, do with me whatever you will.

Further Announcements

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

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

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