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 28th July 2019 – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mass Times and Intentions
Saturday 27th July in the church Vigil, 17th Sunday in Ord. Time 6.30 pm For the People of the Parish
Sunday, 28th July in the church Mass, 17th Sunday in Ord. Time 11.00 am Shirley Hayes
Monday in the church Funeral Service for Michael Green 12.30pm No Mass
Tuesday in the church St Martha 9.00 am Prayer of the Church (No Mass)
Wednesday in the church St Peter Chrysologus 7.30 pm
Thursday in the church St Alphonsus Liguori 9.00 am
Friday in the church St Eusabius of Vercelli 11.30 am James Marsden
Saturday in the church St Germanus of Auxerre 9.00 am
Saturday 3rd August in the church 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 6.30 pm For the People of the Parish
Sunday 4th August in the church 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 11.00am For the People of Sweden
Mass at Kirk Edge Monastery each day at 8am. Saturdays at Sacred Heart: Adoration, confessions 10am to 11am.
Please pray for the repose of the souls of those who have died recently, and also for those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Audrey Gerrard, Lily Stevenson, Frank Murray, Cecilia Leach, Doreen Fitzpatrick, Robert Jessop, Shirley Hayes, John Donlon, Martin Strain, James Marsden and Patrick Judge. May they rest in peace.
Michael Green died on 16th June. His funeral service will be here on Monday, 29th July at 12.30pm. Michael’s family have the assurance of our prayers. May he 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 the last week’s collection of £ 443.26, plus your regular standing orders of £390.50.
Mass information for 3rd & 4th August – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday 3rd August: Announcer: John McConnon. Readers: Pauline McConnon, Christine Trebicka, David Barrett. Eucharistic Ministers: Jayne Kirwan, Enrico Castellino*, Anita Gibson
Sunday 4th August: Announcer: Janet Reader. Readers: Gerard Strain, Clare Farrington, Monica Grant.
Eucharistic Ministers: Lisa Unwin, Jane Higgins*, David Wilkinson, Annie Reed, Chris Ashton
Children’s Liturgy: No Children’s Liturgy until September.
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: Sat. 3rd August 11.00am: Group 1: A Larkin, J McDonnell, A & L Murray, J & C Uwaoma
Sat. 17th August 11.00am: Group 2: J Corrigan, M&A Fleet, S&J House, P McConnon, H Woods
St Vincent de Paul: Mondays at 7.30pm. Contact Chris Ashton
Choir Rehearsals: Next rehearsal:Tuesday 3rd September,7.30pm: contact Barbara Hartley
Art Class: Wednesdays 10am in the presbytery. Contact Barbara Beatson .
Youth Friendship: Fridays in the Presbytery, 6.30 to 8.00pm. Years 6,7& 8. Will re-start in September.
Sunday Announcers & Readers: The new rota is on the notice board and there are copies in the sacristy.
Sacred Heart Parish Council: Council met recently. Here are the main points from the discussion: Justice and Peace – the current funds for this group were presented following the Ring of Coins Collection and other donations. Church Website – new work is to be undertaken to update and improve the current website. Sacred Heart Centenary 2020 – there is already much enthusiasm and interest in how we might celebrate. A number of volunteers have already come forward to be part of a sub- committee, BUT there is still a chance for more people to get involved. Any ideas for events, activities, liturgy, fund raisers, displays – indeed anything fitting – can be submitted to the group who will co-ordinate. It is hoped the first meeting of this group will take place in August. We want to make this a year to remember! The Centenary Year of Events will be launched in just a few weeks’ time with a Mass on 15th September. Next Parish Council Meeting - 22nd August, 7.30pm in the Presbytery.
Sacred Heart Memorial Garden: We have plots available to reserve in our memorial garden. Plots cost £300 each, including a plaque and the right to inter ashes. For more details, please contact Richard at the Presbytery on 2343580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mass Booking: You may wish to dedicate a Mass to the deceased, or have a Mass said for your own or loved ones’ intentions. The traditional Mass booking donation applies. Please contact Richard on 2343580 or email@example.com to arrange a Mass dedication on the date of your choice, or give your request in writing to Fr Michael.
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.
THE EVIDENCE OF GRACE
(Fr. Michael’s Homily)
Lord, Teach Us to Pray!
Today we meet Jesus praying in a certain place. And when he had finished his time of prayer, the disciples asked the Lord Jesus to teach them how to pray. This was a common practice for a teacher to teach his disciples a common prayer. The common prayer was a sign of relationship with the master. The disciples often learned a prayer and learned how to pray from the master. This is the first thing we learn about prayer today: we can learn to pray, and we need to be taught how to pray.
The disciples had been with Christ and seen him pray. They knew of the connection between his wondrous life in public, and his secret life of prayer. They believe in him as a master in the art of prayer. And so, they asked: 'Lord, teach us to pray'.
Prayer is something that we learn how to do. We learn from the Lord Jesus and we learn from his Church. We learn from the Scriptures and we learn from the saints. We learn from our priests and we learn from our Faith formation teachers. And often, we learn to pray from our mothers on earth who prayed with us to our Father in heaven. We learn to walk. We learn to speak. We learn to read, and we learn to pray. All of Jesus' miracles, wisdom, and preaching came from the fountainhead of His intimacy with the Father in prayer.
So, when we pray, we must imitate Jesus. Like him, we must lift up our hearts and minds to God, hallow his name, submit ourselves and our requests to his will, and ask that his Kingdom may come on earth as it is in Heaven. Having touched first the heart of our Father, we can then ask, seek, and knock on that heart for our own needs and, with faith — as firm a faith as possible — await his response. To each of us, Jesus our Exemplar says: “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Lk. 11:9).
We learn to pray. Our prayer expresses our relationship. Our prayer is a humble and persistent admission of our needs. Trusting in the unfailing love of the father and the assurances of his promises, we should always pray with confidence and eager expectation. For Jesus assures us “For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Lk 11: 10). Let our first prayer be: Lord teach how to pray!
Please join us for refreshments in the Hall after Mass
Please consider making your offertory donations to the Parish via Standing Order: Parishioners may prefer to give regularly by standing order since this is an efficient and convenient method. There’s no need for cash or to write cheques. If you would like to donate by standing order, please set this up with your bank. The parish bank account details are Sort Code: 40-41-47 Account no. 21094319. Whether you give by envelope or by standing order, if you are a taxpayer the best way to increase the value of your donations, without it costing you anymore, is to complete a Gift Aid declaration. Gift Aid allows the church to claim back from the government on your behalf 25p for every £1 you donate, boosting the value of the donation by a quarter. Gift Aid declaration forms are also available at the back of church. Please place completed forms in the Sacristy. As a church community, we are encouraged to increase the amount we give to support our church as income is failing to keep up with growing expenses. Please consider if it is possible to give a bit more. Thank you for everything you already give and do in any way.
Volunteers Needed – Carmel Care Lunch Club: 172 Dykes Hall Road S9 4GS: Carmel Care is seeking to recruit two volunteers to set up and run a Lunch Club for adults at Carmel Care. If you are aged 18 or over, able to relate to people with respect and understanding, and willing to give a few hours each week we would like to hear from you. For more information please contact Anne Jenkinson (Co-ordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org
Diocesan Job Vacancies are on the screen notice board at the back of church. Also on the Diocesan website.