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.ukParish email: email@example.com
Sunday 11thAugust 2019 – 19thSunday in Ordinary Time
Mass Times and Intentions
Saturday 10thAugust in the church Vigil, 19thSunday in Ord. Time 6.30 pm For the People of the Parish
Sunday, 11thAugust Mass,19thSunday in Ordinary Time 11.00 amFor the People of the Parish
Tuesday in the churchSs Pontian & Hippolytus 9.00 amPrayer of the Church (No Mass)
Wednesday in the church St Maximilian Kolbe 7.30 pm
Thursday in the churchThe Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary10.00 am
Friday in the churchSt Stephen of Hungary11.30 am Prayer of the Church (No Mass)
Saturdayin the church 9.00 am
Saturday 17thAugust in the church19thSunday in Ordinary Time 6.30 pmFor the People of the Parish
Sunday 18thAugustin the church 19thSunday in Ordinary Time11.00am For the People of the Parish
Mass at Kirk Edge Monastery each day at 8am.Saturdays at Sacred Heart: Adoration, confessions 10am to 11am.
Please pray forAda Staniforth and those who have died recently, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Lawrence Finn, Mary Anne McGowan, Gary Wilkinson, Margaret Bessler, Patricia Ann Marie Murphy, Doreen Brennan, Sheila Butler, Sheila Blackwood, Doug Ollerenshaw, Ken Taylor and Mavis Bowden.May they rest in peace.
Ada Staniforthdied on 21stJuly. Her Funeral Mass will be here on Monday 19thAugustat 11am, with burial to follow at Birtin Cemetery, Oughtibridge. May she 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 £ 521.74,plus your regular standing orders of £390.50.
Mass information for 17th& 18thAugust – 20thSunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday 17thAugust: Announcer:Ann FleetReaders:Annette Murray, Clarissa Mswaka, Paul Zadik Eucharistic Ministers: Peter Roche,Steve McGarry*, Walter Mswaka
Sunday 18thAugust:Announcer:David Wilkinson. Readers:Jayne Kirwan, Stephen Marlow, Janet Reader
Eucharistic Ministers:Rita Kaye, Sheila McDonnell*, Stephen Marlow, Sr Maire, Marie Gelder
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 or Chris Ashton on 2343580. Patient in hospital:Ring the voicemail on 2714999.
Church Cleaning:Sat.17thAugust, 11.00am:Group 2: J Corrigan, M&A Fleet, S&J House, P McConnon, H Woods
Thurs.29thAugust, 9.30am:Group 3: P Deakin, A Gibson, A&A Rodgers
St Vincent de Paul: Mondaysat 7.30pm. Chris Ashton on 2343580.
Choir Rehearsals: Next rehearsal: Tuesday 3rdSeptember,7.30pm: Barbara Hartley 2343580
Art Class: Wednesdays 10am in the presbytery. Barbara Beatson 2343580.
Youth Friendship: Fridays in the Presbytery, 6.30 to 8.00pm. Years 6,7& 8. Will re-start in September.
Sacred Heart Parish Council:Next meeting -22ndAugust, 7.30pm in the Presbytery.
For Mass Booking:Please contact Richard on 2343580 or firstname.lastname@example.org arrange a Mass for a 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 2343580, or in church after Mass on Sunday. For urgent matters go to the Hallam Safeguarding Team on 2566453.
St Wilfrid’s Centre:Runners wanted! Sheffield 10k –Sunday, 22ndSeptember. Places still available.
Are you an experienced runner or need a new challenge after your Summer holiday? Why not sign up and be part of the St Wilfrid’s running team for the famous Sheffield 10k? Interested? We ask that you raise minimum of £80 in sponsorship. This includes your running place, a St Wilfrid’s t-shirt and plenty of friendly support! Reserve you place: email@example.com.
THE EVIDENCE OF GRACE
(Fr. Michael’s Homily)
Informative and Performative Faith
Today’s second reading, from the Letter to the Hebrews, gives a classic definition of faith: “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” We are born of the faith of our fathers, descending from a great cloud of witnesses whose faith is attested to on every page of Scripture (Hebrews 12:1). Only faith can guarantee the blessings we hope for.
In his encyclical, Spe Salvi, Pope Benedict XVI explains that faith ought to be “performative” rather than merely “informative.” He writes: In our language we would say: the Christian message was not only “informative” but “performative”. That means: The Gospel is not merely a communication of things that can be known—it is one that makes things happen and is life-changing. The dark door of time, of the future, has been thrown open. The one who has hope lives differently; the one who hopes has been granted the gift of a new life.
The word ‘performative’ sums up St. Paul’s notion that “the word of God is living and active” (Heb 4:12). Faith is much more than an ascent to various titbits of creeds, declaration and definitions. Faith is a surrender to a Person who surrendered Himself to us. We accept all the rest—the doctrines, creeds and laws—because we accept Him first. We can encounter information and not have our lives changed. Creeds we ascent to need to transform our lives with deeds. No one who hears the Gospel, take it to heart, can remain indifferent.
Faith is truly a supernatural virtue. It does not depend on human ingenuity or effort. It is something we must ask for with humility, perhaps many times. With God’s grace, our whole life will then become a prayer of faith, and all our actions will be illuminated by it. We do not often take the time to ponder and to recognize the infinite implications of professing our faith in the God of Jesus Christ. So now we must ask explicitly: is the Christian faith also for us today a life-changing and life-sustaining hope? Is it “performative” for us—is it a message which shapes our life in a new way, or is it just “information” which, in the meantime, we have set aside, and which now seems to us to have been superseded by more recent information? Do I eat as one who is aware of the members of the Body who starve? Do my economic intuitions reflect solidarity, subsidiarity, and the preferential option for the poor? Do my attitudes towards strangers, enemies, and the other reflect those of the Good Samaritan? Do I place my hope in my power, money, affluence or in the poverty of Christ’s omnipotent Love? Lord Jesus, you alone are my treasure and the joy of my heart. May I become a faithful and wise steward of the treasure of the faith. Amen.
Please join us for refreshments in the Hall after Mass.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please consider making your offertory donations to the Parish via Standing Order: Parishioners may prefer to give regularly by standing ordersince 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 Aiddeclaration. Gift Aidallows 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 Aiddeclaration 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) email@example.com
Diocesan Job Vacanciesare on the screen notice board at the back of church. Also on the Diocesan website.