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 18th August 2019 – 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Samuel Anton Pantiru will be baptised at Mass today. Congratulations to his family.
Daniel and Veronica Onumah will be married here on Saturday, 24th August at 1.00 pm
Mass Times and Intentions
Saturday 17th August in the church Vigil, 20th Sunday in Ord. Time 6.30 pm For the People of the Parish
Sunday, 18th August Mass, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time 11.00 am For the People of the Parish
Tuesday in the church St Bernard of Clairvaux 9.00 am Prayer of the Church (No Mass)
Wednesday in the church St Pius X 7.30 pm
Thursday in the church Our Lady, Mother & Queen 9.00 am
Friday in the church St Rose of Lima 11.30 am
Saturday in the church St Bartholemew 9.00 am
Saturday in the church Daniel and Veronica Onumah 1. 00 pm
Saturday 24th August in the church 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 6.30 pm For the People of the Parish
Sunday 25th August in the church 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 11.00am For the People of the Parish
Mike & Mary Nadin – Golden Jubilee
Mass at Kirk Edge Monastery each day at 8am. Saturdays at Sacred Heart: Adoration, confessions 10am to 11am.
Please pray for those who have died recently, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Sharon Longshaw, J R Ward, Brian Falding, Sara Male, Florence Guest, William Martin, Diane Nelson, George Purdy, Margaret Harrison, Margaret Donlon, Francis Donlon and Cornelius Heffernan. 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 the last week’s collection of £ 494.39, plus your regular standing orders of £390.50.
Mass information for 24th & 25th August – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday 24th August: Announcer: Malcolm Fleet Readers: David Barrett, Claire Brady, John McConnon
Eucharistic Ministers: Tina Varley, Clarissa Mswaka*, Ann Fleet
Sunday 25th August: Announcer: Jayne Kirwan Readers: John Brennan, Katie Unwin, Darren McDonnell
Eucharistic Ministers: John Mizzi, Mary Nadin*, Mike Nadin, Juliet White, Barbara Parker
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: Thurs. 29th August, 9.30am: Group 3: P Deakin, A Gibson, A&A Rodgers
Sat. 14th September, 11.00 am: Group 4: A Purdy, A Windle, R Gillott, J Klapas
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.
Saturday Vigil readers: The new rota is on the notice board.
Sacred Heart Parish Council: Next meeting - 22nd August, 7.30pm in the Presbytery.
For Mass Booking: Please contact Richard on 2343580 or firstname.lastname@example.org to 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 07955 234602, 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, 22nd September. 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)
Fire on The Earth!
Our God is a consuming fire, the Scriptures tell us (Hebrews 12:29). And in this week’s Gospel, Jesus uses the image of fire to describe the demands of discipleship. Do you want to be on fire for God? Jesus shocked his disciples when he declared that he would cast fire and cause division rather than peace upon the earth. What kind of fire did Jesus have in mind here?
The image of fire in biblical times was often associated with God and with his action in the world and in the lives of his people. God sometimes manifested his presence by use of fire, such as God's revelation to Moses through the burning bush in the wilderness which was not consumed by the flames (Exodus 3:2). God assured the Hebrew people of his continual presence, guidance, and protection for them through the wilderness for forty years with the pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day (Exodus 13:21-22). The prophet Elijah called down fire from heaven to reveal God's presence and power and to purify the people of false idols (1 Kings 18:36-39). The image of fire was also used as a sign of God's glory (Ezekiel 1:4, 13) and holiness (Deuteronomy 4:24), his protective presence (2 Kings 6:17), and his righteous judgment (Zechariah 13:9) and holy wrath against sin (Isaiah 66:15-16).
Fire is also a sign and symbol of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist said that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11-12 and Luke 3:16-17). When the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the disciples at Pentecost "tongues of fire" appeared above their heads (Acts 2:3). We can see from both the Old and New Testament Scriptures that God's fire purifies and cleanses to make us clean and holy, and it inspires a reverent fear and respect for God and for his holy word.
The essence of Christianity is loyalty to Jesus Christ - the Son of God and Savior of the world - a loyalty that takes precedence over every other relationship. The love of God compels us to choose who will be first in our lives. To place any relationship above God is a form of idolatry.
"Lord Jesus, may the fire of your love consume me and transform my life that I may truly desire nothing more than life with you. Fill me with the power of your Holy Spirit that I may always seek to please you and do your will." 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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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) email@example.com
Diocesan Job Vacancies are on the screen notice board at the back of church. Also on the Diocesan website.