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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 25th August 2019 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our congratulations to Mike & Mary Nadin on the Golden Jubilee anniversary of their wedding.
Mass Times and Intentions
Saturday 24th August in the church Vigil, 21st Sunday in Ord. Time 6.30 pm For the People of the Parish
Sunday, 25th August Mass, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 11.00 am For the People of the Parish
- in the church St Monica 9.00 am Prayer of the Church (No Mass)
Wednesday in the church St Augustine 7.30 pm
Thursday in the church The beheading of St John the Baptist 9.00 am
Friday in the church Ss M Clitherow, A Line, M Ward 11.30 am Paddy Clarke
Saturday in the church St Aidan & The Saints of Lindisfarne 9.00 am
Saturday 31st August in the church 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 6.30 pm Maureen Williams, Paddy Clarke, Paul King, Terence Mulcrone
Sunday 1st September in the church 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 11.00am 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 for those who have died recently, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Peter Rooney, Kathleen Humphries, Evelyn Darling, Catherine Longden, Catherine Slater, Chloe Yale, Eunice Connolly, Beatrice Camsell, Frank & Elizabeth Handley, Kathleen Broughton, Violet Cooper, Fr Pat McDermott, Sally MacDonald, Paddy Clarke, Helen Panks and Norah Brennan. May they rest in peace.
- 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 £ 503.77, plus your regular standing orders of £390.50.
Mass information for 31st August & 1st September – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday 31st August: Announcer: John McConnon. Readers: Helen Woods, Anita Gibson, Pauline McConnon.
Eucharistic Ministers: Annette Murray, Claire Brady*, Mario Castellino
Sunday 1st September: Announcer: Ailsa Rodgers. Readers: Mike Nadin, Monica Grant, Gerard Strain.
Eucharistic Ministers: Harry Priestley, Rebecca LeCount*, Angela Day, Gerard Strain, Lisa Unwin.
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. Chris Ashton
Choir Rehearsals: Next rehearsal: Tuesday 3rd September,7.30pm: Barbara Hartley
Art Class: Wednesdays 10am in the presbytery. Barbara Beatson
Youth Friendship: Fridays in the Presbytery, 6.30 to 8.00pm. Years 6,7& 8. Will re-start in September.
For Mass Booking: Please contact Richard on 2343580 or email@example.com 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 in church after Mass on Sunday. For urgent matters go to the Hallam Safeguarding Team on 2566453.
Parish Centenary Celebrations: There will be a meeting of the co-ordinating sub-group on Monday 2nd September at 7.30pm in the Presbytery. This is an open meeting. Anyone who wishes to take part will be welcome.
Bishop’s Walk: Saturday 21st September. Please support Bishop Ralph, Bishop John and the team with your sponsorship to help the valuable work of St Wilfrid’s Centre with vulnerable people. Our Parish has contributed to raising over £200,000 over the 21 years the walk has taken place. Please see the sponsorship form at the back of church. If you Gift Aid, you increase your donation at no extra cost. Thank you.
St Wilfrid’s Centre: Runners wanted! Sheffield 10k – Sunday, 22nd September. Places still available.
THE EVIDENCE OF GRACE
(Fr. Michael’s Homily)
Strive to Enter Through the Narrow Gate.
Jesus warns that we can be excluded if we do not strive to enter by the narrow door. The door which Jesus had in mind was himself. I am the door; if anyone enters by me, he will be saved (John 10:9). God sent his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to open the way for us to have full access to the throne of God's grace (favour and blessing) and mercy (pardon for our sins). Through Jesus' victory on the cross he has freed us from slavery to sin and hurtful desires and addictions, and he has made us sons and daughters of God and citizens of his heavenly kingdom.
What does the image of a door say to us about the kingdom of God? Jesus' story about the door being shut to those who come too late suggests they had offended their host and deserved to be excluded. It was customary for teachers in Jesus' time to close the door on tardy students and not allow them back for a whole week in order to teach them a lesson in discipline and faithfulness.
In Jesus, God has come—as He promises in this week’s First Reading—to gather nations of every language, to reveal to them His glory: “They shall come to witness my glory” (Isa 66:18).
Eating and drinking with them, teaching in their streets, Jesus in the Gospel is slowly making His way to Jerusalem. There, Isaiah’s vision will be fulfilled: On the holy mountain He will be lifted up (see John 3:14), and He will draw to Himself brethren from among all the nations to worship in the heavenly Jerusalem, to glorify Him for His kindness, as we sing in today’s Psalm. In God’s plan, the kingdom was proclaimed first to the Israelites and last to the Gentiles (see Romans 1:16; Acts 3:25–26), who in the Church have come from the earth’s four corners to make up the new people of God.
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) 07305 476 987 email@example.com
Diocesan Job Vacancies are on the screen notice board at the back of church. Also on the Diocesan website.