Bulletin 15 September 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 15 September 2019 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sacred Heart Centenary Celebration Mass

There will be collections at this weekend’s Masses for Home Mission Sunday

Mass Times and Intentions

Saturday 14 September in the church Vigil, 24th Sunday in Ord. Time

6.30 pm

For the People of the Parish

Sunday 15 September in the church Mass, 24th Sunday in Ord. Time

11.00 am

For the People of the Parish

Monday in the church Ss Cornelius, Cypian, Ninian

9.00 am


Tuesday in the church St Robert Bellarmine

9.00 am

Prayer of the Church (No Mass)

Wednesday in the church

7.30 pm


Thursday in the church St Januarius, St Theodore of Canterbury

9.00 am


Friday in the church St Andrew Kim Taegon, St Paul Chong

11.30 am


Saturday in the church St Matthew, Apostle

9.00 am

Angela Maloney

Saturday 21 September in the church 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

6.30 pm

Louise West (nee Macnamara)

Sunday 22 September in the church 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time


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. Also for those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Robert Hynd, Francis Hynd, Hazel Broadley, Vincent Frawley, Fred Axe, Winifred Shuck, Mark Brett, Kathleen Parry, Delia de Lacy, Michael Flynn, Eileen Thorpe, Michael Donlon, James Donlon, Beartrice Pressley, Dan Cummings, Tommy Woolfrey, Thomas Beatson, Peter Hogan, Arthur Davison, David England, Enrico Scarpa, Ellen Frain and Richard Turner. 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 £507.39, plus your regular standing orders of £390.50.

Please join us for refreshments in the Hall after Mass.

Mass information for 21 & 22 September – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday 21st September:

  • Announcer: Paul Zadik

  • Readers: John McConnon, David Barrett, Claire Brady

  • Eucharistic Ministers: David Raynes, Peter Roche*, Steve McGarry

Sunday 22nd September:

  • Announcer: David Wilkinson

  • Readers: Darren McDonnell, John Brennan, Stephen Marlow

  • Eucharistic Ministers: John Mizzi, Mary Nadin*, Mike Nadin, Juliet White, Barbara Parker

Children’s Liturgy: Will re-commence Sunday, 22nd 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. 28 September, 11.00 am: Group 1: A Larkin, J McDonnell, A&L Murray, J&C Uwaoma

  • Sat. 12 October, 11.00 am: Group 2: J Corrigan, M&A Fleet, S&J House, P McConnon, H Woods

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

Choir Rehearsals: Next rehearsal: Tuesday 1 October,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. Dates for 2019: 27 Sept, 11 Oct - Half Term - 8 Nov, 22 Nov, 6 Dec, 20 Dec. Fran Shiel

APF Mission Boxes are due for emptying. Please leave your red box at the back of church or contact Janet Reader. Thank you.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance: We are no longer collecting milk bottle tops. Thank you for all your contributions.

Help required with a few household / removal jobs for a lady in the Hillsborough area. Please contact Gerard Strain.

For Mass Booking: Please contact Richard on 2343580 or sacredheart479@gmail.com to arrange a Mass for a date of your choice or give your request in writing to Fr Michael.

Eucharistic Ministers: New ministers for Sundays are required. If you would like to be trained to do this, please contact Richard on 2343580 or speak to Fr Michael.

Taize Evening, St Vincent’s Church, Crookes, Friday 20 September, 7pm. Please see the poster at the back of church for details and the sign-up sheet if you wish to stay for refreshments afterwards.

Bishop’s Walk: Saturday 21 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, 22 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 in-cludes your running place, a St Wilfrid’s t-shirt and plenty of friendly support! Reserve you place: mads@stwilfridscentre.org.


(Fr. Michael’s Homily)

The Father's Extravagant Love and Mercy

The father goes out searching for the dutiful son (Lk 15:28), just as he went out to welcome the prodigal son (Lk 15:20). This invitation to forgiveness is an invitation to joy, an invitation to share in the healing and restorative power of forgiveness.  Unforgiveness blocks the fulfilment of the human person on every level of existence-physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual and social. Inwardly harming and twisting the person, destroying human community and rupturing the relationship God wills to exist between himself and humankind. Thus, we exchange the life and freedom, won for us by Christ for renewed death and slavery. “In all truth I tell you, everyone who commits sin is slave. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever (Jn.8:34-36)”. And a slave of unforgiveness has no voice, no vote, no right, no blessings, no inheritance, no place and no property because it is himself/herself now a property. The first and the deepest kind of healing that Christ brings to us is the forgiveness of our sins. Forgiveness is restoration, reconciliation, re-instatement, it is healing and wholeness. We are forgiven and made whole so that we can forgive and make others whole as well. Grant pardon and you will be pardoned. (Lk.6:36-38). The elder brother of the prodigal son by his unforgiveness though in the house had nothing. He had made himself an outsider. For a person becomes a slave of whatever overcomes him (2Pet.2:19) and every slave of whatever sin has a devil for a father (Jn 8:44) and the devil who is the father of liar and a thief come only to steal, destroy and kill. Whoever has set his life on the path of unforgiveness heads for self-destruction.

Our world is filled with people with fragile egos and pride. And would not want to be hurt and when it happens would not want to easily forgive. So, the world is left as open infirmary of the sick roaming from place to place in search of a healing balm that lies untapped within them. Above all remember to forgive yourself as well. Life is too short and too precious to waste being trapped and bound in the chains of unforgiveness. When we forgive, this promise becomes true for us; And now, I am freeing you from the fetters that bind your hands (Jer. 40:4). God the father invites us to forgive. Now Forgive!

Further announcements

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 sacredheart479@gmail.com.

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 carmelcarecoordinator@hallam-diocese.com

Diocesan Job Vacancies are on the screen notice board at the back of church, also on the Diocesan website. 

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.

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.

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