Bulletin 6 October 2019


479 Langsett Road, Sheffield, S6 2LN. Telephone: (0114) 2343580

Priest-in-Charge: Fr. Michael Achile Umameh

Parish Deacon: Rev.Tony Strike

Parish Priest and Dean: Fr. John Cooke

Parish website: www.sacredheartsheffield.co.uk Parish email: sacredheart479@gmail.com

Sunday 6th October 2019 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Next Sunday is Prisoners’ Sunday. Please take your PACT envelope from the back of church.

Mass Times and Intentions

Saturday 5th October in the church Vigil, 27th Sunday in Ord. Time

6.30 pm

For the People of the Parish

Sunday 6th October in the church Mass, 27th Sunday in Ord. Time

11.00 am

Violet Strain

Monday in the church Our Lady of the Rosary

9.00 am


Tuesday in the church Diocesan clergy conference

9.00 am

Prayer of the Church (No Mass)

Wednesday in the church Diocesan clergy conference

9.00 am

Prayer of the Church (No Mass)

Thursday in the church Diocesan clergy conference

9.00 am

Prayer of the Church (No Mass)

Friday in the church Pope St John XXIII

11.30 am


Saturday in the church

9.00 am

Maloney & Greaves Family

Saturday 12th October in the church 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

6.30 pm

Harry Hibbert, John Hibbert

Sunday 13th October in the church 28th 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, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Frank Kennedy, John Fagan, Rose Mizzi, John Braithwaite, Thomas Alfred Falding, Philomena Castle, Peter Froggatt, May Machin, George Hurst, Harry Coultish, Ann Whyle, Little May B, Eddie O’Hagan, John Eyre, John Gormley, Jim Purdy, Carol Ann Adio, Frances Burdikin, Diane Holding, Canon Michael O’Sullivan, Josephine Eileen Nicholson, Alice King, Charles King and Frank Haigh. 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 £688.95, plus your regular standing orders of £390.50.

The collection for Home Mission Sunday raised £124.41. Thank you.

Please join us for refreshments in the Hall after Mass.

Mass information for 12 & 13 October – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday 12th October

  • Announcer: Pauline McConnon
  • Readers: Christine Trebicka, Ann Fleet, Malcolm Fleet
  • Eucharistic Ministers: Mario Castellino, Malcolm Fleet*, Jayne Kirwan

Sunday 13th October

  • Announcer:
  • Readers: David Wilkinson, Clare Farrington, Monica Grant
  • Eucharistic Ministers: Hilary Green, Chris Hibberd, Stephen Marlow*, Sr Maire, Marie Gelder
  • Children’s Liturgy: Group 1: Kirsty. Group 2: Kate

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.

Further announcements

Church Cleaning:

  • Sat.12 October, 11.00am: Group 2:J Corrigan, M&A Fleet, S&J House, P McConnon, H Woods
  • Thurs. 24 October 9.30am: Group 3: P Deakin, A Gibson, A&A Rodgers

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

Choir Rehearsals: Next rehearsal: Tuesday 5 November, 7.30pm: Barbara Hartley

Art Class: Wednesdays 10.00am in the presbytery. Barbara Beatson

Youth Friendship: Fridays in the Presbytery, 6.30 to 8.00pm. Years 6,7& 8. Dates for 2019:
11 Oct, 8 Nov, 22 Nov, 6 Dec, 20 Dec. Fran Shiel

Sunday Readers & Announcers: The new rota is on the notice board and copies in the sacristy.

Centenary Celebrations: As part of this event, a group is looking at putting together a presentation on the history of Sacred Heart Parish and we would like to get as many photos and artefacts as possible to display. If you have anything – photos or indeed any memorabilia – that would reflect the history of the parish, we would love to use them. Please leave any contributions clearly named and securely packaged in the sacristy. Another group is hoping to put together a Parish Prayer Book and want to include your favourite prayers. These could be added to the Suggestions Board at the back of church. Many thanks.

Canonisation of Bl John Henry Newman, Saturday 12 October: Bishop Ralph will say a special Mass at St Marie’s Cathedral at 12.30pm in honour of this event, followed by refreshments next door in Houlden Hall and a talk on Newman by Deacon Bill Burleigh.

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.

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.

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

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.

THE EVIDENCE OF GRACE - (Fr. Michael’s Homily)

Faith: The Greatest Force in the World

Jesus tells us that with faith we can do far more than we could accomplish by our own strength; faith can even move mountains and raise the dead (see Matthew17:20; Mark 11:23). Faith transforms our lives and can-do miraculous things through us and for us. What kind of faith did Jesus have in mind here? By faith Jesus meant more than just belief in God and in his power. Jesus spoke of faith as something dynamic, active, very alive, personal and communal, and above all expectant. What then is faith? Faith is a gift of God, a supernatural virtue infused by him (CCC 153) and Faith is also a virtue, a habit of the soul, which disposes the person to surrender one’s mind and heart to God. St. Paul calls this free submission of intellect and will "the obedience of faith" (Romans 1:5).

An expectant faith is required in the living out of our Christian creed. An expectant faith enables us to cooperate with God's grace and power for accomplishing whatever God wants us to do. Pope Francis in Lumen Fidei wrote; Faith is born of an encounter with the living God who calls us and reveals his love, a love which precedes us and upon which we can lean for security and for building our lives. Transformed by this love, we gain fresh vision, new eyes to see and so radically changed inwardly it enables us to see reality with new eyes. This encounter with God culminating in Christ, consist in the willingness to let ourselves be constantly transformed and renewed by God’s call, allowing grace penetrates the depths of our being; making us adopted children of God and shearers in the divine nature. This further modifies our relationships with one another, re-defines our place in the world and opens us to God’s life of communion.

For faith to be effective then it must be linked with trust and obedience — an active submission to God and a willingness to do whatever he commands. Faith gives us a new reliability, a new firmness, a steadfast conviction in God and an enduring love for all people. Faith gives us vibrancy of heart and spirit. A vibrancy that hold the word of God passionately and intelligently. Whenever we are at our worst and lowest moments, we can turn our faith — the greatest force in the world. Lord, increase our faith.

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