Weekly Bulletin 20th October 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 20th October 2019 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today is World Mission Sunday. There will be a retiring collection at the end of Mass.

There will be African Mass here today at 2pm

Mass Times and Intentions


Saturday 19th October in the church Vigil, 29th Sunday in Ord. Time 6.30 pm In thanksgiving, safe arrivals

of Peggy Louise Harris & Joseph Thomas Ryder

Sunday 20th October in the church Mass, 29th Sunday in Ord. Time 11.00 am Ann Jones & Kevin Mullings

Monday in the church 9.00 am Bridie Breen, SP

Monday in the church Funeral Mass, Bill Moss 11.45 am

Tuesday in the church St John Paul II, Pope 9.00 am Prayer of the Church (No Mass)

Wednesday School, Shalom Room Y6 Mass 9.15am (No evening Mass)

Thursday in the church St Anthony Mary Claret 9.00 am Marie,SP

Friday in the church Six Welsh Martyrs 11.30 am Pam Pope, SP

Saturday in the church Ss Chad & Cedd 9.00 am Jubilarians, SP

Saturday 26th October in the church 30th Sunday in Ord. Time 6.30 pm For the People of the Parish

Sunday 27th October in the church 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time 11.00am Sheila Dorothy Ward &

Paul Thomas Ward

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: Anne Guest, Margaret Swales, John Moore, Patrick Somers, Pat McGivern, Thomas Glover, Irene Heath, Leslie Poolman, Patricia Neylan, Norah Coolans, Thomas Emerson, George Michael Jones, David Askham, Carmen Poolman, Reg Birt, Peter Gee, Tim Smith, Terence Boxall, Angelo Scime, Mary Curtis, Amleto Marasco and James McDonell.

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 £421.27, plus your regular standing orders of £432.35.


Mass information for 26th & 27th October – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Saturday 26th October: Announcer: John McConnon. Readers: Anita Gibson, Pauline McConnon, Helen Woods

Eucharistic Ministers: Alison Woodhead, David Raynes*, Peter Roche

Sunday 27th October: Announcer: Gerard Strain Readers: Jayne Kirwan, Stephen Marlow, Janet Reader

Eucharistic Ministers: Harry Priestley, Rebecca LeCount, Angela Day*, Gerard Strain, Lisa Unwin


Children’s Liturgy: Group 1 Kirsty Group 2 TBA


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. 24th Oct. 9.30am: Group 3: P Deakin, A Gibson, A&A Rodgers

Sat. 9th November: 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 5th November,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. Dates for 2019: 8th Nov, 22nd Nov, 6th Dec, 20th Dec. contact Fran Shiel


Please take a free Rosary leaflet. These have been supplied by the Catenians which is a social organization of Catholic men. The local Sheffield Hallamshire Circle meets at the Victoria Hotel on the 4th Thursday of the month and Barnsley Circle (which has 3 of our parishioners as members) meet in Barnsley on the 2nd Monday of the month. Details from Andrew Hartley via Presbytery number 2343580


APF mission boxes are due for emptying, please bring your box into church or phone Janet Reader via the Presbytery number 2343580


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.


Christmas Fayre will be Sunday 24th November after Mass in the hall.


Fr Andrew Browne will run the Dublin Marathon on Sunday 27th October in aid of St Vincent’s Furniture Store. There is a sponsorship form on the notice board at the back of church.


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.


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.




(Fr. Michael’s Homily)

Pray with Persistence and Expectant Faith

Jesus told the parable of the persistent widow and the unjust judge (Luke 18:1-8) to give his disciples fresh hope and confidence in God's unfailing care and favor towards us. Jesus tells a story that is all too true - a defenseless widow is taken advantaged of and refused her rights. Through sheer persistence she wears down an unscrupulous judge until he gives her justice. Persistence pays off, and that's especially true for those who trust in God. Jesus illustrates how God as our Judge and Vindicator is much quicker to come to our defense and to bring us his justice, blessing, and help when we need it. But we can easily lose heart and forget to ask our heavenly Father for his grace and help. Faith-filled persistence reaps the fruit of justice and grace. Like the Moses in the first reading (Ex. 17:11) “As long as Moses kept his arms raised, Israel had the advantage… and his arms remained firm till sunset”. So, pray! Like Moses, who was above all a man of God, a man of prayer. We see him today in the battle against Amalek, standing atop the hill with his arms raised. An important message in this story of Moses is that commitment to prayer demands that we support one another. All prayer is social! When we pray, the whole society of persons who make up our world comes quickly to mind, their hurts and hopes, their causes and failures. We speak of them to God; we lift them up to God; we entrust them to God, and often enough they do the same for us. Faith is at the core of all prayer. Faith that is an entirely free gift that God makes to us. We could not believe, trust, and persevere with hope if God did not first draw us to himself and reveal to us his merciful love and care. God is our ally, faith in him is our strength and prayer is the expression of this faith. If we want to grow and persevere in faith, then we must nourish our faith with the word of God and ask the Lord to increase it (Luke 17:5). Lord, increase my faith, and may the grace of persistent prayer refresh me. Amen


Please join us for refreshments in the Hall after Mass.



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) carmelcarecoordinator@hallam-diocese.com


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.

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