Bulletin 17 November 2019


Parish Priest: Fr. Michael Achile Umameh

Parish Deacon: Rev. Tony Strike

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

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

Sunday 17 November 2019 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Peggy Louise Harris will be baptised at Mass today. Congratulations to her family.
  • There is a retiring collection at this weekend’s Masses in support of Sick & Retired Clergy
  • African Mass at 2pm today. All welcome.
  • Next Sunday will be a Family Mass, led by the children

Mass Times and Intentions

Saturday 16 November, Vigil, 33rd Sunday in Ord. Time

St Margaret of Scotland


Eduardo Vargas,

Deceased, Murray & Mardlin families

Sunday 17 November, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mass

World Day of the Poor


Ponciana Lebumfacil,

Galway family

Sunday 17th November,

African Mass




Ss Peter & Paul, Apostles


SMG (intentions),

Deceased relatives & friends of Kyeyune family



Prayer of the Church (No Mass)

Wednesday in school Shalom Room, class Mass Y5


No evening Mass


Presentation of Blessed Virgin Mary


SW (intentions), Jesus Lebumfacil, McGeehan family, Harry & Dot Butler, Joseph Patrick Hope, Bambury family, Edna de Andres



Funeral Mass, Peter Lemmings

Saturday, Pope St Clement I


Soledad Aquino, Bolger Family

Saturday 23 November, Vigil,

Christ the King


Frederick Byrne, Romualdo Aquino, Jeanne Dimberline, Marie Hart

Sunday 24 November, Mass,

Christ the King


Cesar Tan, Hogan family

  • All masses are in the church unless otherwise stated.
  • Mass at Kirk Edge Monastery each day at 8am.
  • Saturdays at Sacred Heart: Adoration, confessions 10am to 11am.
  • You are all welcome to join us for refreshments in the hall after Mass

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Peter Lemmings, who died on 14 November. His Funeral Mass will be here on Friday 22 November at 9.00am, followed by cremation at Grenoside Crematorium at 10.30am. His family have the assurance of our prayers. May he rest in peace.

Please pray for Peter Lemmings and those who have died recently, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Joyce Summerbell, Patrick Gerard Rowan, Jennie Deakin, Alice Convery, Anne Axe, Thomas Tingle, Margaret Procter, Helen Robinson, Rose Casey, Mary McSweeny, Roy Camsell, Grace Hamilton, Fiona Bentley, Harry Bentley, Desmond Squire, Edward Vincent Leach, Hilda Kenny, Sally Fox and John McGowan. May they rest in peace.

Please also pray for 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 £502.75, plus your regular standing orders of £432.35.

Mass information for 23 & 24 November – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Saturday 23 November

Announcer: Malcolm Fleet


  • Helen Woods
  • Anita Gibson
  • Clarissa Mswaka

Eucharistic Ministers:

  • Jayne Kirwan
  • Enrica Castellino*
  • Anita Gibson

Sunday 24 November

Announcer: David Wilkinson


  • Janet Reader
  • Jayne Kirwan
  • Stephen Marlow

Eucharistic Ministers:

  • Harry Priestley
  • Rebecca LeCount
  • Angela Day
  • Gerard Strain*
  • Lisa Unwin

Children’s Liturgy:
Family Mass, no children’s liturgy


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. 23 November 11am: Group 1: A Larkin, J McDonnell, A&L Murray, J&C Uwaoma
  • Sat. 7 December 11am: 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 3 December,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: 22 Nov, 6 Dec, 20 Dec. Fran Shiel

Weekly Bulletins: As Fr Michael announced last week, for many years now we have subscribed to the Redemptorist Mass Sheet which has also doubled as our weekly newsletter. More recently, by far the vast majority of these sheets have been left in church at the end of Mass resulting in them being consigned to the recycling bin! At a cost of c£1,400 a year, this is quite an expensive outlay and so it would seem both better for the environment and more cost effective to purchase sets of Mass Books for Sunday use. Further to this, and to cover much of the cost of these books, Dedications can be purchased so that our loved ones can be named and remembered each week as the Mass Books are used. More details of these Dedications will follow in the next few weeks. An in-house newsletter with the weekly announcements will be produced at a much-reduced cost and we would encourage as many as people as possible to sign up for the emailed newsletter. This will, of course, still be available on the website. We will continue to purchase the Children's Sheet which is still popular.

Parish Census: Please take a census form from the back of church and return your completed form either to the box in the church porch or the presbytery. The information will help us compile a new Parish Register. Thank you.

Christmas Fayre: Sunday, 24 November - Parish Christmas Fayre – Yes, Christmas is coming so please put the date in your diary! The Fayre will start after Sunday morning Mass, with lunch refreshments available. It provides both a social and fundraising opportunity for the parish and relies on your help for its success. A sign-up sheet for volunteers is on the notice board at the back of church, please consider how you can help and add your name to the sheet. We are also asking for help with donations of new / as new items suitable for resale and for donations of items suitable for use as raffle prizes. (Please leave donations in the box in the church porch). Please consider how you can help with the fundraising. Donating unwanted gifts or gift vouchers or using store loyalty points to donate a suitable raffle prize may be something you could do. Any other offers of help or ideas for the Fayre please contact Lucy lucylecount@yahoo.co.uk, or after weekend Mass. Thank you.

Quietly Getting Ready for Advent: An opportunity to reflect, pray, listen to God’s word, sing, and be still, in preparation for the season of Advent. Sacred Heart Church, Sunday 1 December, 6 to 7pm. Please join us and let us know, in order that we can prepare drinks for everyone. 0114 2343580, sacredheart479@gmail.com. See the poster in church.

Carol Concert, St Marie’s Cathedral, Wednesday 18th December, 7.30pm. St Wilfrid’s & BeVox choirs will be performing in aid of St Wilfrid’s Centre. Tickets £6 from 0114 2555720, helen@stwilfridscentre.org, or e-tickets at ticketsforgood.co.uk/CarolConcert2019.


(Fr. Michael’s Homily)

The Tenacity of Faith

In today’s first reading, Malachi announces the coming of the day of the Lord. He paints two pictures: the fate of the evil doer, and the triumph of the righteous who endures till the end. This short reading simply serves as an encouragement to us to continue our good work in patient righteousness and endurance. The arrogant and evil doers will burn like stubble in the furnace but there is a promise for all those who hold on to their faith “But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will shine out with healing in its rays.” (Mal 3:20).

In the gospel, Jesus warns us of the imminent tough times ahead. Jesus said there would be many signs of impending conflicts and disasters - such as wars, famines, diseases, tidal waves, and earthquakes - which would precede the struggles of the last days when God's anointed King would return to usher in the full reign of God over the earth. In that day when the Lord returns there will be a final judgement of the living and the dead when the secrets of every heart will be brought to light (Luke 12:2-3; Romans 2:16). The Lord encourages us to persevere in righteousness and endure in hard work. The Lord Jesus tells us that there will be trials, suffering, and persecution in this present age until he comes again at the end of the world. God intends our anticipation of his final judgment to be a powerful deterrent to unfaithfulness and wrongdoing. God extends grace and mercy to all who will heed his call and his warning. Do not pass up, even for one day, God's invitation of grace and mercy to seek first his kingdom of righteousness and peace. This is the tenacity of faith.


Deeper in Faith: The group who completed the Journey in Faith program last year wanted to continue their faith journey beyond the programme. We would like to open the invitation to the whole Parish. Father Michael will lead our first session on the ‘Seasons of the Church’ at 6pm, 2nd Sunday of each month. We want participants to influence this programme. We will regularly discuss subjects that the group would like to cover in future sessions, and we will do our best to find speakers to cover those topics. We hope you can join us!

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.

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

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: 40-41-07 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.

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.

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