Sunday 22nd December 2019 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
Mass Times and Intentions
Monday in the church St John of Canty 9.00 am
Thursday in the church St Stephen, Martyr 10.00 am For the Ikhisemojie family
Friday in the church St John, Apostle 10.00 am Mary & Tom Green
Saturday in the church The Holy Innocents 10.00 am For the Ikhisemojie family
Mass at Kirk Edge Monastery each day at 8am. Saturdays at Sacred Heart: No Adoration, confessions this Saturday.
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 £ 532.64, plus your regular standing orders of £432.35.
Mass information for 28th & 29th December, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Saturday 28th December Announcer: Helen Woods. Readers: Clarissa Mswaka, Paul Zadik, Annette Murray
Eucharistic Ministers: Malcolm Fleet, Jayne Kirwan*, Enrica Castellino
Sunday 29th December: Announcer: Ailsa Rodgers. Readers: Jayne Kirwan, Stephen Marlow, Janet Reader
Eucharistic Ministers: Jane Higgins*, David Wilkinson, Chris Ashton, Vicky Moss, Monique Fournier
Children’s Liturgy: 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 or Chris Ashton on 2962514. Patient in hospital: Ring the voicemail on 2714999.
Church Cleaning: Sat. 4th January 11am: Group 4: A Purdy, A Windle, R Gillott, J Klapas)
Sat. 18th January 11am: Group 1: J McDonnell, A&L Murray, J&C Uwaoma
Choir Rehearsals: Next rehearsal: Tuesday 7th January,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 2020 to follow.
Christmas decorations: Children to please bring back their wooden decorations on Christmas Eve, so they can be hung around the pulpit before Mass starts.
Announcers, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers for Christmas Masses: Please see the sign-up sheets at the back of church.
Sunday Readers: The new rota is on the notice board and there are copies in the sacristy.
Church Cleaners: The new rota for 2020 is on the notice board.
Parish Census: Please take a census form from the back of church and return your completed form to the box in the church porch. The information will help us compile a new Parish Register. Thank you
Christmas Eve Family Mass, 5.00pm: This includes the reading and acting out of the Nativity gospel by children. Any children wanting to take part should be in church by 4.30pm at the latest, to allow time for allocating roles and getting dressed.
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 on 07955 234602, or in church after Mass on Sunday. For urgent matters go to the Hallam Safeguarding Team on 2566453.
Mass Book Dedications
Simply visit the https://www.give.net/sacredheartbooks and get your Dedication started.
A donation of £5 per label is suggested. Should you not be an internet user and / or cannot get your children or grandchildren to help you, envelopes for dedications and offerings will be made available soon to assist with this. Just one final note: MASS BOOKS, LIKE HYMN BOOKS, WILL NEED TO BE LEFT AT THE BACK OF CHURCH AFTER MASS
THE EVIDENCE OF GRACE
(Fr. Michael’s Homily)
Joseph: Do not Be Afraid
The mystery kept secret for long ages, promised through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, is today revealed: God-Is-with-Us. God can and will fulfil all his promises to us. Like Mary, Joseph is a model of faith for us. He is a faithful witness and servant of God's unfolding plan of redemption and fulfilment of his promises. Are you ready to believe in the promises of God, even when faced with perplexing circumstances and what seems like insurmountable problems? God has not left us alone, but has brought us his only begotten Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
It was to Joseph alone that it is revealed that Jesus “will save his people from their sins” (Mt 1:21). Joseph, a devout Jew, knows and believes that it is only God who can forgive sins. Thus, Joseph is faced with a great decision. The two decisions were whether to take Mary, his wife, into his home or not to believe that the child his wife is carrying is God Himself, God in the flesh, the God of his fathers, Who Alone can save people from their sins. Unlike Mary’s response, “may it be done unto me according to thy word” (Lk 1:38), the Gospel does not record any words of Joseph. Matthew, however, tells us what Joseph did: “When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home” (Mt 1:24). Joseph’s response was a concrete act of faith. To trust and to obey the divine instruction.
On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, Joseph, is given to us as an example of a compassionate person and a model of the Gospel hero. Like Joseph we have our part to play in making God’s plan a reality. Maybe the Lord has been knocking at the door of your heart asking you to draw closer to Him in prayer, but you have been hesitant about responding to Him out of fear. “Do not be afraid” (Mt 1:20). “Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory” (Ps 24:7c, 10b).
Lord Jesus, you came to save us from sin and the power of death. May I always rejoice in your salvation and trust in your divine plan for my life. Amen
You are all welcome to join us for refreshments in the hall after Mass
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) 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: 40-41-07 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.