SACRED HEART CHURCH, HILLSBOROUGH
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 3rd May 2020
Mass Times and Intentions
Sunday 3rd May without congregation Bobby Ernest Gilberthorpe
Monday without congregation Special intention
Tuesday without congregation Eric Howgate
Wednesday without congregation Pavol Papco (Healing)
Thursday without congregation Joan Hickson
Friday without congregation For deceased relatives/friends
Saturday without congregation Anthony and Maureen Saville
Fourth Sunday of Easter: The Risen Christ: Our Good Shepherd 11.00 am
Please pray for those who have died recently as a result of Covid-19 pandemic and for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Donald Malcolm, Morris Harrison, James Folan, Eric Howgate, Reginald Loomes, Mabel Wortley, Lorraine Purdie, Rita Bowler, Madelene Scott, Joseph Canavan, Rita Gregory, Thomas Coyle, Walter Green, Douglas Walker, William Hissit, Ronnie Synnot and Ellen Green, May they rest in peace.
Mass information for Sunday, 3rd May 2020
Links to Mass Streamed online: Click
This is to let you know the times that Masses and services of the Sacred Triduum and Easter will be live-streamed from St Marie’s Cathedral (https://stmariecathedral.org/mass-and-services/mass-livestream/).
Prayers: Prayers is offered for all the nurses, doctors, care workers and everyone in the frontline. And those living and recovering from Covid-19 and their relatives and friends.
Giving and Donations and Gratitude
The period of temporary closure of our parish will have a significant impact on the parish income to cover fixed costs. Thank you to those of you who have moved to Standing Orders as this will mean that the parish has a small amount of income coming in. We know this is a very tough time financially for many individuals and families in our communities but if you able to support your parish during this time to enable us to pay the bills and continue our works of charity and support those who are dire need, please donate by standing order, please set this up with your bank. The parish bank account details are:
Diocese of Hallam Sacred Heart Hillsborough: Sort Code: 40-41-07 Acct no. 21094319.
Or give online here https://www.give.net/20277734
If you are a UK taxpayer, please confirm that you would like to reclaim Gift Aid on your donation.
This will add 25p to every £1 you give.
We continue to thank all those who are able to support the parish at this challenging time. God bless you.
SVP: HERE TO SUPPORT YOU!
People needing help during the Coronavirus crisis:
Do you know of anyone who is isolated and may need support at this time?
Do you know any families in need of financial assistance?
Please give names, addresses and phone numbers to Fr Michael who will pass them to the SVP in confidence.
(Fr. Michael’s Homily)
The Risen Christ: Good Shepherd and Guardian of our Souls
Today is called Good Shepherd Sunday, and, appropriately, this day is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. In today’s Gospel, two brief parables about sheep reveal Jesus as our unique means to salvation. He is the selfless, caring “shepherd” who provides protection and life itself, and he is the “sheep gate,” the one gateway to eternal life. The Church calls us to reflect on the meaning of God’s call for each of us and to pray for vocations to the priesthood, the diaconate, and the consecrated life, because the entire Christian community shares the responsibility for fostering vocations. Both the Old and New Testaments use the image of a Shepherd and His flock to describe the unique relationship of God with Israel and Christ with Christians.
In Palestine, the word “shepherd” was a synonym for selfless love, sincerity, commitment, and sacrificial service. Hence, Jesus selects it as the most fitting term to denote his life and mission (Mt 2:6, 9:36, 18:12-14, 26:31; Mk 6:34). The prophets pointed out the main duties of the Good Shepherd: (1) The Good Shepherd leads the sheep to the pasture, provides them with food and water and protects them. (2) He guarded them, not allowing them to get lost in the desert or become victims of robbers and wild animals – preventive vigilance. (3) He went in search of the lost ones and healed their wounds – protective vigilance. (4) He was ready to surrender his life for his sheep – redemptive vigilance.
The life lessons for us today are:
We need to be good shepherds and good leaders: Everyone who is entrusted with the care of others is a shepherd. Hence, pastors, parents, teachers, doctors, nurses, government officials, and caregivers, among others, are all shepherds. We become good shepherds by loving those entrusted to us, praying for them, spending our time, talents and blessings for their welfare, and guarding them from physical and spiritual dangers.
We need to be good sheep in the fold of Jesus, the Good Shepherd: Our local parish is our sheepfold, and our pastors are our shepherds. Hence, as the good sheep of the parish, parishioners are expected to (a) Hear and follow the voice of our shepherds through their homilies, word and sacraments through which they serve us. (b) Receive the spiritual nourishments from them and support our priests (c) Cooperate with our priests by giving them positive suggestions for the welfare of the parish, by encouraging them in their duties, and by praying for them. (d) Participate actively in the work of various councils, ministries and parish associations. We need to also pray for good pastors and vocations. The Church uses this year’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations to encourage vocations to the ministerial priesthood, the diaconate and the consecrated life. All Christians need to share in the responsibility of fostering these vocations especially through our prayers and by putting ourselves forward.
We pray that God will give shepherds after his own heart always. Amen
Sacred Heart Parish Community Prayer Booklet
National NHS Volunteering
People who want to do something practical to help those self-isolating can sign up to the NHS volunteer armyhttps://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/03/your-nhs-needs-you-nhs-call-for-volunteer-army/ using the link below. If you’re fit and healthy you can do shopping, transport, deliveries etc. There’s also the opportunity to do telephone/text-based support for people who may be feeling alone. Check also: https://www.goodsamapp.org/
Urgent Request for Food
St Wilfrid’s Centre is giving out food parcels to the many people who are struggling to cope during this difficult time. It is running short of tinned meats, fish, potatoes, soups and dried pasta. You can drop them off at the Centre (524 Queens Road) Monday to Friday between 1pm and 3pm, Just ring the bell or call us on 0114 2555720 and leave them on the doorstep. We give food parcels to people who knock on the door and who are referred from agencies throughout Sheffield. Please give generously, but please do not go shopping especially. Thank you.
STAY WITH ME LORD
Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You.
Stay with me Lord, because I am weak, and I need Your strength, so that I may not fall so often.
Stay with me Lord, for You are my life, and without You, I am without fervor.
Stay with me Lord, for You are my light, and without you, I am in darkness.
Stay with me Lord, to show me Your will.
Stay with me Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.
Stay with me Lord, for I desire to love you very much, and always be in Your Company.
Stay with me Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.
Stay with me Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love.
Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late, and the day is coming to a close, and life passes, death, judgment, eternity approach. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches. I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile.
Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers, I need You.
Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.
Stay with me Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to you, if not by Communion, at least by grace and love.
Stay with me Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation because I do not merit it, but the gift of Your presence, oh yes, I ask this of You.
Stay with me Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.
With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen.