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 10th May 2020
Mass Times and Intentions
Sunday 10th May without congregation For the People of the parish
Monday without congregation Ann O’Connor
Tuesday without congregation George Edward Sarratt
Wednesday without congregation Pavol Papco (Healing)
Thursday without congregation For all Refugees
Friday without congregation for drivers, shop worker and Teachers
Saturday without congregation For the people of the parish
Fifth Sunday of Easter: Trust in God, and Trust in Me 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: Helmut Pahike, John Moore, Arthur Procter, George Edward Sarratt, Edward Allen, Tony Fitzgerald, Liam Darren West, Joe Bryne, George Burkin, Vera Walker, Ben Casey, Angela Bowyer, Chris Marriot, Margaret Dearden, Josie Kenna, Ron Moore, John Easter, Eileen Ejogbamu and Alfred Nadin, May they rest in peace.
Mass information for Sunday, 10th 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.
THE EVIDENCE OF GRACE
(Fr. Michael’s Homily)
Trust in God Still, and Trust also in Me.
The gospel text of this Sunday begins with these consoling words. Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly, distressed, or agitated). Believe confidently in God and trust in Him, have faith, hold on to it, rely on it, keep going and also believe in Me (John 14: 1 AMP). These are very apt words for the current situations around COVID-19. These words are not rashly claiming to end all our troubles. Often, we think happiness is the absence of suffering. However, despite whatever circumstances we find ourselves, the consoling words of faith bring us the assurance of God’s presence.
Today’s readings demand from us real faith not only in God the Father but also in Jesus precisely because he is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (Jn. 14:6), and he instructs us, “You have faith in God; have faith also in Me” (Jn. 14:1). What these words of Jesus mean is that amidst the troubles of life – such as the current situation, even as we look for solutions to these troubles, even as we reach out to each other to alleviate the suffering, our hearts can be at peace.
Keeping our hearts at peace does not mean, I am not concerned about the ongoing tragedies around our world with Covid-19 been the most reported in the press. But can I be worried about the situation from the perspective of faith? That is the invitation of Jesus offers us. Would my inner worries, fear and anxieties add any solutions to the problem? After all, if there is a solution, why worry? And if there is no solution, why bother? That is why Jesus calls us to trust God and trust him also.
When adversity or trouble comes your way, does it make you lose hope or give in to fear and despair, or does it press you closer to the Lord Jesus and to the strength and help he offers you? When the people of Israel became discouraged and grew weary during their 40 years in the wilderness, the Lord assured them that he would personally bring them safely into the promised land. “It is the LORD who goes before you; he will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you; do not fear or be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:8).
The Bible is full of words of assurance, consolation and relentless invitation to trust. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your understanding. (Proverbs 3:5). In another passage in the prophecy of Jeremiah, we hear: “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8). Or as the Psalm assures us; Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people (Psalm 125:1).
So, during this time, if sometimes you tempted to say, ‘Life is now impossible” Jesus says in Luke 18:27, “Things that are impossible for men are possible for God.” If you are feeling too tired and spent; Jesus says in Matt 11:28 “Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. If your mind tells you; “I can’t go on anymore” Jesus is saying to you as he spoke to Paul, “My grace is enough for you: for power is at full stretch in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9). Imagine Jesus sitting with you at this moment, saying, my child, I am here. Do not be afraid. I will not abandon you. I bring you healing. I bring you comfort. May we have the courage to respond and say: Jesus, I trust in you.
YouTube Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yraRPAEXci8&feature=youtu.be
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/
THE LITANY OF TRUST
From the belief that I have to earn Your love R/: Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear that I am unlovable
From the false security that I have what it takes
From the fear that trusting You will leave me more destitute
From all suspicion of Your words and promises
From the rebellion against childlike dependency on You
From refusals and reluctances in accepting Your will
From anxiety about the future R/: Deliver me, Jesus.
From resentment or excessive preoccupation with the past
From restless self-seeking in the present moment
From disbelief in Your love and presence
From the fear of being asked to give more than I have
From the belief that my life has no meaning or worth
From the fear of what love demands
That You are continually holding me, sustaining me, loving me
R/: Jesus, I trust in you.
That Your love goes deeper than my sins and failings, and transforms me
That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on You
That you are with me in my suffering
That my suffering, united to Your own, will bear fruit in this life and the next
That You will not leave me orphan, that You are present in Your Church
That Your plan is better than anything else
That You always hear me and, in Your goodness, always respond to me
That You give me the grace to accept forgiveness and to forgive others
That You give me all the strength I need for what is asked
That my life is a gift
That You will teach me to trust You
That You are my Lord and my God
That I am Your beloved one R/: Jesus, I trust in you.