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: email@example.com
Sunday 17th May 2020
Mass Times and Intentions
Sunday 17th May without congregation For the People of the parish
Monday without congregation St. John 1 Paul Jones
Tuesday without congregation Aaron Jones
Wednesday without congregation St. Bernadine of Siena Francis Pierre
Thursday without congregation The Ascension of the Lord Hallam African Community
Friday without congregation St. Rita of Cascia For drivers, shop worker and Teachers
Saturday without congregation For the people of the parish
Sixth Sunday of Easter: Come, O Holy Spirit 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: Philip Harte, Anthony, O’ Farrell, Kathleen Parkes, Clara Emily Bird, Walbarga Zelionka, Mary Nicholson, Nellie Goodson, Angela Squire, Doreen Purdy, Roger Hudson, Norah Coyle, Frank Vaughan, Raymond Guest, Margarita Pressley, Pearl Falding Edward Vigrass, John Mignanelli, Thomas Owens, Norman Whitham, George Henry Hearn and Mollie Knight. May they rest in peace.
Mass information for Sunday, 17th 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 Sheffield: 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. Thanks, and 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)
Life in the Spirit and the anticipation of Pentecost
The first reading of today focuses on the ministry of Philip, one of those seven who were appointed by the Apostles as deacons in Acts 6. They “prayed for the Samaritans to receive the Holy Spirit”: Philip’s message was accompanied by signs. Philip baptises and the apostles confirm, then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:17). Prior to His ascension Jesus told His apostles, “Before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” He added, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you shall be My witnesses” (Acts 1:5-8). The Apostles prayed for the coming of the Holy Spirit with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and a group of about one hundred and twenty. On Pentecost they were “baptized with the Holy Spirit” and were transformed into new creatures, bold witnesses for Christ. Living “life in the Spirit” can be described as a way of setting our hearts on the leadings of the Holy Spirit.
Pentecost comes to each of us in the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. In Baptism we receive the Holy Spirit and become God’s children and members of the body of Christ. In Confirmation we receive a new fullness of the Spirit and are empowered to serve the Church and bear witness to Jesus. Often, we do not allow the Spirit we have received to be as active in us as He wants to be. To use an analogy, He is like sugar or milk poured into a cup of tea–it goes to the bottom of the cup until stirred up. But when it is stirred up, it permeates the tea and transforms it into something new. We can learn how to “stir up” the Spirit—and how to receive more of Him–from Jesus in the Gospels:
“If anyone thirst, let him come to Me, let him drink who believes in Me. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of His heart shall flow rivers of living water.’ Now He said this about the Spirit which those who believed in Him were to receive” (John 7:37-39). “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth (Jn14: 16).
The Lord teaches us that first we must thirst for God; we must desire more and more of His Spirit. Then we must believe that Jesus is faithful to His promises and will indeed give us His Holy Spirit. Finally, we must ask God for the Holy Spirit. We must pray with perseverance, asking, seeking, knocking, believing that “everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Luke 11:10). We can follow the example of the early Church by praying for the Spirit in union with Mary and the apostles as they did at the first Pentecost (see Acts 1:12-14).
We can expect an immediate or gradual experience of deeper union with God, our loving Father and with Jesus, our Lord and Friend; a fresh appreciation of Scripture; a greater love for others and a desire for Christian fellowship; the fuller presence in our lives of the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control and more (Galatians 5:22-23); the receptions of one or more of the Charismatic gifts of the Spirit such as discernment, service, prophecy, praying in tongues, healing (1 Corinthians 12-14). “Those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5). What thoughts are preoccupying my mind right now? Are they true, honourable, just, pure, and gracious (Philippians 4:8)? Or are they concerned with anger, enmity, impurity, selfishness, division, excessive fear and anxiety (Galatians 5:19-20). Come, O Holy Spirit!
YouTube Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0QQOuhswo4&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/
PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and
kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,
did instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant that by the same Holy Spirit
we may be truly wise and ever enjoy
His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.