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 24th May 2020
Mass Times and Intentions
Sunday 24th May without congregation For the People of the parish
Monday without congregation St. Bede Janine Smith
Tuesday without congregation Eno and family
Wednesday without congregation St. Augustine of Canterbury For all the members of SVP
Thursday without congregation For all those in care homes
Friday without congregation For drivers, shop worker and Teachers
Saturday without congregation For the people of the parish
Seventh Sunday of Easter: All I want is to Know Christ. 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: Edith Boxall, Catherine McNamara, Ada Johnson, Frank O’Connell, George Savage, Jack Wilson, Roy Good, Bridie Armitage, Karl Zelwinka, Maureen Saville, John Watters, Catherine Turner, Thomas Owen, Una Bows, Sheila Gibbs, Paul Adams, Irene Nadin, Betty Hardwick, Flora McIlvar, Henry Pressley, Charles Hayward, Joseph Huntington, Robert Carrington, John R Long, Bob Marley, Nellie Dillon, Thomas McDonagh, Gerard Rowan, Florence Ollerenshaw and Anne Colleran. May they rest in peace.
Mass information for Sunday, 24th 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)
All I want is to Know Christ
The Christian faith is an expectant faith. It eagerly awaits the fulfilment of God’s promises to us and the completion of the creative and redemptive actions of God. On this last Sunday of the Easter season, we look both backward and forward. We look backward to reclaim again the experience of the power of the resurrection, to the access and exaltation received through Christ’s Ascension. And during this time, we look forward with joyful expectation of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Today, we take a pause to soak in the assurance and certainty in Jesus’ high priestly prayer on our behalf.
In our Gospel today, Jesus prayed that people will come to know God through him. Knowing God is an experience that draws us into a new reality that is shaped by God’s vision for love, justice and service. The knowledge of God is not simply limited to knowing something about God, but we can know God personally and be united with God in a personal relationship of love and friendship. The essence of Christianity, and what makes it distinct from Judaism and other religions, is the personal and experiential knowledge of God as our eternal Father – the one who knew us before creation (Ephesians 1:4 and Romans 8:29) and who knit us in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13 and Jeremiah 1:5). Jesus makes it possible for each of us to personally know God as our Father. The promise of eternal life is received in our knowledge of God and living it out as a force and anointing for the impactful Christian life. So, Jesus says: “Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ (Jn 17: 3). Knowing God will be evident in our obedience to love, the central commandment of the Gospel of John. This why St. Paul in his farewell message to the Philippians says, “All I want is to know Christ and to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death in the hope that I myself will attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philp 3:10-11).
Three key life lessons to take with us today are:
We need to centre our Christian life on prayer. Christian prayer has forms for individual Christians and for communities. These include individual prayer, the prayer of the liturgy, and the countless opportunity to pray online and through live streaming. There are also different kinds of prayer, including vocal prayers, the Rosary, and contemplative prayer. To pray means getting into contact with God, opening yourself to the presence of God, listening to Him and talking to Him. We should try to set aside some time each day to spend with God in prayer. A few minutes spent in reading the Bible is a good way of listening to God.
We need to glorify Christ by the lives we live. Live virtuous lives, that is, lives of integrity, love and service in which our actions are in harmony with our profession of Faith, we are glorifying Jesus. We glorify God by our prayer-life and our faithfulness to our baptismal promises. We glorify Jesus by humble and selfless service to Him in our brothers and sisters, especially during this pandemic, we can become the source of comfort and hope to others.
We need to pray for the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. We are invited to “join together with one heart in constant prayer” (Acts 1:14), in imitation of Mary and the disciples in those nine days in the Upper Room between Ascension and Pentecost. With them, we ask Jesus to send afresh his Holy Spirit upon us so that our individual lives, the lives of our families and communities, and the life of the Church may be renewed. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to be effective witnesses of love of God for our world.
Father, pour out Your Spirit
upon your people and grant us
a new vision of Your glory,
a new experience of Your power
a new faithfulness to Your Word
and a new consecration to Your service
So that Your love may grow among us
and Your kingdom come
through Christ our Lord, Amen.
YouTube Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF6pfkQAxeE&feature=youtu.be
Virtual Spiritual Pilgrimage: Hourly Masses, Adoration and Devotions.
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 Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si).
All powerful God,
you are present in the universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with your peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned
and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty,
not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle,
for justice, love and peace. Amen