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Annual Mass of the Martyrs Speaker: Rev Bill Burleigh Deacon of the Hallam Diocese Assemble 3:00pm Grindleford Station Mass commences 3:30pm Padley Chapel Contact: Mrs Celia White Tel: 01433 630 352 E-mail: email@example.com
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A special ‘Dinner and Dance’ was organised at St Wilfrid’s Centre for the homeless and vulnerable. Fifty clients came spruced up for the occasion and June and Paul were awarded with the prize for the ‘best dressed’. After a three course feast prepared by Catering Supervisor, Pamela Corkell and volunteers, Nuala and Lesley, staff and clients rocked the afternoon away on the dance floor!
Members of the Holy Family Parish Support Group, Chesterfield presented a cheque for £5,000 to Kevin Bradley, the Director of St Wilfrid’s Centre, on Friday, 19 February, to help reach the target of £2 million for the new residential project ‘Home at St Wilfrid’s’. This will provide accommodation for their clients whilst they attend classes at the day centre to learn independent living skills, enabling them to find employment. On being shown round the centre by Kevin Bradley, the members of the group were amazed at the variety and extent of the help being provided for the homeless and vulnerable at St Wilfrid’s. Pictured left to right: Norberto Moreiro, Jean Moreiro, Mary Lowry, Mia O’Malley, Kevin Bradley, Tony O’Malley, Maria Skeet and Derek Cullen.
Children and staff at Barlborough Hall School and Nursery, near Chesterfield, have responded in a practical way to the message from Pope Francis entitled Laudato Si (Care for our Common Home). In it, the pontiff calls on the world’s population to acknowledge the fragile state of the earth and to unite to protect it. A letter was delivered to the pupils in assembly which read: Dear Children I would like you to help me with a difficult problem. Our beautiful world is not looking very well. Please watch this short film and think about what you can do to help. Your loving father in God pp Francesco, Pontifex Maximus The whole school, housed in the 16th century Barlborough Hall, then watched the brilliant CAFOD animation which explains Laudato Si in child-friendly terms. Anne Prior, CAFOD representative for Sheffield, said, “We are delighted that Barlborough Hall students are putting their faith into action in response to the Pope’s message. The earth is our common home and simple activities like weighing lunch leftovers will inspire children to make a difference and protect it.” Led by Mrs Maria Neal, class teacher and assistant school chaplain, the pupils launched ‘Save the World Week’. Lessons have been themed to cover topics including why water is precious, how energy is generated, the importance of recycling and equity in farming and trade. There have been guest speakers from CAFOD and Fairtrade, and all children, from Nursery to Year 6, tucked into a Fairtrade breakfast. All food left over on two consecutive lunchtimes has been weighed to show the children how much is wasted. They have been challenged to cut down on needless waste as one of the ways they can make a positive difference to the future of the planet and its population. Mrs Neal said, “The message from Pope Francis is so important that it is vital we sit up and take note today. Whatever action we can take, wherever in the world we live, we must take. “The pupils have really embraced our Save the World Week and, while it might sound ambitious, the point is that every single action by every person adds up and collectively we can and will make a difference.”
St Marie’s Catholic Primary School prepared and shared a simple soup and bread lunch to make a splash! Their efforts will help provide clean and safe water across the world as part of this year’s CAFOD Lent fundraising campaign. In an added boost, their fundraising efforts for the Catholic charity’s Lent Appeal will be doubled by the UK Government’s Department for International Development up until May. Right now, 783 million people are living without access to clean water. 2.5 billion people lack something as basic as a toilet and sewage system to flush away their waste. It is also estimated that women and girls spend 140 million hours a day collecting water, which means time away from work, school or playing with friends. Bernadette Twomey, Assistant Headteacher, said, “Children gathered from 7.45am to peel the vegetables and collect herbs from the school garden. Everyone rolled their sleeves up and joined in – it has been a real joint effort. Our soup lunch brought together all members of our school community including children, parents, staff and Fr Walsh from St Vincent’s parish. It’s a great way of helping our children to learn more about the work of CAFOD and the huge issues facing so many people in our world today. We have raised £300 through our efforts.” The money raised will give children, particularly girls, around the world a better chance of being able to go to school – girls such as 15-year-old Guti from Uganda. Guti nearly dropped out of school because there was no clean, safe water and had to walk to the river for water to drink or to wash. CAFOD partners were able to repair the water pump near Guti’s school, provided a portable sink and soap for handwashing, and trained teachers to help pupils learn good hygiene routines. This has meant fewer pupils miss school due to illness and some girls are taking high-school exams that only boys took before. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Nick Hurd, said, “It’s fantastic that pupils will be ‘making a splash’ this Easter for CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, supporting thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe and Uganda. By doubling every pound raised, together we can ensure that 300,000 people, especially young girls, can go to school rather than walking miles to collect water, can be protected from disease, and live healthy, productive lives.” CAFOD representative, Grace Cowley said, “Lent Fast Days are such a great way of bringing people together and raising an incredible amount of money to help others. I’m delighted that the UK Government is matching CAFOD’s work for the third time. This proves how important these initiatives are for people all over the world. “Lent is a time when we look to make a transformation in our own lives. In making this transformation, we aim to see one in the world around us. We therefore put our faith into action by ensuring as many people as possible have access to the basic right of safe and clean drinking water.”