The backdrop of the Peak District formed a lovely setting for the August Garden Party in the grounds of the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows at Bamford. Parishioners were joined by friends and members of the village and from the sister church of St Michael the Archangel at Hathersage. There were the traditional cream teas to enjoy, along with the numerous stalls and a raffle and tombola, in a wonderful atmosphere. Thanks to all who worked to make it possible and those who supported it. The event raised £1,000.
Archives for October 2016
Congratulations to Sr Casimir OSM who recently celebrated her 80th birthday with the parishioners of St Mary’s, High Green.
On 31 August, 1962 two Marist Sisters – Sisters Martin Healy and Rowland Riddehough – set off from Paddington Station, London to begin the first pioneering venture to a new mission in Yorkshire. It was an answer to an earlier invitation from the Parish Priest of Goldthorpe, Father O’Reilly, for a community of Marist Sisters in his Parish. For two years the Sisters were grateful for living accommodation with Sisters of the Nativity at Wath-on-Dearne and later at Loretto Cottages in Hoyland. Sisters Rowland and Martin travelled to Sacred Heart School, Goldthorpe daily. In Yorkshire at this time it was impossible for schools to secure permanent Catholic lay staff to teach in small colliery towns and villages. Saint Helen’s Catholic Primary School, Hoyland was an attractive proposition with two Loretto Cottages nearby in West Street, which with negotiation could become temporary living accommodation for the Sisters. The mission continued to develop but the fact remained that the original invitation was from Goldthorpe and here the Sisters must find a permanent home as soon as reasonably possible. Bishop Ralph, assisted by local priests, celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving in the Church of the Sacred Heart and Saint Helen, Hoyland, which was the location of the first Marist community. In his homily the Bishop concentrated on the first Reading Philippians 1:1-11. Following a short introduction on Paul’s wish from prison to visit again the people of Philippi reminding them of his prayer for them, the bishop related Paul’s prayer to the present situation where the Marist Sisters were praying fervently for the people they were leaving behind, using Paul’s words, ‘My prayer for you is that your love for each other may increase more and more and never stop improving your knowledge and deepening your perception.’ Paul prays that this wise love will result in right judgement. He longed for the time when the people would differentiate between good and evil. God will be transforming their lives into a holy way of living. This is Paul’s prayer for his readers, ‘When you will reach the perfect goodness which Jesus Christ produces in us’. Bishop Ralph concluded his homily by saying, “Sisters Carmel and Darina as you prepare to take your leave of the diocese, we have a prayer for you; another beautiful Pauline prayer, ‘Out of his infinite glory, may he give you the power through his Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong, so that Christ may live in your hearts through faith, and then, planted in love and built on love, you will with all the saints have strength to grasp the breadth and the length, the height and the depth, until knowing the love of Christ which is beyond all knowledge, you are filled with the utter fullness of God.’ At the end of Mass the Parish Priest, Father Martin conveyed thanks on behalf of the Parish community. “We, as individuals, as a Parish Community and as a Diocese, will continue to give thanks to God for you as you journey onwards. Thank you for all you have given to the people and clergy you have encountered over the years.” Then before leaving the church Sisters Carmel and Darina were each presented with a bouquet of flowers. Everyone was invited for refreshments in the parish hall. In their reminiscences everybody spoke with great appreciation and affection of the Sisters who taught them and their family members over many generations.
The Sheffield Half Marathon is reputed to be one of the hardest and most gruelling in the country. As we all know, Sheffield is built on seven hills and the course definitely makes the most of that fact. That said, it also boasts one of the most scenic routes in the UK. It starts and finishes in the city centre and takes in some of the Peak District’s most spectacular views. Is this the reason why Fr Andrew Browne and Marie Grant return to it every year? In fact this year they even talked one of the SVP Furniture Store drivers, Declan Healy, into joining them. Early on Sunday, 10 April, Fr Andrew, Marie and Declan lined up alongside thousands of other runners from all walks of life, many running for various charities and worthwhile causes. Our trio had been collecting sponsorship pledges for weeks prior to the run and all money collected was in aid of St Vincent’s Furniture Store. It was a perfect day for the run, and all three crossed the finishing line in very respectable times. All monies have now been collected and the final figure is a whopping £2022.68. So as the title suggests, ‘those hills were definitely worth it’. Everyone at the Furniture Store would like to thank Fr Andrew, Marie and Declan for completing the Half Marathon in aid of our charity. The money collected will go towards buying 30 new beds for children throughout the city who do not have anything to sleep on. Lorraine Healy, Manager, commented, “As I have said many times before ‘amazing people do amazing things’ and Marie, Declan and Father Andrew you are all AMAZING. “If you are interested in joining our trio in next year’s Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday, 9 April 2017, please contact the Furniture Store for details on how to sign up.” Pictured left, L-R, at the presentation of the cheque to the SVP Furniture Store, Marie Grant, Bob Lyons, Management Committee member, Lorraine Healy, Manager, Declan Healy, Kevin McCready, Chair of Management Committee, Fr Andrew and Anne White, Management Committee Member.
Bishop Ralph recently celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Mother of God parish, Sheffield.
Our photograph shows the forty one young people who were confirmed, together with Bishop Ralph and Mgr Kilgannon, their Parish Priest.
Former President of Sheffield Hallamshire Catenians, Dominic Shirt, last month presented Ralph Dickins, Fundraiser at St Vincent’s Furniture Store, Sheffield, with a cheque for £1100. This came from monies raised by Dominic via his President’s Charity during his year in office. Following the presentation, and before the meal which ended the evening, Ralph gave a talk illustrating the many ways in which the Furniture Store helps people in need. Pictured above, Dominic Shirt, (on the left), presents the cheque to Ralph Dickins.
Sam Abraham, a student from All Saints Catholic High School, has been presented with the Barbara Ward award for her tireless campaigning on climate change. In January, 2015 Sam and five other students got involved with CAFOD and their climate campaign. Each month one or more student would blog/vlog about their experiences on climate and what they had been doing. Sam has spoken up for Creation using her digital platform, challenging politicians to do more for the climate. She has engaged with the great and the good, face to face too, including veteran MPs Eric Pickles and Ed Miliband. The climate bloggers invited the school’s local MP, Louise Haigh into school, so that she could be interviewed on climate change. Louise was given a copy of Pope Francis’ ‘Laudato Si’. Sam isn’t afraid to speak truth to power. “If I stand up for justice, it’s like I’m standing with them while they work hard to change things – I want to be part of that,” she says. Anyone who knows Sam also knows that she’s also got a fantastic sense of humour, and a strong faith. And she’s not afraid to share both of them with those she meets.
Mrs Bridget Esther Szulist, a founder member of the Union of Catholic Mothers at the Church of the Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Victories, Clowne died on 28 June, 2016. May she rest in peace.
Kath and Jim Foley received a Papal Blessing from Pope Francis and best wishes from Her Majesty the Queen on the Diamond Anniversary of their wedding. A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated on Thursday, 4 August, 2016 at their parish church of St Vincent’s in Crookes, Sheffield. It was concelebrated by Fr Patrick Walsh, Parish Priest, together with Jim’s second cousin, Canon Tom Neylon, Parish Priest of St Jude’s Church in St Helen’s. Everyone enjoyed lunch afterwards and celebration with family and friends at Tapton Hall. In lieu of gifts, £815 was raised for the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. Kath is an active member of the Union of Catholic Mothers in fundraising for this worthy cause. Many congratulations to the happy couple on this special occasion.
Tony and Chris Deighton of Darton, Barnsley, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 27 August. The couple celebrated with Fr Tom Durkin, fellow parishioners, family, friends and Catenians from Wakefield and Barnsley Circles on Sunday, 21 August. The altruistic couple asked that, instead of gifts, donations could be made to three charities; The Venerabile, Villa Palazzola and the Catenian Bursary Fund, reflecting both their faith and Tony’s role as Director in the Catenian Association.