HALLAM DIOCESAN SAFEGUARDING COMMISSION Saturday 18th February 2017 – 10.30am-1.00pm Centre Library, Annunciation Parish Centre, Chesterfield, S40 4SD How do we respect the rights of adults who may be vulnerable and actively seek to ensure that their voices are heard? The Mental Capacity Act provides a framework to support those who struggle to make their […]
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Fr Terry was born in Leeds in 1959. His parents, Jim and Margaret, were both of Irish extraction. His father was a caretaker from Carndonagh in Donegal and his mother a hairdresser from Derry, also in Northern Ireland. Fr Terry was close to his brother and sister. He excelled at sport and was a talented centre forward at school football. He was also an altar server at St Anne’s Cathedral in Leeds in Bishop Wheeler’s time. After leaving school Terry became a hairdresser and it was during this time he felt called to the priesthood. In his late teens he went to Ushaw to begin training for the priesthood. He was ordained at St Marie’s Cathedral, Sheffield in July, 1984. Fr Terry was a curate first at St Patrick’s, Sheffield and then at The Annunciation Church in Chesterfield. In October, 1990 he became Parish Priest at St Hugh of Lincoln, Chesterfield, where he served until August, 2012. He was Parish priest at Holy Spirit, Dronfield from 8 November, 2014. He died on 11 October, 2016. His Requiem Mass was celebrated at The Annunciation Church, Chesterfield. May he rest in peace.
The shops have long been full of cards, tinsel, presents and a background of Christmas music. For Christians the focus of Christmas is the Birth of Christ. So as Advent begins we feature a special Diocesan Charity … We can’t separate Bethlehem from Christmas nor would we want to. As the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord approaches we again appeal for your support to help elderly people in that very special place. We all want to enjoy Christmas with the giving of presents, plenty of food and celebration. Many feel they have more than enough. A great many want to do something for others at Christmas. The plight of the elderly in Bethlehem has been summarised thus: “Alone, abandoned by their families, sick and without access to care services, it’s difficult to be elderly in Bethlehem. Since the Palestinian health system depends on international aid, it is therefore is unable to provide accessibility to essential services. The people of the Palestinian Territories are suffering the socio-economic consequences, such as malnutrition, the impossibility of continued support for chronic diseases and a lack of medicine and suitable facilities. In particular, there are no services at all for dependent elderly people, nor social security programmes or pension funds that could alleviate, even if only partially, the burden carried by their families. All of this leads to a continuous increase in cases of elderly people who are living alone, or entrusted to shelters that, due to the crisis, are unable to meet their primary needs or guarantee basic medical care.” (Pro Terra Sancta) There is, however, hope. St Martha’s House is a locally established ‘Care and Repair Centre’ for elderly women. Its ethos is Christian but it is open to all. Its resources are meagre. The rented rooms are cramped and admit only 22 people at any one time. Some help with running costs is provided by other charities but, even with outside help, St Martha’s House can only cater for a total 37 women on a rota basis. The list of those who are known to be in need is many times that number. There is no provision for elderly men. St Martha’s House extends a compassionate hand of support to poor, lonely and vulnerable elderly women in Bethlehem. Here ladies meet for companionship, food, personal care and mutual support. Without St Martha’s and its limited programmes, many elderly women would literally be abandoned. The local community cannot extend its support to make St Martha’s House a permanent feature. They simply do not have the resources. Our objective is to have facilities for the elderly provided on a permanent basis from a permanent place which will offer support for many more people, including elderly gentlemen. Those who look to the future would one day aim to have Hospice Care provided – but, presently, that day seems yet far off. The Parish Priest of St Catherine’s Parish in Bethlehem has recently written to say how much a hospice is needed there – now. Can you or your parish help this Christmas? Last year we had donations from Parish Cribs, a UCM group collected 20p pieces, proceeds from parish concerts, coffee mornings, a golf day and people being sponsored to undertake The Extreme Water-Wipeout. We have benefitted too from the generosity of individuals who make regular monthly contributions and we have had some very generous donations. The Fund now stands at just £140,000. Thus we continue to edge our way slowly, but very purposefully, towards our goal. Please pray for the success of this project and in your generosity please support the elderly in Bethlehem whatever way you can this Christmas. Donations can be made via mobile phone – simply text THBF01 followed by the amount you want to give to 70070. (Do it now it only takes seconds) For further information or to make a donation please visit our website: www.hallambethlehemfund.com or write to The Hallam (Bethlehem) Fund, 37 Conalan Avenue, Bradway, Sheffield, S17 4PG or telephone 0114 2368859.
Josie Brooks, new Director of St Wilfrid’s, has been getting to know the Centre over the last month. Josie has now completed six weeks at St Wilf’s and, as well as all the work within the Centre, has already been in touch with many local organisations who work to help vulnerable people and support the work of the Centre. Some of the following organisations you will know, others may be unknown, but do look them up as they are valuable partners of St Wilf’s and do great work: Restore House; Common Purpose; Sheffield Agencies for Vulnerable and Excluded (SAVE); The Suit Works; Medina Mosque; City of Sanctuary; Shiloh (day centre in Rotherham); Adullah Housing; Nomad; SVP Furniture Store; Young Foundation; Heeley City Farm and Voluntary Action Sheffield. St Wilf’s are looking forward to continuing their work with these and many other organisations. If you know of any organisation which may be able to enhance our ability to work with vulnerable people, please do not hesitate to let us know. St Wilfrid’s Centre is also continuing to work with old and new supporters of the Centre, keeping in touch with Sheffield United; Owlerton Stadium; Greyspace; Efficiency North; John Lewis; Pyramid Carpets, the Bradbury Group and all our funders. Thank you to all St Wilfrid’s supporters, it is exciting to be looking forward to continuing these valuable relationships for many years to come. Sports Day Fun at St Wilf’s The sun made a special appearance at St Wilfrid’s Centre’s annual sports day. Staff and volunteers organised a good old fashioned event for the clients when all joined in with welly wanging, handbag hurling and an exciting two heat three legged race. Josie, the new Director of St Wilf’s, took an active part and teamed up with client Julie to ‘run’ in the second heat but, unfortunately, did not qualify for the final! The popular egg and spoon race was as always a closely fought scramble, with Paul being egged on by the crowd to beat the competition. The morning over and it was time for a delicious barbecue, followed with ice-cream, served by Pamela and the kitchen volunteers. Once the food was consumed it was time for rounders. Teams were chosen and battle took place. It was one of the best games of rounders St Wilf’s had ever played with clients, staff and volunteers all taking part in the excitement. The Shoreham Street Sharks rose to the challenge and beat the Queens Road Runners by 124 to 103 points.
On Saturday, 17 September Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr Kieran Fletcher, Chaplain to the Hallam Union of Catholic Mothers, at St Marie’s Cathedral. It was attended by Mrs Sheila Godley, the Diocesan President, also by past and present members of the Diocese of Hallam, in thanksgiving for their work in this Year of Mercy.
Dorothy Anderson tells us, “To mark this Year of Mercy the parishioners of the Hope Valley Catholic Churches decided to go on a Pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham, setting off early on 3 September. “We arrived just in time for the daily celebration of Holy Mass. After a picnic lunch in the grounds we prayed the Stations of the Cross before walking the Holy Mile into the village of Walsingham. “There was an opportunity to visit the Anglican Shrine and the Catholic Church before having a fish and chip tea in the Pilgrim Centre. “It was a privilege to take with us the Lampedusa Cross, on loan from St Marie’s Cathedral, as a reminder of the very many immigrants who have lost their lives in the Mediterranean.”
On Friday, 23 September members of the Union of Catholic Mothers of the Hallam Diocese organised a Fashion Show in St Joseph’s Church Hall, Retford. Mrs Sheena Field, representing the ‘Medaille Trust’, attended to raise awareness of this Catholic charity which offers help to victims of human trafficking and modern slavery. The varied items of clothing were provided and displayed thanks to Ann and her team from Edinburgh Woollen Mills of Retford. Parishioners modelled the fashions and refreshments were enjoyed by everyone afterwards.
A most wonderful celebration held on 24 September saw the 60th Anniversary and dedication of the opening of the church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Stainforth. The ceremony in the packed church was dignified, prayerful and celebratory with tributes read out from Fr Michael Gallagher, Fr Gus O’Reilly and a letter from Bishop Ralph who was attending the installation of his successor in Gibraltar. Mass began with a procession of over twenty parishioners carrying ‘living stones’ onto the sanctuary. Bishop John, who had kindly come out of retirement for the evening, preached a most inspiring sermon and Fr Darren Reid, our new parish priest, introduced himself too. The church was at its beautiful best and there were lots of positive comments on the lovely music and most meaningful words chosen for the event. There was a lovely and well attended gathering in the hall afterwards, with scrumptious food and a selection of up-beat classics from the music group. It really was a wonderful, special and most memorable evening.
Members and friends of Holy Rood, Barnsley Union of Catholic Mothers spent a relaxing, interesting and holy day at the Bar Convent, York recently. They were accompanied by retired Parish Priest, Fr Terry Boyle, who celebrated Mass for the group in the Convent Chapel. This was followed by lunch, a guided tour of the fascinating new exhibition on the Convent’s history and a relaxing hour in the garden. Everyone really enjoyed the event and would recommend anyone to visit the Bar Convent.
A Chesterfield and Norfolk-based congregation of Catholic nuns has received a huge boost with the addition of five new or prospective young sisters, almost doubling its previous total of seven. In a rare public ceremony, the Daughters of Divine Charity, who have a convent in Chesterfield, welcomed a postulant, two novices and two sisters in August, 2016. The two novices – Sr Mary Goncalves and Sr Anna Yeo – were admitted to the order and two sisters – Sr Renata Pivarnikova and Sr Michaela Switaj – took their first vows at a Mass presided over by the Bishop of East Anglia, Rt Rev Alan Hopes, at Our Lady of Pity Church in Swaffham. Such ceremonies usually take place in private inside a convent but a special exception was made this time because to have the two different steps of formation taking place on the same day is very rare. Senior members of the order, which was founded in Austria and has over 1,000 sisters worldwide, were present at the Mass. In the English Sacred Heart vice-province, the sisters run the Sacred Heart School in Swaffham, St Joseph’s Little Scholars Nursery in Chesterfield and a small care home in Hunstanton. Sr Anna explained, “In the parishes where our convents are situated, many of the Sisters are Eucharistic ministers, visiting the sick, the elderly and housebound, working in youth ministry such as confirmation group, university, parish and youth events among other needs. All our work is to make God’s love visible.” Prospective novice, postulant Judith Charmak from Rotherham, was welcomed into the congregation in a simple and private ceremony inside the convent on 27 August.After two years in noviciate, Sisters profess the vows of poverty, obedience and chastity for the first time, as Sr Renata and Sr Michaela did on 28 August. The very joyful ceremony was witnessed by a packed congregation including members of the sisters’ families from Poland, Slovakia, East Timor, Derbyshire and Yorkshire. Before the current group, the order had not seen new sisters in England for decades, which is why it was such a special occasion. Sr Anna said, “Wearing a habit, we are such a visible sign of God that people stop us and tell us that it is so nice to see us Sisters because they do not see them very often. Some people are scared to take the step to religious life because it involves a lot of sacrifice. However, they will never discover how joyful it is to become a sister until they try it. Not only do they miss out on gaining happiness but they miss out on giving the joy God gave them to pass it on to others. “It is unexplainable how rewarding it is to give joy and make a difference in the world. If you think God is calling you, give it a go because it is worth trying it. God needs labourers in his vineyard.” Bishop Alan told the congregation, “It is a special joy to be here to share this special occasion with the Sisters who play an important role in the Diocese of East Anglia and also in the Catholic Church in UK. This occasion is a witness to the strength and vitality of religious life.” Following the Mass there was a celebration lunch where the sisters spoke and cut a celebration cake.