CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF RAINBOWS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GB WITH THE MUSIC OF SIMON AND GARFUNKEL IN CONCERT Over a hundred people gathered in Doncaster recently for a unique Charity Concert to raise funds and to celebrate 25 years of Rainbows Bereavement Support GB. It was a marvellous evening! Comments from people attending included, “Best night ever!”; “A superb evening performed by incredibly talented, gifted and generous guys”; “Musically, these two are even better than the originals!”; “A lovely night, fantastic atmosphere and a great celebration”. The concert, which featured many of the classics such as ‘The Sound of Silence’, ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘The Boxer’ and ‘Bridge over Troubled Waters’, was performed by Dan Hayes and Pete Richards of ‘Bookends’ for Rainbows Bereavement Support GB. Rainbows supports children and young people grieving a significant and often devastating loss in their lives. Frank McDermott, Chair of Trustees, thanked everyone for their attendance and especially Dan and Pete for their generosity in performing freely, for their tremendous support and commitment and for creating such a great atmosphere. The concert raised £1074.50 towards the charity. Dan and Pete told the audience that they will shortly be making a special recording of ‘Bridge over Troubled Waters’ with a string quartet and that profits from the sales of the CD will be given to Rainbows. Needless to say, their support and generosity are greatly appreciated. Video clips, more information about Bookends and dates of performances around the country can be found on Dan and Pete’s website: simonandgarfunkelbybookends.com. Left, Sue McDermott, Rainbows Bereavement Support GB Non-Executive Director, centre, Sandra Ferris, Rainbows Bereavement Support South Yorkshire Development Worker, with Dan Hayes and Pete Richards of ‘Bookends’.
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David and Susan Morris were received and confirmed into the Catholic Church as members of the Ordinariate at the Parish Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Hackenthorpe, on Monday, 19 September by Fr David Stafford during a celebration of Mass. The photograph above shows from left to right, Beryl Stafford, Sponsor, Susan Morris, Fr David Stafford, David Morris and Norman Poole, Sponsor. After Mass David and Susan were welcomed by friends and members of the Ordinariate at a celebration lunch at the Phoenix Inn, Ridgeway.
The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in this Holy Year of Mercy, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. John Mullen relates his experience of a pilgrimage to Walsingham. In this year, the Year of Mercy, over 1800 people gathered to worship the Lord at the national shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. This was a record number of pilgrims for a Youth 2000 event. Around 30 came from the Hallam Diocese. The message of this pilgrimage was from Revelation 5:5, the Scroll and the Lamb; “Weep not; behold, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals”. The pilgrims were told that Our Lord Jesus Christ has conquered. As Pope Francis described at World Youth Day, and reiterated during this pilgrimage, we must ‘un-bury’ the talents given by God, as individuals and as societies. We must not be ‘couch potatoes’, but live the life which God intended for us; and commit to the work he intended for us. Prayer was described by Sr Christiana Mickwee as a journey with God. She then told a story about the relationship between her and her father; when she received her birthday present, a hippy van having asked for a jeep, it was the best her father could provide. During the struggles which arose with this, between the father and daughter, the sacrifice the father made was likened to the love and mercy of our Father. Although it wasn’t what she asked for, the relationship between them was like the trust we place before God in prayer. God’s plan is perfect, and something is expected of us as children of God, that we must realise through prayer to, and trust in, the one who saves. Those on the retreat experienced a depth of teaching like this from a number of religious and volunteers active in ministry, and from the conversations and discussions that arose between young pilgrims from the UK and many parts of the world. The Guardians of the miraculous relic image of Our Lady of Guadalupe were present with the image, which pilgrims venerated. Throughout the 5 days young people were informed that even when they feel isolated because of their faith, or feel they have outgrown the messages they knew as children, they are alone with the Lord. The testimonies, given from this event and many other Youth 2000 events, are clear evidence of the Lord’s presence in our lives. Many young people have had significant spiritual experiences during confession, adoration, healing service and through receiving communion. The shrine is soon to become where Youth 2000 is based. The Youth 2000 ministry is always grateful for volunteers and welcomes more young people to the events which take place throughout the year. An event based in Hallam Diocese, ‘The Release’, took place at St Bernard’s Catholic High School in Rotherham last month.
In September 2014, World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow was being advertised at my school, All Saints Catholic High School, Sheffield. There was no way that I could ever afford to go so I put it to the back of my mind. Less than two years later I travelled to Krakow with my school and the youth of the Hallam Diocese. Thanks to a few generous Parish Priests from our feeder parishes and some fundraising, what was a dream became a reality. On Saturday, 23 July Bishop Ralph arrived at school to start our journey with a few prayers with family and friends. We set off on the thirty two plus hours journey. This was the weekend that the French working at Dover Docks had decided to go on a very slow working day. Fortunately, we were delayed for only four hours. On our way down to Dover we stopped at Aylesford Priory to celebrate Mass with Southwark Diocese. We arrived in Krakow on Sunday, hours later than our planned time but we didn’t care. Our first encounter with the youth of the world was Sunday evening when we had a tour of the town. The main square was heaving with young people, singing, dancing, just enjoying themselves, and this continued for the whole week. The Opening Mass on Tuesday at Blonia Park saw more than 200,000 young people attend. Walking to these events was an experience I will never forget. The roads were packed with young people, singing and waving flags, the locals waving at us from their houses. It didn’t matter which country you were from, we were all united in faith. During the Mass Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the Cardinal of Krakow, told us that Krakow was the city from where St John Paul “set off to preach the Gospel,” as well as where St Faustina Kowalska helped spread devotion to Divine Mercy worldwide in the 20th century. Thank goodness for modern technology, we could listen to the Cardinal in our own language using the radio on our phones and ipods. On Wednesday catechesis started and we were designated Krakow Arena for the three days. This was an opportunity for all the English speaking to get together daily and to listen to inspirational speakers and to celebrate Mass. Thursday saw the arrival of Pope Francis to Blonia Park, on one of Krakow’s trams, to a wonderful reception from at least half a million young people. The theme for the evening’s celebration was “Called to Holiness,” and young people from different continents presented this message with an animated illustration of young saints from the 3rd to the 20th century. He recalled that as a bishop in Buenos Aires for many years he had come to understand that “nothing is more beautiful than seeing the enthusiasm, dedication, zeal and energy with which so many young people live their lives.” Moreover, he said, when Jesus touches a young person’s heart “he or she becomes capable of truly great things.” Simple words but so powerful. He also expressed his hope to the young people that they opt not for “early retirement,” but participate fully in a life lived passionately, spreading the mercy of Jesus Christ. On Friday Pope Francis led everyone through the Stations of the Cross, again in Blonia Park. Saturday evening’s overnight prayer vigil was the high point for all, both spiritually and physically, as everyone joined together in keeping with a World Youth Day tradition of walking to and from the venue and sleeping out under the stars awaiting the return of Pope Francis to arrive for the final Mass. Pope Francis once again asked everyone to remember their mission as members of the Church and bring God’s mercy back with us to our homes. Pope Francis also announced that the next World Youth Day will be held in Panama in 2019. Throughout our trip, we treated our experience in Krakow as a walking pilgrimage. Fitbit recorded it, almost 80 miles walked over the course of the seven days. We students would like to thank our school for allowing us to embark on a life changing experience. To our Chaplain, Bernie Healy for all the organising, Mr Stokes for coming with us and to all the other leaders who kept us all in line. We cannot thank you enough. “God loves us the way we are, and no sin, fault or mistake of ours makes him change his mind. As far as Jesus is concerned – as the Gospel shows – no one is unworthy of, or far from, his thoughts. No one is insignificant. He loves all of us with a special love; for him all of us are important: you are important! God counts on you for what you are, not for what you possess. In his eyes the clothes you wear or the kind of cell phone you use are of absolutely no concern. He doesn’t care whether you are stylish or not; he cares about you! In his eyes, you are precious, and your value is inestimable.” (Taken from the final homily of Pope Francis) Students from All Saints School
Clients and Staff from St Wilfrid’s welcomed the chance to get out and about for a day in Whitby recently. After spending a little too long on the coach in traffic, the group finally arrived in the sunny seaside resort. Fish and chips was on the menu for many, followed by a stroll around the many shops and interesting stalls. The clients very much appreciated the trip and this was summed up by Julie when she stood up on the coach and announced, “Thank you staff for bringing us to Whitby, we love you all!”
Sheffield Lay Carmel held their recent Day of Recollection at Kirkedge. The event was led by Fr Sixtus ,who spoke on “Carmel in a Changing and Challenging World – Contemplation remains at the heart of Carmel.” After the celebration of Mass, the theme was continued in the Holy Hour, which was led by Deacon Tony Strike of Sheffield University. Quotes from the recently published Apostolic Constitution “Vultum Dei Quaerere” (Seeking the Face of God) provided a focus for meditation. Prayer and silence are necessary in seeking God and the belief that ultimately God alone suffices. The Carmel Day of Recollection ended with Benediction in Latin.
Over the last ten years my husband and I have been on several pilgrimages led by St Mary’s in Penistone. It all started when, ten years ago, I saw a notice in our church, St John’s in Penistone, advertising a pilgrimage to Poland. I thought this was too good an opportunity to miss. Poland was somewhere I wanted to visit for some time because of a Polish man who had settled in the village, Halton West, where I grew up after the war. He had lost his family in the concentration camps and was afraid to return whilst it was under communist control. He was called Bronic and was a very gentle man and probably the first person I met from another country. He did return to Poland for visits and was reunited with a niece after 1990. He died only a few years ago at the age of 90. We had just retired, so, answered the advert and were welcomed into the group as fellow Christians. We were two out of six Anglicans. We were invited to share in the Masses, and contribute to the service through music and prayers. Since then we have joined the pilgrimages to Oberamagau, the Holy Land, Turkey, Ireland, and this year again to Poland. We are a “happy band of pilgrims” always coming from different parts of the country and different denominations, yet all Christians coming together in the love of Christ. This year we stayed all week in Krakow, going out most days to visit places of interest. The first day was spent visiting the Congregation of the Sisters of the Virgin Mary at Lagiewniki where the Divine Mercy was given to Saint Faustina. We continued to Wadowice, the birthplace of Saint Pope John Paul the Second, where we visited a museum depicting his life. What an inspiration to mankind! The next day we visited Auschwitz where we witnessed the worst that man could inflict on fellow man. However, we also saw an example of the best of humanity through the deed of Saint Maximillian Kolbe. He sacrificed his own life so that a fellow prisoner could escape. The next day we travelled to the national Shrine and centre of Catholicism in Poland at Jasna Gora, Czestachowa, which is the home of the icon of the Virgin Mary, allegedly painted by Luke the Evangelist on a tabletop built by Jesus himself. The icon was discovered by Saint Helen, mother of the Emperor Constantine who was a collector of Christian relics in the Holy Land. According to legend it remained for over 500 years before coming to Jasna Gora. The cathedral is a splendid example of the Baroque style of architecture and is magnificent. Sunday was a free day to explore Krakow, which we did after attending Mass with a congregation of nuns of the St Francis order near our hotel. The next day we visited Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains where we used the funicular to climb the mountain. This area is a favourite for anyone who likes walking and skiing and was a special place to Saint Pope John Paul. Finally, we visited the Salt mines at Wieliczka. They are amazing, and illustrate as much as anything the faith of the Polish people. There are chapels carved within the mine adorned with statues of special saints carved out of salt where the miners would worship before commencing with their arduous and dangerous work. In all a fulfilling week. The sun shone upon us every day, and we returned still a “happy band of pilgrims” so grateful to Brendan and Phyl Lally who organised it for us all, and to Father Stanislaw for the spiritually uplifting Masses. Linda Lister
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in High Green, Sheffield started the new school year with a brand new look. The uniform changed from red to blue and the logo was updated. The school has undergone many changes in the last few years and has built on its strengths year on year, culminating in an outstanding RE inspection in the summer term. The leadership and governors of the school felt it was the right time to revamp the school ‘brand’ to more accurately represent the 21st century place of learning that is St Mary’s today. Head teacher, Alex Healy stated that it was lovely to see the children arrive at school in blue – a colour associated with the school namesake Mary. The launch of the uniform was celebrated by the children with a whole school picnic lunch.
On Education Mission Sunday many staff and children from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Handsworth attended Mass at St Joseph’s Church, which was celebrated by Parish Priest, Fr Mark McManus. Parishioners were then welcomed into school to look at the fantastic displays of children’s work, meet the staff and governors and share refreshments. The new school choir entertained everyone with a fabulous gospel medley. The event was a huge success and the school very much looks forward to celebrating with the parish again next year.
Former pupils who left St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School, Prince of Wales Road, Manor Estate, Sheffield between 1951 and 1953 held their annual reunion at The Noah’s Ark, Intake, Sheffield on Saturday, 24 September. Former pupils interested in the 2017 reunion should telephone Bernard Dowling, 0114 2510416, for more details. Photograph by Peter Wolstenholme, St Theresa pupil 1940 to 1947.