St Marie’s Catholic Primary School, on Fulwood Road, has unveiled a new prayer garden to provide pupils with a quiet space to foster learning and reflection. The garden was built following contributions from the Sheffield Town Trust and the school and parish communities. The stone Easter cross at the centre of the garden, which was chosen by pupils, was designed and made by local sculptor Richard Watts and includes the school motto. Richard has had a connection with St Marie’s for the past 19 years with all five of his children attending the school. St Marie’s headteacher, John Fernandes, said, “The spiritual garden is intended to be an active space, providing pupils with opportunities for learning, for being creative and being engaged in growing and developing their own space. “These learning opportunities, paired with the thoughtful and reflective aspects of the prayer garden, will ensure that it will become a much cherished part of the school for many years to come. We are grateful to all.” Mr Watts said, “The design the children chose – from three possible options – was for a cross carved as the ‘Tree of Life’, a symbol of Our Lord’s resurrection and triumph over sin and death. “The cross is carved with apple leaves and blossom with a Shakespearean quotation from the Tempest around the base – ‘Merrily, merrily shall I live now under the blossom which hangs on the bough’ which also marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death last year.” The prayer garden was officially opened in a service at the school by the Bishop Ralph Heskett and Cathedral Dean, Fr Christopher Posluszny.
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For most Sheffield teachers, the summer holidays are a time to relax ahead of the new term in September. Try telling that to Mark Conway. The selfless St Wilfrid’s Primary School: a Catholic Voluntary Academy teacher has just completed a gruelling charity bike ride to London which totalled around 200 miles. Mark completed the challenge in just two days and cycled over 110 miles to Wellingborough on Saturday, 29 July before completing his journey the following day. Mark, who is Head of RE at St Wilfrid’s, raised over £1,000 for aid agency CAFOD and finished his journey at their head offices in Westminster. CAFOD works in over forty countries, helping people to tackle poverty and injustice wherever the need is greatest. Mark said, “CAFOD does a lot of good work and I wanted to raise some money in an exciting way. “I stayed away from the M1 and got lost around Milton Keynes which added about 10 miles to my journey. This made the second day a bit of a killer and I was dreading it a bit, cycling around London can be quite hairy! “It was great to have so many people cheering me on, including kids from my class and other members of staff at St Wilfrid’s. I also got to meet a lot of people on the way who were very supportive. I won’t be doing it again but I will definitely think of something else to do next year!” Mark initially hoped to raise £200 but has gone well beyond his target, with donations reaching £1,145. CAFOD’s representative in Hallam, Jeremy Cain, said, “Thank you to Mark for taking on this remarkable challenge – we are very grateful for the time and effort he gave up. “It sounds like a gruelling journey and it is testament to Mark that he was able to battle through. He quite literally went the extra mile for CAFOD and we are all very proud of his efforts.” To donate, visit Mark’s JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mark-Conway7. For more information about CAFOD’s work, visit http://www.cafod.org.uk/.
Paul and Margaret Helliwell recently hosted a Sunday celebration to mark Paul’s term as President of Sheffield Hallamshire 218 Catenian Circle. After attending Mass at St Marie’s Cathedral, and joining parishioners for tea and coffee, the celebration moved to Sheffield Manor Lodge, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned for fourteen years in the 16th century. For many of those circle members, relatives and friends it was their first visit, even though they had lived locally for many years.
Hilary Myers, a member of St Vincent’s Foundation, Sheffield and a past Union of Catholic Mothers President, relates her experience of Sheffield Visually Impaired Walking Group’s fundraising event. On Saturday, 17 June the Sheffield Visually Impaired Walking Group and their guides faced a tough challenge in completing a 17 mile walk over Sheffield’s hilly terrain, well over the distance of seven miles which they normally walk four times a month. My thoughts when I took on the challenge and asked my friends and parishioners to support me as a visually impaired walker was, I don’t mind how long it takes me but I hope the weather is kind and not too hot. We set off from Endcliffe Park at 9am on a warm sunny morning, soon to become a very hot and sticky day. The nice thing about Sheffield is that there are plenty of parks and woods along the route which gave us some much appreciated shade from the hot sun. Everyone on the walk, about twenty of us, was in good spirits. Being blind or visually impaired does not stop you from walking; you just need the arm of a trained guide and we have some wonderful volunteer guides always willing to walk with us. We change guides usually every few miles to give them a break from ‘guiding’, so there’s always a different person to talk to. The route started at Hunters Bar, up the Porter Valley to Ringinglow, down the Limb Valley into Ecclesall Woods and across Abbeydale Road at Dore and Totley Station; then on to Ladies Spring Wood and to Beauchief Abbey in time for a packed lunch. Nicely refreshed, we continued through Chancet Wood to Graves Park and the Gleadless Valley; then onward through Meersbrook Park, across London Road, up the last hill to Brincliffe Edge and Chelsea Park to reach the finish at Hunters Bar at 6pm, where there was lots of chatting, laughing and good camaraderie. We were all in very high spirits and so delighted with each other that we had all finished the challenge. A day well spent! Over £3,000 were raised in support of the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind and the Sheffield Visually Impaired Walking Group. What an achievement! Hilary Myers, Social Secretary Sheffield Visually Impaired Walking Group
A Sheffield school welcomed a Commonwealth boxing champion and his trainer as special guests at its annual sports award evening. Middleweight boxer, Sam Sheedy and trainer, Glyn Rhodes MBE joined pupils, parents and staff at the event at Notre Dame High School on Fulwood Road, Sheffield. The sports awards evening has been running for three years and has quickly become established as a highlight in the school calendar. Headteacher, Steve Davies said, “You can see how much it is valued by the children, their parents and the staff by the turnout and the effort everyone goes to in getting dressed up for the occasion. “We were delighted to be joined by Sam and Glyn who spent the whole evening meeting students, presenting awards and answering questions. “Theirs was a very positive message and it was a real inspiration to our students to meet successful sports people from their own city.” Mr Davies, who thanked the PE department and other staff members for their role in supporting students in sport, added, “Sport’s benefits to physical health are obvious and well documented, but we know too what a positive impact involvement with sport can have on our mental health and wellbeing. “Through sport, our students develop confidence, leadership skills and learn how to work as part of a team. They experience success, but just as importantly, they learn how to deal with failure, how to face it with grace and how to learn from it.” The awards recognise students for their commitment, participation and how they act as role models as well as recognition for success in competition. Glyn Rhodes said, “It was a room full of sports people which was fantastic. “Many people are now afraid of failure, but sport demonstrates how you can bounce back and learn from the experience. “You don’t have to be the best, just do your best. That’s what I tell them in the gym.”
Martin Humphreys tells us that 8 July was a red letter day for Sheffield Lay Carmel, as the group started their novena for the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel with a Mass celebrated by Fr Shaun Smith, who was assisted by Deacon Chris Ainslie. At the reception that followed Deacon Chris, who is a professed member of Lay Carmel, received the congratulations and warm wishes of his Carmelite confreres. This wonderful occasion was completed by the monthly formal talk, which was given by Fr Grant Naylor, who was accompanied by Rev Tom Crowley, an ordinance at St Stephen’s House, Oxford. Fr Naylor encouraged everyone to ask Our Lady to give us a simple, deep faith and devotion well rooted in our hearts, leading us to discover every day the good news of the Gospel and encouraging us to announce it with courage and authenticity.
This year Austin Corcoran of St Wilfrid’s and Mother of God St Vincent de Paul Conference in Sheffield celebrates 50 years’ membership of the SVP. At a Mass offered for the work of the SVP on 26 June, Mgr William Kilgannon, parish priest, presented Austin with a long-service medal and certificate on behalf of the Conference. Austin’s many roles in the SVP in Hallam Diocese include two terms as Conference Treasurer, five years as President of the Conference and a further five years as President of Hallam Central Council. He has been Chair of the St Vincent’s Charity Shop Committee since 1998. Mgr Kilgannon referred in his remarks to Austin as ‘a man of faith and prayer’ which sustains his work and noted that the SVP was something of a family concern; Austin’s father was a long-time member and several of his children are also involved.
Irish Night Fundraiser Join us for a night of fun and fundraising! All details as seen above, for tickets or questions please contact Chris
National Youth Sunday 2017 Join Hallam Youth for our National Youth Sunday pilgrimage to EMBRACE @ Liverpool Cathedral 25th November 2017 Travelling by rail from: Rotherham Central, Doncaster & Sheffield To secure your place to travel with Hallam Youth contact Kayla For more information about EMBRACE 2017 click here
The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is an important event for many people. Alex Prior, the Pilgrimage Director, tells us about this year’s Pilgrimage, which was a particularly special journey for Jayne and Brian Lowson. Parishioners of St Patrick and St Thomas More Parish, Sheffield, Jayne and Brian met in Lourdes thirty-three years ago. They have been regular pilgrims ever since. Their sons Matthew, James and Thomas have also been frequent pilgrims. This year Jayne and Brian celebrated thirty years of marriage. The 2017 Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes took place from 2 to 7 July led by Bishop Ralph, with over four hundred and sixty pilgrims, including two hundred and fifteen with Hallam Youth travelling from all the High Schools in the Diocese. Two charter flights operated from Doncaster Sheffield Airport direct to Lourdes, together with five Youth coaches. There were many highlights during the Pilgrimage – Mass at the Grotto with the Diocese of Derry, Anointing of the Sick and many inspiring homilies. We took part as a Diocese in the Torchlight Procession on Monday night and in the Blessed Sacrament Procession on Wednesday afternoon. Many pilgrims commented on the very powerful Holy Hour in St Joseph’s Chapel when Fr Lee Marshall led us in Adoration. Our young people follow the main pilgrimage programme but with some additional items, so on Tuesday afternoon all of Hallam Youth spent time together. Due to the temporary closure of the High Stations, at very short notice they improvised and created their own Stations of the Cross with some of the youth leaders, before a liturgy in the chapel up at the Youth Village. In previous years, one important feature of the pilgrimage, particularly for the Youth, has been the opportunity to spend time at the Grotto late at night, when it is particularly quiet and peaceful. Due to the increased security measures in Lourdes, access to the Grotto is currently not permitted after midnight, but the Sanctuary generously granted our pilgrimage exclusive access after midnight on Tuesday night. For around two hundred and eighty pilgrims, including all Hallam Youth, this was the very much the highlight of the week, and the Vice Rector of the Sanctuary commented on the quiet and prayerful way that our pilgrimage used this opportunity. From the feedback forms received from pilgrims it is clear that 2017 was a very special pilgrimage and everything ran very smoothly. One particular comment flowed through all the feedback received, and that was how wonderful the young people from our Diocese are! The care and friendship they provided to the eighty plus “Assisted pilgrims” using wheelchairs in Lourdes was exceptional, and everyone on the pilgrimage commented on how wonderful this was to experience. All of the Hallam Youth are a credit to their parents, their schools and to themselves. Thank you to all our youth helpers, and the leaders, school staff and Chaplains who travelled with them. During the pilgrimage we each served one another – not just the sixty plus volunteer Helpers, Doctors and Nurses and two hundred and fifteen Youth Helpers helping our Assisted Pilgrims, but all pilgrims served one another in different ways, eg spending time talking in a café, or reflecting on what we’ve heard at a liturgy, or a simple word of encouragement or support. Thank you to everyone involved. If you haven’t experienced the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, please do consider travelling in 2018. Dates for Your Diary There will be a follow up event “Lourdes@Home”, for those who travelled with Hallam Youth, at St Bernard’s Catholic High School from 6pm, Friday, 15 September to 1pm Saturday, 16 September. Further details available by email from email@example.com. The 2017 Lourdes Reunion will take place at St Bernard’s Catholic High School, Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham, S65 3BE at 7.30pm on Friday, 27 October. All welcome. Our 2018 Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Sunday, 1 July to Friday, 6 July. Booking forms will be available towards the end of the year. Enquiries: 01302 247910 or 07724 650066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.