Congratulations to twelve parents who recently completed a skills based parenting course at St Wilfrid’s School, Sheffield. The eight session course ‘Building Confident Parents’ was led by Linda McLoughlin and Susan O’Shea, both of whom were trained by Hallam Caring Services. Participants commented, “I’ve learnt plenty from the facilitators and from my fellow students – knowing that others families can be just as chaotic as ours is strangely comforting. It’s been great to meet such a friendly and supportive bunch of people. The course is really well delivered and the book will be a brilliant reference tool for years to come”. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator in your school or parish, Hallam Caring Services are planning a training day on 2 March, (see below). Training to lead parenting programmes (£150 including materials for delivery) Suitable for Support/Pastoral Workers, Learning Mentors, Teaching Assistants and Higher Level Teaching Assistants Hallam Pastoral Centre, St Charles Street, Sheffield, S9 3WU Thursday, 2 March, 2017 10am-4pm Lunch provided Booking essential Please contact Laura Rendell email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 0114 2566408 mobile: 07825449306
Archives for February 2017
On Monday, 28 November, a Mission Together Mass was held at Holy Rood Catholic Church where all of the Barnsley Deanery Schools – Holy Rood, Holy Trinity and the Corpus Christi Federation gathered together to present their cheques for Mission Together to Bishop Ralph.
For the third year running Mother of God Parish definitely proved that it has got talent, in fact lots of talent. Ten acts took to the stage to perform for an enthusiastic audience, all in the name of Charity. They were helping to raise much needed funds for St Vincent’s Furniture Store and the Sheffield Branch of the HCPT. Our guest Judges this year were, His Honour Michael Murphy QC, Radio Sheffield’s Paulette Edwards and finally our new judge, who famously coached Jessica Ennis-Hill to World and Olympic Gold, Toni Minichiello. Our presenters were once again our very own Little Ant and Dec, or as we are calling them these days, Not so Little Ant and Dec, better known as, Nick and Sean Hardwick. The evening started with Little Ant and Dec performing a dance routine to ‘Let’s get ready to rumble’ followed by a welcome to the judges and audience. When all 10 acts had performed the judges retired to a room where they discussed the placings. During this time, everyone enjoyed a drink and a chat in the Parish Centre, all giving views on who they thought the winner would be. Last year’s winner, Pete Loftus, then performed a couple of songs prior to handing over his title. The judges said how fantastic all the acts had been and that they wished they could give a prize to everyone. They did introduce a new prize for the best newcomer and this went to Becca, who played the Banjulele and sang the Christmas song ‘When a Child is born’. Third place couldn’t be split and this went to Danielle and Sarah. Second place went to Will Green and the winning prize went to Connie Campbell. Connie is a year 10 pupil at All Saints Catholic High School and sang a song from the musical ‘Les Miserables’. Paulette said that she could see Connie, in the future, performing in musical theatre and that she had a great future ahead of her. Toni had said that when Connie sang it sent tingles down his spine. Bishop Ralph congratulated them and presented Connie with her winner’s prize. Connie performed for us all again, before all the acts got back up on stage and performed their own rendition of ‘Do they know it’s Christmastime’, with everyone joining in. It was a fantastic night and as someone said on the night, “Mother of God Parish’s Got Talent, just gets better and better”. St Vincent’s Furniture Store and Sheffield HCPT would like to thank all those people who helped to make the evening possible: Our Judges, who were wonderful and always make the evening so much fun. Our sound and lighting team, Jim Hogan who unfortunately couldn’t be with us on the night, Gary Utley and Bernie Healy Last year’s winner Pete Loftus for coming along and performing for us. Our own Little Ant and Dec, the best comperes in the land. Our contestants. Mgr Kilgannon for the use of the Parish Centre and his never ending support in all that we do. The people who served tea, coffee and refreshments at the interval and all those who helped to tidy the Parish Centre. Andrea and Donald Watts, who took the tickets on the door and also sold raffle tickets to people. All Saints Catholic High School for sponsoring our programme. And finally to everyone, who came along and supported us on the evening. Both Charities are indebted to you.
Notre Dame Catholic High School’s first cycle of annual fund raising was in aid of the Bishop’s Walk, raising funds to support ongoing work at the centre. Sean Pender, Deputy Headteacher and the schools’ representative on the Bishops’ Walk, spoke about the strong relationship that has been formed between St Wilfrid’s and Notre Dame. “Our students take a real interest in the work that goes on at the centre and the enthusiasm and commitment that goes in to the fund raising, although supported by form tutors, is driven by our young people putting their faith in to action. It’s more than simply raising money, it is raising their awareness of social justice. We have further fundraising projects in the pipeline in aid of St Wilfrids Centre, so watch this space.” Josie Brooks, Director of St Wilfrid’s centre, visited a Year 7 assembly to receive a cheque from students for the grand total of £1,073. In addition, Sean Pender received sponsorship from staff raising £280. Josie spoke to the students about recent developments at the centre and the impact their fundraising will have on the lives of many vulnerable people. Pictured, Notre Dame students hand over the school’s fund raising total to St Wilfrid’s Centre Director, Josie Brooks.
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Each year doors to cultural treasures open up all over England for 4 days of free heritage events, led by local experts and volunteers. This year Sheffield hosted more than 80 events throughout the City, co-ordinated by the Sheffield Civic Trust. St Marie’s Cathedral organised a varied programme of events throughout the weekend of 8-11 September. Taking part in this year’s celebration provided a great opportunity to share the Cathedral’s heritage with visitors from Sheffield and beyond. The weekend was a huge success with more than 700 visitors attending St Marie’s events. The tours were fully booked, the bell-ringing demonstrations were oversubscribed and the Victorian party proved very popular with 230 visitors on Saturday afternoon. Feedback from visitors was extremely positive too, with many visiting the Cathedral for the first time. The bell-ringing event on Thursday evening was part of a co-ordinated performance with other bell towers in the City, which aimed to celebrate England’s bell-ringing tradition. The two bell-ringing demonstrations on Saturday were organised in partnership with Sheffield Universities’ Guild of Change Ringers. The event offered members of the public the rare chance to visit the Cathedral’s bell chamber and find out more about the complex systems used by the bell-ringers. The illustrated talk and tour by the Cathedral historian, Deacon Bill Burleigh, focused on St Marie’s stained-glass windows. Those who attended the presentation were able to find out more about the hidden symbolism and the stories behind each window. “The talk was very informative, and you could see the speaker loved the subject. His enthusiasm and knowledge shone through. It was fascinating to see the windows in close up before viewing the real thing,” a visitor said. Our guided tour on Saturday morning took visitors around the world without leaving the Cathedral. Visitors were able to discover the unexpected connections St Marie’s has with many countries. “It was lovely to focus on how different communities and artists from all over the world have influenced the Cathedral. Our guide was so interesting,” another visitor commented. The Victorian Party had something for everyone. Travelling back to 1850, the year when the church was built, this family-friendly event was packed with Victorian themed activities such as embroidery, calligraphy bookmarks, greeting cards inspired by the Cathedral’s stunning stained-glass windows, dressing-up boxes, trails, games and story-telling. Visitors were welcomed by Victorian characters and given traditional Victoria sponge cake. There was also a history display which included photographs of St Marie’s and its surroundings from the Victorian period. The programme also included live music performed by the Cathedral’s organist, Mr Hugh Finnigan.
“We first met Ernie and Lena in Lourdes in 2013. We had travelled to Lourdes with our schools, St Bernard, St Mary and All Saints, representing the youth of the Hallam Diocese. We looked after Ernie and Lena for the week. The week brought us all together and we knew by the end of our pilgrimage we would all stay in contact after sharing such a unique experience in Lourdes. “Over the next few years we returned to Lourdes with the Hallam youth and each time we asked if we could look after our special friends. Because of the bond created through the pilgrimages to Lourdes we visited them at their home resulting in us growing closer. “In June, 2016 we found out some sad news regarding Ernie and Lena so to cheer them up we decided that we would fulfil a dream of theirs, and that was to see Pope Francis in Rome. “After a lot of hard work and organising we managed to arrange the trip for September, 2016. When we informed Ernie and Lena what we were planning they were thrilled and very grateful that a group of young people would give up their time and pay for them to go to Rome. “The trip was a great success. It gave us time to fulfil a wish of theirs to see the Pope in Rome and visit the incredible sights. It was a very emotional and rewarding experience for everyone involved and we’re so proud that we managed to do this for them. “Upon returning to the UK, Ernie and Lena told their parish of their experiences, from the first meeting in Lourdes, our visits to their home and then to Rome. We felt really blessed to learn that their parish had held a Mass in our honour to celebrate this wonderful achievement. “When we first went to Lourdes a teacher said to us, “The friends you make in Lourdes are friends for life,” and after meeting such remarkable people and sharing something so extraordinary, we don’t think we’ve heard anything so true.” Written by the ‘Special Gang’ – Hannah Turner, Beth Sawyer, Tyler Shield, Joseph Fletcher, Charlie Heywood-Heath, Connor Boyd, Jonathan Bell, Sean Briscoe.
St Wilfrid’s Volunteers Thank you to everyone who has volunteered with us over the last year. From wonderfully warm welcomers to cheerful café contributors, everyone who volunteers gives something very special to the Centre and your input broadens the care and support we can offer. Clients and staff thank you. Thank you Thank you to everyone who has supported us financially over during the last year. We are constantly overwhelmed by the generosity of those in the Diocese and beyond, who give to those less fortunate. Thank you to those who signed up for Gift Aid –this helps us even more. St Wilfrid angels Thank you to everyone who has supported the Centre by making purchases from our talented workshop. We hope to increase and diversify our sales next year so please keep in touch to find out more. Meal tickets You may have seen Sheffield’s anti-begging campaign. The network of support for homeless and vulnerable people across the city is encouraging those who want to help people they see on the street to contribute to the many services rather than giving cash direct. St Wilfrid’s supports this initiative because money given can go further to help those who need it if it’s given to an organisation rather than an individual. Sheffield has many wonderful organisations. If you would like to find out more, please look at http://www.savesheffield.org/ (Sheffield Agencies for the Vulnerable and Excluded). St Wilfrid’s sells £2 vouchers which can be exchanged for a meal, shower, clothes, washing machine/tumble dryer use. These can be purchased directly from the Centre and given out by you.
Signs of Christmas have gone from our everyday environments. The liturgical calendar has moved to Ordinary Time. As Christians we recognise that every day God is with us and in us and works through us. Read Bishop Ralph’s message to us all in these early days of 2017. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ We all have the need for the closeness and the warmth of a mother’s love. Many of us know from our personal experience that it is a need that remains, long after our mother is no longer with us. It should come as no surprise to us, therefore, that the Church begins each New Year with this wonderful Solemnity of the Mother of God. Knowing what we experience deep within us it seems perfectly reasonable for us to want a motherly touch from God Himself, to sooth, to strengthen, to comfort us on our journey of faith. At the beginning of each New Year we are reminded that God has provided this for us in the person of Mary. Just as Mary brought forth Christ and watched over him, so she watches over all those of us who are the children of God baptised into Christ, and as church, His body on earth. Paul reminds us today we are heirs to the Kingdom on that account. This also makes us family and Mary is the mother of the family. Like any other year, 2017 will be a year with challenges for us as individuals, as families, as the family of the diocese and indeed the wider world. Events in 2016 have made many of us less certain about the future. Many parts of the world remain unstable often threatening the peace of places beyond their borders. Today, once again the Church places the intention for world peace under the watchful gaze of Mary as we begin a new year. The invitation and challenge at the beginning of a new year is, despite all that we see happening about us and in the world at large, to witness to the hope that is in us. I would like to suggest five ways that we can do this. These are not original to me. They are received wisdom and I share them with you. Be confident in faith for our faith is true! During these days we are celebrating openly and boldly the truth that Christ came, that he is still with us and will come again. We can and should be equally confident in celebrating our faith through the year. Recognise your obligations to spread the Good News: At the opening homily of his Pontificate, St John Paul II told his listeners “Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors to Christ”. Pope Benedict took up this theme in the opening homily of his Pontificate too. Speaking to the young, he said, “Do not be afraid of Christ. He takes nothing away and gives you everything … yes, open wide the doors to Christ and you will find true life”. And on Twitter last October, reaching out to millions, Pope Francis echoes once again those words of St John Paul II: “Opening wide the doors to Christ” means not only opening your own heart to be touched by God, but also by sharing your personal experience of the life of Christ and the Church with others in whatever circumstances you find yourself. Challenge evil: None of us is perfect. Nonetheless we are called to challenge evil in all its forms: injustice, oppression, lack of respect for human life from the womb to the tomb etc. We must do what we can, however limited, to hold up the light of Christ where darkness abounds. Reflect on what God has done for you: Luke tells us that Mary treasured all things that happened to her and pondered them in her heart and found it a source of strength. Changing the world for the better takes energy. Prayer and the Eucharist make it possible. And finally, decide what you, personally, are going to do to open wide the doors for Christ in the coming year: Maybe it will only be the Lord Himself who will know what you choose to do and that is more than enough. So, I pray the blessing in the Book of Numbers that we find in the first reading for you all. Throughout 2017: May the Lord bless and keep you May the Lord let His face shine on you and be gracious to you May the Lord uncover His face to you and bring you peace.
The Combined Cadet Force has been operating at Mount St Mary’s for 100 years. Each year they lead a Remembrance Day Service in the grounds of the College in the village of Spinkhill, near Sheffield.