Welcome to the Children’s Liturgy Section The May edition of the Hallam News sees the introduction of an exciting new initiative which aims to engage our children in thinking about the key celebrations, messages and themes of the Liturgy they will be celebrating in the weeks following the publication of the paper. We begin this feature with the story of the Ascension, activities for children to work with and questions for them to consider. We hope that these pages will help our children to be able to follow liturgical celebrations more closely and in a way that is increasingly more meaningful to each one of them. We, as adults, may like to share these pages with children to both help the children appreciate the celebrations of the Church, as we progress through the year and remember the significant events in the life of Christ and also to give us a means of thinking through at our own level, what the message of the Ascension means to us and the impact and meaning this celebration has for each one of us. The Story of The Ascension This month we celebrate The Ascension of Our Lord When Jesus was ready to return to heaven, he took his disciples aside to make sure that they understood everything that had happened to him. He explained why it was important for him to be crucified and to be raised from the dead to fulfill what the Scriptures had said about him. He also told them that he was going to return to his Father in heaven, and that the Holy Spirit would come to be with them. At first, the disciples were sad that Jesus would be leaving them, but then the Bible tells us that Jesus opened their minds so they would understand. Then, an amazing thing happened. The Bible tells us that Jesus lifted his hands and blessed his disciples. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. The disciples stood and watched as Jesus ascended higher and higher until he disappeared from view. What an amazing sight that must have been! I wonder …. which part of the Ascension Gospel you like the best? ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………… what the friends of Jesus felt? ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………… where Jesus went? ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………… when you feel close to Jesus? ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………… Word Search Happy Birthday Church! Pentecost is the birthday of all of us in the Church because we are the Church. It is a day of celebration in the Church. Pentecost is a Greek word for 50th day. It is 50 days after Easter Sunday. We remember the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles and the start of their work to spread the Good News. The Priest will wear red vestments. Maybe you could wear red too on this special birthday? Easter Gallery The theme for next month’s picture gallery is ‘Hallam Clergy’. Have a good look at your Parish Priest – no, really look at him carefully! Do you think you could do a picture or model of him? Yes, you can. We know there are some brilliant artists out in Hallam. We would love you to send in photographs of your pictures or models of your Parish Priest. Please attach your name and age, the name of the Priest and the name of the Parish. We will try to include as many as possible in next month’s edition, but all will be displayed on our website gallery. Please send to email@example.com.
Archives for April 2017
On 10-11 February St Vincent’s Panto Players gave three performances of their pantomime Beauty and the Beast, at St Vincent’s Church, Crookes, Sheffield. This meant the public of Crookes got to see this unique version of the tale a full month before the live action Disney film version hits the cinemas. As usual, mayhem ensued, there was a visit to Crookes market, the woodland creatures sang a song, an audience member received the traditional custard pie, and it all ended happily ever after. Some notable appearances included Doctor Who, Chewbacca and Donald Trump. The script was riddled with music-related puns, some of which were easier to spot than others – yes indeed, a few of the jokes did fall ‘flat’! The ‘Charlie Gardiner Award’ for loyal service to the pantomime, created in honour of a former parish priest, went this year to Dominic Rice. The pantomime is a great social occasion for the parish, allowing some parishioners to display their hidden talents, as well as raising money for charity. This was the twenty-eighth pantomime the parish has done. Around one hundred people attended each of the performances and just over £1700 was raised. This will be split between the St Justin Society (the group in St. Vincent’s parish that supports individuals and projects in developing countries) and The Sheffield Down’s Syndrome Support Group. Photographs taken by Theresa Rice
First Ever St Mary’s Got Talent Variety Show! WOW! What a night when St Mary’s Parish, High Green put on their first ‘St Mary’s Got Talent’ variety show which was a great success. The church hall was full and the audience waited in anticipation to see how they were going to be entertained. They were not disappointed; the first act was St Mary’s Food and Friends Luncheon Club members who belted out ‘The Music Man’. Some of the actions got a little muddled but the audience loved it. This was followed with acts singing, telling jokes, poems, keyboard music, gymnastic routine, recitals and comedy sketches. The hall filled with laughter not only at the comic routines, but also at the performances which went a little wrong. No-one panicked, in true showbiz style they carried on or started again. Performers ranged from aged 6 years to octogenarians. The children who performed came from St Mary’s School, Notre Dame and All Saints. Fr Andrew Browne identified who had entered him to sing a medley of songs from “Grease” and rather than disappoint the audience he sang the “The Irish Rover”, accompanied by Ruth Byrne and Frank Condon. A surprise visitor was Bishop Ralph, who only heard about the show on Friday afternoon. He readily agreed to hand each performer their certificate at the end of the show. Many people helped to bring the evening together, especially Wayne Biggin who compered the show; the ladies who served the refreshments; cake makers; the sweet shop and raffle seller. The programme was sponsored by local businesses: Nisa family store; Gorgeous Hair & Beauty; Cone’s Emporium; Stomp Club for children; Pottering Around and Pets Are Pals, thank you all. The night ended with many asking when the next one will be. Watch this space…
Living Laudato Si’ – where we are The Catholic Diocese of Hallam and the Anglican Diocese of Sheffield came together to host an ecumenical Study Day on Pope Francis’ encyclical on Saturday, 25th February. A packed room at Sheffield’s Quaker Meeting House heard two leading speakers in this field and came away enthused and inspired to foster care for creation in their home parishes. “The suggestion to explore Laudato Si’ together came from Canon Nick Jowett in the Anglican diocese,” explained Greg Ryan, adult formation advisor for Hallam, who chaired the day. “Justice, peace and care of creation are areas we can easily work together, both in learning and in practice, so it’s been great to do this ecumenically.” Ellen Teague of the Columban Justice, Peace and Ecology team, was the first speaker, reflecting on a lifetime’s international activism with many powerful images. Pope Francis has insisted that Laudato Si’ is not to be categorised as an environmental encyclical, but rather as one encompassing ‘integral ecology’. Ellen demonstrated clearly the links between poverty, the environment and peace, and the web of interactions that involves us all. She showed how Catholic campaigning organisations stand alongside indigenous activists, and work with people of other faiths and no faith to protect their local environment from destructive projects of the corporate world, including mining, logging and water management. Challenging the theology that sees the Earth simply as a ‘vale of tears’ through which we make our way to heaven, Ellen emphasised the importance of peace-making to care for creation, and encouraged us to see the pro-life stance as being concerned for all life – human, animal and plant. Even the recognition of campaigns that had been unsuccessful or had taken many years to generate change were not a cause for regret, but rather a witness to gospel values that should be celebrated. The examples of so many inspiring people working in difficult and dangerous circumstances across the globe encouraged her, and us, to keep on campaigning in whatever way we can. With this encouragement, the focus turned to what we can do in our local communities. Two members of local parishes, one Catholic and one Anglican-Methodist Local Ecumenical Partnership, spoke about the processes they went through to gain awards for ‘greening the church’ through the Live Simply and Eco-Church programmes. Both experienced the challenges of getting the whole congregation engaged with the project, rather than just a few keen individuals, but both churches have seen unexpected benefits. In the Catholic parish, a plot of land has been turned into an allotment, the produce of which is cooked for parish social occasions and sold for profit to benefit a link with a South American parish trying to set up a seed bank. The gardening itself provides a welcome social activity for retired men of the parish. In the Anglican-Methodist parish, green sensibility has become ‘what we do’, making links with external organisations, and involving even those in the parish who were initially sceptical. Both saw the processes of gaining the respective awards as life-giving to the parish, and as a process of on-going development. A Rocha’s Dr Ruth Valerio spoke on ‘Living Laudato Si’ where we are’, with a real appreciation of the text, and particularly how it speaks to our lifestyle and spirituality. Ruth drew our attention to Pope Francis’ critique of consumerism, and discussed ways we can redefine our understanding of progress. Care for creation requires that we change our habits and lifestyle, so she suggested ways we can develop more life-giving and sustainable habits. She also explored Pope Francis’ notion of inner ecological conversion, linking our spirituality with the life of the Trinity pervading all of creation, a spirituality that takes time for Sabbath rest and for gratitude as well as action. She will be a speaker at the National Justice and Peace Network conference 21-23 July, which will focus on ‘A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor’. With a plenary time for questions to the speakers, and stalls offering information about local and national activities, the day finished with the participants feeling enthused and invigorated to continue the work in their local parishes, encouraged that they are not a lone voice but part of a wider movement that is making a difference in communities around the world and around our dioceses. The day concluded with thanks and a prayer led by Helen Donlan and Fr Shaun Smith of the Hallam Justice and Peace commission.
HCPT are looking for helpers to join the Easter Pilgrimage in 2018 HCPT is a registered charity that takes disabled and disadvantaged children in family groups to Lourdes every Easter. Are you interested? Why not take the opportunity to experience some of the fun, laughter and spiritual renewal that is always part of our week, by joining us online over Easter. Visit www.hcpt.org.uk to find links to the various live cameras in the sanctuaries in Lourdes, watch the mass of colours that descend on the shrine, brought by the many HCPT groups. On Thursday, 20 April at 9am UK time we will be celebrating our Benefactors Mass, with anything up to 12,000 people joined together to pray and celebrate the wonderful work of the Trust with the Children we take. The 2017 HCPT pilgrimage theme is being coordinated by HCPT’s Westcountry Region and is “Come to the Water”. The story of the Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St Bernadette is strongly influenced by the theme of water and this continues in our days of Pilgrimage in Lourdes where we will taste and feel the waters that still gush forth from the spring revealed to Bernadette. We invite ALL in Hallam to “Come to the Water”, so you too may share some of our fun, joy, care and love. HCPT Lourdes Pilgrimage Prayer – Easter 2017 Lord Jesus, thank you for bringing us on pilgrimage to Lourdes. Our Lady invites us to ‘come to the water, to drink and to wash’. May the water of the Grotto and the ‘living water’ of your Word help us to be better people. May we love and care for each other just as you love and care for each one of us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. Our Lady of Lourdes, Pray for Us. If this has sparked an interest, why not drop us an email to obtain more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three short talks from Fr. Peter’s Lent 2017 workshop on the Triduum are now available for download as audio files (mp3) together with a PowerPoint presentation. The talks, covering Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil, are available here, or can be accessed from the resources tab on the Adult Formation web pages. […]
“To love Jesus and Mary more and more” “Immaculata” (the name in honour of Mary Immaculate) is a Children’s Group at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Hackenthorpe, Sheffield. The group sings and leads liturgy during Children’s Mass, which is every third Sunday of the month (except Summer Holidays) at 10.30am. During the Mass children sing songs and the psalm, as well as reading the Word of God and bidding prayers. The group also has their own songs, of which their favourite one is “Mary I found rest in your heart” – expressing their special devotion to Mary Immaculate. On Sunday, 19 February “Immaculata” Children’s Group had the privilege to welcome Bishop Ralph Heskett during his visitation at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. It was a great experience. As a thank you gift, he was presented with a copy of our Image of Mary Immaculate and St Maximilian Kolbe – a special Patron Saint of the parish. If you want to sing with the group and follow their motto, “Love Jesus and Mary more and more”, just come to Church on the 3rd Sunday of every month. More information may be found on: http://www.mi-sheffield.com/immaculata.
Lay Carmelites from all over the Hallam Diocese are meeting at St Bede’s, Rotherham on Thursday, 25 May to mark the closing of the 450 Jubilee Year of the birth of St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, who is the Patroness of the Third Order of Carmel. 25 May is the feast day of both St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi and St Bede. Holy Mass will be celebrated by Fr Andrew Browne to mark this very special day. The celebration closes a year-long study and reflection of the great Carmelite saint by Lay Carmelites. The Carmelite charism of St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi was displayed throughout her life by the living out of her Carmelite vocation. She demonstrated the perfect example of a fervent prayer life, a deep personal relationship with Jesus and a total commitment to serving others … the primary charisms of Carmel. Lay Carmelites have used the Jubilee Year as an opportunity to discover anew inspiration from this significant figure in Carmelite history, in order that they might be helped to live out their Carmelite vocation and thereby enhance their own spiritual life and their service to their Church community. Lay Carmelites, Stephen Marlow (left) and Martin Humphrey are both councillors for Lay Carmel.
On the evening of Friday, 3 February Bishop Ralph came to our Parish to celebrate Holy Mass and to confirm seven parishioners, three adults and four young people who had been working hard and preparing for this great day with the assistance and guidance of Catechists, Christine Archer and Pamela Kershaw. This was a great occasion not only for them but also for the whole Parish. Here is a picture of the happy event with the seven newly confirmed, Parish Priest Fr John Windle and Bishop Ralph. After Confirmations everyone celebrated with a buffet including a splendid Confirmation cake! Fr John Windle
What’s been happening at Carmel! Last year over one thousand people enjoyed food, music, board games (with prizes!), flower arranging and art. Carmel is open three days a week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, offering a great welcome and freshly prepared food to everyone who comes through the door of 172 Dykes Hall Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield. Tuesdays, we try to offer something creative and have just finished running a therapeutic art course. Eight people experienced clay, printing, intuitive painting, pastels and felting. The picture below shows some of the group with their creations. “I forget my problems when I am doing this,” and “It’s so relaxing I look forward to it every week,” were some of the many positive comments in the feedback. Come on a Wednesday and listen to the music or join in the singing and then go home with a prize from the Bingo session. Thursday’s Addictions Group has been running the Twelve Steps Programme for over twenty years. Margaret says if you want some help, pop in and meet this friendly group – no appointment needed. All the sessions are followed by a delicious lunch. Do drop in between 10 and 2pm on any of these days and you will soon feel like one of the family! Carmel Care also offers counselling (please ring to make an appointment for this, (0114 233 5727) and we have one qualified and two trainee counsellors who are all professionally supervised.