On Sunday, 15 May Bishop Ralph celebrated Pentecost Mass in Rotherham Deanery at St Bernard’s Catholic High School. Some people celebrated wearing outfits from their own traditions and backgrounds.
Archives for July 2016
An account of a recent visit to York by the Hallam Ascent Group “On Wednesday, 4 May twenty members of the HALLAM ASCENT GROUP visited the English Martyrs Church in York for a day Retreat. We were blessed with a glorious day and not a drop of rain! We were welcomed with a cup of tea on arrival. “The Retreatant was Fr James Benfield, based at the St John Paul Pastoral Centre in Middlesbrough. He told us some of his own experiences – his disenchantment with Church attendance during his teens until eventually leaving the Church at 17. Having some talent in Art he attended college and, studying the psychology of Art learned that all civilisations have a figurehead and realised that something was missing from his life. He gradually found his way back to the Church and was ordained. He invited the group (there were members from Hull, Malton and York also) to discuss events or people who had changed their outlook on Faith matters. A lively discussion ensued. Father said that when we have children and grandchildren who leave the Faith we should not be unduly concerned as they often, by pursuing their calling in life, find their way back into the Church. Father talked about the Year of Mercy and read from Sister Faustina’s writings. “Coincidently it was the feast of the English Martyrs. We attended Mass in the church along with children from the church school nearby. They led the service very efficiently and performed a short dramatisation of the death of St Margaret Clitheroe, interspersed with the Bidding Prayers. It was a most memorable Mass – much appreciated by everyone.”
Retiring President of Barnsley Circle, Mike Starford, chose the St Vincent de Paul Society as the main recipient of charity monies generously raised at several social events held throughout his Catenian year. Mike is also President of his local SVP Parish Conference of St Martin de Porres Church in Wakefield. Wakefield is a regional centre for the temporary accommodation of asylum seekers and refugees with a three week turnover of up to 300 individuals and families housed in a former prison training school renamed ‘City of Sanctuary’. The Council of Churches in the Wakefield area collectively provide support alongside the SVP. Local needs are also supported for the homeless and deprived families in the immediate area in the form of clothes, food, furniture, temporary lodgings, a ‘drop in’ centre and family holidays. The recent launch of the ‘Mini Vinnies’ junior conferences at two local primary schools helps to highlight the profile of the SVP and creates an opportunity for pupils to participate in the work of the SVP. At the Barnsley Circle May meeting Brother Mike presented a cheque for £1500 to David Slingsby, a Brother of Wakefield (West Riding) Circle and also Treasurer of the Parish SVP.
2016 is the 200th anniversary of the death of St Julie, the founder of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The Sisters of Notre Dame are an active order and have founded schools in sixteen different countries, always striving to live up to St Julie’s ideal of providing high quality Catholic education. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of her death, a baton is being passed around the country, from one Notre Dame school to another. On Friday, 13 May, St Julie’s day, it was the turn of Notre Dame High School, Sheffield, to receive the baton from a visiting party of pupils from St Julie’s Catholic High School, Liverpool. The baton was passed over during a Mass in St John’s church, Ranmoor, which was attended by all of Notre Dame’s Y9 pupils, as well as guests from St Julie’s, Liverpool. From Sheffield, the baton will be passed to Notre Dame High School, Norwich.
On Sunday, 29 May Sheffield city centre saw the traditional Corpus Christi Procession celebrating the Feast of the Body of Christ. The walk began at St Marie’s Cathedral and stopped at various stages along the way, where pilgrims prayed together and venerated the Blessed Sacrament at previously prepared altars. Walkers stopped at the Anglican Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul, where a short service was held, before returning to St Marie’s Cathedral. The Procession is a powerful, prayerful witness in the busy Sheffield streets. Photographs courtesy of Bob Rae