Hallamshire Faith and Light and their International Family Hallamshire Faith and Light recently welcomed Midge Parker from Leeds who, along with Ann Emmott, a member of Hallamshire Community, gave a very interesting, thought provoking presentation and time of worship centred on their recent visit to Warsaw, Poland for the Faith and Light International Meeting. The group learned more about the huge International family – with 1,500 communities worldwide meeting in 81 countries. Each community has members of different Christian traditions, made up of people of all ages with learning disabilities, their family, carers and friends. In Sheffield Hallamshire Faith and Light meet at Mother of God Parish Hall on the third Sunday of each month for a time of worship, friendship, sharing and something they are very good at – celebration. If you would like to know more about this little community please contact Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archives for August 2016
Are you a young person who has thought about deepening your spiritual life but are not sure how to follow this up? This October provides a unique opportunity to experience an event specially designed for young people and based locally. Full details will be available in next month’s Hallam News but, in the meantime, use any of the contact details to investigate this exciting opportunity further.
In the last two years since CAFOD’s Hands On Project launched in April 2014, supporters from across the Hallam diocese joined CAFOD to fund the restoration of a reservoir in Kitui, Eastern Kenya. In the past two years, 43 year-old Tabitha Paul from Kitui has witnessed worsening droughts that, as a consequence, have dried up most of the water sources in Kitui district. In just twenty-four months, however, Tabitha, along with 1,440 women and men in her community and supporters from the Hallam diocese have worked together to restore their reservoir and bring water back to Kitui. Parishes and schools, inspired by the Year of Mercy, pledged their support to provide the community with the tools, trees and training they needed. Thanks to your support, over 10,000 trees have been planted and six dams have now been built to direct water into the reservoir. CAFOD’s partners have also trained thirty primary school students on environmental conservation and tree planting, to ensure long-term benefits from the project. CAFOD representative in the Hallam Diocese, Anne Prior, said, “I am truly grateful for the generosity of people in the Hallam diocese who have committed to supporting the community of Kitui. Climate change hits the world’s poorest the hardest and it is our responsibility to stand in solidarity with people like Tabitha, for whom the reservoir presents the only opportunity to access safe and clean water.” Now that the Kitui Project has ended, we are calling on supporters in Hallam to donate to our new Hands On Project in Bolivia. The country’s region of Altiplano is facing erratic and unpredictable rains that have left the soil dry, cracked and unsuitable for growth. The people rely on this rainwater to feed their growing crops and without it, living here is a matter for survival. Over the next two years, Altiplano resident Eva and a small group of expert farmers and water specialists want to bring hope to the thousands of people living in this harsh environment. However, they can’t reach their goal without your help. By donating monthly, you can have a direct impact on this life-changing work. Your donation will provide the Altiplano communities with irrigation to bring much-needed water to the soil, training in new farming techniques including making wormeries, and greenhouses to protect vegetables from extreme weather. By donating, you will get updated with the communities’ progress so that you can follow their transformation and witness how your support is changing lives. You can support CAFOD’s Hands On Project at cafod.org.uk/Give/Hands-On.
A big thank you to all the Sheffield Deputy Headteachers and RE subject leaders who attended their Retreat Day at Whirlow Spirituality Centre, led by Peter Thompson.
A day of enrichment and reflection which everyone appreciated and valued.
To mark the Year of Mercy, a group of ten members and friends from the Union of Catholic Mothers, Holy Rood, Barnsley, travelled to Sheffield, passed through the Holy Door of St Marie’s Cathedral and were privileged to be given a guided tour of the building and details of its history. One feature which particularly impressed them was the new baptismal font – so designed that a baby may be placed in it, and also adaptable to be used for adult baptisms. It was fascinating to be shown the antique tiles which had been uncovered during restoration work in some of the shrines, and which are being preserved and incorporated into the refurbishments. In the new Sanctuary the Bishop’s Chair was of great interest, along with the Cathedral’s original altar, which is being retained and stands at the rear of the Sanctuary. The beautifully refurbished Norfolk Chapel had a special attraction for the group of ladies as the depictions of saints ornamenting it are all female! An extremely knowledgeable guide – Gerry – who was able to answer every query, was much appreciated by the group. Highly recommended by the Holy Rood ladies, tours of the Cathedral for groups (maximum 20) may be booked by ringing the Cathedral Office, 0114 2722522.
The Catholic aid charity CAFOD, launched an emergency appeal for urgent funds to help millions of people facing hunger in Ethiopia. The charity is appealing to its supporters across Hallam to help them raise £3 million, which will allow them to scale up their emergency response and reach more vulnerable families in dire need of food, clean water and basic sanitation. CAFOD representative in Hallam, Anne Prior, said, “Ethiopia faces a food shortage that has left millions without enough food to survive the months ahead. The funding will allow us to escalate our emergency response with local partners, who are already on the frontline getting assistance to where it is needed most.” The devastating food shortage has been caused by two failed rainy seasons that has led to a severe drought, fuelled by one of the strongest El Nino weather patterns recorded. The two failed rainy seasons supply over 80 per cent of Ethiopia’s agricultural crops. The lack of a harvest this year has exhausted people’s ability to cope and they have simply run out of options for feeding their families and animals. The north and north-eastern parts of the country have been hardest hit by the drought affecting some of poorest people in the country – agro-pastoralists, farming and pastoralist communities – these families rely heavily on subsistence farming and livestock. Herit lives in the village of Arato, just outside of Mekelle, in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, a mother of five children, she lives with her youngest two, 15 and 9 years of age. No stranger to the impact that drought has on farming communities, Herit as a young girl grew up in the Oromia region of the country in the early 1980s, and survived the conflict and famine that devastated the region at the time. The drought this year has claimed Herit’s crops leaving her family with nothing to eat. “During a good season we would have cultivated barley, wheat and pulses, a harvest of more than 200kg. But this year has been a very tough year; it has only rained twice and nothing has grown, so we have nothing.” Herit has been identified by the village community to local CAFOD partner as needing food aid. She has been supported with a direct cash transfer, allowing her to buy a family food basket in the local market, and without it her options would be desperately bleak. Herit said, “If I did not get this assistance, I and my children would be dead here. Because I have been able to buy food, my children are living and we are surviving.” With the direct cash transfer Herit has bought wheat flour, pulses, and cooking oil. Allowing vulnerable families to buy the food they need, is a more dignified approach to food distribution. Herit explains that she is a ‘strong leader’ for her family, teaching her children to live with nature, and to never be wasteful. She is proud that she has been able to stand on her own, and she does not want to be dependent on aid. “I have worked hard for a better life; to go back to dependency is very difficult for me. I feel sad, it hurts me inside,” she said. Herit is still holding on to her faith and her hope. “I have hope for the future, I’m praying to God for our wellbeing.” Herit will also receive seeds as part of the CAFOD emergency response, and hopes with the coming rains that she will be able to grow barley. But, even if the rains do come there will be a ‘hunger gap’ for families like Herit’s, while they wait to see if there will be anything to harvest in the next three to five months ahead. CAFOD local partner, Fr Solomon, from the Catholic Diocese of Adigrat said, “As we wait people will still be in need of vital food and water for survival. Keep us in your prayers.” How you can help CAFOD is asking for people to give, act and pray in solidarity with the people of Ethiopia and those affected by the drought. Shiferaw, a farmer in Ethiopia affected by the drought, said, “In advance, I thank the Catholic Community of England and Wales for walking alongside us, and for their compassion, support and solidarity.” Please donate: online at cafod.org.uk/Ethiopia, or by phone on: 0500 85 88 85 or CAFOD, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB.
Thank you to everyone for the support for the Silver Jubilee Raffle; a magnificent total of £2,500 was raised and the results are given below. 1st Prize 06059 42” HD Smart Television S Doherty 2nd Prize 04047 £100 Theatre Tokens J Waite 3rd Prize 03339 Kia’s Pastaria meal for 2+wine N Satur 4thPrize 04657 Canvas Photographic Print of choice L Charlesworth 5th Prize 06679 Cut & Finish Loaf Hairdressing S Gomes 6th Prize 01771 Pewter Vase – The Famous Sheffield Shop M O’Callaghan 7th Prize 01231 £20 Meat Voucher – B & J Butchers P Uttley 8th Prize 01529 £10 Knab Farm Voucher V Barber 9th Prize 03075 Baylis & Hardy toiletries box set G Day 10th Prize 00588 Chocolates A Portaluri
Congratulations to the candidates confirmed at St Joseph’s Parish, Wath-upon-Dearne. They are pictured with Bishop Ralph and Parish Priest, Fr Evangelist Ohaejesi. A big thank you to the catechists pictured with Bishop Ralph and Fr Evangelist.
Congratulations to the First Holy Communicants at St Joseph’s, Wath, pictured with parish priest, Fr Evangelist.
The three parishes of Sacred Heart, Goldthorpe, Sacred Heart and St Helen, Hoyland and St Michael and All Angels, Wombwell celebrated the First Communion of twenty special parishioners. The First Communicants prepared for this important event over several months together with their families and Pat Harte and her team of Marie-Louise Archibold, Julia Goddard, Clare Dingwall, Edna Yates, Anne Caunt, Maureen Farmery and Sr Carmel. After Mass the celebrations continued, with parishioners, in St Michael’s church hall. Fr Martin Stone is pictured with the First Communicants.