On Saturday, 11 June members of Sheffield Lay Carmel participated in their Holy Year of Mercy pilgrimage to St Marie’s Cathedral. The jubilee Mass included the Flos Carmeli antiphon provided by the sisters at Kirkedge Convent. Refreshments followed in the Houlden Hall, and a Holy Hour ending with Benediction led by Deacon Bill Burleigh. He spoke movingly of the Carmel relevance in the life of the local church, and the mission into a deeper appreciation of mercy, as envisaged by Pope Francis in this Year of Mercy. Day of Recollection in September On Saturday, 10 September there will be a Carmel Day of Recollection, 9.30am-3pm at Kirkedge Convent, High Bradfield, S6 6LJ, with Mass at 12 noon, Holy Hour and Benediction. The day will be led by Fr Sixtus CM from Christ the King Parish in Rossington.
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Bishop Ralph recently visited St Patrick’s Catholic Academy at Sheffield Lane Top, Sheffield. Headteacher, Mrs Nuala Nelis, commented, “It was a great day when Bishop Ralph visited Saint Patrick’s. The children were so excited and presented him with some deep, reflective questions. He listened to the children singing and the children met him with a sea of smiles.” Bishop Ralph also had lunch with the children.
Emmaus – a Journey with Christ is a new programme of talks and discussion running in five centres across the diocese over the next four years, starting in September 2016. It is for all adult Catholics in the diocese and is an invitation to discover more about our Faith through “Opening the Bible” and “Opening the […]
St Wilfrid’s clients were recently treated to a very entertaining concert by a very talented musician, Janet Pilkington, when she gave a wonderful performance on her Ukelele at the Centre. Janet enthralled and captivated everyone at the Centre with wonderful renditions of old and new songs, performed with wit and flair. Janet is a familiar face around the Centre as she has been giving ballroom dancing lessons to the clients in the last couple of months. Is there no end to this woman’s talents!
On Wednesday, 8 June, St Vincent’s Furniture Store, Sheffield held a Celebration afternoon for its volunteers. This was to coincide with National Volunteer Week, which took place between 1 June and 12 June. There are thirty volunteers working at the Store and in the words of the Store’s Manager, Lorraine Healy, “We couldn’t function without our volunteers. They are such an integral part of what we do and the help we give to people. Without them, the Store could not exist, they keep it going and the staff and I are so grateful to them for the time and energy they give.” There was a buffet followed by an Awards Ceremony, with each volunteer receiving a recognition certificate. A great afternoon was had by all. Pictured are Bob Lyons, Rosie Lyons, Helen Smith and Josie Burns.
Training to run parenting courses was held at the Hallam Pastoral Centre in June. Eleven people from Diocesan schools, parishes and the wide community attended the day. Laura Rendell and Susan Tym, Hallam Caring Services Family Focus Project, delivered the training. Watch out for details of a course in your school or parish. For more information contact Laura firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07825449306.
Kevin Bradley, Director of St Wilfrid’s Centre, said his final goodbye to all at the Centre in June. Kevin retired after over 25 years’ service and everyone wanted an opportunity to wish him well. Staff, volunteers and members of the community came together to give Kevin a memorable retirement celebration and to pay tribute to all the work he has done over the years. Mgr William Kilgannon, who has known Kevin well since he began working at the Centre, gave a moving speech and thanked him for his commitment. He gave particular appreciation of everything Kevin has done to build the dream of the residential for homeless and vulnerable people, which has now been realised. At the annual Birthday Bash clients took the opportunity to present him with a wealth of gifts, many handmade at the Centre and chosen especially for the man they all know and love. Kevin was overwhelmed with all the attention and thoughtfulness shown to him and has barely room at home for all the gifts. He wants everyone to know how enormously grateful he is for all the support he has received over the years and said, “Sincere thanks to all at Hallam News and the people of the Diocese for all your help and support I have received. I really appreciate all that you have done and please continue your support. Always remember ‘There’s Only One St Wilfrid’s!’”
Before the end of the academic year Y7 students from All Saints Catholic High School, Sheffield made a pilgrimage to the Holy Door of Mercy at St Marie’s Cathedral.
Toilet Twinning provides people in the poorest communities on the planet with a decent toilet, clean water and all the information they need to stay healthy. 1 in 3 people in the world do not have access to clean water and sanitation and each minute, three children under five die as a result. Toilet twinning is the key to helping whole communities break free of the poverty trap. Inspired by a YKids workshop at the National Justice and Peace Conference in 2014, members of St Hugh’s, Chesterfield Youth Group – The SHY Group! – decided to dedicate their time and efforts to spreading the word about this wonderful charity. To date, they have raised hundreds of pounds and twinned one pub toilet, two church toilets, local MP Toby Perkins’ toilet (with a whole school block) and recently, St Mary’s Primary School. They have sung carols, collected coins in a toilet at St Hugh’s and delivered assemblies and presentations. This June, Chesterfield Executive Council invited them to the Town Hall and, after listening to the SHY Group’s presentation, voted unanimously to help the group make Chesterfield a toilet twinned town. The work now continues to spread the word of toilet twinning across Chesterfield. Pope Francis says that we should be challenged by the idealism of young people. The involvement of the young people at St Hugh’s teaches us two things: firstly, that many young people are passionate about Justice and Peace and need the support of parish communities and priests to encourage their idealism to flourish and secondly, that doing small things leads to bigger things happening. In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis says that we should do everything with joy. It is a real inspiration to see young people working so joyfully and generously for others. Homes, businesses, schools, parishes – all can be toilet twinned! For more information, visit http://www.toilettwinning.org/.
Our Lady and St Thomas St Vincent de Paul Conference, Meadowhead, Sheffield held their annual summer party at the De La Salle Association Club Rooms on Saturday, 2 July.
Food and entertainment were provided for forty-six invited guests, including house…