St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in High Green, Sheffield started the new school year with a brand new look. The uniform changed from red to blue and the logo was updated. The school has undergone many changes in the last few years and has built on its strengths year on year, culminating in an outstanding RE inspection in the summer term. The leadership and governors of the school felt it was the right time to revamp the school ‘brand’ to more accurately represent the 21st century place of learning that is St Mary’s today. Head teacher, Alex Healy stated that it was lovely to see the children arrive at school in blue – a colour associated with the school namesake Mary. The launch of the uniform was celebrated by the children with a whole school picnic lunch.
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On Education Mission Sunday many staff and children from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Handsworth attended Mass at St Joseph’s Church, which was celebrated by Parish Priest, Fr Mark McManus. Parishioners were then welcomed into school to look at the fantastic displays of children’s work, meet the staff and governors and share refreshments. The new school choir entertained everyone with a fabulous gospel medley. The event was a huge success and the school very much looks forward to celebrating with the parish again next year.
Former pupils who left St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School, Prince of Wales Road, Manor Estate, Sheffield between 1951 and 1953 held their annual reunion at The Noah’s Ark, Intake, Sheffield on Saturday, 24 September. Former pupils interested in the 2017 reunion should telephone Bernard Dowling, 0114 2510416, for more details. Photograph by Peter Wolstenholme, St Theresa pupil 1940 to 1947.
Across the Diocese there are nurseries, schools, colleges and universities engaged in providing education across the whole age range to develop and support the work that families do in educating children and young people to enjoy the fullness of their life through, with and in God. This month we feature just some of the many places where this education goes on. St Joseph’s Little Scholars Nursery, Chesterfield run by the Daughters of Divine Charity. Pupils from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, High Green gather together, pictured on the right. The new choir at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Handsworth sang for a special school and parish event. For over 60 years Catholic Chaplaincy Ministry has been available at the Universities in Sheffield. A group of students went to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on retreat.
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YOUNG ADULT’S RETREAT Youth 2000 will be leading a residential retreat for the young adults of our Diocese, 28–30 October at St Bernard’s Catholic High School, Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham, S65 3BE. “The event will be a wonderful opportunity for young adults, as well as young families from within the Hallam Diocese and beyond, to connect with God and with other young Catholics”, said Bishop Ralph. “I myself am very much looking forward to attending the retreat and I hope as many people as possible will be able to join us for what promises to be a source of great blessing across our Diocese.” Beginning at 5pm on Friday, 28 October, the weekend will be packed with a range of faith-centred events, including dynamic talks, live band worship, powerful prayer times, social activities, creative workshops, in depth discussions, evening entertainment and loads more! “The school gym will be transformed by the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, and the classrooms will become our sleeping dorms for the weekend,” said Fr Lee Marshall. “Youth 2000 seeks to draw young people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, lived at the heart of the Catholic Church. It does this primarily through weekend prayer retreats, where young people are introduced to the essentials of the Catholic faith: Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, Scripture, Devotion to Our Lady. These retreats are opportunities for young people to experience the love of God, to receive the grace of conversion and to begin living anew the Christian life.” “Youth 2000 has been active in youth ministry in the UK for the last 25 years, and has played its part in the new evangelisation of this time”, said Fr Stephen Wang, chaplain to Youth 2000. “We have been delighted and privileged to welcome many members of the hierarchy to our events, including Cardinal Vincent Nichols and ten other Bishops. Youth 2000 was even mentioned in St John Paul II’s ad limina address to the Bishops of England and Wales in 2003, saying, ‘I am heartened to learn of your resolute efforts to bring further energy to youth ministry. The growth of groups such as Youth 2000… are evidence of the desire of young people to share in the Church’s life.’” Youth 2000 events are primarily for 16-35 year olds. John, 24, said of his first Youth 2000 retreat, “Youth 2000 helped me to make the most important transition in my life, allowing the faith of my parents to become MY faith. Thanks to Youth 2000 I now have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, rooted in the Sacraments of his Church.” Another Youth 2000 advocate is 18 year old Megan who said, “Youth 2000 gave me the courage to go to confession and helped me forgive someone in my life who had hurt me… Through this Jesus healed me and set me free.” The cost of the weekend is £65 per person, but a Donation Only Policy is in place for those who cannot pay the full amount, so that money need not stop them coming. If more can be donated it will help towards a place for someone else. For more information or to book a place, please contact Youth 2000 at email@example.com and http://www.youth2000.org or call on 020 7221 2124. Future editions of the paper will carry further news of the work of Youth 2000, beginning with a reflection on Youth 2000 Festival in Walsingham written by John Mullen.
Alex Prior, Diocesan Director of the Lourdes Pilgrimage, tells us about the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2016 led by Bishop Ralph. The theme for the pilgrimage was “Merciful like the Father” and so it was fitting that after the Opening Mass on Sunday, the entire pilgrimage processed out of the Rosary Basilica, through the Esplanade to the “Door of Mercy” installed by the Sanctuary near St Michael’s Gate. Everyone – pilgrims (around 90 of whom used wheelchairs in Lourdes), doctors, nurses, helpers, youth helpers and youth leaders – passed through the Door of Mercy as a sign that at the start of the pilgrimage we were opening our hearts to the Lord, and to his Mercy. On Monday, 27 June, the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (Patron of the Diocese), Bishop Ralph was principal celebrant at our Mass at the Grotto where we gave thanks for, and prayed for the Diocese of Hallam, on our feast day. Later that day, we gathered for our Reconciliation Service, and that night pilgrims from the Diocese took part in the Torchlight Procession. For many, one of the highlights of the pilgrimage was the Mass with the Anointing of the Sick, which we celebrated on Tuesday morning. Pilgrims who are sick, or in need of a wheelchair during the week due to the distances involved, form a special bond with the youth helpers who help them during the pilgrimage. The youth helpers stood with their pilgrim as they were anointed. The pilgrimage programme is evenly balanced and designed to give time for relaxation for pilgrims. That also helps ensure that the youth helpers have their own time to reflect and pray – at night prayer, or at the Grotto at night – or at their own services. On Tuesday afternoon Bishop Ralph joined the “Yellow T-Shirts” in their own Stations of the Cross, followed by a liturgy at the Youth Village up in the hills above the Sanctuary. You can see videos from the services and liturgies that took place on Wednesday, 29 June, including the International Mass in the morning, Rosary from the Grotto, which was led by one of the permanent Chaplains, assisted by Bishop Ralph and Fr Pat O’Connor, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, presided over by Bishop Ralph, through the links on the Pilgrimage’s Facebook Page (Hallam Lourdes Pilgrimage) or on Twitter – @HallamLourdes. At the end of the pilgrimage Fr Pat O’Connor stepped down as Pilgrimage Director, after 9 years. The Bishop presented a gift to Fr Pat from the pilgrimage and paid tribute to him, thanking him for overseeing all the organisation and planning in that time which has made the pilgrimage so successful. He reminded us that Fr Pat had taken over the role from Fr Gerry Harney who had served as Pilgrimage Director for 27 years (since the formation of the diocese in 1980) – so he understood he had “big shoes to fill”, and had done a magnificent job. Fr Pat will still be very much part of the pilgrimage and will continue to join us each year, and he is an Honorary Chaplain of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in recognition of his commitment and dedication to Lourdes. At the social evening on Wednesday night a huge cake was brought out to mark Fr Pat’s retirement – much to his surprise – and a presentation made to him from the youth. And then a second cake was brought out to the surprise of Bishop Ralph, to celebrate his 40th Anniversary of Ordination (just 10 days early!) The overwhelming feedback from those who joined the pilgrimage this year was that it was a wonderful experience. Many pilgrims were inspired by seeing the youth helpers in action in Lourdes, and the way in which they care for the pilgrim they’ve been allocated. The support of the High Schools around the Diocese in enabling their students to join the pilgrimage is very much appreciated. Photographs courtesy of Photo Durand LOURDES REUNION Everyone is welcome to the Lourdes Reunion on Friday, 11 November 2016 at The McAuley School (Upper Site), Cantley Lane, Doncaster, DN3 3QF, commencing with Mass at 7.30pm. The 2017 Hallam Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Sunday, 2 July to Friday, 7 July, by plane from Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Further details will be available early in the New Year. To register your interest please contact Rose Shay on 07724 650066, or telephone 01302 247910, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pilgrims who travelled this year will automatically be sent a booking form.
In July the St Justin Society celebrated its 40th Anniversary. The group, based at St Vincent’s Church, Crookes, Sheffield was started in 1976 with a view for the parish”to look beyond its own confines to the world outside”. It was named after a Vincentian saint, who travelled and worked in Africa in the nineteenth century at about the same time the Vincentian Order first came to work in Sheffield. The group fundraises throughout the year to send money to developing countries. Donations have been sent to dozens of countries over the years. Projects in African countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia have been supported via the Medical Missionaries of Mary and the Daughters of Charity. The Anniversary was celebrated with a special liturgical service at the church, followed by refreshments in the new hall and a chance to see an exhibition of photos from past events. Events have included concerts: Aquarelle, Vin Garbutt, The Celebration Choir and Ingrid Clement and Danny Holland. Also themed evenings such as African, Asian, Scottish, Irish, Italian and an English Pub Night at the Just Inn have all helped raise approximately £250,000 over the years. The photographs show members of the parish at the celebration on 8 July. If anyone would like to support the group in any way please contact secretary, Marie Miller by phone: 0114 268 3202 or email: email@example.com. It is possible to have a standing order for regular donations and money is distributed every two months to overseas projects, via personal contacts, so that the money is used to the greatest effect.
Have you ever wanted to give something back to our community? Peter Maycock, from St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Sheffield shares his thoughts and experiences of school governorship and invites you to consider volunteering for this role. Would you like to ensure our children and further generations of children are given the best start in their lives? Have you got some spare time in the evenings? Can you be responsible, act professionally and keep information confidential? Ever thought of being a school governor? I won’t give you the spin that Parish Priests have given to people for a number of years, being a school governor is more than a couple of meetings per term. I soon found this out! Being a school governor can take up around 6 hours per term, it can take more but this is a realistic commitment. During a term there would be a committee meeting, a Full Governing Body meeting, possibly a visit to school to talk to teachers and children and some preparation reading. School Governor duties are treated as civil duties by some employers in the same way that being a magistrate is. This means you can ask for a reasonable amount of time out to carry out your duties. If you’re still reading this then you have now got past the hard facts. The rewarding part of being a school governor is that you get to work in a team of dedicated professional people who want to prepare our future generations with the best start in life they will get. You get to see children enjoying their journey through education. You get to help make the school a better place and help shape young people in a caring community. You see the results year on year of a community dedicated to the improvement of teaching and the children’s all round experience of life. I’ve celebrated many of the successes of our school and our school children over my 14 years in office. I’ve had some really trying times and I’ve put a lot of my own thoughts and my experiences at work back into the school. I’ve got a lot out of it as well; I’ve made a lot of friends, I’ve met people from all walks of life, I’ve seen upset when things go wrong and I’ve seen joy when things go well. I’ve received a lot of training for the role and I’ve taken many ideas from the governance back to use at work, so the experience does work both ways. I treat being a school governor as a job. I take it seriously. I respect the people I serve with, I listen and think and discuss. If you’ve read all the above and you’re still interested, then maybe you could be someone to come and make a difference with us. You can speak to your Parish Priest or you can get in touch with me for a chat or you could come to school and see for yourself. Thank you for reading. Email: PMaycock@st-thomasmore.sheffield.sch.uk.
The parishes of Our Lady and St James, Worsbrough, Blessed Sacrament, Athersley and Holy Rood, Barnsley wish to thank Father Michael Edem for all his endeavours on their behalf. Parishioners wish him well and ask God to bless him at his new parish. The photograph shows Father Michael with parishioners after the presentation at evening Mass at Our Lady and St James Church.