Local pupils have raised £300 to help communities across the world grow enough food this Harvest. St Marie’s Catholic Primary School, Sheffield shared a simple soup lunch and dressed in bright colours to Brighten Up the lives of children and young people across the world as part of a Harvest fundraising campaign by the Catholic aid agency CAFOD. “In addition to helping our friends universally, we are collecting tins of soup to donate to the Grace Foodbank in Sheffield,” said Bernadette Twomey, RE coordinator at St Marie’s. CAFOD is working with communities in the South American country of Bolivia where, in the Altiplano region, nearly 60% of the rural population are living below the poverty line. Unpredictable rains and frequent hailstorms are destroying the crops which the communities rely on. The charity’s partners are working to provide greenhouses to protect crops and train communities with new farming techniques to help them grow enough crops to feed their families. St Marie’s fundraising will enable CAFOD’s partners to continue working with communities like those in Bolivia. CAFOD’s representative in Sheffield, Jenny Allen, said, “Harvest fast days are a great way of bringing people together and raising an incredible amount of money to help others, so we’d like to say a huge thanks to the pupils at St Marie’s for their generosity. “Harvest is traditionally a time of abundance, where communities come together and share food. In this time of abundance, it is important that we remember those who are without food and join together, putting our faith into action to help create a fairer world.” If you would like to donate to the CAFOD Harvest Appeal visit www.cafod.org.uk/harvest.
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On 8 October, 14 members of The Annunciation parish, Chesterfield, plus 3 students from Sheffield University, hiked up Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peak District, to enjoy a day out in God’s wonderful outdoors. Led by Fr Lee Marshall, from The Annunciation, we were a mixed age group ranging from agile 20yr olds to a steady plodder on the wrong side of 70! After leaving Edale village, we crossed the fields and went up the traditional ascent route of Jacob’s Ladder to arrive on the top of Kinder by midday. The Holy Spirit looked after us, by ensuring the day stayed dry, and Fr Lee celebrated a wonderful, moving Mass in God’s own open-air Cathedral. In his brief homily, Fr Lee reminded us that God favoured high places and always made his Covenant with man on mountain tops. A packed lunch was eaten while enjoying the High Peak vistas, and then we made a slightly easier descent back to Edale, in time for a well earnt pint in the Ramblers Inn. A truly wonderful and blessed day – Thank You Fr Lee.
Saturday, 17 September was a very special day at St Michael’s, Hathersage. We were delighted to welcome 45 visitors from the Doncaster Conversation Club to our small church in the Hope Valley. The Hope Valley is not noted for being very cosmopolitan and we were really struggling to think of ways of showing solidarity with our refugee brothers and sisters. A chance meeting with Paul FitzPatrick from Doncaster Conversation Club at a Justice and Peace meeting got us thinking. We live and attend Mass in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The church in Hathersage has lovely grounds. We are pretty good at making cakes and organising meals. Why not just offer our hospitality and friendship? It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces at the station and to walk with new friends to our church. The Danish pastry “pit stop” breakfast went down a treat. And we thought we had over-catered! Rangers from the Peak Park arrived and led the group on a walk to North Lees Hall. They all arrived back, tired but full of excitement about everything they had seen, for a late lunch in the garden. And the sun shone –not an entirely reliable event in the Peak District. By coincidence, as a prelude to the United Nations Summit, on 17 September thousands joined demonstrations across the country to show that refugees are welcome here. We were proud to have played a small part in this. Parishioners from both of the Hope Valley parishes – Our Lady of Sorrows, Bamford and St Michael’s, Hathersage – came together to make this a very joyful occasion. But we couldn’t have done it without the enthusiastic support of our Parish Priest, Fr Martin Clayton. As our visitors said, “We enjoyed the blessing of nice food served with love,” and “A wonderful day. I would like to come again”. Well, you will all be very welcome! Maria Kenyon
2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of All Saints Catholic High School, Sheffield and the event is being marked in a number of different ways. 40 Years’ Timeline Each of the 40 Vertical Tutor Groups have been allocated a year from the history of All Saints to research. They may find information about historical events from that year; interview a teacher who worked at All Saints in that year or a parent/carer who studied at All Saints at that time. This will then form a timeline spanning the 40 years of the history of the school. Fund 40 To celebrate the school’s 40th year there are plans to raise £40,000 for charity – that’s £1,000 for each year! We are in the process of setting up a Just Giving page which will allow us to take donations online – details will be available on the school website shortly. Please see the website for more details on how you can give! House Masses Monday, 31 October to Friday, 4 November was the week the school arranged to celebrate its 40 years with House Masses, as it coincided with the feast of All Saints on 1 November. The theme throughout the week was of celebration although we did amend our celebration for the feast of All Souls. Primary head teachers, governors and past staff took up the invitation to join us on one of the days. Summer Reunion Party We plan to celebrate our 40 years with past staff and ex-students at our reunion party in the summer term. If you are an ex-student or member of staff of All Saints, we would love to hear from you. Do you have any memories of school that you would like to share? Any anecdotes or photographs of your time at school? Please email email@example.com and we will collect your memories and photos for a display as part of our 40th year celebrations. Bishop Ralph Opens New Library In All Saints’ 40th year, the new library, the De La Salle Library, was officially opened by Bishop Ralph. Students are able to borrow, reserve and return books at the push of a button or even just a thumb print. There is a wide range of fiction to support every student having a reading book with them every day, every lesson. One aim of the school is to broaden students’ vocabulary and foster a love of reading for life.
Faith and Light is a worldwide ecumenical movement, founded in 1971, as a result of a pilgrimage to Lourdes for over 4,000 people with learning difficulties and their families and friends. Now there are over 1500 communities or groups in 81 countries. Faith and Light communities are non-residential and meet together monthly to enjoy each other’s company in joint activities, including prayer and usually some simple eats and drinks. Friendships are formed and groups link to share outings and pilgrimages. The most important thing is to welcome, listen to and share our time and experiences with people who miss out on so many things in life. We recognise that every one of us has gifts to offer and our meetings are often a learning, as well as a very rewarding, experience for all of us who are involved with the community. Our small community is Hallamshire Faith and Light. We meet at 3pm in the Mother of God Parish Hall, Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, S7 1DX on the third Sunday of each month, except August. The meetings last about two hours and in that time we first share our news on birthdays, holidays and other events. We then enjoy music, singing, drama and craft activities, usually prompted by one of the scripture readings of the season, after which we spend some time in prayer. The meeting ends with light refreshments. We are conscious that there may be many parents or friends of people with special needs in Sheffield who haven’t heard of Faith and Light and might want to know more. Why not come down and see what we do? In October Hallamshire Faith and Light gathered to celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. We discussed his love of creation and baked pretzels, which we later ate with hot soup during our time of fellowship. Saint Francis is said to have described pretzels as, “Seeming to fold their arms in prayer.” If you need more information or would like to become a helper, please contact us at Hallamshire Faith and Light through our leader, Marie Casey, tel: 01709 872491, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or through, Malcolm McDonald, tel: 0114 2746738, email: email@example.com. The website for England, Scotland and Wales Faith and Light communities is: www.faithandlight.org.uk/.
Bishop Ralph recently celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation at St William’s parish, Sheffield. Our photographs show the 28 young people who were confirmed, together with Bishop Ralph and Fr John Cooke, their parish priest.
Parish funds have been boosted recently at Holy Spirit, Dronfield, when parishioners organised a cake stall after Sunday Mass. A delicious selection of cakes was displayed and the resulting sales raised over £94. Parishioners are also planning a Pea and Pie Supper in the near future to get everybody together.
The Hallam (Bethlehem) Fund Charity Golf Day held at Dore and Totley Golf Club, Bradway, Sheffield on 13 September was played in beautiful weather and produced some very memorable golf. The winning team came from west of the Pennines (Rochdale) and consisted of Brian Lillis, Captain, with Neil Price, Keith Waywell and Chris Babbs. As well as winning the team prize Neil Price had the best individual score and Brian Lillis won the nearest the pin prize. Jamie Knight of Sheffield was overall runner up and John O’Dea from Calne in Wiltshire won the prize for longest drive. The presentation dinner did not disappoint and Bishop Ralph Heskett, Patron of the Fund, presented the winners’ prizes. The event raised £1500 for the Fund.
Sarah Bush, pictured on the right, from St Joseph’s parish, Wath-upon-Dearne, brings us up to date on her Kilimanjaro Climb for Clean Water. “I am thrilled to say I’ve climbed Kilimanjaro for Clean Water 2016 in aid of Dig Deep, which is a charity that helps with clean water and sanitation in Kenya. “I was able to raise £3,422.50 which would not have been possible without you, so THANK YOU. “It took 5 days of trekking to get to the summit at 5,895m (19,341ft), reaching the top on Monday, 29 August at 1.20pm local time. “This has been one of the toughest, yet most exhilarating challenges of my life and knowing the money I raised has been used to improve the lives of people in Kenya is the best part of all. Thank you for all your support.”
Bishop Ralph – Christmas 2016 – Sheffield Catholic Cathedral. Dear Reader I am delighted to have this opportunity to share a short reflection on the Christmas story with you. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, the scriptures remind us of the double origin of Jesus – human and divine. On Christmas morning we hear […]