Fr Anthony Attree died on Thursday, 28 December, 2017. Fr Attree, who was born on 24 June, 1940, studied at Ushaw College and was ordained at Our Lady Queen of All Creation, Hemel Hempstead on 26 July, 1975. His first appointment was in the Leeds Diocese at St Anne’s, Keighley. He was also a curate at a number of Sheffield parishes including Mother of God, St Catherine’s and Our Lady and St Thomas. In 1985 he became the parish priest of Blessed Sacrament, Athersley. He was also parish priest at St Edwards, Brinsworth, Our Lady’s, Armthorpe, Blessed Trinity, Wickersley and Our Lady and St James, Worsbrough. He retired in March 2014. May he rest in peace.
Archives for January 2018
Thirty pilgrims led physically by Joe McNally and spiritually by Bishop Ralph and Fr Gus O’Reilly came together in shared purpose in November to visit the Holy Land. Some of our group were seasoned pilgrims but for others, like myself, the Holy Land was an undiscovered jewel. ‘Taxing but fulfilling’ summarised our pilgrimage ~ Claire Brady kept the following diary. The first two days were spent in Galilee. We travelled no great distances but covered an extraordinary amount of ground. Besan, our guide, was a Palestinian Christian and not only did he show how knowledgeable he was, but also had an unerring ability to shepherd his little flock of pilgrims keeping them on track. Day One Our first stop was the Mount of the Beatitudes after a brief journey around the edge of a very hazy Sea of Galilee, with the Golan Heights barely visible in the distance. A beautiful garden surrounded the church and awe and wonder was in abundance as we each imagined Jesus standing here delivering the most famous sermon in the world. A reading, a meditation and prayers were said here as in all the churches and sacred places we would visit during the week. Our next stop was the excavated ruin of Capernaum; not only an archaeological gem providing an insight into the lives of the people 2000 years ago, but also a symbol of the tolerance of the early Christians and their Jewish neighbours with a church and a synagogue existing for hundreds of years together on the same site. The modern church sat like a ship in sail above the place of Peter’s house. Next we travelled to the Primacy of St Peter, a tiny church built around the gigantic rock where St Peter had first received his calling to be the rock upon which the Church would be built. We celebrated Mass in the open air with the Sea of Galilee in the background. Onwards then to Tabgha and the Church of the Multiplication where beautiful mosaics celebrated the loaves and fishes that fed so many. Our lunch of “St Peter’s fish” was a fitting repast after our busy morning. A lazy afternoon was spent on a boat on the Sea of Galilee viewing a landscape that had changed so little since the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. When the engines of the boat were switched off and the only sounds we heard were the lapping of the waves and the screech of seagulls overhead, we prayed. We prayed and then we sang “How great thou art.” As we returned to the shore our joy was funnelled into an Israeli dance. We all agreed that if every day was to be as amazing as this, the first, then we would be very blessed pilgrims indeed. Day Two The second day began with a beautiful prayer service in the little Church in Cana, site of the first miracle. Here the married couples among us renewed their marriage vows. Excavations beneath the church showed a giant stone water jar of the type that would have held the water which Jesus had turned into wine. From Cana it was a short hop to Nazareth, a busy metropolis that bore no resemblance at all to the Nazareth in our imaginations. Following Mass in the Church of St Joseph we descended to the stunning Basilica of the Annunciation which, with its variety of stunning art work, was a testament to the Universal Church. It was decorated both inside and out with icons of Mary that had been given by countries all over the world. Each icon reflected the culture of each country. The excavated remains of Mary’s home and St Joseph’s workshop were in evidence beneath the church. A short walk brought us to the Greek Orthodox Church of St Gabriel with its beautiful, gilded iconostasis. This tiny church was built upon the site of the spring that would have provided water for the village. We descended into the crypt to see Mary’s Well which was thought to be the site of the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to Mary and so was venerated as the site of the Annunciation. We travelled on to Mount Tabor. Leaving the bus on the main road, we took a white knuckle ride in minibuses up the side of the mountain to the Basilica of the Transfiguration. There were three altars here; Jesus, Moses and Elijah. A panoramic view from the church was made even more moving by the low afternoon sunlight peeping through the clouds. We then began the long journey onwards to Bethlehem for the second half of our pilgrimage. Day Three Bethlehem is a town of many contrasts, entering Palestine from Israel being chief among these. The “Wall” from the Israeli side is a very clean, stark edifice that screams security. On the Bethlehem side it is a protest and a work of art. The “Walled Off” hotel is the first structure to be seen and certainly shows people with a sense of humour. We left Bethlehem for Jerusalem early the next morning. Although we were accompanied by rain our spirits were in no way dampened. Descending the slopes of the Mount of Olives from the Church of the Pater Noster, where Jesus gave us the Our Father, and the Church of Dominus Flevit, we were astounded by the unadorned tombs stretching for many miles in the Kidron Valley and the view of the golden dome of the mosque built on Temple Mount. We entered the garden of Gethsemane and marvelled at the age of the olive trees, some of which had clearly been there hundreds of years. In the church, the rock on which Jesus had wept that night so long ago was the focal point for the devotions of the pilgrims. Many of us were very moved by our visit to this church and took the opportunity of Confession in this place of […]
Each year, usually in early September a small group from Carmel Care Centre in a shopaholic!
Other options are to take a bus to Bridlington, Scarborough or Beverley. This year a group went by bus to Beverley to visit the awe inspiring Minster, parts…
In 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed for speaking out against poverty. Decades later, many people in El Salvador still live on less than a dollar a day. A group of parishes in North Sheffield has signed up to Connect2 El Salvador and is commit…
The Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission Day on Pope Francis’ World Day for the Poor was a great success, reports Dominik Kocbuch, Newsletter Editor on the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission.
There was no doubting that the year was moving on and …
Fr Stan Maciuszek has now retired as Parish Priest of St Ann’s, Deepcar and St Mary’s, Penistone.
Parishioners marked the occasion with a Faith Lunch.
The Polish community of St Peter-in-Chains in Doncaster recently organised a Parish Fun Day.
The day included pony rides, bouncy castles, face painting, cakes, tug of war, sack races and a Poland v Rest of the World football game.
The children of St Charles’ Parish, Sheffield celebrated All Saints’ Day in style by each dressing up as a saint.
Parishioners were very grateful for all the hard work of the children and the adults who helped them prepare the very authentic o…
Fr Lee Marshall was the welcome celebrant on Saturday, 11 November for Sheffield Lay Carmel annual Mass for deceased members, held at Mother of God, Sheffield.
Following refreshments Fr Lee stayed with the Carmelite community and spoke about how wha…
Bishop Ralph – Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Holy Family – Sheffield Catholic Cathedral. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Throughout most of the Church’s year, we are invited to listen to and ponder on the public life and ministry of Jesus. Today’s Feast of the Holy Family, however, is our timely reminder […]