Christ Among Us

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has called for a “Revolution of Tenderness” and has challenged us all to see and hear each other and to respond with words and actions of love.

St Vincent de Paul

The community that makes up St Vincent’s Furniture Store has been working in just this way for thirty years now.

  On the Feast of St Vincent de Paul a special Mass was celebrated to mark this significant anniversary.

 

St Vincent’s Furniture Store 30th Anniversary Mass

On Wednesday, 27 September, the feast of our patron, St Vincent de Paul, a Mass was celebrated at St Vincent’s Furniture Store to mark our 30th Anniversary.

  Bishop Ralph, Fr Andrew Browne, Fr Shaun Smith and Mgr Kilgannon concelebrated the Mass and it was a joyous occasion.

  Bishop Ralph also commented that the founding principle of the Furniture Store was the notion of recognising Christ in the poor and responding to their needs, and this remains the guiding principle today.

  When you visit our website the first thing you see is ‘30 Years and Still Going Strong’.  Bishop Ralph said that we are obviously proud and delighted to have reached this significant milestone and we should be, for the service we provide has made it possible for many people, perhaps already written off by some, to turn their lives around and make new beginnings.

  The celebration of the Mass and the fact that it was held at the Store, where all the hard work is carried out by staff and volunteers, made the evening all the more meaningful.

  The Staff, Volunteers and Management Committee would like to thank everyone who attended on the night.  Without your help and support we would not be able to carry out our vital work, which is as much needed today as when St Vincent walked this earth.

  Bishop Ralph’s words sum it all up ~ “May the Lord who began this good work, and who sustains it day by day, bring it to completion.”

Lorraine Healy, Manager of Furniture Store

Mark’s 200 Miles Cycling Adventure

For most Sheffield teachers, the summer holidays are a time to relax ahead of the new term in September. Try telling that to Mark Conway.

Mark Conway, ready to set off on his journey

  The selfless St Wilfrid’s Primary School: a Catholic Voluntary Academy teacher has just completed a gruelling charity bike ride to London which totalled around 200 miles.

  Mark completed the challenge in just two days and cycled over 110 miles to Wellingborough on Saturday, 29 July before completing his journey the following day.

  Mark, who is Head of RE at St Wilfrid’s, raised over £1,000 for aid agency CAFOD and finished his journey at their head offices in Westminster.

  CAFOD works in over forty countries, helping people to tackle poverty and injustice wherever the need is greatest.

  Mark said, “CAFOD does a lot of good work and I wanted to raise some money in an exciting way.

  “I stayed away from the M1 and got lost around Milton Keynes which added about 10 miles to my journey.  This made the second day a bit of a killer and I was dreading it a bit, cycling around London can be quite hairy!

  “It was great to have so many people cheering me on, including kids from my class and other members of staff at St Wilfrid’s.  I also got to meet a lot of people on the way who were very supportive.  I won’t be doing it again but I will definitely think of something else to do next year!”

  Mark initially hoped to raise £200 but has gone well beyond his target, with donations reaching £1,145.

  CAFOD’s representative in Hallam, Jeremy Cain, said, “Thank you to Mark for taking on this remarkable challenge – we are very grateful for the time and effort he gave up.

  “It sounds like a gruelling journey and it is testament to Mark that he was able to battle through.  He quite literally went the extra mile for CAFOD and we are all very proud of his efforts.”

  To donate, visit Mark’s JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mark-Conway7.

  For more information about CAFOD’s work, visit http://www.cafod.org.uk/.

Mark’s 200 Miles Cycling Adventure

For most Sheffield teachers, the summer holidays are a time to relax ahead of the new term in September. Try telling that to Mark Conway.

Mark Conway, ready to set off on his journey

  The selfless St Wilfrid’s Primary School: a Catholic Voluntary Academy teacher has just completed a gruelling charity bike ride to London which totalled around 200 miles.

  Mark completed the challenge in just two days and cycled over 110 miles to Wellingborough on Saturday, 29 July before completing his journey the following day.

  Mark, who is Head of RE at St Wilfrid’s, raised over £1,000 for aid agency CAFOD and finished his journey at their head offices in Westminster.

  CAFOD works in over forty countries, helping people to tackle poverty and injustice wherever the need is greatest.

  Mark said, “CAFOD does a lot of good work and I wanted to raise some money in an exciting way.

  “I stayed away from the M1 and got lost around Milton Keynes which added about 10 miles to my journey.  This made the second day a bit of a killer and I was dreading it a bit, cycling around London can be quite hairy!

  “It was great to have so many people cheering me on, including kids from my class and other members of staff at St Wilfrid’s.  I also got to meet a lot of people on the way who were very supportive.  I won’t be doing it again but I will definitely think of something else to do next year!”

  Mark initially hoped to raise £200 but has gone well beyond his target, with donations reaching £1,145.

  CAFOD’s representative in Hallam, Jeremy Cain, said, “Thank you to Mark for taking on this remarkable challenge – we are very grateful for the time and effort he gave up.

  “It sounds like a gruelling journey and it is testament to Mark that he was able to battle through.  He quite literally went the extra mile for CAFOD and we are all very proud of his efforts.”

  To donate, visit Mark’s JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mark-Conway7.

  For more information about CAFOD’s work, visit http://www.cafod.org.uk/.

Lourdes 2017

The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is an important event for many people.

Alex Prior, the Pilgrimage Director, tells us about this year’s Pilgrimage, which was a particularly special journey for Jayne and Brian Lowson.

Parishioners of St Patrick and St Thomas More Parish, Sheffield, Jayne and Brian met in Lourdes thirty-three years ago. They have been regular pilgrims ever since.  Their sons Matthew, James and Thomas have also been frequent pilgrims.  This year Jayne and Brian celebrated thirty years of marriage.

Brian and Jayne with Bishop Ralph on the 2017 Lourdes Pilgrimage

The 2017 Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes took place from 2 to 7 July led by Bishop Ralph, with over four hundred and sixty pilgrims, including two hundred and fifteen with Hallam Youth travelling from all the High Schools in the Diocese. Two charter flights operated from Doncaster Sheffield Airport direct to Lourdes, together with five Youth coaches.

  There were many highlights during the Pilgrimage – Mass at the Grotto with the Diocese of Derry, Anointing of the Sick and many inspiring homilies.  We took part as a Diocese in the Torchlight Procession on Monday night and in the Blessed Sacrament Procession on Wednesday afternoon.  Many pilgrims commented on the very powerful Holy Hour in St Joseph’s Chapel when Fr Lee Marshall led us in Adoration.  Our young people follow the main pilgrimage programme but with some additional items, so on Tuesday afternoon all of Hallam Youth spent time together.  Due to the temporary closure of the High Stations, at very short notice they improvised and created their own Stations of the Cross with some of the youth leaders, before a liturgy in the chapel up at the Youth Village.

  In previous years, one important feature of the pilgrimage, particularly for the Youth, has been the opportunity to spend time at the Grotto late at night, when it is particularly quiet and peaceful.  Due to the increased security measures in Lourdes, access to the Grotto is currently not permitted after midnight, but the Sanctuary generously granted our pilgrimage exclusive access after midnight on Tuesday night.  For around two hundred and eighty pilgrims, including all Hallam Youth, this was the very much the highlight of the week, and the Vice Rector of the Sanctuary commented on the quiet and prayerful way that our pilgrimage used this opportunity.

  From the feedback forms received from pilgrims it is clear that 2017 was a very special pilgrimage and everything ran very smoothly.  One particular comment flowed through all the feedback received, and that was how wonderful the young people from our Diocese are!  The care and friendship they provided to the eighty plus “Assisted pilgrims” using wheelchairs in Lourdes was exceptional, and everyone on the pilgrimage commented on how wonderful this was to experience.  All of the Hallam Youth are a credit to their parents, their schools and to themselves.  Thank you to all our youth helpers, and the leaders, school staff and Chaplains who travelled with them.

  During the pilgrimage we each served one another – not just the sixty plus volunteer Helpers, Doctors and Nurses and two hundred and fifteen Youth Helpers helping our Assisted Pilgrims, but all pilgrims served one another in different ways, eg spending time talking in a café, or reflecting on what we’ve heard at a liturgy, or a simple word of encouragement or support.  Thank you to everyone involved.  If you haven’t experienced the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, please do consider travelling in 2018.

Dates for Your Diary

There will be a follow up event “Lourdes@Home”, for those who travelled with Hallam Youth, at St Bernard’s Catholic High School from 6pm, Friday, 15 September to 1pm Saturday, 16 September. Further details available by email from hallamlourdespilgrimage@gmail.com.

  The 2017 Lourdes Reunion will take place at St Bernard’s Catholic High School, Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham, S65 3BE at 7.30pm on Friday, 27 October.  All welcome.

   Our 2018 Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Sunday, 1 July to Friday, 6 July.  Booking forms will be available towards the end of the year.  Enquiries: 01302 247910 or 07724 650066 or hallamlourdespilgrimage@gmail.com.

Lourdes 2017

The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is an important event for many people.

Alex Prior, the Pilgrimage Director, tells us about this year’s Pilgrimage, which was a particularly special journey for Jayne and Brian Lowson.

Parishioners of St Patrick and St Thomas More Parish, Sheffield, Jayne and Brian met in Lourdes thirty-three years ago. They have been regular pilgrims ever since.  Their sons Matthew, James and Thomas have also been frequent pilgrims.  This year Jayne and Brian celebrated thirty years of marriage.

Brian and Jayne with Bishop Ralph on the 2017 Lourdes Pilgrimage

The 2017 Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes took place from 2 to 7 July led by Bishop Ralph, with over four hundred and sixty pilgrims, including two hundred and fifteen with Hallam Youth travelling from all the High Schools in the Diocese. Two charter flights operated from Doncaster Sheffield Airport direct to Lourdes, together with five Youth coaches.

  There were many highlights during the Pilgrimage – Mass at the Grotto with the Diocese of Derry, Anointing of the Sick and many inspiring homilies.  We took part as a Diocese in the Torchlight Procession on Monday night and in the Blessed Sacrament Procession on Wednesday afternoon.  Many pilgrims commented on the very powerful Holy Hour in St Joseph’s Chapel when Fr Lee Marshall led us in Adoration.  Our young people follow the main pilgrimage programme but with some additional items, so on Tuesday afternoon all of Hallam Youth spent time together.  Due to the temporary closure of the High Stations, at very short notice they improvised and created their own Stations of the Cross with some of the youth leaders, before a liturgy in the chapel up at the Youth Village.

  In previous years, one important feature of the pilgrimage, particularly for the Youth, has been the opportunity to spend time at the Grotto late at night, when it is particularly quiet and peaceful.  Due to the increased security measures in Lourdes, access to the Grotto is currently not permitted after midnight, but the Sanctuary generously granted our pilgrimage exclusive access after midnight on Tuesday night.  For around two hundred and eighty pilgrims, including all Hallam Youth, this was the very much the highlight of the week, and the Vice Rector of the Sanctuary commented on the quiet and prayerful way that our pilgrimage used this opportunity.

  From the feedback forms received from pilgrims it is clear that 2017 was a very special pilgrimage and everything ran very smoothly.  One particular comment flowed through all the feedback received, and that was how wonderful the young people from our Diocese are!  The care and friendship they provided to the eighty plus “Assisted pilgrims” using wheelchairs in Lourdes was exceptional, and everyone on the pilgrimage commented on how wonderful this was to experience.  All of the Hallam Youth are a credit to their parents, their schools and to themselves.  Thank you to all our youth helpers, and the leaders, school staff and Chaplains who travelled with them.

  During the pilgrimage we each served one another – not just the sixty plus volunteer Helpers, Doctors and Nurses and two hundred and fifteen Youth Helpers helping our Assisted Pilgrims, but all pilgrims served one another in different ways, eg spending time talking in a café, or reflecting on what we’ve heard at a liturgy, or a simple word of encouragement or support.  Thank you to everyone involved.  If you haven’t experienced the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, please do consider travelling in 2018.

Dates for Your Diary

There will be a follow up event “Lourdes@Home”, for those who travelled with Hallam Youth, at St Bernard’s Catholic High School from 6pm, Friday, 15 September to 1pm Saturday, 16 September. Further details available by email from hallamlourdespilgrimage@gmail.com.

  The 2017 Lourdes Reunion will take place at St Bernard’s Catholic High School, Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham, S65 3BE at 7.30pm on Friday, 27 October.  All welcome.

   Our 2018 Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Sunday, 1 July to Friday, 6 July.  Booking forms will be available towards the end of the year.  Enquiries: 01302 247910 or 07724 650066 or hallamlourdespilgrimage@gmail.com.

60th Birthday Celebrations

St John Fisher Primary, a Catholic Voluntary Academy, Hackenthorpe, Sheffield celebrated sixty years as a school community on 22 June, the Feast of St John Fisher.

The celebrations began when the school chaplaincy team welcomed Bishop Ralph and Fr Paul O’Hara, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, Hackenthorpe, to share a specially prepared lunch with the school community.

Fr Paul O’Hara opens the celebratory garden party

In the afternoon everyone came together in their church to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving concelebrated by Bishop Ralph, Fr Paul and former Parish Priest, Fr Chris Posluszny.

The Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Anne Murphy, was shown around the school and introduced to children, parents/carers, staff, governors, Parents, Teachers and Friends Association members and former staff. She was very interested in the school and wanted to meet as many people as possible.

Liam McGurrin, former Headteacher of St John Fisher, with members of his staff

Events started with a Jubilee Balloon Race