St Joseph's Catholic Church, Dinnington

1 Swinston Hill Road, Dinnington, Sheffield S25 2RX

For the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) - 20 October 2013 - EDITION 14

1 Response to Pope Francis’s appeal for Prayer for
Justice and Peace in the World, especially Syria

Thank you for the wonderful response to this appeal. At less than a day’s notice for most people, more than forty people, including members of other churches, spent time in prayer in St Joseph's on the Saturday and Sunday evening.

What then happened on the world stage was perhaps beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

We do need to keep praying, especially for a Peace Conference for Syria.

2 Parish In Council Meeting Wednesday 6 November
7.30pm

The Agenda will include:

  1. Support for Bereavement

  2. Inter-church November Meetings  - agreed for 7.30 pm on Nov 13th, 20th and 27th.

  3. The end of the Year of Faith and building our parish community beyond this including: Planning for a Volunteer Sunday

    Also see List of Parish Activities overleaf

  4. Hallam Bethlehem Fund (Leaflet available)   http://hallambethlehemfund.co.uk/about/

  5. Parish List Update

  6. St Joseph’s Centenary (2015) including St Joseph’s Mining Heritage

  7. Finance and Premises Update

  8. Eucharistic Ministers

 

3 Inter-Church Reflection Meetings  on November 13, 20
and 27  
7.30pm to 9pm

Please give serious consideration to supporting these. More Information will be provided shortly in what will possibly be the first ever Inter-Church Newsletter for Dinnington

4 Parish List Update

Roy Parrot has coordinating the update to the parish list.  Folders have been placed at the back of St Joseph's and Blessed William Richardson for you to add or change your details on the parish list.  Additions or changes can also be emailed to stjosplist@gmail.com

5 Red Cross volunteers to collect for FARESHARE on
November 29-30, December 1 (Friday, Saturday,
Sunday)

This was actually a BBC news Item about a week ago: See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24487146

The Red Cross estimate that hundreds of thousands of people in the UK will go hungry this winter due to the worsening financial situation. Can we help the Red Cross collect food for people in crisis this winter?

British Red Cross volunteers will be in Tesco stores in the UK to assist with the food collection. Shopping list of items FARESHARE (a charity that redistributes surplus perishable food to hundreds of local charities across the UK) needs will be handed out and shoppers asked to buy something from the list to donate to people who are in need of food in the UK.

Help is needed to fill 3 hour slots to collect food at TESCO supermarkets on FRI 29 and SAT 30 November  and SUN 1 December.

Friday & Saturday - four slots Sunday – two slots

9am-12, 12-3pm, 3-6pm, 6-9pm 10am-1pm, 1pm-4pm

If you can help please let Liam Harron know.

6 Energy Costs for the winter – The question has been
asked: “Should we be exploring the possibility of helping the elderly find cheaper bills this winter?” Is anyone
interested in getting a group together to consider this.

7 Dates of Future Reflection Group and Parish In Council
Meetings (query re 5 or 12 Mar)

Reflection Group Meetings 7.30pm: 4 Dec, 8 Jan, 5 Feb, 5 or 12 Mar, 2 Apr, 7 May, 2 July

In 2014, Ash Wednesday is on 5 March and Easter Sunday is on 20 April

Next Parish In Council Meeting 4 June 7.30pm: (if required there another meeting will take place)

8 What is missing from this list of Parish Activities?

Have we included: "THE THING I’VE ALWAYS THOUGHT WE SHOULD DO"?

 1 Accounts & Finance 46 Justice & Peace
 2 Advent Crib 47 Lent Preparation
 3 Advent Fayre  48 Library Oversight
 4 Advent Preparation 49 Liturgy
 5 Altar Servers 50 Lourdes Fund
 6 Baptism Preparation 51 Maintenance Coordination
 7 Bereavement Coordination 52 Maintenance - Small Tasks
 8 Bidding Prayers 53 Marriage Book
 9 Bulletin Preparation 54 Marriage Preparation
 10 Bulletin Printing 55 Media Coordination
 11 CAFOD Involvement 56 Missionary Appeals
 12 Candles 57 Missionary Appeal - Red Boxes
 13 Car Parking Coordination 58 Monthly Newsletter
 14 Caring Support Group 59 Music
 15 Children's Liturgy 60 Notice Boards
 16 Church Cleaning 61 Offertory Collections
 17 Church Foyer 62 Offertory Procession
 18 Church Preparation 63 Parents & Toddlers
 19 Church Security 64 Parish List
 20 Collectors 65 Pastoral Renewal Exchange
 21 Communications 66 Prayer Coordination
 22 Confirmation Preparation 67 Prayer List
 23 Credit Union 68 Psalm Cantors
 24 Dead List and Deaths Book 69 Public Address System
 25 Deanery Coordination 70 Queen of Peace Prayer Group
 26 Deanery Representatives 71 Readers
 27 Diocesan Involvement 72 Reflection Group
 28 Ecumenical Coordination 73 Retreats
 29 Eucharistic Home Visits 74 Rotas
 30 Eucharistic Home Visits Coordination 75 Sacristan Team
 31 Eucharistic Ministers 76 Safeguarding
 32 Eucharistic Ministers Coordination 77 School - St Bernard's Links
 33 Eucharistic Service Preparation 78 School - St Joseph's Links
 34 First Holy Communion Children 79 Snow Clearing
 35 First Holy Communion Parents 80 Social Events Coordination
 36 Flowers 81 Summer Fayre
 37 Fundraising 82 Tea & Coffee
 38 Funeral Coordination 83 Tuning In
 39 Funeral Directors Contact 84 Ushers
 40 Gardening 85 Website
 41 Gift Aid 86 Wednesday Club
 42 Hallam Diocesan Newspaper 87Welcoming
 43 Hospital Chaplaincy Visiting 88 Youth
 44 Hymn Selection 89 170 Club
 45 Journey in Faith  

Monthly Parish Newsletter

St Joseph's Catholic Church, Dinnington

"A warm, outgoing, Eucharistic community continuing Christ's work of spreading God's Kingdom in our world."

 

Telephone: 01909 562664                Email: andyaj_98@yahoo.com

Parish Priest: Fr Andy Graydon 

For the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) - 8 September 2013 - EDITION 13

1 Prayer for Justice & Peace in the World, especially Syria -
Pope Francis' appeal

St Joseph's open - Saturday 6pm to 11pm AND Sunday 6pm to 8pm. Please see more overleaf.

2 Reflection Group Meeting Wednesday 11 September 7.30pm

The Parish Reflection group has been described as the heartbeat at the centre of St Joseph’s. It meets from September through to the following July. We hope that Shauna Hilton will be able to continue to chair the meetings of the group for the year ahead. It is important that the membership of the group is renewed on an annual basis and we ask everyone to pray for the work of the group in the year ahead and to help discern about who in the parish will be best placed to be members of the group during the next year. The  agenda  of the first meeting of the reformed group will include: 

  • Areas we need to focus on in the year ahead
  • Parish Caring/Support Group and developments
  • Funeral Services – planning for the future
  • A Possible November Parish Retreat or gathering 

The Principles of our Parish Reflection Group

  1. To give them authenticity, those joining the group have to be supported by parishioners. (Although at the meetings they would not be regarded as representing others).

  2. They are ready to commit themselves to belonging to the group for at least one year and to attending as far as possible the monthly meeting.

  3. They accept the spirit developed in the pastoral council:
    Warm acceptance of others, listening, working positively and decision by consensus.

  4. To avoid gossip and misrepresentation, they accept that what any individual says during meetings is regarded as confidential - though the conclusions of the meetings will be officially published.

The purpose of the group is to:

  • Share in the animation of parish life.
  • Encourage realisation of the parish mission statement.
  • Prayerfully discern the needs/will/direction of the parish.
  • Reflect openly on the above.
  • Report recommendations to the Parish In Council Meetings.

Each Reflection Group meeting is open to the whole parish, but it is essential that there is a core group to ensure continuity and so the membership of the group is renewed each September.  Volunteers or nominated individuals make a commitment to attend regularly from September through to July.

3 Dates of Reflection Group and Parish in Council Meetings 2013-4
(note query re 5 or 12 Mar)

Reflection Group Meetings 7.30pm: 11 Sep, 2 Oct, 4 Dec, 8 Jan,
5 Feb, 5 or 12 Mar, 2 Apr, 7 May, 2 July

In 2014, Ash Wednesday is on 5 March;  Easter Sunday is on 20 April

Parish In Council Meetings 7.30pm: 6 November, 4 June
(if required there will be a third meeting)

4 Parish Caring/Support Group

Over the past year the main activity of this group has been to establish regular visiting. Visits to a person’s home is done in pairs and visits to those in hospital, a care home or residential establishments are done by individuals. Those who need help with transport to go shopping, attend health appointments or visit friends or family are supported. 

The minutes of the monthly meetings (held in the parish rooms) are displayed a notice board.

If you would like to get involved and give support to others the group would love to hear from you.  You can give as little or as much time as you can spare and we’re sure you’ll find the time spent rewarding.  Please contact  Judith Sherratt or Marie Harvey.

5 Inter-church November Meetings - agreed for 13, 20 and 27th.
More Information to follow.

6 Rota for the Eucharistic Service each Friday at 10.30am -
this is available and on display

7 Saturday 6pm to 11pm AND Sunday 6pm to 8pm

The Parish Rooms will be open in response to Pope Francis’s appeal:

POPE FRANCIS: ANGELUS MESSAGE

St. Peter’s Square. Sunday, 1 September, 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today, Dear Brothers and Sisters, I wish to make add my voice to the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the world, from every people, from the heart of each person, from the one great family which is humanity: It is the cry for peace! It is a cry that declares with force: We want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace, and we want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out! War never again! Never again war! Peace is a precious gift, which must be promoted and protected.

There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming.

I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal that arises from the deep within me. How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake in that martyred country, especially among civilians and the unarmed! I think of many children will not see the light of the future! With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons: I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart. There is a judgment of God and of history upon our actions that are inescapable!

Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.

With all my strength, I ask each party in this conflict to listen to the voice of their own conscience, not to close themselves in solely on their own interests, but rather to look at each other as brothers and decisively and courageously to follow the path of encounter and negotiation, and so overcome blind conflict. With similar vigour I exhort the international community to make every effort to promote clear proposals for peace in that country without further delay, a peace based on dialogue and negotiation, for the good of the entire Syrian people.

May no effort be spared in guaranteeing humanitarian assistance to those wounded by this terrible conflict, in particular those forced to flee and the many refugees in nearby countries. May humanitarian workers, charged with the task of alleviating the sufferings of these people, be granted access so as to provide the necessary aid.

What can we do to make peace in the world? As Pope John said, it pertains to each individual to establish new relationships in human society under the mastery and guidance of justice and love, (cf. John XXIII, ‘Pacem in Terris’, 11 April 1963).

All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace. I make a forceful and urgent call to the entire Catholic Church, and also to every Christian of other confessions, as well as to followers of every religion and to those brothers and sisters who do not believe: Peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs all of humanity!

I repeat forcefully: It is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict which builds harmony within and between peoples, but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace.

May the plea for peace rise up and touch the heart of everyone so that they may lay down their weapons and be let themselves be led by the desire for peace.

To this end, Brothers and Sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September next, the vigil of the Birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.

On 7 September, in Saint Peter’s Square, here, from 19:00 until 24:00*, we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace! I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention.

Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children! Help us, Mary, to overcome this most difficult moment and to dedicate ourselves each day to building in every situation an authentic culture of encounter and peace. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.

* Note 19.00 to 24.00 in Rome is 6 pm to 11 pm BST

For the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year C) - 2 June 2013 - EDITION 12

1 Anniversary Mass for Fr Brian on Wednesday 5 June 2013 at 7pm

Fr Brian’s anniversary is on 8 June and Wednesday 5 June is the most convenient nearest date for a parish anniversary mass.

2 “In Memory of Fr Brian Green, Parish Priest 1977-2008”

This two sided article has been prepared on behalf of the parish for June’s PRE – many members of the parish have contributed their thoughts and reflections. Copies are available at the back of church.

We hope to complete an article for the next PRE in September about how St Joseph’s, Dinnington has developed following Fr Brian’s retirement as Parish priest in 2008.

3 Parish In Council Meeting Wednesday 5 June 2013 7.30pm
(after Mass at 7pm)

In preparation for this meeting everyone in our parish is asked to reflect on the following:

A What has gone well over the past twelve months?
What are our strengths as a parish?

B What should we be concentrating on improving in the
year ahead?

If you cannot attend the Parish In Council meeting, please try to share your reflections on these questions with a member of the Reflection group or with someone attending the meeting.

In addition to reflecting on these in the Parish In Council Meeting, the agenda will also have as business items:

Ecumenical Group and proposed set of Reflections on Luke’s Gospel

Members of St Leonard’s and of Dinnington Methodists have asked to attend a  monthly St Joseph’s meeting and have been invited to attend the Parish In Council Meeting

Finance and Premises Update

Including proposals for Blessed William Richardson

Funeral Services – planning for the future

Parishioners who want a Mass within a funeral will need a priest and Fr Andy will always try to be available, especially when there is the possibility to arrange things around his own ministry. Very careful thought and preparation needs to be given over a long period of time to when a mass is not required as part of a funeral service and it is not essential for a priest to lead the service.

We need to reflect on the possibility of training, over a period of time, a team of parishioners who could confidently lead a funeral service within carefully agreed and clear boundaries.

4 Our Parish Reflection Group

Existing members of the Reflection Group:

Fr Andy, Shauna Hilton (Chair), Bill Horrocks, Frank McKinney, Monica Carroll, Anne-Marie Carroll, Mark Massarella, Mary Rice, Tony Lear, Marie Lear, Maria Oldroyd, Trevor Horton, Elaine Horton, Emma Lear (or a representative from St Joseph’s Primary School), Liam Harron

The Principles of our Parish Reflection Group

1 To give them authenticity, those joining the group have to be
supported by parishioners. (Although at the meetings they would
not be regarded as representing others).

2 They are ready to commit themselves to belonging to the group for
at least one year and to attending as far as possible the monthly
meeting.

3 They accept the spirit developed in the pastoral council:

Warm acceptance of others, listening, working positively and decision by consensus.

4 To avoid gossip and misrepresentation, they accept that what any
individual says during meetings is regarded as confidential
though the conclusions of the meetings will be officially published.

This Parish Reflection Group has been described as the heartbeat of the parish. The membership of the group needs renewing each September (there is no meeting in August). The purpose of the group is to:

  • Share in the animation of parish life.
  • Encourage realisation of the parish mission statement.
  • Prayerfully discern the needs/will/direction of the parish.
  • Reflect openly on the above.
  • Report recommendations to the Parish In Council Meetings.

The Reflection Group meeting is an open meeting however it is necessary to have a core group to ensure continuity.  Volunteers or nominated individuals need to attend regularly for at least 12 months; meetings take place usually on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm.

Parish Meetings 2013-4 possible dates

 3 Jul 2013 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm 

 4 Sep 2013 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm? 

 2 Oct 2013 Wed

 Parish In Council 7.30pm

 6 Nov 2013 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm 

 4 Dec 2013 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm 

 8 Jan 2014 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm 

 5 Feb 2014 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm 

 5 Mar 2014 Ash Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm? 

 2 Apr 2014 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm 

  

 Easter Sunday is on 20 April 

 7 May 2014 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm 

 4 Jun 2014 Wed

 Parish In Council Meeting 7.30pm 

 2 Jul 2014 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm


5 Eucharistic Service each Friday at 10.30 am

Since June 2012 there has been an excellent rota for Friday’s Eucharistic service.

The involvement of many parishioners has enriched the service.

If you would like to join the rota either as the minister leading the service or as the reader please let Liam Harron know. (lgha@btinternet.com).
 
 
DateMinister

Reader 

7 June Mary Rice  

Liam Harron  

14 June
 Kitty Finnerty  

Shauna Hilton

21 June
 Josie Lee  

Anne Crehan 

28 June
 Glen Stevens  

 Barbara Carrotte 

5 July
Mary Rice 

 Helen McKinney 

12 July
 Irene Raszyk 

 Kath Thomas 

19 July
 Margaret O'Rourke 

 Stella Richardson 

26 July
 Stella Richardson 

 Chris Parrott 

2 August
 Kitty Finnerty 

 Tony & Marie Lear 

9 August
 Mary Rice 

 Anne Neill 


God Calls Us by John Henry Newman

God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another.  Somehow I am necessary for his purposes, as necessary in my place as an archangel in his.

I have a part in God’s great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do his work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep his commandments and serve him in my calling.

 3 Jul 2013 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm 

 4 Sep 2013 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm? 

 2 Oct 2013 Wed

 Parish In Council 7.30pm

 6 Nov 2013 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm 

 4 Dec 2013 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm 

 8 Jan 2014 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm 

 5 Feb 2014 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm 

 5 Mar 2014 Ash Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm? 

 2 Apr 2014 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm 

  

 Easter Sunday is on 20 April 

 7 May 2014 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm 

 4 Jun 2014 Wed

 Parish In Council Meeting 7.30pm 

 2 Jul 2014 Wed

 Parish Reflection Group Meeting 7.30pm


For the Fifth Sunday in Lent (Year C) & St Patrick's Day - 17 March 2013 - EDITION 11

“And now, we take up this journey: Bishop and People. This journey of the Church of Rome which presides in charity over all the Churches. A journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world, that there may be a great spirit of fraternity. It is my hope for you that this journey of the Church, which we start today, and in which my Cardinal Vicar, here present, will assist me, will be fruitful for the evangelization of this most beautiful city.” 

Pope Francis
13 March 2013
 
 
Prayer of
Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen 

“Tuning In” meetings

Thank you to everyone
who has helped in any
way or who has taken part.

 

St Patrick’s Breastplate

I arise today through

God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s host to secure me
afar and anear,
alone and in a crowd.

 

Pope Francis I

On his first day as
Head of the Catholic
Church, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass in
the Sistine Chapel and addressed the cardinals
who elected him.

In a homily delivered
without notes, quietly
but with determination, Francis urged the church to focus on the Gospels of Jesus Christ.
Good News told by Luke -
Fifty Selected Passages

Following Fr Andy’s encouragement, a number of parishioners have been following Luke’s gospel during Lent and this booklet has arisen out of the shared reflections.

Please take a copy and if you know of anyone who might appreciate a copy, please take one for them also.

As part of the Year of Faith, you might consider  reading one selection each day for the fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday.

Over time, we hope to develop a reflection to accompany each selection. We know that this will take us at least a year, and possibly two years.

A copy of the booklet will be posted out with the next edition of PRE before Easter. 

 

Be a compassionate neighbour

A Reflection on The Good News told by Luke – In April’s PRE

 

 

And now a lawyer stood up and, to test Jesus, asked, 'Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?'

Jesus said to him, 'What is written in the Law? What is your reading of it?'

The lawyer replied, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with
all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,
and your neighbour as yourself.'

Jesus said to him, 'You have answered right, do this and life is yours.'

But the man was anxious to justify himself and said to Jesus, 'And who is my neighbour?'

Luke Ch 10: 25-29

 

 

This reflection uses a study by: Bob Deffinbaugh from:
Luke: The Gospel of the Gentiles

http://bible.org/seriespage/good-samaritan-luke-1025-37

The First Question

The “lawyer”, an expert in the Old Testament Law, feigns respect for Jesus and asks a question to put Jesus to the test. It is a hypocritical question, because he appears to be a seeker, but he is not. He does not believe that Jesus, an uneducated man, could possibly teach him anything.

The lawyer’s question implies that he expects Jesus to respond with one decisive act, like the rich young ruler in the Gospel of Matthew, he seems to be saying, “What good thing must I do in order to have eternal life?”

Jesus is an unusual teacher. He does not answer the question, the great temptation for anybody who is a teacher: Don’t just stand there, teach something. Jesus instead says, “You know the Law, how does it read to you?”

The lawyer’s answer to this question draws together two of the great Old Testament texts:

 

  1. loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, from Deuteronomy 6:5;
  2. You are to love your neighbour as yourself.” from Leviticus 19:18.

 

These not only require that one keep the Law; they require that one keep the whole Law perfectly:

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind. You must not only love your neighbour, you must love him as yourself.

The Law must be kept, all of it, without any omissions or failures. In other words, in order to be justified under the Law, one must be perfect. If the lawyer believed that Jesus was making eternal life too easy, by requiring only one thing, he just fell into the trap of saying (by the words he quoted) that the Law made eternal life impossible, for no one could possibly keep the whole Law perfectly.

It is at this point that our expert in the Law becomes downright uneasy. Here is where beads of sweat must have started to form on his brow. Jesus has not yet told this man anything new. He simply asked how he read the Law, and it turns out that the man reads the Law exactly as Jesus does.

Then Jesus says, “All right, you know

what the Law says;
do it.”

This is where it gets uncomfortable for us too, isn’t it? The Law commands us to do what we cannot and persistently do not do. If you want to be saved by your works, by law keeping, then you must be saved by keeping the whole
Law; not most of the time, but all of the time; not in most of its commands, but in all of its commands. This is when beads of sweat should begin to form on all of our brows as well.

Jesus is not teaching works as a means of salvation here; He is actually teaching that doing good works (law keeping) cannot save anyone, because no one can keep the Law perfectly. Salvation comes, by Grace, from The Lord.

 

 

The Second Question

The lawyer tried to put Jesus on the defensive, to force Jesus to justify Himself. And now, suddenly and unexpectedly, it is the lawyer who is on the spot. He now feels obligated to justify himself. And he attempts to do this by asking Jesus a second question:

“Who is my neighbour?”

Jesus responded with the parable of ‘The Good Samaritan’ ...

...saying ... “Do likewise, Be a compassionate neighbour” ...

 

 

 

 

For the First Sunday in Lent (Year C) - 17 February 2013 - EDITION 10

 

Tuning In to the Year of Faith – beginning on Monday 25 February

During Lent we will once again have “Tuning In” meetings – a one hour meeting each week for four weeks, with the first week beginning on Monday 25 February.

If there is one thing you can consider doing to make a contribution to others during Lent, then please consider going to a “Tuning-In” group and even better consider taking a friend with you.

Tuning In groups have taken place every few years since about 1998 and have proved to be an excellent way of helping members of the parish get to know each other better.

The meetings are very informal and friendly and are just about members of the parish sharing their stories and getting to know each other better. Many friendships have been made in Tuning In groups.

Here is what Fr Brian wrote about “Tuning In” just over a year ago:

The planning and  organisation of what we call our TUNING-IN-GROUPS

More than 10 years ago we ensured that each of our 400 families had an accurate and up-dated copy or our parish list, giving the names, addresses, phone numbers of all our parishioners. We then arranged a small team to set up, by personal invitation, groups of people whose members did not yet know one another very well. In four or five weekly meetings, usually held in Lent or Advent, up to 16 of these groups would meet simply to share stories about their individual journeys of faith. This process has been repeated about every two years for more than 10 years in our parish. Since the groups have been shuffled each time the programme has been run, the meetings have ensured that the parish has indeed grown into  a warm and happy community of friends.

The following table gives the current plan for groups – there may be slight alterations. Please talk to or phone the host (or one of the support) if you want more information about the venues.

 

  Host Support Day & Time
1 Kath & Martin Thomas Tony & Marie Lear Monday 2pm
2 Alison Bergomi Mary Beecroft Monday 7.30pm
3 Franca Massarrella Judith Sherratt, Helena Bland Monday 7.30pm
4 Mary Rice (in Blessed William Richardson, Kiveton) Chris Parrott, June Anderson, Maine Hobart Tuesday 10am for 10.30pm
5 Mary GillgrassShauna HiltonTuesday 7pm 
6 Anne Denton Bill Horrocks Tuesday 7.45pm
7 Sue Kelly Chris Handley Wednesday 7pm (tbc)
8 June Anderson Liam Harron Flexible - proposing Thursday 2pm
9 Josie Lee Monica Carroll Thursday 7pm
10 Hanna & Martin HuntHelen McKinney, Janet Reilly Thursday 7.45pm
11 Marie Oldroyd (in the Parish Rooms) Marie Harvey Friday 7.30pm (after Stations of the Cross)
If any further information is needed - please talk to or call Liam Harron
 
If there is sufficient interest, Tuning In meetings will also be organised for the Wednesday Club, for after Friday morning’s 10.30am Eucharistic Service, in school and for the Youth. 

 

"TUNING IN" - Lent 2013 

Notes For The Groups

 

  1. The people who are "hosting" the group will need to be responsible for welcoming everyone and it will probably be a good idea to begin the first meeting informally with a cup of tea and biscuit (subsequent meetings could end with the cup of tea). The "host" should also lead the opening prayer when everyone is ready, and also the final prayer one hour later to give a formal end to the meeting and allow anyone who wishes to leave.
  2. Apart from this, everyone in the group should share the responsibility for making the discussion enjoyable: restraining any one person from doing all the talking, ensuring that no one feels left out, raising questions, keeping one another to the point.
  3. The group is not there to discuss ideas, but simply to allow everyone to share their stories and tune in to other people's feelings; it is not an occasion for heavy talk or arguments.
  4. It must be understood by everyone that nothing anyone says in the group which they could regard as confidential will ever be repeated outside the group. It will be useful, however, if one of the group keeps notes of any important conclusions that the group would like passing on to a  Parish In Council Meeting after Lent is over.

 

Opening Prayer:

God our Father, Jesus promised that wherever two or three are gathered in his name he would be in the midst of them. May he be with us as we share our stories in this gathering and may he help us to tune in to one another with the love of his Spirit who dwells in the hearts of us all.

Concluding Prayer:

United with Christ and through him with one another, we pray ..... OUR FATHER

TOPICS - SUGGESTIONS

Below are suggestions, but feel free to adapt and develop these points.  Remember we are not concerned with listening to one another’s ideas and opinions, but simply with getting to know one another better by sharing experiences.. No one should feel threatened to say anything they don’t want to.  But make sure one or two people don’t do all the talking!

 

FIRST TOPIC  - FAMILY STORIES.  

Who did you catch your faith from?

Who in the family were the people who influenced your faith the most? 

What are your best memories of them?

Were there any major events in your family story that affected your faith?

Do you have special memories of anyone outside of your family that helped your faith when you were growing up?

 

SECOND TOPIC  -   SCHOOL AND EDUCATION   

Did your faith grow at school?

What stands out in your memory?

Which teachers  influenced your faith the most and in what way? 

What sort of faith did your friends have?

How is your faith different now from when you were at school?

 

THIRD TOPIC   -   PARISH AND COMMUNITY 

What sort of parish did you grow up in ... what type of faith did people have?

Did any particular person’s faith inspire you?  

What priest/s have influenced you and why?

How did your parish help your faith grow?

What more can we do in our parish to help faith grow?

 

FOURTH TOPIC  - THE WORLD AROUND US

Do stories of people’s faith in the past appeal to you - do you have a particular patron saint? 

Who in today’s world do you admire for their faith? 

Is there a non-religious person whose faith has influenced you?

In what way are the challenges to the faith of young people different today?

What more can we do in our community to help faith grow? 

 

For the Baptism of the Lord (Year C) - 13 January 2013 - EDITION 9

 

  1. The Year of Faith - Three important dates:

    The Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity (eight days) begins on 18 January and ends on 25 January on  the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul. St. Joseph’s will be hosting the service on Sunday 20 January 2013 at 6 pm. We hope as many parishioners as possible will make a special effort to attend this joint service for all Christians in our area.

    St. Joseph’s will be hosting the monthly evening prayer on behalf of the Deanery on Sunday 3 February 2013 at 5 pm.

    The re-dedication of our chapel in Kiveton to Blessed William Richardson will take place on Friday 15 February 2013 at 7 pm presided by Bishop John. Blessed William Richardson’s Feast day is on 16 February.
  2. The Year of Faith - Parish Project/s

    We have agreed to show our faith through our actions and by, in particular, identifying a project or projects for parish support during the year ahead. We are keen to give everyone in our parish community an opportunity to suggest projects for consideration. Suggestions so far include:

    CAFOD’s Connect2 programme – see The Hallam News, January 2013 and below

    CAFOD’s Appeal for Syria, launched very recently

    St Joseph’s links with Zambia (see below)

    St Bernard’s links with Lesotho

    Renewing previous links with Peru - Fr Ed O Connell's work at St

    Joseph’s Epsom.

    Project in Ghana
  3. 170 to 200 Club Re-launch

    Thanks to Tony Fallon for agreeing to talk about this at Mass. We want to have a strong drive to hopefully bring the membership up to 200. The surplus for the year ahead will be used to support the Year of Faith Project.
  4. Tuning In to the Year of Faith

    We will once again have “Tuning In” meetings - four one hour meetings,

    Tuning In groups have taken place every few years since about 1998 and have proved to be an excellent way of helping members of the parish get to know each other better.

    The meetings are very informal and friendly and are just about members of the parish sharing their stories and getting to know each other better. Many friendships have been made in Tuning In groups.

    Each group of usually between 8 and 12 people meets for weekly one hour meetings.

    We  need up to 16 pairs of people to “host” a group. If you would like to help, please let Liam Harron know.
  5. St Joseph’s Primary School - Connecting Classrooms with Zambian

    In recognition of its commitment to teaching students about global issues, St Joseph’s Primary School has been selected to develop international links as part of a major new school twinning project by the UK government and British Council to boost global education.

    Two teachers from St Joseph's will spend 2 weeks in Kalalushi in Zambia in June of this year, with a view to being involved in some teaching and learning over there.  Zambian teachers will make a return trip to St Joseph's in the following year. 
  6. CAFOD Connect2 - Join the journey. Be inspired...

    How do people cope with severe drought? Or the aftermath of war? Or the constant threat of losing their homes? This is your chance to get behind the headlines and take a journey with ordinary people leading extraordinary lives.

    Connect2 is an exciting new way to create solidarity across the world. When your parish joins, you'll hear directly from people in developing countries who are working hard, often against the odds, to improve their lives. This is their chance to tell you themselves, in their own words, about how your support is changing their lives. You'll get to know the local people and discover how our partners are making a difference.

    How does it work?

    You and your parish choose a country to Connect2. To begin the journey, you'll receive photos and stories from your chosen community. Over the next few years, you can look forward to regular updates from different local people, as they share their struggles, hopes and dreams with you in their own words. In return, you can share news from your parish and community life, through photos, cards and messages of solidarity.

    It's a personal journey between your parish and the community you support; a chance to be a part of that community's life in the longer term.

    Fundraising

    Any money we raise will support CAFOD’s work in the community and others like them, in the country we choose. Over time we will see and hear how our support changes lives.

    Where to Connect2...

    We can choose to follow a community in either Bangladesh, Cambodia, Brazil, El Salvador, Ethiopia, or Rwanda.
  7. Parish Christmas Card

    This was a great success, raising more than £350 whilst considerably reducing the number of uncollected cards left at the back of church.
  8. Safeguarding

Thanks to Maria Oldroyd for everything she has done over many years. Maria is now joined by Shauna Hilton, who has recently been on a Diocesan organised training course.

The Catholic Church in England is striving towards a culture of safeguarding where all are safe from harm and abuse and where every person is encouraged and enabled to enjoy the fullness of life in Jesus Christ through the prayerful, caring, nurturing, supportive and protective endeavours of the Catholic community, both individually and collectively.

In order to ensure a safe, nurturing and trusting environment there needs to be a culture of: 

  • Openness and transparency
  • Love and respect
  • Responsibility and Accountability
  • Compassion and support
  • Justice and integrity
  • Honesty and humility
  • Questioning and challenge
  • Learning and changing

 

    In particular we need to:
    1. work to enable everyone to recognise and use their gifts for the benefit of the community in mature and informed discipleship.
    2. Develop and nurture a sense of welcome, hospitality, openness, dialogue and careful listening.
    3. Respect the rights of children, young people and vulnerable adults and actively seek to ensure their voices are heard.
    4. Ensure safeguarding practice is understood as an essential part of authentic ministry and mission.

     

    Thought for the month

    “I slept and dreamt

    That life was joy.

    I awoke

    and saw that life was service.

    I acted and behold

    service was joy.”

    Rabindranath Tagore  

    For First Sunday of Advent (Year C) - 2 December 2012 - EDITION 8

    1. The Year of Faith - Please see the notes overleaf from the Parish In Council meeting on 7 Nov. This will be discussed further at the Reflection Group meeting on Wednesday 5 December.

    2. Advent Calendar and Reflections (prepared for PRE). This may be a good way to get into the Year of Faith - please take a copy and consider taking copies for family and friends.
    3. Parish Reflection Group Meeting on 3 October

    Two items in particular are worth sharing from this meeting (a fuller report is available).

    Rainbows Programme

    Bishop John wants a Rainbows Group and Programmes in all schools in the Diocese and there is a lot of support from the Diocese.

    This programme is available in school, with parents consent, for any child who is suffering from feelings of loss or separation. Such feelings can arise in many different ways, including bereavement in a family,  older siblings leaving home or marriage break-up. There is a separate ‘Sunbeams’ programme for 4+ year olds. Adults deliver the programme, but the children are very involved in small groups, under 10 in size, and where possible without siblings in the same group so that there is trust and confidentially. This allows each child the freedom to safely say how they feel. The emphasis is on ensuring children feel they are listened to  and the group supports and shares with each other. Safeguarding principles are used.

    Reflection on Youth

    An initial opening reflection covered a lot of ground. Most importantly of all was the view that we need to get ideas from the youth themselves as well as parents and other adults in the Parish

    There are already many different ways in which young people participate in the life of the parish, including:

    St Joseph’s and St Bernard’s

    Altar service preparation and experience

    Confirmation preparation

    Children’s Liturgy

    Lourdes service and activities

    Charity work and involvement with others

    School Pupil Councils

    Diocesan Youth group [Reality Team]

    All of these activities help to build a sense of being part of an important community, part of an ‘extended family’ in and through Christ in Dinnington and Kiveton.

    We need to build on these activities, consider how we might coordinate and direct activity and involvement, whilst at the same time allowing room for freedom and individual differences.

    The youth [whatever that age is defined as] need to know and be confident and secure in the knowledge that they are growing up with the presence of God in their lives, as a result of God’s presence from the beginning, and from Baptism.

    We pray and ask for an insight into how we can provide experiences for the youth that will bring about awareness and understanding of God’s presence in their lives.

     

    Parish In Council Meeting 7.11.12 – Notes

    1. Year of Faith - 10 October 2012 to 24 November 2013 (Feast of Christ the King)


      A lengthy and wide ranging discussion took place.

      The Diocese has asked each parish to develop their own ideas and activities.

      The Year of Faith began at St Joseph’s with the decision to publish a special edition of Pastoral Renewal Exchange (PRE) to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

      It was agreed that Fr Andy will particularly emphasise the Year of Faith on the first Sunday in Advent, on 2 December. Copies of the Advent Calendar prepared for PRE will be available and also a publication about the Year of Faith published by the Diocese of Liverpool.

      Consideration will be given organising a Mission-type retreat and to the possibility of a focus through “Tuning-In” groups during Lent, to allow a deeper more personal faith sharing.

      Following St James’s advice that we show our faith through our actions, a particular project will be identified for parish support during the year ahead and hopefully our youth will be directly involved in this.

      Shauna, Liam and Tony agreed to meet to discuss other possible ideas.
    2. The 170 club

      Following the recommendation published in the Parish monthly newsletter, the 170 club will be re-established, with a drive to bring the membership up to 200. The surplus for the year ahead will be used to support the Year of Faith Project.
    3. Parish-School Fayres

      Emma Lear introduced this item. It was proposed that the school take the lead and that every effort be made to involve parishioners. It was also proposed that the school should determine how the resources raised should be allocated, with the Christmas Fayre resources supporting local charities.

      This year’s Christmas Fayre will be on Saturday 8 December from 10 am to 1 pm.

    4. Christmas Ideas and Mass times

      Mass times will be unchanged for this year, but may need  to be changed for 2013, especially taking into account Mass times at Maltby.

      A single large Card will be organised for parishioners to sign with the encouragement to make a donation for charity.
    5. Parish Accounts

      Mark Massarella presented a summary of the annual accounts – a copy is on display in the parish rooms. Thanks to Mark and to Anne Crehan for their work on these.
    6. Welcome Booklet/Folder

    Monica and Shauna explained their ideas for this. It is hope that it will be published soon.

    Prayer, the Measure of Love

    To pray is to tell God that we love him.

    To pray is to speak to God.

    To pray is to praise God.

    To pray is to tell God that we love him.

    To pray is to contemplate God.

    To pray is to have the spirit and the heart connected to God.

    To pray is to ask forgiveness from God.

    To pray is to call God to help us.

    To pray is to ask God for holiness and salvation for ourselves and all mankind. 

    Love requires that we say that we love and that we repeat it in all its forms and that we praise what we love endlessly, without measure.

    Therefore prayer cannot be separated from love, to the point that our prayers will become a type of measurement of our love.

    Jesus’ Spirit by Brother Charles De Foucauld  

    FR. BRIAN GREEN—a personal reflection

    Shortly before Easter 1971 I paid my first visit to St. Cuthbert’s College, Ushaw, the now sadly defunct seminary in North East England. I was in my final year at university and had, for the past three years, been feeling the stirrings of a vocation to the priesthood. My bishop, the holy and wise Brian Charles Foley, was considering sending me to the English College Rome, but convinced as I was of the importance of pastoral training, I suspected that a seminary on home soil would have more to offer and, having a friend in the Second Year at Ushaw, I took advantage of the opportunity to visit, and to see for myself.

    It would be fair to say that I fell in love with Ushaw literally at first sight, and my three or four day visit convinced me that this was the setting in which I wished to test my vocation. Many aspects of the college impressed me, but I was particularly taken by my attendance at a Pastoral Group, conducted by Fr. Brian Green ,the college’s pioneering  Pastoral Director. As a  group of ten or so students, drawn from all six years of the seminary course, sat around in Brian’s room, sharing their insights into both the theory and practice of the pastoral course before joining in the celebration of Mass, I felt that all my dreams of priestly training were being realised.

    The following September, along with more than twenty other young men, I became a member of Ushaw’s First Year, and I can honestly say that, over the five years of my training, my initial impressions of Brian Green and of his Pastoral Course were confirmed.

    Our first encounter with Brian as students took the form of a seminar in which we shared our pre-seminary experiences, those aspects of our lives which had brought us to this point, and Brian’s guidance helped us towards an understanding of the part which those experiences might play in the journey towards the priesthood.

    This set the tone of the Pastoral Course, which always comprised three elements: experience, reflection on experience, and intellectual input. The intellectual side was important, as our eyes were opened to the treasures of the Documents of the Second Vatican Council, not as dry texts, but as blueprints for action, notably Lumen Gentium (on the Church), Gaudium et Spes (on the Church in the Modern World), Presbyterorum  Ordinis (on the Ministry and Life of Priests), and Optatam Totius (on Priestly Formation).

    In conjunction with these we were introduced to the latest secular insights, via such works as “Games People Play”, “I’m OK, you’re OK” and particularly “The Casework Relationship” by a Jesuit, Frederick Biestek, which Brian described as “the caseworker’s Bible”, a claim of which I was extremely sceptical until, during a placement with  a probation officer, I spotted a copy on his shelf.

    “Is that really an important book for you?” I asked. “Oh yes,” came the reply  from this agnostic professional. “I’m not always in agreement with Fr. Biestek’s religious position, but his principles form the basis of our work.”

    Away from the classroom, there was an afternoon per week of practical pastoral work, and our pastoral month during the summer. As First Years, we visited elderly people in neighbouring villages. At other times, there was hospital visiting, the teaching of RE in a comprehensive school, work with the Samaritans, and a range of other options. In the course of summer placements, I helped at a camp for  children with physical and mental disabilities, worked as a staff member in  a probation hostel and, most useful of all from my point of view, spent a month  shadowing the Probation Officer mentioned above. From Third Year onwards, our summer placements were in parishes.

    Accompanying the  practical side was Brian’s insistence on two things: reflection on experience, and prayer. The former entailed regular group meetings, as well as the writing of a termly pastoral report, and of a report on our summer placement. With regard to the latter, I have always taken to heart  Brian’s injunction: “In First Year you should be spending half an hour a day in private prayer in addition to Mass and the Office: by the time you leave, you should have built up to an hour a day.” That has been the bedrock of my priestly life over the past thirty six years.

    I have said that Brian was a pioneer. He was a man ahead of his time, and I am not convinced that his time ever caught up with him. I have the impression, though I stand open to correction, that pastoral training in seminaries now tends to place people from the outset in the somewhat cosy and restricted world of the parish, depriving students of that invaluable encounter with the secular world which stood my generation in such good stead. Indeed, our whole 70’s tranche of ordinati seems to be regarded with suspicion as having been insufficiently clericalised and controlled. Yet pendulums swing and, by the grace of God, the insights cultivated by Fr. Brian Green will come into their own again.

      

    FR. BRIAN GREEN—a personal reflection

    Shortly before Easter 1971 I paid my first visit to St. Cuthbert’s College, Ushaw, the now sadly defunct seminary in North East England. I was in my final year at university and had, for the past three years, been feeling the stirrings of a vocation to the priesthood. My bishop, the holy and wise Brian Charles Foley, was considering sending me to the English College Rome, but convinced as I was of the importance of pastoral training, I suspected that a seminary on home soil would have more to offer and, having a friend in the Second Year at Ushaw, I took advantage of the opportunity to visit, and to see for myself.

    It would be fair to say that I fell in love with Ushaw literally at first sight, and my three or four day visit convinced me that this was the setting in which I wished to test my vocation. Many aspects of the college impressed me, but I was particularly taken by my attendance at a Pastoral Group, conducted by Fr. Brian Green ,the college’s pioneering  Pastoral Director. As a  group of ten or so students, drawn from all six years of the seminary course, sat around in Brian’s room, sharing their insights into both the theory and practice of the pastoral course before joining in the celebration of Mass, I felt that all my dreams of priestly training were being realised.

    The following September, along with more than twenty other young men, I became a member of Ushaw’s First Year, and I can honestly say that, over the five years of my training, my initial impressions of Brian Green and of his Pastoral Course were confirmed.

    Our first encounter with Brian as students took the form of a seminar in which we shared our pre-seminary experiences, those aspects of our lives which had brought us to this point, and Brian’s guidance helped us towards an understanding of the part which those experiences might play in the journey towards the priesthood.

    This set the tone of the Pastoral Course, which always comprised three elements: experience, reflection on experience, and intellectual input. The intellectual side was important, as our eyes were opened to the treasures of the Documents of the Second Vatican Council, not as dry texts, but as blueprints for action, notably Lumen Gentium (on the Church), Gaudium et Spes (on the Church in the Modern World), Presbyterorum  Ordinis (on the Ministry and Life of Priests), and Optatam Totius (on Priestly Formation).

    In conjunction with these we were introduced to the latest secular insights, via such works as “Games People Play”, “I’m OK, you’re OK” and particularly “The Casework Relationship” by a Jesuit, Frederick Biestek, which Brian described as “the caseworker’s Bible”, a claim of which I was extremely sceptical until, during a placement with  a probation officer, I spotted a copy on his shelf.

    “Is that really an important book for you?” I asked. “Oh yes,” came the reply  from this agnostic professional. “I’m not always in agreement with Fr. Biestek’s religious position, but his principles form the basis of our work.”

    Away from the classroom, there was an afternoon per week of practical pastoral work, and our pastoral month during the summer. As First Years, we visited elderly people in neighbouring villages. At other times, there was hospital visiting, the teaching of RE in a comprehensive school, work with the Samaritans, and a range of other options. In the course of summer placements, I helped at a camp for  children with physical and mental disabilities, worked as a staff member in  a probation hostel and, most useful of all from my point of view, spent a month  shadowing the Probation Officer mentioned above. From Third Year onwards, our summer placements were in parishes.

    Accompanying the  practical side was Brian’s insistence on two things: reflection on experience, and prayer. The former entailed regular group meetings, as well as the writing of a termly pastoral report, and of a report on our summer placement. With regard to the latter, I have always taken to heart  Brian’s injunction: “In First Year you should be spending half an hour a day in private prayer in addition to Mass and the Office: by the time you leave, you should have built up to an hour a day.” That has been the bedrock of my priestly life over the past thirty six years.

    I have said that Brian was a pioneer. He was a man ahead of his time, and I am not convinced that his time ever caught up with him. I have the impression, though I stand open to correction, that pastoral training in seminaries now tends to place people from the outset in the somewhat cosy and restricted world of the parish, depriving students of that invaluable encounter with the secular world which stood my generation in such good stead. Indeed, our whole 70’s tranche of ordinati seems to be regarded with suspicion as having been insufficiently clericalised and controlled. Yet pendulums swing and, by the grace of God, the insights cultivated by Fr. Brian Green will come into their own again.

      

    For Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) - 14 October 2012 - EDITION 7

    St Joseph's Dinnington

    "A warm, outgoing, Eucharistic community continuing Christ's work of spreading God's Kingdom in our world."

    1      The Second Vatican Council

    Vatican 2 was opening by Pope John XXIII in St Peter's Basilica on 11 October 1962. Pope John XXIII opened the windows of the Vatican to let the spirit blow through its corridors, bringing fresh air into our lives.

    Vatican 2 was at the heart of everything that Fr Brian carried out in his 35 years in St Joseph’s, Dinnington.

    Pope John XXII  

    In Fr Brian’s memory and in order to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary and the beginning of the Year of Faith, we have produced a special edition of Pastoral Renewal Exchange (PRE).

    2     "Speaking Personally" - Fr Brian Green

    “All will be well”

     

    In memory of Fr Brian we have decided to use “All will be well” as a motto for PRE in the future.

     

    For the special PRE we have reproduced Fr Brian’s editorial in the second ever PRE, written in January 1979. This is as topical now as it was then. Copies are available – please take a copy for anyone who might appreciate having this.

     

    In the gospel parable about “the good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37, Jesus turns the question: 'And who is my neighbour?' into his direction that we need to be a compassionate neighbour to those in need ... 'Go, and do the same yourself' ... this could easily be seen to be a summary of everything that Vatican II tells us:

     

    Show your faith by your good deeds - be a compassionate neighbour to those in need, love your enemies.

     

    3      World Mission Sunday (21 October) –

    "Faith changes everything"

    Celebrated worldwide on the penultimate Sunday in October, World Mission Sunday encourages prayer and financial support for the worldwide mission of the Catholic Church.

     

    Where do donations go? The World Mission Sunday collection is given in its entirety to support the mission of the Church where it is too young or too poor to fend for itself. Monies from England and Wales go directly to the bishops in the mission territories – local Church directly helping local Church. The prayers and contributions of our parishioners provide:

    • places of prayer and worship
    • support for 'front-line' missionaries
    • training and support for the thousands of catechists who teach the faith and provide spiritual support in their own communities
    • health and education

     

    St Joseph’s Covenant for the Poor
    To raise awareness
    To pray
    To campaign
    To share...time and resources

     

     

    4      Parish Reflection Group Meetings on 12 September and
            3 October

    Both meetings were very good and productive. The September meeting concentrated on the “day to day organisational aspects of parish life” – Monica Carroll has written a very good report.

    During the October meeting there was an excellent introduction by Pauline Clayton, the fairly new Deputy from St Joseph’s primary school, explaining about the groups for school children - Sunbeams and Rainbows and a very valuable reflection on “Youth” – there will be a report from the meeting.

    Members of the Reflection Group for the year ahead:

    Fr Andy, Shauna Hilton (Chair) , Bill Horrocks, Frank Mc Kinney, Monica Carroll, Anne Marie Carroll, Mark Massarella, Liam Harron, Mary Rice, Tony Lear, Marie Lear, Maria Oldroyd, Trevor Horton, Elaine Horton, Emma Lear (or a representative from St Joseph’s Primary School).

    5      Parish In Council meeting on Wednesday 7 November at
            7.30 pm in the parish rooms

    The agenda setting meeting will be advertised in the weekly Bulletin – please see Shauna Hilton if you have anything you feel should be included on the agenda. Agenda items already:

    • St Joseph’s Covenant for the Poor
    • Initial Proposals for the development of the “170 Club” (see September’s Newsletter)
    • Day to day organisational aspects of parish life
    • Youth
    • Ecumenism

    6      St Joseph’s Primary School - Visiting Headteachers from
            Kalalushi in Zambia

    On 8 October St Joseph’s welcomed two Headteachers from schools in Kalalushi in Zambia, who are in Rotherham on a school’s linking project! St Joseph’s is taking part in the project and so our children will be learning lots about Kalalushi and will hopefully be setting up pen-pals with the linking schools in Zambia - exciting stuff so watch this space! See http://www.kalulushi.org/ for more information and pictures!

    7      Eucharistic Services on Wednesdays and Fridays

    Wednesday and Friday masses have been very special for many years and Eucharistic Services have continued this tradition since Fr Brian’s death.

    Thank you to everyone who responded so positively to the request to be on the rota for the Friday 10.30 am Eucharistic Service . There is now a 10 week rota!

    It has been suggested that we draw up a similar rota for the 11.45am Wednesday Eucharistic Service.

    8      Parish Monthly Newsletter and Parish List

    Roy Parrott has agreed to take on the responsibility of the parish List. A volunteer or volunteers are needed to take over the responsibility of Parish Monthly Newsletter. Please don’t be backwards about coming forwards or recommending someone! Training will be provided.

    9      Vatican 2 -
            Lumen Gentium, Light of the nations and The Laity

    What specifically characterises the laity is their secular nature. They live in the ordinary circumstances of family and social life, from which the very web of their existence is woven. They are called there by God that by exercising their proper function and led by the spirit of the Gospel they may work for the sanctification of the world from within as a leaven.

    The laity are called in a special way to make the Church present and operative in those places and circumstances where only through them can it become the salt of the earth.

    Thus, as those everywhere who adore in holy activity, the laity consecrate the world itself to God.

    Therefore, let the laity devotedly strive to acquire a more profound grasp of revealed truth, and let them insistently beg of God the gift of wisdom.

    Let the spiritual shepherds recognize and promote the dignity as well as the responsibility of the laity in the Church. Let them willingly employ their prudent advice. Let them confidently assign duties to them in the service of the Church, allowing them freedom and room for action. Further, let them encourage lay people so that they may undertake tasks on their own initiative.

    A great many wonderful things are to be hoped for from this familiar dialogue between the laity and their spiritual leaders.

    For Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) -   9 September 2012  - EDITION 6

    St Joseph's Dinnington 

    "A warm, outgoing, Eucharistic community continuing Christ's work of spreading God's Kingdom in our world."

     

    1 Parish Celebration in honour of Fr Brian’s birthday (on

    7 September) and his 35 years with us in St Joseph’s parish

    The BBQ will take place after Mass on Sunday 9 September at St Joseph’s School.  Many thanks to Adeline and William Chan who have worked very hard and to everyone who has helped in any way.

    2 Parish Reflection Group Meetings - 12 September and
    • 3 October at 7.30 pm (parish rooms)

    Role:

    • To share in the animation of parish life.
    • To encourage realisation of the parish mission statement.
    • To prayerfully discern the needs/will/direction of the parish.
    • To reflect openly on the above.
    • To report recommendations to the Parish In Council Meetings.
    Although the Reflection Group meeting is an open meeting, it is necessary to have a core group to ensure continuity.  Volunteers or nominated individuals need to attend regularly for at least 12 months from September 2012; meetings take place usually on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm (with two exceptions in the year ahead: 12 September 2012 and 9 January 2013).

    The principles of our renewed  Reflection Group are:

    1. Members are ready to commit themselves to belonging to the group for at least one year and to attending, as far as possible, the monthly meeting.
    2. Members accept the spirit of: Warm acceptance of others, listening, working positively and decision by consensus.
    3. To avoid gossip and misrepresentation, members accept that what any individual says during meetings is regarded as confidential - though the conclusions of the meetings will be officially published.

    lf you are interested in being involved in the life of the parish for the coming year, there is a list at the back of Church for people to sign.

    The meeting for Wednesday 3 October will have a particular focus on “Youth” - Tony Lear has been asked to take a lead with developing initial ideas and proposals ahead of the October Meeting.

    3 Parish In Council

    Next meeting is on Wednesday 7 November at 7.30pm in the parish rooms. A key agenda item will be an update on how the day-to-day organisational issues have been addressed.

    4 Monthly Reflection On The Gospel

    Next date will be Tuesday 11 September at 11.30am at Blessed William Richardson. Church opens from 10am for quiet prayer.

    5 Parish Care Support Group

    Meeting at 6 pm on Tuesday 11 September in the parish rooms. The group is mainly doing home visits to parishioners who are ill or can’t get out and about easily.  Everyone welcome.

    6 Eucharistic Services on Wednesdays and Fridays
     
    Wednesday and Friday masses have been very special for many years and Eucharistic Services have continued this tradition since Fr Brian’s death.
    We now wish to establish a six (or perhaps even eight) week rota for the Friday 10.30 am Eucharistic Service . Each service is led by a minister using the printed Order of Service and a reader takes responsibility for the readings. If you would like to be part of this rota please let Liam Harron know as soon as possible. The rota will be very flexible and if someone cannot make the service at the last minute, there will always be someone willing to step in. Training will be provided if necessary.

    7 Parish Monthly Newsletter and Parish List

    Volunteers are needed to take over these two responsibilities for the year ahead. Please don’t be backwards about coming forwards or recommending someone! Training will be provided.

    8      St Joseph's Covenant for the Poor

     
    St Joseph’s Covenant for the Poor
     
    To raise awareness
    To pray
     
    To campaign
     
    To share...time and resources
     
     
    Thank you to everyone for their suggestions, amongst them were several practical ways we can share time and resources including;
    • having a box at the back of Church to collect food donations for food parcels
    • investigating and possibly getting involved with a scheme such as the 'Lighthouse' scheme in Rotherham which prepares a meal for 50-100 people
    • providing lifts to Church or help such as grass cutting for the elderly or disabled
    • compiling a list of tradesmen in the congregation
    • using the parish rooms for a regular soup kitchen or to distribute food parcels
    • promoting and utilising the existing 170 Club to its full potential as this already makes a significant contribution to good causes, but only has 134 members (see more below).
    • We are urged to ask ourselves the question; what is our attitude to charities, missions and fundraising?       
    It has been suggested that once the statement is finalised we have a parish book for all the parishioners to sign up to the Covenant.

    9 Initial Proposals for the development of the “170 Club”

    1. Change the club’s name to ‘say’; Charter for the Poor Fund, or perhaps “Charities Fund”
    2. Publicise the club’s new aims.
    3. Name the good causes we intend to target each year.
    4. Look to increase the number of participating parishioners from the current 134 to 200.
    5. Make contributing easier by adding a payment by standing order option (this can be done without any cost to the club).
    6. Once numbers are increased to 200, both prizes and charitable donations can be increased.  We would have £5200 p.a. to give to charities and could have 12 monthly draws with prizes of: £250, £75 & £25, plus a year end grand draw with a top prize of an additional £1000.
    Other thoughts and ideas are invited. Many thanks to Tony and Kevin Mogan for their support of the “170 Club” over many years.

    10 The Third Hallam Assembly

    Saturday 6 October 2012, 9am - 12.30pm at The McAuIey Catholic High School, DN3 3QF. It is hoped that 15 people from each parish will attend the assembly which will focus on two major themes, spirituality and mission. Please put your name on the registration form at the back of church as soon as possible as we need to return it to the diocese by Monday 10 September.

    11 Pastoral Renewal Exchange (PRE)

    About 400 members of PRE have renewed their membership since June’s edition shortly after Fr Brian’s death. There have been requests for more than 50 complimentary copies to be sent to potential new members and about 60 individual letters, cards and messages with a very strongly expressed wish for PRE to continue well into the future.

    It is evident that PRE has been a very important outreach from St Joseph’s parish and it is clear that we must continue this outreach and support for about 1200 members in 20 countries.
     
    In reading for and preparing the next edition of PRE we were reminded that the Second Vatican Council, which was so inspirational to so many and in many ways the reason for PRE, began with an opening address by Pope John XXIII in St. Peter's Basilica on 11 October 1962. Pope John XXIII opened the windows of the Vatican to let the spirit blow through its corridors, bringing fresh air into our lives.
     
    It was decided to issue PRE 128 in August in order to allow a possible special edition of PRE to be published in October 2012, to mark and remember the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Fr Brian would have liked this – he certainly would not have wanted October 2012 to pass without a special commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

    12 Sponsored Marathon

    Jonathon Cobb is attempting to run his first Marathon in Berlin in aid of the charity ‘Cardiac Risk in the Young', prompted by the tragic death of 16 year old Alex Reid, who died in her sleep a few weeks ago from an undiagnosed heart problem. lf you would like to donate, even small amounts add up, please use the link http://ukvirginmoneygiving.com/JohnathonCobb

    For Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) -      8 July 2012  - EDITION 5

    St Joseph's Dinnington 

    "A warm, outgoing, Eucharistic community continuing Christ's work of spreading God's Kingdom in our world."

    Parish Priest Fr Andy.  Tel: 562664

     
    1 Report from the Parish In Council Meeting on Wednesday
    27 June 2012

    The meeting, attended by 22 parishioners, began with a silence in tribute to Father Brian. This was followed by a period of reflection which focused on the life and work of Fr Brian. Fr Andy led this with a reading from the Book of Ecclesiasticus Chapter 6 verses 5 – 17 which speaks of the qualities of a true friend. 

    Let your acquaintances be many, but your advisors one in a thousand. A faithful friend is a sure shelter, whoever finds one has found a rare treasure. A faithful friend is something beyond price; there is no measuring his worth. A faithful friend is the elixir of life, and those who fear the Lord will find one. Whoever fears the Lord makes true friends. For as a man is, so is his friend.”

    Fr Andy spoke of his friendship with Brian and was thankful for the love and friendship they had shared.

    Everyone felt the presence of Fr Brian’s spirit as parishioners reflected on Brian’s great love, friendship, vision and leadership over 35 years which has developed a parish community ready to face the future and challenges it will bring.

    Fr Brian’s influence was widely felt as was evident from numerous tributes from PRE subscribers.  Many letters, emails and cards have been received which bear testament to Brian’s vision and continued enthusiasm for pastoral renewal.  People were shocked and saddened to learn of his death and extended sympathy to our Parish community.  A number of people said that although they had not met him they felt that he was a friend.

    It was noted that Fr Brian had been preparing the parish for a future without a parish priest but we are blessed at the present time with Fr Andy who will encourage things to grow and develop.  It is important for Fr Andy to realise how much he is loved and that the parish want to support him as parish priest and also in his chaplaincy role.

    WEEKDAY MASSES

    The present arrangement for Masses will continue –

    Tuesday evening - 7.00 pm in the Parish Rooms

    Thursday evening - 7 00 pm at Blessed William Richardson

    Eucharist Services will be held on Wednesday and Friday mornings. It has since been agreed that an attempt should be made to draw up rotas for the Eucharistic Services.

    The following items were considered and approved:

    The KEY ROLE OF THE PARISH PRIEST is ….. “to animate the life of the parish, helping us to be a warm, outgoing Eucharistic community in the Roman Catholic tradition, continuing Christ’s work of spreading the Kingdom of God in our world”.

    The renewal of  PARISH REFLECTION GROUP for September 2012 to –

     

    • Share in the animation of parish life.
    • Encourage realization of the parish mission statement.
    • Prayerfully discern the needs/will/direction of the parish.
    • Reflect openly on the above.
    • Report recommendations to the Parish-in Council Meetings.

     

    The Reflection Group meeting is an open meeting however it is necessary to have a core group to ensure continuity.  Volunteers or nominated individuals need to attend regularly for at least 12 months from September 2012; meetings take place usually on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm (with two exceptions in the year ahead: 12 September 2012 and 9 January 2013).

    The meeting welcomed the suggestion that St Joseph’s School’s Senior Management would share attendance at meetings, thus strengthening parish-school links.

    A rewording of the first principle of the Reflection Group (see June Newsletter) has been suggested, as it was felt that rather than nomination it would be better to support others by encouraging people to volunteer:   

    “To give them authenticity, those joining the group have to be supported by parishioners. (Although at the meetings they would not be regarded as representing others).”

    Parish Development Team (see June Newsletter for more details)

    The first priority for parish development will be to make recommendations to the Reflection Group and Parish-in-Council Meeting (Autumn) about “Day to Day Organisational Issues”.

    It was approved that Monica Carroll and Liam Harron should begin the process of drawing up recommendations, liaising very closely with Fr Andy.

    Note: The Reflection Group Meeting on Wednesday 4 July agreed that “Day to Day Organisational Issues” should be a focus in the Reflection Group Meeting on 12 September and that “Youth” should be a major focus in the Reflection Group Meeting on 3 October.

    Organising Group Reports

    It was agreed that existing group leaders provide a brief report at least once a year for inclusion in the monthly parish newsletter.  It was also suggested that, where appropriate, a brief verbal report could be given by leaders of activities from the altar at the end of Mass.

    The DATES published in the June Newsletter were agreed for future meetings – the next Parish In Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday 7 November 2012.

    St Joseph’s Covenant for the Poor

     
    St Joseph’s Covenant for the Poor
     
    To raise awareness

    To pray
     
    To campaign
     
    To share...time and resources
     
     

    This was originally put together in 1997.

    At a recent meeting in the parish the statement was discussed and it was decided it was still appropriate, but perhaps we needed to add to the final point - To share time and resources.

    The parish will be asked for their comments.

    A group, co-ordinated by Shauna Hilton, will prepare a “signing-up” during Mass at St Joseph’s and Blessed William Richardson. Ideas so far include - should we make a more conscious effort to raise awareness, possibly visit a local soup kitchen, look at local needs, have a basket at the back of church once a month, to collect food items. Look at what the other local churches are doing and publicise. At the beginning of Advent, decide as a parish to have a box for donations to a charity, instead of Christmas cards.

    It has been suggested that once the statement is finalised we have a parish book for all the parishioners to sign up to the Covenant.
     
    2 CAFOD Lenten Appeal

    CAFOD send a big thank you for the fantastic response to the Lenten Appeal which is in excess of £9 million (before they receive the matched funding from the government). They had been planning a £2 million programme to provide safe water for thousands of people, now they will scale up the programme meaning many thousands more people will be provided with sustainable water resources for the long term. St Joseph’s raised £6000.

     
    The Find (Used in the Eucharistic Service on 6 July)
     

    I am a treasure.

    Someday, somewhere, someone discovered me.

    I should have no awareness of my worth

    if someone had not found it.

    I recall and relive the details of the finding

     

    I am a multifaceted treasure.

    There were many things concealed in me

    that different people drew out

    and revealed to me.

    I joyfully review each one of these

    And gratefully remember the persons who uncovered them.

     

    Finally I stand before the Lord

    and find to my surprise,

    that he considers me a treasure.

     

    I see reflected in his eyes the many lovely facets

    that only he could have observed in me

    and I rest in the love that he gives me.

     

    From the late Jesuit priest Anthony De Mello

     
     
     

     

    3 Next Monthly Parish Newsletter due on Sunday 5 August.

    Please pass in any information you wish to be included.

    For Most Holy Trinity Sunday - 3 June 2012  - EDITION 4

    St Joseph's Dinnington 

    "A warm, outgoing, Eucharistic community continuing Christ's work of spreading God's Kingdom in our world."

    Parish Priest Fr Andy.  Priest in residence Fr Brian.  Tel: 562664

    1 Deanery Update and Parish In Council Meeting arranged for Wednesday 27 June 2012

    A decision about the Parish Priest for Maltby St Mary Magdalene’s parish is now imminent and this means the Parish In Council Meeting on Wed 27 June at 7.30 pm will be very important.

    A provisional agenda was agreed at a lengthy meeting on Tuesday 29 May. The main item will be the proposals on the second page of this Newsletter. An updated agenda will be issued ahead of the meeting on 27 June.

    2 Lourdes Pilgrimage Fundraising Coffee Morning –
    Friday 29 June

    3 The Parish Reflection Group Meeting -

    Notes from the meeting on Wednesday 10 May will be displayed in Church. The main outcome is the proposals on the second page of this newsletter.

    4 Our Covenant for the Poor

    A very useful meeting was held on Tuesday 15 May. A report from this meeting will be displayed in Church.

    Thanks to Shauna Hilton for coordinating this.

      St Joseph's Covenant for the Poor

     To raise awareness

     To pray

     To campaign

     To share  

    5 St Bernard's 50th birthday celebrations on 7 July

    Bishop John will be celebrating mass The St Bernard’s staff are planning to help make this day really special for past staff and pupils. 

    6 Pastoral Renewal Exchange (PRE) -

    The June 2012 (Number 127) edition is in its final draft. If anyone would like to be involved in selecting and preparing articles for PRE 128 (due out in September), please let Fr Brian know.

    7 The Principles of our Parish Reflection Group

    1. To give them authenticity, those joining the group have to be formally proposed and seconded by parishioners. (Although at the meetings they would not be regarded as representing others).
    2. They are ready to commit themselves to belonging to the group for at least one year and to attending as far as possible the monthly meeting.
    3. They accept the spirit developed in the pastoral council:
      Warm acceptance of others, listening, working positively and decision by consensus.
    4. To avoid gossip and misrepresentation, they accept that what any individual says during meetings is regarded as confidential - though the conclusions of the meetings will be officially published.

    8 Proposed Future Monthly Dates for the Reflection Group
    and Parish In Council Meetings

     27 June 2012Wednesday 7.30pm Parish in Council Meeting
     4 July 2012Wednesday  
     12 September 2012Wednesday   (5 September too early)
     3 October 2012Wednesday 
     
     7 November 2012Wednesday 
     
     5 December 2012Wednesday 
     
     9 January 2013Wednesday 
     (2 January too early)
     6 February 2013Wednesday 
     
     13 February 2013Wednesday 
     Ash Wednesday
     6 March 2013Wednesday 
     
     31 March 2013Sunday
     Easter Sunday
     10 April 2013Wednesday 
     
     1 May 2013Wednesday 
     
     5 June 2013Wednesday 
     
     3 July 2013Wednesday 
     

     

    The Figure of the Crucified Christ invalidates all thought which takes success for its standard 

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer  

    9 Next Monthly Parish Newsletter due on Sunday 1 July

    Please pass any information you wish to be included to Fr Brian or Fr Andy.

    St Joseph's Catholic Church, Dinnington

    Parish Consultation, Co-responsibility and Decision-making

    Draft Proposals for Consideration at the Parish In Council meeting on Wed 27 June, 7.30 pm

     

    The key role of the priest is to animate the life of the parish to help us be:

    "A warm, outgoing, Eucharistic community continuing Christ's work of spreading God's Kingdom in our world." 

    The additional traditional role of many, if not all, parish priests of being very active in organising the life of the parish can, if care is taken, probably be easily handed over to the laity in St Joseph’s.  

    If well handled, this handing over could empower and energise the parish in a number of ways.

    1 Parish Reflection Group.

    We propose that the Parish Reflection Group be renewed for September 2012.

    The purpose of the Parish Reflection Group is to:

    Discern the will of the parish (by trying to discern God’s Will)

    Reflect on this

    Report back recommendations to Parish In Council Meetings

    2 A Possible Way Forward - Parish Developmental Activity

    We no longer have a priest who can devote the amount of time required to detailed active work. As a parish we have been preparing for this situation for many years

    On the Reflection Group we propose that there should be a named person for Parish Developmental Activity. There will need to be a back-up person (who need only attend the Reflection Group if the named person could not attend for some reason). As Parish Developmental Activity is likely to be a large area of work, there almost certainly will need to be a Parish Developmental Activity Team. If the role is too big for one named person, then it might be necessary to have two named persons.

    The size, nature and organisation of a Parish Developmental Activity Team will depend on how much Development Activity the Parish wants and can sustain.

    A Parish Developmental Activity Team would evolve, probably very quickly initially, but would have to keep very open communication including:
    1. Reporting back to the Reflection Group (as briefly as possible)
    2. Reporting to the Parish, through the monthly Newsletter and by displaying more detailed information on a Parish Notice board
    3. Reporting back more fully to Parish In Council Meetings.

    Initially, at least, a Parish Developmental Activity Team would have to be very flexible. It’s key role would not be to be directly responsible for developments but for getting others to take responsibility for developments.

    3 Day to Day Organisational Issues

    The first item on the agenda of a Parish Developmental Activity Team might well be to look into the whole area of “Day to Day Organisational Issues” with a view to making recommendations back briefly to the Parish Reflection Group and more fully to a Parish In Council Meeting in the autumn.

    4 Existing Organising Groups

    Many of our existing groups work very effectively. They do, however, need to communicate to the parish more effectively and to be thanked for their work. It is proposed that each group makes avery brief report at least once a year in the monthly Parish Newsletter

    If this proposal is accepted, it will probably mean about three groups reporting in each newsletter, so the report would have to be very brief. If needed a fuller report could be posted on the Parish Notice Board. This would certainly make the monthly Parish Newsletter very informative and interesting and all newcomers to the parish need do is read through past newsletters to get an update on parish activities.

    For Fourth Sunday of Easter - 29 April 2012  - EDITION 3

    St Joseph's Dinnington 

    "A warm, outgoing, Eucharistic community continuing Christ's work of spreading God's Kingdom in our world."

    Parish Priest Fr Andy.  Priest in residence Fr Brian.  Tel: 562664

     

    1 First Holy Communion –
    Parish Celebration on Sunday 29 April at 9.30 am Mass

    Please keep the following children in your prayers at this special time in their lives:
     
    Henry Brammer, Lilly Chambers, Declan Davies, , Phoebe Greengrass, Mia McKenna, Madeleine Millar, Harry Senogles, Ciara Stothard, Lucy Wignell and Samuel Zolich

    2 Collections during Holy Week
     
    A huge thank you to everyone for your generosity
     
    St Joseph's Parish Collections during Holy Week 
     
     CAFOD £600.00 
     Monday - Children's Charities  £115.00 
     Tuesday - Mental Health £165.00 
     Wednesday - PAT (Prisoners) £125.00 
     Thursday - Cancer Charities £500.00 
     Good Friday £300.00 
     Saturday Vigil Mass and Easter Sunday£860.00 
     Total £2,665.00 
     
    3 Next Parish In Council Meeting
    A date for your diary:  Wednesday 27 June 2012 7.30 pm
     
    4 Parish List
    Copies of the new list are available at the back of both churches
     
    5 The Parish Reflection Group Meeting on 18 April and
    follow-up 
    A copy of the record from this meeting is on display on the Notice board in St Joseph’s. Thanks to Marie Lear for producing these. Individual copies are available from Marie or Tony Lear
     
    A number of further discussions have taken place during this past week and Tony has prepared a draft document about possible ways forward for renewing the Reflection group and also establishing a Development Group. The proposals are very tentative at this stage. Further discussions will take place ahead of the next Reflection Group meeting on Wednesday 10 May (7.45 pm in the parish rooms) and proposals will then be made available to everyone in the parish ahead of the Parish In Council Meeting on Wednesday 27 June 2012.
     
    6 Our Covenant for the Poor
    You may have noticed our Covenant in the frame at the back of St Joseph’s. The parish has been asked to renew our Covenant. More information about this will be shared at the Parish In Council Meeting on Wednesday 27 June 2012.
     
    The Parish Reflection Group agreed that we should do something for Cafod before the Government’s offer of matching £1 for every £1 raised expires in May. There will be a collection at masses on 6 May for Cafod in order to take advantage of this offer.

    St Joseph’s Covenant for the Poor
    To raise awareness
    To pray
    To campaign
    To share
     
    7 Self Awareness Parish Retreat at Hornsea
    A comment from one of those who went on the retreat:
     
    “I have found the retreats invaluable as they make you look deep into yourself giving you self awareness. They also give you a chance to get to know other members of the church. In short a Perfect Weekend.”
     
    8 Pastoral Renewal Exchange (PRE) -
    The April 2012 (Number 126) edition is available. If anyone would like to be involved in selecting and preparing articles for PRE 127 (due out in June), please let Fr Brian know.
     
    9 Multicultural Social Evening on Friday 13  April and follow-
    up
    Approximately 60 parishioners enjoyed the multicultural evening.  Many people welcomed the opportunity to meet and get to know each other better.  The hall was nicely decorated, music good and the abundant food excellent.  Thanks to all concerned for such an enjoyable evening.  It is suggested that we hold more social functions, for example a barbecue in the summer.  Another suggestion is that there might be events for other groups such as the altar servers. In the past family events have also been organised.
     
    10 Deanery Mass at St Bernard’s School on Sunday 27 May 
    The Mass for Pentecost which is now to be called the International Mass will take place at St Bernard’s School on Sunday 27 May.  Masses in our parish will be celebrated as usual. 
     
    11 St Bernard’s News
    (from Tammy Neal the School’s Chaplaincy Co-ordinator)
    A School Chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school, providing a listening ear, caring presence, and message of hope. As Chaplain, Tammy offers assistance to students and staff as they explore their spirituality and provides guidance on religious and ethical matters. She also offers support to anyone struggling with family problems, friendship issues, peer pressure, bullying, depression bereavement and other crisis and loss situations.
     
    At St Bernard’s we are fortunate to have the support of several local Parish Priests which means we are able to offer students and staff the opportunity to celebrate mass throughout the year. Liturgies and masses are held regularly with different form groups taking a lead role in the planning and preparation.
     
    As School Chaplain Tammy organises positive, fun activities for young people both in and out of school helping to foster a supportive, caring school community. These include school retreats prayer groups and fundraising activities for local, national and world wide charities. Some of the charities we have supported this year are Cafod, Rotherham Hospice, Safe@ Last, Lesotho Project, Bluebell Wood Hospice and the Lourdes Fund.
     
    We have excellent relationships with our Partner Primary Schools and it is through these and with the support of churches, businesses and community organisations, we are able to provide a network of local support and assistance. These positive relationships help young people to face issues, and provide hope, connection, meaning, and purpose.
     
    Lesotho
    St Bernard's are currently fundraising to send 23 students to Lesotho South Africa and there are lots of different events going on for this.
     
    St Bernard's 50th birthday celebrations are being planned for 7 July. Bishop John is coming to celebrate mass in the school hall and  we are looking for past staff and pupils to help make this day really special  The mass we hope will be followed by a fun afternoon with various stalls and events. For more details parishioners should contact me at school.
     
    12 The Month of May - Rosary Devotion
    Mary Rice has kindly offered to open each church once a week during May. Please contact Mary if you are interested in this.
     
    13 Future Dates
    The  Parish Newsletter is usually produced for the last Sunday of each Month so the next one is due on Sunday 27 May. Please pass any information you wish to be included  in a envelope marked “Parish Newsletter” to Fr Brian or Fr Andy.
     
    14 Monthly Reflection on the Gospel –
    Blessed William Richardson
    Tuesdays on 8 May, 12 June, 10 July, 14 August, 11 September 10.30 am to 11.30 am. Church open at 10 am for quiet prayer.
     
     

    For Fifth Sunday in Lent - 25 March 2012  - EDITION 2

    St Joseph's Dinnington 

    "A warm, outgoing, Eucharistic community continuing Christ's work of spreading God's Kingdom in our world."

    Parish Priest Fr Andy. Priest in residence Fr Brian. Tel: 562664

     

    1 Website

    You can find up to date information on our new St Joseph’s church website. There already is a lot of information on the website – thanks to Siobhan Morley’s hard work. We are encouraging as many parishioners as possible to log on to and become a member of the website, to write a few lines about themselves and possibly add a photograph to help others in the parish know who they are.

    It is possible to add a thought for the day, to send messages to other members of St Joseph’s or even to start a discussion on a topic that interests you. There is also a separate section for the pastoral Renewal Exchange (PRE).

    Just type in the address: http://www.stjosephschurchdinnington.webs.com

    2 Parish List

    This will be printed in the near future and copies will be available in church

    3 Parish Responsibilities

    All responsibilities are shared if possible by at least two people (a named person and a back up person). In each Newsletter we hope to give an update about at least one of the areas of responsibility on our Parish List.

    Church Cleaning: Judith Sherratt and Louise Stacey

    Responsibility: “To purchase goods required for cleaning and to organise an annual rota of volunteer cleaners to spruce up the church interior. Each group of volunteers cleans the church for about one hour each week for a month”

    Twice a year (for Easter and for Christmas) there is a special effort to have a “Big Clean”, when everyone who can help out is asked to help. The next Big Clean is on Thursday 29 March from 10 am to 2 pm followed by a shared lunch.

    4 Lourdes Pilgrimage Update

    There will be more information in the next newsletter about Fundraising for Lourdes. The young people from St Joseph’s parish who are helping at Lourdes are:

    Emily Cannadine, James Edgerton, Erin Harvey, Isabel Kelly, Tanashe (TJ) Mudabe-Billings,, Jessica Potts and Ciara Watson.

    5 The Parish Reflection Group Meeting on 7 March

    A copy of the record from this meeting will be displayed on the Notice board in St Joseph’s.

    At the last Parish In Council Meeting on 8 February, a small group was asked to consider possible changes in parish organisation for the Reflection Group Meeting.  A report arising from discussion about the possible formation of a hub group and/or some kind of development group was presented. The Reflection Group has yet to reach any clear proposals and is to meet again to clarify some suggestions for consideration by the Parish In Council meeting.

    6 'Commitment to the Poor'

    You may have noticed the parish statement in the frame at the back of St Joseph’s. The parish has been asked to update our statement. More details to follow

    7 Parish Caring Support Group

    The Minutes of the meeting of 13 March are on the parish notice board – thanks to Marie Harvey and Fred Sprague. The next meeting is scheduled for 20 June 2012 at 6pm.

    8 Self Awareness Parish Retreat at Hornsea:

    Fri evening 20 April to Sun afternoon 22 April.

    9 Pastoral Renewal Exchange (PRE)

    The April 2012 (Number 126) edition is available.

    10 Archbishop’s Letter about marriage:

    http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/Home/Features/Speak-Out-for-Marriage/Archbishops-Letter-on-Marriage

    11 Multicultural Social Evening – Friday 13  April

    More details to follow in the weekly bulletin

    12 St Joseph’s School News

    First Holy Communion –

    The parish Celebration will be on Sunday 29 April at 9.30 am Mass

    The following children will be making their First Holy Communion this year:

    Harry Senogles, Declan Davies, Lilly Chambers, Lucy Wignell, Henry Brammer, Phoebe Greengrass, Mia McKenna, Olivia Poce, Ciara Stothard and Samuel Zolich.

    The Friends of School continue to raise money for school, but have recently turned their efforts to helping raise money for Niamh Power’s family to support them through this difficult time.  The next event will be a Car Boot Sale on Dinnington market on 31st March – 8am, until 12 noon.  The cost of a ‘pitch’ is £5 for non-traders and £10 for traders.  Please contact Lynn Robinson.

    Inspections

    The school has undergone an Ofsted and Religious Education Inspection this year – both inspections went really well for the school and the following are extracts from the reports we received:

    RE Report November 2011

    “This is a happy, vibrant community where the renewed Mission Statement is a lived reality placing Christ at the centre of school life.  Leaders and managers work very effectively to maintain and develop the Catholic life of the school. The school community offers a strong Catholic ethos inclusive of all pupils.  School is a source of spirituality providing a positive, nurturing environment where pupils flourish, achieve well and make good progress. An ethos of caring and forgiveness promote good relationships throughout the school. The behaviour of the children is outstanding. Children participate in and contribute to a variety of high quality liturgies which are often shared with families and parishioners.”

    “The Catholic ethos of the school permeates all areas of school life and is witnessed by the loving and caring attitudes pupils show to each other and the enthusiasm with which they take up opportunities for charitable fundraising.”

    “Pupils at St Joseph’s are well prepared for life after school and are equipped to make a valuable contribution to society.”

    Ofsted Report, October 2011

    “This is a good school. The clarity of vision of the headteacher, with enthusiastic and able support from staff and the governing body, ensures that pupils of all abilities are eager to learn and achieve well. The rich curriculum and the good care, guidance and support contribute significantly to pupils’ exemplary behaviour and outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”

    “Pupils’ are extremely friendly and considerate towards each other and have an excellent understanding of right and wrong. They are very mature, reflective and aware of the needs of others. They make a good contribution to the school and local community and some pupils are, for example, actively involved in organising many fund-raising events.”

    “The quality of teaching is good. It is sometimes outstanding. Relationships are excellent and teachers make lessons exciting through the stimulating use of information and communication technology (ICT), games and puzzles.”

    13 Future Dates

    It is the intention to continue to publish a Parish Newsletter on the last Sunday of each Month so the next one is due on Sunday 29 April. Please pass any information you think should be included  in a envelope marked “Parish Newsletter” to Fr Brian or Fr Andy. 

     

     

    For First Sunday in Lent - 26 February 2012  - EDITION 1 

    St Joseph's Dinnington 

    "A warm, outgoing, Eucharistic community continuing Christ's work of spreading God's Kingdom in our world."

    Parish Priest Fr Andy. Priest in residence Fr Brian. Tel: 562664

     

    1 “Conversations”

    On Thursday evenings during Lent, beginning on Thursday 28 February at 7.30pm (Mass at 7pm) Fr Brian will hold a series of open meetings.

    Note: On Tuesdays during Lent, there will be a 7pm Mass at Blessed William Richardson in Kiveton.

    2 Stations of the Cross during Lent begin Friday 9 March
    7.00pm

    3 An update about the Deanery in the next issue?

    4 Lenten Calendar Reflections 2012

    2 sided sheet available for you and your friends.

    5 Parish List Update - next edition due to be published in
    March 2012

    There is a final opportunity to make amendments to the copy at the back of church.

    The Parish List has been in existence since about 1995. It contains contact details for everyone in the Parish who wishes to have their details included in the list and a brief description all of the different groups in the parish, the “named” person or persons for each area of activity and the organising principles agreed for groups in 2005.

    A new copy of the list is printed and published usually about once every two years and made available to everyone in our parish. In between published editions, an updated copy of the Parish List is kept at the back of both Blessed William Richardson’s and St Joseph’s for new names and addresses and for updates or alterations. This copy at the back of both churches is updated on a regular basis (usually about once every two months, or more frequently if necessary).

    Our organising groups have been updated and this is a good opportunity for others to get involved for the year ahead. Here are the principles for these groups:

    Organising Groups

    Different types of organising groups are formed on the basis of the following principles:

    1. Fr Andy’s and Brian's workload must be gradually reduced over a period of time
    2. There is a need to prioritise and to proceed slowly so that everyone in the parish is kept informed of proposals and developments.
    3. All meetings should be open to anyone to attend.
    4. No individual should feel isolated in any job, task or responsibility that they have taken on.
    5. All jobs should be shared if possible by at least two people (perhaps a named person and a back up person).
    6. Each person responsible for a job should ask: 'Who will be the next person to take this responsibility?"
    7. There should be a named person for each area of activity.
    8. If an area of responsibility is large the named person should form a team to share responsibility.
    9. No member of the parish should be the named person for more than one area of activity.
    10. Over a period of time, every member of the parish should be approached on a personal basis and encouraged to identify and offer a 'talent' to the parish. A 'talent list' of abilities will be drawn up.
                      6 Parish Caring Support Group

                      Nine parishioners attended the meeting of this group on Wednesday 2 February and three sent apologies – thanks to Marie Harvey and Judith Sherratt for organising this. A record of the meeting is on display in both churches. The next meeting of this group is scheduled for Thursday 15 March at 6 pm in the Parish Rooms – everyone interested is invited to get involved. More information available from Marie and Judith.

                      7 Retreat at Hornsea for Young Adults aged 18-25

                      Friday evening 20 April to Sunday afternoon 22 April 2012. Further details in the weekly Bulletin.

                      8 Lourdes Pilgrimage Update

                      As it’s time to review fund raising for the annual pilgrimage, anyone with experience, ideas and/or suggestions will be very welcome to join us at an informal meeting.

                      It will be held at Kate Patterson’s, after Lent, on Wednesday 11 April at 49 Birkdale Avenue. Contact persons Kate - 569263 and Mary Beecroft - 564869 

                      9 Pastoral Renewal Exchange (PRE)

                      The February 2012 (Number 125) edition is available.

                      PRE
                      was started by Fr Brian in January 1979 as a quarterly, non-profit-making publication that would make a positive and constructive contribution to promoting the pastoral renewal initiated by Vatican 2.

                      Starting with 150 members, there are now approximately 1600 members in 16 different countries; and although PRE is never publicly advertised, circulation continues to grow. There are no fixed subscriptions: members are simply invited to send what they can to cover costs.

                      We hope to renew PRE and to involve members of the Parish much more in the next few editions. Here is part of what Fr Brian wrote in February’s editorial:

                      One of our strongest convictions over the years has been that the future of the Church will largely depend on the ability of lay people to take over much of the work that was considered the responsibility of the priests. Discussion in the parish has led us to believe that there seems no reason why the future of PRE should not follow the same course. As we resume publication this is the direction we shall be taking.

                      10 Parish Notices and Notice Boards

                      The contents of the church notice boards have recently been reorganised but space is still limited.  If you wish to display a notice please recognise that items for display should be relevant to the parish or to the related activities, interests and welfare of parishioners.  Please avoid duplication and choose the most appropriate board, as follows:

                      Church porch: bulletins and rotas, parish notices, events.

                      Church room
                      : diocesan notices, social support, youth, safeguarding, open letters.

                      Please limit the size of displays to A4 maximum and please write, on the display, the date when it is first posted and attach notices as neatly and securely as possible.  It will help if you can provide your own drawing pins!

                      Please remove notices relating to events as soon as they have expired. Some notices and over-large displays may be placed in the blue box-file on the rooms’ windowsill.

                      Thank you, for your cooperation. Michael Denton

                      11 Parish In Council Meeting – 8 February 2012

                      Thanks to Tina for the detailed record of the Parish In Council Meeting - copies of this are available at the back of St Joseph’s.

                      The next Reflection Group Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 7 March at 7.30pm.

                      It is clearly an opportune time to renew the Reflection Group.
                       
                      The Parish Reflection Group
                       
                      The principles of our Reflection Group are:
                        1. To give them authenticity, those joining the group have to be formally proposed and seconded by parishioners. (Although at the meetings they would not be regarded as representing others.)
                        2. They are ready to commit themselves to belonging to the group for at least one year and to attending as far as possible the monthly meeting.
                        3. They accept the spirit developed in the pastoral council:
                          Warm acceptance of others, listening, working positively and decision by consensus.
                        4. To avoid gossip and misrepresentation, they accept that what any individual says during meetings is regarded as confidential - though the conclusions of the meetings will be officially published.

                                  12 Future Dates

                                  It is hoped to get another Parish Newsletter ready for the Fifth Sunday in Lent (25 March) – Please pass any information that you think should be included in a letter marked “Parish Newsletter” to Fr Brian or Fr Andy.

                                  13 FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PARISH CELEBRATION

                                  29 April 9.30am in St Joseph’s.

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