St Joseph's Catholic Church, Dinnington

1 Swinston Hill Road, Dinnington, Sheffield S25 2RX

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FOURTH  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT (Year B)

THE SEASON OF ADVENT

 

Week beginning Sunday 20th December 2020. (Year B)

 

The Fourth Sunday of Advent :  9.30am Mass in Church with live zoom stream

2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-12,14,16;  Psalm 88(89):2-5,27,29;  Romans 16:25-27;  Luke 1:26-38

 

Monday: Song of Songs 2:8-14;  Psalm 32(33):11-12,20-21;  Luke 1:39-45 (Peter Canisius Priest, Doctor)

 

Tuesday: 1 Samuel 1:24-28;  Psalm 1 Samuel 2:-4,8;  Luke 1:46-56 

 

Wednesday: Malachai 3:1-4,23-24;  Psalm 24(25):4-5,8-9,10,14;  Luke 1:57-66 (John of Kanty, Priest)

 

 Christmas Eve: 5pm Christmas Vigil Mass in Church with live zoom stream (This is not a children’s Mass)

Isaiah 9;1-6; Psalm96:1-3,11-13; Titus 2:11-14;  Luke 2:1-14

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

The Octave of Christmas

CHRISTMAS DAY:  9.30am Mass in Church with live zoom stream

Isaiah 52:7-10;  Psalm 97(98):1-6;  Hebrews 1:1-6;   John 1:1-18

 

BOXING DAY: FEAST OF ST STEPHEN   (No Mass today)

Acts 6:8-10,&:54-59;  Psalm 30(31):3-4,6,8,16-17;  Matthew 10:17-22

 

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION: For those of us accessing Mass on line or on television,  whilst we cannot physically receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we can receive Spiritual Communion. A letter form the catholic Bishops Conference reminds us that “the idea of spiritual communion  is an important one to remember and reaffirm” as through it “ all are united in some way by the Holy Spirit”  and they offer the following prayer for recitation:

Oh my Jesus, I believe that you are present in this  Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I love you above all things, and I passionately  desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally come spiritually into my soul.

so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.  Amen

 

LIGHT THE ADVENT CANDLES FOUR.

 

Four candles burning bright, chasing away the darkness from light,

Four candles, glowing light, The blessing of God giving new sight

Week beginning Sunday 27th December 2020. (Year B)

 

Sunday  : THE HOLY FAMILY  9.30am Mass in Church with zoom live stream

 Genesis 15:1-6,21:1-3;  Psalm 127(128):1-5;  Colossians 3:12-21;  Luke 2:22-40

 

 Monday:  THE HOLY INNOCENTS

1 John 1:5-2:2;  Psalm 123(124):2-5,7-8;  Matthew 2:13-18

 

Tuesday: Colossians 1:24-29;  Psalm 22(23);  Luke 22:24-30 (St Thomas Becket, Bishop, Martyr)

 

Wednesday: 1 John 2:12-17;  Psalm 95(96):7-10;  Luke 2:36-40

 

Thursday  Mass at 9am via Zoom meeting

 John 2:18-21;  Psalm 95(96):1-2,11-13;  John 1:1-18 (St Sylvester 1, Pope)

 

 Please see the table below with your Zoom meeting details

in one handy place

 

 

Meeting ID

Passcode

Saturday Mass

December 19th at 5pm

869 9714 4156

445500

Sunday live stream Mass

December 20th at 9.30am

860 7442 3785

964572

Live stream Christmas Vigil Mass in church

December 24th at 5pm

862 5505 6711

273723

Live Stream Christmas Day Mass in Church

December 25th at 9.30am

822 1401 3699

667886

Live Stream mass in Church

December 27th at 9.30am

831 2183 3356

415031

Thursday Mass

December 31st  at 9am

835 0635 5077

145762

  

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT CHRISTMAS MASSES ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED

NOTICES

A LETTER FROM FR ANDY

CHRISTMAS MASSES

 

St. Joseph’s Parish Dinnington

 

Journey to Christmas 2020 and the New Year 2021

 

Sunday 20 December9.30amMass in Church
4th Sunday in Advent
Thursday 24 December5.00pmMass in Church

Christmas Vigil

(Recorded/Streamed)

(Bookings only) 

Friday 25 December9.30amMass in Church

Christmas Day

(Recorded/Streamed)

(Bookings only) 

Saturday 26 December5.00pmZoom Mass
 
Sunday 27 December9.30amMass in Church Feast of Holy Family
Thursday 31 December9.00amZoom Mass
 
Friday 1 January
9.30amZoom Mass
New Year's Day
Saturday 2 January
5.00pmZoom Mass
 
Sunday 3 January
9.30amMass in Church 
Wednesday 6 January9.30amZoom Mass
Feast of the Epiphany
Thursday 7 January9.00amZoom Mass
 

 

THE POPE’S INTENTIONS FOR DECEMBER:  For a life of prayer. We pray that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by the Word of God and a life of prayer.

 

FR ANDY WRITES: In allowing churches to open for the rest of Advent and for the celebration of Christmas will help bring some  comfort and joy to people’s lives, but this will still be a hugely difficult Christmas for many people. For those families who are grieving, for those who are sick, for people worried about their jobs or businesses, and those who face the prospect of being alone this Christmas, I ask for your continued prayers.  Bless you,  Andy

 

COVID-19, VACCINATION AND THE CHURCH: There has been considerable excitement recently because of the news of good progress in the production and testing of vaccines to protect against COVID-19. The excitement is perfectly understandable because of the worldwide spread of the virus and the illnesses and deaths, which have resulted. COVID-19 is a threat throughout the world and we need a worldwide solution.

There are certain moral issues, which apply around vaccines and vaccination. As far as vaccination itself is concerned the Catholic Church “strongly supports vaccination and regards Catholics as having a prima facie (all other things being equal) duty to be vaccinated, not only for the sake of their own health but also out of solidarity with others, especially the most vulnerable.” (1)

A further moral issue is raised by how the vaccines are produced. There are some of the COVID-19 vaccines which are entirely uncontroversial. But some others may have involved the use of cell lines which were originally developed from abortions performed over 50 years ago. We have a moral duty to object if new cell lines from new abortions are being used today. However, our bishops have received the assurance of the Department of Health and Social Care that “no new human foetal tissue will be used in making the (COVID) vaccine …” (2)

However, some of the researchers producing COVID vaccines may have used old cell lines. Despite reassurances, this offers us a possible moral dilemma. In accepting such a vaccine would we be condoning the original abortion? In a document published in 2017 the Pontifical Academy for Life said that “all clinically recommended vaccinations can be used with a clear conscience and that the use of such vaccines does not signify some sort of cooperation with voluntary abortion.” (3) But, in the end, it is a matter of prudent judgement of conscience.

In brief: we all have a duty to protect ourselves and others, especially against dangers as great as COVID-19. Many of the vaccines have been produced with no morally objectionable methods. Those that do, can still be accepted with a clear conscience because of the remoteness of the connection with an abortion many years ago. It is not yet clear if we will have any choice about which vaccine we will offered but “whilst many may in good conscience judge that they will accept such a vaccine, some may in good conscience judge that they will not. If the choice is made not to receive this vaccination, then the person must make other provision to mitigate the risk of harm to the life and health of others and to his or her own life and health.”(cbcew, September 2020)

References:

  • (1)&(2) Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales: August 2020

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/the-catholic-position-on-vaccination/

  • (3) ‘Note on Italian vaccine issue’ (2017) Pontifical Academy for Life

http://www.academyforlife.va/content/pav/en/the-academy/activity-academy/note-vaccini.html

  • A further document from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales was published on 25 September 2020

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/covid-19-and-vaccination/

 

DONATIONS TO CHURCH: Have you been thinking of donating to church but unsure of how to do so with the current Covid-19 restrictions? It’s pretty easy. Here’s how you can do it: 

1)    Set up bank transfers (highly recommended), whether it is for a one off donation or regular giving via standing order. Make it payable to:

Account name: Diocese of Hallam St. Josephs Dinnington

Bank: HSBC Bank PLC

Sort Code: 40-41-07

Account number: 81094084

Please quote your name as reference. If you want to complete a Gift Aid Declaration, please contact Adeline on 07752-230051 (mobile). 

2)    Cash or cheque in an envelope -  please quote your name and contact number on the envelope so it can be recorded for Gift Aid (if applicable).  

3)    Gift Aid Numbered Envelopes and/ or loose cash– place this in the loose plate collection at Mass

Thank you so much for your continued support and it is very much appreciated. For further assistance and advice, please contact Adeline on 07752-230051.

 

CARING GROUP: Could anyone wanting transport to attend the Christmas Masses please get in touch with Judith Sherratt on 01909 563874.

 

PARISH MEETING: 18th November 2020 at 7pm on Zoom

Attendees: Father Andy Graydon, Shauna Hilton (Chair), Helen Arden, Alison Bergomi John Cape, Anne- Marie Carroll, Monica Carroll, Frank Fanning, Stella Green, Steve Green, Christine Handley, Maine Hobart, Elaine Horton, Tony & Marie Lear, Mark Massarella, Helen McKinney, Anne Neill, Maria Oldroyd, Chris Parrott, Maria Paton, Fiona Sealey, Mary Gilgrass, Maine Hobart, Kate Patterson, Emma Slack

Welcome: SH Welcomed everyone to the first Parish Meeting held on Zoom!

Father Andy started the meeting with a prayer

Reopening Church when restrictions are lifted and Advent Services:Fr Andy said, subject to Government restrictions allowing, we are expecting to open after 1st December, Masses are planned as follows:

.Sat 5 Dec

Sun 6 Dec

Thu 10 Dec Sat 12 Dec Sun 13 Dec Wed 16 Dec Thu 17 Dec Sat 19 Dec Sun 20 Dec Thu 24 Dec Fri 25 Dec Sat 26 Dec Sun 27 Dec Thu 31 Dec Fri 1 Jan

Sat 2 Jan

Sun 3 Jan

5pm 9.30 am 9.00 am 5pm 9.30 am 7.00pm 9.00 am 5pm 9.30 am 5pm 9.30 am 5pm 9.30 am 9.00 am 9.30am 5pm 9.30 am 9.30 am 9.00 am

It was hoped that notices on the Church notice board and personal contacts could inform people of this information so that those that are not on the Whats’ App group or able to source the Parish website are included. However, as numbers are so limited, we cannot afford to publicise the Mass times as widely as we would normally do. Fr Andy hoped that having two Masses, allowing 100 people in all to attend the Christmas Eve Vigil and Christmas morning, might give some flexibility to accommodate people if we have any spaces. Kiveton will not be in use over Christmas as it has not yet passed all the necessary regulations needed in order to reopen. MC reported how effective Zoono was in making the Church safe for Services, as when sprayed on the benches it was dry in two hours after testing.

Zoom Mass

Mass in Church*

Zoom Mass

Zoom Mass

Mass in Church*

Reconcilliation Service in Church* Bookings only also Zoom Mass

Zoom Mass

Mass in Church* Mass in Church* Mass in Church* Zoom Mass Mass in Church* Zoom Mass Zoom Mass Zoom Mass Mass in Church* Zoom Mass Zoom Mass

4th Sun in Advent

Christmas Vigil Recorded/Streamed Christmas Day Recorded/Streamed

Feast of The Holy Family New Year’s Day

Wed 6 Jan

Thu 7 Jan

*All Masses and Services in Church are on a Bookings only basis and anyone wishing to attend must contact Monica Carroll via the Parish or Zoom Mass Whats’App groups or by phoning Monica: Tel:H: 01909 569143 or Mob: 07813 920844 or email mc.carroll@sky.com

Only 56 people are allowed in Church according to the Covid Health & Safety Regulations and we are not allowed to exceed that number as we are bound by the law that is there in order to protect everybody. Monica will set up a booking system so that people can apply in advance to attend all Christmas Services.

2nd Sun of Advent – Trial recording/streaming

3rd Sun of Advent

Feast of the Epiphany

Parish Finances:

Income Expenditure Surplus

Oct 2020 on 10 months Oct 2019 on 10 months Variance on last year £20,684 £27,191 (excl large legacy) - £6,507

£17,846 £20,674 £2,828

£ 2,837 £6,517 -£3,679

Bank balances 6th November

Current account

Action fund

170 Club*

Deposit Savings account

£6,600 last year but will increase in Dec 2020 as based on last year’s income and is due to be paid in Dec).

• Plan to do some budgets going forward taking account that there may be further lockdowns

• Take account of Kiveton expenditure for repairs and maintenance (Pc sum for investment £5k-£13k)

• 170 Club - £1,200 collected during the period of church closure. Kevin is working his way through

speaking to people as to whether they wish to donate or reclaim. Kevin would like to do the March draw at Xmas and keep the normal £250 prize money so we have some funds to start for the New Year. Unlikely to get back to normal until March. Volunteers to help Kevin at Kiveton and St Joseph’s would be appreciated. There will be a review in the New Year. Fr Andy will draw out the Christmas Draw.

• It was appreciated that Adeline had done work on gift aid but please let us know if you feel able to sign up to make your donations via Direct Debit and sign up for Gift Aid.

Investors in Community or Total Giving

SH had brought this up at the Reflection Group as someone was wanting to make a donation and enquiring if the Parish/School had a Just Giving page or the like. Hilary and Mark M prepared a paper for the Reflection Group’s consideration. Their recommendation was to go with Investors in Community. There is a lot on offer on their page, including volunteering and project options that gave wide options such as allowing for Kiveton or the School giving. Once you have set up your account with them, you can add money and do not need to keep adding in your details. The hope was that there would be a hyperlink off the new parish website to make it easy to donate. The idea of opening a page on both sites was not favoured. It was agreed that we would go with Investors in Community and feed back to them if we have any queries or problems, as they are locally supported. We would hope to have a little quorum to decide what we want to put on the site and hopefully involve Emma and Adeline (re gift aid) with that.

Foodbank and further donations

Normally in Advent we would collect food for the Dinnington Salvation Army but in present circumstances SH

has established that they are open 9.30-11am on Saturday to accept food or baby things or they have a Just

Giving Dinnington Army website for donations. Chris Parrott offered to be a collection point for anyone who

wanted to drop off food for Dinnington Salvation Army with her. Food should not be dropped off at Church or

the Presbytery.

£16,816.58 cr £ 4,012.75

£ 4,290 cr £43,000 cr

(ranges from £14k to £17k)

(D/D parishioners & Christmas draw possible donations online) (pre gift aid to be included, excludes payment to Diocese - costs of

Mary’s Meals we normally make a donation and presently the Government are doing matched-funding on any donations made between now and Jan 31 . this would also be put on the Parish Whats App. Swinton Lock were also looking for funds in these challenging times. St Joseph’s school are seeking funds for needy families and children at Christmas and also books for the children in school. If anyone wishes to support our Parish school it would be greatly appreciated.

Last Reflection Group Minutes

The Minutes of the last Reflection Group Meeting were approved. They contained a Report on the attendance by Laura Atkinson, Head of School, and Andrew Truby, Executive Headteacher at the last Zoom Reflection Group. They gave an excellent Presentation on all the wonderful work going on in School. They said how they really appreciate support from the parish and thanked everyone for the donations made which have been put to really good use.

Kiveton update

Work is proceeding on course and we are working towards a reopening of Kiveton hopefully in the New Year. There are certain Health & Safety regulations that need to be satisfied. Works relating to electrics etc and until we can satisfy all the requirements we cannot get back in there. There are costs of around £13k overall but we have secured a £4k donation thus far. Work has been done to roof, damp work, clearing overgrowth, but we await an essential Electrical Fixed Wire Test to be done by the Diocese. They did not turn up on 17th November but this will be re-arranged as soon as possible. There is further decorative and electrical work to be done as soon as possible and some handrails on the exit steps and the route out of church tidied up. That was the main thrust of the work planned before Christmas. There will be a few further works to satisfy the online file of Health and Safety work. Getting contractors before Christmas is not easy. The £13k of necessary work will be phased over a period of time and we may hopefully get it done for less. The Diocese are looking at capital expenditure that parishes have to incur over the next five years and we have recently had to complete a Diocesan Questionnaire in this regard.

It was hoped that the Star at Blessed William Richardson could be lit up in Advent and it was pointed out that this is on a timer and could be switched on by Darren when he goes in. We may need a cleaning team when the work has been completed.

Most of the Kiveton work is to satisfy Health&Safety work, but there will be further work to do at the back, flooring etc and it will depend when we feel we can afford it. From a Covid point of view most of the essential items have been put into the H&S work. There will be PPE and hand sanitiser costs, but these will not be significant. Ecumenical friends in Kiveton are looking forward to the time when Blessed William Richardson reopens. We need to look at numbers we will be allowed to have under Covid regulations at Kiveton. The hole in the flooring near the organ was mentioned and it was felt that we could tape this temporarily and any other rough areas. Ideally, we might hope to have new flooring later in the year.

St Joseph’s Health and Safety

There are three items which will be checked off before reopening St Josephs. There is a temporary measure in place on the gates as we await a part on order.

The Caring Group

The support group have adapted how they work during Lockdown and have been telephoning and writing cards when they have been unable to do face to face visits. All those on our care list have a number to phone in case of need. Our small group members have been exemplary in their care and have done shopping and welfare visits, with social distancing, members of the group liaise with NHS and social services. Currently there are 11 in the group supporting 17-20 people. They do support a few people who are not catholic and have received a letter from a family who were so grateful for care given to their Dad recently. The doctors at Dinnington GP practice are also most appreciative of the support they offer to patients of theirs. The Care Group work very quietly and thanks were expressed on behalf of the Parish.

Safeguarding

It is mandatory for all those who have DBS in the Parish for working with children and vulnerable adults to do a free 3 hour online Safeguarding course in their own time. Eucharistic Ministers are asked to contact Chris Handley as her email was hacked and she has lost their contact details. You get a certificate on completion and you can do it in sections and do not have to do it all at once. There are also some refresher courses available. If you do this as part of your employment and have a certificate that will suffice.

Website and Zoom

The Church is not geared up for Live Streaming as we do not have Wifi. We can record Masses for subsequent transmission, but not live stream, and they could go onto You Tube. Emma is doing great work on the website and it would be great if it was possible to launch it for Christmas so that we have another avenue of communication. Discussion took place about exploring the importance of trying to get Wifi installed into Church as and when this can be afforded and facilitated. There was a hope that we could take a signal off Father Andy’s internet in the Presbytery. It was suggested that Chris Bonnet is the person to speak to re internet and router. It was felt that being able to offer online transmission would be great while we have restricted numbers for funerals and assist those unable to attend or travel.

PRE

Thanks were extended to Tony and Marie for all their hard work on this quality publication.

Final Prayer

Father Andy closed the meeting with the Glory Be prayer.

 

SCHOOLS FOR BETHLEHEM APPEAL: Schools from Kent to Glasgow are supporting this year’s Schools for Bethlehem Appeal – to establish the first hospice in Bethlehem.  The present restrictions have prevented schools organising Crib exhibitions etc. and the limitations imposed on those who can enter schools has meant that a very restricted appeal is only possible. To help schools support Bethlehem and the schools community a JustGiving campaign page has been set up.  For those who want to help the link is:   https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/schoolsforbethlehem

CAFOD WORLD GIFTS: You may know that you can get gifts through CAFOD that go to help people in the third world. It’s not too late to order your World Gifts catalogues for 2020 and  below is a link to the website: https://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/products/world-gifts-christmas-catalogue-2020?_pos=1&_sid=5b9089504&_ss=r   

RESTORED LIVES ONLINE Course FOR THE DIVORCED AND SEPARATED: Recovering from relationship breakdown? The Restored Lives course supports and helps people to move forward from divorce and separation, or the breakdown of any serious relationship, to live a full life, free from past issues. A six session ZOOM course commences Wednesday February 3rd. 6pm - 8pm £20 including handbook (unwaged free of charge). Booking IS essential contact stym@hallam-diocese.com  OR PHONE: 0114 2566407 

TO OUR CATHOLIC UNIVERS AND CATHOLIC TIMES READERS IN THE PARISH:  At the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass, but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, POST FREE.   Please go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call them on 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you. SPECIAL OFFER 3 MONTHS :-£22.00 or 12 Months:- £80.00

SALVATION ARMY: We usually make donations to the Salvation Army during Advent. This year you can make a donation directly to Dinnington Salvation Army or take food to the Salvation Hall on Saturdays between 9.30-11 am or leave with Chris Parrott. Please don't leave donations in church or at Fr Andy's house. They also have a direct just giving page which is

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dinnington-the-salvation-army.

 

MARY'S MEALS CHARITY: any donations to this charity are being match funded by the government, up to the 31st of January. We also support this charity.

 

SWINTON LOCK: A fundraiser for Rotherham for those in need is Swinton Lock. At the moment they also have a fundraising page-https://swintonlock.enthuse.com/pf/Christmas. The charity offers  wide ranging help across the whole borough, including to those experiencing food poverty,  and is being supported by Elizabeth, who many will know from  her visits to the parish and who is herself  a survivor of sexual exploitation, and has received help and support from the charity in the past.

 

Thank you to anyone who feels they can help out during these difficult times.

 

ST WILFRIDS CENTRE: St Wilfrid's Centre is selling their popular Christmas Cards online through their website. This year's card image "Looking out from the Warmth of St Wilfrid's" is taken from a painting by their Head of Centre, Ruth Moore. Cards are only £4 for a pack of 10 cards and postage for up to 10 packs is only £2.95 Please visit https://www.stwilfridscentre.org/online-shop/christmas-cards-1 

 

PLEASE REMEMBER OUR SICK ESPECIALLY IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES: George Blow & his Grandma,  Mary Brady, Christopher Browne, Eileen Butterfield,  Jim Chandler,  Peggy Cummins, Gillian Gee, Brendan Handley, Robert Hume, Sophie Hughes, Ged Krotki, Kumba, Pat Luton, Isabel Main-Reade, Haylen Markillie, Franz Muller, John Parker, Kate Patterson, Tom Rutherford, Sandra Sherratt, Olive Stafford, Robert Stock, Pat Vickers, Claire Watt, Michel and Father Andy’s friend Marie.

   

    

SECOND  SUNDAY  IN  ADVENT  (Year B)

Week beginning Sunday 6 December 2020


THE SEASON OF ADVENT

 

The Second Sunday of Advent:

9.30 am Mass in Church

 

Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11;

Psalm 84(85):9-14 (Advent);

2 Peter 3:8-14;

Luke 3:4-6

 

Monday:

Isaiah 35:1-10;

Psalm 84(85):9-14;

Luke 5:17-26

(St Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor)  


Tuesday:

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE VIRGIN MARY

Genesis 3:9-15,20;

Psalm 97(98):1-4;

Ephesians 1:3-6,11-12;

Luke 1:26-38

 

Wednesday:

Isaiah 40:25-31;

Psalm 102(103):1-4,8,10;

Matthew 11:28-30


Thursday:

Mass at 9am via Zoom Meeting

Readings:

Isaiah 41:13-20;

Psalm 144(145):1,9-13;

Matthew 11:11-15


Friday:

St Damascus, Pope

Isaiah 48:17-19;

Psalm 1:1-4,6;

Matthew 11:16-19

 

Saturday:

Zoom Mass at 5pm

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

Readings:

Ecclesiasticus 48:1-4,9-12;

Psalm 79(80):2-3,15-16,18-19


Next Sunday: The Third Sunday in Advent 

Readings:

Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11;

Psalm Luke 1:46-50,53-54;

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24;

John 1:6-8,19-28


SPIRITUAL COMMUNION: For those of us accessing Mass on line or on television,  whilst we cannot physically receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we can receive Spiritual Communion. A  letter from the Catholic Bishops Conference  reminds us that “the idea of spiritual communion  is an important one to remember and reaffirm” as through it “ all are united in some way by the Holy Spirit”  and they offer the following prayer for recitation:

 

Oh my Jesus, I believe that you are present in this

Holy Sacrament of the altar.


I love you above all things, and I passionately

desire to receive You into my soul.

 

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally come spiritually into my soul 

so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.

 

Amen


Please see the table below with  your Zoom meeting details in one handy place


 

Meeting ID

Passcode

Saturday Mass

5 December at 5pm

842 4787 2676

508563

Thursday Mass

10 December at 9am

882 7955 3652

625537


LIGHT THE ADVENT CANDLES TWO

 


Two candles burning bright,

chasing away the darkness from light,


Two candles, glowing light,

The blessing of God giving new sight

NOTICES

THE POPE’S INTENTIONS FOR DECEMBER:  For a life of prayer. We pray that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by the Word of God and a life of prayer.

 

A LETTER FROM FR ANDY

CHRISTMAS MASSES


St. Joseph’s Parish Dinnington


Journey to Christmas 2020 and the New Year 2021

 

Saturday 5 December5.00pmZoom Mass 
Sunday 6 December9.30amMass in Church2nd Sunday of Advent
(Trial recording/ streaming)
Thursday 10 December9.00amZoom Mass 
Saturday 12 December5.00pmZoom Mass

 

Sunday 13 December9.30amMass in Church
3rd Sunday of Advent
Wednesday 16 December7.00pmReconciliation Service in Church (Bookings only)
Thursday 17 December9.00amZoom Mass 
Saturday 19 December5.00pmZoom Mass  
Sunday 20 December9.30amMass in Church
4th Sunday in Advent
Thursday 24 December5.00pmMass in Church

Christmas Vigil

(Recorded/Streamed)

(Bookings only) 

Friday 25 December9.30amMass in Church

Christmas Day

(Recorded/Streamed)

(Bookings only) 

Saturday 26 December5.00pmZoom Mass
 
Sunday 27 December9.30amMass in Church Feast of Holy Family
Thursday 31 December9.00amZoom Mass
 
Friday 1 January
9.30amZoom Mass
New Year's Day
Saturday 2 January
5.00pmZoom Mass
 
Sunday 3 January
9.30amMass in Church 
Wednesday 6 January9.30amZoom Mass
Feast of the Epiphany
Thursday 7 January9.00amZoom Mass
 

My Dear Friends,



Recently, I have given significant thought and prayer in the hope of celebrating the great feast of Christmas this year. So last week’s announcement of the new regulations by Prime Minister Boris Johnson was great news and is indeed a blessing and joy. The Christmas message of joy, hope and peace is needed more than ever in a year that has brought dark days for so many people. Details of Masses and services are listed above and this information will be circulated throughout the parish by Email, What’s App, Bulletin, Phone calls, and in person those who are difficult to reach so that everyone is aware of this year’s Christmas period itinerary. Please remember that attending Mass during this pandemic is not compulsory – there is no obligation to be present. After saying that, our community at St. Joseph’s has done a great deal to make our church a safe place in which some have been able to gather in supervised and coordinated ways. Teams of volunteers have worked stoically to organise, clean and manage the safety of those who have visited St. Joseph’s since reopening. It is this dedication that has protected those who have visited church and enabled those who felt safe to reenergise their relationship with God in church. So, to counter this virus, we will all still need to make sustained sacrifices for time to come. By not doing so risks eroding the unity we need as we continue to edge towards a full recovery. Therefore, as we approach Christmas, I would like to reinforce the following important points which as a parish we have already agreed, and form part of the legal guidance provided by our Diocese and Government.


The maximum number of attendees at St. Joseph’s Masses and Services will be 56. This is the number that has been calculated as part of the Risk Assessment and  to safely provide protection to the congregation using the 2-metre distancing measure. 


If for any unforeseen reason the maximum capacity is reached, no one else will be accommodated in church as this would compromise the safety of all those present.


This year’s Christmas Eve Mass is not a Children’s Mass. To ensure no one is turned away from church a strict booking system will be in place to confirm the maximum capacity is not exceeded. 


If you do book a place, please arrive early to take your place in church so we can avoid any last-minute queues. I encourage elderly parishioners to attend Mass on Christmas morning when it is light and more likely safer.


Young children, the sick and those who are vulnerable are strongly encouraged not to attend.

The Service of Reconciliation which is due to take place on the 16th December at 7.00pm is going to be in the form of General Absolution. That means people will not be required to queue up for individual confession and absolution as we usually do. We simply stay in our places and everyone present will be absolved and have their sins forgiven. I do need to add, that if the service is oversubscribed, I may be able to offer an additional service at some point the following week depending on booking requests.

 

You MUST book a place for all Masses and especially for the Penitential Service and Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Masses by calling or texting Monica Carroll on 07813920844. She will confirm availability and could suggest an alternative Mass if your first choice is not available.

 

In allowing churches to open for the rest of Advent and for the celebration of Christmas will help bring some  comfort and joy to people’s lives, but this will still be a hugely difficult Christmas for many people. For those families who are grieving, for those who are sick, for people worried about their jobs or businesses, and those who face the prospect of being alone this Christmas, I ask for your continued prayers.

Bless you,

Andy 

CARING GROUP: Could anyone wanting transport to attend the Christmas Masses please get in touch with Judith Sherratt on 01909 563874. A MESSAGE FROM CAFOD: Thank you very much for all you have been able to do throughout this year for CAFOD. We are particularly grateful for the support we have received during the recent Harvest appeal, despite the unprecedented challenges facing us all, our Catholic communities in Hallam have continued to remain in solidarity with their global family in the most compassionate and dynamic ways that crosses all boundaries. As we approach the season of Advent, if you wish to promote the Advent and World Gift resources, I’ve attached some suggested text for your parish newsletter.   Mindful that people are visiting websites and on-line newsletters more,  for ease of use, there is a short suggested text as well as a logo attached, both suitable to encourage people to participate virtually as a community or as individuals. WORLD GIFTS: You may know that you can get gifts through CAFOD that go to help people in the third world. It’s not too late to order your World Gifts catalogues for 2020 and  below is a link to the website: ttps://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/products/world-gifts-christmas-catalogue-2020?_pos=1&_sid=5b9089504&_ss=r  A WARM INVITE FROM THE CALIX SOCIETY: Calix is a worldwide organisation open to those who are maintaining their sobriety through participation in their Catholic faith and a 12 step program. It is certainly not a 'Catholic AA' and encourages members to also be involved with the 12 step program through AA. The Calix meetings involve prayer, personal sharing and reflection and are confidential. Membership is also open to non-Catholics and to anyone with experience of and a concern for the effects of alcoholism in people’s lives. A Calix Group has been meeting in the Diocese of Hallam for over twenty years. Prior to Covid the meetings took place every second and last Monday evening at the Holden Hall by the side of St Marie's Cathedral. The meetings have continued during Covid on Zoom and a group app has been introduced giving further help and support. The Calix Group in Hallam is now introducing another opportunity to meet on Zoom. It will be every first Wednesday of the month at 1-30 in the afternoon and ending by 2-30. This service begins on the 2nd Dec and it is hoped that the Wednesday meetings will appeal to those who are unable to join us on a Monday evening. If you would like to learn more about our meetings please contact Fr Desmond Sexton on 01709 363753 or desmond.57@btinternet.com   TO OUR CATHOLIC UNIVERSE AND CATHOLIC TIMES READERS IN THE PARISH:  At the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass, but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, POST FREE.   Please go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call them on 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you. SPECIAL OFFER 3 MONTHS :-£22.00 or 12 Months:- £80.00


YEAR OF THE WORD IN ADVENT: A message from Dr Gregg Ryan, Director of Adult formation, Diocese of Hallam.  Fr John Ryan has produced a series of 5 short videos, introducing the Sunday readings for Advent and offering fresh perspectives, not only on the Gospel stories but also the letters, and especially the important Old Testament passages chosen for this season.  The videos are available on our YouTube page: search for "YouTube Hallam Adult Formation" in Google

 

  • The national God Who Speaks website is regularly updated with useful resources, including these for children and family work during Advent:  https://thegodwhospeaks2020.org.uk/index.php/family-resources-2-2/
  • Some people have asked for recommendations on connecting scripture and life.  An excellent series of books has recently been released which are a superb resource for parish and ecumenical groups, as well as individuals (cost online around £8 each).  The Series is called "How the Bible can Help us Understand... 

 

...Welcoming the Stranger (Denise Cotrell-Boyce)
...Illness, Disability and Caring (Bernadette Meaden)
...Forgiveness (Frank Cotrell-Boyce)
...Approaching the End of Life (Virginia Moffat)

 

 

  • Another very practically focused guide (which takes the Coronavirus pandemic as a starting point) is:

 

A Call to Act: Building a Poverty-Busting Lifestyle (Martin Charlesworth and Natalie Williams).  Written from an ecumenical, biblical perspective, this book presents some challenging questions for what the message of Jesus might mean for issues around poverty today. Adult Formation colleagues in Northampton Diocese have also produced some very useful Advent resources, focussed on reaching the following groups - especially in the Pandemic:

 

  • Families
  • Those who are house-bound or shielding
  • Those who do not have access to the internet
  • Those who have been bereaved or have lost their job
  • Those who have not come back to Mass
  • Seekers – those who have accessed our online services, and would like to know more.

 

These are available at:  http://formationpathways.co.uk/advent-activities/Finally, a reminder that there are still a few places left for the online Certificate in Pastoral Ministry which we are running, together with the other Northern Catholic dioceses, with Loyola University Chicago.  Perhaps Advent is the time to reflect on lay vocations in the Church?  Is there a ministry in your parish, deanery, or diocese-wide which you already do or would like to develop?  See the attached documents for details and please reply to gryan@hallam-diocese.com as soon as possible before 15 December if interested.  If you think it might be for you but would like to know what the experience is really like, please get in touch and I'll try to set up a Zoom meeting with a couple of the recent students from our diocese in the next week or two.

 

BOOKS FOR SCHOOL: A big THANK YOU to all those of you who have been buying books for school. If anyone has experienced any difficulties with the link please contact Mary Gillgrass.

 

SALVATION ARMY: We usually make donations to the Salvation Army during Advent. This year you can make a donation directly to Dinnington Salvation Army or take food to the Salvation Hall on Saturdays between 9.30-11 am or leave with Chris Parrott. Please don't leave donations in church or at Fr Andy's house. They also have a direct just giving page which is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dinnington-the-salvation-army.


MARY'S MEALS CHARITY: any donations to this charity are being match funded by the government, up to the 31st of January. We also support this charity. 


SWINTON LOCK: A fundraiser for Rotherham for those in need is Swinton Lock. At the moment they also have a fundraising page-https://swintonlock.enthuse.com/pf/Christmas. The charity offers  wide ranging help across the whole borough, including to those experiencing food poverty,  and is being supported by Elizabeth, who many will know from  her visits to the parish and who is herself  a survivor of sexual exploitation, and has received help and support from the charity in the past.

 

Thank you to anyone who feels they can help out during these difficult times.

 

SAFEGUARDING:Training is now a mandatory requirement for all volunteers involving children and adults who may be vulnerable.


Modules include Child Protection, Online Safety, Safeguarding Adults, Mental Capacity. All these courses are online and free with Educare To register your interest please email:safeguardingadmin@hallam-diocese.com. In your email put your name, the name of the parish and your role. You will then receive an email from Educare inviting you to set your password.

 

CHRISTMAS CARDS: Stella Richardson has Christmas cards for us to purchase as usual, produced by the British Heart Foundation to raise money for their charity.  Please contact Stella for more details and to purchase cards.


ST WILFRIDS CENTRE: St Wilfrid's Centre is selling their popular Christmas Cards online through their website. This year's card image "Looking out from the Warmth of St Wilfrid's" is taken from a painting by their Head of Centre, Ruth Moore. Cards are only £4 for a pack of 10 cards and postage for up to 10 packs is only £2.95 Please visit https://www.stwilfridscentre.org/online-shop/christmas-cards-1 


PLEASE REMEMBER OUR SICK ESPECIALLY IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES: George Blow & his Grandma,  Mary Brady, Christopher Browne, Eileen Butterfield, Jim Chandler,  Peggy Cummins, Gillian Gee, Brendan Handley, Robert Hume, Sophie Hughes, Ged Krotki, Kumba, Pat Luton, Isabel Main-Reade, Haylen Markillie, Franz Muller, John Parker,

Kate Patterson, Tom Rutherford, Sandra Sherratt, Olive Stafford, Robert Stock, Pat Vickers, Claire Watt, Michel and Father Andy’s friend Marie.


 

How to make a booking

 

  • You MUST book a place for all Masses and especially for the Penitential Service and Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Masses by calling or texting Monica Carroll on 07813920844. She will confirm availability and could suggest an alternative Mass if your first choice is not available.

 


CHRIST  THE  KING


EMERGENCY CONTACT: In the event of an emergency where you may specifically require the services of a priest please continue to contact either Monica Carroll (07813 920844) or Anne Marie Carroll (07481 038633).

Monica and Anne Marie can also be contacted if you need help from the Support group for shopping


 

Week beginning Sunday 22nd November 2020



Sunday:

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

 Mass at 9.30am via Zoom

Readings:

Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17;

Psalm 22(23):1-3a,5-6;

I Corinthians 15:20-26,28;

Matthew 25:31-46

 

Monday:

Apocalypse 14:1-5;

Psalm 23(24):1-6;

Luke 21:1-4

(St Clement1, Pope, Martyr)

 

Tuesday:

Apocalypse 14:14-19;

Psalm 95(96):10-13;

Luke 21:5-11

(St Andrew Dung-Lac and companions,

Martyrs and also Sts Flora and Mary, Martyrs)

 

Wednesday:

Apocalypse 15:1-4;

Psalm 97(98):1-3,7-9;

Luke 21:12-19

(St Catherine of Alexandria)


Thursday:

Mass at 9am via Zoom Meeting

7pm Ladies Cheese and Wine Zoom Night

 

 Readings:

Apocalypse 18:1-2,21-23,19:1-3,9;

Psalm 99(100):2-5;

Luke 21:20-28;

 

Friday:

Apocalypse 20:1-4,11-2:2;

Psalm 83(84):3-6, 8;

Luke 21:29-33

 

Saturday:

Apocalypse 22:1-7;

Psalm 94(95):1-7ab;

Luke 21:34-36 

 

Next Sunday:

First Sunday in Advent

Readings:

Isaiah 63:16-17,19;64:2-7;

Psalm 79(80):2-3,15-16,18-19;

1 Corinthians 1:3-9;

Mark 13:33-37



SPIRITUAL COMMUNION: For those of us accessing Mass on line or on television,  whilst we cannot physically receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we can receive Spiritual Communion. A  letter from the Catholic Bishops Conference  reminds us that “the idea of spiritual communion  is an important one to remember and reaffirm” as through it “all are united in some way by the Holy Spirit”  and they offer the following prayer for recitation:

 

Oh my Jesus, I believe that you are present in this  Holy Sacrament of the altar.

 

I love you above all things, and I passionately  desire to receive You into my soul.

 

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally come spiritually into my soul 

so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.

 

Amen



Please see the table below with all your Zoom meeting details

in one handy place



Meeting ID

Passcode

Sunday

Mass

22 November  9.30am

 

857 4409 7542

 

 

795996

Thursday Mass 

26 November 9am

 

883 5555 9749

 

 

434627

Ladies'

Night

26 November 7pm

 

896 1059 1983

 

 

494816


 


NOTICES

THE POPE’S INTENTIONS FOR NOVEMBER: Artificial Intelligence: We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind. 


Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory: The month of November is traditionally dedicated by the Church to offer suffrages for all the faithful departed and holy souls in purgatory. A suffrage is an intercessory prayer, in this case for our dear brothers and sisters who have gone before us:

Almighty Father, source of forgiveness and salvation, grant that our relatives and friends who have passed from this life may, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all of the saints, come to share your Eternal happiness through Christ our Lord. Amen. 


FR ANDY’S LATEST REFLECTION:

2020 - THE YEAR OF CORONAVIRUS

BUT IT’S ALSO THE YEAR OF THE WORD

The global coronavirus has certainly created a mighty challenge for the Catholic Church in providing for the spiritual needs of the laity. Here, in England we are once again been forced to close our churches for public worship, and the laity have been cut off from live assistance at Mass, at least for the next month.

This temporary exclusion can, of course to be attributed to the effects of Covid-19, but it will remain a reality for many of the laity after the Covid-19 crisis, as it was before. The real crisis for the Church is not Covid-19 but the diminishing number of priests, even with dwindling congregations.

According to CARA (Georgetown University) statistics, in 1970 worldwide there was a total of 419,728 priests and 653.6 million laity. In 2017, there was a total of 414,582 priests worldwide and 1.3 billion laity. However, here in the West, with the shortage of priests and a mass exodus of laity leaving the Church, there is a much harsher reality.

During the two centuries after Jesus ascended to heaven the disciples continued to meet for the “Breaking of Bread” as the Lord had commanded, but there was no uniform practice as to who should preside at these gatherings. It seemed to vary according to locality and community. It is interesting to note that well into the third century the word “priest” was not used in relation to any official person in the Church. There were bishops, deacons and elders, but no professional priests.

According to the Acts of the Apostles (13:1) at Antioch there were teachers and prophets. We know from the Didache (an enigmatic primitive Church document describing early Christian ethics, practices, and order. Also known as “The Teaching”), that in some localities prophets were the chosen people to preside at the Mass. If there was no prophet available, then the community could choose one from among themselves and designate him or her as presider. In other places only the bishop could preside at the “Breaking of Bread”, though sometimes a bishop would delegate an elder to take his place.

As time went by, the frequently delegated elder became the main link between the bishop and the people, especially when anointing the sick and reconciling sinners were added to the duty of presiding at the “Breaking of Bread”. By the middle of the 3rd century, St Cyprian was applying priestly terminology to these delegated elders, and gradually they became recognised as a new priestly class within the Church. It seems too that around this time, the role of women was beginning to be phased out and so leaving an elitist class of priests. However, it has become clear by then, that to preside at the Eucharist requires the authorisation of the Church and not some special powers that no one else had. The Eucharist belongs to everyone in the Church and Jesus left the Eucharist to the whole Church, and not just to a tiny elite. 

As I write this reflection we are now well in to our second lockdown and though it is not as restrictive as the first lockdown, our churches have been ordered to close and once again our laity has been deprived of the celebration of the Eucharist. However, as this year is meant to be the “Year of the Word” we ought to remember that the Word of God (the Scriptures), feeds the faithful just as much as the Eucharist does. Many people would be praying the devotional prayer attributed to St Alphonsus, “Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.” But this prayer fails to acknowledge the power of the Word of God. Pope Francis has spoken often about the importance when he said, “Christ’s body and blood are really the word of Scripture.” Reading the Word of God, even alone is as powerful as receiving sacramental communion in the bread and wine. Of course, the reading of Scripture (in one’s home), as well as receiving holy communion (as in a home visit for the sick), are more fully realised in the celebration of Mass. But when we are deprived of the Mass, and with little chance of receiving holy communion in our homes, now is a great opportunity to feed on God’s Word in the Scriptures.

As the Bishop of Ayles once said in the 4thCentury, “Just as we carefully hold out our hands to receive the sacred bread of the body of Christ, creating a throne with our hands for the Lord to be placed upon them. We are careful that the sacred bread does not fall to the ground. So to when the Word of God is proclaimed, we should be just as careful in our listening, so that no word is lost due to our personal distractions.” In other words, the Bishop is implying that Jesus Christ is just as present in the Word of God as he is in the Eucharist.

Though it is good to share food and drink with bread and wine, but under Covid-19 restrictions this is not possible. But the Word of God does not have any such restrictions. When we read the Scriptures with care and deep reflection then the presence of Jesus Christ comes to live more fully within us, feeding us with spiritual nourishment. I always take the readings of the Mass each day and they go with me on my early morning walks. Pondering them and “chewing them over” nourishes me not just for the Mass I celebrate later on in the day, but for the whole day. 

Remember the Word has to be listened to, received into the mind, treasured in the heart and transposed into life. I believe that all my preaching is born of the Word. Sometimes I go to bed with the Word of God and hold some thought in my mind and I often wake up with a new or deeper insight. I ponder the Word as Mary did, “As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19). Many times I would wrestle with the Word, as did Jacob wrestle with God (Genesis 32:23-29).

I remember once sitting in my lovely new garden this summer. I noticed a butterfly that alighted on an attractive flower, sat for a few seconds and then move on to another, seeing and touching many lovely blossoms, but deriving no benefit from them. Then I saw a busy bee which came along, it entered a flower here and there and spending some time in each, but emerging from each blossom laden with pollen. It went in empty and came out full!

There are those who read the Word of God, jumping from one passage to another, but getting little from their reading. Others even study the Word, but it does not make much difference to their lives – the Scriptures have no effect on them. Others, like the bee, spend time over the Word of God – they read, mark and inwardly digest it; and it feeds their minds with wisdom and their lives are enriched through it.

St John tells us in his Gospel that “The Word was made flesh and lived among us”. Let us pray that the Word that we read and listen to in the Scriptures may be a living presence in our lives, especially through these dark days of autumn and winter.


PS: The Wolf Man comes home after a long day at the office. “How was work today, dear?” his wife asks. “I don’t want to talk about work!” he shouts back. “Okay”, she says. “So, would you like to sit down and have dinner?” “No, I’m not hungry!” he yells. “I don’t wanna eat! Can’t I come home from work and do my own thing without you forcing food down my throat?” His wife sighs and says, “Well, I guess it’s that time of the month….”


REFLECTION MEETING: Summary notes of St Joseph’s Reflection Group meeting 4th November 2020 at 7pm on Zoom 

Present: Father Andy Graydon, Shauna Hilton (Chair), Alison Bergomi John Cape, Anne-Marie Carroll, Monica Carroll, Mary Gillgrass, Christine Handley, Maine Hobart, Mark Massarella, Helen McKinney, Anne Neill, Maria Paton, Emma Slack 

Apologies: Tony and Marie Lear, Nuala Nelis, Kate Patterson In attendance for St Joseph’s School update: Andrew Truby and Laura Atkinson 

Father Andy started the meeting with a prayer. 

St Joseph’s Primary School Laura Atkinson, Head of School, and Andrew Truby, Executive Headteacher, joined the meeting for this item. Laura presented a PowerPoint Presentation giving an update on the improvement work being done in School. There has been lots of work done in School recently including a new mural on the wall inside the entrance celebrating the catholic life of the school and the core values, School Prayer etc. School collective worship continues to be important. There has been a whole school Mass linked with St Marie’s Cathedral, Celebration assembly and weekly collective worship. The children liked to see other classes on Zoom. Pupil voice was also held before half-term to seek the children’s views. Pupils shared what they enjoyed and asked for clubs and school now has PE Club, Art & Craft Club, and Dance Club. The children are excited to be back in school and it is a really happy, calm and purposeful place for everyone. Learning is harder but it is fun. Read-writing is going well. Everyone tries their best to be kind. Every effort is made to get the children outside to improve their wellbeing. They focus on the positives of making friends, celebrating achievements. RE is at the heart of everything and prayer tables have a strong presence in each classroom. Fr Andy led the Staff at the start of inset day the Friday before half term. Alex Stafford MP visited recently and was interviewed by some of the children. Siobhan Kent , Head Teacher of St Bernard’s Catholic High School visited to celebrate St Joseph’s school improvements and she noticed the differences from her previous visit. A commitment was made to strengthen the links between the two schools so that St Joseph’s and St Bernard's are the schools of choice for their families. Andrew and Laura attended the Catholic Heads Meetings and will ensure there is always a presence there. There is a new curriculum in place. It is challenging but exciting for the children. Maths mastery is now embedded in every class in school and the children love it. English mastery and writing are also celebrated in every classroom. A new sensory room has been developed for children who need a short break and quiet time out of class to express their feelings. Every class has a new reading area and they are changed every half-term with the children having input. There has been a programme of redecoration across the school and the Hall floor has been resurfaced and looks great! They are working their way down the corridors and this will hopefully be finished before Christmas. The next project is the outdoor Prayer Garden and Chris Parrott has drawn up some plans to improve it and it is hoped to get the children outside to do some liturgies when it can be done. There is a hope of getting a school dog, that will live at Laura’s house, but it will be trained to be a school reading and therapy dog. The Reflection Group were all very impressed by the presentation and all the great work going on in school. Andrew and Laura were thanked and encouraged to continue with the same determination that was clearly showing through in the life of the school. There had been a number of people within the parish community who had spoken about the real energy and growing confidence there was in things improving at St Joseph’s School. The improvement in the Catholic life of the school and the team morale was evident. Father Andy was very impressed with the whole ethos of the school when he visited.

Thanks for help: Laura thanked the parish for the donations that contributed to 23 food boxes, which meant that 33 children and their siblings, 54 in all, were fed over half-term. These were an anonymous gift and they were really well received. They are also looking at assessing the need over the Christmas holiday period and may be back in touch. The Reflection Group said that the parish would wish to know their plans and offer support with such a plan. 

Request for help: St Joseph’s School have created an Amazon wish list with books at different prices, lots of the books have been recommended by a leading researcher in children’s literature. School will buy some of them but if anyone would like to help buy the multiple copies needed, so more than one child can have the same book and discuss, they would be really grateful. It is a bit like a wedding list service only for books for the children. Reference to the donor can be put in the front of the book if desired. 

Minutes These were approved. AN suggested that she initially email the draft Minutes to Shauna for consideration and, if the draft was OK, AN would email it to the rest of the Reflection Group. These could be then be considered at the next meeting and, once approved, SH could circulate via the Parish Whats App group (explaining they were a month old). AN suggested it was circulated in PDF format as it was more legible.

First Aid Box This had been checked and, it was fine but some further items had been ordered in view of current circumstances. 

Future times of Masses and Lockdown rulings Lockdown regulations stipulated that funerals could be held (for up to 30 people attending), Baptisms can be held (for 6) but no public services could be held in Church. Alex Stafford MP had been sent an email to express the parish’s disappointment in St Joseph’s Church being closed as there had been no incidents of infection. It was also pointed out that the Bishops of England and Wales had written to the Government to express their concern at church closures. Alex Stafford replied immediately and said he agreed and was working to get this ruling changed and had raised his concerns at the highest ministerial level. Fr Andy said that up to Sunday 29th November (First Sunday of Advent), i.e. before Lockdown ends, there will be a Zoom Mass on Sunday mornings at 9.30 am for the next few weeks. After that, if Lockdown is finished, the Zoom Mass will go to 5pm on Saturday evening and there will be Mass in Church live at 9.30 am on Sunday mornings. 

Service of Reconciliation Father proposes to hold a Service of Reconciliation at 7pm on Wednesday 16th December live in Church, with General Absolution, rather than individual absolution so people do not have to move from their seats, just by being there they are forgiven and absolved. Such a service is reserved for emergencies and Father views the current circumstances as being an emergency in crisis. If this Service is over-subscribed for allowed numbers (as everyone must apply to attend via Monica Carroll), then Father would do another service the following week.

Possible Christmas Mass Times. Father put forward the following programme of Christmas Mass times, subject to Lockdown regulations and other guidelines applying at the time, and reviewed nearer the time. Saturday 19th December 5pm Mass on Zoom;  Sunday 20th December 9.30 am Live in Church;  Thursday 24th December 5pm Mass in Church and transmitted on Zoom (Not a Children’s Mass);   Friday 25th December 9.30 am Live in Church;   Saturday 26th December 5pm Mass transmitted on Zoom;  Sunday 27th December 9.30 am Live in Church Feast of the Holy Family;  Friday 1st January 9.30 am Zoom Mass;   Saturday 2nd January 5pm Zoom Mass;  Sunday 3rd January 9.30 am Mass in Church. Discussion took place regarding this planned programme. Covid concerns were shared whilst recognising that the most rigorous cleaning regime takes place at Church. Guidelines are however ever-changing and it is such a fluid situation in the number of cases locally. Father stressed that the proposed Christmas Eve Mass at 5pm would not be a Children’s Mass. We need to stress to everyone that it is essential that they book in for Mass with Monica as numbers are strictly restricted by Government guidelines. The new website being planned might also give a facility for online booking and this would be looked into. It was suggested that holding a test Zoom Streaming of a Live Church Mass in advance of Christmas would be helpful as that that might offer further flexibility for the staging of Masses. Father suggested this was trialled when we came out of Lockdown and possibly therefore on Sunday 6th December at 9.30 am Mass. This proposed programme of Masses was held over to be decided on at the Parish Meeting on Wednesday 18th November.

Update on Kiveton Repairs to the front elevation and roof were completed in October and had come in on budget at £800. Internal areas are now drying out and there is some heating on. Four other points to deal with are we need to redecorate the front elevation internally, external re-rendering has been redecorated. Ceiling and walls to the little chapel, where had been leaking, also need redecoration once dried out. Diocesan Fixed Wire Test contractor is set for 17th November. Once done we will know if any further electrical work needs to be done. Need to get rid of long extension wire to boiler and put in a new socket, need a handrail to exit and clean up fire exit. It is hard to get a decorator to commit. When all the final four issues are completed, MM will then be able to update the online system. The ambition had been to aim to get this work done before Christmas but Lockdown may make difficult. This week, Father has received a letter from the Bishop Ralph circulating a questionnaire relating to church properties (including the presbytery). MM can complete most of this. However, Section 6 relating to future capital expenditure within the premises of any church buildings and the breakdown of any intended expenditure over £5k at any period over the next three years requires a meeting to discuss before final completion of the questionnaire and submission by 20th November. SH would organise a meeting with Father, JC, Tony, and MM to further discuss. Doubtless, with falling numbers at churches and a lack of revenue coming into the Diocese, there is serious concern about good housekeeping and assessing the quality of the church buildings. MM feels we can generally say positive things on both churches but need to report on Capital Expenditure. MM was confident we can keep under £5k at BWR, although as we will not have the Diocesan Inspection Electrical Report until later in November to know exact figures there. MM was thanked for all the work he had done. JC said one of the actions agreed at the last meeting was that we would look at sourcing funding for the Blessed William Richardson renovations. JC has secured £4k towards this and has a further meeting planned with Caritas Hallam and the crusade around raising funds will continue until a point when it is agreed whether we are going to proceed with it.

Finance The current account balance on 22 Oct was £17,705 (up on 23 September balance of £16,750). Expenses: for the first half of the year, up to September, show an average monthly expenditure of £2,120. For the first 3 months of the second half of the year, the monthly expenditure average has dropped to £1,240, i.e. by about £880 monthly. 

Income:  monthly average for the first half year was £1,960 . This improved since opening the Church to £2,362 for the last three months, a monthly increase of £402. Those figures will alter with church closure again and income likely to reduce and BWR expenses are being paid out so the figures can change. We are, however, doing reasonably well as church has not been opened throughout. Budgets will be prepared for the next 12-18 months and this is important work to get on with, particularly in the light of the Bishop’s questionnaire. It was suggested that we split down some of the costs and income between the two churches and also look to highlight fundraising and applying for grants which will be important next year. Budgeting will be distorted by Lockdown when we will probably see a fall in income and so we have to be diligent with what we are doing and what we spend. Church Fees from Funerals (£150 per funeral), collected by Chris Butcher, were being paid into the current account. 

Just Giving type page for the parish and projects It was felt it would be helpful if the Parish had such a page available for general giving and special projects. MM said these can be set up quite easily. The donate button on the new website could also be linked to such a page as it would be simpler for donors. AN also said she knew of another alternative organisation, Investors in Community, that did not charge charities a levy (as Just Giving do) and every penny went directly to the charities. She said that she would let MM, Hilary M (who has experience in this area) and ES have the details so that this could be further explored.

Parish Meeting It was suggested that a small group meeting be held to plan the Agenda, and this was be fixed for 11th October at 2pm. SH, MC, MM and AMC volunteered. 

Dinnington Salvation Army Foodbank We usually support them at this time of the year. SH said that Dinnington Salvation Army Foodbank have a Just Giving page that people can donate to and that she would find out when donations could be made of physical goods. SH would advertise this on the Parish Whats app group.

New Parish Website ES was continuing the work she was doing on developing the template and this was looking very good. She had gathered information from the New Parishioners Welcome Pack. Tony and Marie Lear have sent stuff from PRE. There was further discussion on the content and ES would be grateful for any feedback. SH felt that there ought to be a Safeguarding page – SH will send ES the information. MC said she would update the Welcome Pack and send to ES. It was felt that email addresses were the best to use as a point of contact for the various groups of the parish. MC and AMC were happy for their telephone numbers to be quoted as emergency contacts for the parish. ES said she could move the new website onto the existing website page or we could set up a new website page. Siobhan Morley set up the old website page and, if we can stay with that, it would perhaps be easier. MC would speak to SM or pass on her email to ES. If we can give a link out at the Parish Meeting on 18th Nov and ask for feedback that would be good. ES was thanked for all the work that she was doing on this. 

Church Gate It is very awkward to fasten it back and has to be wedged with bricks etc. MM said the gates are fine, they shut properly but the problem is holding them back. He suggested that it can be sorted by buying two weighted gate fasteners. MM said the closure bolt has nothing to go into. MM said he would look at it and see how it can be improved as it is on the online Tool Box as a task. Father Andy finished the meeting with the Glory Be prayer. Next Meeting: St Joseph’s Parish Meeting 7pm 18th November. 


SALVATION ARMY: We usually make donations to the Salvation Army during Advent. This year you can make a donation directly to Dinnington Salvation Army or take food to the Salvation Hall on Saturdays between 9.30-11 am or leave with Chris Parrott. Please don't leave donations in church or at Fr Andy's house. They also have a direct just giving page which is

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dinnington-the-salvation-army.


MARY'S MEALS CHARITY: any donations to this charity are being match funded by the government, up to the 31st of January. We also support this charity.


SWINTON LOCK: A fundraiser for Rotherham for those in need is Swinton Lock. At the moment they also have a fundraising page-https://swintonlock.enthuse.com/pf/Christmas. The charity offers  wide ranging help across the whole borough, including to those experiencing food poverty,  and is being supported by Elizabeth, who many will know from  her visits to the parish and who is herself  a survivor of sexual exploitation, and has received help and support from the charity in the past. 


Thank you to anyone who feels they can help out during these difficult times.


MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT: Although we were not able to hold our annual coffee morning this year donations totalling £85 were received for the charity. Many thanks to all those who donated. 


SAFEGUARDING: Training is now a mandatory requirement for all volunteers involving children and adults who may be vulnerable.

Modules include Child Protection, Online Safety, Safeguarding Adults, Mental Capacity.

All these courses are online and free with Educare

To register your interest please email:safeguardingadmin@hallam-diocese.com. In your email put your name, the name of the parish and your role. You will then receive an email from Educare inviting you to set your password.


CHRISTMAS CARDS: Stella Richardson has Christmas cards for us to purchase as usual, produced by the British Heart Foundation to raise money for their charity.  Please contact Stella for more details and to purchase cards.


ST WILFRIDS CENTRE: St Wilfrid's Centre is selling their popular Christmas Cards online through their website. This year's card image "Looking out from the Warmth of St Wilfrid's" is taken from a painting by their Head of Centre, Ruth Moore. Cards are only £4 for a pack of 10 cards and postage for up to 10 packs is only £2.95 Please visit https://www.stwilfridscentre.org/online-shop/christmas-cards-1

 

BISHOP’S WALK UPDATE: The Bishop's Walk that took place in October raised £4,600 which, although  less than last year, was excellent as  only  6 walkers took part. If you sponsored this event and are yet to forward your outstanding contributions, the organizers would be grateful if you could send them in as soon as possible.

 

 

PLEASE REMEMBER OUR SICK ESPECIALLY IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES: George Blow & his Grandma,  Mary Brady, Christopher Browne, Eileen Butterfield,  Jim Chandler,  Peggy Cummins, Gillian Gee, Brendan Handley, Robert Hume, Sophie Hughes, Ged Krotki, Kumba, Pat Luton, Isabel Main-Reade, Haylen Markillie, Franz Muller, John Parker, Kate Patterson, Tom Rutherford, Sandra Sherratt, Olive Stafford, Robert Stock, Pat Vickers, Claire Watt and Michel.

 

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