On Thursday, 19 November, St Vincent’s Furniture Store held their 28th Annual Meeting. Every year a guest speaker is invited to come and talk about their work and how the Furniture Store impacts on this. This year Paul Blomfield MP agreed to come along as our speaker. The Furniture Store is actually based in Paul’s constituency and therefore it was very fitting that he attended the meeting. Paul spoke about the fact that he had been brought up to avoid waste and had therefore given to the Store on a number of occasions. Although his politics are led by his beliefs he is keen that politicians should also be practical. His constituency includes some of the wealthiest parts of the city and some of the most deprived areas, and he is aware that there is a great willingness to help and a great need. Comparing the work of the Store to that of the S2 food bank, with which he is deeply involved, he said that it was vital that the work of the Furniture Store continue so that sharing could continue. He pointed out the extent to which Council funding had been cut over the past few years and said that he was glad that the Council had been able to continue its support to the extent that it does. Mike O’Callaghan, Chair of the Management Committee, thanked Paul for coming along and also for his support and positive words. Paul Blomfield MP is pictured on the right with Mike O’Callaghan and Lorraine Healy, Manager.
On Friday, 20 November, during his visit to the Diocese, the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Mennini popped into St Vincent’s Furniture Store, Sheffield accompanied by Bishop Ralph, Mgr Kilgannon and Mgr Vincent Brady. During his short time at the Store he spoke to all the volunteers and staff and was also given a guided tour of the Store. Archbishop Mennini was impressed with the fantastic work that is carried out at St Vincent’s and was also impressed with the amount and quality of furniture that is given to the vulnerable and marginalised. He told everyone to keep up the good work. Pictured above are, left to right, Archbishop Mennini, Bishop Ralph, Lorraine Healy, Mgr Vincent Brady and Mgr Kilgannon.
Fr Leonard May, former Parish Priest of St Mary Magdalene’s, Maltby, celebrated his 90th birthday on 24th November. On Saturday, 21st November, St Mary Magdalene’s parish and many from outside the parish celebrated with him. The day started with Mass, concelebrated by some twenty priests, including Bishop Ralph, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Papal Nuncio, and four of Fr May’s former curates. The homily was given by Monsignor Mark Crisp from Birmingham Diocese, and formerly of St Mary Magdalene’s parish. The church was packed with friends from across the country. The celebration continued with a very enjoyable buffet at Maltby Catholic Club. We all wish Fr May many happy returns and hope that we will be able to celebrate his centenary in 2025!