Posts from February 2016

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The Corporal Works of Mercy

by Bishop Ralph Heskett

Bishop Ralph – the Corporal Works of Mercy – Sheffield Catholic Cathedral. Dear Reader, In the Decree to launch the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis highlights what are traditionally known as the corporal and spiritual works of mercy with these words: ‘It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may […]

Our Lady and St James in their Local Community

by Pat Travis

Our Lady and St James Christmas social 1 croppedProclaim 15 is a project of the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales, launched in 2015. It is designed to affirm the good work that is already being done by the Catholic community and to provide resources and events to profile and develop new expressions of Catholic joy and missionary outreach. As part of the Proclaim initiative, the parish of Our Lady and St James, Worsbrough have worked hard to take the church out into the community, especially by helping the elderly and those living in sheltered housing join in community events, and thereby helping enhance their lives by socialising with others. Each week they hold a social and bingo session in the local community centre. The parish also hold an annual Ecumenical Advent Service. Representatives from Barnsley and Doncaster Churches join in this event. The service comprises of readings, poems, prayers and hymns. This is followed by refreshments and a raffle.  Everyone who attends the service receives a Christmas bauble to hang on their tree, wishing them the blessings of Christmas from the parish of Our Lady and St James, Worsbrough. This year the event raised £275, which was donated to the Barnsley Churches Together Drop In Project, to help feed the homeless over Christmas.

Pilgrimages to Medjugorje 2016

by Pat Travis

Medjugorje for March croppedThere will be two pilgrimages to Medjugorje 4 – 11 May               22 places 1 – 8 September     33 places This year the May pilgrimage departs from Manchester to Split to avoid Sunday flights. The September pilgrimage departs from East Midlands to Dubrovnik. The house where pilgrims will be staying is called Pandza, pronounced Panja, where pilgrims from Hallam have stayed before. The cost is £539, with a £30 reduction if the deposit of £100 is paid by 15th February. The single room supplement is £130.  Single rooms are typically small, but adequate rooms.  Insurance, unless you have your own, is £30. If you are interested and wish to provisionally ‘pencil your name in’ to join a pilgrimage on one of the above dates, please contact Pete and Sue Marshall, tel: 01302 885358, email: patesuemarshall@googlemail.com.