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24-01-2021 Newsletter

St Joseph’s, Dinnington Parish Priest: Fr. Andy Tel: 01909 562664

Weekend Masses: Sunday 9.30am (Zoom); Saturday 5pm (for Sunday) in church, booking required; Maltby – Sunday 11.00am

Email: Website:

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 24th January 2021. (Year B)

Saturday 23rd January: 5pm Mass via Zoom (For Sunday) Readings as for Sunday


9.30am Mass in Church with live zoom stream

Readings: Jonah 3:1-5,10; Psalm 24(25):4-6,7b-9; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

Monday: The Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

Readings: Acts 22:3-16; Psalm 116(117); Mark 16:15-18

Tuesday: 2 Timothy 1:1-8; Psalm 95(96):1-3,7-8,10; Mark 3:31-35 (Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops)


Readings: Hebrews 10:11-18; Psalm 109(110):1-4; Mark 4:1-20; (Saint Angela Merici, Virgin)

Thursday: 9am Mass via Zoom (Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Doctor)

Readings: Hebrews 10:19-25; Psalm 23(24):1-6; Mark 4:21-25

Friday: Hebrews 10:32-39; Psalm 36(37):3-6,23-24,39-40; Mark 4:26-34

Saturday: 5pm Mass via Zoom (For Sunday)

Readings of the day: Hebrews 11:1-2,8-19; Luke 1:69-75; Mark 4:35-41

Next Sunday Fourth Sunday in Ordinary time

Readings: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 94(95):1-2,6-9; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28

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 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

Please see below your Zoom meeting details for this week

Saturday 23th January at 5pm Meeting ID: 819 4002 3563 Passcode: 518162

Sunday 24th January at 9.30am Meeting ID: 832 5937 6718 Passcode: 072666

Thursday 28th January at 9am Meeting ID: 857 4050 5710. Passcode: 750955


POLITE REMINDER: Please remember to book your place for attending Mass in Church by Friday evening. Thank you.

THE POPE’S INTENTIONS FOR JANUARY: For Evangelization – Human Fraternity. May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all


20th January 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am writing to you with renewed hope in these difficult times. A blessing for many during this lockdown is the opportunity to continue to come together for public worship. Government has recognised that public worship is central to our Catholic life and of benefit to the community at large. I know that some of our parishes, for safety sake, have taken the decision to stream Mass only for the present online.

Whether your parish remains open or closed for the moment we must all, however tiresome, continue to follow the rules and play our part in protecting our neighbours and ourselves in the coming months.

Also, to address letters and emails I have received questioning the ethical and moral nature of the vaccines being offered. I know that many of you will be asking yourselves what you will do when you receive your invitation for vaccination, especially with the misinformation that is circulating, not least on social media.

You may not be aware, but the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a Note on the 21st December 2020, in which it clarifies the absence of morale culpability on the part of those receiving the vaccine when there is no choice which vaccine is received. In fact, it says that there is a responsibility on the part of all to seek the vaccination as it is not just a matter of protecting one’s own health, but also the protection of others health as well.

We all know the effects of misinformation. It seeks only to divide and destroy and to hold people in fear. In the end it is the decision of each individual whether to receive the vaccine or not. However, this decision must be made from a well-informed conscience by listening to the voice of the Church and her teachings and not to allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the loud voices we hear in social media.

In the darker days over the last few weeks and months I have returned to the words of the prophet Jeremiah as a source of encouragement and hope and for this reason I share with you. “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare not evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. The Church and her teaching is always for our welfare not evil and offers us hope for the future.

Let us continue to hold one another in prayer.

Yours in Christ the Redeemer

Rt Rev Ralph Heskett CSsR

Bishop’s House 75 Norfolk Road Sheffield S2 2SZ Tel; 0114 2787988

THE YEAR OF ST JOSEPH: To mark the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph”

From 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021. With the Apostolic Letter“Patris corde”- (“With a Father’s Heart”),

In his Apostolic Letter, Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows.

The Holy Father wrote Patris corde against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, he says, has helped ussee more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”

Throughout this year let us honour St. Joseph as the guardian and protector of the Church with heartfelt prayer and ask him to intercede for us, to obtain God’s blessing on us as we make our way in life this year and help us take his virtuous life as our model for fulfilling our personal vocation to holiness.

At the conclusion of his Letter, Pope Francis encourages us to pray together:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust;

with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.

Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil.


Please see newsletter dated 10-01-20 for information regarding the Church and Coronavirus Vaccines

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY: Join the nation and light the darkness. Light a candle and safely put it in your window at 8pm on 27th January to remember those who were murdered for who they were and to stand against prejudice today. (Information taken from the Holocaust Memorial website)

ON-LINE RESOURCES FROM THE DIOCESE: Although lockdown 3.0 means we can't meet for formation activities in the diocese, Dr Greg Ryan, Director of Adult Education for the Hallam Diocese has provided some useful new online resources:

1) 'How the Bible Can Help Us Understand..." a series of conversations based on DLT's latest Bible study series.

To celebrate the launch of the Revised New Jerusalem Bible in 2019, DLT commissioned a series of study guides based on the new translation by Catholic writers Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Virginia Moffatt, Bernadette Meaden and Denise Cottrell-Boyce. You may recall that I recommended these books last year as a great way of engaging the Year of the Word.

The publisher has now organised a series of online broadcasts in which the authors reflect on what the Bible means to them and how it can help them understand the themes discussed in the guides. All are invited to join them on Wednesday evenings in January to reflect on the meaning behind 'God's love letter' to us. Free - but registration needed.

2) Anyone involved in bereavement support might find this comprehensive programme from St Luke's Hospice useful. (Note this might be restricted to applicants from the Sheffield area).

3) An exciting and accessible programme in applied theology led by Prof Tom O'Loughlin and Sr Patricia Rumsey, among others, continues with a wide range of online events here:

4) Finally, the Bishops’ Conference Year of the Word team has more Scripture resources for the new year. You can subscribe to the monthly newsletter here:

PRAYING FOR THE UNBORN AND WOMEN FACING CRISIS PREGNANCIES: We are asked by Right to Life UK to keep the following intentions in our prayers this month:

January 3rd - “As we begin this new year, we pray for all who may be considering an abortion. We pray that 2021 would see a decrease in cases of abortion, and instead a year of increased support, both practical and emotional, from all of us in society, bettering the care for all expectant mothers. Lord hear us.”

January 10th - “As we celebrate the baptism of our Lord, we recall our own baptism and the promise of life we have gained through it. We pray that all would be given the opportunity to experience life in its fullness, both in this world and the next. Lord hear us.”

January 17th - “As we open the week of prayer for Christian Unity, we pray especially for our shared calling to protect and preserve all life. We pray that our unity and ecumenical efforts on all life issues would inspire the world to join us in defending the lives and rights of all vulnerable in society. Lord hear us”

January 24th - “We pray for our Government, that their ability to support pregnant women would increase and that they would anchor themselves in the desire to protect all human life. Lord hear us”

January 31st - “For all going through difficult pregnancies, we pray for an overwhelming sense of hope and joy to fill their lives, and for increased support to be given by their family, friends, and local communities. Lord hear us”

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.

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