28.11.2021 Newsletter

THE SEASON OF ADVENT (Year C)

Week beginning Sunday 28th November 2021.

Saturday 27th November: 6pm Mass at Blessed William Richardson, Kiveton. (For Sunday)

Readings for the day: Daniel 7:15-27; Psalm: Daniel 3:82-87; Luke 21:34-36

Sunday 28th November: THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

9.30am Mass in Church (with live zoom stream)

for Nora and Edward Fitzgerald (Monica’s Parents)

Meeting ID: 840 3278 9781. Passcode: 370302

Readings: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 24(25):4-5,8-9,10,14;1

Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28,34-36


Monday: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 121(122):1-2,4-5,6-9; Matthew 8:5-11


Tuesday: Saint Andrew, Apostle

8:30 am Mass in the Parish Rooms

Romans 10:9-18; Psalm 18(19):2-5; Matthew 4:18-22


WEDNESDAY: Isaiah 25:6-10; Psalm 22(23); Matthew 15:29-37


Thursday: 7pm Mass in the Parish Rooms

Isaiah 26:1-6; Psalm 117(118):1,8-9,19-21,25-27; Matthew 7:21,24-27



Friday: Isaiah 29:17-24; Psalm 26(27):1,4,13-14; Matthew 9:27-31

(Saint Francis Xavier, Priest)

Saturday: 6pm: Mass at Blessed William Richardson, Kiveton. (For Sunday)

Readings for the day: Isaiah 30:19-21,23-26; Psalm 146(147):1-6; Matthew 9:35-10:1,5,6-8

(Saint John Damascene, Priest, Doctor)

Next Sunday: The Second Sunday of Advent

9.30am Mass in Church with live stream Zoom.

Readings: Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 125(126); Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6

Prayer for spiritual Communion

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

NOTICES

Please note that Mass is resumed in the Parish Rooms on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Thursdays at 8:30am and that there is no Thursday Zoom Mass during Advent.

Jim Ellis RIP: Jim has battled with ill health for many years and died on the 26th October in the Northern General Hospital with Mandy his daughter and Tony his son at his side.

Jim’s funeral service takes place on Thursday 9th December 2021 at 11.30 at St Joseph’s Church followed by cremation at Rotherham Crematorium at 12.30.

THE POPE’S INTENTIONS FOR DECEMBER: Catechists

Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

SYNOD 2021 - 2023

St. Joseph’s Parish Dinnington and Blessed William Richardson, Kiveton Park


Pope Francis has launched a worldwide ‘synod’ process. Synod simply means ‘journeying together’. The Holy Father is inviting us to listen deeply to one another and to feel what God is saying to us and the Church about how we ‘journey together’. We will have our own synodal pathway, within our parishes, united with every diocese across the world. Then, after national and continental gatherings, the Synod of Bishops will gather in Rome in 2023 to reflect on what has been heard.

Each of us is being invited to pray first of all, and then listen to each other and contribute our thoughts towards the future of The Church. You are warmly encouraged to please take part – each one of us in this parish has valuable things to say.

Following last month’s Reflection Group meeting, we had our first Synod Group session in the parish on 22nd November. We talked about our experiences of church during the pandemic, how to reach out and be more forward looking, how to meet the challenges of out catholic children attending St. Joseph’s School and how to engage more widely with our local community.

We’re planning more activities in the New Year so that you will have the opportunity to talk about these issues and anything else you want to raise, and you’ll be able to have an opportunity to join discussions face to face or on-line. If you aren’t able to attend, you can still contribute your views by contacting Anne Marie Carroll.

The first activity will be an invitation to respond to a simple questionnaire which will be sent out next week. This will only have a small number of questions on it, but your input in this is essential. All responses will be looked at and used as a basis for discussion at the Parish meetings. It is vital that we hear from a wide range of people, so please share the questions with family and friends who may have drifted away from the church. Equally, if the parish or Zoom meetings do not appeal, consider gathering a group of friends to discuss the questions over a coffee or a glass of wine and send us your thoughts. We look forward to hearing from many of you throughout the consultation period and ask for your prayers for a successful synod.

We want our response from St. Joseph’s to be fully inclusive with invitations to respond from all parish activities including the Caring, Baptism, First sacraments and Confirmation, Liturgy and Reflection Groups.

The goal is to ensure the participation of the greatest number possible, in order to listen to the living voice of the entire People of God and those we journey alongside. This will not be possible unless we make special efforts to actively reach out to people where they’re at, especially those who are often excluded or who are not involved in the life of the Church. There must be a clear focus on the participation of the poor, marginalised, vulnerable, and excluded, in order to listen to their voices and experiences.

‘The purpose of the Synod … is intended to inspire people to dream about the Church we are called to be, to make hopes flourish, to weave new and deeper relationships, to learn from one another, to warm hearts and restore strength to our hands for our common mission.’ Pope Francis.

TAIZÉ SERVICE: This beautiful and peaceful performance will take place in Church on

8th December at 7.15pm with Anna and Siobhán

CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES: Honouring Sunday

As the Synodal Pathway of listening and discerning unfolds, we the bishops of England and Wales, are paying particular attention to the hopes and fears, the joys and anxieties of all who are sharing their thoughts and feelings with us.

Longing for our Lord

We are attentive to the experience of the last year or so, when we have lived our faith through the limitations of the pandemic. We have heard of the longing which some express as a “homesickness.” We want to be in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. We yearn to celebrate the sacraments together, especially the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We desire to be nourished by our Lord in Holy Communion. The live streaming of the Mass and the remarkable response of our Catholic communities to those in need, have provided comfort, sustenance and resilience.

The Eucharist, source and summit

The Eucharist is the source and summit of our spiritual and pastoral life. Many people have said to us that they have appreciated the noble simplicity of the Mass at this time, which has allowed the mystery and majesty of our Lord’s sacrificial love to shine through.

The central appeal of the Mass, its beauty and its transcendence, raises our minds and hearts to God in an unambiguous and compelling manner. Our Lord Jesus invites us to receive anew the gift of Sunday as the preeminent day, the day of the Resurrection, when the Church gathers to celebrate the Eucharist. Here we stand together before our heavenly Father, offering our thanksgiving and prayer, through our Saviour in the Holy Spirit. Here we receive Christ in his Word. Here we are nourished by Christ in his precious Body and Blood. This is our primary joy, for which there is no substitute, and from which we draw our strength.

The Gift of the Sunday Eucharist

The Sunday Eucharist is a gift; as God’s holy people we are called to praise and thank God in the most sublime way possible. When the Church speaks of the Sunday obligation, it reminds us that attending Mass is a personal response to the selfless offering of Christ’s love.

At this time, we recognise that for some people there may be certain factors which hinder attendance at Sunday Mass. The pandemic is clearly not over. The risk of infection is still

present. For some, there is legitimate fear in gathering together. As your bishops, we recognise that these prevailing circumstances suggest that not everyone is yet in the position to fulfil the absolute duty to attend freely Sunday Mass.

Responding to the Gift

We now encourage all Catholics to look again at the patterns which they have formed in recent months with regard to going to Mass on Sundays. This would include consideration and reflection about what we might do on Sundays, such as sports or shopping, or other leisure and social activities. This review, and the decisions which arise from it, fall to every Catholic and we trust this will be done with honesty, motivated by a real love for the Lord whom we encounter in the Mass.

The Sunday Mass is the very heartbeat of the Church and of our personal life of faith. We gather on the “first day of the week,” and devote ourselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers (Acts 2:42). The Eucharist sustains us and spurs us on, renewing our gratitude and our hope. When we say “Amen” to Christ in receiving his Body and Blood, we express the love of God which is deep within us, and at the end of Mass, when we are sent forth, we express our love for our neighbour, especially those in need. These two dimensions reveal the full meaning of our faith. We are gathered together and sent out, we pray and are fed, we worship and we adore; these are intrinsic to our lives as those baptised into Christ.

Approved at the Plenary Assembly of Bishops in Leeds

Thursday 18th November 2021



FIVE BIBLE STUDIES ON THE ADVENT SUNDAY GOSPELS: This is a live streamed free of charge advent journey on You Tube which is taking place on Wednesdays: 24 Nov | 1 Dec | 8 Dec | 15 Dec | 22 Dec (7-8pm UK Time). Mauro Iannicelli, host, promises to break-open the Advent Sunday Gospels each Wed night with in- depth teaching and stimulating questions that will prepare us to experience Sunday Mass during Advent in a new way! For Info and Registration go to: comeandsee.org/advent

LIVE SIMPLY CAMPAIGN: December:: The theme for December is Help the Poor, Help the Environment and Reduce Waste, there are lots of ideas on the separate sheet at the back of church. If you have any more ideas please share them on the What’s App group or send them to Emma Slack to add to the website

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: Double The Love with Mary’s Meals this Christmas

Mary’s Meals would like to thank you for your continued faithful support of our mission through your prayers, donations and fundraising. We have some wonderful news to share! From 1st November to 31st January, every gift given to Mary’s Meals will doubled by a group of generous supporters, up to £1.6m. This means a gift of £15.90 will feed, not one, but two children, a life-changing daily meal for a whole school year! Your kindness helps us bring joy to more than two million children in 19 countries around the world who we serve – including those affected by natural disasters, conflict and the ongoing Covid pandemic. For more information, please visit www.marysmeals.org.uk. We have also been gifted a beautiful free Nativity script by bestselling author Frank Cottrell-Boyce and his wife Denise, which may be of interest for schools or children’s liturgy groups or maybe as a fun activity for families. Your help to reach the next hungry child is much appreciated and we wish you every blessing for the coming Christmas season.

God bless,

Fran

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.