Blessed Trinity Catholic Church
Sunday Mass 9.30am
Please see 'Parish News and Events' for further information.
"For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there with them."
Parish Priest: Monsignor Desmond Sexton
Telephone: 01709 363753
Resident Priest: Father Richard Gomersall
Telephone: 01709 546441
Welcome to our new website
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Parish News and Events
Covid 19 Route Map Step 4.
Mass will be celebrated:
The guidelines received from the Bishops reiterates the need to continue to provide a safe environment for ALL and so certain preventative practices will remain for the time being. The aim is to try to return to 'normal' safely and gradually.
From July 25th:
There will be no need to book a place for Sunday Mass (many thanks to David for undertaking this job). However, we will still be recording names and contact numbers at all masses to comply with track and trace. There will no longer be a one-way system.
Remaining the same for now:
We will still need to use hand sanitiser when entering and leaving church, and for the benefit of all, face masks will still need to be worn.
For the time being, seating will be the same and Holy Communion will be brought to people at their seat.
The doors will remain open to improve ventilation.
Cleaning and sanitising of the premises will continue as before.
There is no restriction now on the number of people who can sit together on a bench. However, we will continue to use alternate rows for seating so that Holy Communion can be brought to people at their seat. If you prefer not to have someone sitting directly next to you, there are some cards in the porch to put on the seat at the side of you asking people to leave a space. The freestanding chairs near the baptismal font will remain for those who wish to maintain a greater distance between people.
As before please contact Pat Lilley on 01709 545116 if you have a mass intention.
In the new contactless era if you would like to make your weekly offering to the church by bank transfer or standing order, the details are as follows:
Account Number: 01094750
Sort Code: 40-41-07
Account Name: Diocese of Hallam Blessed Trinity Wickersley
Please put your initials and surname as the reference – especially if your offering is gift aided.
There will be a parish meeting, the first since the pandemic started, on Tuesday the 19th of October at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.
Our safeguarding contact is Jane Willis. If you have any issues, she can be contacted on 07972074227.
Please pray for all our sick and housebound parishoners at home or in hospital and for all who care for them, especially: Jean Armstrong, Ann Carnegie, Mary Gill, Peter Gilmartin, Alison Green, Vera Hall, Ellen Jeffries, Dorothy Makin, Philomena McCann, Nellie McHale, Winnie McNulty, Peter Morris, Lorraine Newey, Marceline Parker, David Popple, Angela Pritchard, Darcy Rose, Doris Sharkey, Barrie Shipgood, Rosemary Stone, Alex Treat, Rosemary Trask, Colin and Sandra Williams, Phillipa Woodley, Olga Wouk and those who have no-one to pray for them.
Please pray for those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur around this time, including:
Betty Callus, Peter Adikwu Ochefu, John McFarlane Brook, Jean Price, Ron Gains, Irene Kudinski, Terence Charnley, Margaret Ann Grimmer, Edgar Stanton, Isabella McFadden (Simpson), Anthony Lance, Jackie Wilson, Michael Cohen, Charles Blowers, Ann McHugh, Terence Norburn, Louis Robles, Roy Lilley, Douglas Allott, Molly Hempshall, Melanie Wright, Ernest Ronald Abraham, Anne Middleton, Patricia Crookes, Winifred Hutchinson.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine on them. May they rest in peace.
Weekday Mass Times and Intentions
Wednesday 13th October.
Mass 10.00am. Molley Korali RIP.
Sunday 17th October.
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Mass 9.30am, Eddie Sheehan RIP (CT).
Fr John Adikwu's Parish in Nigeria
St Francis Quasi Parish in Makurdi, Nigeria.
Since November 2017, Blessed Trinity has been twinned with the current parish of our former priest, Father John Adikwu CM.
The parish of St Francis Quasi is located in Makurdi, which is the capital of Benue state, in the 'Middle Belt' of central Nigeria.
All donations from the wishing well located just inside the church go towards our twin parish. All donations are greatly appreciated.
Chris McClare's Zambian Project.
In July 1993, whilst serving a Pastoral placement for a month at the drop-in centre in Sheffield, I stayed at the Mother of God parish where Father Willie Killgannon was parish priest. A polish priest, Father Kryztof, was staying there for three months to study english before he went on missionary work in Zambia. He invited me to visit Zambia but I declined. Fr. Kryztof was shot in the leg by bandits in 1998 whilst out there. He was sent back to Poland for a year to recover. Before he returned to Zambia again, Fr. Kryztof stopped for a couple of weeks in England. Whilst here, he invited me to go to Zambia again.
This time I could not refuse, as here was a man of God who had been shot, and despite this was going back to Zambia. He went back, not to the Mission where he had been shot (Mpanshya), but to Christ the Redeemer parish in Makeni, a suburb of the capital, Lusaka.
This parish had a sub-parish (a poor relation), called St Anthony of Padua, where I first worked to build a community school attached to the church. This was a two-storey school due to lack of ground owned by the parish. We raised money at Blessed Trinity church in Wickersley and also in a number of other parishes across the Hallam Diocese. Thanks to the generosity of Bishop John, the priests and people, we were eventually able to build the school. Help continued to be provided to Makeni through both Patricia Hope and Eileen Lockwood from Our Lady and St. James church in Worsbrough, Barnsley.
Whilst in Zambia, I met a couple from Birmingham, Sid and Brenda Rowlins, who encouraged me to join VMM, who I was with for six years. I finished up working in Mpanshya parish, building 2 small churches or chapels in the outstation of Mpanshya Mission, around 150 miles East of Lusaka. The parish priest, Father Lecek, then asked if we could build a small community school at another outstation called Mulamba. We again raised money at Blessed Trinity and in neighbouring parishes to build a 2-classroom school with a small office, constructed from bricks made in the community.
In the years since, we have built a number of buildings for the community at Mulamba. In 2007, the Scots Border Youth Group, 40 in number, started and funded the building of a 2 house block for nurses, so that they could stay and work at the medical centre in Mulamba.
To this day, now mainly through the efforts of Blessed Trinity and Rotherham Deanery, we have in Mulamba:
A Roman Catholic church.
A 5 classroomed community school.
A medical centre.
Accommodation for teachers.
7 small houses for nursing staff.
2 water boreholes and tank store with a solar pump (courtesy of the British and Irish embassies).
Basic plumbing with running water to 2 nurses houses and the medical centre.
The community has grown at least three-fold since we began the development there. The community school in 2003 had 95 children, today it has 450. In Lusaka, unemployment is over 70%. Most ordinary people live in compounds where conditions are very poor and unhygienic. Zambia in many parts is a big, fertile land and although there is little to be had in terms of wages in the village, people are able to grow their own food and sell a little of it. Children can grow up in a good rural situation rather than the dire, squalid circumstances of the city.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has in the past, and still are supporting our project in Zambia. Without the people donating and giving money, there would be no Zambian project.
May God bless you all for your generosity.
Yours in Christ,
A Brief History of Blessed Trinity Parish
The land on which Blessed Trinity stands was purchased by Father Mullan, and it was built as a multipurpose church. Initially, screens separated the altar and the body of the church, which was used as the hall on social and church business occasions, until a purpose-built hall was added during Fr White's time as parish priest.
Priests of the parish
1961 - Father Hannon.
1966 - July 1977 - Father CJ Kelleher. Father O'Shea was temporary priest after Father Kelleher's passing.
1977 - 1984 - Father Gerry White. The church hall was added during Father White's time at Blessed Trinity.
1985 - Monsignor Keegan.
1985 - August 1988 - Father Terrence Clifford.
August 1988 - July 1989 - Holy Ghost Fathers De Leis and Godfrey covered.
1989 - 1996 - Father Shaun Smith. The memorial garden and car park were both built during Father Shaun's time.
1996 - 2002 - Father AG Attree. During this time, Father Michael Killeen also lived in the presbytery and assisted the parish.
2003 - Father Anthony Hayne. Blessed Trinity was twinned with St Mary's Herringthorpe and their priest, Father Hayne became parish priest of Blessed Trinity.