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
OUR CHURCH IS CURRENTLY OPEN.
Mass will be celebrated:
For SUNDAY MASS you MUST ‘book’ a seat by 12noon on Saturday
You will have to give your name and phone number for track and trace purposes.
The information will be destroyed after 21 days.
As before please contact Pat Lilley 01709 545116 if you have a mass intention.
TO KEEP US ALL SAFE
We will be keeping the 2metre distancing rule so there will be a reduced number of seats hence the need to book for Sundays
Hand sanitiser must be used when entering and leaving the building
Stewards will direct you to a seat (Please do not use the kneelers)
The church will be sanitised by a small group of volunteers with a product called Zoono.
There will be a one way system through church and the hall.
You can wear a face covering if you wish.
PLEASE NOTE currently the TOILETS WILL BE CLOSED
If you feel able to volunteer for reading at mass or giving out communion at mass (even if you have not previously been a eucharistic minister) please contact Jane Willis or Father Richard.
If you are able to volunteer for sanitising the church or stewarding at masses please contact Marian Bushby or Father Richard
Please observe the 2 metre distancing at all times.
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.
CAFOD Lenten Fast.
This year is on Friday 26th February.
The focus is on water poverty featuring Abdella who lives in a remote part of Ethiopia where it takes him 10 hours a day to collect water. There is a 3 minute film about his village on www.cafod.org.uk/lent and what has been done in other villages to improve the situation.
If you can make a donation please use the envelope. To donate by phone to give £10 text LENT to 70460. OR if you prefer not to have further communication from CAFOD text LENTNOINFO
to 70460 (texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message)
Messages from Father Richard
Music in Church
One day hopefully soon, we shall be able to sing together. Following Pat Price’s death we have not been able to find another organist and have decided to invest in a computerised “Music Machine”. I have experience of this machine in my former parish. It will never replace Pat, but I believe it is the best we can do.
The machine is to cost about £2,150 plus amplification and speaker costs. As you know I asked for donations towards this cost over Christmas. I have received very generous gifts totalling £1,850 and I want on behalf of the Parish to thank everyone who has been able to donate. You have indeed been most generous.
The property next to the Church has not been used for a resident priest for many years and there is no likelihood of a priest occupying the house in the foreseeable future. It has been rented out for many years. We have received quotations for remedial work to the kitchen which equates to over 3 years rental income. There are other signs of future repairs which we should have to undertake. The Church Council agreed with my suggestion that we should seek to dispose of the house. The Diocese and its Trustees have agreed that this course of action would be in our best interests. The tenant has vacated the property and the house will be put on the market shortly. The proceeds of sale will be credited to our account by the Diocese for future use by the parish.
Please pray for all our sick and housebound parishoners at home or in hospital and for all who care for them, especially: Jean Armstrong, John Bell, Steve Bowers, Ann Carnegie, Peter Dolan, Mary Gill, Alison Green, Vera Hall, Ellen Jeffries, Dorothy Makin, Philomena McCann, Lorraine Newey, Cathy Page, Marceline Parker, David and Julie Popple, Angela Pritchard, Darcy Rose, Doris Sharkey, Barrie Shipgood, Rosemary Stone, Alex Treat, Rosemary Trask, Sheila Wade, Colin and Sandra Williams, Phillipa Woodley, Olga Wouk and those who have no-one to pray for them.
Please pray for Charles Sutton who has died recently and those whose anniversaries occur around this time, including:
Margaret Valentine Turner, Sheila Morte, John Leahy,
Doris Ledwidge, James Carnegie, Mary Kerr, Walter Feather,
Sister Joan Morrissey.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine on them. May they rest in peace.
Please pray for the soul of Veronica Feather who has died recently, and for her family. Her funeral will be held at St Gerard's.
Weekday Mass Times and Intentions
Sunday 28th February.
Mass 9.30am, Catherine Nugent RIP (HB).
Wednesday 3rd March.
Mass 10.00am, Paddy Ross RIP (ER).
Sunday 7th March.
Mass 9.30am, John Rowan RIP (DP).
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.
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