Blessed Trinity Catholic Church
All Masses suspended until at least the 6th of December, in accordance with government guidelines. Please see 'Parish News and Events' for more 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
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Parish News and Events
CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES
Statement on Safeguarding
Friday 20th November 2020
The account given in the IICSA Report of abuse known to be inflicted on children in the Catholic Church in England and Wales in the past 50 years is shocking and overwhelming. At our meeting this week, we Bishops have stood together in profound shame. We express our sorrow and contrition before God.
We have reflected on our need to reach out afresh to those who bear the wounds of permanent damage caused by this abuse. We commit ourselves to listen more intently to those who have been abused so as to learn from them and benefit from their wisdom. It is through learning from their testimony that hearts are changed.
We are grateful to those survivors who have come forward, not only to lay before us their experience of abuse, but to help us understand the depth of their pain. We invite anyone who has experienced abuse to come forward, no matter how long ago the abuse took place. We
undertake to listen carefully to them with open heart and mind and support them on a journeyof healing.
We have carefully considered the recommendations of the IICSA Report and formally accepted them. We have already begun work towards their implementation.
The IICSA’s generic hearings into the Church began last October. Around that time we commissioned an Independent Review of our Safeguarding Structures and Arrangements in the Catholic Church in England and Wales. This was carried out by Mr Ian Elliott, an experienced safeguarding professional who has worked across the world in this area.
This week, alongside the IICSA Report, we have also examined in depth the Final Report of the Elliott Review and fully accepted its recommendations. It is a searching analysis of our safeguarding work, in its weaknesses and strengths. It proposes a number of remedial and
forward-looking recommendations, which accord with the IICSA Report’s own recommendations. The work of implementation will begin immediately. It will be carried out in close cooperation with the Religious Orders who play such an important part in the life of the
In all our activities, our desire and resolve is to be a Church in which every child and vulnerable person is not only safe but nurtured into human flourishing. These recommendations present us with steps towards this goal. Key to them is a standards-based approach to safeguarding together with a specially commissioned national body with powers of effective audit and oversight of safeguarding in both Dioceses and Religious Orders. Everyone in the Church will be required to work to clear, published standards of behaviour and action. Most significantly, the Elliott Report has been fashioned with the participation of survivors of abuse. Their insight and wisdom has been crucial. We thank them for their great courage and generosity in workingwith us and we look forward to continuing this growing collaboration.
The Elliott Report builds on all that has been achieved in our safeguarding ministry in the past 20 years, achievements also recognised in the IICSA Report. Therefore we thank profoundly all
who contribute to the work of safeguarding in the Church today: the thousands of Parish Safeguarding Representatives, the professionals who work in our Safeguarding Offices in every Diocese, the Safeguarding Commissions who oversee this work and give objective and professional advice to guide our decisions, the staff of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service and those who serve on the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission. These, and many others, have contributed greatly to the current work of safeguarding in the Church.
Today, however, we acknowledge without hesitation, our failings, our mistakes, our lack of adequate cooperation. We express our deep sorrow and ask forgiveness, especially from victims and survivors. We affirm our resolve to effect the next step in our work of safeguarding and care for survivors. In prayer we turn to Christ the Good Shepherd, the fount of healing and compassion, asking that this moment of painful truth becomes a time of grace as we strive to fulfil the ministry entrusted to us as bishops in an unshakeable unity of purpose.
Suspension of all Masses.
Following government guidelines Blessed Trinity will close after the 10am Mass tomorrow, probably until Sunday December 6th, any new information will appear on our website
Immaculate Conception, Herringthorpe Valley Road will be open at the following times for private prayer
Masses will be streamlined and Zoomed from Immaculate Conception details available on
In the new contactless era if you would like to make your weekly offering to the church by bank transfer or standing order the account details are as follows:
Sort Code: 40-41-07
Account Number: 01094750
Account Name: Diocese of Hallam Blessed Trinity Wickersley
Please put your initials and surname as the reference – especially if your offering is gift aided.
Please pray for our sick and housebound family and friends including:
Jean Armstrong, John Bell, Steve Bowers, Pauline Bristowe, Ann Carnegie, Katie Coates, Peter Dolan, Mary Gill, Alison Green, Clare Green, Vera Hall, Ellen Jeffries, Lorraine Newey, Dorothy Makin, Philomena McCann, Cathy Page, Julie and David Popple, Angela Pritchard, Marceline Parker, Darcy Rose, Doris Sharkey, Barrie Shipgood, Rosemary Stone, Rosemary Trask, Alex Treat, Sheila Wade, Colin and Sandra Williams, Phillipa Woodley, Olga Wouk, Christopher Yates.
Weekday Mass Times and Intentions
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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