Blessed Trinity Catholic Church

Sunday Mass 9.30am. 

You must book a place in order to attend due to the coronavirus.  Please see 'Attending Mass During The Pandemic' for further details.

"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

Welcome to our new parish website.  All comments/suggestions/feedback are welcome, please use the 'contact us' section of the site.

 

Parish News and Events

Requiem Mass for Eddie Sheehan.

Eddie's Requiem Mass will be held on Firday 9th of October at 11.00am.  Because of the Covid situation at the moment, there are only 30 people allowed at funeral services and this is by invitation only from the family. 

If anyone wishes to pay their respects, and support the family, could they please stand on the pavement across from the church and scoially distant on Northfield Lane.  Please pray for Eddie and his family.

Rest in Peace, Eddie.

CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY FRIDAY 9TH OCTOBER.

As we know coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic, resulting in many families around the world already living in poverty facing chronic food shortages, lack of clean drinking water and malnutrition.

CAFOD is using your donations to provide handwashing stations, books and pencils for children to study at home and PPE for health workers. If you would like to make a donation you can give online at www.cafod.org.uk/give OR call 0300 100 0089 OR text CAFOD to 70085 to give £10 to the coronavirus appeal. Thank you.

WEEKLY COLLECTION

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.

Prayer Intentions.

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

Sunday 20th September,  Home Mission Sunday.

9.30am Mass, People of The Parish.

Wednesday 23rd September, St Pio of Piatrelcina (Padre Pio).

10.00am Mass, Ethel and Michael McHugh RIP.

Sunday 27th September.

Marian Sweryt RIP

Wednesday 30th September.

10.00am Mass, Pat Price Year's Mind RIP.

 

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,

Christopher McClare

December 2018

 

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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