Happy New Year - Let's Help Each Other as Christ Would.


A Message from the Neighbourhood Centre

Firstly, I hope you had a good Christmas (although different) and that 2021 is kinder to all of us.

In spite of everything that has and is happening, the Neighbourhood Centre has continued to support the local community – albeit in some different ways. As you know we closed our doors to the public in the middle of March but soon realised that we could not abandon those who needed support.

With shielding, loss of permanent or temporary jobs, benefit delays or changes and health issues of various kinds, food, or lack of, became an issue.

A small team of people transformed the Centre from a place where you could shop or enjoy a cuppa, into a food bank. Since then, we have provided food (twice weekly), to 1469 households (some recurring) i.e. 1977 adults and 959 children.

Just prior to Christmas we handed out, or delivered 36 hygiene parcels, food hampers and bags of fruit and vegetables. Many single parents were struggling with gifts from Fr. Christmas and we helped 11 children to have a good Christmas.

None of this would have been possible if it were not for the support we received. We received grants from the Local Ward Councillors, Northern Powerhouse and Doncaster Council and the Diocese – we received food and money from St Paul’s, St. Hugh’s and Holy Trinity Churches and the local community. Local schools have also joined in with their support – Our Lady of Sorrows, Armthorpe brought their Harvest Festival food to us, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Intake brought Christmas Food Hampers and Mc Auley, donated their Advent fund raising.

Last, but not least, so many of you have given so generously over the past months and especially over Christmas. I cannot thank you enough for your continued support.

The three Co-op stores have chosen us as one of the local causes to support, so if you shop there and are a member please support us – we will receive 2p for every £1.00 you spend.

Thank you. God Bless.

From Angela and all the volunteers at the Neighbourhood Centre.

Divine Mercy Services

For the New Year we will have the Novena to the Divine Mercy in Church every Friday for nine Fridays to pray for ourselves and families, the parish, our nation and the whole world and for all souls who have no one to pray for them.

Leaflets will be available with the Divine Mercy Novena if anyone would like to pray it daily.

Thank You

Father Evangelist, Deacons Bill and Chris would like to thank everyone for their generous Christmas gifts and cards.

It is very much appreciated.

Extra Weekday Mass

During his stay in the parish, Father Henry will be celebrating Mass on a Monday morning at 9.30am.

All are welcome to join with him.

Feast of the Epiphany

Bishop Ralph has decided that as the obligation for Holydays is dispensed at this time due to the COVID restrictions that parish priests are permitted to celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of January as well as on the Solemnity on 6th January.

PACT

Lisa Lewis, Supporter Relations Manager of the Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) wrote to the parish on 11th December 2020 thanking us for our donation of £221.62 that had been collected for Prisoner Sunday and pass on their grateful wishes to all parish members.

They note that "PACT has never been busier with more and more people every year benefitting from our support, both in prison and in the community. Your gift enables this work to continue.

" They ask that "...the parish continue to keep those affected by prison in their prayers."

Bill and Philomena

would like to thank everyone for the cards and kindness sent to us.

They would also like to express their gratitude to the volunteer stewards and cleaners who have shown so much care for us individually and as a community, keeping us safe during the pandemic.

We wish them every blessing. God Bless

Father Evangelist

will be away from Boxing day to visit family in Nigeria (if his flight is not cancelled).

Fr. Henry Somah will be looking after the parish while he’s away.

When Fr Evangelist returns Fr. Henry Anaeche will be coming with him from Nigeria to help in the two parishes for the foreseeable future.

The 200 Club

October Winners                               November Winners
£50 N Dobson 051                              £50 K Hickey 137
£20 H Forbes 030                               £20 N Dobson 051
£20 M Gornall 056                              £20 J Neary 014

Supporting Local Foodbanks

Last week, a total of 12 items/6.5kgs of food along with a variety of soft and cuddly toys and teddy bears and toiletry gifts for the homeless.

In these difficult times this was greatly appreciated by those in need.

Thank you for your generous support.

The Maridon Bookshop

Has now reopened in its new premises at St Peter in Chains Church, Chequer Road, Doncaster DN1 2AA.

The shop will be open every Friday and Saturday from 12:30 to 2:30pm.

The entrance to the shop is through the car park and round to the back of the Church Hall.

Only one customer will be allowed in the shop at one time, or two people if they are from the same household/bubble, and masks must be worn unless exempt.

Time in the shop must be kept to a minimum as other people may be queuing outside.

Restored Lives

ONLINE COURSE FOR THE DIVORCED AND SEPARATED

Recovering from relationship breakdown?

The Restored Lives course supports and helps people to move forward from divorce and separation, or the breakdown of any serious relationship, to live a full life, free from past issues.

A six session ZOOM course commences Wednesday February 3rd. 6pm - 8pm

£20 including handbook (unwaged free of charge). Booking essential - booking form available by request.

Or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 0114 2566407

Invite from Calix

Calix is a worldwide organisation open to those who are maintaining their sobriety through participation in their Catholic faith and a 12 step program. It is certainly not a 'Catholic AA' and encourages members to also be involved with the 12 step program through AA.

The Calix meetings involve prayer, personal sharing and reflection and are confidential. Membership is also open to non-Catholics and to anyone with experience of and a concern for the effects of alcoholism in people’s lives.

A Calix Group has been meeting in the Diocese of Hallam for over twenty years.

The Hallam Group now meet on Zoom. It will be every first Wednesday of the month at 1-30 in the afternoon and ending by 2-30.

If you would like to learn more about our meetings, please contact Fr Desmond Sexton on 01709 363753 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Changes to Mass Text

From the First Sunday of Advent, a minor – although significant – change is to be made to the English translation of the Roman Missal.

It affects the end of the Collects and what is called the ‘doxology’ that concludes the prayer:

‘Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.’

The Bishops’ Conference has decided to delete the word ‘one’ (from ‘one God’).

This brings the doxology into line with the Latin text.

Prayer and Reflection - Celia Bermingham

This week we continue a series of 6 articles showing how Mary can lead us to Growth in Prayer.

All of the weekly reflections can be found in the main menu:

PRAYER LIFE > PRAYER & REFLECTION

Prayers for the Sick

If you would like fellow parishioners to pray for someone who is ill or for a special intention, please drop an e-mail to the Parish office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring Shelagh on 535492

Neighbourhood Centre

Continues to support members of our community who are struggling during these difficult times.

Over 60 food parcels are distributed every week form the centre on Wednesday and Friday’s between 12noon and 1pm.

The Centre wishes to pass on their sincere thanks to everyone who has offered support, just over £500 has been donated with one person supporting the centre on a monthly basis by a standing order donation, along with food donations collected by the parishioners of St Hugh’s Church.

If you would like to support the centre and would like to complete a standing order the details are as follows:-

Diocese of Hallam Neighbourhood Centre

Sort Code - 40 23 67

Account No 10025372.

COVID and Keeping the Church Clean

A special thank you to all our team of stewards who are continuing to keep us safe at our spiritual home for when we visit the church for private prayer during lockdown 2.

The Stewards in Team B meet this coming Friday 20th November at 6.30pm to undertake the fortnightly clean of the church.

Additional help is always welcome. Please come along if you wish to assist. The task usually takes no more than 45 minutes

New Camera & Audio System

This new system was installed last week. We are now in the set up and testing stage which we anticipate will take a couple of weeks, whilst we get used to the system and fine tune it.

Volunteers are required to help to operate the camera system on a rota basis please either contact Ernie Godward, Deacon Chris or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 200 Club

See Newsletter for winners.

Please remember to notify any change of address via the office or one of the Deacons.

If you are interested in joining the scheme Gary Thickett can be contacted on 01302 539157 or garrythickett@aol.com

Membership is £2 monthly by standing order.

Further information can be found on the parish website under 'Parish Life' http://www.stpauls.co.uk

 

Sick and Housebound

If you know anybody who is sick or housebound and would like to receive Holy Communion please contact Father Evangelist or Deacons Bill and Chris.

 

 

Standing Order Forms

We are having a drive to increase the numbers of parishioners who can give their collection by Standing Order.

The forms are in the Porch – and include, for those who pay tax, a Gift Aid declaration. There are benefits both for yourselves and for us.

Thank you for your continuing generosity.

Parish Website

Please note the new web address for the website is

http://www.stpaulscantley.co.uk.

We also have a new email address linked to the web site:

office@stpaulscantley.co.uk

If you would like anything adding to the Website please contact Dave George via email:

davegeorge1970@sky.com

Gift Aid Donations

If you are a tax payer but do not currently gift aid your donations please consider doing so, as they will then be worth an additional 25% to the parish.

Gift aid declarations are available in the entrance hall and may be completed at any time during the tax year and returned to Fr Evangelist or Deacons Bill & Chris.

Parish Group Emails

If you have not already joined our Parish Group E-Mail system.

All you have to do is to send an e-mail with your name, address and e-mail address to office@stpaulscantley.co.uk

You will then receive occasional e-mails regarding forthcoming events, times of Masses and Services at Christmas, Holy Week and Easter, etc.

We promise that your e-mail address will not be disclosed to any third party.

Going in to Hospital

Due to strict data protection rules, it is essential, that when you go into hospital, to indicate on your details or those of your relative are passed on to the Catholic Chaplain.

Also state that you or your relative would like the Catholic Chaplain to visit you.

The Chaplain visits the wards during the week and an on-call service in case of emergency is available.

Finance

Whilst you may not be able to donate in person, you can donate via standing order from your bank.

Email the office for a Standing Order Form. Remember to tick the Gift Aid Box if you are a UK Taxpayer.

Card Donations Online

Whilst you may not be able to donate in person, we still rely upon donations to help keep St Pauls going and to keep providing help and pastoral care to the members of our parish.

There is a new way of donating, we are now able to accept donations by debit and credit cards. If you wish to donate, please click on the link below:

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