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Prayer for the Nation

Fr Robert warmly encourages as many as possible to unite at 6pm each day to say the Angelus and offer intercessions for the vulnerable and those charged with their care during this second national lockdown.You could try to listen out for the bell being rung.

Paper copies of the resource will be available in church.

You can download the resources for this initiative here.

Other prayer resources here.

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Remembrance Sunday

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Church Opening during the the Second Lockdown

Throughout the second lockdown church will remain open

Sundays, Wednesdays & Saturdays
(and also 4-5pm Sundays)

– Individual Prayer
– For the council and the ministry of a priest (including the sacraments)*
– Funeral Services
– To receive donations for the foodbank
– To receive collections

Unfortunately legislation currently forbid certain types of worship from taking place in public however the Mass and the Offices will still be celebrated privately.

*More information available in due course

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A World First in Hemsworth?

Hemsworth Young People make a world first in eRinging

Sadly this year due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage had to be held at home and done virtually. As part of the programme Hemsworth young people achieved a world first: Live eRinging to call the faithful to Mass.

Throughout the lockdown Hemsworth ringers have been meeting virtually on RiningRoom to practice their art of church bell ringing from the safety of their own PC at home. However young pilgrims, who also happened to all be bell ringers wanted to try something new – coming together to ring online, but artificially amplified, so that their skills can still call the faithful to Mass – even at time when we sadly can’t safely ring the bells in our tower.

Amelia Johnson, one young pilgrim eRingers reflected:

I loved doing eRinging because it is nice to be with people to do bell ringing. It is nice to just do a type of ringing outside the church.

Fr Robert W Hart SSC, Rector of Hemsworth said:

Of course we prefer heavy metal, but we wanted to find a safe way to bring together our young people as we share our faith during the virtual Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage. One of the bells in our tower is from the 15th Century and has the inscription, “Maria Mater Dei: Miserere Mei” (Mary Mother of God Have mercy on me). Doing eRinging during a virtual pilgrimage in honour of Mary, Queen of All Creation seemed like a natural development of this. It was also a safe way of bringing together our young people who have been so badly affected by the social distancing required because of the Pandemic.

More photos of the Pilgrimage which also included Mass, bible studies on the theme of creation, camping, music, baking and discussions can be found here

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Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage 2020 @ Home in Hemsworth

Sunday 2nd August

After Mass, when you get home watch the preview, here:

Monday 3rd August

6.55pm Log on

7.00pm Welcome and First Visit with Fr Kevin Smith, Bishop Philip North and CJM – watch at home.

Tuesday 4th August

10.30am Mass in Church

11.00am Bible Study with Fr Philip Barnes, Fr Paul Robinson and Caroline Ward – in the Rectory garden.

7.00pm Virtual Holy Mile Procession with Rosary

Wednesday 5th August

9.45am Virtual Ringing – the Rectory Garden.

10.30am Mass in Church

11.00am Bible Study with Fr Philip Barnes, Fr Paul Robinson and Caroline Ward – in the Rectory garden.

7.00pm Devotion and Benediction with Fr Kevin and music from CJM – watch at home.

Thursday 6th August

9.45am Virtual Ringing – the Rectory Garden.

10.30am Mass in Church

11.00am Bible Study with Fr Philip Barnes, Fr Paul Robinson and Caroline Ward – in the Rectory garden.

7.00pm Bishop Philip North – watch at home.

Friday 7th August

9.45am Virtual Ringing – the Rectory Garden.

10.30am Mass in Church

11.00am Last Visit with Fr Kevin Smith and music from CJM – watch in the Rectory garden.

11.45am Bring and don’t share lunch – in the Rectory garden.

Download the Youth Pilgrimage booklet below:

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Re-Opening for Public Worship

We’re delighted to have re-opened for public worship.
Masses at 8.00am & 9.45am on Sunday
Daily throughout the week – times here

In order to allow social distancing of 1m (3 feet) everyone except for children under the age of 11 is required to wear a face covering.

Message of Welcome and Some Guidance.

We look forward to welcoming you.



Our church building is open daily: 9-11am – more here.


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Welcome back to Saint Helen’s, the Parish Church of Hemsworth.
Church Open
9-11am Daily.
All welcome

There has been an announcement that public worship may return to our church building from 4 July and detailed guidance is to follow. Whilst await that guidance before we are able to make any detailed announcements, let us rejoice, that the period of exile from the sacraments is drawing to a close. In the meantime do make use of the church being open for individual prayer.

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Support our Work in the Community

Unfortunately, at the moment, we’re unable to do our usual fundraising to support our vital work in the community. Nevertheless we still need to pay our bills. Please support us by making a secure donation here:

Perhaps you could also donate any unwanted books, CDs, DVDs and computer games (they have to have a barcode on them)? These items can be brought to church between 9-11am each day. If they can’t be brought then please contact Fr Robert who’ll try to arrange collection.

We’re also collecting food at the church for those who need it.

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Celebrate Hemsworth’s Patron Saint

We’re getting very excited about Saturday’s Celebration of Hemsworth’s Patron Saint.

Coming to a street near you!
(timings are approximate)

Woodland Crescent
Conisborough Way
Lowfields Estate

Little Hemsworth
Common End
Scots Estate
Hamel Rise

West End
Holly Bank
Spring Vale Rise

Please join in by:
-praying for good weather
-arrange to have a socially distance festive afternoon tea (or perhaps something bubbly) in your front gardens to be able to receive the blessing of the relic.
-encourage your neighbours to join in too


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May Online Rosary Group

May is traditionally ‘Mary’s month’, when we join with her in celebration of her Son’s glorious Resurrection.  Pope Francis is encouraging households to join together in praying the Rosary throughout May, and we are encouraging families to do the same.  

To help with this we’re hoping to have May Online Rosary Group. We’re planning to meet

Each Tuesday in May at 5pm using Zoom

This will allow us to come together to say hello, briefly share some news, and to Pray the Rosary together. Fr Robert will lead the meeting.

Some guidance on how to get yourself set-up to join the meeting, and on how the meeting will be conducted is available here.

If you would like to join the group please contact Fr Robert for the zoom link.

Digital Booklet – How to Pray The Rosary Booklet

Printer Friendly Sheet – Printer-friendly Rosary guide

PDF Pope Francis Prayer to Our Lady – DOWNLOAD

Watch a how to pray the Rosary Film:

With thanks to Fr Allen Morris of the Parish of St Nicholas, Boldmere who gave this inspiration for these notes.

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