Summer Grand Draw 2018

Thank you to all who supported us by buying tickets!

The Prize winners were:

 

Prize

 

Name/Number

Tesco’s Finest Hamper C. Marsden

3715

£50 Tesco Voucher Sue

1243

Wine Hamper G. Lloyd

1979

Beauty Products A.  Parr

3882

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Summer Craft Fair 2018

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Calling all Crafty People….

If you’d like to run a craft stall please get in touch right away.

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The Baton is handed on

At the APCM on 22 April 2018 it was announced that this year Roland Hawcroft was not accepting a nomination as Church Warden.  We are immensely grateful for the diligent service he has given to the parish supported by Pat.  Later on we shall need to find a way of showing our appreciation for such dedication and commitment.

Nominations were however received for Margaret Hyde and for Neil Singleton and therefore they were duly appointed.

Roland writes,

“The time has arrived when I have decided to hang up the Church Warden’s wand and retire from office.  I have served in the position of Church Warden since 1976 with a break between 1984 to 1990, so I think that adds up to around 36 years.

I very much appreciated the friendliness and encouragement which I received from the six Rectors whom I served.  My thanks also go to my partners as Church Wardens: Geoff Rowbotham, Rob Hyde, Bob Green, Mike Thorley, Peter Mawtus (the only warden to be older than me!) and Margaret Hyde.  I thank them all for their cooperation and friendship.  We all worked together as a team for the good of St Helen’s Church.

I would also like to express my thanks to our verger Jean Jones for her ever willing assistance over the years, also for her supply of sweets: I trust that they won’t stop, Jean.

Finally to Neil I wish you all the best and I am sure you  will prove to be an excellent Church Warden.  You have a fine Rector and a caring partner in Margaret to work with and I am sure both will advice and encourage you in your early days.  Good Luck!

It just leaves me to thank all the congregation  since 1976 for your kindness, understanding, laughter and generosity during the years I spent as your Church Warden.  Thanks everyone.                                                                             Roland”

At the APCM Fr Robert said, “Clearly having a new Church Warden will be quite a change for the parish, as well as quite a change for both Roland and Neil.  Please pray for us  as we adjust.  We thank Neil (and Mandy) for allowing himself to be nominated for this office.”

Margaret and Neil will be duly sworn in at the Archdeacon’s Visitation at Wakefield Cathedral on 24 May.

Neil can be contacted on 07957 933736 and Margaret continues to be contactable on 01977 611805.

 

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Join us for our Patronal Festival

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Feast of S Helen Celebration Weekend

 

Saturday 19 May – S Helen’s Day

9.00am       Morning Prayer

9.30am       Rosary

10.00am      Confessions

5.00pm       Patronal Festival Mass with procession of the relic

Preacher: The Revd Dr Tom Carpenter, Assistant Curate of Goldthorpe, with Hickleton

followed by a Bring and Share Buffet

Sunday 20 May – Pentecost

8.00am       Mass

9.00am       Morning Prayer

9.45am       Sung Mass & Children’s Liturgy of the Word

5.00pm        Evening Prayer and Benediction

Tuesday 22 May

9.00am       Morning Prayer

1.30pm     School Mass in Church

Preacher: Archdeacon of Pontefract

6.30pm      Evening Prayer

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Holy Week & Easter Services

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Palm Sunday – 25 March

8.00 am        Mass

9.00 am        Morning Prayer

9.45 am        Procession, Sung Mass

                       & Children’s Liturgy

6.00 pm        Chrism Mass with Bishop Tony

at S Hilda’s, Cross Green

 

Fig Monday – 26 March

9.00 am        Morning Prayer

9.30 am        Mass

10.00 am      Stations of the Cross

6.30 pm        Evening Prayer

 

Temple Tuesday –  27 March

9.00 am Morning Prayer

9.30 am Mass

10.00 am Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

6.00 pm Confessions

6.30 pm Evening Prayer

Spy Wednesday –  28 March

9.00 am        Morning Prayer

10.00 am      Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Fr David will be available to hear confessions

10.30 am      Mass

6.00 pm        Confessions

6.30 pm        Evening Prayer

 

Maundy Thursday – 29 March

9.00 am        Morning Prayer

6.00 pm        Confessions

6.30 pm        Evening Prayer

7.30 pm        Mass of the Lord’s Supper

followed by watch of prayer until

11.45 pm Compline

 

Please bring back your Lenten Giving to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper

 

Good Friday  30 March (Day of Fasting)

9.00 am Morning Prayer

11.00 am United Walk of Witness

starting in the lay-by behind S Helen’s church

1.00 pm Children’s Stations of the Cross

2.00 pm The Liturgy of Good Friday

3.15 pm Confessions

4.00 pm Evening Prayer

 

Holy Saturday –  31 March

9.00 am Morning Prayer

9.30 am Church Cleaning

5.00 pm Confessions

5.30 pm Evening Prayer

8.00 pm Easter Vigil

& First Mass of Easter

followed by a celebratory drink

 

Please bring a Bell or something noisy to the Vigil.

 

Easter Day –  1 April

8.00 am Mass

9.00 am Morning Prayer

9.45 am Sung Mass & Children’s Liturgy

5.00 pm Evening Prayer

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Join us for Mothering Sunday – 11 March

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Lent Services & Activities

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This year our corporate Lenten Pilgrimage will include these things:

Wednesdays in Lent

at 10am we will be meditating on 2 Stations of the Cross before Mass starts at 10.30am. At 5pm we are also warmly invited to Stations of the Cross in the Chapel of the Holy Cross at Archbishop Holgate Hospital.

 

Fridays in Lent

there will be a Mass at S Helen’s at 12 noon followed by soup at the Rectory.

Please have a good think about who you might be able to invite to come along for Mass at noon followed by a simple lunch. Perhaps someone who lives on their own or someone who doesn’t get out much. Or just someone who would be interested in coming with you to church to see what it is about. These Friday lunches of worship and fellowship are perfect opportunities to invite someone new to join us. Please also sign up to help with making soups and providing bread.  For the first two weeks we’ll be in church.

Stations of the Cross will take place at 6.30pm in these locations:

Feb    16       Sacred Heart

           23       S Helen’s

 

Mar   2         Sacred Heart

           9         S Helen’s

           16       Sacred Heart

           23       S Helen’s   

 

 

All through Lent

Reading

Special Lenten devotional reading material is available in Church.

Confessions

We get the name ‘Shrove Tuesday’ from the ancient tradition of people going to confession on the day before the start of Lent. They went to be ‘shriven’ of their sins. As the Prayer Book teaches, confession is a wonderful part of our Anglican heritage.

If you have never been to Confession but want to know more PLEASE, PLEASE ask for help. If you have slipped away from Confession, now is the perfect time to come back.

Fr Robert will be available for Confession at the usual times – see here, or book an appointment (01977 610507).

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Return to the Lord

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Christmass Confessions

reconciliation-3External preparations form part of the season of Advent: they help create the Christmas atmosphere of joy and expectation.  A lot of people are extremely busy at this time.  All this is part of the Advent season but it’s not the most important thing. Let us never lose sight of the utmost importance of our interior preparation to celebrate the first coming of Our Lord: by preparing my heart, so that Jesus may be happy” as the little girl once said with all the simplicity and truth which can only come from a child.  We do that, or rather God does that, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or Confession as it’s better known.  It offers us an important way of getting closer to God (or rather God getting close to us) – to be forgiven for our sins. As Pope Francis puts it “it’s an encounter with the Lord’s mercy which spurs us on to do our best”.

Confession is not a tool of spiritual one-upmanship for the highly committed and ultra-pious. It should be a normative part of the Christian life and above all something we should offer to new Christians and to the undecided.  How can we hold back from that wonderful joy of knowing God’s complete forgives us?  This beautiful sacrament has the power to renew your lives.

Now is the time to plan, prepare and make your Christmas Confession.  Is your heart ready to receive the Christ Child this Christmass?? Come and celebrate this sacrament of renewal and transformation. 

 

Tue 19 Dec:     6.00 – 6.30 pm

Wed 20 Dec*: 10.00 – 10.30am & 11am onwards

Thu 21 Dec: 6.00 – 6.30 pm

Fri 22 Dec: 6.00 – 6.30 pm

Sat 23 Dec: 10.00 – 10.30 am & 6.00 – 6.30 pm

Sun 24 Dec: 11.00 – 11.30 am & 10.30 – 11.00 pm

Or by appointment with Fr Robert (Tel: 01977 610507)

 

* On Wed 20 Dec Fr David will be available.

 

 

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