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The parish community of the Sacred Heart, Goldthorpe, together with the Marist Sisters, have been very busy in the first half of 2016 with celebrations moving through the seasons of snow and rain, to events enhanced by the flowers of Spring and Summer. Two key events in this period were the Women’s World Day of Prayer and the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Marist Sisters.  Sr Carmel shares her experience of both these special events.

On Sunday, 22 May the parish community of Sacred Heart, Goldthorpe celebrated the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Marist Sisters.

Marist 50th anniversary 1 (Copy)  “The perfume of flowers filled the sanctuary and the whole church.

  “Undercover cakes and goodies made their way to the kitchen.  Having Sr Teresa, Maz’s representative, joining us for the celebration made us a trio.  Fr Martin skilfully wove us into his homily on the Blessed Trinity, which was a blessing for today and a challenge for tomorrow.

  “The parishioners expressed their appreciation in topnotch decor, floral arrangements, cards and tributes.  As the representatives of the Marist Sisters – Darina, Carmel and Teresa – we were overwhelmed, but went away with memories to cherish and to share with others.

Marist 50th anniversary 2 (Copy)  “On behalf of the Marist Order, Sr Teresa made a short address – ‘Fr Martin, parishioners and friends, on behalf of the Marist Sisters and especially on behalf of those who ministered here over the past  50 years, I thank you for all the love and support you gave the Sisters which enabled them to fulfill their ministries.  I was not one of them but I do know how much they really appreciated your friendliness and your caring.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart!  May God bless you all.’”

Women’s World Day of Prayer 2016

‘Receive Children. Receive me.’

“Friday, 4 March was the day we saw an unexpected blizzard-like fall of snow cover South Yorkshire. It sent panic down our spines at the thought of broken bones, pneumonia, hypothermia and the question – would anyone brave it to this prayer event?  But they did.  The sun began to shine in our hearts as we greeted the ladies who danced into the church in their colourful Cuban style dresses.  And what a surprise to see Anna wheel her mother Amelia through the snow.  Amelia is the most senior member of our parish community.  There was joy all over her face.  Members of all our local churches were involved in the Service, either in preparation or in participation on the day.

Sacred Heart WWDP 1 (Copy)  “Pastor Karen Beecham from the local Methodist Church led the reflection on the importance of recognising the spirituality and insightfulness of children and of making space for them in our worship.

  “And to our great joy … there they were in our midst – a group of children from Sacred Heart Primary School moved the hearts and souls of all present with their sweet singing of ‘Here I am Lord’, ‘Share the Light of Jesus’ and ‘Be still for the presence of the Lord’ – to greet the Gospel.  Your choir did you proud Marie.  Gareth Malone would be in the shade!Sacred Heart WWDP 2 (Copy)

  “We prayed that our worldwide prayer this year rebounded to the benefit of our brothers and sisters, the children of Cuba and to children all over the world.

  “Needless to say how much the mouth-watering ‘Torticas of Havana’ and the Chocolate Brownies were enjoyed by all at the end of the service.”