Hallam Ascent Group is part of an international movement within the Catholic Church.  Ascent is aimed at those in the second half of life, men and women who are over fifty, retired or preparing to retire.  The movement is based on the three strands of Friendship, Spirituality and Mission.  Each group develops these basic themes according to the interests of the Group members.  Here is the 2015 Programme for Hallam Ascent.

Venue:  St Francis of Assisi Church Hall, Sandygate Road, Sheffield, S10 5SD

Meeting:  First Wednesday of the month

Time:  1.45—3.45pm

Hallam ASCENT Committee

Leader:  Veronica, 0114 2306797

Treasurer:  Helen, 0114 2364683

Website:  John, 0114 2307768

Other:  Michael, 0114 2304633

Alternatively, email: ascent@jngreen.plus.com and check our website: http://hallamascent.weebly.com which is frequently updated.


5 February  Fr Colum Kelly – Apostleship Of The Sea.  Please bring sweaters, hats, gloves, socks, toiletries, chocolates and other treats.

18 February  Ash Wednesday Soup and Cheese Lunch after Noon Mass. Fundraising for Apostleship Of The Sea.

4 March  Stations Of The Cross at St Michael’s Church, Rivelin, followed by cup of tea at Rivelin Café.

1 April  Bring your sandwiches (and hot cross bun) for a post Chrism Mass (11am at the Cathedral) Social.

6 May  Northern Retreat Day at York.  Details nearer the time.

3 June  Fr Lee Marshall – My First Year As A Priest

1 July  Retreat Day at Immingham Docks – Fr Colum Kelly, Apostleship Of The Sea.

5 August  Cream Tea Social with Prize Tombola.

3 September  Deacon Stephen Parker – Hospital Chaplaincy.

7 October  Dominic Baster – Why I Became a Catholic.

4 November  Lisa Markham – Hurt By Abuse.

25 November  Annual Ascent Lunch.

2 December  Matthew Hazell – The O Antiphons.

Social events, usually mid-month, on a Wednesday or Thursday, to include a pub lunch, walk, theatre visit etc, are planned nearer the time of the event.

Please note:  All programme items are subject to change – any updates will be on our website, http://hallamascent.weebly.com.

Subscriptions are due in January each year.  Current rates £10 single or £15 for a couple.


Menswear Wanted!

If you received new sweaters, hats, gloves or scarves this Christmas, please consider giving your old ones, or ones you don’t like, to the Apostleship Of The Sea.

Hallam Ascent are collecting them, plus toiletries, sweets and chocolates, as well as money, and will be handing them over to Apostleship Of The Sea Chaplain, Fr Colum Kelly, at their February meeting  (details above).  Please contact Veronica Sowerby, 0114 2306797 or John Green, 0114 2307768.


Prayer of The ASCENT Movement

O Divine Trinity, we are the senior members of your Church.

Increase in us Faith, Hope and Charity that YOU may:

Reveal your love to children — through our kindness

Give your encouragement to the young — through our understanding

Give your help to adults — through our readiness to serve

Give your peace to fellow elderly — through our serenity

Give new confidence to the sick — through our concern

Show your support to the downtrodden — through our friendship

We thank you for counting on us to be the witnesses of your wisdom

and tender love in today’s world.

Through Mary and our friends in heaven we surrender ourselves to your love.

While awaiting the blessed day when you will lavish happiness upon us,

we offer you our lives for your Glory and for the Salvation of the world,

you who love us now and forever.