The October edition of the Hallam News carried news of the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the church of St Charles Borromeo. The article also carried an invitation to all past and present parishioners to join in the celebration of Mass on the Feast of St Charles, which is 4 November. Many people took up this invitation. Greg De Couto gives his account of this special celebration.
St Charles has opened its doors to the Polish, Slovak and Eritrean communities of Sheffield. The Jesus Youth Organisation has made St Charles its national headquarters and they use the church daily. All of them celebrate the liturgies of the Catholic Church in their own languages every week.
The special Feast Day Mass was celebrated by Bishop Ralph and the co-celebrants were Fr Christopher Posluszny, Fr Albert Savaille and Fr Stephen Ssekiwunga. The Mass was well attended, over 160 filled the pews. The Gospel was read in English, Slovak and Polish. A guest Eritrean priest also read the Gospel in Tigrinya.
Benediction was celebrated after Mass. The Blessed Sacrament was processed around the local area before returning into church for the closing of the service.
Finally, a reception was held for everyone in the Hallam Pastoral Centre. Food from every community now using the church was in ample supply. Conversations of old school days and times in the parish were among several topics being discussed.
Many thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make this day a success. We plan to do the same at the 200-year celebrations, so please make a note in your diaries.
There is a history board on display in the church. It contains many snippets and pictures of the days gone by. It will be on show for a while yet. Do please come along and have a look. If you have any information to add to it, be sure it will be welcome. When the display is eventually taken down all of it will be archived ready for the next big day.