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Advent and the Year of the Word

As Advent begins here are details of some resources you may find useful as we continue with the Year of the Word - The God Who Speaks - into 2021, and especially as we enter Advent in Year B - the Year of Mark's Gospel..

Fr John Ryan has produced a series of 5 short videos, introducing the Sunday readings for Advent and offering fresh perspectives, not only on the Gospel stories but also the letters, and especially the important Old Testament passages chosen for this season.

The videos are available on our YouTube, search for "YouTube Hallam Adult Formation" in Google Search Engine.

Also available for children and family work during Advent:

Changes to Mass Text

From the First Sunday of Advent, a minor – although significant – change is to be made to the English translation of the Roman Missal.

It affects the end of the Collects and what is called the ‘doxology’ that concludes the prayer:

‘Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.’

The Bishops’ Conference has decided to delete the word ‘one’ (from ‘one God’).

This brings the doxology into line with the Latin text.

Prayer and Reflection - Celia Bermingham

The third article is published on the Parish website.

Next week a short series of articles will begin showing how we can use the words of Our Lady to help us come nearer to God and grow in prayer.

All of the weekly reflections can be found in the main menu:


Prayers for the Sick

If you would like fellow parishioners to pray for someone who is ill or for a special intention, please drop an e-mail to the Parish office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring Shelagh on 535492

JOB VACANCY - Diocesan Property Manager

Further information is available on the Parish and Diocesan websites.

Closing date for applications noon 4th December 2020 with interviews to be held 8th December 2020.

Supporting Local Foodbanks

Last week, a total of 33 items/19.2kgs of food was donated along with an Advent calendar.

In these difficult times this was greatly appreciated by those in need. For those who are able to give, the local Foodbanks are very short of: • Long life fruit juice
• Jam
• Tinned peas
• Sweetcorn
• Tomatoes
• Pulses (mixed beans, flageolets, butter beans, kidney beans etc)
• Tins of meat casseroles (chicken, beef, curry, etc)
• Tins of processed meat (ham, corned beef, spam etc)
• Savoury rice 

Donations can be left at the back of church at any time. Thank you for your generous support. During the national lockdown, donations can be left in the Food Bank gift crate in the church entrance porch on Monday to Thursday between 2.30pm and 4.30pm, when the church is also open for private prayer.

Neighbourhood Centre

Continues to support members of our community who are struggling during these difficult times.

Over 60 food parcels are distributed every week form the centre on Wednesday and Friday’s between 12noon and 1pm.

The Centre wishes to pass on their sincere thanks to everyone who has offered support, just over £500 has been donated with one person supporting the centre on a monthly basis by a standing order donation, along with food donations collected by the parishioners of St Hugh’s Church.

If you would like to support the centre and would like to complete a standing order the details are as follows:-

Diocese of Hallam Neighbourhood Centre

Sort Code - 40 23 67

Account No 10025372.

COVID and Keeping the Church Clean

A special thank you to all our team of stewards who are continuing to keep us safe at our spiritual home for when we visit the church for private prayer during lockdown 2.

The Stewards in Team B meet this coming Friday 20th November at 6.30pm to undertake the fortnightly clean of the church.

Additional help is always welcome. Please come along if you wish to assist. The task usually takes no more than 45 minutes

Something New

Covid 19 has made everything different for us all. Our lives have been disrupted and turned upside down and we have had to invent new ways of coping.

This is especially true of our prayer life and our worship of God. The use of the internet has meant that we can participate virtually in the Mass, listen to homilies and reflections, unite to pray the rosary and other devotions.

But, has this really brought us into a closer relationship with Jesus?

Are we certain that this virtual prayer life is actually enhancing our closeness to God and is it bringing us into a friendship with him that is enlivening and re-enforcing our nearness?

It’s possible to listen to others and watch others without anything touching our hearts, our souls and our relationship with God. We do things, we watch things, we listen but do we absorb and take it all to heart?

With this thought in mind, the Parish is going to offer a series of ideas to help us to pray.

These articles will be on the Parish website, each week, beginning November 8th.

However, if you would prefer to receive an email with a WORD attachment, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you know someone who would like to receive a hard copy, please let Celia know. Thank you.

New Camera & Audio System

This new system was installed last week. We are now in the set up and testing stage which we anticipate will take a couple of weeks, whilst we get used to the system and fine tune it.

Volunteers are required to help to operate the camera system on a rota basis please either contact Ernie Godward, Deacon Chris or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pastoral Ministry Certificate

Are you called to be a “co-worker in the vineyard of the Lord”?

This 2-year online course is designed to help Catholic lay people in the North of England develop their gifts for pastoral ministry in the parish, deanery and wider community.

Starts January 2021.

4 ONLINE INFORMATION SESSIONS Available during October & November

Register for information webinars at:

Or contact Dr Greg Ryan for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday Collections

Can be left in church when open for private prayer between 2.30pm and 4,30pm Monday to Thursday.

Please remember, you can pay your weekly contributions directly into the parish account, via standing order.

For further information please either send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone the parish on 01302 535800 on Tuesday between 9am and 3pm.

If you would like to pay by cheque and sending the money to the Presbytery, please remember cheques MUST be made payable to the “Diocese of Hallam – St Paul’s, Cantley.”


If you or any of your friends would like to receive the newsletter by email, please let me know by emailing the parish at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will be added to the list.

New Encyclical - Fratelli Tutti

Pope Francis has written his third encyclical entitled Fratelli tutti (On Fraternity and Social Friendship), which he addresses to all people of goodwill and offers as a proposal for a way of life 'marked by the flavour of the Gospel’.

The document's release coincides with the conclusion of this year’s Season of Creation, and during this time of pandemic is offered as a contribution to ‘the rebirth of a universal aspiration to fraternity by acknowledging the dignity of each and every human person’.

Read the full text of FRATELLI TUTTI or


view the Summary of Fratelli Tutti here.

Bottle Tops

Please continue to bring your washed milk bottle tops.

There is a box in the porch at St Paul’s.

Thank you

Neighbourhood Centre

The pop up shop is open every Wednesday and Friday between noon and 1 pm, in front of the Centre.

Last week the Pop Up Foodbank supported 50 families and individuals who are experiencing hardship.

If you are able to support this invaluable outreach venture with donations – food and/or money - please bring it along on a Wednesday or Friday between 12noon and 1pm or drop them off at the Church.

Neighbourhood Centre new telephone contact number 07973 401399

Caritas Counselling

We understand the challenges and disruption COVID 19 is having on the quality of life and mental health.

We offer support in managing anxiety as we leave lockdown; coping with working from home; uncertainty in a changing society; social distancing and loneliness.

We are now able to offer Counselling for Men by Men!

Our regular quality assurance reviews guarantee high standards of service by our practitioners. You do not have to go through this alone.

Please contact Bernie Ware : 07980 406198

Online Donations & Opening Times

Offertory Donations

During the lockdown a number of parishioners have wondered how to make their usual offertory donations if they don't use standing orders.

We are happy to announce that it is now possible to donate to the parish using either a debit or credit card. Any amount can be donated via a link on the parish website:

or click here to go straight to the donation page:

The handling agency makes a small charge of 2.4% that is deducted from the amount you give, so if you donate £10 the parish receives £9.76 and there are no other charges either for you or the parish.

During the lockdown the parish expenses continued, but our income has reduced considerably. If you are able to either set up a new standing order/increase an existing one or make use of this new payment facility it would be appreciated.

Convent Closed

We have been advised that in view of the current problems the Convent is CLOSED to visitors.

Visitors will not be able to attend any Masses there with immediate effect.

Nor will the prayer group meet there.

Prayer Intentions

If you have a special prayer intention or need, please leave a written request in the post box in the Church Entrance Hall for inclusion in the Bidding Prayers or included in the Holy Hour Service on a Friday or at meeting of our Prayer Groups.

The 200 Club

See Newsletter for winners.

Please remember to notify any change of address via the office or one of the Deacons.

If you are interested in joining the scheme Gary Thickett can be contacted on 01302 539157 or

Membership is £2 monthly by standing order.

Further information can be found on the parish website under 'Parish Life'


Sick and Housebound

If you know anybody who is sick or housebound and would like to receive Holy Communion please contact Father Evangelist or Deacons Bill and Chris.



Standing Order Forms

We are having a drive to increase the numbers of parishioners who can give their collection by Standing Order.

The forms are in the Porch – and include, for those who pay tax, a Gift Aid declaration. There are benefits both for yourselves and for us.

Thank you for your continuing generosity.

Parish Website

Please note the new web address for the website is

We also have a new email address linked to the web site:

If you would like anything adding to the Website please contact Dave George via email:

Gift Aid Donations

If you are a tax payer but do not currently gift aid your donations please consider doing so, as they will then be worth an additional 25% to the parish.

Gift aid declarations are available in the entrance hall and may be completed at any time during the tax year and returned to Fr Evangelist or Deacons Bill & Chris.

Parish Group Emails

If you have not already joined our Parish Group E-Mail system.

All you have to do is to send an e-mail with your name, address and e-mail address to

You will then receive occasional e-mails regarding forthcoming events, times of Masses and Services at Christmas, Holy Week and Easter, etc.

We promise that your e-mail address will not be disclosed to any third party.

Going in to Hospital

Due to strict data protection rules, it is essential, that when you go into hospital, to indicate on your details or those of your relative are passed on to the Catholic Chaplain.

Also state that you or your relative would like the Catholic Chaplain to visit you.

The Chaplain visits the wards during the week and an on-call service in case of emergency is available.


Whilst you may not be able to donate in person, you can donate via standing order from your bank.

Email the office for a Standing Order Form. Remember to tick the Gift Aid Box if you are a UK Taxpayer.

Card Donations Online

Whilst you may not be able to donate in person, we still rely upon donations to help keep St Pauls going and to keep providing help and pastoral care to the members of our parish.

There is a new way of donating, we are now able to accept donations by debit and credit cards. If you wish to donate, please click on the link below: