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                FUNERAL OF HRH THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH                                                            SATURDAY 17th APRIL 2021                                                                                    PRIVATE PRAYER & LIGHTING OF CANDLES

 Church will be open for Private Prayer & the Lighting of Candles next Saturday morning, 17th April 2021 from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. in advance of the Funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, which will take place at 3.00 p.m. in the afternoon in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

PUBLIC WORSHIP AT ST WILFRID’S  DURING CURRENT COVID RESTRICTIONS

During the current restrictions, it is still possible for us to hold Services / celebrate Mass in Church.    As progress is made on the easing of restrictions, following the Government’s ‘Road Map’, we will update you all on any changes.

Sunday Mass Times – Said Mass

9.30 a.m. – for those whose surnames begin with the letters A to J

10.30 a.m. – for those whose surnames begin with the letters K – Z

Live Streaming of Mass:         The Mass at 10.30 a.m. will be live-streamed each Sunday on our Facebook page – St Wilfrid’s Cantley – except on the second Sunday of each month when the Mass at 9.30 a.m. will be live-streamed.   Our thanks are due to Kirsty Rigg, our Centenary Project Youth Worker, for her videography skills in making this possible!

Opening Times for Private Prayer
The Church will also be open for Private Prayer at the following times:

Wednesdays – from 9.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Fridays – from 9.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Safety & Seating Arrangements – Please follow the arrangements below.   Thank you

AN EASTER MESSAGE FROM OUR VICAR

 As I write this, the crocuses and snowdrops are starting to appear in my garden, bringing a feeling of new life, joy and hope. We’ve needed every sign of hope and every form of resilience over this last year during the pandemic. After the long restrictions, and after such loss, it has been a hard time to bear.

At Easter time we are presented with a message of hope. On Good Friday all seems dark and lost. Good Friday tells us of death on a Cross and a body quickly laid to rest in a tomb. But this was not the end.

On Easter Sunday morning, before daylight, a group of women approached the tomb and the stone at its entrance had been rolled away. The angel said, “He is not here.”  It’s a strange thing to say; it was baffling.  But the angel also said, “He is risen.”

We have been living through dark and strange times, but Good Friday was not the end; it was not the final answer. “He is risen.” Christ’s victory had been won, carrying with it hope, joy, and peace. Through God’s grace, may our longing, aching and hurting world experience that same Easter joy, bringing us a sense of hope for the future.   

With Easter blessings.    Fr. Andrew

 

FOODBANK COLLECTION & AWARDS

Our collection for the Foodbank this month – Thursday 18th March 2021 – was a magnificent 332.3 kilos, which was particularly amazing considering the many Easter Eggs which were so kindly donated, but which weigh very little!    Cash donations were used to purchase items on the Foodbank’s ‘wanted’ list.     A BIG Thank You’ to everyone for your efforts and your generosity.

This month we would also like to thank the Congregation of Cantley Methodist Church for all their donations.

At collection time, the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Mrs Carole O’Neill JP, came to present the High Sheriff’s Award for Services in the Community to Martin & Shirley Donnelly, from the Foodbank, and to Father Andrew, on behalf of Saint Wilfrid’s, for all your efforts. 

An Award was also presented to Jane Nadin for all her work in organising our monthly collections for the Foodbank and for her voluntary work at Crucial Crew.

 

Fr. ANDREW HOWARD APPOINTED AN HONORARY CANON

OF SHEFFIELD   CATHEDRAL

It was announced in Sheffield Cathedral at the end of the Eucharist on Sunday 7th February 2021, by the Acting Dean, the Revd. Canon Geoffrey Harbord, that six new Honorary Canons of Sheffield Cathedral have been appointed, of whom one is our Vicar, Fr. Andrew Howard.

We offer our congratulations to Fr. Andrew on this appointment, which is so very well deserved, not only for all that he has done for St Wilfrid’s but also for the wider community in the Doncaster Deanery & the Diocese of Sheffield and within the Hickleton Chapter.

Here are some extracts from the official announcement by the Diocese:

“The appointment of six new Honorary Canons was announced in Sheffield Cathedral this morning. Honorary Canons (who can be lay or ordained) are appointed by the Bishop, having consulted the Acting Dean, in recognition of distinguished service to the diocese.  Whilst they have no direct part in the governance of the Cathedral, they promote its Mission and Ministry throughout the Diocese.

It is necessary for Honorary Canons to be installed in the Cathedral and it is only after the installation that the honorary title of ‘Canon’ is taken.  Since the installation cannot be done remotely, it must wait until the current restrictions are eased.  A date for that service will be announced in due course.

Commenting on the appointments, Canon Geoffrey Harbord, the Acting Dean said: “I very much welcome the appointment of six new members of the College of Canons. They possess a diverse range of skills and experience and will be excellent ambassadors for the Cathedral across the Diocese.”

Bishop Pete said, ‘Our Diocese is blessed with a wealth of gifted and dedicated Ministers of the Gospel, lay and ordained, and each of these six new Canons illustrates that richness.  It has been a joy for me to invite each of them to become an Honorary Canon, in recognition of the valuable contribution each has made, and continues to make, to the life of our Diocese, and I look forward very much to their installation as soon as that becomes possible.”

 

SAFETY ARRANGEMENTS

To comply with Government ‘Test and Trace’ procedures, names and contact details of all attendees will be required.

Churchwardens & Deputy Churchwardens will be on duty at each Mass, to act as ‘Stewards’, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone present and that we all fully comply with Government & Church of England Guidelines on COVID

Signs reminding attendees of the procedures to be followed are placed inside the entrance to Church.   Specifically, attendees must observe the following arrangements on each and every visit to Church:

  • Sanitize their hands on entry and on leaving Church. Hand sanitizer for this purpose will be provided and will be available in the Porch and near the West Door at the back of Church
  • The Main Church Door and the West Door will be left wide open so that no-one entering or leaving the Church has to touch the door handle.
  • A ONE WAY System will be in operation. ENTRY will be through the Main South Porch Door and EXIT will be through the West Door at the back of Church. Please take care when leaving through the West Door since some of the paving stones outside the West Door are a little uneven
  • Follow Social Distancing Rules whilst in Church – i.e. a MINIMUM of 2.0 metres apart at all times.
  • Everyone, and particularly those who fall into the “Vulnerable Category”, enter Church entirely at their own risk.
  • The wearing of Face Masks inside Church is compulsory at all times. Anyone not wearing a Face Mask will NOT be allowed to enter Church. Face Masks will NOT be provided but are the responsibility of each individual.  Gloves should NOT be worn, since they may be a source of transmission of the virus, but hand sanitizing on entry and exit MUST be observed.
  • Face Masks should be worn and in place when you go up to receive Communion in one kind – placed into your hands.   Please wait until you have moved away from the Celebrant before raising your Face Mask to consume the wafer.   This minimises any risk to the Celebrant.
  • Communion will be in one kind only. Only the Celebrant will partake of the Chalice. Communion will be distributed by the Celebrant from the area in front of the Rood Screen, with a one-way system in operation in this area in order to observe the 2.0 metre distance. Since all those present will have carried out hand sanitization on entry to the Church, there will not be a requirement to do this again immediately before receiving Communion
  • There will be NO access to either the Toilets or the Kitchen Area and notices to this effect will be placed on the appropriate doors.
  • Children must be properly supervised by their parent(s) or a suitable adult at all times and there will be no provision of toys for the foreseeable future.

Seating Arrangements

Suitable Seating arrangements have been pre-set and must be strictly adhered to at all times.

  • Pews which can be used are marked with a GREEN Tick. These will enable members of the same family (who must be living together) to sit together.   These will be suitably distanced from others.
  • Pews marked with a RED Cross are those considered to be too close in terms of complying with Social Distancing Rules and must NOT be used.
  • Chairs in the newly refurbished North Aisle have been placed with adequate spacing between them to comply with Social Distancing Rules. Chairs must NOT be moved from these pre-set arrangements.

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We hope that you will find all the information which you require about our Church and the life of our parish but if we can be of any help, do please contact us. Better still, please come and visit us in our beautiful and historic church. To see our Church and the Parish surrounding it, use this Google Earth placemark. (See our links page to get Google Earth).

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For enquiries about Baptisms, Marriages or Funerals please contact Fr Andrew

 

DayObservanceTime
WednesdayNo Services until further notice
FridayNo Services until further notice
SaturdayNo Services until further notice