Christ Among Us

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has called for a “Revolution of Tenderness” and has challenged us all to see and hear each other and to respond with words and actions of love.

St Vincent de Paul

The community that makes up St Vincent’s Furniture Store has been working in just this way for thirty years now.

  On the Feast of St Vincent de Paul a special Mass was celebrated to mark this significant anniversary.

 

St Vincent’s Furniture Store 30th Anniversary Mass

On Wednesday, 27 September, the feast of our patron, St Vincent de Paul, a Mass was celebrated at St Vincent’s Furniture Store to mark our 30th Anniversary.

  Bishop Ralph, Fr Andrew Browne, Fr Shaun Smith and Mgr Kilgannon concelebrated the Mass and it was a joyous occasion.

  Bishop Ralph also commented that the founding principle of the Furniture Store was the notion of recognising Christ in the poor and responding to their needs, and this remains the guiding principle today.

  When you visit our website the first thing you see is ‘30 Years and Still Going Strong’.  Bishop Ralph said that we are obviously proud and delighted to have reached this significant milestone and we should be, for the service we provide has made it possible for many people, perhaps already written off by some, to turn their lives around and make new beginnings.

  The celebration of the Mass and the fact that it was held at the Store, where all the hard work is carried out by staff and volunteers, made the evening all the more meaningful.

  The Staff, Volunteers and Management Committee would like to thank everyone who attended on the night.  Without your help and support we would not be able to carry out our vital work, which is as much needed today as when St Vincent walked this earth.

  Bishop Ralph’s words sum it all up ~ “May the Lord who began this good work, and who sustains it day by day, bring it to completion.”

Lorraine Healy, Manager of Furniture Store

Mark’s 200 Miles Cycling Adventure

For most Sheffield teachers, the summer holidays are a time to relax ahead of the new term in September. Try telling that to Mark Conway.

Mark Conway, ready to set off on his journey

  The selfless St Wilfrid’s Primary School: a Catholic Voluntary Academy teacher has just completed a gruelling charity bike ride to London which totalled around 200 miles.

  Mark completed the challenge in just two days and cycled over 110 miles to Wellingborough on Saturday, 29 July before completing his journey the following day.

  Mark, who is Head of RE at St Wilfrid’s, raised over £1,000 for aid agency CAFOD and finished his journey at their head offices in Westminster.

  CAFOD works in over forty countries, helping people to tackle poverty and injustice wherever the need is greatest.

  Mark said, “CAFOD does a lot of good work and I wanted to raise some money in an exciting way.

  “I stayed away from the M1 and got lost around Milton Keynes which added about 10 miles to my journey.  This made the second day a bit of a killer and I was dreading it a bit, cycling around London can be quite hairy!

  “It was great to have so many people cheering me on, including kids from my class and other members of staff at St Wilfrid’s.  I also got to meet a lot of people on the way who were very supportive.  I won’t be doing it again but I will definitely think of something else to do next year!”

  Mark initially hoped to raise £200 but has gone well beyond his target, with donations reaching £1,145.

  CAFOD’s representative in Hallam, Jeremy Cain, said, “Thank you to Mark for taking on this remarkable challenge – we are very grateful for the time and effort he gave up.

  “It sounds like a gruelling journey and it is testament to Mark that he was able to battle through.  He quite literally went the extra mile for CAFOD and we are all very proud of his efforts.”

  To donate, visit Mark’s JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mark-Conway7.

  For more information about CAFOD’s work, visit http://www.cafod.org.uk/.