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4th Sunday of Easter/Yr B -    Sunday 22nd April 2018

A very big thank you to the anonymous donors to our Building Fund who read about our situation in the Yorkshire Post. We are very very grateful.

SACRED HEART BUILDING FUND. The Yorkshire Post has written an article about our church. Click HEREto read it. There is picture of Kath, Susannah and IanHEREThank you to the Yorkshire Post for permission to use the article.


May Easter wrap its loveliness about your heart And may the full significance of the Resurrection
Dawn on you as bright and beautiful as the eternal spring --- And whenever dark hours come,
May the remembrance of the Resurrection Shine through the darkness and light your way with faith
And lift the clouds from your heart as the stone was lifted from the tomb

Have you seen our latest photographs? THEY ARE HERE.

Please pray for them.
Damian Ainscough, Anna Barszcz, Margaret Brodigan, Christopher Brown, Jean de Bosch, Patience Dare, Carol Dent, Kathleen Evans, Anne Evans, Anne Haywood, Dorothy Kershaw, Anthony Margrave, Alma McHugh, Bernard Rook, Michael Ryan, Timmy Ryan, Margaret Scott, Pat Sullivan, Kevin and Catherine Thornton, Lynne Walker and all those who are ill and would like to remain anonymous.

Holy Communion for the sick and housebound
The letter of St James, Chapter 5, verse 14: “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”
If you or anyone you know is ill, either in hospital or at home, and would like to receive the Church’s ministry in anointing and Holy Communion, please let Fr Nigel know and he will come and visit you/your family and friends

CLEANING TEAM D for Howden this week.

At Sacred Heart there are two boxes at the back of the Church. One is for food items (in cans and packets only please) for the food bank at Trinity Methodist Church, Goole (which is in urgent need of constant replenishing). The other box is for woolly hats for the apostleship of the sea to give to those who work at sea. Many thanks to parishioners in Goole who very kindly knitted the most recent donations. Patterns for hats are available at the back of the church.

ST JOSEPH’S READERS’ LIST for May is now available on the website.

Friday 20th April at 10.30am. Donations of Bric-a-Brac, books, jigsaws etc. and items for Tombola Stall would be gratefully received.

Amount received from the Easter Raffle was £107.00. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes and bought a ticket.

Volunteers are needed to read now and again during the 5pm Saturday Mass and the 11am Sunday Mass. Our numbers are depleting and we do need you. 
If you feel you would like to put your name forward would you have a word with Pauline at the 11am Sunday Mass or telephone on 01405 839337.
Eucharistic Ministers are need for both Masses at St. Joseph's. If you are interested in training for this sacred ministry please speak to Fr. Barr after Mass or telephone the Presbytery in Howden - 01430 430245.


Our church fundraising bingo and quiz night is being held on Saturday 30th June at the Howden Working Men's Club
Doors open at 7pm.  Eyes down for bingo 7.30pm followed by the Quiz.
Please come along and support, feel free to bring your friends to enjoy a game of bingo and then test your wits with our general quiz.
As well as being a fun evening ALL proceeds will go direct to our church repairs.
Looking forward to seeing you thereROOF’US FUND: WONDERFUL NEWS
We have some wonderful news for you. Our target of £25,000 has been reached. Now £25,152.90) It is all thanks to your generous support by way of your donations of money, giving time to bake on coffee mornings, buying the Roof’us slates, doing the weekly Numbers Up game buying tickets for and donating prizes to the raffles. Special thanks to the fund-raising team for all their hard work, effort and enthusiasm.
We still, of course, need you to continue in this way, as in addition to what we previously intended doing, we have had to add extensive floor repairs, stone work and stain glass window refurbishment, full decorating throughout, improving disabled access, the WC and new kitchen facilities, new heating system… Yes, it does seem like an endless task, but it is a very worthwhile cause and our duty to restore and maintain such a beautiful church building for future generations to come.
We also have to prove to the grant awarding bodies, as well as to the Diocese, that we are active parishioners and care enough to raise our share of the upkeep costs.
So today we need to give ourselves a well-deserved pat on the back to have reached this first milestone, then, we need to step forward together again in support of this worthy cause.
Thank you all again and God bless you all.

If anyone wishes to make a cheque donation towards our refurbishment please make it payable to: The Sacred Heart Refurbishment Fund. Thank you.


As you may know, Bishop Marcus is intending that the Sacrament of Confirmation be administered to children in school year 6, as the norm, rather than in school year 9.
For this reason our parish will be giving Confirmation preparation sessions for members of this year’s Year 6 on Friday afternoons, from 2.30pm – 3.30pm on these dates: 27 April,
4, 11, 18, 25 May, 15, 22, 29 June and 6 and 13 of July. As you can see, ten sessions in total.
These will all take place in St Joseph’s School Hall. Each child must be accompanied by at least one parent (ideally both parents). This is not intended for St Joseph’s School children only. If you have a child in current Yr 6 in another school, and you wish them to be confirmed, then please bring them along to the first session. The Sacrament of Confirmation  will then be celebrated at St Joseph’s  Church at some time (yet to be decided) in November 2018. We will be beginning a similar programme for next school year’s Year 6 children in late September.  There will be a celebration of Confirmation this summer at St Joseph’s for children in years above Year 6, and who have not yet been confirmed. Fr Nigel already has a list of names for this, and will be contacting parents shortly about the preparation times and venue.


Cleaning the Brass

£59.00 banked on 19th March 2018

Thank you, everyone, for this great amount.

Many thanks to all who helped, contributed and enjoyed our last Coffee and Baking in April, your generosity made the grand total of £63.69.
Our next Coffee and Baking will be Sunday 6th May in time for some Bank Holiday treats!