Castleford Team Parish
Parish Magazine June 2014 50p
CLERGY Rector: Fr. Michael Wood, 01977 518127 The Rectory, 15 Barnes Road, Castleford WF10 5AA firstname.lastname@example.org Team Vicar: Fr. Mark Watkins, 01977 511659 The Vicarage, St Michaels Close, Castleford WF10 4EY email@example.com Asst. Curate: Fr. Kevin Greaves, 01977 512404 The Vicarage, Churchfield Lane, Glasshoughton WF10 4BP firstname.lastname@example.org Polish Priest: Fr. Gregory Ruszczynski,
Lay Pastoral Minister: Mrs Lynda Maw
Parish Office: (Enquiries for Baptisms) Saturdays at 10.00-10.30am at All Saintâ€™s Church, Castleford. Editor, Magazine & Pew Sheets (including Diary Dates): Andrew Goyns, 01924 898593 email@example.com
THE DIOCESE OF WEST YORKSHIRE AND THE DALES THE RECTORâ€™S LETTER Dear Friends,
On June 28th, Fr. Kevin will be ordained as a priest in the Cathedral at Wakefield. It is a frightening time, not because of what he will have to go through but because of the expectations which will be placed upon him. People expect much from their priests and that is right but equally to use the expression, we are but frail earthen vessels and by ourselves are doomed to fail. Over the years though there have been many, many priests who have not failed and this has been because of two things, both are significant but one is far more important than the other. The first are the people the priest is called to work with and among but far more important is what is known as the Grace of Orders or the Power of God. Anything which a priest achieves is achieved through his people and by the power God and that will be the same for Fr. Kevin. Do please continue to support him by your prayers. There are tickets available if you would like to be with him in person at the cathedral. For a year he has been a Deacon, so what is the difference. A deacon is not allowed to give blessings but a priest can so from the end of June Fr. Kevin has the authority to give blessings which means that he Can offer forgiveness (absolution is a type of blessing), be can conduct weddings and most importantly he can celebrate the Mass. (Fr. Mark and I will be going on a very long cruise from the beginning of July.) Importantly he will be celebrating Mass for the very first time at 7.30pm on Monday 30th at St Pauls and of course the service will be (continued on page 4)
June 2014 (continued from page 3) followed by a “fuddle.” “But what if ….. I mess it up, forget what to do, get it wrong etc, etc, etc. These are thoughts which have gone through every priest’s mind as they stand in front of the altar for the very first time and yet within a couple of weeks it will be feel as though he has been there for years and years. That is the Grace of Orders and during that time the congregation (you) will have forgotten that it is something he was in a spin about only a few weeks ago. So do please remember Fr. Kevin in your prayers but just as importantly pleaser try to be with him for these two special events in his life but continue also to pray for all your priests and on a personal note this year I celebrate my thirtieth year as a Deacon (twenty nine as a priest) – just how old does that make me feel.
A LETTER FROM FATHER KEVIN Dear Friends, It really doesn’t seem two minutes since I came to the parish as a deacon. Believe it or not, it was June last year, it’s surprising how time flies (for some of you it may seem a lot longer!). In that time I have learnt so many things, if I had to list them all I would need to have the same amount of paper as this magazine. I would like to thank you all for your support and encouragement , it really has meant a lot to me. I would also especially like to thank Fr Michael and Fr Mark as sometimes I don’t know how they put up with me. In the last 11 months I can honestly say I have enjoyed every minute, I hope you all feel the same. I recently met with Bishop Tony, Area Bishop of Wakefield to discuss the possibility of becoming a priest. At the end of the meeting I am pleased to say that he has agreed for me to be ordained into the priesthood. My ordination will be at Wakefield Cathedral on Saturday 28th June at 11.00am. Bishop Tom Butler acting Area Bishop of Bradford will be ordaining myself along with some of my fellow deacons from the former Wakefield Diocese. I would therefore like to invite you to my ordination to be part of a very special day. Tickets for the service can be obtained from myself, either when you see me in person or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 512404. To avoid disappointment please ask for a ticket as soon as possible because as deacons we have only been allocated 30 tickets for our congregations. After the ordination my first Mass as priest will be at St Paul’s Glasshoughton on Monday 30th June at 7.30pm. It would be fantastic if you could come along, I will try not to drop anything or make too 8
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many mistakes. There are no tickets for the Mass everyone is welcome however, to help with the catering for the buffet which will be held in church could you let your church wardens know if you will be coming. Lastly I would like to ask you to hold me in your prayers as I prepare for this life changing experience. To help you there are some prayer cards and these can be found in your church. God Bless and thank you for your continued support. In Jesus Christ Our Saviour. Fr Kevin
Across 1 See 23 Across 3 Where the thief on the cross was told he would be, with Jesus (Luke 23:43) (8) 8 Invalid (4) 9 Blasphemed (Ezekiel 36:20) (8) 11 Adhering to the letter of the law rather than its spirit (Philippians 3:6) (10) 14 Shut (Ecclesiastes 12:4) (6) 15 ‘This is how it will be with anyone who — up things for himself but is not rich towards God’ (Luke 12:21) (6) 17 Mary on Isis (anag.) (10) 20 Agreement (Hebrews 9:15) (8) 21 Native of, say, Bangkok (4) 22 Deaf fort (anag.) (5-3) 23 and 1 Across ‘The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of — to work it and take — of it’ (Genesis 2:15) (4,4) Down 1 Struggle between opposing forces (Habakkuk 1:3) (8) 2 James defined this as ‘looking after orphans and widows in their distress and keeping oneself from being polluted by the world’ (James 1:27) (8) 4 ‘The one I kiss is the man; — him’ (Matthew 26:48) (6) 5 ‘Be joyful in hope, patient in — , faithful in prayer’ (Romans 12:12) (10) 6 St Columba’s burial place (4) 7 Swirling current of water (4) 10 Loyalty (Isaiah 19:18) (10) 12 ‘God was pleased through the foolishness of what was — , to save those who believe’ (1 Corinthians 1:21) (8) 13 Camp where the angel of the Lord slew 185,000 men one night (2 Kings 19:35) (8) 16 ‘There is still — — — Jonathan; he is crippled in both feet’(2 Samuel 9:3) (1,3,2) 18 David Livingstone was one (4) 19 Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (1,1,1,1)
The story of Pentecost is found in Acts 2. After the Ascension of Jesus, the disciples had obeyed his command to stay in Jerusalem and to ‘wait for the promise from the Father’. Jesus said this would be the ‘baptism of the Holy Spirit’, but the disciples had no idea what that meant. They soon found out! Acts tells us that at about 9 o’clock one morning, a sound like a rushing wind from heaven suddenly filled the house, and divided tongues as if of fire rested on each one of them. The Holy Spirit had come down and filled them with his divine power! Praise, preaching and witnessing followed that morning – and the Church was born.
Pentcost, Trinity, Jerusalem, Disciples, Praying, Tongues, Power, High, Fires, Flames, Languages, Praise, Drunk, Wine, Nine, Morning, Glory, Waiting, Place, Wind, Father, Son, Holy, Spirit, Eternal.
4pm at York Minister - Service commissioning the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales and the Inauguration of Bishop Nick as Bishop of Leeds.
Hightown Hall at 7pm showing of the third Narnia movie, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader at 7pm.
7.30pm Sung Mass at Castleford for Corpus Christi, the celebration of the Body and Blood of Jesus followed by drinks.
Castleford Male Voice Choir Concert at Hightown 7.15pm. Entry £6. Proceeds to Church Funds.
7 for 7.30pm Mass followed by PCC Meeting.
11am Fr Kevin’s Ordination in Wakefield Cathedral.
10am Parish Mass for St Peter’s Day at Castleford.
7.30pm at St Pauls, Fr Kevin’s First Mass followed by a reception in church.
A PRAYER FOR PRIESTS Grant O God, that the same mind may be in all the priests of your church which was in Jesus himself: his self-forgetting humility; interest in common things; love of ordinary people; compassion for the fallen; tolerance for the mistaken; patience with the slow and in all things sensitive to your will. This prayer as all prayers are made in Jesus name. Amen. 16
READINGS FOR JUNE
The Seventh Sunday of Easter (W) Sunday after Ascension Day Acts: 1: 6-14 Psalm : 68: 1-10, 32-35 1 Peter: 4: 12-14, 5.6-11 John: 17: 1-11;
DAY OF PENTECOST (R) Acts : 2: 1-21 Psalm: 104: 26-end 1 Corinthians: 12: 3b-13 John: 20: 19-23
TRINITY SUNDAY (W) Isaiah: 40: 12-17, 27-end; Psalm: 8; 2 Corinthians: 13: 11-end; Matthew: 28: 16-20;
The First Sunday after Trinity (G) Jeremiah: 20: 7-13; Psalm: 69: 8-11 Romans: 6: 1b-11; Matthew: 10: 24-39;
ST PETER, APOSTLE (R) Acts: 12: 1-11 Psalm: 125: 1 Peter: 2: 19-25; Matthew: 16: 13-19.
CHURCH PLANS FOR A 1,000 POPPIES TO BLOOM FOR THE GREAT WAR CENTENARY Poppies will be grown in the grounds of parish churches and Church of England schools across the country as an act of remembrance for the centenary of World War 1 by the Church of England. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have both urged church schools and churches to plant poppy seeds with them this Spring, to commemorate the centenary of World War l and help make the country awash with poppies. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby , in an Instagram message, urges people to plant the seeds ‘to remember the terrible events of the First World War and as a sign of our hope in Jesus Christ for peace in the future.’ The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu welcomed the poppy planting initiative and said: "I encourage parishes and church schools across the country to join together to make many thousand flowers bloom as a tribute to the sacrifice of past generations Here in the grounds of Bishopthorpe, we too, are getting behind this community initiative. I have been inspired by the parishes of the new Diocese of Leeds (West Yorkshire and the Dales) and their shared efforts to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War." Some dioceses – like Oxford, Exeter, Manchester and the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales - have sent packets of poppy seeds to all their churches and/or church schools to create their own memorial gardens or flower pots. (continued on page 19) 18
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The Rt Revd Nick Baines, the new bishop designate for the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales said: “Only 100 years ago the world fell apart in the most violent way. This simple act of growing poppies reminds us of our past and is a very visual way of pledging ourselves to serve together in the future.” Packs of Flanders poppies are on sale and can be bought at B&Q for £2 with a pound being donated to the Royal British Legion. DEMENTIA FRIENDLY CHURCHES (A note from Father Michael) We are at the stage now where just about everyone knows someone who has dementia and that is because there are around 800 000 people in the UK living with dementia and we know only too well that it affects not only them but also their families and their friends as well. LIVABILITY is the largest Christian charity in the UK working with people who have disabilities to live fuller lives and they offer training to parishes to help meet the needs of those who have dementia. Later this month I will be having a short meeting in London to explore how we as a PCC and as individual churches might become more aware of the condition of dementia and how we might become more dementia friendly. Over the next few months there will be several short articles and we will be looking at a couple of short training sessions which I hope you will feel able to join in to make our churches open and comfortable to all. 19
June 2014 The Rev Dr Gary Bowness continues his tongue-in-cheek letters from ‘Uncle Eustace’…
ON THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF KEEPING SILENCE IN CHURCH The Rectory St. James the Least My dear Nephew Darren Your remark that you rather liked the silence we keep before starting Services gave me pause for thought. I suppose all things are relative. I know that the noise your congregation makes before worship resembles a packed stand on the football terraces any Saturday afternoon, but the days seem long-gone when I could expect our congregation to sit in real silence for ten minutes. There’s the sound of the treasurer counting the previous day’s jumble sale takings, of the ladies at the back asking each other when the fish van will next come round, and of Major Hastings’s deafening whisper as he comments some women’s choice of hats. Add to this the weekly competition between the organist and the bell ringers to see who can make the most noise, the roar from the choir vestry as they all complain they don’t like my choice of hymns and the sound of books, umbrellas and collection money being dropped. I sometimes suspect that an informal rota is arranged whereby people volunteer to drop heavy objects in rotation, thus maintaining a constant clatter, for which no single person can be held responsible. There is also the weekly ritual when the verger – always waiting until the church is full – goes round each microphone, giving them a bash and bellowing “Testing, testing” and relishing the echo as it bounces off the walls. (continued on page 21) 20
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The only time the noise level drops significantly is if the congregation see Miss Simpson sidle up to me to have one of her confidential little chats about someone in the village. Everyone knows that her information will provide more than enough to keep gossip flourishing for the following week. Equally, periods of silence during Services are rarely welcomed; some find them threatening, but the majority simply assume it means I have lost my place. I gave up after one occasion when, on announcing we would say the Lord’s Prayer and then leaving a time of silence for recollection, a choirman leaned over to me and whispered helpfully: “It begins ‘Our Father’ ….” Your loving uncle, Eustace
June 2014 FEATURE - Notes & Pictures provided by David Field: THE POCKET BOOK OF FRED PINCHER 1917-1918 Extracts from a pocket book kept by David Field’s maternal Grandfather Fred Pincher. PART FOUR Wednesday 7th November. Very stormy, working in quarry all the morning. Visited Special Board after dinner. After tea had a walk to Le Portal a small fishing village had my first cup of French Coffee the nicest coffee that I have ever tasted. Thursday 8th November. A fine morning but rather cold, transferred into D Company ready to be moved up the line with labour party, every one a stranger. Feeling rather down a year today since we buried Joe, God Bless him. Raining very heavily during the afternoon, going to bed in good time, I don’t feel like having any company tonight my thoughts are at home. Friday 9th November. Hurrah I have just been picked out for draught as railway loader, leave here in the morning at 7.00am for fresh fields. Saturday 10th November. We did not leave Boulogne until 12 midnight arriving Poperinge about 9.30pm. Sunday 11th November. The morning was rather showery, this place is a complete wreck with hardly a sound building standing. We travelled through some beautiful country during the morning. I could just do with a good sleep not having had any rest since 5.00am Saturday morning. About thirty of us had to ride in the guard’s van the train was so packed. After dinner we left for Hazebrouck about twenty three miles behind the firing line but we learn that we are not to be stationed here it is a reinforcement camp for the 66th Division.
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Monday 12th November. A bright day just like mid summer. Tuesday 13th November and Wednesday 14th November. All about the same, pick and shovel every day, rather pinched for grub and stoney broke, only had one pay day since I arrived in France that was on 5th November and today is the 14th. Sunday 18th November. The Anniversary of my wedding and here I am in Hazebrouck, Belgium but canâ€™t grumble having a decent time only rather short on rations, but then it is wartime. We are busy making a new camp at Morbecque Village and we are all as happy as sand boys although our pockets are empty!
The Brownies c1930. David Fieldâ€™s mother is on the back row 1st brownie on the left next to a leader. 23
SUDOKU SOLUTIONS EASY
THE MARTYRS OF UGANDA
The Ugandan Church had dozens of martyrs within just ten years of Christianity arriving there. At first, it had gone so well: the first Anglican missionaries arriving in Uganda in 1877 were welcomed by the Kabaka (king) of Buganda, Mutesa. Mutesa also welcomed the Roman Catholics and Muslim Arabs, and, being a natural diplomat, retained his power by cleverly playing off the three groups against each other. His son, Mwanga ll, who became king about 1883, was very different. Mwanga II wanted to retain absolute power, and deeply resented the missionaries and new converts, whom he felt were giving their allegiance to Christianity, instead. On 31 January 1885 he ordered the execution of Yusufu (Joseph) Rugarama, Makko (Mark) Kakumba, and Nuwa (Noah) Serwanga . That October, even the Anglican Bishop, James Hannington, was murdered. Between December of 1885 and May of 1886 many more converts were murdered. The crisis came in May, when Mwanga ordered all the converts to choose between Christianity and complete obedience to his orders. (Mwanga had been furious and humiliated when the Christian pages in his own court refused his homosexual advances; it was unheard of to deny the king anything.) Courageously, the young Christians chose their faith. And so it was that 26 pages were wrapped in straw and burned to death at Namugongo on 3rd June, 1886. In the following months, many other Christians throughout the country died by spear or fire for their faith. They included two Christians who were in the kingâ€™s court, Joseph Mukasa Balikuddembe and Charles Lwanga. Both had rescued royal pages from Mwangaâ€™s sexual advances. The last Christian to die in this persecution was Jean-Marie Muzeeyi, beheaded at Mengo on 27th January 1887. The final list of 45 known Protestant and Catholic martyrs includes only those who could be formally accounted for. The end result of the Namugongo martyrdoms was directly opposite to Mwanga's intentions. The sight of these young Ugandan Christians, who could die singing hymns and praying for their enemies, inspired many bystanders. They wanted to know about such a faith as this. Within a few years Christianity had taken firm root in Uganda.
HIGH DAYS AND HOLY DAYS IN JUNE 3
The Martyrs of Uganda, 1885-87 and 1977
Petroc, Abbot of Padstow, 6th Century
Boniface (Wynfrith) of Crediton, Bishop, Apostle of Germany, Martyr, 754
Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945
Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597
BARNABAS THE APOSTLE
Richard Baxter, Puritan Divine, 1691
Richard, Bishop of Chichester, 1253
Samuel & Henrietta Barnett, Social Reformers, 1936 & 1936
Bernard Mizeki, Apostle of the MaShona, Martyr, 1896
DAY OF THANKSGIVING FOR HOLY COMMUNION CORPUS CHRISTI Sundar Singh of India, Sadhu (holy man), Evangelist, Teacher, 1929
Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678
THE BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST
Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher, 444
Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, Teacher, c. 200 Ember Day
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PARISH WEBSITE www.castlefordteamparish.org.uk For those who use a computer, are you aware that the parish has a website? You can now view the weekly Pew Sheets online and the Diary Dates and Calendar are up to date.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO RECEIVE COMMUNION AT HOME? IF YOU ARE HOUSEBOUND OR UNABLE TO COME TO CHURCH, PLEASE CONTACT ONE OF THE CLERGY AND THEY WILL MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOU TO TAKE COMMUNION AT HOME.
OUR MINISTRY TEAM RECOGNISES THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF MINISTRY AND IS KEEN TO HELP.
PARISH OFFICERS PCC Secretary: Mrs Mavis Whitehead PCC Treasurer: Mr Andrew Goyns Stewardship & Gift Aid Secretary: Mr Arnold Randall Family & Children’s Worker Mrs Karen Richardson CHURCHWARDENS David Field, Castleford: 01977 707120 Mavis Whitehead, St Paul’s 01977 550529 Pauline Morris, St Michaels 01977 668790 Ian Fletcher, Hightown 01977 550139
01977 550529 01924 898593 01977 278611 01977 552524
Hilary Wilkes, Castleford: 01977 733554 Colin Maw, St Paul’s: 01977 518078 Emma J Lisle, St Michael’s Vacant, Hightown
Our Churches in Castleford Team Parish All Saints, Church Street, Castleford All Saints, Lumley Street, Castleford (Hightown) St Michael & All Angels, St Michaels Close, Castleford St Paul the Apostle, Pontefract Road, Glasshoughton 30
SERVICES All Saints’ Castleford SUNDAY Mass (Said) Sung Mass (except last in month) Tuesday Mass (Said) Saturday Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8.00am 9.30am 7.00pm 9.30am
All Saints’ Hightown SUNDAY (except last in month) Sung Mass Wednesday Mass (Said)
Saint Michael and All Angels SUNDAY (except last in month) Sung Mass Thursday Mass (Said)
Saint Paul’s, Glasshoughton SUNDAY (except last in month) Sung Mass Wednesday Mass (Said)
LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: Combined Parish Mass at 10.00am - ( see diary section for venue ) FOR MAJOR SAINTS’ DAYS IN ALL CHURCHES See diary section and weekly pew sheets For all the latest News & Information from around the Parish go to: