Welcome to St. William's, a suburban Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Hallam, situated in the south-west of Sheffield in South Yorkshire. In addition to providing information, we hope these pages give an impression of our church and parish: what makes us tick, what makes us unique, how we live our Christian lives. 

Archbishop Oscar Romero


14 October 2018 

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"The world does not say: blessed are the poor. The world says: blessed are the rich. You are worth as much as you have. But Christ says: wrong. Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, because they do not put their trust in what is so transitory". January 29, 1978
From Cross to Resurrection
All-loving and ever-living God,
you gave your servant
Oscar Romero
the courage to witness
to the Gospel of Christ,
even to the point of giving his life
in the pursuit of justice.

Help us to love you,
to seek you with all our hearts,
and to rejoice in the resurrection victory,
over all oppression,
of your beloved Christ,
living and reining
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.

The short animation below gives an overview of the soon to be Saint Oscar Romero.

"Each time we look upon the poor, on the farm workers who harvest the coffee, the sugarcane, or the cotton, the sugarcane, or the cotton, or the farmer who joins the caravan of workers looking to earn their savings for the year.....remember, there is the face of Christ........

The face of Christ is among the sacks and baskets of the farm worker; the face of Christ is among those who are tortured and mistreated in the prisons; the face of Christ is dying of hunger in the children who have nothing to eat; the face of Christ is in the poor who ask the church for their voice to be heard. How can the church deny this request when it is Christ who is telling us to speak for him?"

Statement from the Bishops of England & Wales
following their recent 'ad limina' vistit to Rome.
Click here.

ADOREMUS Eucharistic Congress

Recommended Highlight Bishop Robert Barron's 2 Keynote Talks.

1 Bishop Barron on the Mystery of the Mass. Click here.
2 Bishop Barron on Sainthood, sanctity and what makes us holy. Click here.

Day 1 Friday - The Symposium - Exploring the place of Eucharistic Adoration
Click here to see the programme and listen to the talks.

Day 2 Saturday - The Congress - Reflecting on the Centrality of the Eucharist
Click here to see the programme and listen to the talks.

Day 3 Sunday - Pilgrimage Day
10,000 people took part in the pilgrimage day, Mass followed by a procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Liverpool.
Click here for an overview.

More from Bishop Barron

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Click here for Bishop Barron's Word on Fire ministry.

Pope Francis: Letter to the People of God
20 August 2018

Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the whole People of God, he calls on the Church to be close to victims in solidarity.

The full text of Pope Francis' letter can be read here.

Way Forward 

Sheffield Deanery Prayer A

Heavenly Father,
we bring our diocese and deanery before you in prayer:
bless us all in this time of change;
fill us with good sense and generosity;
form us into the people you want us to be,
sharing the joy of the Gospel with those around us;
we ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help        pray for us
St John Fisher                            pray for us
St Thomas More                        pray for us

To see the details of the recent deanery meeting about the arrangement of new cluster groups of parishes in Sheffield deanery click 


St William of York and St Francis of Assisi parishes are gently beginning to come closer by finding out about each other and forming links. At St William's Parish Vision Meetings, an open meeting to which all parishioners are invited, held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, we are praying about this and reflecting on possible directions. 

If you would like to visit St Francis of Assisi website click here . 

Mass times at St Francis of Assisi can be found here.
Mass times at Mother of God can be found here  
Mass times at St Vincent's can be found here.
Check the bulletins.

Student in Sheffield? Click here 

Quick Links:
For this week's Mass Times - Parish Calendar
The Pope's Monthly Prayer Intention Video
Usual Mass times
This week's Bulletin or Here
Mass elsewhere 
Today's scripture readings for Mass (and links to the Divine Office).

Covenant with the Poor Renewal

We renewed our commitment to the Covenant on
Sunday 18 November.

Click here to see our Covenant with the Poor.

Click here to see our Charitable Giving Guidelines

Click here to read  about some of the charities we supported in 2018.

To read Pope Francis' message ffor World day of the Poor click  

National Youth Sunday - 25th November
On Sunday 25 November, on the feast of Christ the King, the Church invites young people to be at the heart of  our celebration of National Youth Sunday 2018. We thank all our young people for the gift of their presence and contribution and at St William's a special blessing will be offered to all teens and twenties at the end of Mass.

Mass Times Consultation
Summary of results here or in a different format here.

Mass Times at St William's from the beginning of Advent
Saturday 5.30pm** please note the earlier time
Sunday 9.30am

Sheffield Deanery Mass Times from the beginning of Advent
Click here.

Carol Choir
For the last three years we have had a wonderful celebration of carols and readings led by a specially formed parish choir. Anyone who enjoys singing is invited to come and welcome to bring friends along. We have a selection of practice times with the hope that everyone will be able to make some. Practices are in the York Room in the Parish Centre. Enter via the church foyer.

Upcoming Practices 
Sunday 18 November 4pm
Thursday 22 November 11am

Carol Service - Sunday 16 December at 6pm

Christingle Service -  Saturday 15 December at 3pm
Families are invited to prepare for Christmas by coming to our Christingle Service which will be led by the Y6 children of St Wilfrid's School with a retelling of the Christmas story in words and song and  prayer. All the children will receive a Christingle, an orange decorated with symbols of the generous love of God and his Son Jesus Christ, the light of the world.

In order that there be sufficient candles please let us know how many children you will be coming either by putting names on the list at St Wilfrid's School, or by writing names on the list in church (in Advent) or by emailing the parish office.

Christmas Mass Times at St William's
Monday 24 December   6.30 pm Vigil
Monday 24 December 10.00 pm Night
Tuesday 25 December   9.30 am Dawn
Tuesday 25 December 11.15 am Day

Mass times at St Francis of Assisi can be found here.
Mass times at Mother of God can be found here  
Mass times at St Vincent's can be found here.
Check the bulletins.

Student in Sheffield? Click here 

Gaudete et Exsultate
the new Papal Exhortation of Pope Francis
on the call to Holiness in today's world
Read Pope Francis' letter here.
Download a pdf here.

New Priest for the Hallam Diocese

Fr Chris Ainslie from St William's Parish celebrates his First Mass on 15 July 2018

St William's Parish Office,
19 Nov 2018, 06:05
Lesley Biggins,
22 Jul 2018, 08:34
John D. Biggins,
3 Nov 2018, 01:14
St William's Parish Office,
26 Oct 2018, 03:39
St William's Parish Office,
19 Nov 2018, 06:02
Lesley Biggins,
17 Nov 2018, 14:16
St William's Parish Office,
19 Nov 2018, 06:09