At Missio we absolutely love getting out and about and meeting with our supporters and our wonderful volunteers. Last Saturday we were in Hallam Diocese, for a truly beautiful celebration of mission.

The Hallam Diocesan Mission Mass on Saturday 16 July was a wonderful occasion. In the beautiful setting of St Marie’s Cathedral, Sheffield, we gave thanks for Missio’s volunteers and supporters and celebrated the beatification and legacy of Blessed Pauline Jaricot.

Bishop Ralph Heskett concelebrated Mass with Fr Anthony Chantry MHM, National Director of Missio. In his homily, Fr Chantry spoke about the inspiring life of Blessed Pauline Jaricot and her passion for mission: he reminded us that we, as Missio supporters and volunteers, are Pauline’s legacy.

We’re celebrating Blessed Pauline Jaricot’s legacy throughout England and Wales this summer and into autumn! Come and join us at your diocesan Mass! Find details here>>

Celebrating our amazing volunteers

Three Missio Local Secretaries (pictured in the featured image) were presented with long-service medals by Bishop Ralph at the end of Mass. Ann (St Alban’s, Denaby Main) received a silver medal for 30 years of service. Bronze medals were presented to Marcella (Blessed English Martyrs, Mexborough) for 13 years’ service and to Colette (St Bede’s, Rotherham) for 16 years of service. Colette shared:

‘The Mass was wonderful –  we were most blessed to have the Bishop, Fr. Chantry, a cantor and organist. I felt so content and happy all the rest of the day. I have been showing off my medal; I am so proud of it. Thank you!’

Thank you, Colette, Ann, and Marcella for your wonderful support all these years! Your missionary spirit is what enables mission around the world.

 Are you inspired to support Missio? Find out all the ways to volunteer with us here>>

After Mass, Bishop Ralph joined us for refreshments in Houlden Hall, next door to the Cathedral, and there was a great atmosphere and delicious buffet. Missio Local Secretary at the Cathedral Parish, Maureen, shared:

‘The mass was lovely, as was meeting people later. It was lovely to meet you and other [Missio] team members!

A huge thank you to you, Maureen, and your team of helpers, for organising the refreshments!

 Thank you to all who attended on Saturday and to all who helped organise this celebration, especially members of the Diocesan and Cathedral community. We’re already looking forward to seeing more of you at future diocesan Masses!