Activities and Groups within the Parish

Ascent Movement

ASCENT logoOne of the ‘new movements’ in the Church, for people in their middle years who are called to be Active, Spiritual, Caring, Enlightened, Needy and Thankful. The group also aims to build a link between the young and the not so young in the parish. Meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month.

For further information, contact Veronica Sowerby or John Green. Visit the Hallam Ascent website for information about forthcoming meetings.

Afternoon Tea

A traditional afternoon tea is held in the Assisi Hall once a month on a Tuesday at a cost of £3 per person. Everyone welcome. If you need a lift or can offer lifts, please contact Anne-Marie Appleton.

Dance Club

This is a Thursday evening activity for ladies of any age and ability. Complete beginners are very welcome. It takes place in the Assisi Hall between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. The cost is £30 for 10 sessions. The classes are led by fully-qualified dance tutors. We incorporate a wide range of dance types, with the aim of having fun and enjoyment, culminating in the staging of an annual show which raises money for charities supported by the parish. For further details, contact Grazyna Swales.

Inspir Prayer Group

The Parish Inspir Prayer Group meets monthly on Mondays from 10am until 12 noon. Contact Lindsay Reynolds or Jacinta Campbell for dates and location.

Little Fishes

Praise and Play for 0 – 5 years, with carers, monthly on Mondays from 1.45 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. Meet in the Assisi Hall and then in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. For further information, contact Clare Byrne.

The Rosary

Friday after morning Mass. For more information, contact Elizabeth Davison or Brian Sowerby.

St. Vincent De Paul Society

The SVP was founded over 160 years ago with volunteers dedicated to helping the poor, sick and lonely and housebound, Catholic or not. Today, the society has almost a million members working in five continents for the benefit of others. Contact Kevin McHale for further details.

Welcoming of new Parishoners

A group of existing parishioners visits those new to the Parish in their homes in order to give them a formal welcome to St. Francis Parish and to outline the various activities and facilities available within the Parish.

200 Club

We run this lottery to raise money for the Parish. Membership entitles you to enter twelve draws per year. A total of £640 is paid out in prizes each year, £30 in eight months of the year and £100 each quarter. The club usually raises over £600 per year for the parish.

You can join by contacting Kevin Exell on 0114 2665375. You will need to set up a standing order of £13 a year, payable quarterly, half yearly or annually to the Club - a sum equivalent to only 25p per week! Some parishioners have two or even three tokens in each draw; there is no limit to the number of tokens you can purchase. (Registered under the Gaming Act 2005).