Events in the Parish
There is so much happening in the pastoral area – we have courses, fund raising activities, stations of the cross and much more. Please take a look at our events page to find out more.
Bishop Philip Egan writes…
The Bishop’s Conference have decided to permit once again the practice of giving Holy Communion under both kinds. This will be from Holy Thursday, 6th April 2023. I will grant permission for this in the Diocese at the discretion of the parish priest based on the circumstances and situation of the parish. The reintroduction of Holy Communion under both kinds is therefore permissive, not obligatory.
Parish priests will carefully need to discern the practicalities and health situation in their parish. In addition, proper catechesis and instructions will need to be given to duly commissioned Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The question of the possibility of intinction (when the Host is dipped into the Precious Blood so that a communicant receives both together) has been raised. The Bishops’ Conference have decided to affirm the practice found in Celebrating the Mass which states that this form of the reception of Holy Communion “is not recommended in England and Wales.” It restricts the possibility of the communicant to receive the host reverently in their hands. Likewise, communicants are not permitted to receive Holy Communion by “self-intinction” where having received the Sacred Host in the hand, they proceed to the Precious Blood and “dip” the host themselves into the chalice. Sacraments are never taken, but received, and the gesture of “self-intinction” denies this reality.
For Sacred Heart we will not be taking communion under both kinds at the present time.
Prayers for Turkey & Syria
Pease keep in your prayers all those who have been affected by the recent earthquakes—those who have
been killed or injured, those who are still missing and all those who are without a home, warm clothing, food and drink.
Please also keep in your prayers all their friends and relatives living elsewhere who are beside themselves with worry. In God we trust.
You Will be my Witnesses – 10 year Diocesan Plan
Following on from the Bishop’s Letter about the ten-year Diocesan plan, the parish is being asked to contribute any suggestions of what should be added to that plan.
Each one of us is needed for the renewal of our Church so that we can realise the vision of Jesus Himself. You Will Be My Witnesses is an invitation to every person and every parish across the Diocese to come together on this journey.
Our Church Needs You!!
Would you consider helping out? We need catechists for Children’s Liturgy, volunteers to help with Social events occasionally, Welcomers to greet people before Mass (to go on a Rota, the more people we have the bigger the gap/frequency needed) and, as always, more volunteers to help with church cleaning – again, the more people we have, the less often you are needed! Please speak with Jan: 01256 577007.