E-Newsletter for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time


We keep Foreign Missions Sunday this weekend. This is one of the most important Collections of the year & engages every Catholic Parish from the poorest to the richest throughout the world. Through the Collection, support is given to those territories who struggle to provide religious & material support to fellow Catholics because of their lack of financial & other resources. Many of these have been hit hard by Covid &, unlike the UK, do not have the vaccination programme which is, at the moment, keeping many of us alive. But they also need our prayers & Bishop Philip requests that the following be put in Parish Newsletters: “Bp Philip is celebrating Mission Mass on Tues 19 October at 12:15pm at St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth. This will be followed by refreshments in the Cathedral Discovery Centre. 

This Week's Newsletter

Please find here the link to the Spiritual Communion Prayer and the alternative Spiritual Communion Prayer.
Lots of exciting updates in our E-Newsetter this week!

How to Book for Mass

Booking is by email at hello@sacredhearthook.org. Please title the email "Mass booking" and give the name, address and contact details of all who will be attending including of all those in a family group. Booking closes on Thursday at 1:30pm. Don't forget to indicate which Mass you will be attending. You will receive an email during Friday morning with more instructions. 

More information and a guide on what to expect can be found on our website's Attending Mass page.

Don’t forget that this Saturday and Sunday, Mass will still be live streamed via YouTube and our website's Live Page.

COVID Restrictions Update

For the safety and wellbeing of all, we shall continue to:
• wear face coverings whilst inside the church building
• provide contact details
• use sanitiser before and after all services
• avoid unnecessary touching of surfaces
• socially distance within our church and building

We will continue to take bookings. But we will be allowing you to chose your own seats at Mass, please listen to the welcomers for more instructions. We will continue to live stream Sunday morning Mass via YouTube and our website.  This weekend we will be streaming Saturday evening Mass as well as Sunday morning Mass.

Live Mass Stream - Important Changes
Live Mass Stream - Important Changes
We will be live streaming Mass - The Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time this Saturday evening at 6pm and Sunday morning at 10am from Sacred Heart Church. This Sunday there will be no Children's Liturgy.

New Camera Being Tested
Our new camera with automatically allow you to watch our live Mass stream via our website and YouTube. However, we will no longer be live streaming on Facebook.

Instructions For Watching Mass via our Website
Please note, when watching via our website, you will initially see an image like the above with a play button. This is because the video feed from our Church has not been activated. The video stream will start automatically, so press the play button and if Mass is live, the picture will be replaced with a video player. For more questions - please contact dan@sacredhearthook.org

Instructions For Watching Mass via YouTube If you’d prefer to watch via YouTube, you can do so here. Don’t to forget to like and subscribe.

Why is there no sound?
Before Mass, the camera will initially be muted to avoid people’s voices and/or Fr.Paul being picked up. Ensure your volume is turned up too, but rest assured that sound will be restored before Mass starts.

What happens if i lose my connection or the video stops?
Most problems can be resolved by waiting a few seconds and refreshing your browser.
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Church Fete Fundraiser - £2800 raised - Thank you!!
Church Fete Fundraiser - £2800 raised - Thank you!!
We are delighted to report that our Church Fete fundraiser raised £2,380 for the Orphanage + around £500 in gift aid! So well over £2,800
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Our Lady of Walsingham Shrine Visit - CANCELLED
Our Lady of Walsingham Shrine Visit - CANCELLED
We are sorry to advise that the Walsingham Shrine visit is cancelled and postponed till next spring. It seems the weather forecast is not too good and there is a road closure at Walsingham so leaves only one way in and out so we thought it best to wait till spring.
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Last Chance to Donate!  Fr Paul and Ian Liddell Royal Parks Half Marathon - 10th October
Last Chance to Donate! Fr Paul and Ian Liddell Royal Parks Half Marathon - 10th October
Congratulations to Fr Paul and Ian Liddell who completed the half marathon on October 10th, 2021 for The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) to help raise money to help those living in poverty around the world. It’s not too late to donate!

Message from Fr.Paul.

We were blessed with unseasonably mild weather as we lined up for the start of the Royal Parks London half marathon last Sunday. The stunning 13.1 mile route takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. I think there were approximately 15000 runners most of whom were running for a wide array of different charities. Five of us (including Ian and myself) were running for Cafod who aim to support people from some of the world’s poorest nations and communities. While the run was pretty taxing, we were all buoyed up by the great support from the crowds that lined the streets and parks. It was during those tough moments during the run that we needed the vocal support most plus knowing that all the hard work would really benefit the lives of those whom Cafod support. Thank you to those who sponsored us; it is not too late if you have not already done so!

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October the month of the Holy Rosary

The month of October is a month customarily dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. The Rosary, with its sequence of prayers and mysteries, is a Christ-centred Gospel prayer, which we say in union with the Blessed Mother. As we also commence the Extraordinary Mission Month, please offer the Rosary each day for the Church’s mission both at home and abroad. 

There's a handy, downloadable guide of all the Rosary Prayers and Mysteries on our website.


Latest Updates
Latest Updates
CAFOD is asking us to get sponsored for the month of October on their Go Green challenge. There are three options

• Go Cycling – get on your bike!
• Go Veggie – give up meat and fish towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
• Go Plastic-Free – help the planet!

You can find all of the latest news from CAFOD on our website which has recently been updated with three new items relating to climate change, green living and of course Fr.Paul's sponsored run!.
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A Rich Man Poor Man's Meal at St. Bedes

This will be held in St. Bede's Church Hall on Saturday 23rd October at 7pm for 7.15pm. A two-course planet friendly meal will be served to seven out of eight diners with one in eight receiving soup and bread in solidarity with the one in eight people who go hungry every day. The 'poor' will be chosen by lot on the night! Tickets are £16 a head to include a donation to CAFOD. Please reserve your place by emailing judith@stbedesbasingstoke.org.uk by Saturday 16th Oct. Payment can be made online to Account Name: PRCDTR Basingstoke Holy Ghost; Sort Code: 30-93-04; Account Number: 00874184 with the reference CAFOD MEAL. 

Say "No" to Assisted Suicide

We need to redouble our prayers, advocacy and action to thwart Baroness Meacher's 'Assisted Dying Bill 2021' which comes before the House of Lords for its second reading and debate on 15th October. To this end, I encourage you to join in a national novena of prayer, seeking the intercession of St John Paul II, on whose feast the second reading falls. The Novena will run from 13th-22nd October.

The Novena Prayer is as follows:

Merciful God, we pray with thanks and gratitude for the great spiritual gift of Saint John Paul II’s apostolic life and mission. Through his heavenly intercession we ask that the ‘Assisted Dying’ Bill be defeated and that the infinite worth of each human person is upheld through proper investment in palliative care. Grant also that we may grow in love for You and proclaim the love of Jesus Christ to all people. Through Christ, Our Lord Amen Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be ...

The Saints Course - Next Session is Thursday 21 October (St. Catherine of Sienna).
The Saints Course - Next Session is Thursday 21 October (St. Catherine of Sienna).
We welcome you to join us for this face-to-face course, to find out more about some of our Saints. We will enjoy a ‘cuppa’ and cake (or savoury snacks) while we learn more about some of our well-known and less well-known Saints. Sessions will include a video and friendly discussions. (We may sit outside for our early autumn discussions, if the weather is kind to us, or in the hall when it’s chilly!)
Next Session : Thursday 21 October, from 10am – 11.30am. Will look at the life of St. Catherine of Sienna

Brief summary: The course comprises 6 sessions on some well-known traditional Saints, followed by 4 weeks of some of our more modern saints. Saints include: St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Catherine of Sienna, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Patrick, St. Benedict Modern saints will include St. Teresa of Calcutta, Pope St. John Paul II, St. John Henry Newman, St. Faustina Kowalska, Blessed Carlo Acutis and others Please don’t be put off signing up if you can’t make all the sessions! To sign up, please email Jan in the Parish Office: hello@sacredhearthook.org We look forward to seeing you! (Theresa & Shanthi)
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Live Children's Liturgy & Resources Page
Live Children's Liturgy & Resources Page
This Sunday, there will be no Children's Liturgy We have a new worksheet that is live on our website. This page contains the latest prayers, hymns and downloadable activities, Look worksheets and more. This has been updated for the the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time...
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Online Offertory & Donations
Online Offertory & Donations
An easy way to give online using your debit card has been set up on our website at https://www.sacredhearthook.org/donations. Just click the button and follow the instructions. Thank you so much for your generosity. God bless. Fr. Paul

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Pray for Me
Pray for Me
Note: The webpage on the Portsmouth Diocese has sadly been removed but you can still contact the Intercessor team directly. Details on our website.

Through the Called & Gifted process run by our Portsmouth Diocese, a growing number of people (currently over 60) have been able to discern that they have the charism of Intercessory Prayer. The intercessions could include prayers for our Diocese, Sacred Heart Church and all the people in it, Fr Paul or maybe something or someone close to you? Perhaps something you’re concerned about relating to yourself, a family member or friend? If you wish the intercessors to pray for you, please email the team.

More details on our website.

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Carmelite Online Talks -Distractions in prayer
Carmelite Online Talks -Distractions in prayer
Starting 30th October 2021 In this online talk, we reflect on our struggles with prayer life and the fundamental question, however, is what meaning do distractions hold for our prayer and the spiritual journey as a whole?
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Carmelite Online Talks - Voices of the Great Tradition
Carmelite Online Talks - Voices of the Great Tradition
Voices from the Great Tradition Series Starting 11th October 2021 In this series of online talks, we reflect on the teachings of several remarkable ancient, medieval, and modern spiritual masters. These figures are bright lights on the horizon of our two-thousand year treasury of Christian wisdom.
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Carmelite Spirituality
Carmelite Spirituality
Our Carmelite friends from Oxford invite us all to join with them in their gentle, contemplative spirituality that's inspired by Carmelite Saints such as St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross. They offer a number of free and paid talk, retreats, courses and spiritual direction options that will help you deepen your relationship with God.
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