Welcome to the latest update from Sacred Heart.

This week’s Gospel is from St. Matthew 14:22-33 where Jesus walks on water.

Even though Peter was special and important, he was not perfect. He sometimes had doubts and fears that made him do sinful things.
When Jesus walked on the water during a storm and called Peter to him, it was Peter’s doubt and fear that caused him to sink.

Even though Peter was imperfect, Jesus never gave up on him. Peter’s example shows us that although we aren’t perfect, Jesus never gives up on us and always wants us to have faith and follow him rather than let life’s storm pull us under.

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Latest Update about Live Mass Stream
Dear Parishioners
As many of you may be aware Father Paul has been suffering from debilitating back pain for a while now. He has been advised to reduce his workload as much as possible, so for the foreseeable future we will not be streaming live Masses from Sacred Heart Hook. Please watch this space for further updates.
Fr Paul wishes to remind us that Mass is available online at our sister churches in Basingstoke, they are also holding public Masses. Please see their websites for details.
St Bede’s 9am and 11am: www.stbedesbasingstoke.org.uk
St Joseph’s at 10am: www.stjosephbasingstoke.org.uk
Stay safe and God bless
The Parish Office
Scheduled Downtime of Website

Starting on Monday 10th August we will be closing down the website for routine maintenance - a requirement of our diocese.

It is anticipated that the maintenance will take a couple of days. If you need any information especially during this time please contact the office by email hello@sacredhearthook.org or ring Jan on 07719012955. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Latest Blog Post
Latest Blog Post
To mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Chris McDonnell has provided this powerful reflection via our good friend Bridie Stringer..

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Reconciliation Update

During Private Prayer on Monday mornings (10 am—12 noon) Father Paul will be offering reconciliation (if he is able to). When you come to private prayer please let the stewards know if you wish to go to confession.

Opening of the Sacred Heart Church for Private Prayer (updated with face mask rule)
Video and Instructions for the Opening of the Sacred Heart Church for Private Prayer
Video and Instructions for the Opening of the Sacred Heart Church for Private Prayer
In order to keep everyone safe when coming to church, the following guidelines will need to be followed;

. Please apply hand sanitiser when entering and leaving the church, either your own or use the one provided inside the entrance to the Church.

. Face masks must be worn at all times in the Church.

. There is a one way system in operation, enter through the main doors and exit via the fire door on the left of the Altar.

. Please remember to observe 2 metre social distancing at all times unless you are from the same household.

· Please do not sit on the chairs with a red cross.

. The toilets and the hall must remain closed.

. Remember to take all your belongings home with you when you leave the church.

. Anyone who is unwell or shielding and anyone in the “vulnerable” category is asked not to enter at the current time.

. If you wish to leave a donation there are baskets at the entrance and exit.

. Please help our volunteers keep us all safe by following their instructions.

SACRED HEART CHURCH OPENING TIMES

The church is open for private prayer at the following times:

Monday 10.00 am until 12: noon.
Tuesday 5.00 pm until 7:00 pm.


Obviously, there is no obligation for anyone to attend church during this time and no-one should feel guilty about not coming back to church until they feel that it is totally safe to do so.

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St Bede’s Basingstoke Mass Times

St Bede’s Church has opened its doors for Mass.

The Masses are being held at the following times for the week (please check their website for last minute changes).

26th July – 2nd August. Sunday 2nd 9am, 11am and 6pm (tickets needed) No booking is needed to attend a weekday Mass, but please be aware that there is a max. of 80 allowed in the church and all visitors are required to wear face coverings whilst in the church (except for communion)

Monday 9:30am and 6 pm
Tuesday 9:30am
Wednesday 9:30am and 6 pm
Thursday 9:30am Friday 9:30am and 6 pm
Saturday 9:30am Sunday 9th 9am, 11am and 6pm (tickets needed)

Children's Liturgy Material
Children's Liturgy & Resources Page
Children's Liturgy & Resources Page
Our Children's Page contains the latest downloadable activities, Look worksheets and more. This has been updated for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time..

Although we are still unable to live stream the Sunday Mass at present. Our Children’s Liturgy Catechists have kindly volunteered to live stream some sessions for the children. Starting next Sunday (16th August) we will be live streaming at 11am via Facebook and the website a half an hour session for the children. If they are really lucky we may even be able to visit with Father Paul during one of the sessions. More information during the week, please watch out for the messages on Facebook and on the website.

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The Month of August

This weekend we begin the month of August which is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Let us remember this devotion particularly through the month of August.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

Direct Debits, Standing Orders, Online Offertory and Donations
Direct Debits, Standing Orders, Online Offertory and Donations
Dear Friends, Some of you have asked how you can continue to support the church financially with your regular giving even while you are unable to physically come to church during these days. I am very grateful for your generous spirit especially during this period when some of you are suffering financially. If you feel that you are able to continue to support the church, then an easy way to give has been set up on our website. Just click the button and follow the instructions.

Alternatively, If you would like to make a donation to the Parish, or set up a Standing Order, our bank account details are:

Lloyds Bank Sort Code: 30 93 04
Account number: 00880117
Name: PRCDTR
Sacred Heart Hook (Please also use this for cheque payments)

Thank you so much for your generosity. God bless. Fr. Paul

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Ananias Training

Do you want to help others come closer to Jesus?

We are called, in our own individual ways, to help others to build a closer relationship with Jesus, and there are some tools that each of us can learn to use in this task.

Inspired by the conversion of St Paul (from Saul the persecutor to Paul the Apostle), Ananias Training equips each of us in practical skills that are useful in helping others to get closer to Jesus. These are skills that anyone can use to journey spiritually alongside others, assured that Jesus Christ is also walking with you. Where do Ananiases make a difference? Ananiases can make a difference just by being there for someone who needs to grow in their relationship with Jesus; being able to talk about their own relationship with Jesus and responding appropriately. Breaking the cultural silence that exists around Jesus.

If this sparks your interest then please reach out to Joan Kent at tran_joan@yahoo.co.uk or the parish office and let us know you’re interested and we will provide you with the dates and log in for the online zoom course with Clare Simpson.

Grow in your Faith

The Diocesan Formation for Mission team (FFM) is offering a series of online talks and videos this August to help bring you closer to Jesus Christ. Whether you are a catechist wanting to develop your ministry or a faithful Catholic looking to learn more, they are here to help. Further details can be found in this week’s e-news. www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews

The Diocesan Prayer and Listening Service
The Diocesan Prayer and Listening Service
The Diocesan Prayer and Listening Service Prayer and listening to God is a vital part of our everyday life, but sometimes it is difficult to pray when we are exhausted or in stressful situations or by ourselves. The diocese has created a team of trained volunteers with experience in both praying with others and in spiritual listening, and have been through the essential safeguarding training and other requirements. If you are over 18 and would like some prayer support or to speak to someone about spiritual matters, please follow the link for further information and to complete the appropriate online form to request a 'phone call.

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