E-Newsletter for Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

The Gospel this week is from Matthew 25: 31-46

This Sunday is the last Sunday of the liturgical year, and we celebrate Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This Solemnity, which was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925, reminds us that Christ reigns as King of the entire world forever, and it encourages us to respond to this reality. This year, let us rededicate ourselves to bearing witness to the reign of Jesus Christ and His Sacred Heart.

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Each week we will try and highlight the key news, events and highlights from our parish website, Facebook page, Instagram account and wider diocese.

(thanks to Laura Yarnold for our featured Instagram pic).


Jesus was there when you prayed last night. 
HE talked to GOD about you.
Jesus was there when you fought that fight
HE is going to see you through.

was there when you shed those tears,
You did not weep alone;
For the burden you thought too heavy to bear,
HE made his very own.

Jesus Himself was touched by that trial
Which you could not understand.
Jesus stood by as you almost fell
nd lovingly grasped your hand.

Jesus cared when you bore that pain;
Indeed, HE bore it too.
HE felt each pang and ache in your heart
Because of His love for you.

Thank you to Theresa Mahon for sending this in.

Day of Prayer to end the Covid Crisis

Bishop Philip writes…

When the new lockdown measures were announced by the Prime Minister, the government advisors who were present showed various slides about the crisis. The pandemic seems to be worsening. This makes it all the more urgent that we pray to the Lord for a speedy end to the pandemic. To this end, I am inviting everyone across the Diocese, clergy, religious and laity, to keep with me a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for an End to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Day is called “Twenty-Four Hours with the Lord” and will take place on Friday 27th November 2020.

This is the last Friday of the Church’s Liturgical Year before we enter the New Year with the First Sunday of Advent (29th November). We can pray earnestly for a speedy end to the pandemic, for the safety and protection of all, especially our family and friends, for the health of the sick and the strength of those who care for them, for those suffering financially or in other ways from the pandemic, for patients in hospitals and the residents of care-homes, for all medical staff and key workers, for government leaders, scientists and advisors, for the discovery of an effective, ethically sourced, vaccine, for patience, perseverance and mental well-being and for all who have died and those who mourn them. There will be a twenty-four hour long programme of Mass, prayer, Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration live-streamed from here at the Cathedral.

I hope too that there will be various opportunities and other ideas to join in the Day at home and in your own parish communities.

Grant Funding Success

This week we had some great news, we have been awarded £600 from, ALLCHURCHES TRUST LIMITED, towards the cost of a permanent camera in the church.

This will allow us to continue live streaming the Mass, after we are all allowed back into Church and our weekly Children’s Liturgy. Two of our helpers from our Children’s Liturgy heard this great news and wished to congratulate us.

Four Week Lockdown - Message from Fr.Paul

The government-announced national four-week lockdown was approved on Wednesday 4th November in parliament and must be implemented from Thursday 5th November.

Until 2 December, at least, there will be no further public Masses celebrated in the parish. Funerals are the only exception and limited to 30 family and friends.
Mass will continue to be live-streamed on our live page and our Facebook page.

Our Parish church will be open for private prayer on Wednesday mornings from 10:00am to 12:00 noon.

Stewards will be available to ensure we cleanse our hands on entry and departure, wear face coverings at all times and maintain social distancing. They also stay at the end of private prayer and clean the entire church. We remain grateful for the work they do in enabling our safe access to prayer.

Father Paul


Each year Coats4Calais provides warm clothing for many of the refugees in Calais throughout the winter months. This is an opportunity for you to clear your wardrobes of your unwanted coats, jackets, scarves, hats and gloves.

This year there is a particular need for coats or jackets for teenage males. However any donations will be gratefully received. I am the point of contact in Basingstoke. Items can be received between 16th November Please contact me on any of the following:

(mobile) 07881781407
(landline) 01256 419427
(email)  joeshevlin@icloud.com to arrange the drop-off point for the items.

More information about this project may be found on the following link: care4calais.org/#coats4calais

With many thanks, Joe Shevlin

New Online Course from Sacred Heart
New Online Course from Sacred Heart
We warmly invite you to join this six session course, delivered via Zoom starting November 26th. The course is designed to give practical help to those wishing to pray more in their daily lives and inspired by the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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Advent Workshop for the Young at Heart
Advent Workshop for the Young at Heart
On Sunday 6th December, the 2nd Sunday of Advent we are going to hold an Advent Workshop for the children (and young at heart) of the parish. We will be running this via Zoom during the Children’s Liturgy session from 11.15 for approx. an hour

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Month of November

Throughout the month of November we will be praying for all those it pleased the Lord to call to Himself. A box for the request of prayers will be placed in front of the altar. Please email the names of your loved ones to hello@sacredhearthook.org. If you would prefer to call in via the phone please leave a message with the name of your loved ones, and for those who would rather walk in and leave the names in the box, you are welcome to do so. But please respect the social distancing guidelines in place and please do not include any cash.

The Church is open on Wednesday mornings 10am – 12 noon.

Live Children's Liturgy & Resources Page
Live Children's Liturgy & Resources Page
This Sunday, Children's Liturgy will be streamed at 11:30am with Maggie.. This page contains the latest prayers, hymns and downloadable activities, Look worksheets and more. This has been updated for All Saints Day...

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Latest Update Regarding Online Mass
Latest Update Regarding Online Mass
We will be live streaming Mass this Sunday (22nd November) at 10am from Sacred Heart Church. So please do join Fr Paul this Sunday to celebrate the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time followed by Children's Liturgy at 11:30am..

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Online Offertory and Donations, Direct Debits, Standing Orders,
Online Offertory and Donations, Direct Debits, Standing Orders,
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
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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Caritas Christmas Gift Appeal 2020
Caritas Christmas Gift Appeal 2020
Following last year's amazing total of 948 gifts, this year will be harder with various Covid restrictions. Please could you ask all friends, family, work colleagues to collect for this local community. If you set up your own collection point, we can collect from you or you can deliver directly to Tesco, Chineham. If you need a collection box/bucket these can be provided. Given the current climate, monetary donations may prove easier (every penny will be spent on gifts). Please pay into the account below:

PRCDT Sacred Heart Hook
Ref Christmas Gifts
Account No: 00880117
Sort Code: 30-93-04

We hope, these gifts will take a little pressure out of their family’s lives. Perhaps even some dreams coming true and a few prayers answered over this special time of the year. God bless and thank you,
Brita and Julie

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(Updated) Church Opening Times for Private Prayer
(Updated) Church Opening Times for Private Prayer
The church is open for private prayer at the following times:

Wednesday 10am -12:00 noon (with confessions)


When attending church for private prayer, we need to keep each other safe and observe the following guidelines: * Please WEAR YOUR OWN FACEMASK or face covering at all times. * Apply hand sanitizer when entering the church * Toilets remain closed * QR Code posters remain displayed in the entrance to the church for you to scan on your mobile for Track and Trace programme purposes.

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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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Latest Blog Posts from our Website
First Holy Communion by Maggie Wood
The sun shone on the families fo our First Holy Communion children on the afternoon of Saturday 10th October at Sacred Heart Hook.

St Teresa of Avila
In our October's March of the Saints series, Grania Egan tells the story behind the Carmelite Inspiration, St Terese of Avila.

An Interview with Sr. Catherine
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Poems by our Faith Community
*Recently Updated* Read the inspiring poetry that our Faith Community are sending in to us at Sacred Heart. Do you have a poem to share?

St Vincent de Paul – Patron Saint of Charities and Volunteers
In our September, March of the Saints series, Grania tells the story behind St Vincent de Paul.

St Rose of Lima
In our August, March of the Saints series, Grania tells the story behind St Rose of Lima.

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