E-Newsletter for the First Sunday in Advent

God’s Word (Mark 13:33-37) on this First Sunday of Advent reminds us that we are waiting for more than Christmas. We are waiting for the Day of the Lord which could come at any time.  Are we truly ready?

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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).

Resuming Public Mass

Until 5th December there will be no 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.

It is with great joy then, that Mass with a congregation present will resume at Sacred Heart Church from the weekend of Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December.
Mass will continue to be live-streamed on our live page and our Facebook page.
Mass will once again be available on Wednesday mornings at 10:00am from 9th December, followed by praying the Rosary. The church will close at 11:30.

Attendance needs to be booked and this can be done by email via hello@sacredhearthook.org or by phone to Jan on 07719012955. More information is on page 3 of the newsletter and on our attending Mass page.

Please visit the Coronavirus page and attending Mass page for any last minute change.

Father Paul

The Deacon by Deacon Dave Skillen
The Deacon by Deacon Dave Skillen
If deacons are not mini-priests, or father’s helpers, or enhanced lay people then who are they? Deacon Dave Skillen explains...

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St Martin De Porres by Grania Egan
St Martin De Porres by Grania Egan
In our November's March of the Saints series, Grania Egan tells the story behind St Martin De Porres - Patron Saint of Racial Harmony and Social Justice.

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Mini Online Advent Retreat
Mini Online Advent Retreat
Starting today, this online retreat can be done privately by clicking the Ignatian Spiritual Services link (see website for link). But it is better to do it with others plus the leaders for each session will add their personal contribution. People will be asked to share their experiences on their Covid-19 spiritual journey + prayers for their intentions. Join the meeting 10 minutes before.

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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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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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COATS4CALAIS 2020

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

Caritas Homes Without Borders for Refugees — November 2020 Update
Caritas Homes Without Borders for Refugees — November 2020 Update
Recently, the Home Office have advised that inbound flights, bringing refugees to the UK, are to resume in early 2021. This is very welcome news, as the preparatory work of Community Sponsor groups such as ours, have been on hold due to Covid:19 which has prevented refugees being allowed to enter the UK. The decision by the Government, under the existing resettlement scheme, will allow 232 refugees to enter the UK although it is only those groups who have secured a property, who will be welcoming these refugees. Groups, such as ours, who have not secured a property yet, still do not have a date for when they will welcome a family to resettle. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we can start the search in earnest for a property that will help transform the lives of a suffering refugee family beyond their imagination. Please continue to pray for the success our project.

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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 Fr.Paul.. This page contains the latest prayers, hymns and downloadable activities, Look worksheets and more. This has been updated for the First Sunday in Advent...

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Latest Update Regarding Online Mass
Latest Update Regarding Online Mass
We will be live streaming Mass this Sunday (29th November) at 10am from Sacred Heart Church. So please do join Fr Paul this Sunday to celebrate the 1st Sunday in Advent 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
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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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)

ATTENDING PRIVATE PRAYER

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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St Martin De Porres
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Welcoming Our Neighbour
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First Holy Communion by Maggie Wood
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St Teresa of Avila
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An Interview with Sr. Catherine
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