E-Newsletter for the Baptism of the Lord
The feast of the Baptism of the Lord marks the end of the Christmas Season and the beginning of Ordinary Time. Now we see the transition from Jesus’ hidden life to that of His public ministry. Jesus was sent into this world to draw us to the Father, so we all should allow Him to fulfil that mission in our lives.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

 

Mon 10 January (evening) - The Big Picture (online course)

Thurs 13 January - Belong and Believe Course
Sun 16 January - Litter pick in Hook

Sun 23 January - Unity Worship Service

Please contact hello@sacredhearthook.org if you'd like to attend or need more info on any of these events.

More News and Events

Please keep an eye on the Events Page on our website.

Pope Francis January Prayer Intention

Pope Francis asks us to pray for true human fraternity. We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognised, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family. 

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2022

Our Diocese of Portsmouth Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 18th to 22nd July 2022. Bishop Philip is now very pleased to be able to invite you once again to join him and many others from across the Diocese on this pilgrimage. We will be leaving from Bournemouth airport. Once in Lourdes we will stay at the Hotel La Solitude, celebrate Mass daily and take part in all that Lourdes has to offer. If you would like to know more about joining him either as a pilgrim or as a youth pilgrim, serving our pilgrims and helping to make our pilgrimage a success, please email lourdes@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

Mass Times

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD Saturday 8 January 6:00 pm

Sunday 9 January 10.00 am Mass & Live Streamed

Wednesday 12 January 10:00 am Mass & Praying the Rosary after Mass

This Week's Newsletter

Please find here the link to the Spiritual Communion Prayer and the alternative Spiritual Communion Prayer.

If you wish to make a donation to our Church, we are very grateful and you can do so here.

How to Book for Mass

Booking for regular Mass 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 evening. 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 Mass on Sunday, will be live streamed via YouTube and our website's Live Page.

Please only attend if you have a confirmed booking and have not cancelled.

Please follow the instruction of the Welcomers.
Face coverings must be worn whilst you are in the church.
All the doors and windows will be open during Mass, so please wrap up warm.
In line with government guidance, we are requesting that you and your party please do Lateral Flow Tests before attending Mass.

Our priority is to continue to create a safe environment within our Parish. Due to the size of the Sacred Heart, we adopted a cautious approach; in recognition that many of our parishioners are vulnerable or elderly, so we will continue to adhere to all COVID guidelines.

 

For the safety and wellbeing of all, we shall continue to:

• wear face coverings whilst inside the church and hall.

• social distance, within the church and hall, with the use of crosses to close seats.

• encourage parishioners to sanitise their hands, before and after Mass.

• In recognition of the differing needs of our parishioners, we have decided to carry on with the following

• Saturday 6pm and Sunday 10am Masses will therefore continue, with social distancing in place, with a maximum capacity of 60 parishioners, and the Masses MUST be booked. Please do not embarrass the stewards by turning up without booking, as they will be turning you away, even if it appear spacious.

• For Wednesday 10am Mass and The Rosary you do not need to be book, but the above rules still apply. 
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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.  

 

Please note that the wearing of face coverings is mandatory in all Church Buildings.

Online Collection and Regular Donations
Online Collection and Regular Donations
Some of you have asked how you can continue to support the church financially with your regular giving even if 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 below. Just click the button and follow the instructions. Thank you so much for your generosity.
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Sunday's Live Mass Stream
Sunday's Live Mass Stream
We will be live streaming Mass for the Baptism of the Lord this Sunday morning at 10am from Sacred Heart Church.

New Camera
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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SHARE - Sacred Heart Activities and Resources on the Environment
SHARE - Sacred Heart Activities and Resources on the Environment
January is often the month in which we make New Year resolutions and try to change certain habits or ways of doing things - this year I am more aware of an initiative to make January - Veganuary! Its about making the month of January a month of a plant based diet as opposed to our normal 'meat and two veg' diet. It is a tough one - we are so used to eating meat that the idea of eating only plant based foods will feel a little strange. If you are not able to completely embrace a plant based diet, you could always look at 2/3/4 days a week of solely plant based diets and see how you get on. Thinking about the environment and how we make an impact in reducing those emissions that contribute to climate change, we know that the production of meat is one of the key areas of methane gas production - a greenhouse gas , so reducing our consummation of meat will go some way to reducing the associated greenhouse gases. It is a difficult one, a significant change but worth trying to see how we get on. Good Luck!
Learn More and Get Involved
Commissioning of New PPC Members

A few weeks ago, I brought to your attention the fact that I am reconstituting our Parish Pastoral Council. I am deeply grateful for those members who have served our parish community for the past two years. I have now chosen eight new members to build upon and consolidate the good work of the inaugural council members. During Mass last Sunday and this Sunday, I will commission those new members to serve our community over the next three years. My thanks to Jennifer, David, Ian, Vanessa, Shanthi, Gill, John and Liz for their generosity if being willing to serve the parish in this way. 

                                                               Fr Paul 

New Course - The Big Picture

We are excited to let you know about this new online course which is starting 10th January 2022. The course will cover 12 engaging sessions taking us through Salvation History, starting at the beginning with God the Creator right through to the End Times, with the Second Coming of Christ. The course is inspiring and enjoyable and suitable for those new to Scripture as well as those with a deeper knowledge of the Bible.  The Big Picture is not simply an academic journey through Scripture but a time of helping us make God’s Word  alive and relevant to our daily lives.  If you would like a little taster and get a feel for the Big Picture why not watch the trailer below for more details and if you wish to join please reach out to Joan Kent – jkent@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

Watch the Video

https://youtu.be/OFlMZEgnsEM

The need for vibrant and welcoming Christian communities has never been stronger. This new filmed course is a timely resource drawing on the immense wisdom and inspiration from our Celtic spiritual heritage helping us to find renewed faith and vision together. Belong and Believe is a 5 week course starting on Thursday 13th January at 10am in the Parish Hall. We welcome you to join us for this fascinating course, we will have our usual time for fellowship and discussion, with a nice ‘cuppa’ and some homemade cake. We’re really looking forward to seeing you.  Please contact the Parish Office for more information and to register.

Live Children's Liturgy & Resources Page
Live Children's Liturgy & Resources Page
Children's Liturgy will be live streamed this Sunday at 11:30am .

We do have new worksheets that are live on our website. This page contains the latest prayers, hymns and downloadable activities, Look worksheets and more. This has been updated for the Baptism of the Lord..
View Children's Liturgy Page
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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Events from the Carmelites
Letting Teresa Speak – Jan 22nd to Feb 26th
Letting Teresa Speak – Jan 22nd to Feb 26th
By allowing Teresa to speak to us through her own words, it will provide participants with an insight into her character, her concerns, and the central themes of her mystical theology. Join us in this Online Course.
Learn More and Register
Let Us Dream – from Jan 26th to Feb23rd
Let Us Dream – from Jan 26th to Feb23rd
In this FREE Online Talk, we begin with Pope Francis’ book “Let Us Dream – A Path To A Better Future”. He offers his opinion clearly on current affairs, setting him apart from other world leaders. In doing so, His Holiness has ventured where many an angel would fear to tread – and left himself vulnerable, personally. Yet in Let us Dream we have an author who encourages us to face such realities confidently and discern what we are to learn from it all.
Learn More and Register
Latest Blog Posts from our Website
A Testimonial on A Week Of Accompanied Prayer
My Thoughts on a Week of Accompanied Prayer
Urgent Appeal for Orphans in Myanmar
*Updated* Sr. Rosaleen and Holly from the Portsmouth Diocese has alerted us to an urgent and heart wrenching cause that we've been called to support…
Discovering Prayer Apps During the Pandemic by Jennifer Hutton
In this new article, Jennifer Hutton explains how these top prayer apps have helped her during the pandemic and on her daily commute.
St Andrew by Grania Egan
In this new series, Grania Egan explores each of the Apostles of Christ. We continue with St.Andrew.
St James the Greater by Grania Egan
In this new series, Grania Egan explores each of the Apostles of Christ. We continue with St.James the Greater.
Growing in Faith During a Pandemic
Here's a powerful testimony from Theresa Mahon, on how online courses can grow your Catholic Faith in a time of pandemic.
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