Sacred Heart Church Newsletter
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter which you can download in full below. 

Here are just a few highlights from the newsletter as well as links to our latest news and blog articles with more available on our website and Facebook page.

Additional events are on our events page and 

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Welcome to Sacred Heart
Father Paul would like to share his personal welcome with you and tell you a little bit more about himself as well as his thoughts and vision for our growing parish.

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1.  CAFOD.  A Fast Day envelope is available in the porch. Please give generously or you find out more and donate online at

2.  Mass Count.  We are obliged by the Bishop to count the number of people coming to Mass. The information is useful in Diocesan planning and to prove to others that Catholics do still come to Mass. Mass counts will start this weekend and last for 4 weekends.

3.  Care Group.  There will be a care group meeting on Sunday 13th October at 9 am in the church hall.

Pastoral Message from Bishop Philip (video now live)
This month, October 2019, has been designated by the Holy Father as an Extraordinary Month of Mission. It is a month of renewal, in which the Pope calls us to rededicate ourselves as missionary disciples spreading the Good News. Watch the video or download the newsletter to learn more…

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National Prayer Weekend (video and blog now live)
Videos, photos and stories from our special Mass for National Prayer Weekend are now live on our website. This includes full sermons from the Carmelites as well as thoughts on prayer from Fr Paul.

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Parish Council - Message from Fr Paul

We hosted an initial meeting earlier this week to consider more fully the role of a Parish Pastoral Council. It was an interactive and informative meeting facilitated by Bridie Stringer, who is known to many in our parish community, who has a lot of experience in guiding parishes to work more effectively and collaboratively. I know there were a few parishioners who would have liked to have been present, but were unable to attend. To that end, we are planning to host another evening to continue to our planning. I am also using this time to consider approaching people who may have the requisite gifts and charisms to serve on the council. I am doing this through a means of prayerful consideration and soliciting advice.

If you are keen to know more our next meeting will be held on Thursday 24th October from 7 - 9 pm in the church hall.

CAFOD Family Fast Day

4th October -  No one should be beyond reach of the love & support they need to thrive. CAFOD invites us to fast, pray & give, so we can extend the hand of friendship to the world’s poorest people. Fabiano’s village in rural Uganda has been devastated by drought. Every day, children would trek miles for water, risking their education & safety. Donations from parishioners across England & Wales helped install a solar powered water pump in the village. Now Fabiano & his friends can collect water quickly & safely. On Family Fast Day, CAFOD invites us to eat a simple meal for lunch or dinner & give the money we save to help children like Fabiano. A Fast Day envelope is available in the porch. Please give generously or you can donate online at Thank you. 
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Safeguarding Training

We have arranged for Safeguarding training to be held on Saturday 5th October at St Joseph’s Church, St Michael’s Road, Basingstoke RG22 6TY.

Child Protection – 10am – 12.30pm
Vulnerable Adults – 1.30pm – 4.00pm

If you are a FHC or Confirmation Catechist you are required to complete Child Protection Training every 5 years and any EM's who take Communion to the sick must complete the Vulnerable Adults training

Please contact our Safeguarding team on or via the Parish Office to book a place or for more information. 

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. Learn how to say the Rosary with our handy and downloadable guide..

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“No servant can serve two masters.” Are you discerning a vocation to serve the Lord as a priest, deacon, sister or brother? To explore further, contact Fr. John Cooke. or call 01329 318 869 

Night Light Winter Shelter

Planning has started again for this year's program which offers shelter and friendship, from 1st December to 28th February, to people sleeping rough on the streets of Basingstoke. All new volunteers must undergo a training session and two hour training sessions are available on 28th September or 15th October at Sarum Hill Centre, RG21 8SR. Returning volunteers will be contacted by email. For more information please contact Pat Murphy 07785 312486.

The Caritas InSight Programme

The Caritas InSight programme offers those who are feeling isolated, struggling parents, recovering from mental health issues and the hungry. We will be offering them a hot meal, friendship and support. If you are able to help by joining a rota in any capacity, even playing cards or being a bingo caller, please talk to Brita after Mass or contact the Parish Office. The Caritas InSight program is beginning weekly in the Ambrose Hall, Tadley, on the 17th October from 12.30 to 2.30. We will be holding an hour’s training in the hall first on the 10th October at 12 noon in the Ambrose Hall Tadley. The Caritas InSight program funs successfully in Portsmouth Cathedral, which you can look up on line at

St. Joseph’s is running Alpha from 19th September on Thursday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm in St. Joseph’s Foyer . What is Alpha?

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Day for Catechists and Children's Liturgy Leaders
19th October 2019– Day for Catechists and Children’s Liturgy Leaders – Portsmouth Cathedral, 10am to 4pm The Dominican Sisters and the Formation for Mission team invite everyone engaged in passing on the faith to children, young people and adults to Portsmouth Cathedral on Saturday 19th October for a day of thanksgiving, celebration and formation where we will discover ways to share our faith in Jesus Christ as his witnesses within our ministries. The day will be led by Fr Mark Hogan, and Mass will be celebrated in thanksgiving for all diocesan catechists. Lunch will be provided. Register online or phone the Dominican Sisters to book a place: 01590 681874. The certificates of those who have attended the Catechists Course in the parish last Lent will be awarded in the Cathedral.

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