Sacred Heart Church Newsletter
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Newsletter

The readings and Gospel this week offer clear guidance on what matters most to God in the way we prioritise our lives. That we should not hide our inner light away, but let it shine for the benefit of others.

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. As per the Bishop's message and if you're a regular with our parish, why not share the following link with a friend?

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ABC - About being Catholic
Father Paul is delighted to say that he has arranged some adult faith sessions, which will run during the Spring. The evenings are run by friends of the parish who are skilled in transmitting the treasure of our Catholic faith to different groups. They will be interactive, use a variety of media and will take place in the church hall from 7.15 for 7.30 – 9.00 pm. Please lock the following dates in your diaries and contact the office to register your interest. Thursday March 5th & 19th.
Thursday April 2nd & 23rd

Session 1 - What is Church and why do we need it?
Session 2 - Birth to Burial
Session 3 - Getting Closer to God
Session 4 - The Mass

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Imminent Events & Reminders

1. Welcoming our neighbour - There will be a tea party in aid of our Parish's Community Sponsorship resettlement scheme at St Joseph's Church, RG22 6TY between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 8th Feb.  It would be great if you could find time to pop along and support the party.

Next weekend, members of the Refugee Resettlement team will be appealing for your help at all Masses - Appeal is 15/16th Feb.

2.  Divine Mercy Chaplet -  Praying the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is a glorious way to enter into the abundant Mercy of God. Please join us on Friday afternoons from 2:30—3:00pm in the Church. To pray for the Mercy of God on us and on the whole world.

World Day of Prayer
Rise, take your mat and walk Women, men and children of all ages are called to 'Rise, take your mat and walk' to join this day of prayer.* Women of Zimbabwe have prepared this year's service and they encourage us all to reflect on the difficulties and unrest that have plagued their country over many years. They share the challenges they have met and the hopes they have for the future. They encourage us to 'Rise, take your mat and walk' with them as they continue their often turbulent journey towards full reconciliation.

Please click the button to see the press release for World Day of Prayer 2020 which is taking place at Rotherwick on Friday March 6th at 2 pm with refreshments afterwards. All are welcome.

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Melfort Old Peoples Home

An Indian Supper was held on Saturday 1st February after Mass in aid of the Melfort old Peoples Home in Zimbabwe. This is the Sacred Heart's third world adopted project. About 50 members attended and the evening was enjoyed by everyone. A big thank you to Jill Blackburn, Richard Sugden and all the helpers who made the supper so successful along with a Raffle and a Quiz. A very big thank as well to all who attended and to all who donated towards the MOPH. A Sum of £1335.50 was raised for the home and this will help considerably with essentials, medication and electricity there.

Thanks also to Richard Sugden who has documented the event here and provided these photos.

Welcoming our Neighbour Update
There will be a tea party in aid of our Parish's Community Sponsorship resettlement scheme at St Joseph's Church RG22 6TY between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 8th Feb. It would be great if you could find time to pop along and support the party. Also, contributions of cake, home made or purchased, and donations of prizes for tombola or raffle would be appreciated.

Next weekend, members of the Refugee Resettlement team will be appealing for your help at all Masses - Appeal is 15/16 Feb .

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Jo Lewry CPC CAFOD Portsmouth writes... You are invited to a CAFOD update meeting on Saturday 15th February at St Bede’s Church Popley Way Basingstoke RG24 9DX from 10:15am to 12:15pm . At the meeting Lizzie Funnell Programme Officer for the Middle East will give a talk on CAFOD’s work there, and I will give an update on how your generous donations are making a difference to people’s lives.

Everyone is welcome so please let me know if you are coming by emailing or call 01252 329385 .

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For those who are working, but perhaps would still be keen to support Caritas and our local community, we are holding a meal at The Bolton Arms in Old Basing. This is on Saturday 14th March '20 at 7.30 pm. The tickets cost £25.00 for a three course meal and need prepaying so that I can pay the pub in advance. As soon as the owner realised the charity work that I was doing was for helping his local community in difficulties, he offered the whole of his restaurant to us to raise money - on a Saturday night too! I have a balance of 20 tickets available.

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Charity Fundraising

Monday 24th February - Charity evening at Hook Tandoori for Children with Cancer UK and The National Autistic Society. Andrea Waldram and Jackie Harrison are running the London Marathon for these Charities. Tickets are £20 per person which includes Poppadum, Starter and Main Course with Naan Bread. Numbers are limited so book your tickets ASAP. Contact Jackie 07881620701 or Andrea 07823449333. There will be a raffle so any contributions will be welcome.   

More information and how to get involved or donate is on our blog.

St Gabriel's Group Continuing Journey in Faith

St Gabriel's Group ‘Continuing Journey in Faith' - with Deacon Pat O’Connell Being held at St Bede’s Church, Popley - on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm for 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm. ‘Matrimony’ - a discussion on the beauty of this Sacrament together with the psychological challenges faced by all married couples today Next session is Thursday 06 February 2020

The Blessed Charles De Doucauld Fraternity

We recently started a Fraternity of blessed Charles de Foucauld in our parish. We get together once a month for couple of hours at convenient day and time for all. We start with the exposition of the blessed sacrament in the church. We also read the Sunday's gospel reading and contemplate on the reading and share our views. We also discuss the life and writings of blessed Charles de Foucauld. The next meeting is the 3rd March at 7pm, in the Convent.

Walking the St James Way

Walking the St James Way from Reading Abbey to Southampton in 6 stages on a Saturday starting 21st March at St James Church, Reading RG1 3FD. The route passes through beautiful countryside, past points of historic and religious interest, to a place where many pilgrims in former days will have set sail for Spain. Why not re-enact their journey by joining us this year. Please email the St James parish office on to register your interest. See poster for full list of dates.

Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine

Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, celebrating the feast of St. Patrick. Leaving 16th March 2020. £599.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with breakfast and dinner. All entertainment and excursions included. Lunches on days out. Wheelchair accessible rooms available. Single room supplement £100. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2020

Tuesday 17th—24th November 2020 This is the initiative of a group of Parishioners in Sacred Heart Parish Hook. For more information relating to the Sacred Heart Parish contact Eileen Cashman -

Latest Blog Posts from our Website
Help for Children with Cancer...
I am Andrea Waldram a Pastoral Parish Council member and you will usually find me at Sunday 10am mass in the choir.I am running the London Marathon in April this…

March of the Saints
This month sees the launch of a series focussing on our Saints. We thought we would begin by describing how someone is honoured with this title.

Auschwitz - Many Years On...
Chris McDonnell CT January 24th 2020. Provided to Sacred Heart by Bridie Stringer. It was towards the end of January 1945, in the deep cold of Winter near the Polish-German…

The Year of the Word Begins..
“The Bible is the book of the Lord’s people, who, in listening to it, move from dispersion and division toward unity, as well as come to understand God’s love and…

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