Sacred Heart Church Newsletter
3rd Sunday in Lent Newsletter

This week celebrates Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan women where we gain further insights into our Lord as Jesus breaks through racial boundaries to reach her. 

Our Gospel passage from John recounts the life-changing encounter Christ has with the Samaritan woman at the well beginning with His words to her, “Give me a drink.” Then, He adds, “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

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Welcome to Sacred Heart
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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Fr Paul on the Radio!

On Sunday morning (15th) at 8:30 am Father Paul will be interviewed by BBC Radio Berkshire on their ‘Being Catholic Course’ that they are running this weekend. Fr Paul asked for prayers please.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Following direction from the Bishop Philip and the Bishop’s Council we have had further guidance as to how to proceed regarding precautionary measures during the Coronavirus situation.

In brief, until further notice we will be:

-  Removing the Holy Water from the stoups at the door.
-  Suspending the physical sign of peace (a nod and a smile goes a long way).
-  Asking all parishioners to receive the host in the hand only.
-  Suspending Communion from the chalices.
-  Suspending all catering (teas and coffees etc) at all parish gathering
(including refreshments after Mass.)
-  The collection plate is not to be passed around at the Offertory.
-  We ask that you put your offering in the bag as you leave Mass -
collectors will be in the porch.
-  We have been asked to suspend the use of ‘shared’ hymn books, so the hymns for Sunday Mass will be printed on page three of the newsletters until further notice (please take and keep your newsletter and do not replace it on the pile at the end of Mass).

Respectful advice to the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.

The advice to all elderly, those with weakened immune systems and long term conditions to refrain form large parish gatherings and remain at home. The public veneration of the crucifix on Good Friday will be either genuflecting or bowing before the crucifix and not kissing or touching it. We will be: Disinfecting all door handles before and after services. Thank you for your cooperation in enabling us to follow the directives. We currently have hand sanitiser in the Church and if you have your own small bottle of sanitiser then please feel free to bring it with you. Lastly, if any cases of Coronavirus are confirmed in our local areas or if anyone from our parish is self-isolating or has been diagnosed with the virus, please inform Jan in the office by phone as we have to inform the Diocese so that the Bishop is able to keep an overview of the situation throughout the Diocese. 

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Imminent Events & Reminders

1.  EASTER CARDS
Cecile will be selling an assortment of Easter and Mother’s Day Cards from the back of Church after Mass on Saturday and Sunday this week.

2.  STATIONS OF THE CROSS.

The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step devotion that commemorates Jesus’s last day on Earth as a man. Would you consider giving up an hour of your time once a week to attend Stations of the Cross on Sundays at 4:00 pm or Fridays at 7:30pm.

3.   GIANT SUNFLOWERS
Calling all children can you help us grow some giant sunflowers this year. In the porch next weekend there will be packs with pots, compost and sunflower seeds. Please take a pack home and start growing your sunflower, then watch this space for details of when to bring them back to Church.

4.  BIBLE CHALLENGE QUIZ
Help support CAFOD by purchasing a Bible Challenge Quiz sheet after Mass today for a minimum donation of £1. There is a separate quiz sheet for primary school children and there will be a prize for each quiz. The closing date is 1st April and please put completed answer sheets in the box in the porch.

5. ST GABRIEL’S GROUP ‘CONTINUING JOURNEY IN FAITH’ - with Deacon Pat O’Connell – Next: 02 April 2020 Being held at St Bede’s Church, Popley—on the first Thursday of each month at 8.00pm - 9.30pm. The session will include scriptural references and church teachings. Theme: Understanding the Holy Mass  

6. 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.

7.  WEEKDAY MASS
Mass is celebrated at Maryfield Convent next to the Sacred Heart Monday to Saturday at 10am (times may vary).

The Year of the Word - New Webpage
The Year of the Word - New Webpage
The Year of the Word celebrates “The God who speaks” and helps us to remember that our Lord is communicating with us every day, very frequently, but especially through the Bible. The Bible is THE Word of God and having been created though the works of the Holy Spirit, is far more that just a historical text.

This will be your one stop shop for all things Year of the Word. From Sacred Heart events, to videos, to recommended apps, to Bible audio testimonies

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<br>Mass of Prayer, Penance & Reparation

Mass of Prayer, Penance & Reparation
“I felt a little nudge from the Lord. Speak about it Paul.” Fr. Paul.

The recording of Fr Paul's difficult talk on the reparation of crimes committed against our little ones is now live on our website.

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Pastoral Parish Council (PPC)
Our mission as a parish council is “bringing people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church”. We wish to serve Sacred Heart Church and it’s people by acting acting as your voice to bring about positive change within the parish and grow our Catholic Community.
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<br>Feature - The ABC about being Catholic

Feature - The 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 March.
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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Wider Parish News & Events
Wider Parish News & Events
Please take a look at our parish and wider diocese events and news. You can check our events page and also use our online calendar that you can download to you phone.

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Latest Blog Posts from our Website
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The Year of the Word & The God who Speaks
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The Gospel and Homily For The 2nd Sunday in Lent - The Transfiguration of the Lord
Listen to the Gospel for the 2nd Sunday in Lent followed by Fr. Paul's homily that explores how this mystery shows much more than the…

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Day of Prayer, Penance and Reparation
“I felt a little nudge from the Lord. Speak about it Paul.”

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The Gospel and Homily for Ash Wednesday
Listen to the Gospel for Ash Wednesday followed by Fr. Paul's homily exploring how Lent can move us closer to Jesus.

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