Helping house refugees through Community Sponsorship Get Involved! “…I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” Matthew. 25:35 In 2015 we were all shocked by the plight of the Syrian refugees fleeing their country due to war and persecution. Ordinary people like you and me suddenly found themselves, not just without a home, but also without a country to live in. Looking for safety, where their families could work, be educated and live a life with hope, they took perilous journeys over land and sea. Many are now livingRead More →

Every wedding has as a story. That story becomes timeless when you celebrate it in front of God and with family and friends at a Church that means something to you. A special Church like Sacred Heart in Hook. Emma was baptised and made her First Holy Communion at Sacred Heart Hook as well as being one of the first girl servers on the altar. A significant member of the wedding group was Pickle the goat who was one of her bottle feds when she worked for Millers Ark. Guests came from far and wide, including Scotland Wales Cornwall as well as Cape Town SouthRead More →

Gospel extracts taken from John 21:1-19  “Don’t withhold from ourselves what God readily gives us. Forgiveness.” Fr Paul. In the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Easter we find the Apostles dejected and discouraged following the death of our Lord. Peter appears close to throwing in the towel on his discipleship and going back to his old way of life, declaring, “I’m going fishing.” We then hear of the Apostles going out on the boat, but that night they caught nothing.When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realise yet that it was Jesus! Jesus said toRead More →

The Great Story of Jesus: why & how He came, His life, His death, His resurrection and ascension, followed by His invitation for each of us to encounter Him and follow Him. We would like to invite you to come to a retreat day to encounter even more deeply the Great Story of Jesus and to respond to the living relationship He offers each of us.  The retreat will present the whole story of salvation from creation to Jesus’s death and resurrection and give opportunities to make a personal response.     We all need time out from our everyday life to respond to Jesus’s invitation toRead More →

The brand new diocesan magazine has arrived in our Parish this weekend and with it launches the online equivalent www.vivavoce.uk and the accompanying app, Viva Voce AR. An augmented reality app that literally brings the pages to life! It’s truly amazing! Viva Voce brings you high quality news from the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth. Explore how parishes and communities are innovating, discover what our amazing schools and youth are up to and find out about the culture of vocation we’re creating. “As the shepherd of theDiocese I wish to commitus all to “bringing peoplecloser to Jesus Christthrough his Church.” Bishop Philip. Bishop Philip’s Vision BeforeRead More →

Bishop Philip sends his blessing to us all for Easter. Father Paul and Father Chris also wish you all joy and abundant blessings for Easter and wish to thank everyone who has helped to make the Holy Week services complete: the altar servers, choir, church cleaners, Eucharistic Ministers, flower arrangers, greeters, readers, those who take care of the Altar and sacristy and anyone else who has contributed in any way. Thank you! Our candidates were also received into the Church at our Easter Vigil Mass: Brita Coleman, Laura Hutchinson, Nuriye Arslantas, Marcell Kozma and Jan Hughes. Congratulations to you all! A blessed and peaceful EasterRead More →

“Hello, my name is Charles and I’m going to speak about how the call from God grew to radically change my life.”Listen to the full story below or read the transcript that follows. Very moving stuff.. “I’ve always held the belief that there was something more to life than the physical” I grew up in a non religious family and never went to Church. The most exposure I had to Christ was at a church of England primary school as well as my grandparents who are Christian. I’ve always held the belief that there was something more to life than the physical, but I wasn’tRead More →

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has designated 2020 as ‘The God Who Speaks’: A Year of the Word to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’, and the 1600th anniversary of death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin. Therefore, 2020 will be a year of celebrating, living and sharing God’s word, through a range of events, activities and resources, available nationally and in our Diocese of Portsmouth. Where does the Bible fit into your daily life? Ahead of 2020 Year of the Word, we would like to hearRead More →

Father Paul invites us to “dig a little deeper” this Lent. Just as Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert for 40 days – we too must look to Jesus for the areas of our lives that could use a little “spring cleaning“. Father reminded us of a wonderful quote from Pope Francis on Facebook that we could all strive for this Lent and beyond. In the words of Pope Francis Are you fasting this Lent? Let us know how in the comments…Read More →

At the heart of our Christian life is the understanding that each of us is called by God. We recall the words of Christ who said “You did not choose me, no I chose you”. Not only does Christ choose, he calls us and knows us by name. Both of these are encapsulated in the Rite of Election which is celebrated in Catholic cathedrals throughout our countries at the beginning of Lent each year. The Rite of Election is a significant step for those who want to be received into the Catholic Church – preparing to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the EucharistRead More →