As we continue our celebration of the Christmas season, we observe today the great Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. The word “epiphany” means manifestation and throughout the Christmas readings we have seen that the newborn King is eager to reveal Himself to all those willing to accept His presence in their lives. From poor and humble shepherds to the international group of magi featured in today’s Gospel passage, Jesus makes it clear that He offers Himself as a gift to everyone. We also see throughout the scriptures that God uses what is familiar to us to draw us to Himself. In the caseRead More →

A Christmas thank you from Sacred Heart

Message from Father Paul Thank you to everyone for the many generous gifts, cards, ‘Christmas Cheer’ and good wishes – your thoughtfulness is much appreciated. God bless you all this Christmas Season and throughout the coming year. May the peace of Christ reign in your hearts and in your homes. Message from Father Chris & Father Paul On behalf of Fr. Chris, Fr. Paul and the Parish Office, we wish you all a “Holy, Blessed & Peaceful Christmas”. We are blessed to have you all as part of our parish. Thank you to everyone who has contributed their time and talent to preparing the church/liturgyRead More →

Om Saturday, 24th November following an invite from Father Paul, Sacred Heart Church hosted an afternoon of prayer, song and worship with a focus on how to pray with the bible. Father’s friend  (Sr) Valentina Stilo is a consecrated missionary of the Verbum Dei (Word of God) community and also Catholic chaplain to the University of Southampton lead the event. The focus of the day was on praying with the bible (hence the Latin Verbum Dei) and involved scripture reflections, tips on how to pray with the bible, faith sharing, music and food.   Prayer and worship doesn’t have to be a serious thing – itRead More →

Posada is an old Mexican tradition where young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling people about the imminent arrival of Jesus in the weeks leading up to Christmas. On Christmas Eve they would visit the local church to re-enact the nativity and place figures of Mary and Joseph in a crib. Modern day Posada uses nativity figures of Mary and Joseph who travel from place to place. This gives each ‘host’ the chance to create their own celebration in their home or place in the community, worshipping and reaching out toRead More →

My name is Andrea Waldram and I am running the London Marathon next year for this wonderful charity – Children with Cancer UK who are supporting my terminally ill nephew at this time.  This charity raises and invests money for vital specialist research to save the lives of every child with cancer and keeps families together.  Their vision is a world where every child diagnosed with cancer gets to ring their end of cancer treatment bell.  Latest Fundraiser On Monday 4th March there is a charity evening at Hook Tandoori for Children with Cancer UK and The National Autistic Society. Andrea Waldram and Jackie Harrison are running theRead More →

On Saturday 17th November at 7.30 pm in the Parish Church Hall, there was a quiz held to raise funds for Melfort Glen.  Food and drinks were available from the bar for a donation of £5 a ticket and a raffle was held with donated prizes.. A very big thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday evening for the quiz night, congratulations to “The Brave Ones” who won the quiz. The Quiz night along with all the generous donations from the Parish amounted to £1,107.81 and Father Paul presented Richard with the cheque on Saturday 24th of November and will be a great help toRead More →

Congratulations to Laura Linehan-Hill for completing a 51km walk for The Brain Tumour Charity.  It’s not too late to donate to this wonderful cause. Laura’s comments from her JustGiving Page. “Having celebrated my 21st birthday this year I decided to set myself the challenge of raising at least £3000 for The Brain Tumour Charity.  I have already raised over £500 so far but I wanted to set myself a big challenge so have decided to walk with my family the 51km of the Basingstoke Canal over 4 days. I chose this challenge as a fun way to recreate the sponsored walk we did in the summer of the year 2000;Read More →