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 →

Father Paul explains another important multi-layered Gospel this week from Luke that encourages us all to ask Jesus what we can do for him… This Gospel from Luke on the 5th Sunday of Ordinary time is pretty well known – how Jesus performs a miracle that allows Simon to catch an abundance of fish in a seemingly empty stretch of water. However, Father Paul explains that there’s far more to this story… Father Paul observes some extra layers in the Gospel that we can all relate to. 1) The first point that Father makes is that Jesus has arrived early in the morning when theRead More →

Taken from Father Paul’s Sermon Father Paul adds some extra layers to this weekend’s Gospel Story – the Wedding at Cana which is a part of the Rosary’s “Luminous Mysteries” or “Mysteries of Light” added to the Rosary by Pope John Paul II in 2002.Father makes a number of observations about this story (the full story is at the bottom for reference) but is the first public miracle of Jesus where he turns water into wine. 1) The first point that Father makes is that Jesus initially resists his Mother’s ask when she notices they’re low on wine for the wedding – “Woman, what concernRead More →

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For all our events please check our calendar. Here are our top picks coming soon…Older and archived events are here Care for Our Common HomeClimate Change weekend:  Fri 4th to Sun 6th October. Come and join us at the Church of Our Lady to celebrate the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology and pray for an end to climate change. There will be an Ecumenical Service of talks, videos, prayer, reflection and music at 4pm on Sun 6th October and there will be prayer stations on the theme of climate change available in the church from 10.30am on 4th October untilRead More →

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 →

On 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 →