“We were truly blessed and felt God’s love and support for us and the children all week.” Brita Good morning, I certainly didn’t expect to be speaking to you all again so soon, but Father thought it would be nice for you to hear how our first Caritas Holiday club went supporting families struggling in their day to day lives. When the first day arrived, some of us did not know really what to expect! Our team welcomed everyone with open arms, big smiles and warm hearts. Each volunteer was thrown into the deep end and they rose to the challenge. We met some wonderfulRead More →

Caritas shares the mission of the Catholic Church to serve the poor and to promote charity and justice throughout the world. More information can be found here https://www.caritas.org/who-we-are/mission/ Sacred Heart Church are proud to support Caritas through a number of initiatives the most recent of which is below. Latest News & Events Thank you again for supporting Caritas! Those who have donated money, your prayers, Mike for our spreadsheets, our weekly cooks – mainly Shanthi and Jean! Then those who have covered for us – Eileen, Lisa and Mannie from “Mannicitas” – a home caterer for individual home meals and parties, an ideal emergency coverRead More →

Sea Sunday is the day which many Christian Churches set aside to remember and pray for seafarers and their families and give thanks for their lives and work. It is officially held on the second Sunday in July. During Sea Sunday, charities such as the Apostleship of the Sea (an agency of the Catholic Church sometimes known as The Star of the Sea) conduct fundraisers, hold parades, and run awareness campaigns about life at sea. The Apostleship of the Sea serves seafarers from across the world, regardless of belief, nationality or race. In all the main ports in Great Britain our team of chaplains and volunteers visit thousands of seafarers eachRead More →

Peter’s Pence represents a small offering, accompanied by grand desires and visions. It is an offering that each member of the faithful decides to give to the Pope so that he can provide for the needs of the entire Church, especially in those places where the Church experiences greater difficulties. “From this, they will all know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” John. 13, 35 It is not by chance that Peter’s Pence, as a donation to the Successor of Peter, took on stable form in the seventh century with the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons, in connection with the feastRead More →

Helping house refugees through Community Sponsorship Our Next Meeting The refugee project is having “Tea at 3” in St Bede’s Hall from 3 pm to 5 pm on Wednesday 4th September. Please come along to enjoy a lovely cup of tea and slice of cake to support the work that the project team are doing. There will be another get together for the group of parishioners who expressed support for the project to help house a displaced refugee family in Basingstoke. The meeting will take place at 7 pm on 12th September at St Bede’s Church, Popley way, Basingstoke We will update you on progressRead 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 →

Charity Quiz Fundraiser

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 →