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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →