Important Announcements

Additional Covid-19 Guidelines for attending Christmas Mass

Please only attend if you have a confirmed booking and have not cancelled.

Please follow the instruction of the Welcomers.

Face coverings must be worn whilst you are in the church.

All the doors and windows will be open during Mass, so please wrap up warm

In line with government guidance, we are requesting that you and your party please do Lateral Flow Tests before attending Mass.

Full Covid-19 Guidelines

Our priority is to continue to create a safe environment within our Parish. Due to the size of the Sacred Heart, we adopted a cautious approach; in recognition that many of our parishioners are vulnerable or elderly, so we will continue to adhere to all COVID guidelines.

For the safety and wellbeing of all, we shall continue to:

• wear face coverings whilst inside the church and hall.

• social distance, within the church and hall, with the use of crosses to close seats.

• encourage parishioners to sanitise their hands, before and after Mass.

• In recognition of the differing needs of our parishioners, we have decided to carry on with the following

• Saturday 6pm and Sunday 10am Masses will therefore continue, with social distancing in place, with a maximum capacity of 60 parishioners, and the Masses MUST be booked. Please do not embarrass the stewards by turning up without booking, as they will be turning you away, even if it appear spacious.

• For Wednesday 10am Mass and The Rosary you do not need to be book, but the above rules still apply. 

We will continue to take bookings. But we will be allowing you to chose your own seats at Mass, please listen to the welcomers for more instructions. We will continue to live stream Sunday morning Mass via YouTube and our website.  This weekend we will be streaming Saturday evening Mass as well as Sunday morning Mass.

These processes and procedures will be reviewed again in September. Thank you for your continued support for our church community, and may God Bless you and your families and keep you well and safe.

If you wish to attend Mass in person, please email the parish office at before the Thursday Lunchtime.

More information and a guide on what to expect can be found on this page.


New Article from Jennifer Hutton

In this new article, Jennifer Hutton explains how these top prayer apps
have helped her during the pandemic and on her daily commute.

New Prayer from Theresa


Coronavirus Prayer Resources from Theresa Mahon

Those who are engaging in praying for the coronavirus emergency may be interested on these prayers published by CAFOD as a part of their coronavirus appeal.They gave a link which may go directly to those prayers.

Love Comes from Prayer

Huge thanks to Bridie Stringer for sharing this beautiful piece on Prayer by Chris Mc Donnell who sent the reflection on Auschwitz.

Prayer, Homily and Blessings from Pope Francis

Today, Pope Francis gave the most moving homily, prayers and special urbi et orbi blessing for the world in this time of the coronavirus.

If you missed it, don’t worry, you can watch the full video here.

Prayers for times of Pandemic – Shared 26/03/2020 by Fr. Paul

Fr. Paul wanted to share this excellent resource and set of prayers for times of a pendemic.

Daily Prayer at Noon – Hail Mary – Shared 20/03/2020 by Theresa and Anne Da Silva

Thursday 19th – Pope Francis to Lead Global Rosary

As we continue to face the coronavirus outbreak, Pope Francis urges Catholics to unite spiritually at 8pm UK time, to pray the rosary simultaneously on the Feast of St. Joseph. They will be live streaming on Facebook too.
or live here


Beatitudes for a Global Pandemic

Fr Paul wished to share this modern take on the Beatitudes for times of a global pandemic. There’s also a YouTube version at the bottom.

Recreating the Holy Land from Grania Egan

In 2015 a group of parishioners went on Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from my old parish of Our Lady’s in Fleet.

So inspired was one of the parishioners that upon his return he arranged to meet the then Parish Priest, Fr Sean to discuss an idea that he had whilst on Pilgrimage.   The idea?  To bring the Holy Land to Fleet!!!! 

Here is the video:

More Inspiration from Theresa

Prayer Service At Home

These links have has some wonderful prayers for our community in a time of a pandemic as well as this guide on how to have a prayer service at home. More info here
Blessings, Fr Paul.

Servant Song – Brother, Sister let me serve you

Dear friends, I felt called to share this song/hymn with you all. Stay safe and God Bless,
Fr. Paul.

Staying Spiritually Connected by CAFOD

If you don’t subscribe to CAFOD’s emails, take a look at this link which is full of interesting information on how to stay spiritually connected.

Faith in the time of Coronavirus – Shared by Fr Paul

“Dear friends, please read this wonderful article. It echoes my own sentiment.”
God Bless, Fr. Paul

Uplifting Video Shared by Grania

Grania has shared this positive video compilation from Fr. Tom which he has prepared in relation to the Coronavirus, including, prayers, sayings and imagery.  All uplifting and positive stuff.

Offers & Help

CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal

The Diocesan Prayer and Listening Service

Prayer and listening to God is a vital part of our everyday life, but sometimes it is difficult to pray when we are exhausted or in stressful situations or by ourselves. The diocese has created a team of trained volunteers with experience in both praying with others and in spiritual listening, and have been through the essential safeguarding training and other requirements. If you are over 18 and would like some prayer support or to speak to someone about spiritual matters, please follow the link for further information and to complete the appropriate online form to request a ‘phone call.

Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline

The Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline – Hantshelp4vulnerable – can be contacted on 0333 370 4000. The helpline is available seven days a week, from 9am-5pm. The service is available to people residing in the county of Hampshire only. There are separate arrangements in place for Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight residents.

More information here.

Magificat Offer

As there will be no public Masses for an indefinite period starting this weekend and an increasing number of people are self-isolating, here is an offer for free access to Magnificat online, and for those who would like the Print Edition there is a special one-off 4-month subscription to Magnificat and/or a 3-month subscription to The Catholic Herald at substantially discounted and affordable prices to ensure that the maximum number of people can take advantage. Full details are in the downloadable PDF below.


All of our poems (including newer ones) are now available here :-

There’s not a cloud in the bright blue sky,
as I look up high,
What do I spy?

A rosy, red breasted robin,
shows deep, deep longing.

As it darts all around,
without making a single sound,
a friendly face it has found.

Landing lightly on a cherry tree,
and looking straight down at me.

White cherry blossom gently swaying on the trees,
laden with the promise of red juicy cherries.

I see and salute you Mr Magpie,
as you look down from the bright blue sky,
with your bright beady eye.

Next I see you walking on the garden wall,
so very proud and tall.

Two red kites flying side by side,
a perfect pair, they gently glide.

Higher and higher in the bright blue sky,
looking down as they fly,
the light, whispering wind gives a gentle sigh,
as our dear Lord looks down from on high.

By Maria Burns

On my daily walk I go,
completely solo,
it is so very quiet and still,
as I walk towards the water mill.

Taking in the clean fresh air,
without a single care,
I walk all around,
there’s not a single sound.

But wait, I can hear birds,
in the quiet they can now be heard,
such beautiful, sweet songs,
this is what my dear heart longs.

Beautiful butterflies flutter by,
as gently as the softest sigh.

Strangers pass that I do not know,
they smile and say ‘hello’,
so different to the old days,
in so many ways.

Before, talking to a stranger,
would perhaps signal danger.

But now it is the norm,
this is the new form,
as we zigzag past,
ever so fast.

Lest we catch Covid-19,
we are careful not to lean,
close towards each other,
unless it’s your mother, father, sister or brother (*).

These are strange times indeed,
we need to believe,
and put our trust in the good Lord,
for He is our guardian and mighty sword.

I used to be distracted nearly every day,
but now I am at peace in every single way,
as I appreciate newly discovered nature all around,
when before I was simply too busy to hear its wondrous sound.

By Maria Burns
(*) Always check government guidelines for latest advice.

I open my eyes, what do I see?
Our good Lord smiling down at me.

I see a hive of busy bees,
working as quickly as can be,
to make wholesome honey for you and me.

A bright, bold sun without a cloud in sight,
Wild birds soaring up high in flight.

Happy, singing skylarks flying from tree to tree,
Singing sweetly for you and me.

Among the tall, great trees,
to share with all those like you and me,
Who wish to be set free.

I have a deep desire to write my poetry down,
While sitting here in Lock-down.

With a soft sigh,
I look up to the bright, blue sky,
as a silent stream meanders by.

As I sit quietly here,
I feel my sweet Lord is near.

There’s more to come,
For our dear Lord is not yet done.

His wondrous help is at hand,
For all our great land.

By Maria Burns

Oh springtime what a sight it is,
Oh springtime what a sight it is,
Coming from above,
Falling down on us.

The world spinning in the universe,
The blossoms falling from heavenly hands,
All colours in creation like snow.
Still falling, falling.
Like a rainbow in the sky.
Cheering all of us like angels,
Swivelling, Swivelling in the sky.

Still falling unto us,
To pat on our cheeks while passing by.
Soft as cotton, light as feather touching us.
Giving a fragrant note saying I love you.
We stay in that moment of fragrance and colour to say.

By Shanthi Fernando 

Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began
Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

People were sick, hospitals full,
Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

As winter gave way to the promise of spring,
The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen.
They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

April approached and churches were closed.
“There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.

“There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out.
No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”

Holy Week started, as bleak as the rest.
The world was focused on masks and on tests.

“Easter can’t happen this year,” it proclaimed.
“Online and at home, it just won’t be the same.”

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the days came and went.
The virus pressed on; it just would not relent.

The world woke Sunday and nothing had changed.
The virus still menaced, the people, estranged.

“Pooh pooh to the saints,” the world was grumbling.
“They’re finding out now that no Easter is coming.

“They’re just waking up! We know just what they’ll do!
Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
And then all the saints will all cry boo-hoo.”

“That noise,” said the world, “will be something to hear.”
So it paused and the world put a hand to its ear.

And it did hear a sound coming through all the skies.
It started down low, then it started to rise.

But the sound wasn’t depressed.
Why, this sound was triumphant!
It couldn’t be so!
But it grew with abundance!

The world stared around, popping its eyes.
Then it shook! What it saw was a shocking surprise!

Every saint in every nation, the tall and the small,
Was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all!

It hadn’t stopped Easter from coming! It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the world with its life quite stuck in quarantine
Stood puzzling and puzzling.
“Just how can it be?”

“It came without bonnets, it came without bunnies,
It came without egg hunts, cantatas, or money.”

Then the world thought of something it hadn’t before.
“Maybe Easter,” it thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

And what happened then?
Well….the story’s not done.
What will YOU do?
Will you share with that one
Or two or more people needing hope in this night?
Will you share the source of your life in this fight?

The churches are empty – but so is the tomb,
And Jesus is victor over death, doom, and gloom.

So this year at Easter, let this be our prayer,
As the virus still rages all around, everywhere.

May the world see hope when it looks at God’s people.
May the world see the church is not a building or steeple.
May the world find Faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection,
May the world find Joy in a time of dejection.
May 2020 be known as the year of survival,
But not only that –
Let it start a revival.

By Kristi Bothur provided by Helen Western

I close my eyes, what do I hear?
God’s sweet loving breath brush my ear.

I hear the soft drip of water gently fall onto a leaf,
with wondrous and welcome relief.

I hear soft, delicate butterfly wings,
as a happy nightingale sweetly sings.

I close my eyes, what do I hear?
God telling me to have no fear.

I hear Mother Nature all around,
it truly is the sweetest of all sounds.

I hear blades of grass sway gently with crickets,
As busy, brown mice play in the thickets.

I hear birds fly and soar high above,
and my heart swells with love,
For I hear God whisper to me from above.

I close my eyes, what do I hear?
Tales of goodwill as those selflessly help others who are ill.

I close my eyes, what do I hear?
That peace and harmony will soon be here.

Trust in our good Lord,
so that we may afford,
A spring full of new hope and cheer,
That the world will no longer have any fear.

Maria Burns

It’s the simple things I appreciate Father;
The smell of a soft summer’s day.
Walking barefoot amongst freshly cut grass,
Rainbow raindrops that taste of wine…

It’s the small things that I notice Father;
The little ladybug crawling along my arm,
One white feather drifting down from Heaven
The scent of Jasmine in the air…

When doubt wages war on my soul,
During adversity and terror,
When fallen angels lay battered and broken,
You appear before me; my salvation,
My Lord and saviour…

When doubt wages war on my soul,
During adversity and terror,
When fallen angels lay battered and broken,
You appear before me; my salvation,
My Lord and saviour…

Mary Kate Kendall

With my eyes I look through the kitchen window.
What can I see and what can I hear,
Or what can I feel after this in my mind;
Gift of seeing , a gift of hearing,
A creator saying ‘I love you’

This first few days of the springtime,
What did I see with my eyes.
The leafs about to come out.
Getting ready for spring dance.
Nice and still waiting for the winter curtains to be lifted.
What an uplifting time it is,
Let’s go out and greet them ‘The Spring season’.

Let’s dance moving our hands,
like the branches in the springtime.
To celebrate a spring dance.
Where it was dressing up and rejuvenating in Winter.
Let our life be like the branches.
A winter has passed.
We have each other’s like the trees.
A network of roots to secure to the ground.
The Sun above looking at the trees,
Seeing them growing.
Lord above us seeing our needs,
We grow hand in hand,
Loving each other.
Oh nature, Oh nature,
Loving every moment,
Thanking the Lord,
Eyes gazed to heaven.


Fr Paul wished to share this beautiful poem of hope with you at a time when there is much fear in the world. God Bless.

“Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know is busy spreading fliers
with her number through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless,
the sick, the weary.

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.

So we pray and we remember that Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able to touch across the empty square,

Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM March 13th 2020

If you have any inspiring stories or poems – do send let us know…


  1. We can’t join our fellow parishioners for Mass physically, but this situation has opened up opportunities as well as closed them. This week I’ve been to Mass in Liverpool, in Limerick and in the Highlands of Scotland! Amazing! It feels to me like the lockdown has brought us all closer as Christians throughout the world, being able to share our worship.

  2. And the people stayed home.
    And they read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.
    And they listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
    And the people healed.
    And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless,
    and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
    And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed

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