Advent Workshop – Jesse Tree



Sunday 1st December 2019 11am-1pm(at the back of the church after Mass)All children welcome!We will be exploring The Jesse Tree, finding out about Jesus’ family tree and sharing Old Testament readings onthe prophets . The children will be making their own JesseTree to take home.There will be snacks and drinks in the church hall for thechildren.Please sign up on the sheet at the back of the church -thank you.Any queries please speak with Father Paul, Maggie Woodsor Gill Byrne  

Advent Afternoon of Prayer Reflection



On Saturday 30th November, from 2-5pm we will host an an afternoon of prayer and reflection for Advent to which you are warmly invited. This would be a great way to prepare spiritually for one of the most important seasons in the Church’s year. Once again Fr Paul has invited his friends from the Verbum Dei community to host the afternoon, which will include a talk on the spirituality of Advent, a workshop on prayer, silence and sharing in small groups. 

The Month of November Holy Souls



During the month of November, a box for the request of prayers for the souls of loved ones will be placed in front of the altar. If you would like prayers for a deceased loved one, please write their name on one of the slips of paper and place it in the box.

Fraternity of blessed Charles De Foucauld

We recently started a Fraternity of blessed Charles De Foucauld in our parish. We get together once a month forcouple of hours at convenient day and time for all. We startwith the exposition of the blessed sacrament in the church.We also read the Sunday’s gospel reading and contemplateon the reading and share our views. We also discuss the lifeand writings of blessed Charles de Foucauld. The nextmeeting is in Monday 25th November at 2.15 pm, in the Convent.

ADORE (Alton Day of Renewal)

You are warmly invited to a mini-retreat day (morning orafternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussingon Renewal and Mission, at Alton School, Anstey Lane,Alton, GU34 2NG on Saturday 23rd November from 11 amuntil 4 pm. Please bring finger food to share. For furtherinformation, please see website: www.altonrenewal.com  

Caritas “World DAY of the Poor” Event

On the World Day of the Poor, 17th November, from 1.00pm to 5:30 pm, Caritas Portsmouth are holding anafternoon in St. Peters, Winchester where we can cometogether to share experiences and encourage new ideasaround the issue of poverty. For more information contactKevin Gallagher at caritas@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.  

*** Glad rags & handbags! Yearly sale in the Church Hall ***



New and Nearly New Sale. Have a clear out of your Wardrobe! We would be grateful to receive items of clothing which are new or nearly new for our sale on Saturday November 16th, 10am – 2pm in Sacred Heart Church Hall in aid of the charity Caritas.

Please contact Jill Blackburn on 01256 766107 or Helena Ranson on 01256 766372 or see us after mass Thank you



St. Joseph’s is running Alpha from 19 September on Thursday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm in St. Joseph’s Foyer .

What is Alpha? Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. Who is Alpha for? Alpha is for anyone who’s curious.

The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.

How does it work? Alpha consists of eight sessions with a day away in the middle. Each session includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts. At any point, if you think Alpha isn’t for you, that’s not a problem. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge. It’s fun, it’s free, it’s relaxed and you can ask anything you like. Is it for Catholics? Yes. Alpha is a tool for evangelisation that is being used by thousands of Catholic parishes in over 70 countries around the world. Alpha is also run by churches of many other denominations to introduce people to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. This has led to more than 24 million people around the world experiencing Alpha. In particular, it is attracting many young people who are asking the question, ‘Is there more to life than this?’

See http://www.alpha.org/catholic-context/home for more details. Why not come along? Why not bring a friend?

Day for Catechists and Children’s Liturgy Leaders – Portsmouth Cathedral, 10am to 4pm 

The Dominican Sisters and the Formation for Mission team
invite everyone engaged in passing on the faith to children,
young people and adults to Portsmouth Cathedral on
Saturday 19th October for a day of thanksgiving, celebration
and formation where we will discover ways to share our
faith in Jesus Christ as his witnesses within our ministries.
The day will be led by Fr Mark Hogan, and Mass will be
celebrated in thanksgiving for all diocesan catechists. Lunch
will be provided.

Register online or phone the Dominican Sisters to book a place:
01590 681874. The certificates of those who have attended
the Catechists Course in the parish last Lent will be awarded
in the Cathedral. 

Parish Pastoral Council

Thursday 24th October from 7 – 9 pm in the church hall.

As a parish I feel that we have reached something of a cross roads. We have been blessed in recent years with a growth in numbers and fruitfulness. To consolidate and continue this growth I feel that it would be beneficial to form a Parish Pastoral Council. The council would comprise a representative cross section of the people of the parish and would be approximately twelve in number. Together we would look to see what our pastoral priorities are in the short and long term.

I see this collaborative way of working as crucial to realising our vision of being ‘a beacon of Christ’s love to our village and beyond’ (Website Welcome). We are holding an initial meeting to consider more fully the role of a parish council to which you are warmly invited. The evening will be facilitated by a dear friend of the parish, Bridie Stringer, a lecturer in pastoral theology and someone who has helped lead and guide parishes in more collaborative way of working. If you are at all interested in the life of our parish and its future direction, then please come along to our next meeting. The first meeting was on Tuesday 1st October from 7 – 9 pm and the next meeting will be held on Thursday 24th October from 7 – 9 pm in the church hall.

Caritas Insight Programme

The Caritas InSight program offers those who are feeling isolated, struggling parents, recovering from mental health issues and the hungry. We will be offering them a hot meal, friendship and support. If you are able to help by joining a rota in any capacity, even playing cards or being a bingo caller, please talk to Brita after Mass or contact the Parish Office.

The Caritas InSight program is beginning weekly in the Ambrose Hall, Tadley, on the 17th October from 12.30 to 2.30. We will be holding an hour’s training in the hall first on the 10th October at 12 noon in the Ambrose Hall Tadley. The Caritas InSight program funs successfully in Portsmouth Cathedral, which you can look up on line at

https:// stswithuns.org.uk/the-caritas-insight-project-portsmouthcathedral/

Care for Our Common Home

Climate 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 until the Prayer Service at 4pm on 6th October. All are welcome.

CAFOD Family Fast Day

4th October –  No one should be beyond reach of the love & support they need to thrive. CAFOD invites us to fast, pray & give, so we can extend the hand of friendship to the world’s poorest people.

Fabiano’s village in rural Uganda has been devastated by drought. Every day, children would trek miles for water, risking their education & safety. Donations from parishioners across England & Wales helped install a solar powered water pump in the village.

Now Fabiano & his friends can collect water quickly & safely. On Family Fast Day, CAFOD invites us to eat a simple meal for lunch or dinner & give the money we save to help children like Fabiano. 

A Fast Day envelope is available in the porch. Please give generously or you can donate online at www.cafod.org.uk/fastday Thank you. 

Pilgrimage to the Eucharistic Miracles & the Special Saints of Italy


~Exciting news – following on from their successful trip last year to Eastern Europe – Poland, Lithuania & Ukraine, this year Father Marcin Drabik from the Southsea Parish is inviting all from Sacred Heart, Hook to their annual Pilgrimage to Italy. They will leave on the 16th September and return on the 26th September 2019. During this time they will visit the various sites where the Eucharistic Miracles have taken place.
They will also visit other places of interest where our blessed Saints are buried. You can find all the details (with short videos and short extracts about the places to be visited) on their website

In celebration of National Prayer Weekend the Sacred Heart will be hosting a special Mass at 7.00 p.m. on Friday 27th September. The Carmelites at Boars Hill Priory in Oxford have kindly accepted our invitation and will speak to us of the healing and empowering effects of prayer in our lives. The evening will also include the praying of the Rosary and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

More info here.

Prayer Afternoon
There is an up-coming afternoon of prayer that is taking place in our parish on Saturday, 14th September from 12:00pm – 6:00pm. It will be led by Father Paul’s friends from the Verbum Dei community.

The focus will be on praying with the bible (hence the Latin Verbum Dei). The afternoon will involve some scripture reflections, some tips on how to pray with the bible, some faith sharing and some food. Folk are encouraged to bring a plate of food to share. Children are also welcome and there will be a ‘creche’. While this is open to everybody, in particular I would like to invite all the Catechists, Readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and especially the parents of the 1st Holy Communion children. I see this as a wonderful opportunity for people to learn about the treasure of scripture and to be refreshed or to learn for the first time how to pray with the bible.

The previous event was great fun and can be seen here :-

An afternoon of prayer

27-30 August 2019.
Supporting those families in need. We are running a Holiday Club at St Bede’s Primary School for those children who will not have a holiday this year, we are now taking applications for children aged 5-11. If you are fortunate enough to be able to help us financially or if you would like more information or an application form please email caritas_nwhpa@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or text 07719 012955.

CAFOD Update Meeting


You are invited to a CAFOD update meeting on Saturday 7th September from 10:30 am to 1 pm at St. Bede’s Church, Popley Way, Basingstoke, RG24 9DX. Elouise Hobbs our regional news officer will be talking about her recent trip to refugee camps in Lebanon and how your donations are making a difference to people’s lives. Please book your place so that we have an idea of how many people are coming by emailing:

portsmouth@cafod.org.uk or phone 01252 329385.

Golf Day in aid of CAFOD



The Catenians of Province 11 are organising a Golf Day to raise funds for CAFOD on Friday 12th July at Weybrook Golf Club in Basingstoke. After the golf there will be a dinner for golfers and their non-golfing partners which will include a speaker from CAFOD head Office.
For more information please contact Pat Murphy on pfm190654@outlook.com

Theme: Contemplative Biblical Spirituality: Carmel’s Gift to the World
12th – 14th July, 2019

Held at the Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford & the Blavatnik School of Governemnt, Walton Street Oxford

For more information: please go to http://oxcacs.org/conference-programme/

Lots more information here as well as a video from Pope Francis.

Healing Mass at St Joseph’s

On Saturday 8th June 2019, 10.30 am (Confessions from 9.30am to 10.15am). The service is an opportunity for us to come together to pray for all those needing healing, in any way. During the Mass everyone is invited to receive the Sacrament of Anointing. Healing takes many forms: spiritual, mental, physical, reconciliation, awareness & acceptance. Many people find they get a sense of peace during the service & leave uplifted. Everyone is welcome. Please stay afterwards for light refreshments and a chat.

Retreat Day – The Great Story of Jesus


On the 8th June, we would like to invite you to come to a retreat day to encounter even more deeply the Great Story of Jesus and to respond to the living relationship He offers each of us.  The retreat will present the whole story of salvation from creation to Jesus’s death and resurrection and give opportunities to make a personal response.   

More information here

Thy Kingdom Come – Compost Prayers


In support of the Thy Kingdom Come global prayer event, on July 6th at 2:00 pm at Sacred Heart Church, Father Paul would like to invite you and your friends and family to a relaxing afternoon of reflection and fun.
Using special paper infused with flower seeds, you can plant your prayers, have them blessed by Father Paul and watch them grow. Every visit you can see the prayers of your community flourish and inspire you in your daily life, the local bees will appreciate it too! Add a little flare by painting a prayer rock to keep your plant company, feel free to personalise them however you wish.
Please register your interest by signing up on the form in the Church porch or emailing Joan & Dan Kent on dan@sacredhearthook.org or Jan on hook@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

Please register your interest by signing up on the form in the Church porch or emailing Joan & Dan Kent on dan@sacredhearthook.org or Jan on hook@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

Formation Course on praying with others



Our diocesan vision is Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ through His Church but the heart of this is prayer. Fr Paul would like to remind us that we need to be people of prayer, a holy people. Our Diocese is blessed with a team of Intercessors and a religious community of Marian Franciscan sisters on Alderney at the Adoremus Centre who are constantly praying for us.

Fr Paul would like to encourage parishioners and parishes to form prayer groups and to pray with each other for particular needs. It is wonderful to see more parishioners praying with others for example through Alpha Courses, cell group meetings, small groups, parish prayer groups and after Mass on Sundays. Meanwhile, we are launching a new short training course on praying with others, including training in the new diocesan guidelines for healing ministry.

We would like to encourage all those who pray with others and/or are involved with healing ministry to attend this training. We have organised two initial dates: Friday 14th June (10.30am – 3pm) at St. Bede’s Basingstoke or Saturday 22nd June (2pm – 6.30pm) at St. Peter’s, Winchester.

Significant Weddings Anniversary Mass


Are you celebrating a 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th or Anniversary over 60 years? If so Bishop Philip would like to invite you to a Mass of Celebration. This will take place at St Bede’s Church in Basingstoke on Saturday 6th July 2019 at 11 am. If you would like to come, please fill in the form on the Diocesan website, www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk email to anniversaries@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk. Please note this address is not monitored daily and you may have to wait for a reply, so please be patient, or please contact the Parish Office for the form.

Please contact Grania (gegan@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk) to book your place. If you cannot attend one of these two dates, please email Clare csimpson@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk) – it might be that more training can be arranged early in the Autumn.

Marriage Encounter Weekend

Park Place Pastoral Centre, Wickham near Fareham is hosting a Marriage Encounter weekend from 24-26th May. The weekend is an opportunity for married couples of any age to deepen and enrich their relationship. This is not marriage counselling or crisis solving but a residential weekend away from the distractions of daily life which many thousands of couples in this country have found to be the best thing they did since getting married. Interested? Please go to https://wwme.org.uk/marriage-enrichment/#about or phone 02380 275401

Living Simply and in Solidarity with the Poor

Do you want to put your faith into action? Do you want to be a parish that looks outwards and helps those in need? This joint conference from CAFOD and Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth will show you practical ways of doing exactly that. By learning more about CAFOD’s Living Simply award and Caritas’s social action projects you can help your parish or community group to become more outward looking. So come along to St. Peters in Winchester on Saturday 4th May for the Living Simply and in Solidarity with the Poor conference and learn how to truly put your faith into living action.

For more info, please go to the Diocesan website

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal)

On Saturday 27th April, 11.00am – 4.00pm, you are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/ afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focusing on the Power of Prayer. 

Essential Training for Catechists

We are also delighted to welcome Sr. Hyacinthe from the Dominican Sisters of Sway, New Forest, to our parish over a 5 week period, also during the Lenten season. These 5 sessions will be held weekly, on a Tuesday evening in the church from 7.30-9pm, concluding on 9th April. The sessions are entitled, ‘Essential Training for Catechists’, but, once again, I would like to invite anyone to those sessions who wants to know more about the treasure of their faith and who would like to be equipped with ‘tools’ to help share their faith. 

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal)

Saturday 23rd March 11.00-4.00 You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/ afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on Renewal and Mission. At Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch (please bring finger food to share); 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “Forming and strengthening Prayer Groups”– Tim Stevens;3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm. There is no need to register in advance, and no charge (though a collection will be taken to cover costs). For more information and directions, see poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809. Next month’s meeting 23rd March: “Charismatic Prayer” – Speaker Jenny Baker

Next Day of Prayer

Sr. Valentina from the Verbum Dei community is coming back to lead another day of prayer soon. This will take place just before the beginning of Lent on Saturday 2nd March from 2-5pm. It will follow a similar format to the Advent afternoon of reflection that Valentina led for us. There will be an introductory talk on Lent/The Lenten season and then some practical tips on prayer, some quiet time and some sharing. While we explored Lectio Divina last time, this time Valentina will introduce us to a different form of prayer: Ignatian (or imaginative) contemplation. The afternoon will hopefully finish with sharing some food and there will also be a creche provided so it will be good to invite some of our young families.

Charity Fundraising

Monday 4th March 7pm Charity evening at Hook Tandoori for Children with Cancer UK and The National Autistic Society Andrea Waldram and Jackie Harrison are running the London Marathon for these Charities. Tickets are £20 per person which includes Poppadum, Starter and Main Course with Naan Bread. Numbers are limited so book your tickets ASAP. Contact Jackie 07881620701 or Andrea 07823449333. There will be a raffle so any contributions will be welcome.

Churches Together

Our annual Hook and Odiham Churches Together service is being held this Sunday (20th January) at 6 pm in Elizabeth Hall. Following the service, refreshments will be served. Please bring food to share.