Here at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary we are family-friendly and understand it to mean far more than being child-friendly.
Families today seem to come in more shapes and sizes than ever before. There are:
- Single people who have never married
- Single people who have been divorced, and possibly share the care of their children
- Couples without children
- Widows and widowers of all ages
- Lone-parent families
- Two-parent families
- Families with one or more disabled children or adults
- Extended families
- Adoptive families
- Friends living together
- Foster families
- Blended families
- Families with many children
- Families from different cultural backgrounds
- Mixed-faith or inter-church families
- Carers and their elderly or disabled relatives
And probably many more.
We hope our community is part of a church where everybody feels welcome and comfortable, and knows that their individual needs have been considered, and met wherever possible.
What are we aiming towards?
- Encouraging all members of the church to have a positive attitude towards each other, especially across generations and cultures.
- Having an awareness of Safeguarding, which within the Catholic community is a collective responsibility. All members must recognise, acknowledge, value and adhere to the policies and procedures that are in place to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults during any activity that takes place within a church context.
- Actively involving adults, and children of all ages, both in the Mass and other liturgies on a regular basis.
- Having a building that is safe and accessible to everyone (ramps, toilets, access, protective railings, etc).
- Being aware of the special needs of larger families, whether two-parent or “blended”, with children across a broad age range.
- Reaching out to other families in the local community and through our outreach work