The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary is a thriving parish community in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. Whether you are new or well settled in this part of the Diocese, ‘Welcome’. We look forward to meeting and celebrating the word of the Lord with you at Mass or at one of our many parish events.
Mass was first celebrated in the Charlton Kings district of Cheltenham when in 1939 the sisters of La Sainte Union opened a boarding school and convent at Charlton Park. With the outbreak of war, evacuees expanded the congregation, and Mass was transferred to the school hall. The mission was then served by Benedictines from St Gregory’s. In 1947 the parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary was created and land acquired for a church.
The presbytery was completed in 1954, and the foundation stone was laid by Bishop Joseph Rudderham on 11 February 1956. The
church was blessed and opened on 30 June 1957 and consecrated by Bishop Mervyn Alexander on 15 October 1982.
Today Sacred Hearts parish community consists of nearly 1,600 parishioners and over 800 families. We have over 40 parish groups and a popular summer fete on the first Saturday of June, along with other activities and events year-round. Supporting these activities, we have a large Parish Hall and an active, first-rate Squash Club, which are used by the parish and the wider community.
Parish priests since foundation:
Fr Paul Brandon: 2008 – present
Fr Alan Finley 1997-2008
Fr Anthony Trafford 1987-1997
Fr Patrick O’Donovan 1979-1987
Fr Gerald Rodgers 1978-1979
Fr Edward McDonnell 1953-1978
Fr Patrick Ryan 1953
Fr John O’Donnell 1948-1953
Source: extract from ‘The Diocese of Clifton 1850 – 2000′ by Rev Dr J A Harding the Diocesan Archivist.