Welcome to the parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary

The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary is a thriving parish community in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. We look forward to meeting and celebrating the word of the Lord with you at Mass or at one of our many parish events.

Here at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Charlton Kings we strive to be a family-friendly community, where sincere affection, patience, tolerance and mutual respect be freely given to all.

Parish Office

The parish office is usually open between 9.30am until 12.30pm on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays ONLY

Times may vary

  You can watch Mass live from Clifton Cathedral every day via the live-stream by following the link to their homepage:  https://cliftoncathedral.org

OFFERTORY COLLECTION

Baskets for your donations to the PARISH and for the RETIRING/SECOND COLLECTION are found as you enter and leave the church or your can make your donation ONLINE through the DONA portal or by STANDING ORDER. 

Parish Giving

Rather than using the collection plate, you can now make your donation to Sacred Hearts parish online by clicking on the ‘Dona’ logo below.

 

It will accept all Debit and Credit cards.

Contributions supporting the work of the Parish are always kindly received.

Thank you for your on-going support

Alternatively

1. click HERE and download a standing order form and post it back to the parish signed and completed or

2. Envelopes can be put through the presbytery door

PARISH FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR

As very little interest has been shown for this volunteer role of Parish Treasurer within the parish, it has now been decided to advertise the role as a paid role for a Parish Financial Administrator..

In compliance with Clifton Diocese’s guidance, this role will be for 4 hours per week with a salary range of £12.25 – £14.00 per hour depending on experience.

  • The cost to the parish will be in the region of £3,000 per year.

  • It would be a fixed term contract for 2 years initially to see how the role works out.

My thanks go to Kevin Allen, who has agreed to stay on until the end of March 2024, when hopefully we will have interviewed and appointed.

  • The role is to support the Parish Priest in managing the finances for the Parish.

  • The Parish accounts are prepared on a cash book basis, i.e. money in and out, using the Diocese OPAS online accounting system.

  • Additionally, the Parish Financial Administrator will set up new Gift Aid Donors in the OPAS accounting system, terminate any Gift Aid Donors that are no longer eligible, and complete, within OPAS, annual Gift Aid claims for the Diocese to make to HMRC.

 

Application Forms and Job specification can be obtained by emailing the parish office on Cheltenham.sacredhearts@cliftondiocese.com

or downloading from the parish website

www.sacredhearts.org.uk

Closing date for applications is Monday 11 March, 2024

with interviews taking place during the afternoon of Friday 22 March 

Lent begins Wednesday 14 February

Lent is a time when we’re all called to make a special effort to nourish our spiritual lives.

The traditional pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, and these three paths work together to help us ground ourselves in the love of Christ and share that love with our neighbour.

The Clifton Adult Education Department has produced a poster, to help parishioners consider how they might use these pillars to grow closer to Jesus Christ this Lent.

The Department will also be sharing reminders and ideas on our social media pages, all of which you can find through our LinkTree page https://linktr.ee/cliftonevangelist, through Lent to accompany our parishioners during this liturgical season.

Liturgies of Reconciliation

Bishop Declan is to celebrate Liturgies of Reconciliation during the Season of Lent at five venues across the diocese. These venues are:

Wednesday 21 February, St Anthony of Padua, Melksham

Wednesday 28 February, Our Lady Queen of Apostles, Cheddar

Wednesday 6 March, Holy Family, Patchway

Wednesday 13 March, St Peter, Gloucester

Wednesday 20 March, Christ the King, Amesbury

with each Liturgy starting at 7pm. Building upon the beautiful gatherings during Lent he is, once again, inviting our diocesan community to gather with him in celebration of God’s merciful love as part of our Lenten journey. There will be priests available at each venue to celebrate sacramental reconciliation. You will be most welcome at any of the venues. I would be grateful if you would highlight the details nearest to you in your parish newsletter and website. A poster is attached.

God offers us a radical invitation but what does it mean to say yes?

What does it mean to be a Catholic? What do we believe and how do we grow deeper in our Faith? 

This twelve-week course will enable us to explore a variety of questions relating to Catholic Teaching. 

This is a course for anyone who is interested in learning more about their faith and passing it onto others. 

The Immaculate Conception, Beeches Green, Stroud, GL5 4AA 

Cost of full course is £60 or £7.50 per session. 

Sessions 7pm to 9pm 

including time for refreshments. 

Full details can be found on he diocesan website

 

Jubilee Year 2025

Pope Francis has decreed that 2025 will be a Jubilee, with the theme “Pilgrims of Hope.” But what, exactly, is a jubilee, and why does the Church periodically celebrate them? What about the “2024 Year of Prayer,” or all those documents from the Second Vatican Council?

Join us for Pilgrims of Hope: The 2025 Jubilee in Clifton 1 February (7:30-8:45 pm). It will introduce the jubilee year, providing context for the current three-year programme (2023 – Year of the Council, 2024 – Year of Prayer, 2025 Jubilee – Pilgrims of Hope), as well as background for jubilees – how they originated, their role in Scripture, and how jubilees have been used in the Church.

You can register at https://cliftondiocese.com/jubilee/

It will conclude by exploring the theme that Pope Francis chose, Pilgrims of Hope, and how Clifton Diocese can journey together over the next few years towards this great celebration.

Parish life

For more information please click on the relevant section

Parish Hall

A large hall with a stage, lounge/bar, committee room and kitchen

Readings for Today

Find the reading and prayers for the day for reflection

Our Film Society

Charlton Kings Film Society invite you to this season’s selection of films.

Safeguarding

Being loved and being kept safe go to the very core of the Church’s Ministry

Squash and Racket Ball Club

the valuable benefits of membership, which is open to the public.

Clifton Youth Ministry

Opportunities to further Your involvement in the Catholic Church

Sacred Hearts parish is always welcoming new people and encouraging them to get involved in one of the many ministries within the parish – as a community we are called to accept the invitation to come to faith in Jesus, to love and serve one another

Please download the parish census form, complete it and return it to the parish office.

New to the parish (Form)

Information provided on this form, together with all other personal data held by the Parish and the Clifton Diocese, is processed in accordance with the Diocese’s Privacy Notice; which is available at https://cliftondiocese.com/privacy-notice

or from the Parish Office.

Maintaining things as they are does not transform and change people’s lives – getting involved in parish life will help to do that!

Going into hospital

It is important that on admission to hospital, a patient (or his/her carers) inform the admission staff that they are Catholic. The hospital will not ask for this information, it is up to the patient to make it known and to make sure that a note is made.

If you know you are going into hospital, please ensure that you are anointed before you go in, as visits to hospitals have been severely restricted.

ALL emergency requests must go through the Chaplaincy office or the switchboard at the hospital ring 03004 222 222 and please remember to ask for the on-call Catholic Chaplain.

PLEASE NOTE: Visits relating to the distribution of Holy Communion at the weekend, are still not possible within the hospital.

If you need a priest, other than for the hospital, and you can’t contact the parish priest at Sacred Hearts please contact the Cheltenham Dean at St Gregory the Great, 10 St James Square, Cheltenham, GL50 3PR, on 01242 523737

Redemptorist Publications is pleased to introduce Celebrate: an initiative designed to help children grow in their faith.

Each week they will provide a Children’s Liturgy in the form of a video of the week’s Gospel reading, a reflection and a final prayer.

Fun, engaging and practical worksheets/resources will also be provided to help children continue to practise their faith during this difficult time. Please click on their image to go to their webpage. Thank you 

CLICK on image above to go to the diocesan webpage

Guidance on attending mass at Sacred Hearts –  March 2024 UPDATE

While appreciating that any number of reasons can cause someone to be late, we do ask all attending weekend and weekday masses to make every effort to be on time. Arriving unnecessarily late for mass is not only a distraction for the priest and congregation, but it dishonours the attention and participation that is due to the celebration of mass.

Attending Mass

Please remember there are vulnerable people in our community and would like their personal space respected.

It is recommended that you sanitise your hands as you enter and leave the building. The wearing of face masks is encouraged, if you are coughing or sneezing or experiencing any symptoms.

Please remember COVID symptoms can include

  • feeling tired or exhausted.

  • an aching body.

  • a headache.

  • a sore throat.

  • a blocked or runny nose.

  • loss of appetite.

  • feeling sick or being sick.

If you have any of the above symptoms, please consider whether you should be coming into the church, putting more vulnerable people at risk. Please remember to use the hand sanitiser provided on entering and leaving the building

  • Holy Communion will continue to be given under ONE form and ministers will be encouraged to wear a face covering. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: will assist with the distribution of Holy Communion. 

  • Adults and children who wish to receive a blessing at Holy Communion time are reminded to give a clear indication of this by crossing their arms in front of their chest. All who come forward to receive Holy Communion are asked to consume the Host while facing the altar and before returning to their place.

  • PLEASE NOTE: that due to the reduced numbers of Extraordinary Minister we unfortunately will not be able to reintroducing Communion under both kinds. If you are interested in joining this ministry team then please arrange an interview with Fr Mark so that you can obtain a job description and the necessary DBS forms – on receipt of a clear DBS check you will be permitted to join the team. Thank you

  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: takes place, on Fridays and Saturdays before the morning mass when it is at 10am. Confessions will be heard in the confessional from 9.00am until 9.45am 

CHURCHES & CHAPELS IN CHELTENHAM

Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, 
Moorend Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL53 9AU

Nazareth House
London Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham GL52 6YJ

St Gregory the Great
10 St James Square, Cheltenham, GL50 3PR

St Thomas More,
Princess Elizabeth Way, Cheltenham, GL51 7RA

 

CLICK on the respective name highlighted in BLUE for mass times and more information

CLICK on image above to go to the

DIRECTORY of health & well-being services & activities in CHARLTON KINGS

PARISHES & DEANERY/PASTORAL AREA [September 2023]

PASTORAL AREA: St Kenelm

Dean:  Fr David Mills

St Gregory The GreatCheltenham
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and MaryCharlton Kings
St Thomas More, CheltenhamCheltenham [Administered jointly]
St Catharine’sChipping Campden
St Peter’sCirencester
St Thomas of CanterburyFairford
St Benet’sKemerton
Our Lady and St KenelmStow-on-the-Wold
St Joseph’sTewkesbury [Administered jointly with Priest in residence]
St NicholasWinchcombe [Administered jointly]