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.

Changes in how Church operates.

Guidance for Parishioners

As the restrictions are lifted public acts of worship can return to normal practice, with some exceptions for the time being.

It is recommended that the wearing of face masks continue and parishioners should endeavour to position themselves 1 meter apart, wherever possible, from those with whom they are not in a bubble or household.

Holy Communion will continue to be given under ONE form and parishioners should exercise good responsible behaviour especially when moving to receive Holy Communion during Mass and should avoid getting too close to each other.

Those who wish to receive “on the tongue” are asked to approach the priest at the end of the distribution of Holy Communion.

The sacrament of confession will continue in the William Lampley Room. 

Please note: you will not be permitted into the presbytery or parish office if you are not wearing a mask.

 

From 20th July

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Special collection for Clergy Training

We had a special collection for Clergy Training on the weekend of 17-18th July. If you would like to donate to this fund, please do so below



Step 4

Guidance for Communal Worship during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This Guidance is offered to the Dioceses of England and Wales as the country moves into Step 4 (19 July) of the Government Covid-19 Response Roadmap published in February 2021. This date has been delayed by five weeks as the Government wanted to ensure that a greater proportion of the public had received the vaccine before moving to this point.

It is important to reiterate that as Step 4 is reached, the general principles of continuing to create a safe environment in places of worship and their ancillary buildings are not abandoned. Indeed, the way forward must be a collective endeavour of all involved in the daily life of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Recognition of the presence of the virus in the population means that certain preventative practices will still be required, and this is important to ensure that Diocesan trustees are seen to be discharging their Health and Safety duties.

First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated on Sunday, 25 July 2021

Pope Francis has instituted a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Identifying with the more senior members of our society, he says “The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!”

 Streamed masses during the week

Daily (except Wednesday & Thursday)

Thursdays

 

Vigil [Saturdays]

 

Sundays

 

Sundays

You can watch mass live at the scheduled times throughout the week. The mass recording will then be uploaded and available throughout the week

 

Helen William’s requiem mass on Monday 19th July at 12 Noon: Link 

Covid restrictions will apply and attendance numbers are limited to the church’s capacity. Please follow the link to join the service online.  

 

Track, Trace and Test information - supporting the NHS

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Offertory – You can make a donation to Sacred Hearts parish in this testing time by using the ‘Donate’ button below.

It will accept PayPal and all Debit and Credit cards.

Alternatively

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

2. Any envelopes can be put through the presbytery door




Parish life

Parish Office

The parish office will ONLY be open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10.30am until 12.30pm, each week.

The Sacred Hearts’ parish administration is currently NOT taking ANY bookings for the hall whilst the COVID-19 position remains precarious.

During the summer month the financial implications and viability of re-opening the hall and squash courts will be evaluated, if any Covid-19 social distancing measures, stewarding requirements, cleaning protocols and procedures are required to still be in place. During this period an assessment of which days the hall will be hired out in the future, will also be undertaken.

Towards the end of August, a decision will be made to whether we are accepting external bookings from September 2021 [at the earliest].

PLEASE NOTE: the parish hall & squash courts facilities will remain closed, unless there are adequate number of volunteers and people to take responsibility to ensure that ALL safety protocols are followed correctly and any areas used are cleaned after use.

To contact Fr Mark please ring 01242 524932 and leave a message on the answerphone or alternatively CLICK HERE to send an email. 

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!

Readings for Today

Find the reading and prayers for the day for reflection

Safeguarding

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

Parish Hall

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

Clifton Youth Ministry

Opportunities to further Your involvement in the Catholic Church

Our Film Society

Charlton Kings Film Society is delighted to introduce its 4th season.

Squash and Racket Ball Club

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

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.

The NHS Trust has now relaxed its visiting regulations to some extent and is allowing faith representatives to visit patients who are not at death’s door as long as it is by request of the patient or family (if the patient is unable to express their own wishes).

ALL visit have to be booked in advance with the ward (unless it is an emergency call)

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

 

Anointing of the sick

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.

 

In an emergency

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

or

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

Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St Joseph,” beginning on the 8th December 2020 – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and extending to the same feast in 2021.

Prayer to St Joseph

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.

This short little booklet has been put together as an invitation to prayer in the current ‘Year of St Joseph’.

Click on image to view 

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

PLEASE NOTE: Nazareth House remains closed to ALL visitors which includes the Chapel until further notice.

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

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

For mass times at the other churches in Cheltenham please visit their website: St Gregory the Great or St Thomas More

 

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 

Your #OnlineSafetyAtHome pack is now available for you to download, containing new activities for parents and carers to use at home! Access them by clicking the image above:

You can also access the new guidance for parents and carers designed to help them manage some of the key challenges they are telling us about in our survey.