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 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

 Streamed masses during the week

You can watch mass live at the scheduled times throughout the week, by clicking on the appropriate screen.

The mass recording will then be available throughout the week – click on the down arrow to see which recordings are available for that mass time.

Daily (except Wednesday & Thursday)

Thursdays

Vigil [Saturdays]

Sundays

Sundays

Track, Trace and Test information - supporting the NHS

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Parish life

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.

HALL UPDATE

From Monday 6th September and for the rest of the year: Access to the hall premises will be restricted to ONLY ONE group in the morning, in the afternoon and or the evening.

All external users, in compliance with the Diocesan Insurers guidelines, will be required to provide a covid risk assessment, highlighting their responsibility and the measures they are putting in place to keep their group safe. If they are using the kitchen facilities they will be required to include their action plan for serving refreshments etc. They will also need to provide public liability insurance for their event in compliance with our Diocesan Insurers

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

Parish Office

From 6th September the parish office will be open between 9.30am until 12.30pm on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays ONLY

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.

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

Guidance on attending mass at Sacred Hearts

As the restrictions are lifted public acts of worship can return to normal practice, with some exceptions for the time being. Moving forward, as from 1st September

  • ALL the remaining benches are now back in the church and areas at the front are now available for wheelchair users

  • The front benchs may be used but priority should be given for those who need to receive communion in their place

  • It is recommended that you sanitise your hands as you enter and leave the building. The wearing of face masks is recommended and parishioners should endeavour to space out, wherever possible, from those with whom they are not in a bubble or household.

  • Track, Trace and Test information – supporting the NHS, is still requested each and every time you enter the church

  • People should continue to exercise good responsible behaviour while they are seated and especially when moving around the church, lighting candles, coming forward to receive Holy Communion, exiting the building etc. You should avoid getting too close to each other.

  • To facilitate those who still wish to socially distance when attending mass, on weekdays alternate benches will be ropped off

  • Holy water will not be placed in the church but continues to be available on request from the sacristy, when you bring a small bottle or container

  • 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.

  • The sacrament of confession will continue to take place in the William Lampley Room.

Ministers of Holy Communion: will be reintroduced over the next few weeks at the Sunday masses.

Sunday Masses: we will reintroduce the use of hymn books when there is singing. Face coverings should be worn by members of the congregation whilst singing together, until infection levels reduce.September will see the return of Offertory and Communion hymns.

Altar Serving: We invite any children who would like to resume altar serving to ask their parents to email Fr Mark to express their interest. We will be establishing a rota for altar serving with a maximum of four servers at any one mass. Details of training for new altar servers will be given at the end of September and sent to those interested.

Attending Mass: We continue to strongly recommend that those attending mass wear a face covering unless exempt from doing so, and to use the hand sanitiser provided. 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. 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. Mass will continue to be live streamed. This continues to be available on the home page of the parish website.

Afghanistan, August 2021

Please click the Logo (right) or the text in blue for more information

This is a timely decision by Cheltenham BC:

Working through Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS) Cheltenham will provide housing and support for up to seven families who are having to escape from Afghanistan – homes in Cheltenham will be offered to Afghan nationals, who have been working in Afghanistan on behalf of the UK government, as part of a countywide initiative. There will inevitably follow a need to support refugee families which this arrangement will not address but it does show Cheltenham BC’s commitment to doing what it can to help.

The main need now is for Private Landlords to offer houses to rent.

GARAS will be taking responsibility for providing help as mentioned in the announcement so any donations to them will help in their efforts.

Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees works closely with GARAS to help them in their efforts to properly support Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Cheltenham. Through this regular contact with GARAS they are involved in activities to support the Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Cheltenham and are kept informed of developments.

Over the last four years the parish has responded generously and with compassion to the needs of Asylum Seekers and Refugees locally, raising financial donations, contributing household items and through giving time to help families and individuals.

Anyone wishing to know more about how they can help Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Cheltenham please let Bill Flynn know on:  flynn.bill1@gmail.com

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CALL FOR DONATIONS

7th September 2021

We’ve just had some people moved to Cheltenham by the UK Home Office who are seeking asylum, and we need men’s bikes as a priority so they can get around easily without needing to use up their small weekly allowance on bus fare.

The lads are all really tall!! So we really need larger-size bicycles please.

If you don’t have a bike available, but have any locks or accessories going spare, they would be greatly appreciated!

Please email photos of items, enquiries and specifications to chelt.refugees@gmail.com

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 visit their website for further updates

PLEASE NOTE: Nazareth House’s chapel remains closed to ALL visitors.

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.