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

 

MASSES WILL NO LONGER BE STREAMED FROM THE PARISH:  You can watch Mass live from the Cathedral every day via the live-stream by following the link to Clifton cathedral’s homepage:  https://cliftoncathedral.org

 

Easter and beyond

The latest guidance from the Bishops Conference of England remind us:

“There is no need for formal social distancing in church buildings, although those present should be sensitive to the needs of others around them. Churches should continue to ensure there is good ventilation, balancing this against the need for church heating, especially at this time”

The windows [and doors for well attended masses] will be open in the church to increase the ventilation and air flow in the building; in this case, because of climatic conditions, please ensure you wrap up well when in church!

Continuing the wearing of face covering is encouraged in all places of worship

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

Like you, CAFOD is deeply disturbed by the ongoing attacks on Ukraine.

Together, we stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and send our prayers to our sister organisation Caritas Ukraine, and those Caritas agencies in neighbouring countries, who are already helping people affected by this conflict.

We are part of one of the largest aid networks in the world – Caritas Internationalis, and because of our global reach and local presence, we are there when an emergency hits.

As one Caritas, we stand united with them.

If you would like to donate please click on the image to be taken to the  donation page

Apostleship of the Sea

Every year churches around the world celebrate Sea Sunday. It is a day for people to come together to pray for seafarers and fishers, and thank them for the vital role they play in all of our lives.

Your church can show your support for seafarers and fishers this Sea Sunday, and raise vital funds to ensure we can support everyone who needs our help. This year, Sea Sunday is on the 10th July, but you can also choose to celebrate seafarers and fishers any day of the year that suits you.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Glastonbury

Relics Tour 2022

In September and October this year, the relics of St. Bernadette will journey on pilgrimage through England, Scotland and Wales. St. Bernadette’s relics will be visiting Clifton Cathedral on Saturday 10th September 2022 for one day. This will be a unique opportunity to experience the special gifts and charisms of Lourdes.

Please join us for this special experience, when pilgrims will be able to join us for Mass with anointing of the sick, Torchlight procession, Rosary, and the opportunity to venerate these relics of “The Saint of Lourdes”.

Exact details will be available soon.

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.

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

HALL UPDATE

All external users, in compliance with the Diocesan Insurers guidelines, will be required to complete a hire form and provide a 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.

ALL none parish events will also need to provide public liability insurance for their event in compliance with our Diocesan Insurers.

PLEASE NOTE: The Diocese no longer permit or allow hirers to use or bring onto the Hire Space [or land owned by the diocese] any bouncy castle or similar equipment. Their use is not permitted by the hall hire risk assessment.

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. 

CLICK on image above to go to the diocesan webpage

Guidance on attending mass at Sacred Hearts – JULY 2022 UPDATE

Attending Mass: As the number of COVID cases are increasing nationally the wearing a face covering is RECOMMENDED and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

Please remember to use the hand sanitiser provided on entering and leaving the building

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.

People should continue to exercise good responsible behaviour while they are in the church endeavouring to space out and 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.

  • Holy Communion will continue to be given under ONE form

  • Confessions will be heard in the confessional on Saturday mornings between 9.15am and 9.45am

  • Ministers of Holy Communion: will assist with the distribution of Holy Communion

 

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.