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

From 4th July, when mass is at 10.30am, it will be streamed live for you to join in and will then be uploaded and available throughout the rest of that day

 

Financial Situation of the Parish

As you can imagine the parish is going to experience a real and sustained drop in income so if you would like to support the parish you can:

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

2. Click on DONATE button and donate by using Paypal or a credit/debit card or

3. Any envelopes can be put through the presbytery door

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Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England regarding the resumption of collective worship in England

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

On Tuesday we heard the announcement that, from the 4 July this year, places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services. We welcome this news with great joy. Since the lockdown began, members of all faiths have faced restrictions on how they have been able to celebrate important religious festivals. Our own experience of Easter was unlike any other we have known. Now, in our churches, and with our people, we can look forward again to celebrating the central mysteries of our faith in the Holy Eucharist.

The recent reopening of our churches for individual private prayer was an important milestone on our journey towards resuming communal worship. Our churches that have opened have put in place all the measures needed to ensure the risks of virus transmission are minimised. This includes effective hand sanitisation, social distancing, and cleaning. We remain committed to making sure these systems of hygiene and infection control meet Government and public health standards.

We want to thank everyone within the Catholic community for sustaining the life of faith in such creative ways, not least in the family home. We thank our priests for celebrating Mass faithfully for their people, and for the innovative ways in which they have enabled participation through live-streaming and other means. We are grateful for the pastoral care shown by our clergy to those for whom this time of lockdown has been especially difficult, and, in particular, towards those who have been bereaved. We recognise too the chaplaincy services that have played a vital role in supporting those most in need. Gaining from the experience of all that we have been through, and bringing those lessons into the future, we must now look forward.

With the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully along the path that lies ahead. Our lives have been changed by the experience of the pandemic and it is clear that we cannot simply return to how things were before lockdown. We remain centred on the Lord Jesus and His command at the Last Supper to “do this in memory of me.” We must now rebuild what it means to be Eucharistic communities, holding fast to all that we hold dear, while at the same time exploring creative ways to meet changed circumstances.

It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer. Fulfilling these requirements is a precondition for any church opening after the 4th July for the celebration of Mass with a congregation.

Please be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend Mass in our churches. This will determined locally in accordance with social distancing requirements. We therefore need to reflect carefully on how and when we might be able to attend Mass. We cannot return immediately to our customary practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are going ‘back to normal’.

We ask every Catholic to think carefully about how and when they will return to Mass. Our priests may need to consider whether it is possible to celebrate additional Masses at the weekends. Given there is no Sunday obligation, we ask you to consider the possibility of attending Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday celebrations and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people.

Moving forward, there will still be many people who cannot attend Mass in person. We therefore ask parishes, wherever possible, to continue live-streaming Sunday Mass, both for those who remain shielding and vulnerable, and also for those unable to leave home because of advanced age or illness.

When we return to Mass there will some differences in how the celebration takes place. For the time being, there will be no congregational singing and Mass will be shorter than usual. None of this detracts from the centrality of our encounter with the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance that will be issued and the instructions in each church.

“As I have loved you,” said the Lord Jesus, “so you must love each other.” (Jn 13:34) The lockdown has brought forth remarkable acts of charity, of loving kindness, from Catholics across our communities as they have cared for the needy and vulnerable.

We have seen love in action through charitable works, and through the service of many front-line keyworkers who are members of our Church. Now we can begin to return to the source of that charity, Christ himself, present for us sacramentally, body, blood, soul and divinity, in Holy Communion. As we prepare to gather again to worship, let us, respectful of each other, come together in thanksgiving to God for the immense gift of the Holy Eucharist.

Yours devotedly in Christ,

✠ Vincent Cardinal Nichols
Archbishop of Westminster

✠ Malcolm McMahon OP
Archbishop of Liverpool

✠ Bernard Longley
Archbishop of Birmingham

✠ John Wilson
Archbishop of Southwark

This letter is addressed to the Catholic Community in England; the opening of the Catholic Churches in Wales is devolved to the Welsh Assembly who are still evaluating their position on opening Places of Worship.

CLICK ON LINK TO DOWNLOAD: Archbishops letter-25-06-20

FACE MASKS

Following the 1metre+ protocols, people coming into mass will have to wear a face mask or covering, which they will be permitted to lower to receive Holy Communion

From Saturday 4th July 

THE CHURCH CAPACITY WILL BE 70 PEOPLE

Sacred Hearts church will be open at 9am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for private prayer.

At 10.30am a mass will be celebrated mass (unless it has been cancelled for a funeral). The church will close at the end of mass with the distribution of Holy Communion

The church will be closed on Wednesdays.

On Thursdays the church will be open from 6pm for private prayer and mass will be celebrated at 7pm. Again, the church will close at the end of mass with the distribution of Holy Communion

On Sundays, the mass will be streamed the mass into the hall, if there are additional stewards in place to ensure social distancing is adhered to

Sunday mass times:-

The Church will be open for the Saturday vigil from 5pm, mass will commence at 5.30pm and finish at approximately 6.15pm when the church will close once distribution of Holy Communion has finished.

On Sunday mornings the church will be open from 7.45am, mass will commence at 8.15am the church will close once distribution of Holy Communion has finished and re-open for the second mass at 10am. The Second mass will commence at 10.30am and will close once distribution of Holy Communion has finished.

At the end of each mass the stewards will wipe down all the surfaces.

Things you need to know when you come in to Sacred Hearts’ church.

You need to wear a face mask or covering, which they will be permitted to lower to receive Holy Communion.

PLESE CLICK ON THE IMAGE OPPOSITE TO ENLARGE

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.

We have re-opened the church for individual private prayer & public celebration of mass

A comprehensive risk assessment has been undertaken. The risk assessment is in line with the advice that has been issued by the Bishops’ Conference.

The important social distancing measures are now in place. The signs are in place. We’ve got separate doors to come in and out. We’ve got the sanitisers at the entrance and the exit doors. We have stewards on-hand.

Everything is ready to welcome you back!

 The two welcomers will ensure that everybody who comes into the church is observing the guidelines issued by the government. They will be in the church during any periods that the church is open, to ensure that social distancing rules are adhered to and that EVERYBODY sanitises their hands both ENTERING and EXITING the building.

During this period, it must be pointed out that persons (including Clergy) considered ‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable’, persons shielding (including the Over 70’s), or persons isolating with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should not be returning to mass, to work or volunteering within a Parish

From Saturday 4th July – PLEASE TAKE NOTE

FACEMASKS: People coming into Church for mass will need to bring a mask or face covering. This will need to be worn throughout the mass. They will be permitted to lower it to receive Holy Communion. This is in compliance with the 1 metre+ protocols that are in place 

The vulnerable should carefully consider the wisdom of returning to Mass too soon. They are not obliged to do so. The Sunday obligation has not been re-instated. Those who are able are encouraged to gather on a weekday rather than a Saturday evening or Sunday, to release the pressure on weekend Masses.

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.

ANY and ALL requests for visits within the hospital at this time must go through the Chaplaincy office at the hospital (and not directly to your parish priest)

In an emergency

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. As of September 2018, Gloucester NHS no longer employ a catholic chaplain. In an emergency, please ask the nursing staff to contact the Chaplaincy Office at the hospital

or

Please ring 03004 222 222 and ask for the on-call Catholic Chaplain.

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

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

COVID19

Due to the need to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing the parish office is now closed until further notice along with the parish hall and squash courts

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!

Join with Fr Mark and pray the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

After the initial prayers, he leads the first half of each prayer, for you to pray the second half

 

Glorious Mysteries

Sundays and Wednesdays

Joyful Mysteries

Mondays and Saturdays

Sorrowful Mysteries

Tuesdays and Fridays

Luminous Mysteries

Thursday

FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

Prayer Resources and More

Making (more) room for Jesus in your own home

Make time for each other, never let work at home become more important than spending time together.

Laugh often, tell jokes; Alexa tell us a joke…

Share a funny family story that you remember.

Support one another and be thankful for each other.

Think back over the day at the things you are thankful for, then say thanks to God. 

Download this booklet to help you communicate about Covid-19 to the children and teens in your life. Download

Click the button below to be taken to our prayer page :where you will find other resources to help yon

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.

Translated versions of our remaining packs will be available later this week.

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

(10am DAILY mass at Nazareth House)

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