Welcome to the parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Following the Prime Minister’s historic announcement on 23 March strengthening restrictions in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Churches are closed to the public at this time.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols stresses that we must all play our part to safeguard the NHS and to save ‘precious lives’. “We’re going to play our full part in it. That was the call of St. Paul that we ought to be good citizens and today we ought to be good citizens playing our part in the protection of the vulnerable, in our support for the NHS and in the preserving of human life, which is so precious to God in the face of this virus.”
You can download the letter from the President and Vice President of the Bishops’ Conference and a PDF offering Liturgical Advice:
Many people are asking how we will observe Easter this year in these difficult times. Here’s some guidance from Rome in the form of a decree.
As we approach our most important week of the year – Holy Week – the way we follow Christ – from his triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, to the foot of the Cross, to an empty tomb – will be completely different this year.
In preparation, many would have availed themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation – Confession – to prepare for a fresh start at Easter. But what does it mean for our spiritual well-being and salvation if we can’t fulfil our “Easter Duties”?
Whilst the Church is closed, you may wish to donate using Paypal or a credit/debit card below:
Bishop Declan has recorded the following Pastoral Message:
POPE FRANCIS’ SPECIAL VIDEO TO PRAY FOR AN END TO THE PANDEMIC
In a special edition of “The Pope Video“, the Holy Father asks us to pray for the sick and the suffering, while thanking all those who, united and regardless of their religious tradition or convictions, pray for those affected
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IN AN EMERGENCY
If you are Catholic and have been admitted to Cheltenham or Gloucester hospital, and require a chaplain please ask the nursing staff to contact the CHAPLAINCY OFFICE at the hospital
(or ring 03004 222 222 and ask for the on-call Catholic Chaplain).
ANY and ALL requests for visits within the hospital must go through the Chaplaincy office at the hospital
(and not directly to your parish priest)
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
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, from 6pm on the 20th March 2020 we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches.
In line with the Public announcement at 8.30pm on Monday 23rd March the church will no longer be open for private prayer
I will celebrate a private Mass daily in the Church. In the bidding prayers I will pray for the parish and your intentions.
All Masses for which intentions have been received will be celebrated on the dates as close to those originally agreed as possible, but I will not be able to guarantee the date. All Masses will however be celebrated.
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.
Social Distancing and Hygiene
IF YOU GO OUT – Please observe the social distancing and hygiene recommendations issued by the government.
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 can please fill in a standing order form. Any envelopes can be put through the parish door.
CHURCHES & CHAPELS IN CHELTENHAM
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Moorend Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL53 9AU
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