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

Times may vary

  You can watch Mass live from Clifton Cathedral every day via the live-stream by following the link to their homepage:  https://cliftoncathedral.org

OFFERTORY COLLECTION

Baskets for your donations to the PARISH and for the RETIRING/SECOND COLLECTION are found as you enter and leave the church or your can make your donation ONLINE through the DONA portal or by STANDING ORDER. 

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

Living the Common Good: Discerning Challenges and Responses

God calls each of us to go forth on a particular mission: Let us then pursue what leads to peace & to building up one another – Romans 14:19.

Every person and every community is called to respond to particular challenges and circumstances, listening to the Holy Spirit to discern how God calls us to pursue peace, justice, and joy.

On 18 May 2024 at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, the Department of Adult Education & Evangelisation will hold Living the Common Good, a day of formation and community, to bring people together in prayer to discern the practical ways to live the common good in our parishes, pastoral areas, and diocese.

Jenny Sinclair from Together for the Common Good will guide us through the context and challenges that face us in responding to God’s call, as well as the kinds of things we can do in our communities – large or small – to build one another up in relationship and live for the common good.

Refreshments will be available from 9.30am. Please bring a packed lunch. We will finish by 4pm. Everyone is welcome!

"The Eucharist: a bond of love which can never be undone.”

There is an opportunity on Saturday 8 June at St Bernadette’s Secondary School, Whitchurch, Bristol, for the whole diocese to deepen our understanding and love for the Eucharistas we grow in our desire to be a people of communion, participating together as the Body of Christ so that we may be the Body of Christ to the world.

We are delighted that Fr. Michael McAndrew will lead us in our reflections and conversations. The day will include a time of prayerful Adoration with words, music, and silence. Refreshments will be available from 9.30am. Attendees are asked to bring a packed lunch. We will finish by 4pm.

Essential training for catechists

Six-session online course starting Thursday 11 April, 7.30pm-9pm

Clifton Diocese in partnership with ‘Light of Truth’ are offering an introduction to the fundamental aspects of catechesis: What it is, how to use the catechism and Scripture as foundations, and what methods to use.

This training is for seasoned or new catechists working with children, young people or adults, for everyone involved in Children’s liturgy of the Word, and for anyone interested in passing on the faith.

The six sessions begin at 7.30pm on a Thursday evening:

11 April: What is catechesis? An introduction to the ministry of catechesis

18 April:  Proclaiming the Good News: Jesus Christ at the heart of catechesis

25 April: The Faith of the Church: discovering the sources of our faith

2 May: The Word of God: opening the treasure of Scriptures

9 May: Methods and Resources: a joyful work of charity

16 May: Preparing a Catechetical Session

To sign up for the series, please click on the Zoom link below:

God offers us a radical invitation but what does it mean to say yes?

What does it mean to be a Catholic? What do we believe and how do we grow deeper in our Faith? 

This twelve-week course will enable us to explore a variety of questions relating to Catholic Teaching. 

This is a course for anyone who is interested in learning more about their faith and passing it onto others. 

The Immaculate Conception, Beeches Green, Stroud, GL5 4AA 

Cost of full course is £60 or £7.50 per session. 

Sessions 7pm to 9pm 

including time for refreshments. 

Full details can be found on he diocesan website

 

Jubilee Year 2025

Pope Francis has decreed that 2025 will be a Jubilee, with the theme “Pilgrims of Hope.” But what, exactly, is a jubilee, and why does the Church periodically celebrate them? What about the “2024 Year of Prayer,” or all those documents from the Second Vatican Council?

Join us for Pilgrims of Hope: The 2025 Jubilee in Clifton 1 February (7:30-8:45 pm). It will introduce the jubilee year, providing context for the current three-year programme (2023 – Year of the Council, 2024 – Year of Prayer, 2025 Jubilee – Pilgrims of Hope), as well as background for jubilees – how they originated, their role in Scripture, and how jubilees have been used in the Church.

You can register at https://cliftondiocese.com/jubilee/

It will conclude by exploring the theme that Pope Francis chose, Pilgrims of Hope, and how Clifton Diocese can journey together over the next few years towards this great celebration.

Parish life

For more information please click on the relevant section

Parish Hall

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

Readings for Today

Find the reading and prayers for the day for reflection

Our Film Society

Charlton Kings Film Society invite you to this season’s selection of films.

Safeguarding

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

Squash and Racket Ball Club

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

Clifton Youth Ministry

Opportunities to further Your involvement in the Catholic Church

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

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 

CLICK on image above to go to the diocesan webpage

Guidance on attending mass at Sacred Hearts –  March 2024 UPDATE

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.

Attending Mass

Please remember there are vulnerable people in our community and would like their personal space respected.

It is recommended that you sanitise your hands as you enter and leave the building. The wearing of face masks is encouraged, if you are coughing or sneezing or experiencing any symptoms.

Please remember COVID symptoms can include

  • feeling tired or exhausted.

  • an aching body.

  • a headache.

  • a sore throat.

  • a blocked or runny nose.

  • loss of appetite.

  • feeling sick or being sick.

If you have any of the above symptoms, please consider whether you should be coming into the church, putting more vulnerable people at risk. Please remember to use the hand sanitiser provided on entering and leaving the building

  • Holy Communion will continue to be given under ONE form and ministers will be encouraged to wear a face covering. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: will assist with the distribution of Holy Communion. 

  • 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.

  • PLEASE NOTE: that due to the reduced numbers of Extraordinary Minister we unfortunately will not be able to reintroducing Communion under both kinds. If you are interested in joining this ministry team then please arrange an interview with Fr Mark so that you can obtain a job description and the necessary DBS forms – on receipt of a clear DBS check you will be permitted to join the team. Thank you

  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: takes place, on Fridays and Saturdays before the morning mass when it is at 10am. Confessions will be heard in the confessional from 9.00am until 9.45am 

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

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

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

 

CLICK on the respective name highlighted in BLUE for mass times and more information

CLICK on image above to go to the

DIRECTORY of health & well-being services & activities in CHARLTON KINGS

PARISHES & DEANERY/PASTORAL AREA [September 2023]

PASTORAL AREA: St Kenelm

Dean:  Fr David Mills

St Gregory The GreatCheltenham
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and MaryCharlton Kings
St Thomas More, CheltenhamCheltenham [Administered jointly]
St Catharine’sChipping Campden
St Peter’sCirencester
St Thomas of CanterburyFairford
St Benet’sKemerton
Our Lady and St KenelmStow-on-the-Wold
St Joseph’sTewkesbury [Administered jointly with Priest in residence]
St NicholasWinchcombe [Administered jointly]