Welcome to the parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Fr Mark celebrates mass each day, which you can join at any time during the day
Live Daily Mass
You can watch a daily Mass live from Clifton Cathedral below at 9.30am
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The resurrection of Christ is the principle of new life for every man and every woman, for true renewal always begins from the heart, from the conscience.
Yet Easter is also the beginning of the new world, set free from the slavery of sin and death: the world open at last to the Kingdom of God, a Kingdom of love, peace and fraternity.
Christ is alive and he remains with us.
Risen, he shows us the light of his face, and he does not abandon all those experiencing hardship, pain and sorrow.
Pope Francis, Urbi et Orbi Message, 21 April 2019
Bishop Declan has recorded a message for Pentecost:
Full text of Bishop Declan's Message
Pentecost brings 50 days of Easter celebrations to completion with the coming of the Holy Spirit, filling the hearts of God’s people with the fire of God’s love and renewing the face of the earth. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. The beginnings did not look too auspicious as the disciples were hiding behind locked doors for fear of the authorities. They were a group of vulnerable people whose lives had been shattered and whose hopes had been destroyed. What changed them in a remarkable way was the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit gives them courage and strength to witness to Jesus, the Christ, without fear or anxiety. In the Acts of the Apostles we are told that the disciples were given the gift of speaking foreign languages so that all nations might hear about the marvels of God. There was one language, the language of God, for many nations. Unlike the Tower of Babel where the languages would cause a division among the people, the language of God heals divisions, unites humanity and brings peace between God and humanity and the whole of creation. At the birth of a child people often wonder what the child will turn out to be. At the birth of John the Baptist there was such a reaction. At the birth of the Church we can ask the same question: what will the Church turn out to be? Throughout history the Church has adapted and reformed in response to the joys and sorrows of particular times and cultures. Today the Church finds different ways to proclaim and celebrate the Gospel. The means may change but the message remains the same – the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus. The message is life giving and is the way to the truth of life. Within the community of the Church there are millions of people who are gifted by the Holy Spirit. We, all of us, are part of that people. There are many gifts but always given by God for the good of others. Each one of us is created for a good purpose. We discover that purpose through the loving service we give to others. It is in giving that we receive. In this time of Covid-19 many people have shown great generosity. Neighbours who may have been strangers to one another have become friends. People who have felt alone and isolated have experienced the care and love of people who they did not previously know. The first disciples were not unique in experiencing fear, hiding behind locked doors. All of us experience fear at certain times in our lives. Fear can paralyse us and make us feel useless and powerless. Pentecost puts an end to the fear. The Holy Spirit fills us with the fire of God’s love. Though the circumstances that cause us fear may remain the same, the fear is taken away. The Coronavirus has been a cause of fear and uncertainty, making people feel vulnerable, especially when faced by the death of a family member or friend. People ask when will it end. When will we be able to get back to how things were before the pandemic? However, we cannot return to how things once were. The experience worldwide has made a difference to our lives. We can only live in the present moment and look to the future. We need to reflect on what we have learnt from our experiences of the Coronavirus both individually and institutionally – including the Church. Pope Francis compares the Church to a field hospital. The Church must not hide behind locked doors but be in the midst of people listening to their voices and bringing healing and hope to those who are afflicted physically, mentally, spiritually and socially. This will make us vulnerable and we will make mistakes, but we will be giving ourselves and others reasons for living in the present and looking with hope to the future. We are called to have a sense of togetherness in this our common home and a sense of wonder about the whole of creation entrusted to our care. To us today Jesus says: Peace be with you. As the Father sent me so am I sending you. Receive the Holy Spirit.
Join with Fr Mark and pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. He leads the first half of each prayer, for you to pray the second half
I celebrate a private Mass daily in the Church and in the bidding prayers I 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.
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
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 (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
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 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 above and donate by using Paypal or a credit/debit card or
3. Any envelopes can be put through the presbytery door
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
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