Together - Everyone - Achieves - More
“Being loved and being kept safe go to the very core of the Church’s Ministry to children and vulnerable adults. The work of safeguarding has to be seen within the overall mission of the Church. As she seeks to protect the vulnerable and weak, the Church needs to ‘act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God’. (Micah 6:8).
It is a ministry of love and healing and seeks justice for all”.
The Cumberlege Commission 2007
As Catholics, we recognise that every human being has a value and dignity which we acknowledge as coming directly from God’s creation of male and female in his own image and likeness.
Bishop Declan’s Pastoral letter 18th February 2012
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.
Families today seem to come in more shapes and sizes than ever before. There are:
- Single people who have never married
- Single people who have been divorced, and possibly share the care of their children
- Couples without children
- Widows and widowers of all ages
- Lone-parent families
- Two-parent families
- Families with one or more disabled children or adults
- Extended families
- Adoptive families
- Friends living together
- Foster families
- Blended families
- Families with many children
- Families from different cultural backgrounds
- Mixed-faith or inter-church families
- Carers and their elderly or disabled relatives
- Service families
and probably many more.
What are We Aiming Towards?
- Having an awareness of Safeguarding, which within the Catholic community is a collective responsibility. All members must recognise, cknowledge, value and adhere to the policies and procedures that are in place to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults during any activity that takes place within a church context.
- Actively involving adults, and children of all ages, both in the Mass and other liturgies on aregular basis.
- We hope our community is part of a church where everybody feels welcome and comfortable, and knows that their individual needs have been considered, and met wherever possible.
- Encouraging all members of the church to have a positive attitude towards each other, especially across generations and cultures.
- Having buildings that are safe and accessible to everyone (ramps, toilets, access, protective railings, etc).
- Being aware of the special needs of larger families, whether two-parent or “blended”, with children across a broad age range.
- Reaching out to individuals and families in the local community, through our facilities and outreach work
For Catholics, “The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” Through the words of Consecration spoken by the Priest, Catholics believe that our Lord Jesus becomes truly present in the Eucharistic or Holy Communion. The Bread and Wine become Christ’s Body and Blood. Why do we believe this? Because Jesus tells us in John 6:55: “… my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink,”
The Mass is the most important prayer for Catholics, within the parish there are usually 14 opportunities to go to mass and receive Jesus in Holy Communion, within the parish (8 in the parish church and 6 at Nazareth House, off the London Road).
One of a priest’s most important duties is to pray for his people, and this takes place at its most profound and special of times when a Parish Priest says Mass for his people, and for their intentions. Fr Mark is very happy to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for your intention. This could be for a wedding anniversary, the anniversary of a loved one’s death, a special birthday celebration, or a Mass of thanksgiving. Please contact the parish office, between 9am and 1pm Monday to Friday, to book a mass and to hand in your mass offering.
”Parish Pastoral Council’s mission is to create a welcoming church gathered around the Eucharist. We are committed to life-long faith formation, justice and the loving service within our parish and the wider community.”
The Parish Pastoral Council is a collaborative structure which exists to ensure that we focus on our primary function as Christians: the continuation of the mission of Jesus Christ in our time and place. One question is at the heart of the work of every Pastoral Council: where and how is God calling us as a Catholic community?
To answer this question, the Pastoral council will:
- ‘search out and respond to the hopes, ideas and needs of parishioners
- grow in knowledge and awareness of what is already happening in the parish
- encourage and support the good work of existing groups in the parish
- evaluate carefully information gathered in order to contribute towards the making of decisions that reflect the values of the gospel and the teachings of the Church
- set long term and short term pastoral goals for the parish
- provide opportunities for parishioners to grow in their relationship with God and with each other
- develop, implement and improve parish initiatives that assist parishioners in their continuing efforts to live as effective Christians in society.’
- Within the context of our own Diocese of Clifton, the Pastoral Council will also work to develop awareness of the different communities within the deanery area
- encourage and support the building of interdependent relationships between members of different local communities and ministry groups
- explore how best to ‘steward’ the many gifts with which God has blessed the individual, the parish, the deanery and communities within the diocese
- use our Diocesan Pastoral Plan, to develop a Plan to support the ongoing life and growth of this Parish
The Pastoral Council is ‘consultative’ to the parish priest. The use of the word ‘consultative’ reminds the Pastoral Council that it is the Parish Priest who has ultimate responsibility for decisions regarding the overall mission of the Parish. This consultative role of the Pastoral Council is situated within a context of relationship and shared vision:
‘All Christians are to build community, pray, collaborate with the pastor, lead by example, and be spiritual. But only pastoral councils investigate, ponder and propose. They do so, not in an impersonal process, but in a relationship. It is a relationship with a pastor who knows their readiness and wants their help, with fellow parishioners whose wisdom they seek, and ultimately with the God whom they glimpse in dialogue.’
‘Pastoral issues are those that impact on the lives of parishioners in the areas of
- integration of their faith into everyday life – home, work, community
- nourishment and support of their faith as they try to live as faithful disciples of Jesus
- outward focus for the development of a vital Christian community, actively engaged in Jesus’ mission of service and influence in the wider world.’
In February 2021 an introductory meeting is planned for those who are interested in supporting the pastoral and spiritual development of the parish, in the hope that the PPC can be re-established.
The P.P.C. primary role will be to focus on the pastoral and spiritual development of the Parish. Its work will covers such things as evangelisation, liturgy, ministry of welcoming, catechesis, and parish prayer life.
Our parish priest
Our Parish Priest, Fr Mark Moran, was born and raised in the North West of England and worked as a baker, a chef and then a school bursar before going off to seminary.He came to the diocese in September 2002, having completed 4 years of seminary training in Valladolid and Rome. To get orientated within the diocese he completed his first year at Sacred Hearts, in Charlton Kings and gave administrative support to the Diocesan Safeguarding Office in Alexander House, Bristol. At the end of this year he completed his seminary formation by completing a Mission Theology Degree in London. He was ordained to the priesthood at Clifton Cathedral in July 2005 and was appointed to Holy Rood in Swindon.After only serving a year as an assistant priest he was appointed parish priest at St Thomas More in Cheltenham, between September 2006 to 2008
In September 2008 he became the parish priest of Christ the King, Amesbury. During his nine years at Christ the King, he carried out major refurbishment of the church, house and site. In addition to the usual parish pastoral work Fr Mark has been a school chaplain, a school governor (including being Vice Chair and Chair), the treasurer of the National Conference of Priests of England and Wales and a chaplain for Fanning the Flame
He has a very down to earth approach and is happy to call ‘a spade a spade’. He is passionate about prayer, spending time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as helping people encounter God by living out his faith as part of the community he is called to serve.
On 27th May 2017, Bishop Declan, asked Father Mark to take up a new position as parish priest at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He took over as our parish priest on the 8th September 2017.
Please feel free to catch him after mass and say “hi” or if you would like an appointment, please contact the Parish Office.
Fabric, Finance & Premises Committee
Fabric, Finance and Premises Committee
Introduction and Background
FFP Committee assists the parish priest in the administration of parish temporal matters. An active, well-formed FFP Committee is a key element for promoting the financial health of a parish, assuring accountability and assisting the pastor with his temporal responsibilities.
In the administration of temporal goods of the parish, Canon 532 defines the role of the pastor as the authoritative representative of the parish.
“The pastor represents the parish in all juridic affairs in accord with the norm of law; he is to see to it that the goods of the parish are administered in accord with the norms of canons 1281-1288.”
Canon 537 introduces the FFP Committee as a mandated body having an advisory and consultative role with the pastor.
“Each parish is to have a finance council which is regulated by universal law as well as by norms issued by the diocesan bishop; in this council the Christian faithful, selected according to the same norms, aid the pastor in the administration of parish goods with due regard for the prescription of canon 532.”
Every parish therefore is required to have a Parish Finance Committee, both by adherence to the Code of Canon Law and by local norms issued by the diocesan bishop. To be effective the Parish Finance Committee should meet regularly with specific agendas and should have access to all the relevant financial information and policies of the parish.
Consultive Body to Pastor
The Finance Council works closely with the parish priest, who is accountable to the diocesan bishop for the administration and stewardship of the temporal goods of the parish. The parish priest, according to Canon Law, has among his responsibilities, the responsibility for parish financial and temporal management. The Parish Finance Council is a consultative body that assists the parish priest in meeting these obligations. While the Parish Finance Council does not have decision making authority, consultation is at the heart of the decision-making process – sharing information, listening, contributing to the discussion, and promoting consensus.
Canon law states that the parish priest is obligated to consult the FFP Committee on certain matters. Although the parish priest is not obliged to follow the recommendations of the Finance Council.
In order to be effective in their responsibilities as members of the FFP Committee, members should have a love for the Church and its mission and develop a thorough understanding of the parish’s mission, goals, people and other resources. The members should have knowledge of diocesan statutes and policies regarding temporal issues and other financial matters. It is the pastor’s responsibility to give the members appropriate background and enrichment so they are able to carry out their duties.
Sacred Hearts hall is an asset of the parish and used for many activities and functions, such as the summer fete, blood donor drives, dances, weddings, coffee mornings, keep-fit classes, children’s dance classes, the U3A bridge club, Probus meetings and many other social and business events.
The administration and maintenance of the hall facilities are overseen through the parish office and falls under the control of the parish priest.
- The Hall is available for hire by parishioners and the public
- Sacred Hearts Hall and its adjacent Lounge are an important part of the parish and as a parish we are tasked to ensure at all times that the Hall is financially viable and in a fit state for use.
- Volunteers from the parish community support each other in their quest to keep the Hall a viable and available asset for the parish, all its parishioners and the wider community.
Hall Booking Secretary: Mrs Gill Cogram
Please look at our online calendar for availability and then email your enquiry to us with as much detail as possible.
Email or telephone for a hall bookings – 07340 072677
(Please phone between the hours of 9am to 11am and 3pm to 5pm Monday to Friday)
We aim to reply to all enquiries within 48 hours (excluding weekends).
If you have not received a reply after this time please email again or telephone the parish on 01242 524932 between office hours. Thank you.
Hall postal address –
Sacred Hearts Parish Hall
The Bar Committee manages and maintains the parish Hall bar.
The Committee has ten members, chosen from the bar helpers, and meets monthly.
The bar helpers sell drinks at parish and private functions. Helpers are all volunteers.
New bar helpers are shown the bar layout and the till functions by an experienced committee member, and will alongside an experienced helper.
The profits from the bar are used for to help fund parish projects and charitable activities, as well as to maintain the Hall.
Ray Goold: 01242 238129
Squash and Racket Ball Committee
The Sacred Hearts Squash Club, which is adjacent to the Hall and Bar, provides excellent facilities for social squash and racketball for all ages and top class coaching for junior players, some of whom have reached county and national rankings. Membership is open to the general public.
The club is run by volunteers made up of club members and encourages sporting and social contact with the membership.
For more information
Gary Powell by email: WizardsSquash@hotmail.com
Sacred Hearts Annual Fete usually takes place on the second Saturday in June, between 12 noon and 3pm. It is the major fund-raising event in the parish. It always attracts a large crowd of people from the parish, local community and further afield. The funds are divided between the parish and the designated charity.
The beautiful parish grounds provide the backdrop to a traditional church fete with stalls, sideshows, cream teas, a bouncy castle and many other attractions.
It’s a fun afternoon for all ages and as well as raising funds, it provides our community with enjoyment and ensuring that the Church continues to play its part in the thriving life of this village that takes its name from Anglo Saxon t
The Fete Committee:-
- organise the fete, with the initial meeting taking place in January. Yes – it really does take nearly half a year to plan one afternoon’s worth of entertainment!
- the organising group meets 4-5 times in the year
- they manage resources and third-party vendors, and recruit volunteers.
- produce publicity and supervise arrangements
- Attendance on Fete day is recommended to be 8.30 am- 5pm
- NEW volunteers and helpers are always welcome and any new members would be supported by existing members of the committee and by experienced volunteer stallholders on the day