Sacred Hearts follows the practice and principles for pastoral care in the various parish ministries and activities. These can be found in the ministries section of our Parish Groups. The background to our pastoral guidelines can be found in the main document ‘Called to be a People of Hope’, published and presented throughout the diocese in 2008. This, along with many of the publications, form part of our positive planning for the future.

Bishop Declan launched the new diocesan vision ‘A Future Full of Hope on Saturday 28 October, 2018 at St Brendan’s College, Brislington, Bristol. Over three hundred people came together from all over the diocese to explore the new diocesan strategy. This document, inspired by Pope Francis, emphasises a ‘more outward focus’ and sets out a roadmap for the next three years.

A Future Full of Hope
Each of the three years ahead of us will focus on one aspect of the bishop’s threefold vision of Mission, Prayer and Communion. They will follow the cycle of the Church’s year and begin with the season of Advent.
Year of Mission                   Advent 2017 – Advent 2018
Year of Prayer                     Advent 2018 – Advent 2019
Year of Communion            Advent 2019 – Advent 2020
The aim of these three years is to give us the tools we need in order to be able to take a firm grip on the future that the Lord calls us to. The symbol of the anchor, which recurs through-out the document, reminds us that the anchor which holds us fast is the knowledge of God’s love for us. A Future Full of Hope document

When thinking about pastoral care within out community we are called to reflect on the words of Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium

“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord.”