Welcome to the parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Loughborough.
During the weeks ahead, Fr Paul shares with us how we can follow Jesus by spending time in prayer, reading from the bible and listening to our Lord. We are a parish family who may not be able to meet or worship together, but we all have one thing in common, Our Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Palm Sunday 5th April 2020
Holy Week and Easter 2020 will be different from any we have experienced but we know that the Holy Spirit brings good things out of even the most unpromising circumstances.
This year we have an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the drama of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection in a new and different way. It will be a more personal encounter with the Paschal Mystery and an opportunity, whilst many of us have more time on our hands, to reflect more deeply on what our Saviour has done for us and how we should respond.
The Holy Week and Easter services will go ahead in our parish as normal but without a congregation.
The Bishops of England and Wales have released everyone from their Easter Duties and from Sunday Mass attendance whilst the lockdown continues. Instead of attending Church services all parishioners are invited to participate by following the Mass readings in your Missals (or online using the “Magnificat” or “Universalis” sites) and by making a spiritual communion, i.e. uniting yourself spiritually with the sacrifice of the Mass. Whilst sacramental confession is not available, we obtain forgiveness of our sins from God by an act of perfect contrition. We can also access the live streamed Masses, particularly from St. Barnabas Cathedral Nottingham, where Bishop Patrick will celebrate the Holy Week and Easter liturgies. (www.stbarnabascathedral.org.uk)
Priests, like myself, who are under 70 and free from underlying health conditions will be available to bring the Sacrament of the Sick in the case of genuine emergencies.
The programme of events in our parish during Holy Week and Easter will be,
– Palm Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m.
– Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Mass at 9:30 a.m.
– The Chrism Mass will be streamed from St. Barnabas Cathedral.
– Maundy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8:00 p.m.
– Good Friday Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00 p.m.
– Holy Saturday Easter Vigil service and first Mass of Easter 8:00 p.m
– Easter Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m.
Further information in regards to services and readings are available below: https://sacredheartloughboro.org/2020/04/04/holy-week-services-and-daily-readings/
May I wish you all the graces and blessings of Holy Week and Easter. You are in my prayers and your intentions are remembered in my celebration of Mass.
If you need to speak to Fr Paul over a family or/and faith matter, please contact the parish office. firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01509 219325.
Please click on the links below to take you to the relevant web pages, where you will find alternative ways to spend time with our Lord whilst being at home.
To access the quick update page please click here https://sacredheartloughboro.org/quick-updates-with-our-parish/
To help us all focus on our faith whilst not able to attend Mass, Bishop Patrick has arranged for us all, to have direct contact with prayer. This can be downloaded via the web. https://sacredheartloughboro.org/interaction-nottingham-diocese/
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