Welcome to the parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Loughborough.
During these past weeks , Fr Paul has been sharing 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 like we would normally in these present times together, however we all have one thing in common, Our Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
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Contacting Fr Paul: Over these next few weeks, Fr Paul will be away from the Parish. Please if you do email firstname.lastname@example.org a response to the email will be delayed.
If it is a Priest you need to speak too, please contact, St Marys located on Ashby Road.
If your email is a general inquiry, and happy for a response within 3 working days, please email our Parish Catechist Fiona Email: email@example.com
Changes to our weekly service
COVID update within our parish. – 24.01.2021
During the next few weeks whilst there are no public services, if you know of anyone who doesn’t have access to the parish website and would like to receive the weekly gospel reflection and a miselett, with the weekly readings, please email me on Fiona.Cooper@live.com with their name and address, as I am happy to print and post parish news through their doors, because we all are part of the family of Christ.
God Bless and stay safe from all in the PPC team.
Booking to attend a Weekly Mass Service: If you have access to the internet and able to access this web site mass booking.uk please sign up as a new user, or sign in if already registered. When the services are accessible once again on line, you will only be able to book 7 days ahead.
Further COVID 19 information can be found on the COVID PARISH INFORMATION page.
Weekly Message from Fr. Paul
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 23/24th January.
In today’s Gospel reading from Mark, we hear about Jesus calling the disciples who were fishermen, to follow him.
The thing that has always struck me about this episode is how casual Jesus’ selection of his Apostles seems. It’s as though he is just strolling along the shores of the Sea of Galilee and simply calls the first people he comes across as if to say, “You’ll do!”
We live in a “meritocracy.” In order to be appointed to a position of importance in our society, it is necessary to be able to demonstrate special skills, educational qualifications, an outstanding record of achievement etc. It seems strange that Jesus, who is arguably making appointments to the most important jobs ever undertaken , should go about it in such a haphazard manner. There’s no Myers-Briggs personality testing in his way of recruiting people!
Of course, the plain fact is that, when it comes to discipleship, anyone will do. The Church is open to all, without exception. Jesus valued faith and commitment far more highly than intelligence or outstanding personal qualities, which must be immensely reassuring to those of us who don’t stand out in a crowd!
God bless. Fr Paul
This weeks notices
Message from our Parish PPC:- As many of you are aware, Fr Paul went into hospital on 11th January for a hip operation which went very well. Fr Paul is now taking several weeks to convalesce away from the parish.
Members of the Parish Pastoral Council are keeping the parish ticking over until Fr Paul returns.
Walk With Me’ Prayer Booklets:- Bishop Patrick is asking us to take a little time each day during Lent with the new bespoke: ‘Walk with Me’ Prayer Booklets being produced for our Diocese by Alive Publishing. The booklet is pocket-sized, easy to use, and is designed to help us all to keep focused in the daily living out of our faith as disciples of Christ.
These will be available at the start of Lent within our parish free of charge. Every Sunday during Lent, our diocese will be sharing prayers, reflections and liturgies. which will be found on our parish website.
Adult Information for Mission:- a link from the diocese to share with you.
First Holy Communion:– Due to the ongoing situation with the country in lock down, and unsure when it will be lifted, our First Holy Communion classes are just delayed, with the hope of starting them as soon as we are able too. The date for our Parish First Holy Communion would be end of June start of July.
The families who started their First Holy Communion last March 2019, are automatically part of this years group to join us. If anyone would like their child who is in year 3 or above at school, please contact Fiona Cooper (Parish Catchiest) via Fiona.Cooper@live.com who will send the documents to be completed and returned.
If you have any questions, please contact me as I am happy to answer any questions.
Stay safe Fiona
Parish Collections: Thank you to all who have kept giving to our parish during these difficult times. If any person who has not already and would like to contribute to the running of our parish during these strange times, please speak to Fr Paul for a Standing Order form. Alternately, after each Mass as we leave the church, there is an offertory box on the side table by the door into the foyer.
Children’s Liturgy: Unfortunately due to the present situation we are not able to offer Children’s Liturgy. If you would like any information to help your youngsters spiritually, please drop me a line. Fiona.Cooper@live.com
Over these past months to help our younger parishioners, a Facebook page is available, where you have the opportunity to visit our linked webpage, which shares the gospel by an activity sheet and an upbeat YouTube song and video.
Dear Lord Jesus, as a parish we pray for our young parishioners who we have not seen for a little while. We pray that they continue to love to learn about you, through children’s scripture and song, as families come together during these wintery days ahead. Amen
Children’s Liturgy Web Page:- https://sacredheartloughboro.org/home/childrens-liturgy/
From the Diocese of Nottingham
Caritas Discovery. book for what’s coming up in January. Further information please click here https://sacredheartloughboro.org/interaction-nottingham-diocese/
Update on Covid-19 and Vaccination: Bishop Patrick has received a number of letters from concerned Catholics in regards to the new vaccine. Further information is available on the following COVID page https://sacredheartloughboro.org/covid-19-parish-information/
‘Being a disciple web series’ – January is a time when we try and work at being a better person, why not explore how we can be a grow as a disciple of Jesus? On the 4 Thursdays of January we will explore a different aspect of what it means to be a Catholic disciple with Brendan Thompson the CEO of Catholic Voices in a web series on Zoom. Catholic Voices are an international organisation that shares the Good News in the global media. This will be a great foundation for parishes, chaplaincies and individuals to explore how we can support each other in growing as Catholic disciples. Register for the series here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrcuygqjwpGdNBRC5NIQ46Eu1bleEg246A’
For information on how to access things on zoom visit: https://www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/information/diocesan-commissions/01_commission-adult-formation/using-zoom
Additional Information within Parish Life
Nottingham Diocese Interaction News:– https://sacredheartloughboro.org/interaction-nottingham-diocese/
To access the quick parish update page:- https://sacredheartloughboro.org/quick-updates-with-our-parish/
Children’s Liturgy Web Page:– https://sacredheartloughboro.org/home/childrens-liturgy/
New Supporting Life Through Prayer and Traditions page:- https://sacredheartloughboro.org/supporting-catholic-life-through-prayer-and-traditions/
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