Welcome

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.

Follow us on our new Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/sacredheartlboro

Contacting Fr Paul: Please email oh.sacredheart.loughboro@dioceseofnottingham.uk

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Website changes – over these next few weeks this website will be changing slightly in format. Please bare with me whilst this is being carries out. The first steps is:-

Weekly NewsLetter – New format:- Please see the attached new format. This is to enable us to print and share with parishioners who are unable to access this web page.

Additional information

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: –   Children’s-liturgy webpage

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 

FOLLOWING COVID RULES whilst attending Mass

If we do not follow this information, there is a higher risk of the church being closed once again.   None of us want that, but safety of our parishioners is essential.

  • Do not attend Mass if you have any symptoms of COVID – 19.  
  • Face masks are to be worn at all times. (Remove briefly only to receive the host)
  • Stewards will be on duty at each Service.
  • At all times, use the distancing rule advised by Government.
  • Within the church you will see signage. Please ensure this is followed.
  • Enter the church via main door.  There will be a one-way system only.  Please do not go back on yourself.
  • Sanitiser is to be used before entry into the church via hand pump, located either side of the doors above the Holy Water font.
  • Within the church you will see areas where you may or may not sit.  You will be guided by the stewards.
  • You need to sit at the end of the pews and not the centre. The tape indicates this.
  • No hymn or service books will be used during Mass.
  • All kneelers are not to be used, as these have been put out of action temporarily.
  • All prayers and dismissal will be said before we receive the Holy Sacrament.
  • You must take all your belongings with you as you will not be able to return to your pew.
  • A steward will guide each person when to receive the Holy Sacrament.
  • The Holy Sacrament will be placed in your left hand and NOT YOUR TONGUE.
  • Remove you face covering slightly to enable placing the host into your mouth. You must replace your face covering as you walk out of the church following the directional signs via foyer and exit. 
  • Please do not linger in the foyer or car park due to social distancing issued by the government.

Changes to our weekly service

  • COVID update within our parish:- 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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/

Links within Parish Life

Proclaimer:- If you have any feedback about the new website design, please contact the website admin via the contact form here.

Mass Times

We are asking anyone who would like to attend and have access to the web to click https://massbooking.uk You will be asked to set up a log in account as seen below.

If you are not able to access the web pages, please speak to Fr Paul to book due to traceability.

If you need additional information please contact us.

Mass DaysMass Times
Saturday Vigil17:30
Sunday Morning10:00
Wednesday Morning09:30
ConfessionsContact Fr Paul
All services will follow the Government and Diocesan guidance

Children’s Liturgy

Please keep checking out this webpage whilst we are not able to meet.

Who are we? We are a group of children who want to learn more about Jesus. Whilst we can not meet in the church, due to the present situation, we can still listen to the stories written and sing and dance to the music shared with us each week. This will help us all stay connected as a group until we are able to meet again each Sunday.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I pray we all look after each other, as Jesus looks after us. I pray for family and friends, and for our parish we continue to serve. Lord I pray for this world of many challenges, and needing to do things differently to what we would prefer. Lord Jesus I know we are not alone and you are with us. We may not see but we know you will be holding our hands carrying us with your love. Amen

God bless Fiona

2nd Sunday in Lent

This week we look at the three readings and psalm, which we would have heard during Mass. This film helps us to remember why attending Mass is so important.
Something a little different this week.

1st Sunday in Lent

The time when we can meet and celebrate our Children’s Liturgy

When we are able to meet for our Children’s Liturgy, we will have a big celebration

We will welcome all ages from being a baby to secondary school friends.

We will be able to listen to the Gospel reading and talk about it in a language we understand for being the ages we are. The best thing is we will do a craft before we are welcomed back into Mass, after the prayers where we think of others.

Within 20 minutes of meeting our friends, we will have listened to the story of Jesus, made something to show our family and even get a sticker for attending.

Don’t worry if you’re nervous, you can bring someone with you, may be mum, dad, brother, sister, grandparent, or a friend.

Our leaders will be happy to start our special Children’s Liturgy in sharing the good news of our faith.

COVID – 19 Parish Information

Changes to our weekly service

COVID update within our parish. – 31.01.2021

With looking towards Lent, we hope to hold a service on Ash Wednesday at the usual times. This will obviously reflect on the guidance and numbers within our area due to COVID.

In the meantime, please review the information with attending Mass, because our church is smaller than some with a single isle, which makes a difference with attendance and distancing. This is one of the reasons to why we have not had services these past three weeks. Please follow the information from our stewards as this is essential.

We will confirm Ask Wednesday times next weekend, as this is when the online bookings will be open to all, if we hold a Mass.

Take care

17.01.2021 

Thank you to all who understand why the decision was made to withdraw our weekly Masses from the public, for the next few weeks. Many of you said you were surprised we were still able to hold services due to present times and supported the reasons to why this decision was made, following the information and increase to persons during this lock down.

In this past week Bishop Patrick has received an update from the Coronavirus Places of Worship Task Force. The highlights of the discussion were as follows:      

There is no blanket closure of places of worship.  It has been asked that each Place of Worship should re-evaluate their own local situation and examine all factors that could affect the good covid security, demonstrated by places of worship so far.  This is to include (but is not limited to):

  • Sufficient stewarding and management of the venue
  • Sufficient cleaning after acts of communal worship
  • Maintaining good social distancing in the space available along with good ventilation
  • Factors affecting travel to and from the place of worship, such as public transport
  • The length of exposure time for an act of worship is critical and should be minimised – anything that is not necessary should be omitted.
  • Those who have gathered for worship should not mingle before or after the service outside of the church.  They should disperse immediately.
  • All non-essential worship should be postponed or cancelled

It was decided by our PPC and Fr Paul, for the safety of visiting clergy, stewards who are unable to support with services just at the moment and parishioners becoming very concerned, as well as some of the points listed above, we could not be guarantee due to our parish church layout whilst the COVID infection rate increases, the safety and well-being is paramount. Our parish will be closed for 4 weekends with the hope we will reopen on the 13/14th February, just before we celebrate Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.

The PPC will revisit this time scale following government advice during the start of February. Please take into account this is what we would ideally like to do but this depends on circumstances at the time and how the COVID pandemic is affecting everyone in different ways, including how the vaccine program is going for the older generation.

I do understand our neighbouring churches may be open, taking into account their own parish family. You may wish to visit, but please take on board what the government is asking in regards to Hands, Face, Space, and  “stay at home”.

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.

I pray in June we can celebrate our Sacred Heart Feast day, where we all are able to come together and celebrate for many reasons.

God Bless and stay safe from all in the PPC team.

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Information when attending our Parish Public Mass on the days we are open

Please find the Parish Risk Assessment during these difficult time for when we are able to open our doors.

The information below must be followed to ensure we are all safe.

Charnwood Tier 4 Lock Down- Public Mass within the Parish and COVID

As we are entering the season of colder weather, it is imperative we follow the information below. It is one of the ways to ensure we can keep the churches open, especially with Advent and Christmas in our sights. Please think:

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  • Do not attend Mass if you have any symptoms of COVID – 19.  
  • Face masks are to be worn at all times. (Remove briefly only to receive the host)
  • Stewards will be on duty at each Service.
  • At all times, use the distancing rule advised by Government.
  • Within the church you will see signage. Please ensure this is followed.
  • Enter the church via main door.  There will be a one-way system only.  Please do not go back on yourself.
  • Sanitiser is to be used before entry into the church via hand pump, located either side of the doors above the Holy Water font.
  • Within the church you will see areas where you may or may not sit.  You will be guided by the stewards.
  • You need to sit at the end of the pews and not the centre. The tape indicates this.
  • No hymn or service books will be used during Mass.
  • All kneels are not to be used, as these have been put out of action temporarily.
  • All prayers and dismissal will be said before we receive the Holy Sacrament.
  • You must take all your belongings with you as you will not be able to return to your pew.
  • A steward will guide each person when to receive the Holy Sacrament.
  • The Holy Sacrament will be placed in your left hand and NOT YOUR TONGUE.
  • Remove you face covering slightly to enable placing the host into your mouth. You must replace your face covering as you walk out of the church following the directional signs via foyer and exit. 
  • Please do not linger in the foyer due to social distancing.

A guidance to be followed please – Any queries please speak to our friendly stewards

How was this decision made – Urgent update from the Prime Minister and COVID-19

As many will have heard due to increase of COVID cases, the Prime Minister and his advisors have said from Wednesday 2nd December, all faiths are able attend worship once again, as long as all aspects of safety is carried out to reduce the risk of COVID 19.

To enable the christian faith to celebrate Christmas, we ALL need to follow the government guidance.

Information from the Nottingham Dioscese

Update on Covid-19 and Vaccination: In September 2020 the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales issued a statement COVID-19 and Vaccination (24 September 2020). In the light of the recent breakthrough in vaccine development they have now issued a follow up statement (3rd December 2020) which can be found on the CBCEW website along with the original September statement. The Bishop would be grateful please if you would circulate this information to your parishioners and include the link to this information to be found on the CBCEW website, and make mention of this please in your Parish Newsletters and Websites. Link: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/update-on-covid-19-and-vaccination/

Contact

Please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact the Parish Priest, Fr. Paul Chipchase using the information below, or send a message using the form. You are also welcome and encouraged to speak to Fr. Paul informally after Mass if you have any queries.

To contact Fr. Paul Chipchase via the parish email, please fill out this form.

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