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
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.
Changes to our weekly service during lock down
As announced at recent Masses, during the present lockdown and whilst we are not allowed to open the church for Mass, we will be open for private prayer from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Sundays.
During this time the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for Adoration. During the Wednesday opening Fr. Paul will be available for confession, in the confessional box.
Those wishing to attend are asked to book in as normal. In order to offer the possibility of prayer and confession to as many people as possible we ask each person to spend just twenty minutes in church before leaving.
Stewarding and cleaning after visits will be as normal.
Pastoral visits by the parish priest are only allowed in “end of life” situations.
Please watch this website for news and updates.
Weekly Message from Fr. Paul
Sundays Gospel Reading Matthew 25:31-46
Feast of Christ the King.
Today is the final Sunday in the Church’s year. Believe it or not, Advent begins next week!
Appropriately, as the Church’s year draws to a close, the Sunday Mass readings have been chosen to focus our mind on the end of things – not just the end of another year in the life of the Church, but our end and the end of things altogether.
Jesus taught consistently that we are all going to have to give an account of our lives and what we have done with them. In human terms, we might see it as having to sit a really important exam or attend a particularly demanding interview.
If that is so then it would be awfully handy to know in advance what questions we are going to be asked so that we can prepare ourselves.
No Problem – in today’s Gospel reading Jesus has revealed the questions. They are entirely focussed on how we have treated other people during our lifetime. There is no ambiguity about what the right answers will be. Jesus spells them out for us, “…I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me; sick and you visited me; in prison and you came to see me.” He goes on to say “I tell you solemnly, insofar as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”
This teaching is given in the context of a story about a king making invitations to those who will enter his kingdom. On this feast of Christ the King, as we celebrate his victory over sin and death we have a clear and personal invitation to everlasting life in the Father’s Kingdom – and we know how to get in.
Prayer intentions for this week are as follows.
At this present time, Daily Mass is not open to the public, following Government Guidelines.
|Days for prayer||Pray for|
|Sunday 22nd November|
Christ The King
|People of the Parish|
|Monday 23rd November||John Gerard Browne R.I.P.|
|Tuesday 24th November||St. Andrew Dung Lac and companions |
Mgr. Peter O’Dowd R.I.P.
|Wednesday 25th November||Helen O’Sullivan R.I.P.|
|Thursday 26th November||Josephine, Charles and Christian Blacke R.I.P.|
|Friday 27th November||Thanksgiving (I.J.)|
|Saturday 28th November||Michael Murphy R.I.P.|
|Sunday 29th November|
|People of the Parish|
All family and friends We pray our Lord is with each and every one of us, carrying us each day as the Footprint words reminds us.
For people we know who have lost loved ones and friends: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen
Please reflect each day with your own personal prayers. The Month of November is All Souls: If you would like a loved one or a friend remembered, please speak to Fr Paul, as there are no envelopes in the porch to write their name and give a donation, due to present situation.
This weeks notices
Grub Club needs you – As you know, the Grub Club team has not been able to run any sessions this year, although we have supported some families financially during holiday times. Conscious of the increasing pressures on families, we are starting a Christmas Cheer Appeal to try to raise £2000 to support as many disadvantaged families as we can to provide some small extras this Christmas. (This amount will supplement the small amount that remains in the Grub Club account). This appeal will run in St Mary’s and Sacred Heart parishes.
We have contacted 8 local primary schools to ask head teachers how many families they believe would benefit. We hope to reach at least 65 families.
If you would like to help please send your donation in an envelope marked ‘Grub ‘Club’ to the church office at St Mary’s or at the presbytery at Sacred Heart. For online donations: Grub Club account at Lloyds Bank. Sort code – 30-96-26. Account – 38441468.
Thank you for your support. Catherine Brady (Grub Club chair) and Frank Fay (treasurer)
Vigil of Prayer – Sat. 21st November 2020
The International Eucharistic Congress for 2020 has been postponed until next year. So Cardinal Peter Erdo of Budapest-Estergom has asked that all parishes have a Holy Hour on Saturday 21st November – the Vigil of the Solemnity of Christ the King.
Bishop Patrick and Fr Jonathan will be streaming an hour of Adoration from the Chapel in Bishop’s House from 4 – 5pm that afternoon. If would like to be part of it, the link can be found on the Bishop’s YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/bishoppatrickmckinney
Information can be downloaded from the official website :https://corpusdomini.iec2020.hu/#/
There is also a video produced by the organisers of the Congress at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j2bWBfb
With prayers and good wishes, Bishop Patrick
HAVE YOU SAVED THE DATE! HERE’S A SECOND CHANCE!
Leicestershire Active Catholic Youth (LACY):
LACY will be holding their Zoom Celebration for the Feast of Christ the King this Sunday evening at 6.30 p.m. We are hoping that many young people and their families will come along and share this time with us.
The theme is “TOGETHER” and the uplifting Young People’s Liturgy will be supported by Fr. Simon Gillespie, hosted by LACY and led by young people. We will also have a chance to hear about the work of Menphys and be able to support them, if we wish, with our suggestion of “home fundraising” – our gift for Christmas. For more information E mail LACY at email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org. The ID for the occasion is 864 5877 0122 and the password is: 051306. Please note that all people under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult when linking in. This will be an exciting occasion for all of us to be involved in the celebration, through prayer, readings, music and games! We look forward to seeing you!
Thank you so much for supporting LACY. We really appreciate it.
Pauline Payne and the LACY Working Team
The Diocesan Vocations Team are holding a Zoom Café for men and women on Tuesday 1st December at 7 pm. If you would like to meet the team, ask any questions or simply just listen in, email Diane at:email@example.com for the link and password to enable you to join them on your device with your drink and cake. Find out what it means!!! More information can be found on the Diocese web site.
Baca’s Gingerbread House Competition: Get your apron on, bake a gingerbread house this Christmas and support a local charity who help and give hope to vulnerable young people.
The Baca Charity, would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about a the Gingerbread House Competition which is running right now. The competition this year is being run virtually, so entrants can make their creations at home and then just upload on the website., Baca say its a really fun and easy activity for families to take part in.
All entries can be submitted on our website, https://www.bacacharity.org.uk/gingerbread-house-challenge
Christmas Mass Services There will be three Christmas Masses, a vigil Mass at 5:30 on Christmas Eve, Mass during the Night at 8:00 p.m. (No midnight service) and Christmas Day Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Christmas Day. Attendance is subject to pre booking and the usual limit on numbers attending will apply.
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.
Domestic Abuse: The National Board of Catholic Women have produced a booklet on raising awareness of domestic abuse with the hope that it will help victims to get the help and support they need. To see the full message and PDF of the booklet, please click. https://wordpress.com/page/sacredheartloughboro.org/757
Parish Weekly News
Children’s Liturgy: Unfortunately due to the present situation we are not able to offer Children’s Liturgy this year.
To help our younger parishioners you have the opportunity to visit our linked webpage which shares the gospel and a upbeat song. Please keep checking this webpage as I do hope to add a craft for the season of Advent.
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/
Please find additional notices to refer to by following the links
Nottingham Diocese Interaction News:– https://sacredheartloughboro.org/interaction-nottingham-diocese/
- The Directors of St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Multi-Academy Trust are seeking to appoint a new headteacher at Holy Cross Catholic Voluntary Academy, Leicester, (salary scale L15-21). For an application pack please call the Trust’s HR department on 0116 296 8164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . To arrange a school visit please contact Elizabeth Routledge (school office) on 0116 283 3135 or email email@example.com CLOSING DATE: Monday 23 November 2020
- Season of Creation
Bishop Patrick hopes that many of us are able to follow the Season of Creation which will soon be upon us. Bishop Patrick has shared the attached Season of Creation Liturgy Guide which you can access using the following link: LISTEN 2020 Season of Creation Liturgy Guide (2).pdf . It is suggested that this can become part of our daily prayer.
Additional Information within Parish Life
To access the quick update page please click here:- 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 web page:- https://sacredheartloughboro.org/supporting-catholic-life-through-prayer-and-traditions/
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