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

If you need to speak to Fr Paul over a family or/and faith matter, please contact the parish office. oh.sacredheart.loughboro@dioceseofnottingham.uk or telephone 01509 219325.

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Changes to our weekly service during lock down

“Dear Parishioner,

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.

God bless,
Fr. Paul.”

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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.

God bless

Fr Paul

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 NovemberSt. Andrew Dung Lac and companions 
Mgr. Peter O’Dowd R.I.P.
Wednesday 25th November Helen O’Sullivan R.I.P.
Thursday 26th NovemberJosephine, Charles and Christian Blacke R.I.P.
Friday 27th November Thanksgiving (I.J.)
Saturday 28th November       Michael Murphy R.I.P.
Sunday 29th November
Advent Sunday
People of the Parish
Please pray for
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 paulinepayne@hotmail.com orclaudiacoxon@googlemail.com.   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.

Best wishes,

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:vocationsadmin@dioceseofnottingham.uk  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

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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/

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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 pcooper@aquinas-cmat.org . To arrange a school visit please contact Elizabeth Routledge (school office) on 0116 283 3135 or email eroutledge@holy-cross.leicester.sch.uk  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.

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

Mass Times

Fr Paul will not be celebrating Mass to the public due to following Government guidance. Please contact Fr Paul to book your name if you would like to attend private prayer due to traceability. Thank you.

DayTime
SundayPlease see private prayer information
WednesdayPlease see private prayer information
Saturday Vigil Please see private prayer information
ConfessionsPlease see private prayer information = contact 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 and why can’t I see my friends?

We are a group of children who usually meet during our 10am Sunday Mass.

Unfortunatly Children’s liturgy can not meet each week during the colder winter months because we want to make sure all our friends are safe including our leaders.

The good news is when the colds, viruses have gone, our leader says we will have a big hello and make a special something for the church we can use.

Dont forget when we are back age is never a problem, because we range from being a baby to secondary school friends. We 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 try and make 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 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.

In the meantime so we continue to learn and have fun take a little look at the activity page and a song we can sing or dance to. See you soon.

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

Christ The King

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feast of All Saints

When you have viewed these two Youtube films you may want to know more in how does Halloween link to all Saints? If you would like a little more understanding in a way Lego characters tells it, please check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy66_pgeORA&t=3s
It may be a little scary for very young children so please view first.
A little back ground to All saints Day which is celebrated across the world in all Christian faiths

Weekly Gospel Reading and activities sheet

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

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Previous weekly songs to sing and dance too.

This is one of my favourites I thought I would share with you. 🙂
Sing along
I think you will all like this tune and the actions which go with it.

Quick Updates within our Parish

This page is to share with you daily / weekly updates for quick referencing.

Domestic Abuse: You will no doubt have heard reports on the news of the increased reporting of domestic abuse during lockdown, as well as concerns that much of the domestic abuse being experienced by victims is happening behind closed doors. Homes that provide a place of safety for most of us can be very frightening and dangerous places for the victims of domestic abuse and violence.

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. At the moment the booklet exists as a PDF document which is designed to be printed off and photocopied. I believe booklets are also being produced for distribution to parishes as well. Bishop Patrick has asked that I distribute the booklet to you all. By all means share it with anyone else in your community who might find it useful.

I would encourage you to find some time to read the booklet which covers all aspects of domestic abuse and gives examples of case studies as well as suggested strategies for helping victims. You are always advised to contact me if you have concerns about a situation where you suspect or become aware of domestic abuse and future safeguarding training will be covering the issue in some detail. Please see the following link

Rosary Whirlwind” October 2020. October is, traditionally, the month of Our Lady and we are encouraged to pray together for Faith, Life and Peace, either singly or by Zoom etc.

Caritas. The diocese is planning to join the Church’s charitable organisation Caritas and will be looking for parish volunteers. More information on caritas@dioceseofnottingham.uk

The Diocesan Marriage Tribunal urgently need more auditors – people who will interview those seeking an annulment of marriage and others and preparing statements for the tribunal. More details on tribunal@dioceseofnottingham.uk

The Bridge, a charity based in Loughborough, are working hard to support those in need. At the moment they are supporting the provision of food parcels weekly. They also provide a range of other support services too. I no many are facing hard times at these strange times, but if you are able to donate a little, to help those in need in Loughborough? You can donate via The Bridge website or send a letter entitled “Food Poverty” with a cheque made payable to “The Bridge (East Midlands)” to The Bridge, 38 Leicester Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 2AG. Alternatively using the following information, you can make a one off BACS payment. Name = The Bridge (East Midlands) Sort Code = 40-52-40. Account Number = 00084149 Reference = Food Poverty. Thank you from the Catholic Social Action Group St Mary’s Catholic Church.

Support in Prayer

Nottingham Dioceses: Interaction with daily prayer and Mass from the Cathedral. https://sacredheartloughboro.org/interaction-nottingham-diocese/

Bible Gateway: An online bible resource. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+1&version=NRSVCE

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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