Advent 2016 1st Sun A - 2016.11.27.pdf

The Parish Family

Please keep praying for: Natalie AH-Mane, Marie Aldworth, Christopher Browne, Rosie Brand, Mary Buckley, Myra & Lionel Buisson, Lea Cardy, Kathleen Clewlow, Theresa Coverdale, Hans (Nathaniel) Doronila, Eddie Francis, Tina Franks, Janetta Gibson, Michael Lynch, Jessie Mascarenhas, Aileen McBride, Lee Mitcham, Jim Moir, Amanda Newall, Peter Newton, Jean Poore, Fabiano Quenten, Kate Ruttledge, Joan Mary Radforth, Jane Sebb, Irene Smeaton, Christopher Stephenson, Ken Walker, Dr John M. Walsh, Phyllis Wright  and all sick and housebound.

1st Holy Communion Class

The last class of the term is this Sunday 16th December. Classes start again on Sunday 6th January.

ADVENT TALK - Tuesday 18th December


19.00 - Refreshments

19.30 - DVD presenting the topic:

  Eucharist and the Church by Canon David Oakley, Rector of Oscott Seminary

  Then discussion and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Advent Reconciliation Service

will take place on Monday 17th December at 7.30pm


The Reconciliation Service at 7.30pm on 17th December, this Monday, is part of your preparation course. Parents please come to Confession with your son/daughter. Please remember to return your forms for Flame. Thank you.

Bible Sunday Resolution proved a success!

Last Sunday was marked with the order of 18 CTS New Catholic Bibles from our parishioners representing each of our 4’s Masses. The Bibles are already available and can be collected from the Representatives of each Mass with payment of £8 given to them after Mass.

Christmas lunch

The Christmas Lunch will take place on Thursday 20th December in our parish hall when we will be serving roast turkey and all the trimmings, Christmas pudding or trifle and a glass of wine. We ask you to arrive shortly after 12 noon when there will be a glass of sherry or soft drink for you to enjoy. There is a list in the porch for names and you are asked to put your name on it as soon as possible. The cost is £5.50 each and any profit will be sent to the De Paul Trust who care for the young homeless in our major cities. Any queries contact Elizabeth 01480 383608.

nativity play

The nativity play will take place this year on Sunday 23rd December at 3pm in the Sacred Heart Church hall. Please come and support this event and help with singing some well-known carols!

Nativity Tableau

It has been suggested that we have a NATIVITY TABLEAU on two nights before Christmas, Friday 21st December and Saturday 22nd from 6pm to 7pm. We will assemble in front of the Christmas Banner in the garden area in front of the church. There will be carols playing but we will stand in silence. We need Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Kings, shepherds and angels. You need to provide your own simple costume and may only do a 30 minute “shift”.

This weekend is the last opportunity to sign up on the lists in the porch to take part in this silent presentation. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the “shifts” at 6.30 and 7.00  on both nights.

Christmas card delivery boxes

You may leave your cards for your friends in the box at the back of the church. Please take a look and collect the ones which have been left for you.

Church cleaning for Christmas

Volunteers are required to do a through clean before Christmas. Men are especially welcome to do the “high areas”. Please come on Saturday 22nd December at 9am, if you can help.

All Flower Arrangers and Helpers

Will you please come from 10am on Monday 24th December. All Arrangers and Helpers needed, plus children to decorate the Christmas tree, please.

SVP members

During the winter months the following arrangements for meeting have been decided. On 2nd Thursday of the month the meeting will take place at 7.30pm and on the 4th Thursday of the month at 11am until the clocks change on March 31st. All meetings are held in the presbytery.

Celebrate Christmas and New Year with your fellow parishioners. After the 5.00pm Mass on Saturday 29th December and  8.00 am & 11.00 am Mass on Sunday 30th December we will be serving mince pies and mulled wine  in addition to the usual tea and coffee.  You are all invited to attend.

4th-6th January 2019: Ignite Lite weekend

Open to all aged 16-35 who are interested in growing in faith and discipleship & especially those who are members of, or are interested in joining, our team of part-time volunteers. For more information go to

Epiphany Candlelight Mass - Saturday 5th January 5pm

For all young people and their families from across the diocese. Followed by food, a bonfire and fireworks. Held at The White House, 21 Upgate, Poringland, Norwich. Organised by the Diocesan Youth Service.

Christmas Collection NOTE

According to diocesan policy standing orders are excluded from Christmas and Easter offerings but you are welcome to contribute in the “loose plate” collection.


Thank You for last weekend collection which raised £341.34 For Christmas we wish inspiration and many blessing on our Christmas flower arrangers.

Special Publications available NOW !!! :

Bible Alive – December 2018   - price £2.50

NEW - Diocesan Yearbook 2019 & Calendar  - price £2.00

Day-by-day Advent books– available

Please take a copy of The Grapevine  winter 2018 edition !!!

There will be a Second Collection this weekend

for the Dependent Priests’ Fund.

Thank you for your

generous collection

last week:

Parish Newsletter

The Parish Family

Please keep praying for: Natalie AH-Mane, Marie Aldworth, Christopher Browne, Mary Buckley, Myra & Lionel Buisson, Lea Cardy, Kathleen Clewlow, Theresa Coverdale, Jane Sebb, Eddie Francis, Tina Franks, Jessie Mascarenhas, Aileen McBride, Jim Moir, Amanda Newall , Peter Newton, Jean Poore, Fabiano Quenten, Joan Mary Radforth, Irene Smeaton, Philip Spencer and Family, Christopher Stephenson, Ken Walker, Dr John M. Walsh, Phyllis Wright and all sick and housebound.


Congratulations to:

Dawid Barka                                  Dominique Lavaro

Julia Barka                                     Andrew Pater

Joseph Carrick                               Mark Pater

Ella De’ath                                     Antonio Price

Ann Morgan Eidt                            Bartosz Wydmuch

Madalena Eidt                                 Natalia Wydmuch

     Alfred Heylen
who were Confirmed by bishop Alan Hope on 10th April 2018 in our parish.

St Georges Day Lunch

This year our very popular St Georges Day Lunch will be at 12.30 on 19th April when we will be serving roast beef, Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings, choice of pudding and soft drink. £4.50. Proceeds to Crohn’s and Colitis charity. A list is in the porch for names and you are welcome to bring your friends.

Autumn Club

The monthly autumn club meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th April when there will be a display and talk on a very interesting Thimble Collection followed by tea and cakes in our parish hall.

Baptismal Preparation Course

The next session for parents who wish to have their child baptised in the Roman Catholic Church will be on 27th May at 4.00 pm in Presbytery.


Applications are requested for the position Sacred Heart Parish Treasurer.

The Treasurer will be a functional leader with the ability to bring about financial independence and integrity over Parish Church Funds. A good knowledge of Bookkeeping / Accounting will be required. The Treasurer will not be required to personally handle cash.

The position will require a commitment of one half day per week throughout the year, with additional time required during the month of February to prepare the Year End Accounts and Diocese Annual Return.

Aboud Generator Appeal Update

Following our appeal for donations to help provide a new generator for our twin village of Aboud in the Holy Land, may I thank you for your generosity. We already had £6000 from standing order donations and with your contributions we now have £7498.88 towards our target of £9050. I have spoken to Fr Simon (the parish priest in Aboud) and he is extremely grateful for all we are trying to do to help them. There is still an opportunity to contribute to this very worthwhile cause. Please make your donation, big or small, by giving it to Fr Karol, Elizabeth Barker or by handing it in to the parish office. If you are a UK tax payer then please provide your name and address, or e mail address, so that we can send you a Gift Aid Form and further benefit from your donation.

Gift Aid Envelopes:


Standing Orders