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Parish office will be closed from

16th December 2019 to 10th January 2020.

In mater of urgency please contact Fr Tom after Mass.

The Parish Family

Please keep praying for: Natalie AH-Mane, Marie Aldworth, Lynn Armtrong, Mary Bracken, Christopher Browne, Rosie Brand, Mary Buckley, Myra & Lionel Buisson, Lea Cardy, Norman Cooper, Jonathan Costello, Kathleen Clewlow, Theresa Coverdale, Crystine Cyril, Teresa Davies, Tina Franks, Janetta Gibson, Michael Lynch, Aileen McBride, Lee Mitcham, Jose Morgan, Jim Moir, Amanda Newall, Jean Poore, Fabiano Quenten, Joan Mary Radforth, Jane Sebb, Irene Smeaton, Christopher Stephenson, Ken Walker, DrM. Walsh, Phyllis Wright and all sick and housebound.


Please remember in your prayers those who have recently died and their families:

Jessie Mascarenhas, Judith Holman, Catherine Deasy

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.


Advent course

There will be a course entitled “BELOVED DISCIPLES” which discuses our spirituality in the Autumn Years. However the material is relevant to all ages so there will be the opportunity to follow the course during the day on Fridays or on Tuesday evenings.


Mass and Exposition beginning at 6pm with refreshments afterwards in the hall (7pm) followed by the DVD sessions3 and 4 at 7.30pm prompt.

Children and their parents who are attending the 18.00 Christmas Family Mass if you are able, please bring biscuits, chocolates etc. for St Ives food bank.


After all weekend Masses on 21st/22nd December there will be a collection to help with the cost of the flowers and decorations needed for Christmas Masses

1st Holy Communion Class

The last class of the term is this Sunday 15th December. Classes start again on Sunday 19th January.

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 21st December at 10.00 am, if you can help.

All Flower Arrangers and Helpers

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

Celebrate Christmas and New Year with your fellow parishioners. After all weekend Masses

Saturday 28th/Sunday 29th December we will be serving mince pies and mulled wine in addition to the usual tea and coffee. You are all invited to attend.

Thank you to the team that organised The Scottish Evening  for the feast of St Andrew. It was very enjoyable and their hard work to make it successful was much appreciated. The food was delicious and entertainment good fun. A good time was had by all.

Epiphany Sunday 5th January 5pm

For all young people and their families from across the diocese. Followed by hot dogs, a bonfire and fireworks. There will be a collection of presents for children who are refugees (please bring wrapped presents and indicate whether suitable for a boy or girl or either, and approximate age). Held at The White House, 21 Upgate, Poringland, Norwich. Organised by the Diocesan Youth Service.

Special Publications available NOW !!! :

Prayers Before the Blessed Sacrament  - price £4.99

The Rosaries      - price £3.00

Bible alive     - price £2.50

My Day by Day - January 2020  - price £2.50

Diocesan Year Book 2020   - price £2.00

Hall cleaning

A person is required to clean our hall - 2 hours per week, preferably on Mondays. Please contact Fr Thomas after Mass or Parish office  01480 462 192

Volunteers needed to help with cleaning the church from January. For more information, please ring parish office 01480 462 192.

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 your

generous collection

last week:

Parish Newsletter  

4th Sunday,  

Solemnity of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph ,

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.