When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now (St Mother Teresa of Calcutta).
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic parish centred around our celebration of the Eucharist. Jesus, really and truly present in the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith, the person to whom we are drawn and the one who nourishes us to go out to others. In addition to our Sunday Masses and weekday celebrations of the Eucharist there are other opportunities to get to know God better.
Celebrating the Liturgy
Liturgy (Latin - Liturgia) is literally the work of the people of God. As we gather to celebrate we bring ourselves to the celebration; our joys and hopes, our fears and anxieties. We participate in a number of ways: through prayer, in music, in service to the different ministries in the parish. In many different ways we add to the community which is, in a real and physical way, the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12).
The 9.30am Mass features a choir led by our organist, Tony Jose. People keen to engage in music within the parish are encouraged to join the choir and talk to Tony about other opportunities for expressing our prayer through music. As St Augustine once said 'singing belongs to the one who loves'. The liturgy is where we express our gratitude for the love that God has shown us and grow in bonds of love by the Holy Spirit.
Our parish is privileged to have a group of volunteers who decorate and adorn the church throughout the year with wonderful flower arrangements. Extra help with the arranging and watering is always appreciated, if you would like to help out please contact Stella Shepherd via the parish. You can see examples of their displays in the gallery.
We have a thriving group of altar servers in the parish, ranging in age from 7 to 90! If there are any girls or boys who would like to serve at any of the parish's weekend Masses please contact Deacon Barry (01227 368685).
We take great pride in our parish church, it is a special place to be and joyful too when the community fills its pews. Regular teams of people clean the church to keep it in tip top condition, florists beautifully adorn the building with arrangements (particularly at Christmas and Easter), the parish sister Corinne acts as sacristan making sure the community is ready for Mass and other services.
There is so much meaning packed into the church building itself. Historically, stained glass windows were used to tell the story of Jesus and his friends to those unable to read. We have beautiful stained glass featuring Christ the King, Passionist saints and the four Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John); we also have statues and stone carvings showing scenes from the Bible and the saints. As a parish we have put together a guide to the parts of the church with an explanation of what they mean - this can be downloaded here or you can get a hard copy from the back of church.