|Worship and Spiritual Life
We have a rich range of opportunities to share in prayer and worship at Sacred Heart Parish. This includes Masses, Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration and so on. Here are the times of our regular services, etc.
Our Sunday Mass times are:
Sunday: 8:30am, 10:00am
11:30am (With Children’s Liturgy)
3:00pm (KCH chapel)
Our Daily Mass times are:
Monday to Thursday: 9:00am, 12.45pm
Friday: 9:00am, 12.45pm, 7:00pm
Rosary after weekday Masses
Sat 10:30am - 11:30am & 5:00pm - 5:45pm
And on request. Please call and speak to a priest to arrange a time.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on:
Sunday 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Friday 7:30pm - 8:30pm
First Friday of every month after 9:00am Mass till dawn.
More about the Sacraments at Sacred Heart
Please click here to find out more about Baptism, First Holy Communions, Confirmations etc.
The Rosary After morning masses Monday to Friday
Monday - Friday 8:45am
Catholic Clocks - Visit this link for more detailed mass and prayer times of local parishes in the area.
Every Mass, service prayer group and so on happens because we come together to make them happen. Our priests and congregations enjoy the thoughtful and prayerful support of a wide range of people and you could be one of those very easily, too.
Every Mass is designed with key support from lay members of the congregation.
The obvious ones are those who serve on the altar and, while we do have a wonderful team of young servers fulfilling much of this need, we still need more both young and old, who are willing to devote a small but precious amount of time to this rewarding role within the Mass.
Just as prominent are the readers who read the first and second readings and the psalm. They also read the Prayers of the Faithful.
Then, there are those who do collections and the offertory processions - simple but important roles that take little time or effort but make such a difference.
Then there are those who offer themselves as Eucharistic Ministers, which is special opportunity for lay members of the congregation to serve God and his people at the heart of the Mass itself. If you are feeling called to this please be assured, Sacred Heart parish provides a great deal of support and preparation for all who are willing to become Eucharistic Ministers. We are always glad to talk with anyone who is interested in this role.
For a number of Masses we also have music and a choir. Can you sing, play an instrument? Perhaps you feel you can do neither of these but you may have other talents needed by the group. Co-ordinating, admin, printing copies of music, setting up and clearing away, dealing with technical issues.... the Music Group need many talents so why don’t you talk with them and see what you can do to help.
At the beginning and end of Mass we have welcomers, those who distribute hymn books, Mass books and newsletters and collect them after Mass. Some of these may also act as ushers during Masses and at special celebration, too, such as First Holy Communions and Confirmations. Again, easy to perform but something that really adds to the service.
Alongside the welcomers are a group of important people who organise hospitality. They ensure we have coffees and teas, biscuits and comfort at the end of Masses and they take on other culinary roles on many special occasions too.
Not so obvious but just as important in many ways are those who clean and keep our church presentable and a good place to be.
There are also those who have enormous talents in design and the handling of plants and flowers. The flower arrangers constantly have a major effect on our masses and special services, transform our church, set the mood and ease our tired eyes with their great talents. And you could joint them and learn so much, too.
And finally, there are all those who help organise and support the rest of the prayer and worship activities in our church. When you attend these take a few minutes to be aware of all those who make sure such activities can take place in our parish. Offer a short prayer for them and the rest of the parish team and ask God for guidance.... could you help too?
The full list of what happens during the week at Sacred Heart can be found in the newsletter and on the noticeboard so keep watch and you won’t miss that one special event you were hoping to attend.
There are sections on the website where the different groups explain what they do in more detail. There are also contact details there if you want to get more involved. And, of course, you can always just talk to someone the next time you come to Mass or to prayer or worship in the church.
For many of the roles talked about in this section there are rotas which ensure that the responsibility is spread evenly across teams and no one is left with an excessive burden or is faced with unexpected duties. We can all plan ahead and know where we are when we are working to a rota!
A view from the pew
I have been lucky enough to discover that you can live your life like a prayer. It is not a difficult thing to do and it is not something you can do all the time (although I am still trying) but it is certainly something that you can try for yourself.
I discovered this approach quite by accident when I became a church cleaner in a parish in South West London. This is how it happened....
Some time ago I suffered from severe stress and was off work for a number of weeks. During that time I stepped back from all of my duties and roles within the church and my children’s school. Gradually, as I was recovering, I began to look for ways to become involved in the church again and discovered that the cleaning team really needed some help.
Being a reasonably physically fit, middle-aged man, I was something of an oddity in the team - most church cleaners were older women. Before long I was involved in helping to organise the rota and eventually I was the person recruiting new members for the team.
The three things I did to help revitalise the team were to change some of the cleaning times; cleaning in our church was carried out after 9 am Mass on Friday mornings. I negotiated cleaning times for Saturday mornings, too. So, at least once a month, people who were working full time could take part in the rota.
The second thing I did was to negotiate better cleaning equipment. The original vacuum cleaners were unreliable, inefficient and, most importantly, very heavy. I sought out better, lighter equipment, argued with the finance committee, won the funding and off we went.
The third thing I did was to carry out a recruitment drive for new members which basically involved me standing up at the end of all the Masses to tell people why they should consider joining the team, then standing at the rear of the church with fellow team members to sign up new candidates. Of course, I pointed out that leaving this work to quite elderly women (no matter how much they valued doing it) was not good enough. The burden needed to be shared and younger, stronger members of the parish needed to contribute. I then pointed out that the time when cleaning took place was now no longer an excuse, either.
But I didn’t dwell on these points. The main thrust of my argument for joining the cleaning rota was much more important than either of these. I just explained why I continued to clean the church and this is basically what I told them:
“Cleaning the church is an act of physical prayer.
Quite simply put, you spend an hour in the church offering loving care to the place where we spend our time in worship and prayer and where we share most of the sacraments. So I have become intimately familiar with God’s house - which is a serious privilege. It means that the work I do, though ordinary in nature, takes on a very special meaning. It is done with conscious care and is very fulfilling. And every time I come here to worship I am coming to a place I know almost as well as I know my own home. How many people can say that?
Not only do I have these gifts of time and active work in this special place I now know so well, I do this in the company of good people I have come to know and love and I also do it in the presence of Christ himself. The Holy Sacrament is present throughout our work. We do not need to have a Host on display to know that Christ’s real presence is resident with us in the church and so I spend my time dedicating each act of cleaning to Christ and can quietly converse with him in prayer and reflection as I carry out my duties. In fact, I get some of my best ideas as a writer while vacuuming the aisles and clearing up old newsletters from under the pews!
And to top it all, I know that the work we do as a team benefits the whole of the parish in a way that is vital yet almost invisible to others. It is not something I need to show off to any one. It is just a simple, nourishing aspect of my personal, spiritual life. And it is an act of service which directly follows Christ’s command to serve others.”
Interestingly, we always had more than enough people (of all ages and both genders) on our rota and I never heard anyone complain that I had sold them short.
So, that is where I discovered the idea of spending my time in a sort of living prayer.
And amazingly, I have discovered that we can apply much of what I learned to other aspects of our lives.
The first lesson I learned was that even the most mundane activities can be sacred. And if you act on this fact you will discover that mundane things, such as washing the dishes or sweeping the garden path, can allow you to take time out to spend with God - you’ve got nothing better to do, have you?
I also discovered that anything you do which contains an element of service can be an act of devotion to those you serve and to Christ, himself. Again, washing the dishes for the whole family fits that bill, but so does earning money to pay the rent and doing the weekly shopping. Its application gets broader and deeper as you work at it.
Then, of course, I found companionship with Christ when I did my cleaning and I am constantly seeking out that same experience in other aspects of my daily life. Sitting on the bus going to work or queuing at the Post Office can be places and times filled with Christ’s presence and I find myself sharing thoughts and concerns with him as I go about my daily tasks.
Cleaning the Church became a physical form of prayer for me and it has led me to discover that life itself can be the same.
I recommend this approach to you and suggest that, if you find it hard to do, please keep trying.... and, if you are finding it hard to do, then perhaps you might consider signing up to clean the church?
It worked for me!