Rev Cross of our Diocesan Adult Formation Department has kindly produced a lovely ‘mini retreat’ resource for Holy Week which we can use in our homes as a daily moment of peace and prayer on our own or with those we live with.  I recommend it to you.  I have uploaded it to the ‘Newsletter’ section of the ‘Information’ section above.

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Until further notice, I will continue to say private Mass daily.  If you have intentions you would like to be included, these can be delivered to the Presbytery letter box or emailed to me or ‘phoned in to me.  I will produce a weekly newsletter with these intentions and upload it to the ‘Information’ section above.  I will be praying for all of you, especially during my own daily Holy Hours before the Blessed Sacrament.

I encourage us all to develop and deepen our individual and family life of prayer.  We can be united by praying Morning and Evening Prayer each day.  We can pray the Stations during Lent as individuals, as couples and as families on a Friday.  We can pray our daily Rosary. 

Our National Shrine at Walsingham is offering a timetable of Masses and devotions for us to join in via their live stream.  As we come together as a country to fight this virus, I think it is a great time for us to think outside the ‘parish box’ for a few weeks and come together spiritually and pray together with our brothers and sisters from across the country.  There is no need for us to feel spiritually alone.  We can join in at any time.  Just go to the website www.walsingham.org.uk and follow the live stream button.  The timetable each day is:

0830  Morning Prayer

0930  Mass

1030  Spiritual Talk

1100 Rosary

1200  Angelus and Mass followed by adoration until 1500

1500  Divine Mercy Chaplet, Benediction & Rosary

1545  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

1600  Spiritual Reading

1700  Evening Prayer

1800   Angelus & Mass in Latin & Rosary

2000  Night Prayer and Meditation

2030  All night Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

There are also prayer and scripture resources on the website of the Bishops’ Conference.

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/series/reading-matthew-in-lent/

I encourage us all to keep in our prayers those affected by the Coronavirus and all those in our wonderful health service who are working so hard to look after us.  I encourage us all to play our part, to follow medical advice and to keep as safe as possible.

I assure you, my parish family, of my prayers and look forward to the day when we can safely and joyfully join together again in public worship.

God bless you and your families.

Canon Stephen

Sacred Heart Church was completed in 1934 and originally dedicated to The Sacred Heart of Jesus and Saint Philomena but in the 1960s became simply Sacred Heart Church. Until 2000 the Sacred Heart parish consisted of the Southern central area of the town but in that year the three town centre parishes of Saint Mary, Sussex Street (Middlesbrough’s original Cathedral parish) Saint Patrick, Cannon Street and Sacred Heart were joined together to form one new parish. The formation of the new parish was a necessary response to the falling population of central Middlesbrough which had been taking place over the last fifty years. The former Cathedral of Saint Mary was destroyed in by fire in 2000 and Saint Patrick’s Church was closed and demolished in 2002.

 

Sacred Heart Church is modelled on the Abbey Church of the Benedictine Monastery of Saint Andre at Kopen near Bruges in Belgium and is built of yellow Belgian brick in a Romanesque style. The building features a considerable amount of attractive mosaic work, an altar in Carrara marble and some very interesting coloured glass windows by the Harry Clarke Studio in Dublin.