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Sacred Heart Church in Blackbird Leys, Oxford is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. We hope that you will find our website useful and enjoy searching through the various aspects of life in the parish. Here you will be able to check our weekly newsletter, news and forthcoming parish events, read about how to go about with Sacramental preparation and find out Mass times and other services.

Whatever your reason for visiting us we pray that God will bless your search and grant you many blessings

Welcome to Sacred Heart Church for Mass.

If you have recently moved into this parish, or if you are returning after lockdown, please come and say hello to me. Thank you.

Ask your MP to sign a Parliamentary motion to stop ‘DIY’ abortion.  Carla Lockhart MP has launched a parliamentary motion calling on the Government to end ‘DIY’ home abortion.  It is therefore vital that as many MPs as possible sign Carla Lockhart’s motion to send a clear message to the Government that they must end dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortion services as soon as possible.  Right To Life UK has launched an easy-to-use tool which makes it simple for you to send an email to your MP asking them to sign the motion. Please click the link below to contact your MP now.  www.righttolife.org.uk/DIYmotion

“Putting Laudato Si Into Practice”.  There will be a talk by Dr. Sam Ewell, author and Laudato Si activist, on Zoom on Monday, June 14th, 7.00-8.30 pm.  In Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, “Caring for our Common Home” or Laudato Si, we are called to care for our common home.  What determines the impact of our discipleship is our capacity to trust and to show fidelity to the promise of abundant life together (John 10:10) and the duty to care.  This is an opportunity to reflect on how our following of Christ engages us with the current climate change crisis.  Please email actabhm@gmail.com to register your interest.

A Thank-you Message from CAFOD: Thanks to your support, CAFOD has been helping communities around the world cope with the pandemic.  Thank you for standing alongside our brothers and sisters in Zambia and for supporting people in more than 30 other countries worldwide.

Vision for the Archdiocese.  This weekend we will hear Archbishop Bernard’s Pastoral Letter, introducing the Archdiocese’s Vision: Unfolding God’s Plan. Please look out for the prayer cards in church, and feel free to share copies with those who are unable to come to Mass. You can find the Pastoral Letter in text, audio and video format on: www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/vision

Community Sponsorship Event. The government has just announced a long-term future for Community Sponsorship of refugees – a national scheme co-designed and piloted by Catholic parishes.  All are invited to join a national Catholic celebration of the scheme via Zoom on 14th June at 6.00 pm co-hosted by Caritas Social Action (CSAN) and Reset.  CSAN is the official agency for Catholic social action in England and Wales.  Reset is the scheme’s national training provider.  Find out how you can get involved and hear from refugees and parishes about its transformative impact. To register visit: www.communitysponsorship.org.uk/events

Day for Life.  The theme for the 2021 Day for Life, celebrated in England and Wales next Sunday, 20th June, centres on caring for the sick and dying.  It is important we pray for a culture where life, is valued in all its vulnerability.  As well as prayer it is also important to donate to support the work of pro-life organisations as they seek to promote and protect life from conception until its natural death.  There will be a second collection at Masses next weekend.  Please give as generously as you can.  Thank you.

PARISH PRAYER FOR JUNE, THE MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a well-loved Catholic practice. Rooted in Scriptures, the devotion dwells on God’s boundless love for humanity.

Father, pour out your Holy Spirit on each member of our parish.

Warm our hearts with your love, so that we can follow you more closely.

Enlighten our minds so that we can understand the truth of your word.

Protect and strengthen all marriages and family life.

Make our homes places of prayer, peace, harmony and welcome.

Inspire us to work together with enthusiasm and build our parish into a loving and caring community.

We make our prayer through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

May God bless you and all those you love.

Fr. Harry

Updated on Sunday, 13 June 2021; For more details please see the Newsletter for the week.