Diocese of Northampton | Province of Westminster | Deanery of St Alban | Reg Charity No 234091 | Tel 01582:723099 | email sacredheartluton@yahoo.co.uk | © 2020

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Please go to Links & Info for key documents, information and links in relation to coronavirus.

All places of worship, including Catholic Churches, are closed in accordance with Government coronavirus requirements.

Do not come to the Church or Parish office as they are both closed until further notice, unless you have arranged a pre-agreed appointment with Fr Mirek.

The Parish office will be managed remotely and can only be contacted by email or telephone.

In accordance with the Bishops’ Conference and Diocesan guidance, until further notice, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays is temporarily suspended according to Church teaching.

All Masses will be celebrated by Fr Mirek privately without a congregation. Mass intentions already requested will be fulfilled and new Mass intentions can be requested by emailing the Parish office at sacredheartluton@yahoo.co.uk.

All gatherings are postponed until it is safe to permit them, including: First Holy Communion Masses, Confirmation Masses, Rosary, Stations of the Cross, Penitential Services, the Thursday Club and all other Parish Hall activities.

Baptisms will be deferred until public health advice permits gathering safely. In the case of necessity, baptisms will be celebrated only if safe to do so, with minimal attendees and with all hygiene best practice precautions taken including social distancing, hand washing and “catch it, bin it, kill it”.

Church weddings must be deferred until such time as gatherings are permitted. 

There will be no face to face Confessions except by necessity and only if a pre-agreed appointment has been arranged with Fr Mirek and with all hygiene best practice precautions taken including social distancing, hand washing and “catch it, bin it, kill it”.

Concerning anointing of the Sick, no pastoral home visits are possible for the moment. However, we would be more than pleased to provide telephone support so, if you, or somebody you know, needs pastoral care then please let us know by email or telephone.

Funeral services will take place at the graveside or at a crematorium, subject to the conditions laid down by the relevant cemetery or crematorium authorities, which may require limitations on the number of attendees. A Mass to celebrate “in memoriam” can be arranged later, when congregations are allowed to gather.

You can watch a live streaming of all of the Masses from Northampton Cathedral on the link https://northamptondiocese.org/live/. Information on the Northampton Cathedral Mass times can be found at http://northamptoncathedral.org/times/.

Other live stream and information sites you may find spiritually valuable are listed in Links & Info.

We will continue to post weekly Parish Newsletters in the Newsletters section above, plus other helpful Parish information and Diocesan announcements concerning coronavirus in the Links & Info.

Please access them regularly and also please telephone others who may not have online access to keep them informed and to keep in touch with them. Continued social contact is vital, especially for those who live alone.

Knowing that the Mass is being celebrated, joining in spiritually in the celebration, following prayers at home, making an act of spiritual communion, this is how we share in the Sacrifice of Christ in these days. These are the ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day.

We need to care for each other. There are so many ways in which we are able to do this: being attentive to the needs of our neighbours, especially the elderly and the vulnerable; contributing to the local food banks that remain open; volunteering for charitable initiatives and organisations; and by keeping in touch by all safe means, particularly with those who live alone.

During these disturbing and uncertain times, the rhythm of the prayer of the Church will continue. Please play your part in it. Daily acts of kindness and mutual support will, no doubt, continue and increase. Please do what you can to help others and, for your commitment to this, thank you.

Welcome

Our place of worship should be like our second home and we hope you feel right at home with us, where everybody is welcome and cherished. For times of Masses and other services please go to the Services section below.

To register as a new parishioner, please complete the form available in the Church porch and hand it in to the Parish Office or the Repository to receive a welcome pack containing helpful information.

If you would like to join one of our Parish Groups or participate in other ways then please let the Parish Office have your contact details.

Our Parish Office is open 10.00am to 1.00pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

The Parish Office contact details

Telephone 01582:723099
email sacredheartluton@yahoo.co.uk
148 Ashcroft Road, Stopsley, Luton, Beds, LU2 9AY

Our Parish Office team, serving the Parish

Parish Priest: Fr Mirek Misiura
Parish Deacon: Jim Bannan
Parish Secretary: Bernadette Horsted
Parish Administrator: Anna Zajac

We are blessed with many Parishioners who undertake numerous tasks and responsibilities in the Parish, for which we are very thankful.

Useful Information

During the lockdown and closure of the Church and Parish office, please only contact the Parish office by:

email sacredheartluton@yahoo.co.uk

Telephone 01582:723099

For coronavirus and other links and information please go to Links & Info.

Please help and support any elderly or vulnerable individuals in the community you are aware of, especially those who live alone. Keep in touch with a phone call, email, letter or note. It can make all the difference to someone who may be feeling lonely at this difficult time.

If you know of any elderly or vulnerable individuals in the community who would value receiving pastoral care by telephone, then please encourage them to contact the Parish office or, with their permission, email their contact details to the Parish office.

Concerning Mass offerings, in these difficult and stressful times, when family health and family finances come first, if you feel able to continue financially supporting the running costs of our Church, there are a couple of easy ways to continue making your Mass offering:

Set up a standing order using the Diocesan Nat West bank account details

Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Number: 46898093
Account Name: Northampton Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust
Payment Reference: Sacred Heart Parish Luton

Donate online, via the Diocesan website at  Donate. Scroll down to find the “Donate” button and follow the instructions including putting “Sacred Heart Parish Luton” in the notes section of the donate page.

Parish Roles

Please leave your details at the Parish Office if you would like to be involved in our Parish life including, for example as a: reader; extraordinary minister of Holy Communion; altar server; musician, Church cleaner; and many more activities.

Our Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) members

PPC Secretary: Margaret Buckley
Safeguarding: Margaret Berry and Pat Abela
Parish Centre Manager: Wesley Weekes
Pastoral Area Reps: Jenny Dowsett and Sandra Dias
Bereavement Group: Eileen Mason
Prayer Group: Pat Tansley
Legion of Mary: Judy Weekes
Finance and Music: Jim Horsted

Our Parish Finance Committee members

Chair: Jim Horsted
Gift Aid: Wesley Weekes
Administrator: Anna Zajac
Parish Rep: Joyce Horne

Other roles in the Parish

Premises Maintenance: Maurice Buckley
First Communion Classes: Theresa Mcavan
Confirmation Classes: Bozena Christopher
Repository Manager: Judy Weekes
Flower Arranging: Sylvia Williams
Ramblers Organiser: Jim Ashworth
Mission Red Boxes: Peter and Theresa Crawley

Services

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC CHURCH SERVICES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm (First Mass of Sunday) and Sunday 9.00am and 11.00am

Holydays of Obligation: 9.30am and 7.30pm

Confessions: Saturday: 10.00am to 10.25am (with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament) and 6.00 to 6.15pm

Weekday Masses: Monday to Friday 9.30am (check the weekly Newsletter)

Stations of the Cross: Friday 7.00pm during Advent and Lent

Penitential Services: As announced before Christmas and Easter