There is not a single way to pray, but there are ways of setting out to pray that are more effective.It is important to set aside time for prayer. A regular time slot is good, but if this is not possible, at least set aside some quality time for prayer, even if this is just a few minutes... | MORE
“Be still and know that I am God”. The Meditation Group and the Rosary Group meets weekly, and several other programmes are run throughout the year, including Lent and Advent groups... | MORE
The Liturgy of the Hours (also known as the Divine Office) is the richest single prayer resource of the Christian Church. It provides prayers, psalms and meditation for every hour of every day. It has existed from the earliest times, to fulfil the Lord's command to pray without ceasing... | MORE
Faith & Sacraments
Do you really believe that your life, apart from any decisions that you may make, is of infinite value and meaning in the eyes of God?
That’s the first and most important question for every Christian to ask. Whatever else we say about the life of faith, the answer to that question is the starting point for us all. The Bible teaches us from the first to the last page that God calls us from the moment of our birth until the moment of our death, and beyond, into a relationship of life and love.
This movement is a journey of self-discovery before God, and is the basis of personal meaning and fulfilment. To move anywhere, to make a journey, requires us to read the signposts (discern) and then make choices and commitments. If we don’t do this and if we don’t move, we remain stuck and we fail to grow as human beings. That’s why as Catholic Christians we must pray regularly and from the heart, seeking to listen to the voice of God and responding to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
In our Parish of the Sacred Heart we hope that every person, from the youngest to the eldest, will feel supported and accompanied on this ongoing journey of faith development. We are all on the same journey, all at different stages, and all in need of support and encouragement! A priority of ours is to create a safe environment for all. Implementing Diocesan guidelines we work to safeguard those whom we are serving especially children and vulnerable adults in our parish.
As Catholics, the celebration and living of the Sacraments are the most important part of our faith. The seven sacraments - Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick - are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. Sacraments are signs and instruments of God's grace - each sacrament is an outward sign of an inward grace.