This page was updated on 20th April 2020

Church Closure

The government has issued new guidance as of 23rd March, which requires all places of worship to close temporarily.

Click for the Bishop of Portsmouth’s decrees on 19th March 2020 and 24th March 2020 in the light of which our pages are being up-dated.

Live Streaming

All our Masses and devotions are live-streamed 24 / 7 and, while our Church is closed you must not attend in person by are especially invited to join our Live Stream at:

  • The Angelus daily at 7.30am, 12 noon, 6pm
  • 8am & 10.30am SUNDAY MASSES
  • 7.30am Mass Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
  • 12.15pm Daily Mass Mondays to Saturdays
  • 6pm Oratory Mondays and Tuesday.
    Half an hour’s silent prayer with the Fathers and Brothers of the Oratory, concluding with St Philip’s Oratory Exercises of a litany, Marian anthem, and intercessions etc.

Parish Office

Parish Office Administrators have been ‘furloughed’ by the Diocese during the Corona Virus. Please contact us via the web site or by telephone to 01202 411140.  Alternatively you may email sacredheart@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

Church Shop

Closed until further notice.

Confessions

During the Corona Virus, while Churches are closed, and people may only leave their homes for specific limited purposes, there can be NO Confessions in any Church. See Question 6 in our FAQ’s below and for further information click this article about What to do when you can’t get to Confession.

Baptisms, FHC, Weddings

Baptisms and Weddings (and Baptism & Marriage preparation courses) are postponed until people can gather again in numbers. (See the Bishop’s decree).

First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and Adult RCIA programmes are postponed
and the related Sacraments postponed – until people can gather etc (as above) – See Bishop’s decree.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. I normally give to the Church using weekly envelopes. What should I do now?

A. Thank you for supporting the Church by your weekly envelopes.  While there are no public Masses permitted during the Corona Virus is it important that the Church doesn’t run out of money (as bills etc still have to be paid).  We therefore ask those who have given by weekly envelopes, and by loose cash in the plate, to continue to support the Church by monthly Bank Standing Order.

Q2. Where can I obtain a Standing Order Form?

A. Our Standing Order form can be downloaded from the Oratory website HERE  together with a Gift Aid form HERE  Just go to the Oratory website home page and click the red button <Please Give Now> which shows how simple it is to give by Credit or debit card, by on-line banking, or by cheque.

Q3. I want to contribute to the Easter Offering as a ‘Thank You’ to the Clergy. How can I do this while there are no public Masses during the lock-down?

There’s a direct button for Easter Offerings on our website home page.

This is only there until the Sunday after Easter then, on Monday 20th April it’s title and purpose will change to Mass Intentions.

Q4. How do I arrange a Mass Intention?

From our website home page, there is a button for Mass Intentions with the facility to enter a brief Intention.  These are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  If your request is very urgent please email or telephone so that we can try to expedite your intention.  Our Mass Intentions are usually already booked for the next 6-8 weeks.  See page 2 of the Monthly Newsletter (as distinct from the Weekly Sunday Bulletin).  Click HERE for our (3-fold) Mass Intentions leaflet.

Q5. Can Priests still visit the Sick and Dying during the Corona Virus?

The Catholic Bishops urge us to comply with Government guidelines and directives for mutual safety to avoid spreading the Corona Virus, and therefore advise against general Sick Visits.Bishop Philip writes: I worry about the pastoral care of the dying and how to administer to them the Last Rites and the Apostolic Pardon. In relation to our major hospitals, our chief hospital chaplain has been working with the NHS authorities across the Diocese to ensure that Catholic Priests called in to hospitals and care homes will be given access and provided with the appropriate personal protective clothing in order to reach the dying. However, visiting those who are being cared for in places other than hospitals has to be on a case by case basis.  We all know how crucial this ministry is.  Please pray that no Catholic dies without the help of Mother Church.

On 17th April Bishop Philip issued the following statement:
Catholics admitted to Hospitals: When a Catholic is admitted to hospital it is important for the family to ensure that the Catholic Chaplaincy is contacted so that appropriate support can be given.
As access to the hospital may be restricted, the patient should have a note to give to hospital staff on admission notifying staff that they are Catholic and would appreciate the Catholic chaplaincy service.
A follow-up telephone call from the family to the ward could renew the request.

Q6. While Churches are closed, what do I do when I can’t go to Confession?

The usual ‘Easter Duties’ are suspended – not only by decree of the Bishops, but simply because they cannot be fulfilled (since the Church never expects us to do the impossible!)

The Church teaches, when it is genuinely impossible to go to Confession (which is the normal means of forgiveness of sins) that we should Examine our Conscience and make an Act of Perfect Contrition.  NB.  This is NOT a Perfect Act of Contrition, but an Act of Perfect Contrition), which Fr Andrew explained simply in our live-stream Service of Penance on the Wednesday in Holy Week.  This is still available on our Oratory website.  Just click the home-page <Live Stream> button and then, above the photo of the exterior of our church, click <Recordings>, and then scroll down and click:  <Penance Service 18:00, 08-04-2020>

Confession always requires us to make an Act of Contrition.  For Confession in the ordinary way, this is sufficient to be what is described as an “imperfect act of contrition” – that is sorrow for our sins arising either from repugnance for the sin, or from fear of the consequences (either in this word, or in the next).  In contrast, a perfect act of contrition has a deeper motivation, namely deep sorrow for having offended Almighty God, and sinned against His love.  It is thus the motivation which make the difference between a “perfect’ and an “imperfect” act of contrition.

An Act of Perfect Contrition –  when we genuinely cannot get to Confession for reasons beyond our control – has the same effect of forgiving all our sins (including mortal sins), as does Confession in the usual way.  We must, however, go to Confession in the normal way as soon as this becomes possible again, especially to confess any mortal sins.

In these current restrictive circumstances we should therefore make a good Examination of Conscience.  Click HERE for our Examination of Conscience Leaflet.  We then encourage in ourselves true sorrow for our sin (especially any mortal sin), and especially for offending against the great love of God, and then pray the Act of Contrition.   

An Act of Contrition: Be truly sorry for offending God’s love.

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art all good,  and deserving of all my love.

I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

Q7. How do I become a Catholic?

It’s good to hear that you are thinking about becoming a Catholic, and exploring what the Catholic Church believes and teaches.  The usual programme is suspended during the Corona Virus (similarly with the preparation programmes for infant Baptism, First Holy Communion, Teenage Confirmation, Marriage Preparation, etc).

But don’t wait until the lock-down is ended.  You can send a message to the Parish Priest now, who’ll be happy to hear from you.  Use the Oratory website <Contact Us>, or write to:  The Parish Priest,  The Oratory House,  1 Albert Road,  Richmond Hill,  Bournemouth BH1 1BZ.

Meanwhile, take this opportunity to explore our website, especially some of the Catholic resources available on-line.

A prayer to say in a time of pandemic (from the Roman Missal):

O God,
who willed that our infirmities be borne by your Only Begotten Son to show the value of human suffering, 
listen in kindness to our prayers for our brothers and sisters who are sick;
grant that all who are oppressed by pain, distress or other afflictions
may know that they are chosen among those proclaimed blessed
and are united to Christ in his suffering for the salvation of the world.
Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.

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