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22 February 2020 Holy Mass to launch the Centenary of the Five First Saturdays Devotion at Westminster Cathedral

WAF England and Wales to celebrate Holy Mass to launch the Centenary of the Five First Saturdays Devotion at Westminster Cathedral on 22 February 2020

by Donal Anthony Foley, Board Member, WAF England and Wales

On Saturday, 22 February 2020 at 2 pm, the Holy Mass will be celebrated at Westminster Cathedral to launch the Centenary of the request for the Five First Saturdays Devotion. This is part of the work of the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF) in England and Wales in promoting this devotion, which was requested initially by Our Lady in July 1917, and then in more detail when she appeared along with the Child Jesus at Pontevedra in Spain to the Servant of God Sr Lucia, one of the three seers, on 10 December 1925.

Next month’s event will take place three years after the very successful Visitation of the National Pilgrimage Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to Westminster Cathedral, when Cardinal Vincent Nichols presided at Mass and reconsecrated the country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, where up to three thousand pilgrims were able to venerate the Statue and show their love and devotion to Our Lady.

The Five First Saturdays devotion is a devotion of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and involves going to confession, receiving Holy Communion, reciting five decades of the Rosary and keeping Our Lady company for a quarter of an hour while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with all these done with the intention of making reparation to her.

If a person does this on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, then in return Our Lady promised to assist them, at the hour of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation. In other words, this a promise of the grace of final perseverance which is a great grace and a guarantee of heaven.

The centenary of this wonderful promise will occur in December 2025, and WAF is commemorating this event by a five year programme of preparation, with each year having a different point of reference and theme.

For this year, the theme is taken from the greeting of the Angel Gabriel to Our Lady at the Annunciation, “Hail full of Grace” (Luke 1:28,) and the point of reference is a remembrance of the need for reparation against the blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception of Mary. The catechetical focus for the year is the importance of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, a dogma which was promulgated by Pope Pius IX in Inneffabilis Deus in 1854.

It is, therefore, providential that three years after the centenary of the Fatima apparitions in 2017 we have the chance to celebrate the Five First Saturdays devotion, which is of great importance for our times. This is because not only is it an excellent practice in itself, but also because it was linked by Our Lady with the conversion of Russia and the promised period of peace for the world.

In addition, for those who take up the devotion, and then carry it on beyond the initial five first Saturdays, it means that they develop a commitment to frequent confession, attendance at Mass, and a meditative way of reciting the Rosary. If enough people around the country can be persuaded to take up this devotion, then it will surely lead to a great spiritual boost for our parishes and dioceses and help to bring about the renewal of England as Mary’s Dowry.

Please show your love and devotion for Our Lady by attending the Launch Mass on 22 February 2020, when you will have the chance to see the National Pilgrim Statue of the Immaculate Heart and be blessed by the Relics of Saints Jacinta and Francisco.

SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASS AND SERVICE TIMES:
 
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THE DIOCESE OF MENEVIA SCHOOL OF EVANGELISATION AND CATECHETICS:
 
Established by the Bishop of Menevia, the Diocese of Menevia School of Evangelisation and Catechetics (DOMSEC) provides formation and support to Catholics (clergy and laity) who proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and form others in the Catholic faith.
For more information visit the website at: domsec.org.uk 
 
EXTENDED EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

EXTENDED EUCHARISTIC ADORATION INITIATIVE MONDAY TO FRIDAY 6:00am – 10:00pm:

If you would like to be involved in this initiative at the Sacred Heart for extended exposition, please sign the sheets at the back of the church. One sheet is for a permanent 1 hour slot each week, and a second sheet is available for those whose commitments vary each week. Please ensure you get cover for your slot or inform the priests or sisters if you are unable to attend your slot for whatever reason. It is important that the Lord is kept company at all times during the day.

Please contact Canon Jason if you would like to join those who have already donated towards the renovation and furnishing of the side chapel which will become the Perpetual Adoration Chapel in due course.

Annual Pilgrimage to Poland 17 – 21 April 2019

In the footsteps of St Faustina from Warsaw to Krakow, led by Canon Jason, Fr Andrzej and accompanied by Bishop Tom.

Divine Mercy Sunday 2018

First Sunday of Divine Mercy at the Menevia Shrine of Divine Mercy, Church of the Sacred Heart Morriston.

On Sunday 8th April, people across the Diocese gathered for the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday. Scheduled to start at 1.30pm, devotees started arriving at 12.30 to get a seat in what was going to be a standing room only celebration.

At 1.30 pm the queue for confessions was already three pews deep and many of the penitents and other participants had bought their Images of divine Mercy to be blessed. After the Blessing and various prayers to open the afternoon, the Blessed Sacrament was solemnly exposed on the Altar. during the time of prayer and the hour of Mercy devotion, confessions were continuous being heard by Fr Artur and Fr Andrzej. Devotions were led by Fr Jason. and included a Sung Chaplet of divine Mercy, readings from the Diary of St Faustina, Hymns and litanies. The Hour of Mercy was concluded with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. At 4pm the Solemn Mass of the Feast was celebrated by Fr Jason who was assisted by Deacon Mathew Roach Saunders and 10 Altar Boys. Confessions continued until 5.30 pm. Fr Jason spoke about the History of the Feast in the Diocese has involvement in the celebration since 1989 and how happy he was to be celebrating this day at an official Shrine within the Diocese. At the Conclusion of the Mass there was an opportunity for all to venerate the 1st Class relics of St John Paul II and St Faustina and also to be blessed with the oil of St Faustina.

Many testimonies have been received from those present acknowledging the beauty of the day and the graces received on this the first Feast of Divine Mercy for the Menevia Shrine of Divine Mercy.

23-27 February 2018 Weekend Retreat with Sisters from the Order of Our Lady of Mercy, Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, Kracow, Poland

View images of the visit of the Sisters

Newsletter

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Hard copies are always posted in the church porch, and on the side entrance and side porch of the Sacred Heart Centre.

Liturgical Music

Music used in the liturgy at Sacred Heart, Morriston.

Contact
PARISH CONTACT DETAILS:
Parish Priest:          Fr Jason Jones STB
Assistant Priest:    Fr Andrzej Kuklinski
Presbytery: School Road Morriston SA6 6HZ
Tel: 01792 771053
Tel for Emergency Sick Calls, Last Rites, Hospital: 07792 003905
Clergy email:
Parish Priest and Shrine Rector: Canon Jason Jones morriston1@menevia.org
Assistant Priest: Fr Andrzej Kuklinski morriston2@menevia.org
Parish Sisters:
Sr Mini Thomas and Sr Jacqueline de Souza: 07380 896874
Convent of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart, 15 Horeb Road, Morriston, Swansea SA6 7AJ
Sacred Heart Centre Hire: 07838 249060  (hall bookings only on this number)
Sacred Heart Centre Hire: email sacredheartcentremorriston@gmail.com  (hall bookings only to this email)
Parish Safeguarding Representative: Elaine Rees
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17.01.2020 Sinulog 2020 – 10th Anniversary of celebration by Sacred Heart Parish, Morriston, Swansea

This successful annual celebration of the Child Jesus by our Filipino community has now outgrown our parish buildings, this year being celebrated in Manor Park Country House, Clydach.

The Holy Mass was celebrated by His Grace the Archbishop of Cardiff George Stack. A message was also received from Archbishop Palma of Cebu. The homily of Archbishop Stack and the message from Archbishop Palma may be read below.

SANTO NINO FESTIVAL
MANOR PARK CLYDACH
SUNDAY 19 JANUARY 2020
ARCHBISHOP GEORGE STACK

One of the many gifts the people of the Philippines bring to whatever country in which you live is your example of family life. You love your children and they love you. It is an inspiration to see so many of you gathered together,not just for this Santo Nino festival today, but at Mass on Sundays,at your famous parties and in your homes. One of my favourite quotations is: “Our children are the messages we send to tomorrow”. Through your children, you send messages of love, joy,the importance of a united family, care for each other,care for other people not least in the professionalism and compassion you show in our hospitals. You send the message that faith in God, and love for Jesus, lie at the centre of your lives and that of the Philippine nation. You teach us that faith is fun as well as being solemn.

People often say that Christmas is for children. And so it is. But it is for adults too. When God reveals himself in a helpless child, it brings even the most hardened adult to his or her knees. A child is vulnerable and innocent,and loving, and trusting. A baby draws from us the wonder of new life and the rediscovery of lost innocence and hope. On 2 February we will celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple. I love the words in the Gospel passage for that day. “The child’s father and mother stood there wondering at the things that were being said about him”.

As parents you will continually ‘wonder’ about your children in so many different ways – their personalities and their gifts and talents. You will know better than I, the responsibility and worry of guiding children through adolescence and adulthood ‘wondering’ if they are travelling in the tight direction. Mary and Joseph knew what that was like,too. They had to deal with an adolescent son, deliberately staying behind in the Temple. An adolescent bid for independence? “Lost” in the Temple in the minds of worried parents. Mary’s words on the finding of the Child Jesus come down the ages to every parent. “My son, why did you do this to us? Did you not know that your father and I would be looking for you?”.

When,as a grown man, Jesus says to his disciples,and to us, “Unless you become like little children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven” he is teaching us something very profound. He says like little children. Not childish but childlike. Open. Trusting. Innocent.Spontaneous.Hopeful. Full of potential.Friendly.Bringing people together. Each person here today can all add to that list.

This great feast of Santo Nino touches on all of those very deep truths. The little holy one. The holy baby. The child Jesus. God not coming in power and control but inviting us to take him to our hearts, to care for him,to nurture him,to cherish him. We in turn receiving His love and care and nurturing and forgiveness for ourselves and through us to others – if we are open to it. That is the unity and charity which are at the heart of our Catholic faith. This is what so many of you put into practice by the service and dedication you give to the sick in our hospitals and your care for people in the community. And I don’t forget that in addition to your professional expertise, it is your smiles and your gentleness which also heal the patients,because those smiles of yours speak louder than a thousand words.

What better national image and focus of devotion can there be for the people of the Philippines than this statue of the Holy Child which first brought the Catholic faith to your country 455 years ago? That was in 1665 when the Great Plague was sweeping London. (What a pity there weren’t Filippino doctors and nurses and technicians then!) Here in Swansea you have brought that devotion alive for the last ten years. The presence of so many of you here today is a sign that this feast will still be celebrated in 455 years time!

But remember, before the followers of Jesus could believe and write about the child Jesus in the wood of the crib, they had to believe in him as the innocent victim dying on the wood of the cross. Our faith in the love of God for all his children was recognised by his followers first of all on the cross. When he was dying on the cross, Jesus did not withdraw God’s love from sinful humanity. He did not say “Look what they have done to me. These people are unforgiveable”. On the cross, Jesus goes on revealing,goes on loving, goes on forgiving. And that is the key to his rising from the dead and allowing us to share in his life through our Faith,our Baptism and our holy Communion. The most common question people ask is “Where is God in the midst of human suffering”. “Here” says Jesus with his arms outstretched on the cross. The people of the Philippines have to re- live that mystery all too often, not least with the natural tragedies which cause so much suffering. And surely today we will remember in a special way those affected by the Taal volcanic eruption.

All these truths are brought together in this beautiful celebration of Santo Nino today. Even the glorious weather is helping us to celebrate. Today we are having festivity and worship. Faith and fun,family, friend and food. What more could we ask?

19 November 2017 Inauguration of Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy

Images of the Mass at which Bishop Tom inaugurated our Chapel of Divine Mercy as a Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy, to permanently mark the Holy Year of Mercy 2015-16 in the Diocese of Menevia.

19 November 2017 Inauguration of Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy

Images of the Mass at which Bishop Tom inaugurated our Chapel of Divine Mercy as a Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy, to permanently mark the Holy Year of Mercy 2015-16 in the Diocese of Menevia.

Holy Week 2018

Images of our Holy Week ceremonies

Sacred Heart Centre

Find out about our parish hall, the Sacred Heart Centre, including how to make a booking and room availability.

Confirmation 2017

See pictures of the conferral of the Sacrament of Confirmation at Sacred Heart in May 2017

24 June 2017 Welcome of Sisters Mini and Jacqueline

Photos of the week leading up to and including our parish patronal feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, including the 40 hours devotion, welcome Mass and Reception for our new Parish Sisters with Bishop Tom

Triduum with Our Lady of Fatima

From 8 - 10 May we were privileged to host the National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima together with the Relics of Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta. Click this article to view images of the occasion on our parish Flickr account.

2 July 2017 Feast of St Thomas

Celebration of the Feast of St Thomas with our Parish Keralite Community

Parish pilgrimage to Poland 24 – 28 April 2017

Some photos from our recent pilgrimage to Poland

Sinulog 2017

Photo album for the annual Sinulog Celebration 15 January 2017 Viva! Pit Senor!

30 May – 3 June 2017 Parish Pilgrimage to Fatima

Click the image of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary for images of the parish trip to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal.

11-13 June 2015 Forty Hours Devotion

The annual forty hours devotion before the Blessed Sacrament to commemorate our patronal feast day of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

10 May 2017 May procession at Belmont Abbey

A group of 35 pilgrims from the diocese from Mumbles, Townhill, Morriston and Neath parishes attended the annual May procession in honour of Our Blessed Lady at Belmont Abbey on the 10th May. Thanks to Fr Mansel of Mumbles parish for arranging the transport. This year was particularly special, taking place in the 100th year since the apparitions at Fatima in 1917. In glorious sunshine, thanks to the World Apostolate of Fatima in England and Wales, the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima was carried in procession through the Abbey gardens accompanied by the recitation of the Holy Rosary, followed by a beautiful service in the Abbey church.

Father Jason Jones, parish priest of Sacred Heart Morriston gave the homily, speaking about how Our Lady through her apparitions points us towards the central message of Christ. He also spoke on the role of the World Apostolate, and pilgrims were given the opportunity to consecrate themselves to Our Lady of Fatima, as well as to pledge themselves to Our Lady by taking on the brown scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. During the final hymn, as usual pilgrims were delighted by the shower of blossom petals over Our Lady and the opportunity to venerate the relics of Blesseds Francisco and Jactinta, due to be canonised by Pope Francis in Fatima on the feast day of 13th May.

Photos by Mr Slawomir Purzycki

Recent events

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Parish Groups and Ministries

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Parish rotas

Various rotas are available covering many aspects of parish life, including readers, donations for flowers, and cleaning.

Vocations

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Explanation of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Our church is named after the popular devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, find out what this means.

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Divine Mercy

Our parish was consecrated to The Divine Mercy on the Feast of Christ the King 2016. Follow this link for more information on the Divine Mercy devotion.

Images from the liturgical year

The liturgy is the source and summit of the life of the Church, view some images of the celebrations that take place during the liturgical year.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Parish History

The parish has been developing from the late 19th Century onwards. Find out more.