Welcome

We are a Catholic church community in the heart of Bushey. Whether you are working, studying or living in Bushey we look forward to welcoming you in person to Sacred Heart and St John the Evangelist RC Church.

Our postal address is Presbytery, London Road, Bushey, Watford, Herts WD23 1BA. We are a ten minute walk up Chalk Hill from Oxhey mainline station.

You can contact us by phone on 020 8950 2077.

Our email address is busheyandoxhey@rcdow.org.uk.

Parish Centre / Hall Hire – People wishing to book the Parish Centre should phone 07925 979414 or Email : busheyandoxhey@rcdow.org.uk . The Parish Centre telephone number has an answerphone. For further details see the “about tab”.

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NEW PARISH MASS TIMETABLE

 Please find the new provisional timetable for Parish Services (see Newsletter for any changes):

Sunday:  Masses at 8.30, 10.30 and 6pm (Must be booked in advance)

Monday:  No 9.15am service as yet. 7pm Holy Hour

Tuesday:  7.30pm Mass (No Booking required)

Wednesday:  9.15am Mass (No Booking required)

Thursday:  9.15am Mass (No Booking required)

Friday:  9.15 Mass (No Booking required) 9.45am Holy Hour

Saturday: Confession 11am-11.30am and 5pm-5.30pm. – Mass at 6pm (Must be booked in advance)

We will still need to record your attendance so to reserve your place for weekend Masses

Please book on our new on line booking system under News and Events / Events on the top menu or phone the office on 020 8950 2077 if you don’t have access to the internet. You do not have to book for weekday Mass but you will still need to record your attendance as you come in, in writing or using the QR code in the porch.

Website Alerts – please sign up for the e-Alerts using the Tab at the bottom of this page and we will send a message when there is an update on Mass bookings and the newsletter has been updated.                   

30th SEPTEMBER UPDATE from Fr Jim and the Finance Committee – ATTENDING MASSES

At a recent meeting we discussed Covid restrictions and agreed to move cautiously back towards normality, following Government guidelines and in line with most other parishes.

To book your place at a weekend Mass please use the online booking system or telephone the parish office in order for us to fulfil our obligation to Track and Trace. The number of places available at each Mass will be increased to 150 which still allows for appropriate social distancing.

We ask that you continue to use face coverings and maintain social distancing of 1 metre. However, this weekend you will find one side of the church free from bunting so that all benches are available; the other side will remain restricted to every other bench, for now.

The collection baskets will return but rather than being passed along the benches they will be available for you to deposit your envelopes or cash as you leave the church.

The toilet at the back of the church will be reopened.

Wipes and cleanser will be available on the benches, and everyone will be asked to cleanse their area of the bench before leaving church.

Our aim is to welcome you back to Mass and to the Sacraments while keeping each other safe.

We appreciate the work of those involved with making Mass and other services available to you via our Streaming service. This has been a big success, with watching figures from overseas as well as locally, so it will continue. At the same time, we are also looking at ways to encourage you to come back to attending the church in person and to help us to restore our parish life after over 18 months of relative isolation.

This process continues with a Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) meeting at 11.30am on Sunday  November 7th to which everyone is welcome. We hope to have a good attendance as we need to know how you have experienced the past 18 months and to get your ideas for the direction you would like the parish to take in the future. You will be hearing more about this from our PPC Chairman, Simon Blackburn, in the coming weeks.

The Sacrament of reconciliation, using the Confessional, will be available Saturdays or at call, as before.
We will be continuing to maintain all safety measures, cleansing and attendance details as required and we pray for a safe and happy return to parish life.

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DIOCESE OF WESTMINSTER – The current position and role of our churches in this phase of the pandemic: –    Role of Churches in this phase of the Pandemic 

WESTMINSTER SYNODAL PATHWAY. – Please read the Cardinals Special Pastoral letter. Each Parish must submit the name of a volunteer to organize this in the Parish. If you would like to be that volunteer, please contact Fr Jim. – Pastoral Letter – Synodal pathway

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SACRED HEART LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES

The Parish is now streaming masses online. These are on a Sunday at 8.30am and at 10.30am. and Wednesday at 09.15am. Click HERE for the YouTube link.

Please be aware that anyone attending these services may be visible on the stream. If you  have any feedback please send it to Fr Jim using the Parish email address: busheyandoxhey@rcdow.org.uk

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HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS NEED TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE WATFORD HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCYHow to contact or volunteer for the Chaplaincy Team at Watford General – West Herts NHS Trust. Please see the attached information or email westherts.spiritualcare@nhs.net    How to contact or volunteer for the Chaplaincy Team

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Other ways of Following Mass

If you have a radio you can hear Mass daily on longwave 252.

MASS ONLINE – for links to MASS being streamed online please see the following document: Mass streaming and useful websites

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CARDINAL’S LENTEN APPEAL 2021 –   

https://rcdow.org.uk/donate/cardinals-appeal/

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JOB VACANCIES WITH THE DIOCESE of WESTMINSTER. If you or your friends and family are looking for a new opportunity please visit the website https://jobs.rcdow.org.uk/

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Protecting Your Privacy / Diocese of Westminster Privacy Statement – For more information please read our full privacy policy at   https://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/privacy-policy/

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