Hello and welcome to the website of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, my name is Canon Denis McSweeney and I am the parish priest. The church is located 3 miles from Junction 12 on the M1, through the village of Westoning on the A5120. Built in 1982 during the year of the Papal visit - the Church has a friendly atmosphere. The building is bright and welcoming. We have an active community of around 320
parishioners. The Parish boundary extends to the A6 and to the A428, including the villages of Westoning, Maulden, Silsoe, Lidlington, Steppingley and Marston Moretaine. Later as you look through the website you will get a glimpse of parish life. Up until 1999 the parish was served by priests of the Sacred Heart Order (Malpas Cheshire). It is now staffed by the Northampton Diocese.
If you are new to the community you are most welcome to join us at any one of our Masses. If you would like to speak to someone about our parish please complete the online form or download the PDF document and return it to me at the address above.
The first Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis was published Tuesday 26 November 2013, entitled Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel.
“THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.”
-Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium)
To read the full text click here or on the image of Pope Francis
Pope Francis first Apostolic Exhortation: The Joy of the Gospel