Sunday Reflection

Sunday reflection 18-03-2018

Today’s Gospel story tells us that, as well as healing, casting out demons, and preaching, Jesus felt the need to go to a quiet place and pray. This is a lesson to us all, it is in those quiet palaces that we can get in touch with not only ourselves but with God, it is where we hear His voice.
Jesus heard Simon’s prayer for his sick mother-in-law and the fever left her. When she was cured she did what Jesus himself does, she serves those in need. She becomes a disciple.
Lord, deliver me from seeking your help only in times of difficulty. May I grow in grateful love for the ways you daily raise me up and call me in to service for the community


Holy Week Services


Wednesday 28th March
Penance Service at Sacred Heart (with 7 priests) 7.00 pm

Maundy Thursday 29th March
Mass of the Lord’s Supper - 8.00 pm at Sacred Heart with watching

Good Friday 30th March - Liturgy 3.00 pm
solemn service is characterised by the veneration of the cross

Holy Saturday 31st March
Swieconka (Polish blessing) 11.00 am
at Sacred Heart

Easter Vigil at Sacred Heart 8.00 pm
(followed by refreshments)

N.B. no 6.00 pm Mass at St John’s Saturday 31th March

Easter Sunday 1st April
Sacred Heart 9.00am , 10:30am & 12.00 noon

St John’s Church is now closed for 6/7 weeks due to refurbishment. Please check latest newsletter for mass times at Sacred Heart.

Annual Report 2017

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

This is our annual report for 2017. Thank-you to the hundreds of people who have given so much to our parish in the last 12 months.

Lent activities

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Are you looking for lent activities this year? We have prepared several proposals for you.

St Elizabeth’s Ofsted Report

Friday, 02 February 2018

St Elizabeth’s gets a sudden Ofsted and proves how good a school it is. Well done and thank-you to all the staff. To see the report and the praise heaped on our school please click on the link bellow. 

Sacred Heart extension project

Sunday, 21 January 2018

To match the growing community work at Sacred Heart and improve what we can offer we have a new building project. This new extension will be a place where all groups can assemble, be welcomed, learn about other services, meet other groups, where volunteers can have training, stop for a coffee and easily access HOT staff members.

Ideas for Lent: Home Groups

Friday, 12 January 2018

Many churches run successful Home Groups during the week to encourage and build mini faith communities. A small group of people meet and get to know each other over a cup of tea/ coffee and a biscuit.

Fr Tom Hewitt RIP

Friday, 12 January 2018

Fr Tom’s funeral will take place in SS Albans and Stephen’s, 14-16 Beaconsfield Rd, St Albans AL1 3RB. The Reception will be on Tuesday, 23rd January at 7pm followed by the funeral Mass on Wednesday 23rd January at 10.00am.

Latest newsletter

18th March 2018 - Newsletter

memory cafeDo you know someone with memory loss? The Heart of Tamworth in partnership with Home Instead are running a Memory Café in St John’s Community Rooms on every Tuesday, 10.30am – 12.30pm. There is no need to book, just pop in.

bereavement support

With the support of Cruse and St Giles Hospice, as well as the generosity of a large number of volunteer parishioners (& others), we are providing a bereavement support service at Sacred Heart every Friday, 10 – 12am.

If you know of anyone who is grieving, please take them a leaflet from the porch and invite them to join us.

It is open to parishioners and non-parishioners alike.


Journey in Faith and Catechesis


The Parish of St John the Baptist (and Sacred Heart) Tamworth offers the opportunity for those who are enquiring about the Catholic faith to join other enquirers on a series of evenings called Journey in Faith.

The format of the evenings generally includes a topical presentation and an opportunity for some discussion. The Catholic Church provides for those inquiring about becoming a Catholic, in a special way and this is called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

Every year we run the journey in faith to help people who are not Catholics to learn more about the faith, to experience it and discern whether they want to play a fuller part in the life of the Church. Do you want to be part of this or do you know someone else who might want to be. This will get under way in late September. If you want to know more then please speak to Frances, Kath or one of the clergy or email the office