Church singing in Teddington: every Sunday at Sacred Heart Church

Evensong, plain chant, Motets, Taize chants, folk hymns.
Who doesn’t love beautiful singing? Hearing lovely music encourages us to slow down, bringing a longed for sense of peace in a busy non-stop world.

We’re blessed at Sacred Heart Church in Teddington to have two vibrant, diverse yet complimentary choirs to provide beautiful music and singing to accompany the liturgy.  “I can be moved almost to tears” says Parish Priest Fr Reg Dunkling, of the singing.
The choirs take this as a compliment!

maSH music at Sacred Heart,  choir is a 10 or so strong folk based choir with wonderfully skilled musicians playing guitars, keyboards, & violins.
maSH accompanies the 9:30am family Mass on Sunday.
They are led by Maria O’Brien.

image of maSH Group Leader Maria O'Brien

maSH Group Leader Maria O’Brien

Coming soon, a few select pieces from “Mish Mash!!!,” maSH choir’s own published cd.

Along more traditional notes, The Sacred Heart choir, (affectionately known as the “Sister Act” choir)  is also 10 strong (4 sopranos, 2 altos, 2 tenors and 2 bases, and as with maSH, are always keen to welcome more). The choir is accompanied by the church organ, ably played by lifelong parishioner and organist Brenda Clements.

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Sacred Heart Church Teddington Organist Brenda Clements.

They like to sing classical  music including Latin Motets and pieces by Tallis, Mozart, Schubert as well as more recent, but equally uplifting, Taizé chants along with traditional hymns. The Sacred Heart choir accompanies the 11:15am mass on Sunday. It is led by John Francis. There is a part-Latin sung Mass twice every month, on the 2nd as well as the 4th (n.b not always the last) Sunday in the month. 

Here is a quick snippet: Sacred Heart Church choir singing
Vidi Aquam “I saw water” from Easter Vigil, Holy Saturday, Easter 2013.

We sing at different services, and so practice separately, but both choirs enjoy every opportunity to hear to each other sing. They come together for the annual Churches Together in Teddington choir singing event.  This is the only chance (that we know of) to hear many of the local Teddington church choirs sing together in one place.  If you love church singing, its a great introduction to church singing in Teddington. More details available when we know the event dates for 2017.

Thinking of joining a choir? Come along to one of the masses, listen and after the service have a word with Brenda Clements (organist), John Francis (for Sacred Heart Choir)  or Maria O’Brien (for maSH choir).

Prayers in Teddington, Sacred Heart Church Teddington

Prayer in Teddington

Looking  to light a candle for a loved one, pray, or just spend some quiet time in a sacred place?  Sacred Heart Church on Kingston Road, Teddington is open at these times. There is daily mass at  9:30am every weekday morning, and last about 1/2 an hour, with a Eucharistic service each Friday.
There are Saturday evening and Sunday morning masses also. If coming to these is not for you, the weekday masses are a particularly gentle, peaceful time when parishioners will be about, but you can also be by yourself.   Parishioners who have a made a practice of of it say they wouldn’t miss morning mass:  It’s a wonderful way to start the day.

 

picture credits:  Found on http://comefillyourcup.com/2012/12/05/purposeful-prayer/
http://www.gcitoday.org

 

 

An invitation to stop and get quiet in God’s presence in holy week 2016

In these troubled and unsettling times, we all experience sorrow, frustration, confusion, and often helplessness at the horrors on our doorsteps and across the world, seemingly delivered daily through our TV screens in recent weeks and months.

Sacred Heart Church in Teddington invites you in this holy week to do something beautiful for those caught up in troubles,  for your loved ones, for yourself and for God.

Stop, quieten, pray, in church or join the outdoor services created by Churches Together in Teddington on the ‘green triangle’ in Teddington on Good Friday.  Fr Reg says the more we put into this beautiful holy week time, the more we receive, many times over. Many of us know from our own private experiences that he is right. But don’t take our word for it.

If you haven’t been to mass for a while, or never, don’t worry: come anyway. There are many services going on. At our Sacred Heart Church on Kingston Road, come and be uplifted by the beautiful music at the Mass of the Lord’s supper on Holy Thursday night, and the peace of the vigil at the alter of repose afterward, by the timeless story of the Lord’s passion and the veneration of the Cross at the Solemn Good Friday service, by the healing words of hope, love, forgiveness and reconciliation for a hurting world at the joyful services on Easter Saturday night and Easter sunday morning. More than ever it’s needed, this Easter message for all.

Holy week Holy week 2016 services

Looking to light a candle for a loved one in Teddington?

light-candleAre you looking  to light a candle for a loved one or offer up a quiet prayer in Teddington?

Sacred Heart  Church is open at these times, throughout every week. At the start of daily mass (9:30am every morning) is a particularly peaceful time where you know parishioners will be about, but you can also be alone. The candle stands are on your left and right as you go through the interior doors. Come in and light one.

Help Stop human trafficking, see this TenTen Theatre play about modern day slavery

Ten Ten Theatre presents “This is my body” a play about human trafficking.

Ten Ten Theatre %22this is my body%22 Sacred Heart Church Teddington October 2014 There are around 2.5 million people trafficked across borders every year. (To put it in a topical context, that’s 1/2 a million shy of the entire population of Scotland).
Around 80% of these are women. Approximately 50% are minors.

Many are used for some form of sex trade, a third are used for other forms of forced labour. The statistics make shameful reading.

On Wednesday 8th October 2014 you are invited to come and find out more about the scale and effects of this problem.  Take advantage of the opportunity to see the play, “This is my body” written by Martin O’Brien and directed by Paul Jepson of TenTen theatre company at Sacred Heart Church.

Date: Wednesday 8th October
Time: 7:30pm
Venue:  Sacred Heart Church, 262  Kingston Road, Teddington TW11 9JQ. Find us

Tickets available:
Price: £12.00 on the door.
£10:00 when pre-purchased, on sale after masses on saturday pm & sunday am.

This is the story of a young girl, told in her own words, who is groomed and trafficked to the UK where she is forced into giving her body for the love of her child, her family and the man she mistakenly believes loves her in return. It’s  powerful and affecting drama giving an at times harrowing but un-missable insight into the plight of so many, not only in the wider world, but here on our UK streets. It’s a must see. And it’s on your doorstep.

Pope Francis delivers Easter plea for peace

Pope Francis

Credit: AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis

Pope Francis has called for peace around the world, as part of his first Easter Sunday message since being elected. In his Urbi et Orbi address he spoke of conflicts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, but in particular focused on Syria where he asked: “How much suffering must there be before a solution is found?” Click here for the BBC’s profile of Pope Francis.

Inauguration ceremony shows Pope Francis’ wish to get closer to his people, and to protect the poor and the weak

Pope Francis touring St Peter's square prior to his Inauguration Mass on Tuesday 19th March

Pope Francis greets his people. Onlookers said he gave some the “thumbs up” sign as he ushered in a more down to earth style. Picture: EPA/ETTORE FERRARI

Our new Pope toured a packed St Peter’s square in an open top jeep, prior to his inauguration Mass on Tuesday 19th. He signaled his wish to get closer to his people, swapping the traditional bullet proof popemobile for an open-top jeep, descending from it to bless members of the crowd behind the barriers.   “All I ask of you is: Pray for me,” he told the crowd of 500,000 worshippers.

In his Inauguration Mass homily, he called on global leaders and all the people of the world to defend the poor and the weak, who he said are “often the last we think about”.