Thank you for taking the time to visit our parish website.
Welcome to our website!
Back in the seventeenth century, a French nun called Margaret Mary Alacoque had visions in which she saw Jesus Christ showing her his heart, all aflame: ‘Behold the heart, he said, which has loved humankind so much!’ Over the high altar in our church a stained glass window shows that very scene.
St Margaret Mary lived in a world that saw God in somewhat vengeful terms, anxious to punish humanity with hell fire for the appalling sin of having crucified Jesus. This approach is sometimes called ‘Jansenism’. Devotion to the very ‘Sacred Heart of Jesus’ which has loved mankind so much has acted as a useful corrective: it is as if Jesus were saying to us ‘How could you believe that of me, when I have gone through such trouble for your sake?’
To such love, our only response can be love in return; for God, and for our neighbour, with a desire never to hurt either again.
Many Catholic churches are dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; devotion to His heart sets the tone for all that we do. We gladly receive the love of Him who died for us, and do our utmost to respond to that infinite love with love in return.
Our website is only a small, practical, part of that action. Over the coming months and years, I hope that we will develop this site—as you will see, there is still a lot to do—to make it a sign and instrument of God’s love for the people of Caterham.
May God bless you all who visit here, and bring you to know his undying love.
Fr Seán Finnegan