Information About Our Parish

Who Are We?

Sacred Heart and St John Fisher is a parish of the Catholic Church, and part of the Diocese of Brentwood (England). As such, we exist to serve Jesus Christ by promoting the Gospel, by offering spiritual and pastoral care to Catholics in the Southend-on-Sea and Prittlewell areas, and by offering Christian charity to our neighbours. We do this in communion with the Pope and the wider Catholic Church, and in a spirit of loving co-operation with other Christians, with those of other faiths, and with all people of good will.

How Long Have We Been Here?

Sacred Heart Church was built in 1910, when it was established under its first Parish Priest, Fr Jules Van Meenen. St John Fisher Church was founded as a daughter church of Sacred Heart and from 1955 to 2004 was an independent parish. The current church was built in 1964. Since 2004, the two communities have formed a single administrative parish under one Parish Priest.

The Catholic Church

For more information about the Catholic Church visit the website of the Holy See, or the national website for the Catholic Church in England & Wales.

Our Diocese

The Diocese of Brentwood covers the Administrative County of Essex, the unitary authorities of Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock, and the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.