The Church of the Sacred Heart is situated in the village of St Aubin. It was designed by Julien Barbier of Paris, the foundation stone having been laid by Bishop Cotter in 1936.
Although building work began in 1937, the outbreak of war meant that completion was delayed. It was not until 8 June 1947 that the church was finally opened and blessed by Bishop John Henry King.
A distinguishing external feature is the granite anchor. When you leave the church, cross the road and look up at the front of the building, half way between the main door and the belfry you will see integrated into the stonework a ship's anchor, which is set into the masonry in granite of a slightly different hue. This feature did not appear on the architect’s plans or drawings.
The anchor was put there by Joe Le Guyadier, a Brittany born French Catholic, who, in his early twenties, came to Jersey where he married and raised a family. When work on the building of the Sacred Heart Church began, prior to the beginning of the Second World War, Joe Le Guyadier was employed as one of the stonemasons on the project.
While working on the church, perched on scaffolding on 18 December 1939, Joe heard the news of a major British Naval victory off Montevideo in South America, in which the German Navy had been forced to scuttle Hitler's pocket battleship Graf Spee, and he decided to do something to celebrate the victory. It was with this in mind that he incorporated the anchor into the stonework on the front of the church, but kept it a secret, which was revealed only after his death in 1956, when his family decided to tell this amazing story.
You may also be interested to know that some years after he carved the anchor, Joe Le Guyadier masoned into the flagstones of the Royal Square in St Helier, the famous Churchillian 'V-sign 1945' while working under the noses of the occupying forces. Of course, if he had been discovered, it would have meant severe punishment for him. Look for this example of his craftsmanship when next you pass through the square.
The upper floor of the Sacred Heart Presbytery next to the church provides a presbytery home for the priest responsible for the West of Jersey pastoral and administrative area, while the ground floor contains a meeting room and the church office.
|Saturday||6.00 pm||First Mass of Sunday
|Wednesday||6.30 pm||Preceded by Adoration at 6 pm and followed by the Rosary at 7pm
Saturday 5pm to 5.45pm, or at any time by appointment.
The church can be found at La Neuve Route, St Brelade, JE3 8BS.
Office Manager: Mrs Deanna Greene
Telephone: 01534 863149
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