Welcome to Sacred Heart Church

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Welcome to Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby. We are a Roman Catholic parish, part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Our parish priest is Father Gerry Murray. Weekend Masses are on Saturdays at 5pm and on Sundays at 9.30am (with children’s liturgy).  This is our mission statement:

Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Rugby is a Eucharistic community responding to God’s universal call to holiness by witnessing to Gospel values. Inspired by the Holy Spirit we welcome everyone, we worship together, we care for other people and for the environment, and we work for the common good in our community.

Parish diary this week

St Agnes, Virgin and Martyr by Domenichino. (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday January 20th
Mass at 7pm
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday January 21st (Feast of St Agnes)
No Mass today
Wednesday January 22nd
Mass at 7pm
Thursday January 23rd
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Healing Prayer 6pm to 9pm
Friday January 24th (Feast of St Francis de Sales)
Mass at 9.30am
Saturday January 25th (Feast of the Conversion of St Paul)
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time at 5pm.
Sunday January 26th
Mass for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Monday January 27th
First Communion programme, 6pm in the hall.
Wednesday January 29th
Open Door meets at 1.45pm in the hall. All welcome for tea and chat.
Thursday January 30th
Confirmation programme, 6pm in the hall.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Living Simply – Winter newsletter 2020

Living Simply – Waste Not

Statistics on how much each of us wastes from food to energy to other consumables are alarming.  So, the phrase to keep front of mind this quarter is “don’t waste”. Set yourself a target to drastically reduce the amount of waste being consigned to your blue, black and green bins – you’ll know you are making progress when that goes down.

Scrunchy and stretchy... Sainsbury’s shoppers should be aware that you can now recycle stretchy plastics such as bread loaf wrappers, which cannot go into your blue bin, in special bins at the supermarket. The bins gave way to carol singers at Christmas but should be back now – if not ask Customer Service why not. And foil recyclers be aware that foil needs to be scrunched into tennis-ball size pieces to be recycled successfully. Smaller pieces may not be captured by recycling machines.

Live Sustainably..clothing

WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, has reported on the outcome of a four-year pan-European programme to tackle sustainable clothing and influence positive action in the entire supply chain, under the title “Driving circular fashion and textiles.” If you are a fashionista or just buy clothes occasionally it is worth checking out their report which looks at pilot projects by manufacturers to recover and turn fibres into new garments through remanufacture, seeking to reduce use of virgin materials, conserve water and energy and reduce amounts going to landfill or incineration. The initiative also saw a number of European brands and retailers run pilot schemes to source more sustainable fibres to reduce the impact of clothing produced and sold within the European market. www.wrap.org.uk 

Live In Solidarity

Fairtrade logo

The Fairtrade Foundation has issued a challenge to supporters to go further in 2020 by pledging to do more. At www.action.fairtrade.org.uk you will find a pledge page allowing you to select a product where you will commit to make more effort. These include coffee, tea, chocolate, cotton and flowers. Complete an online form and they will email you tips to help you improve your performance.

livesimply prayer

Pope Francis

Compassionate and loving God,
you created the world for us all to share,
a world of beauty and plenty.
Create in us a desire to live simply,
so that our lives may reflect your generosity.

Creator God,
You gave us responsibility for the earth,
a world of riches and delight.
Create in us a desire to live sustainably,
So that those who follow after us
May enjoy the fruits of your creation.

God of peace and justice,
you give us the capacity to change,
to bring about a world that mirrors your wisdom.
Create in us a desire to act in solidarity,
so that the pillars of injustice crumble
and those now crushed are set free.
Amen.

Return to LiveSimply homepage.

Parish diary this week

The Nativity by Zanobi Strozzi (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday December 23rd
Music practice in the church at 11am
Mass at 7pm
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday December 24th (Christmas Eve)
Carol singing from 7.45pm
Vigil Mass of the Nativity at 8pm
Wednesday December 25th (Christmas Day)
Nativity of the Lord, Mass at 9.30am
Thursday December 26th (Feast of St Stephen)
No Mass at Sacred Heart
Mass at 11am at St Joseph’s Church, Monks Kirby
Friday December 27th (Feast of St John, Apostle)
No Mass
Saturday December 28th
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Holy Family at 5pm.
Sunday December 29th
Mass for the Holy Family at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Thursday 16th January 2020
Confirmation registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Sunday May 3rd 2020
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June 2020
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday December 16th
Mass at 7pm
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday December 17th 
No Mass.
Wednesday December 18th
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday December 19th
Mass at 9.30am
Friday December 20th
Mass at 9.30am.
Saturday December 21st
Confessions at 4.45pm
Mass for the 4th Sunday in Advent, Year A at 5pm.
Sunday December 22nd
Mass for the 4th Sunday in Advent, Year A at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Thursday 16th January 2020
Confirmation registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Sunday May 3rd 2020
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June 2020
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

St Lucy, Exhibit in the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California. (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday December 9th
Carol singing led by Bilton Churches Together, The Green, Bilton at 6pm. Meet outside the Co-op.
First Communion registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Mass at 7pm. (Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception)
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday December 10th 
No Mass.
Wednesday December 11th
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday December 12th
Liturgy of the Word at 9.30am
Friday December 13th (Feast of St Lucy)
Mass at 9.30am.
Saturday December 14th
Mass for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, Year A at 5pm.
Sunday December 15th
Mass for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, Year A at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Thursday 16th January 2020
Confirmation registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Sunday May 3rd 2020
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June 2020
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

The Miracles of St Francis Xavier by Peter Paul Rubens (public domain).

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday December 2nd
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday December 3rd (Feast of St Francis Xavier)
No Mass.
Meet the General Election candidates, 7pm, The Terrace Church, 54 Railway Terrace, Rugby.
Wednesday December 4th
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday December 5th (Feast of St Birinus)
Mass at 9.30am
Friday December 6th (Feast of St Nicholas)
Mass at 9.30am.
Saturday December 7th
Mass for the 2nd Sunday in Advent, Year A at 5pm.
Sunday December 8th
Mass for the 2nd Sunday in Advent, Year A at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Monday December 9th
First Communion registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Thursday 16th January 2020
Confirmation registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Sunday May 3rd 2020
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June 2020
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

Saint Cecilia Altarpiece, Uffizi Gallery, Florence (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday November 18th
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday November 19th
No Mass.
Wednesday November 20th
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday November 21st (Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Mass at 9.30am
Friday November 22nd (Feast of St Cecilia, Virgin, Martyr)
Mass at 9.30am.
Saturday November 23rd
Mass for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday November 24th
Mass for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Saturday November 30th
Meditations for Advent, Bilton Methodist Church, 10am.
Tuesday December 3rd
Meet the General Election candidates, 7pm, The Terrace Church, 54 Railway Terrace, Rugby.
Monday December 9th
First Communion registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Thursday 16th January 2020
Confirmation registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Sunday May 3rd 2020
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June 2020
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Live Simply – Autumn Newsletter 2019

LIVE SIMPLY SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT SIMPLY LIVE

Living Simply 

It’s getting chillier. Heating will be on now in most households but at what temperature and what cost? Keep warm but try to save precious energy. Aim for a temperature during waking hours when at home of 20°C and turn heating off or much lower during sleeping hours. 

Rugby Town Centre may have a diminishing appeal in terms of conventional shopping but the success of St Andrew’s monthly Sustainable Saturdays and their Repair Cafe; the opening of Rugby Unwrapped; local craft shops and the twice-weekly market are all initiatives encouraging us to tweak our lifestyles and think about living more simply. 

Live Sustainably

The fight against plastic is being waged on many fronts. Friends of the Earth offers a helpful Living Without Plastic feature on its website. Link here: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/plastics/living-without-plastic  

Tips include avoiding liquid shower gels and hand washes which come in plastic containers by using soap instead – but make it natural soap, that is chemical and palm oil free. Yes, it costs a bit more but it lasts and there is no single-use plastic packaging.

Recycle your crisp packets at St Andrew’s Church, Rugby.

Crisp packets are among several items which cannot be recycled via our blue bins. Terracycle has become a popular route to addressing this and other recycling challenges. St Andrew’s Church has adopted a Terracycle scheme to recycle Walkers Crisps packets. They are happy for people to add a single empty Walkers Crisp packet to their collection or a bundle. Just drop them in to the church next time you are in town. To learn more about Terracycle, go to this web address https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/brigades.

Live In Solidarity

CAFOD highlights as part of its “Our Common Home” campaign, the dangers faced by those around the world who speak up. It says: “Criminalisation, death threats, and the killing of human rights defenders is increasing, especially in Latin America. These courageous people face huge daily risks to protect land and natural resources for poor landless communities to thrive. These people are also on the frontline of protecting our common home, a home we all share.  It is these defenders who are responding most acutely to ‘the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’ and at the greatest personal cost.”

The support we provide with via our regular giving to CAFOD and around Fast Days is vital in helping these people.  How much more could we help by becoming better acquainted with their stories and by campaigning for them through our Government channels. Be informed, as well as generous – and act.

livesimply prayer

Pope Francis

Compassionate and loving God,
you created the world for us all to share,
a world of beauty and plenty.
Create in us a desire to live simply,
so that our lives may reflect your generosity.

Creator God,
You gave us responsibility for the earth,
a world of riches and delight.
Create in us a desire to live sustainably,
So that those who follow after us
May enjoy the fruits of your creation.

God of peace and justice,
you give us the capacity to change,
to bring about a world that mirrors your wisdom.
Create in us a desire to act in solidarity,
so that the pillars of injustice crumble
and those now crushed are set free.
Amen.

Return to LiveSimpy homepage.

Parish diary this week

Icon of St Martin of Tours (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday November 11th (Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop)
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday November 12th (Feast of St Josaphat, Bishop, Martyr)
No Mass.
Rugby Interfaith Forum lecture by director of Cafod, 7.30pm, Collingwood Centre, Rugby.
Wednesday November 13th
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday November 14th
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday November 15th
Mass at 9.30am.
Saturday November 16th
Mass for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday November 17th
Mass for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Monday December 9th
First Communion registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Thursday 16th January 2020
Confirmation registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Sunday May 3rd 2020
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June 2020
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

Intercession of Charles Borromeo supported by the Virgin Mary by Rottmayr. (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday November 4th (Feast of Saint Charles Borromeo)
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday November 5th
No Mass.
Wednesday November 6th
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday November 7th
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday November 8th
Mass at 9.30am.
Requiem Mass at St Marie’s Church, Dunchurch Road at 5.30pm for those who have died in war and the faithfully departed. Faure’s Requiem to be sung.
Saturday November 9th
Mass for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday November 10th
Mass for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday November 12th
Our Common Home – responding to the climate emergency and the world’s poor. A public Lecture organised by Rugby Inter-Faith Forum. The speaker is Christine Allen, director of Cafod. Christine was previously Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Christian Aid. Venue: Collingwood Centre, Rugby School, Oak Street (previously Bishop Wulstan School). The free car park entrance is in Barby Road CV22 5DZ. A simple vegetarian meal will be served at 6.30pm. The talk will begin at 7.30pm. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served. Cost: £7.50 is payable at the door. All proceeds beyond the meal to CAFOD. Please register your intention to come by emailing this address.
Monday December 9th
First Communion registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Thursday 16th January 2020
Confirmation registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June 2020
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.