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.

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Parish diary this week

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One of the Stations of the Cross from Notre Dame, Geneva (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday March 18th
Mass at 7pm
Exposition until 8pm.
Tuesday March 19th
Mass at 7pm at English Martyrs to mark closing of the Visitation
Wednesday March 20th
Mass at 7pm
Thursday March 21st
Mass at 11.45am
Confirmation programme at 6pm in the hall.
Friday March 22nd
Mass at 11.45am
Lent lunch in the hall at 12.15pm
Stations of the Cross at 7pm
Funeral for Heather Green at Long Lawford Methodist Church in School Street, Long
Lawford at 10.30am.
Saturday March 23rd
Mass of the Third Sunday of Lent, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday March 24th
Mass of the Third Sunday of Lent, Year C at 9.30am

Forthcoming events
Friday March 29th
Funeral of Kay Powell, 12.30pm at Rainsbrook Crematorium
Monday April 1st
First Communion Programme, 6pm in the Hall.
Sunday June 2nd
Confirmation
Thursday June 6th
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall
Sunday June 16th
First Communion
Thursday October 3rd
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall

Join us for Sunday worship

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The Tower of Siloam by James Tissot, c1890. (Public domain)

You are welcome to join us to celebrate the Third Sunday of Lent, Year C at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday March 24th at 9.30am. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 193 Return to God
Penitential Rite: 523 Pershore
Gloria: Not in Lent
Psalm:
The Lord is compassion and love (Ps102)
Acclamation: Praise to you, Christ our Lord, King of eternal glory
Gifts: 11 All that I am
Holy Holy: 579 Pershore
Mem Acclamation: 580 Pershore
Lamb of God: 589 Pershore
Communion: 686 God beyond all names
Going forth: 849 God forgave my sin
We will be using the Pershore Mass during the season of Lent.

Diocese thanks Veronica

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Veronica receives her award from Bishop William. Father Gerry is pictured, left.

Long-standing Sacred Heart parishioner, Veronica York, has had her years of dedicated service to the parish recognised with the presentation by Bishop William Kenney of the Birmingham Diocese award “Ubi Caritas”.

“Ubi Caritas” – “Where there is love and loving kindness, God is there” – is a special award given in recognition of Veronica’s devoted service to and participation in many different aspects of parish life over many years. These include the Caring Group, visiting and supporting housebound and sick parishioners; acting as Eucharistic Minister at Mass and various activities in support of Justice and Peace.

She has been a contact and organiser of parish support for CAFOD; has promoted the purchase of Fairtrade and organic products; organised parishioner support for Prisoners of Conscience and she played a part in Sacred Heart becoming a Live Simply Parish.

“Veronica has given us a gentle and determined example of seeking to live out the Gospel in our daily lives and facing the issues of the day,” said Sacred Heart Parish Priest Fr Gerry Murray.

Parish diary this week

Stations of the Cross, 9, Saint-Jean-Baptiste au Béguinage, Brussels. Jesus falls the third time. © Yann Forget / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0.

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday March 11th
Mass at 7pm
Exposition until 8pm.
Tuesday March 12th
No Mass
Wednesday March 13th
Mass at 7pm
Thursday March 14th
Liturgy of the Word at 9.30am
Confirmation programme, 6pm in the hall
Friday March 15th
Mass at 11.45am
Lent lunch in the hall at 12.15pm
Stations of the Cross at 7pm
Saturday March 16th
Mass of the Second Sunday of Lent, Year C at 5pm.
Bishop’s Visitation to Sacred Heart parish – shared table in the hall at 6.30pm
Sunday March 17th

Mass of the Second Sunday of Lent, Year C at 9.30am

Forthcoming events
Friday March 28th
Funeral of Kay Powell, 12.30pm at Rainsbrook Crematorium
Sunday June 2nd
Confirmation
Thursday June 6th
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall
Sunday June 16th
First Communion
Thursday October 3rd
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall

Join us for Sunday worship

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Transfiguration of Christ icon from St Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai, 12th century (Public domain)

You are welcome to join us to celebrate the Second Sunday of Lent, Year C at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday March 17th at 9.30am. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: Lenten Litany
Penitential Rite: 523 Pershore
Gloria: Not in Lent
Psalm:
The Lord is my light and my salvation (Ps26)
Acclamation: Praise to you, Christ our Lord, King of eternal glory
Gifts: 598 O King of might and splendour
Holy Holy: 579 Pershore
Mem Acclamation: 580 Pershore
Lamb of God: 589 Pershore
Communion: 929 O Lord hear my prayer
Going forth: 946 Thanks be to God
We will be using the Pershore Mass during the season of Lent.

Parish diary this week

Veronica wipes the face of Jesus, from Stations of the Cross at St Agnes’ Church, Amsterdam.

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday March 4th
First Communion programme in hall at 6pm
Mass at 7pm
Exposition until 8pm.
Tuesday March 5th
No Mass
Wednesday March 6th
Ash Wednesday Mass at 7pm
Mass at 7pm
Thursday March 7th
Mass at 9.30am
Confirmation programme meeting, Sacred Heart Church Hall, 6pm.
Friday March 8th
Mass at 9.30am
Funeral of Dedee Flint, at 1.30pm at St Marie’s Church, Dunchurch Road, Rugby.
Stations of the Cross at 7pm
Saturday March 9th
Liturgy planning meeting, 10.30am in the Presbytery.
First Reconciliation, 11am in the church.
Mass of the First Sunday of Lent, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday March 10th
Mass of the First Sunday of Lent, Year C at 9.30am

Forthcoming events
Monday February 25th to March 10th
A reminder from Rugby Justice & Peace Group that 25th February-10th March is Fairtrade Fortnight. For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. This year, The Fairtrade Foundation is focusing on the people, particularly the women, who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much. Please look for the Fairtrade logo.
Weekend of March 16th/17th
Bishop’s Visitation to Sacred Heart parish. Shared table at 6.30pm on Saturday March 16th.
December to March
The Rugby Winter Shelter at St Marie’s will be providing a welcome each Monday to 15 homeless people from December to March. Supper, a bed and breakfast will be provided. If you would consider helping during those four
months, please ring Kathy Smith on 01788 891940. kathellen.smith56@gmail.com.
Sunday June 2nd
Confirmation
Thursday June 6th
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall
Sunday June 16th
First Communion
Thursday October 3rd
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall

Join us for Sunday worship

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Christ in the wilderness by Ivan Kranskoi, 1872 (Public domain)

You are welcome to join us to celebrate the First Sunday of Lent, Year C at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday March 10th at 9.30am. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: Wait for the Lord
Penitential Rite: 523 Pershore
Gloria: Not in Lent
Psalm: 
Be with me Lord, when I am in trouble (Ps90)
Acclamation: Praise to you, Christ our Lord, King of eternal glory
Gifts: 952 On Eagle’s Wings
Holy Holy: 579 Pershore
Mem Acclamation: 580 Pershore
Lamb of God: 589 Pershore
Communion: 633 Eat this bread
Going forth: 830 You shall cross the barren desert
We will be using the Pershore Mass during the season of Lent.

Parish diary this week

An icon of St David of Wales (Public domain).

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday February 25th
Mass at 7pm
Exposition until 8pm.
Tuesday February 26th
No Mass
Wednesday February 27th
UCM meeting, Sacred Heart Hall, 1.45pm
Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 28th
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in Sacred Heart Church Hall
Friday March 1st
Mass at 9.30am (Feast of St David)
World Day of Prayer service at 10.30am at Bilton Methodist Church and at 7.30pm at English Martyrs’ Church: “Come – Everything is Ready!” Interdenominational service prepared by Christian women of Slovenia.
Saturday March 2nd
First Reconciliation, 11am in the church.
Mass of the Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday March3rd
Mass of the Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am

Forthcoming events
Monday February 25th to March 10th
A reminder from Rugby Justice & Peace Group that 25th February-10th March is Fairtrade Fortnight. For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. This year, The Fairtrade Foundation is focusing on the people, particularly the women, who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much. Please look for the Fairtrade logo.
Thursday March 7th
Confirmation programme meeting, Sacred Heart Church Hall, 6pm.
Friday March 8th
Funeral of Dedee Flint, at 1.30pm at St Marie’s Church, Dunchurch Road, Rugby.
Saturday March 9th
Liturgy planning meeting, 10.30am in the Presbytery.
Weekend of March 16th/17th
Bishop’s Visitation to Sacred Heart parish
December to March
The Rugby Winter Shelter at St Marie’s will be providing a welcome each Monday to 15 homeless people from December to March. Supper, a bed and breakfast will be provided. If you would consider helping during those four
months, please ring Kathy Smith on 01788 891940. kathellen.smith56@gmail.com.
Sunday June 2nd
Confirmation
Thursday June 6th
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall
Sunday June 16th
First Communion
Thursday October 3rd
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall

Join us for Sunday worship

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Icon by Hristo Dimitrov of Jesus Christ Pantocrator. Exhibit of the History Museum in Samokov, Bulgaria (1795). Public domain.

You are welcome to join us to celebrate the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday March 3rd at 9.30am. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 473 We come to tell our story
Penitential Rite: 1012 Mass of Christ the Saviour
Gloria: 1013 Mass of Christ the Saviour
Psalm:
It is good to give thanks (Ps91)
Acclamation: 534 Salisbury
Gifts: 609 In bread we bring you Lord
Holy Holy: 1014 Mass of Christ the Saviour
Mem Acclamation: 479 English Chants for the Order of the Mass
Lamb of God: 1019 Mass of Christ the Saviour
Communion: 944 In the Lord, I’ll be ever thankful
Going forth: 942 Lord, for the years
We will be using the Mass of Christ the Saviour until the beginning of Lent.

Join us for Sunday worship

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An icon of Jesus crucified, from St Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai Desert, 13th century. (Public domain)

You are welcome to join us to celebrate the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday February 24th at 9.30am. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 898 Make me a channel of your peace
Penitential Rite: 1012 Mass of Christ the Saviour
Gloria: 1013 Mass of Christ the Saviour
Psalm: 
The Lord is kind and merciful (Ps102, p62)
Acclamation: 534 Salisbury
Gifts: 886 For the healing of the nations
Holy Holy: 1014 Mass of Christ the Saviour
Mem Acclamation: 479 English Chants for the Order of the Mass
Lamb of God: 1019 Mass of Christ the Saviour
Communion: 772 Lord Jesus Christ
Going forth: 849 Freely, freely
We will be using the Mass of Christ the Saviour until the beginning of Lent.