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

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Lent begins this week on Wednesday (Public domain image)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday February 24th
First Communion programme at 6pm in the hall.
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday February 25th
No Mass today.
Wednesday February 26th (Ash Wednesday)
Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 27th 
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Open Door, 1.45pm in the hall
Confirmation programme at 6pm in the hall.
Friday February 28th
Mass at 7pm
Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm
Saturday February 29th
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the First Sunday of Lent at 5pm.
Presentation on Orthodox Iconography on Mount Athos, 6pm followed at 7pm by Vespers at the Orthodox Church of the Ascension, Clifton Road, Rugby.
Sunday March 1st
Mass for the First Sunday of Lent at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Thursday March 5th
Requiem for Elsie Elizabeth Lawrence at 10am
Lent lunch, church hall at 12.30pm
Friday March 6th
Praying with Zimbabwe. World Day of Prayer, St Mark’s Church, Bilton at 10.30am and Rogers Hall, Hillmorton at 2 pm.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Support Fairtrade Week

Fairtrade Week runs from February 24th to 28th, 2020.

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How familiar are you with this symbol? Do you look for it when you shop?

The Fairtrade Foundation is a UK-based charity that works to empower disadvantaged producers in developing countries by tackling injustice in conventional trade, in particular by promoting and licensing the Fairtrade Mark, a guarantee that products retailed in the UK have been produced in accordance with internationally-agreed Fairtrade standards. 2019 marked 25 years since the first certified Fairtrade products became available in the UK.  They are now to be found widely in our supermarkets, specialist stores and online. 

So, job done?  www.Fairtrade.org.uk says not.  They say that Fairtrade is an evolving system committed to learning how the approach can improve to make a bigger difference for farmer and worker communities in developing countries.

Their research highlights areas where Fairtrade needs to do better and deliver deeper impact for farmers and workers. These include progressing faster towards a living wage in their Standards, doing more to extend Fairtrade’s core work to farm workers, empowering women farmers and workers, tackling power imbalances in supply chains, building effective climate change resilience within communities and scaling up their work within countries. 

Why buy Fairtrade? Find out more here.

What can we do? 

  • Insist that your favoured supermarket stocks Fairtrade products – and then buy them.  
  • Challenge stores such as Sainsbury’s, in the past a leader in its promotion of Fairtrade products, when they propose moving to their own “fairly traded” arrangements with producers.  The international Fairtrade system can only work and improve if all major product vendors support it. If they do, sales volumes will help bring shop prices down while safeguarding and improving the incomes of producers.  
  • You have a voice!

What products to look out for: 

CoffeeTeaChocolateFruit & VegetablesRiceCooking oilSugarIce CreamWineCottonCosmeticsFlowers

CHOOSE PRODUCTS THAT CHANGE LIVES.

Parish diary this week

A detail from the stained glass at Sacred Heart Church, Rugby. The Supper at Emmaus.

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday February 17th
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday February 18th
No Mass today.
Wednesday February 19th 
Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 20th 
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday February 21st
Mass at 9.30am
Saturday February 22nd
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time at 5pm.
Sunday February 23rd
Mass for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Wednesday February 27th
Open Door, 1.45pm in the hall
Friday March 6th
Praying with Zimbabwe. World Day of Prayer, St Mark’s Church, Bilton at 10.30am and Rogers Hall, Hillmorton at 2 pm.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

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The Death of St Scholastica by Luca Giordano, 1674 (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday February 10th (Feast of St Scholastica)
First Communion session for children and parents in the hall from 6pm to 7pm.
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday February 11th
No Mass today.
Wednesday February 12th 
Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 13th 
Mass at 9.30am
Confirmation programme 6pm to 7.30pm in the hall.
Friday February 14th (Feast of St Cyril and St Methodius)
Mass at 9.30am
Saturday February 15th
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time at 5pm.
Sunday February 16th
Mass for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

St Agatha in her cell by Andrea Vaccaro (public domain).

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday February 3rd
No Mass today.
Tuesday February 4th
No Mass today.
Wednesday February 5th (Feast of St Agatha)
Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 6th (Feast of St Paul Miki and companions)
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Confirmation programme, 6pm to 7.30pm in the hall.
Friday February 7th
Mass at 9.30am
Saturday February 8th
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time at 5pm.
Sunday January 26th
Mass for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.
Monday February 10th
First Communion session for children and parents in the hall from 6pm to 7pm.

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

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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.

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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.