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.

Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent, Year B

Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent from Sacred Heart Church.

Here is Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: Of you my heart has spoken: seek his face. It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face from me.  

First Reading; A reading from the book of Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18. The sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith. 

Response: Psalm 115: I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.    

Second Reading: St Paul to the Romans 8:31-34. God did not spare his own Son.

Gospel Acclamation: Glory and praise to you, O Christ! From the bright cloud the Father’s voice was heard: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him’. Glory and praise to you, O Christ!

Gospel: Mark 9: 2-10. This is my Son, the Beloved.   

Masses Intentions for next weekend 6/7 March .

SATURDAY : Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm ( Maria Canale-Parola 99th Birthday.) Available in recorded form on YouTube. 

SUNDAY: Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30pm (People of the Parish), Mass at English Martyrs 11am (Sick Members of the Parishes). Live streamed on YouTube. 

WEDNESDAY 3rd March; Mass at Sacred Heart in the main Church 7pm.

THURSDAY 4th March: Mass at English Martyrs 11am.

Recorded Masses from Sacred Heart on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings available after about 11.30 am on the day.

CAFOD LENTEN APPEAL Walk for Water. Family Fast Day Friday 26th February. Please support and give  ONLINE  via cafod.org.uk/lent or through the RETIRING COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND. Please use the envelopes to Gift Aid your offering if you can. Thanks.

(Formerly Women’s) WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 5th March 10.30am. No local services but there is an online service at www.wwdp.org.uk  led by the women of Vanuatu. Afterwards a Zoom Meeting , meeting ID 884 5196 2211 Passcode pray21 . You can find lots of information on ww.wwdp.org.uk. Please join this important ecumenical occasion. 

Mass for the First Sunday of Lent, Year B

Here is Mass for the First Sunday of Lent from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will deliver him and give him glory , I will grant him length of days. 

First Reading; A reading from the book of Genesis 9:8-15. God’s covenant with Noah after he had saved him from the waters of the flood. 

Response: Psalm 24: Your ways, Lord are faithfulness and love for those who keep your covenant.    

Second Reading:  First Letter of St Peter 3:18-22. That water is a type of the baptism which saves you now.

Gospel Acclamation: Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory. We do not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory.

Gospel: Mark 1: 12-15. Jesus was tempted by Satan, and the angels looked after him.  

Masses Intentions for next weekend.

SATURDAY: Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm ( People of the Parishes). Available in recorded form on YouTube. 

SUNDAY: Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30pm (Private Intention). Mass at English Martyrs 11am (William Volkman). Live streamed on YouTube. 

WEDNESDAY: Mass at Sacred Heart in the main Church 7pm.

THURSDAY: Mass at English Martyrs 10 am. (Sally Shaw RIP)

Recorded Masses from Sacred Heart on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings available after about 11.30 am on the day.

CAFOD LENTEN APPEAL Walk for Water. Family Fast Day Friday 26th February. Abdella lives in a remote and mountainous part of Ethiopia. He walks 10 hours a day to find water for his family. What a way to spend your life! Let us walk beside him this Lent and help with our prayers and contributions to the Appeal. We can help him and many others in a similar situation. 

Please give via https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-CAFOD/Lent-Appeal or through the retiring collection next weekend. Please use the envelopes to Gift Aid your offering if you can. Thanks.

Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Year B

Here is Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Year B from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: O come, let us worship God and bow low before the God who made us, for he is the Lord our God. 

First Reading; A reading from the book of Job 7;1-4,6-7. Restlessly I fret till twilight falls.  

Response: Psalm 146: Praise the Lord who heals the broken hearted.      

Second Reading: First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 9:16-19,22-23. I should be punished if I did not preach the Gospel. 

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! He took our sicknesses away, and carried our diseases for us.  Alleluia!

Gospel: Mark 1: 29-39. He cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another.  

Masses at the weekend: Intentions for next week.

Saturday: Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm (Deedee Flint RIP) Available in recorded form on YouTube. 

Sunday: Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30pm (People of the Parishes), Mass at English Martyrs 11am (Private Intention). 

Live streamed on YouTube. 

If you subscribe to the particular channel it doesn’t cost you anything. It reminds you when there is a new stream available on that channel. Makes it easier to find. 

Masses during the week. 

Monday (Betty Dean RIP), Tuesday (Dennis Lackey RIP) , Thursday, Friday . Morning Masses from Sacred Heart available on YouTube. 

Public Mass at Sacred Heart Main Chapel on Wednesday at 7pm (Raphael RIP SG)

Public Mass at English Martyrs on Thursday at 11am (Agnes and Pauline RIP).

ST TERESA OF AVILA: As you are alone, seek for some companion – and where could you find a better one than the Master who taught you the prayer you are about to say? Picture this same Lord close beside you. See how lovingly, how humbly he is teaching you- believe me, you should never be without so good a friend. If you accustom yourselves to keep him near you, and he sees that you love to have him, and make every effort to please him, you will not be able to send him away. He will never fail you, but will help you in all your troubles, and you will find him everywhere. Do you think it is a small thing to have such a friend at your side?  

Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Here is the Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Year B from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: Save us, O Lord our God! And gather us from the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, and make it our glory to praise you.

First Reading: A reading from the book of Deuteronomy 18:15-20. I will raise up a prophet and I will put my words into his mouth.  

Response: Psalm 94: O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts.     

Second Reading:  First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 7;32-35. An unmarried woman can devote herself to the Lord’s affairs; all she need worry about is being holy. 

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children. Alleluia!

Gospel: Mark 1: 21-28. He taught them with authority. 

Masses at the weekend: Intentions for next week.

Saturday: Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm ( Winnie Burke RIP). Available in recorded form on YouTube. 

Sunday: Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30pm (Peoples of the Parishes), Mass at English Martyrs 11am (Patrick and Mary Moran RIP). Live streamed on YouTube. 

Masses during the week. 

Monday, Tuesday (Candlemas) , Thursday, Friday. Morning Masses from Sacred Heart available on YouTube. 

Public Mass at Sacred Heart main Chapel on Wednesday at 7pm (Mary RIP SG)

Public Mass  at English Martyrs on Thursday at 11am (in Thanksgiving).

PANDEMIC IMPORTANT MESSAGE; We ask if you or any member of your household have been in direct contact with Covid , or have tested positive for Covid. Please let us know. 

RACIAL JUSTICE: This year’s Racial Justice Sunday is more important than ever. The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, the killing of George Floyd, and the powerful message on fraternity and equality by Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti speak of the need to actively oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour.

Mass for the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Here is the Mass for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: O sing a new song to the Lord, sing to the Lord, all the earth. In his presence are majesty and splendour, strength and honour in his holy place.

First Reading; A reading from the prophet Jonah 3;1-5,10. The people of Nineveh renounce their evil behaviour.

Psalm Response: Psalm 24. Lord make me know your ways.      

Second Reading: First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 7;29-31. The world as we know is passing away.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! The kingdom of God is close at hand, believe the good news.  Alleluia!

Gospel: Mark 1: 14-20. Repent and believe the Good News.  

Masses at the weekend: Intentions for next week.

Saturday : Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm (In Thanksgiving (S))

Available in recorded form on YouTube. 

Sunday : Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30pm (Peoples of the Parishes),

Mass at English Martyrs 11am (John Morrissey RIP). 

Live streamed on YouTube. 

The Sunday Mass obligation has been dispensed because of the Pandemic

Masses during the week. 

Mass at Sacred Heart in the main Chapel on Wednesday at 7pm (In Thanksgiving). Mass at English Martyrs on Thursday at 11am (In Thanksgiving). Live streamed.

Pope Francis has instituted one Sunday, the Third Sunday of the Year as a Day of the Word of God. He says: “A day devoted to the Bible should not be seen as a yearly event but rather a year-long event, for we urgently need to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures and of the Risen Lord, who continues to speak his word and to break bread in the community of believers.”

Cultivating an intimate relationship with Sacred Scripture will open our eyes, our hearts, our minds, to the work of God around us. Scripture won’t take us away from the present moment. This is a fear that some have! Rather, spending time with the living Word of God will enrich our lives, revealing to us the deeper workings of God in our midst.

Mass for the Second Sunday of Year B

Here is the Mass for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: All the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to you, shall sing to your name, O Most High! 

First Reading: First book of Samuel 3:3-10,19. Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.

Psalm Response: Psalm 39. Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.     

Second Reading: First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20. Your bodies are members making up the body of Christ. 

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! We have found the Messiah- which means the Christ- grace and truth have come through him. Alleluia!

Gospel: John 1: 35-42. They saw where he lived and stayed with him.  

Masses at the weekend

Saturday: Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm (People of the Parishes)

Available in recorded form on YouTube. 

Sunday: Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30pm (Holy Souls),

Mass at English Martyrs 11am (Charles Pratt). 

Live streamed on YouTube. 

The Sunday Mass obligation has been dispensed because of the Pandemic. 

Masses during the week. 

Mass at Sacred Heart in the main Chapel on Wednesday at 7pm (Marie Payne). Mass at English Martyrs on Thursday at 11am  (Fr Pat Joyce RIP). Live streamed. 

Peace Sunday

This  weekend we celebrate Peace Sunday. Pope has given us the theme, A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace’. The Covid -19 pandemic has certainly thrown up the question of the value we place on carers and the need to support the vulnerable. Unless we put caring at the heart of our personal and community life, we certainly won’t be able to ‘build back better’. A culture of care means more than that – a rejection of carelessness, callousness and violence and a recommitment at all levels, personal, communal and global to the path of peace and reconciliation.

Please support the Special Collection today for the work of PAX CHRISTI. Our help is needed.

Mass for the Baptism of the Lord

Here is the Mass for the Baptism of the Lord from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby on Sunday January 10th, 2020.

Entrance Antiphon: After the Lord was baptised, the heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove, and the voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. 

First Reading: Isaiah 55;1-11 Come to the water. Listen and your soul will live.

Psalm Response: Isaiah12:2-6. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.    

Second Reading: First Letter of St John: 5; 1-9 The Spirit and water and blood.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! John saw Jesus coming before him and said: This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.  Alleluia!

Gospel: Mark 1: 7-11. You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you. 

Masses  – Saturday: Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm. Sunday: Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30pm, Mass at English Martyrs 11am. Mass at Sacred Heart in the main Chapel on Wednesday at 7pm. Mass at English Martyrs on Thursday at 11am.

Sunday 11am Mass at English Martyrs and the Thursday Mass will be live streamed. You can follow it on YouTube or there is a link on the English Martyrs website.

Saturday evening Mass 5pm at Sacred Heart will be recorded and made available on You Tube .There is a link on the parish website. Weekday private Masses usually at 10am at Sacred Heart are available on You Tube usually by late morning. The Sunday Mass obligation has been dispensed because of the Pandemic. 

ATTENTION. We must be  very careful with the precautions we must take attending Mass. Do not attend with any symptoms. Always wear a Face Mask or covering. Sanitise your hands before and after Mass. Track and trace. Observe separation and distancing at least one metre or more especially during entering and exiting Church and processing to Holy Communion. There should be no mixing before and after Mass outside of households and bubbles. Your cooperation is very important and much appreciated.

PEACE SUNDAY takes place next Sunday. There will be a special Retiring Collection after Masses for PAX CHRISTI, the international Catholic peace organisation and its work in this country. Please be generous in supporting this important work.

Living Simply – Winter 2021

LOCKDOWN LIVE SIMPLY CHALLENGES

Living Simply – more challenging in Lockdown?

Lockdown and the various restrictions on where we go and what we do may be undermining some of the good habits we had adopted. We’re doing far more shopping online which generates more cardboard, bubble wrap, plastic packaging, not all of which can be recycled via our blue bins. So, what do you do with plastic bags such as bread wrappers, or with spent light bulbs – either low energy or old incandescent, or spent batteries. 

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Think about what you can recycle.

Recycle Now https://www.recyclenow.com/ is a really useful website which provides advice on what can be recycled and where using a postcode location finder tool. For example, “squidgy” plastic bags can be recycled at Sainsbury’s (Dunchurch Road); Tesco (Leicester Road) and Morrisons (Lutterworth); and low energy light bulbs should be recycled at Hunters Lane Waste Management Centre or Currys PC World. Old incandescent bulbs are not recyclable sadly.  At present, you may need to try to find space at home to store items until it’s possible to go to recycling hubs but try not to lose the will to recycle all you can.

Live Sustainably….banking

It’s hard to survive these days without a bank account – any organisation from government, to employers, utilities etc only want to deal with us via an account. How many of us then consider the ethical credentials of who we bank with? Do the banks which profit from managing our accounts use those profits in a sustainable and beneficial way? Time, perhaps, to ask a few questions and compare the credentials of banks such as Triodos https://www.triodos.co.uk/ , for example, with those of the main High Street banks. Ethical Consumer magazine conducted a review in August 2020 – it makes very interesting reading: https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/money-finance/shopping-guide/current-accounts

Live Sustainably….walk more

It’s also important to keep getting as much fresh air as possible during the cold months to reduce the chance of catching infections and to cut down on carbon emissions, by combining walking with essential errands.  For example, even if it’s easier and more comfortable to jump in the car to go to the supermarket on a cold day, if you can, why not walk there instead for smaller shopping trips that are manageable to carry/trolley home?

Live In Solidarity

Not seeing one another at church or in other settings has limited our opportunities to discuss the things that matter to us. It may also have limited our awareness of the fronts on which CAFOD is campaigning. Visit: https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Latest-campaigns to see how you can engage with ongoing initiatives around climate change, poverty, peace and human rights and much more. 

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Mass for the 4th Sunday of Advent

Mass from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton.

Here is Mass for the 4th Sunday of Advent from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton.

Public Worship for December 2020

Masses during next week

Monday, 10am Private Mass at Sacred Heart recorded for YouTube available by noon. 

Tuesday, 9am Funeral Mass at English Martyrs for Imelda (Alice) Smyth

Wednesday, 7pm Public Mass at Sacred Heart in the main Chapel. 

Thursday – Christmas Eve

5pm, Mass at English Martyrs 

8pm, Mass at Sacred Heart

Friday – Christmas Day

9.30am, Mass at Sacred Heart

11am, Mass at English Martyrs

Both Christmas Eve Masses are now fully booked.

Christmas Day Masses – there are a few places available at both Churches. You must book.

Saturday- Boxing Day 5pm Mass for Sunday at Sacred Heart

Sunday – Feast of the Holy Family Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30am

English Martyrs 11am. 

We will be streaming live Christmas Masses from English Martyrs at YouTube – English Martyrs Church Rugby and the Christmas Eve Mass at Sacred Heart will be recorded and available on YouTube – Sacred Heart Bilton on Christmas Morning. 

IMPORTANT – Please do not attend any public gathering if you have any Covid symptoms.

Observe Precautions: 

Sanitise hands before and after, 

Track and Trace,

Masks must be worn and observe Social Distancing, 

No social contact with others before and after Mass.

No singing allowed

We look forward to welcoming you to the Christmas Masses at English Martyrs and Sacred Heart and hope you will do your best to make things safe for everyone. 

We remember all those who are unable to join us for public worship at this time and share the Mass on YouTube and other media. 

We thank all those who have been helping with the stewarding at our public services.

We pray for those whose health has been affected by the Covid pandemic and remember those who have died. We pray for those who are working in our health and caring services at this challenging time.  

May the Lord whose coming we celebrate at this Christmas time keep us united in faith and love.