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 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.

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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.

Parish diary this week

An Orthodox icon of All Saints (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday October 28th (Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles)
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday October 29th
No Mass.
Wednesday October 30th
Open Door meeting, 1.45pm in the hall
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday October 31st
Mass at 7pm (Vigil of the Feast of All Saints)
Friday November 1st (Feast of All Saints)
Mass at 9.30am at English Martyrs Church, Hillmorton.
Mass at 7pm at St Joseph’s Church, Monks Kirby.
Mass at St Marie’s Church, Dunchurch Road, Rugby at 10am and 7pm.
Saturday November 2nd (Feast of All Souls)
Mass for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday October 27th
Mass for the 31st 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
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.

Parish diary this week

Jesus Christ Pantocrator, detail from the mosaic in Hagia SophiaIstanbul.

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday October 21st
Funeral Mass for Maureen Woulahan at 12.30pm.
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday October 22nd (Feast of St John Paul II)
Funeral Mass for Sandra George, Sacred Heart. 11am.
Wednesday October 23rd
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday October 24th
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am.
Friday October 25th
Mass at 7pm (for deceased members of the Catenians)
Saturday October 26th
Mass for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday October 27th
Mass for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Wednesday October 30th
Open Door meeting, 1.45pm in the hall
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.

Parish diary this week

Our Lady of the Rosary with Child by Simone Cantarini (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday October 7th (Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary)
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday October 8th
No Mass today.
Open morning at English Martyrs School, Hillmorton, 9.45am. More details, call 01788 543423.
Wednesday October 9th (Feast of the Blessed John Henry Newman)
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday October 10th
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am.
Friday October 11th (Feast of St John XXIII)
Mass at 9.30am. 
Saturday October 12th
Mass for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday October 13th
Mass for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Monday October 21st
Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart for Maureen Woulahan. 12.30pm.
Tuesday October 22nd
Funeral service for Sandra George, Sacred Heart. 11am.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.

Parish diary this week

The Ecstasy of St Francis by Stefano di Giovanni, c1444 (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday September 30th (Feast of St Jerome)
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday October 1st (Feast of St Therese of the Child Jesus)
No Mass today.
Funeral of Betty Deans, English Martyrs Church at 10.30am.
Wednesday October 2nd (Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels)
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday October 3rd
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am.
Friday October 4th (Feast of St Francis of Assisi)
Mass at 9.30am. Cafod Harvest Fast Day.
Saturday October 5th
Mass for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday October 6th
Mass for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.