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 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. 

Mass for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

Mass for the 3rd Sunday of Advent from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby.

What does ‘the Lord is at hand mean’?  In what sense must we understand this ‘closeness’ of God.  The Church, illumined by the Holy Spirit, already understood at that time of the apostles and as time went on increasingly better that God’s closeness is not a question of space and time but rather of love: love brings people together! This coming Christmas will remind us of this fundamental truth of our faith and in front of the manger we shall be able to savour Christian joy contemplating in the newborn Jesus the Face of God who made himself close to us out of love. Pope Benedict XVI.

Entrance Antiphon: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.  

First Reading; Isaiah 61: 1-2,10-11. I exult for joy in the Lord.  

Psalm Response: Luke 1. My soul rejoices in my God.   

Second Reading: A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians. May you all be kept safe, spirit, soul and body, for the coming of the Lord. 

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor. Alleluia!

Gospel: John 1;6-8,19-28. There stands among you – unknown to you – the one who is coming after me.  

Public Worship for December 2020

Weekend Masses: Sacred Heart Saturday 5pm and Sunday 9. English Martyrs Sunday 11 am. The Sacred Heart Saturday 5pm Mass is recorded and available later in evening on YouTube. Search for Sacred Heart Bilton. 

Weekday Mass every day is recorded and available on YouTube Sacred Heart Bilton. 

Sacred Heart Mass on Wednesday 7pm  

English Martyrs Mass on Thursday 11 am followed by Exposition until noon. 

Church open for Private Prayer – Sacred Heart Tuesday 2.30-3.30pm.

English Martyrs: Mass on Thursday 11am then Exposition until noon. 

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. 

Christmas Services at Sacred Heart and English Martyrs

Christmas Eve Masses – English Martyrs 5pm, Sacred Heart 8pm.

Christmas Day Masses – Sacred Heart, English Martyrs 11am.

Capacity at both Churches per service is 60 people. This must be strictly observed.

We have already filled half of the places for each of the Christmas Masses so please book soon to avoid disappointment. 

Those attending weekend Masses will be able to sign up to book a place at a Christmas Mass after Mass this weekend 12/13th. You may book by phone or email after this date and will go on a waiting list if necessary, first come first served. By phone or email please indicate time and place of the Mass you want to come to and the number of people and give your contact details. 

The Christmas Eve 8pm Mass at Sacred Heart will be recorded and made available on YouTube Scared Heart Bilton for Christmas Day. We are hoping to live stream a Christmas Mass from English Martyrs.  More details later. 

 Contacts: 01788 813263 sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk. Please indicate which Mass at which Church.

May the Lord be with you and bless you as the Feast of Christmas comes ever closer.  

Mass for the 2nd Sunday of Advent

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

We are pleased to announce that Sacred Heart and English Martyrs are now open again for Public Worship and Private Prayer.

Weekend Masses: Sacred Heart – Saturday 5pm and Sunday 9.30am, English Martyrs – Sunday 11 am.

Weekday Mass: Sacred Heart – Mass on Wednesday 7pm. English Martyrs – Mass on Thursday 11am followed by Exposition until noon. 

Church open for Private Prayer: Sacred Heart Tuesday  2.30-3.30 pm

English Martyrs: Mass on Thursday 11am then Exposition until noon. 

Please do not attend 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.

Christmas at Sacred Heart Church

The crib at Sacred Heart

These are the arrangements for Christmas services at Sacred Heart Church, Bilton and English Martyrs Church, Hillmorton.

Christmas Eve Masses – English Martyrs 5pm, Sacred Heart 8pm.

Christmas Day Masses – Sacred Heart 9.30am, English Martyrs 11am.

Capacity at both Churches per service is 60 people. This must be strictly observed. Those attending weekend Masses will be able to sign up to book a place at a Christmas Mass after Mass this weekend, 12/13th and on weekend 19/20th December to ensure a place. Others may book by phone or email after this date and will go on a waiting list, first come first served.

The Christmas Eve 8pm Mass at Sacred Heart will be recorded and made available on YouTube for Christmas Day. We are hoping to live stream a Christmas Mass from English Martyrs.  More details later. 

Contacts: 01788 813263 sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk. Please indicate which Mass at which Church. 

Mass for the Feast of Christ the King

Here is the Mass for the Feast of Christ the King from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby on Sunday November 22nd 2020.

Following National Guidelines, Sacred Heart and English Martyrs Churches will be closed for Public Worship during the lockdown period.

A recorded Mass from Sacred Heart for Sundays and weekdays will be available on YouTube, search for Sacred Heart Bilton. For a variety of live streamed Masses in the diocese, look on the website birminghamdiocese.org.uk.

Sacred Heart Church will be open for visits for private prayer on Tuesdays 2.30-3.30 pm and Fridays 2.30 – 3.30pm. English Martyrs Thursday 11-noon, Sundays 11-noon. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during this time but no communal or public prayer. 

You must observe the guidelines i.e. wear a mask, sanitise before and after visit, observe distancing, track and trace.  

Contact details; 01788 813263 or sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk

Mass for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Church.

Following National Guidelines, Sacred Heart and English Martyrs Churches will be closed for Public Worship during the lockdown period.

A recorded Mass from Sacred Heart for Sundays and weekdays will be available on YouTube, search for Sacred Heart Bilton. For a variety of live streamed Masses in the diocese, look on the website birminghamdiocese.org.uk.

Sacred Heart Church will be open for visits for private prayer on Tuesdays 2.30-3.30 pm and Fridays 2.30 – 3.30pm. English Martyrs Thursday 11-noon, Sundays 11-noon. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during this time but no communal or public prayer. 

You must observe the guidelines i.e. wear a mask, sanitise before and after visit, observe distancing, track and trace.  

Contact details; 01788 813263 or sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk

Mass for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Remembrance Sunday)

Mass for Remembrance Sunday from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Following National Guidelines, Sacred Heart and English Martyrs Churches will be closed for Public Worship during the lockdown period.

A recorded Mass from Sacred Heart for Sundays and weekdays will be available on YouTube, search for Sacred Heart Bilton. For a variety of live streamed Masses in the diocese, look on the website birminghamdiocese.org.uk.

Sacred Heart Church will be open for visits for private prayer on Tuesdays 2.30-3.30 pm (not 10th) and Fridays 2.30 – 3.30pm. English Martyrs Thursday 11-noon, Sundays 11-noon. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during this time but no communal or public prayer. 

You must observe the guidelines i.e. wear a mask, sanitise before and after visit, observe distancing, track and trace.  

Contact details; 01788 813263 or sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk