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 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sacred Heart Church is now open for public Mass each weekend. Services are at the usual time of 5pm on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday. Here is the service for Sunday August 2nd, the 18th in Ordinary Time.

Services will work under the current restrictions to protect the safety of those involved. For those unable to attend, a video service is available on YouTube.

Weekday Masses continue to go live at 7pm. Of course you can watch them at any time after this at your convenience. Find on YouTube by searching sacred heart, bilton. If you click subscribe then the item should be easier to find next time. There are many other options for streamed and recorded Masses on the internet. There are links to the recent Sunday Masses on this website below.

Mass is on our YouTube Channel: sacred heart, bilton.

Other parish news

English Martyrs: it was good to welcome the good number who came to our first Public Mass last Sunday. Numbers have been good at Sacred Heart too.  Please support and encourage one another to attend but respect the wishes of those who are not yet ready or available to attend.

Thanks to all who help with the stewarding and caring for safety of the congregation in both places. Please pray for Mary McKeown recently deceased. Funeral Service at English Martyrs Friday 14th at 12.30pm. 

Offertory Collections : We appreciate your generous giving to the Church which has been much affected by the present crisis. Thanks to all who have signed Standing Orders and/or who have Gift Aided. Please consider doing this if you don’t already. We will try and deliver the remaining collection envelope boxes soon. 

Holy Communion and Leaving the Church; The practical arrangements for seating and moving around the Church are working well. Because we receive Holy Communion at the end of Mass please remember to leave the Church in silence and do not speak until well outside the Church. Please remember the distancing rules of 2 metres if you are having a conversation. We are advised not to gather outside but to leave for home as soon as possible.

Mass for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sacred Heart Church is now open for public Mass each weekend. Services are at the usual time of 5pm on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday. Here is the service for Sunday July 26th, the 17th in Ordinary Time.

Services will work under the current restrictions to protect the safety of those involved. For those unable to attend, a video service is available on YouTube.

Weekday Masses continue to go live at 7pm. Of course you can watch them at any time after this at your convenience. Find on YouTube by searching sacred heart, bilton. If you click subscribe then the item should be easier to find next time. There are many other options for streamed and recorded Masses on the internet. There are links to the recent Sunday Masses on this website below.

Mass is on our YouTube Channel: sacred heart, bilton.

A message to parishioners

Here is a message to parishioners from Father Gerry, Father Graham and Father Matthew.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

It is great that after such a long interval our Churches at Sacred Heart and English Martyrs are now open for public Masses at weekends. It has been great to welcome many of the congregation coming together for Mass. I want to say thank you to the Parishioners who have helped in the preparation for the opening and those who are helping by stewarding at the Masses. Thank you too for cooperating with the arrangements that have been put in place for our safety and security. It is true that not everyone has felt confident enough yet to return but we hope no one will feel they have to return until they are ready. We look forward to when the Church will be full again and all the precautions will no longer be needed. Sadly, there is no guarantee that this will happen any time soon.

We are fortunate that we have been able to provide a recorded Mass from Sacred Heart at weekends and some weekdays and of course Masses from places near and far are available on the internet. The broadband is not reliable enough at Sacred Heart to live stream but we hope this can be remedied. The Diocese has asked us to continue to provide internet Masses for the housebound and the vulnerable. The obligation for Sunday Mass has been relaxed. 

Offertory Collections. As you will be aware income has dropped in both parishes and we continue to need your support. Thanks to all who pay by monthly Standing Order this has meant a regular stream of income. I would ask those who pay weekly to do their best to support us. We have also lost a lot of income from regular lettings which help sustain the parishes.  I appreciate that the income of individuals and families may have been affected by the pandemic. Please consider paying by Standing Order if you can and also Gift Aid your offering which increases its value at no cost to yourself. Please contact us for the necessary forms. You can even donate to the parishes on the diocesan website. We will look into how we can distribute the envelopes for this financial year which were due to go out just as the pandemic struck.  

Good news for English Martyrs that we have begun the long awaited refurb of the toilets and kitchen in the parish hall. This is being funded by cashing in some of the saving units we had invested with the diocese. We will still need to be careful and seek to reduce our overdraft which has just dipped under 100k. The Parish Hall is a very useful source of income.

English Martyrs School has had to face the challenges presented by the corona virus. All the staff have worked very hard to meet the changes and challenges. Mrs Deery was able to extend her departure till summer half term. She has now moved on to her new post. Sadly, we did not have the chance to mark her leaving as we would have liked. She has made a great contribution to the ongoing success of the school. Miss Petras, the deputy head, is now acting head until Christmas while a new head teacher is found and appointed. First Holy Communions in both parishes and Confirmation at Sacred Heart will be arranged in due course as time and conditions permit.  

There have been some eight funerals during the lockdown period which were held according to the restrictions. Please pray for those who have died and for their grieving families and friends. A couple of marriages have also had to be cancelled and rearranged for next year.

Baptisms too have been postponed and need to be rearranged. Current rules allow a gathering of up to 30 with distancing and precautions as for Mass. 

Visits to the sick and housebound are still difficult and where necessary can be made taking careful precautions and distancing. Let us remember those who are in care homes, their families and those who look after them. 

Confessions can be arranged with the priest but again distancing has to be observed.

It is good to hear how parishioners are keeping in touch and keeping an eye on those who are alone or vulnerable. I am sure this needs to continue.

We need to build up the life and activities of the parishes and try and see what lessons can be learnt from what we have experienced through this difficult time of lockdown and isolation. 

Fr Matthew Fr Graham and myself Fr Gerry wish you all well and be assured of our prayers. Enjoy the summer.

Mass for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sacred Heart Church is now open for public Mass each weekend. Services are at the usual time of 5pm on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday. Here is the service for Sunday July 19th, the 16th in Ordinary Time.

Services will work under the current restrictions to protect the safety of those involved. For those unable to attend, a video service is available on YouTube.

Weekday Masses continue to go live at 7pm. Of course you can watch them at any time after this at your convenience. Find on YouTube by searching sacred heart, bilton. If you click subscribe then the item should be easier to find next time. There are many other options for streamed and recorded Masses on the internet. There are links to the recent Sunday Masses on this website below.

Mass is on our YouTube Channel: sacred heart, bilton.

Mass for the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sacred Heart Church is now open for public Mass each weekend. Services are at the usual time of 5pm on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday. Here is the service for Sunday July 12th, the 15th in Ordinary Time.

Services will work under the current restrictions to protect the safety of those involved. For those unable to attend, a video service is available on YouTube.

Weekday Masses continue to go live at 7pm. Of course you can watch them at any time after this at your convenience. Find on YouTube by searching sacred heart, bilton. If you click subscribe then the item should be easier to find next time. There are many other options for streamed and recorded Masses on the internet. There are links to the recent Sunday Masses on this website below.

Mass is on our YouTube Channel: sacred heart, bilton.

Church to re-open on July 11th

Sacred Heart Church is to re-open for public Mass next weekend, July 10th and 11th. Services will be at the usual time of 5pm on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday.

In this video, Father Gerry explains how the service will work under the current restrictions. For those unable to attend, a video service will be available on YouTube.

Weekday Masses go live at 7pm and Sunday Mass at 9.30 am. Of course you can watch them at any time after this at your convenience. Find on YouTube by searching sacred heart, bilton. If you click subscribe then the item should be easier to find next time. There are many other options for streamed and recorded Masses on the internet. There are links to the recent Sunday Masses on this website below.

Mass is on our YouTube Channel: sacred heart, bilton.

Here is the Mass for the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Sunday July 5th.

Mass for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Here is the Mass for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton. Greetings from Father Gerry and Father Graham.

Weekday Masses go live at 7pm and Sunday Mass at 9.30 am. Of course you can watch them at any time after this at your convenience. Find on YouTube by searching sacred heart, bilton. If you click subscribe then the item should be easier to find next time. There are many other options for streamed and recorded Masses on the internet. There are links to the recent Sunday Masses on this website below.

Mass is on our YouTube Channel: sacred heart, bilton.

Fr Gerry and Fr Graham are keeping well and looking forward to meeting you all again when the situation improves. Plans are going ahead slowly for the opening of Churches for private prayer and we will let you know when the diocese has plans in place for this. Please remember us in your prayers as we remember you in our prayers and Masses. 

Mass for the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Here is the Mass for the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton. Greetings from Father Gerry and Father Graham.

Weekday Masses go live at 7pm and Sunday Mass at 9.30 am. Of course you can watch them at any time after this at your convenience. Find on YouTube by searching sacred heart, bilton. If you click subscribe then the item should be easier to find next time. There are many other options for streamed and recorded Masses on the internet. There are links to the recent Sunday Masses on this website below.

Mass is on our YouTube Channel: sacred heart, bilton.

Fr Gerry and Fr Graham are keeping well and looking forward to meeting you all again when the situation improves. Plans are going ahead slowly for the opening of Churches for private prayer and we will let you know when the diocese has plans in place for this. Please remember us in your prayers as we remember you in our prayers and Masses. 

Last week’s attempt to stream the services live was, unfortunately, not successful for technical reasons.

Feast of Corpus Christi

Here is the Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton. Greetings from Father Gerry and Father Graham.

We have now managed successfully to launch a streamed Mass instead of recorded Mass from Sacred Heart.  So instead of recorded, we will now be switching to live streaming. You may have to allow a few minutes at the advertised starting time and wait until it goes live. 

Sunday Mass will be live at 9.30am. You are invited to join us. You can also watch it later as a recording. 

Weekday Mass will be live at 10am. This Mass is available later as a recording. 

Mass is on our YouTube Channel: sacred heart, bilton.

Fr Gerry and Fr Graham are keeping well and looking forward to meeting you all again when the situation improves. Plans are going ahead slowly for the opening of Churches for private prayer and we will let you know when the diocese has plans in place for this. Please remember us in your prayers as we remember you in our prayers and Masses. 

The services can also be watched at a later time on YouTube in case you aren’t able to join the live broadcast.

New: live streaming of services

We have now managed successfully to launch a streamed Mass instead of recorded Mass from Sacred Heart.  So instead of recorded, we will now be switching to live streaming. You may have to allow a few minutes at the advertised starting time and wait until it goes live. 

Sunday Mass will be live at 9.30am. You are invited to join us. You can also watch it later as a recording. 

Weekday Mass will be live at 10am. This Mass is available later as a recording.  Note this week there  will be no Mass on Thursday 11th June. 

Mass is on our YouTube Channel: sacred heart, bilton.

Fr Gerry and Fr Graham are keeping well and looking forward to meeting you all again when the situation improves. Plans are going ahead slowly for the opening of Churches for private prayer and we will let you know when the diocese has plans in place for this. Please remember us in your prayers as we remember you in our prayers and Masses. 

The services can also be watched at a later time on YouTube in case you aren’t able to join the live broadcast.