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 Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B

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

Entrance Antiphon: Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard; proclaim to the  ends of the earth: The Lord has freed his people, alleluia.  

First Reading: A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 10:25-26,34-35,44-48. The Holy Spirit has been poured out on the pagans too.  

Response: Psalm 97: The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations. 

Second Reading: A reading from the first letter of St John 4: 7-1 God is love.  

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Jesus said; ‘If anyone loves me they will keep my word, and  my Father will love them, and shall come to them’. Alleluia!

Gospel: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John 15: 9-17. No one can have greater love than to lay down their life for their friends. 

Communion Antiphon: If you love me, keep my commandments says the Lord,  and I will ask the Father, and he will send you another Paraclete, to abide with you forever. alleluia. 

Parishes Mass times and Intentions LS = Live Stream  

Saturday 8th at SH 5pm Holy Souls LS 

Sunday 9th at SH 9.30am In honour of Our Lady LS 

Sunday 9th at EM 11 am Patricia McKee RIP LS 

Monday and Tuesday 10, 11th Mass SH, LS at 10am 

Wednesday 12th SH at 7pm Vigil Mass of the Ascension of the Lord. Robert Hughes RIP Public Mass LS 

Thursday 13th Solemnity of Ascension of the Lord-no obligation this year. EM 11 am Private Intention Public Mass with one School class. No LS.  Friday 14th at 10 am SH LS Bishop William 75th Birthday Ints. 

FR GRAHAM; Fr Graham has had his medical treatment and is recovering well. He will be ending his isolation at the end of the week.  

THURSDAY MASS AT EM. We are pleased EM School, one class at a time, will be joining us  again for our Thursday Mass at 11 am. All welcome. This week we celebrate the Ascension  of the Lord.  

UPDATE: We are making arrangements for the children from EM School who have not been  able to make their First Holy Communion due last year to celebrate FHC on Saturday 12th and 19th June. Confirmation will be celebrated on Saturdays 10th and 17th July. This year’s cohort of children will make FHC in the autumn term.  

We have not been able to arrange classes and celebrations of the children from SH whose  preparation was interrupted last year. We will do this when it is practicable and the current  restrictions on gathering are fully relaxed . 

RIP: Recently Deceased : Patricia McKee. Funeral Mass at English Martyrs Friday 21st May at  12 noon. Burial at Watts Lane. May she rest in peace.  

PUBLIC MASS: It is good to see a gradual return to Mass. All are welcome. It is good to see you again. Please return when you feel comfortable. Thankfully the Covid situation in the  UK has been improving rapidly, but please remember it is still very important to maintain the precautions – sanitise your hands and keep a 2m distance from one another and  observe the spaces in seating. Thanks again to those who have been stewarding and sanitising at our gatherings and helping to keep us safe. 

ROSARY IN MAY: Pope Francis has asked us to pray the Rosary during this month, the  month dedicated to our Lady, with the intention of the relief of the Pandemic. We remember that there are many countries who are still in the middle of a grave crisis and in  need our support and prayers. Let us remember families in our parishes who have family in  India and have concern for their wellbeing. If you are unable to pray the whole Rosary please consider praying a daily Decade of the Rosary for this intention.  

APPEAL FROM CAFOD FOR HELP FOR INDIA PANDEMIC 

As coronavirus brings devastation across India, CAFOD is working  with experienced local Church agency, Caritas India, to provide vital support  to poor and marginalised communities. Donations to CAFOD’s Coronavirus  Appeal will help Caritas India distribute PPE kits to frontline health  workers, promote COVID & vaccine awareness campaigns, and set up safely  run isolation & quarantine centres. You can donate online here: cafod.org.uk/give. Please keep praying for the people of India and all  those affected by the pandemic. There will be a collection basket available  after Mass for cash donations. Please make out any cheque to CAFOD. Thanks  for your support. 

We fly to your protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our  necessities, and deliver us from all dangers. O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.  

Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort  those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are  buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their  loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot  be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future  and the consequences for the economy and employment. Amen.

Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B

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

 Entrance Antiphon: O sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders;  in the sight of the nations he has shown his deliverance, alleluia.

First Reading; A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 9: 26-31 Barnabas explained how the Lord had appeared to Saul on his journey.

Response: Psalm 21: You, Lord, are my praise in the great assembly. 

Second Reading: A reading from the first letter of St John 3: 18-24 His commandments are these: that we believe in his Son and that we love one  another.  

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Make your home in me, as I make mine in you. Whoever  remains in me bears fruit in plenty. Alleluia! 

Gospel: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John 15: 1-8. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty.

Communion Antiphon: I am the true vine and you are the branches, says the  Lord. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, bears fruit in plenty, alleluia. 

Parishes Mass times and Intentions LS = Live Stream  

Saturday 1st at SH 5pm People of the Parishes LS 

Sunday 2nd at SH 9.30am Yvonne Motayne RIP LS  

Sunday 2nd at EM 11am C and V Deery Wedding Anniversary LS 

Monday and Tuesday 3rd, 4th Mass SH , LS at 10am 

Wednesday 5th SH at 7pm Public Mass LS 

Thursday 6th EM 11 am Intentions of EM School Public Mass with one class from School. Friday 7th at 10 am SH LS Private Intention 

Saturday 8thxat SH 5pm Holy Souls LS 

Sunday 9th at SH 9.30am In honour of Our Lady LS 

Sunday 9th at EM 11 am Patricia McKee RIP LS

FR GRAHAM; Fr Graham will be isolating for about two weekend from May 2. Don’t worry it is not Covid related but a safety precaution. He is having some planned medical treatment  early in May and has to ensure he does not pick up any viruses. Abnormal service will  resume after this. Canon Gerry will be looking after the technology in his absence.  

RIP: Recently Deceased : Patricia McKee parishioner since the 60’s at EM. Funeral Mass  Friday 21st May at 12 noon . Burial at Watts Lane. May she rest in peace.  

THURSDAY MASS AT EM. We are pleased EM School, one class at a time, will be joining us  again for our Thursday Mass at 11 am. All welcome.  

UPDATE: We are making arrangements for the children from EM School who have not been able to make their First Holy Communion yet which as due last year to celebrate FHC on Saturday 12th and 19th June. Confirmation will be celebrated on Saturdays 10th and 17th July. This year’s cohort of children will make FHC in the autumn term.  

We have not been able to arrange classes and celebrations of the children from SH whose  preparation was interrupted last year. We will do this when it is practicable and the current restrictions on gathering are fully relaxed. .  

PUBLIC MASS: It is good to see a gradual return to Mass and to see new old faces  appearing each week and indeed old new faces. All are welcome. It is good to see you again. Please return when you feel comfortable. Thank goodness the Covid situation in the UK has  been improving rapidly, but please remember it is still very important to maintain the  precautions – sanitise your hands and keep a 2m distance from one another and observe  the spaces in seating. Thanks again to those who have been stewarding and sanitising at our  gatherings and helping to keep us safe. 

ROSARY IN MAY; Pope Francis has asked us to pray the Rosary during this month, the  month dedicated to our Lady, with the intention of the relief of the Pandemic. We  remember that there are many countries who are still in the middle of a grave crisis and in  need our support and prayers. 

If you are unable to pray the whole Rosary please consider praying a daily Decade of the  Rosary for this intention.  

PRAYERS 

We fly to your protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our  necessities, and deliver us from all dangers. O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.  

Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort  those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are  buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their  loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot  be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future  and the consequences for the economy and employment. Amen. 

Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B

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

Entrance Antiphon: The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth; by the word of the Lord the  heavens were made, alleluia.  

First Reading; A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12. This is the only name by which we can be saved. 

Response: Psalm 117: The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone. 

Second Reading: A reading from the first letter of St John 3: 1-2. We shall see God as he really is.  

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my own sheep and my own  know me. Alleluia! 

Gospel: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John 10:11-18. The good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.  

Communion Antiphon: The Good Shepherd has risen, who laid down his life for his sheep  and willingly died for his flock, alleluia. 

Mass times and Intentions LS = Live Stream  

Saturday 24th at SH 5pm People of the Parishes LS 

Sunday 25th at SH 9.30am For Vocations LS  

Sunday 25th at EM 11am Catherine McMahon RIP LS  

Monday and Tuesday 26th, 27th Mass SH , LS at 10am 

Wednesday 28th SH at 7pm Public Mass Maurice Guy RIP LS 

Thursday 29th EM 11 am People of the Parish Public Mass 

Friday 30rd at 10 am SH LS 

Saturday 1st at SH 5pm Fred Ross RIP LS 

Sunday 2nd at SH 9.30am Yvonne Motayne RIP LS 

Sunday 2nd at EM 11 am C and V Deery Wedding Anniversary LS 

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: Please collect your envelopes today as you leave Mass at Sacred  Heart or English Martyrs. Thanks for your support of the Parishes.  

THIS SUNDAY IS VOCATIONS SUNDAY. Special Retiring Collection for Clergy Training Fund. 

Mass for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year B

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

Entrance Antiphon: Cry out with joy to God, all the earth. O sing to the glory of his name. O  render him glorious praise, alleluia.  

First Reading; A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 3:13-15, 17-19. You killed the prince of life. God, however raised him from the dead. 

Response: Psalm 4: Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.  

Second Reading: The reading from the first letter of St John 2: 1-5. He is the sacrifice that takes our sins away, and not only hours, but the whole world’s. 

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Lord Jesus, explain the scriptures to us. Make our hearts burn within us as  you talk to us. Alleluia! 

Gospel: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 24:35-48. So you see how it was written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the  dead.  

Mass times and Intentions LS = Live Stream  

Saturday 17th at SH 5pm People of the Parishes LS 

Sunday 18th at SH 9.30am Fred Ross RIP LS  

Sunday 18th at EM 11am Eddie Comerford RIP LS  

Monday and Tuesday 19th, 20th Mass SH on LS at 10am 

Wednesday 21st SH at 7pm Public Mass (Fr Louis McRaye RIP) LS 

Thursday 22rd EM 11 am Public Mass Antonia and Pete Joppe Memorial Mass Friday 23rd at 10 am SH LS 

Saturday 24th at SH 5pm Fred Ross RIP LS 

Sunday 25th at SH 9.30pm People of the Parish LS 

Sunday 25th at EM 11 am Catherine McMahon RIP LS 

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: Please collect your envelopes today as you leave Mass at Sacred  Heart or English Martyrs. Thanks for your support of the Parishes.  

NEXT SUNDAY IS VOCATIONS SUNDAY. Special Retiring Collection for Clergy Training Fund. 

Mass for the Second Sunday of Easter

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

Entrance Antiphon: Receive the joy of your glory, giving thanks to God, who has called you  into the heavenly kingdom, alleluia.  

First Reading; A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35. United, heart and soul. 

Response: Psalm 117: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end. 

Second Reading: The reading from the first letter of St John 5: 1-6. Anyone who has been begotten by God has already overcome the world.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Jesus said; ‘You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who  have not seen and yet believe.’ Alleluia! 

Gospel: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John 20:19-31. Eight days later, Jesus came.  

Mass times and Intentions LS = Live Stream  

Saturday 10th at SH 5pm People of the Parishes LS 

Sunday 11th at SH 9.30am Sheila Tessier RIP  

Sunday 11th at EM 11am Sheila England RIP LS  

Monday and Tuesday no Mass this week. 

Wednesday 14th SH at 7pm Public Mass (In Thanksgiving) LS 

Thursday 15th EM 11 am Public Mass (Holy Souls) 

Friday 16th SH LS 

Saturday 17th at SH 5pm Fred Ross RIP LS 

Sunday 18th at SH 9.30pm People of the Parish 

Sunday 18th at EM 11 am Eddie Comerford RIP LS 

BREAKING NEWS: Archbishop Bernard has appointed Fr Gerry to the Cathedral Chapter and  the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese. His installation has been done in private because of the restrictions but there will be a public ceremony later in the year when the three new Canons will be formally installed and welcomed. Fr Gerry was rather surprised by this but is really quite chuffed. It also recognises the important work for justice and peace in the diocese which Fr Gerry has been involved with over many years. 

SACRED HEART PARISH GIFT AID ENVELOPES are now available for Collection. Please collect  yours today. If anyone else would like a set of envelopes for their regular giving to the Parish, please let us know. Also you are welcomed and encouraged to give by Standing  Order and Gift Aid please contact us for more information.  

Please collect ENGLISH MARTYRS PARISH ENVELOPES too if you haven’t done so. The same  applies re Standing Orders. 

Thanks to everyone for their generous financial support of the Parishes. Thank you too for  your generous Easter Offerings to the Clergy.  

CAFOD says Thanks.  

Thank you for your generous donations to CAFOD’s Family Fast Day during Lent. We featured  Marian and her son Svondo in Zimbabwe in Lent 2018. The community vegetable garden that your donations helped provide is growing well and during the pandemic the family has survived  on the vegetables. Your support has also helped to provide soap and handwashing stations  in the garden and in family homes. This is just one of many long-term development projects  that CAFOD has funded with the money from that Fast Day. Thank you for your steadfast  support. 

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY 

Humanity must let itself be touched and pervaded by the Spirit given to it by the Risen Christ. It is the Spirit that heals the wounds of the heart, pulls down the barriers that separate us from  God and divide us from one another. At the same time restores the joy of the Father’s love  and fraternal unity. It is important that we accept the whole message that comes to us from  the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter which from now on throughout the Church  will be called ‘Divine Mercy Sunday’. Christ has taught us that ‘we not only receive and  experience the mercy of God, but are also called to practice mercy towards others. ‘Blessed  are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.’ (Mt 5 :7) From a homily of St John Paul 11. 

Mass for Easter Day

Here is Mass for Easter Day from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

VIGIL MASS ON SATURDAY EVENING 

The Paschal Candle is already prepared, enthroned and lit. 

Greeting and Introduction 

Easter Proclamation – The Exsultet. 

The Liturgy of the Word 

First Reading – Genesis 1:1-2:2. 

God made all he had made, and indeed it was very good. 

Responsorial Psalm. Psalm 103 

Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth. 

Second Reading – Exodus 14:15-15:1.  

The people of Israel went on dry ground right into the sea.  

Responsorial Psalm: Exodus !5: 1-6, 17-18. 

I will sing to the Lord, glorious his triumph! 

Third Reading: Ezechiel 36 :16-28. 

I shall pour clean water over you, and I shall give you a new heart. 

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 41 

Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you, my God. 

First Reading of the Mass: Romans 6:3-11 

Christ, having been raised from the dead, will never die again. 

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 117 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 

Gospel: Mark 16;1-7 

Jesus Nazareth, who was crucified, has risen.  

Blessing of Baptismal Water 

Renewal of Baptismal Promises

MASS ON SUNDAY MORNING  

Entrance Antiphon: The Lord is truly risen, alleluia. To him be glory and power for all the  ages of eternity, alleluia, alleluia.  

First Reading; A reading from the Acts of the Apostles; 10:34.37-43. We have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection. 

Response: Psalm 117 This day was made by the Lord; we rejoice and are glad.  Second Reading: The reading from the letter to St Paul to the Colossians 3;1-4 You must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is. 

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Christ our Passover, has been sacrificed; let us  celebrate the feast then in the Lord. Alleluia! 

Gospel: A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 20; 1-9. He must rise from the dead.  

The Renewal of Baptismal Promises. 

Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass and you must leave the Church directly and disperse. Please be aware of social distancing still required. The Collection is the Traditional Collection at Easter for the Parish Clergy. Thank you.  

Masses during the week– LS = live steamed 

SH Easter Monday 10am ( Beth Lennonsi ints) LS 

SH Tuesday 10am (Venn ints) LS 

EM Tuesday 1pm: Funeral Mass ,Allan Hughes RIP( family only) LS 

SH Wednesday 7pm Public Mass in main Church LS 

EM Thursday 11 am LS 

SH Friday 10am LS  

1pm Funeral Service at Crematorium for Patrick Lennon RIP 

Saturday SH 5pm People of the Parishes LS 

Sunday SH 9.30am Sheila Tessier RIP LS 

Sunday EM 11am Sheila England LS 

Happy Easter everyone from Fr Gerry, Fr Graham and Fr Matthew. Thank you for your very encouraging support and attendance during the year and particularly Holy Week. Hopefully it will not be too long before we are free from the restrictions and we can get back to a  more normal parish pattern of life. 

Special thanks to those who have faithfully stewarded, sanitised and stewarded our  gatherings. Thanks to those who have helped to get live streaming working in both  Churches. 

The Lord is truly Risen. Alleluia!

Mass for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year B

Here is Mass for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: Hosanna to the Son of David.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel. Hosanna in the highest.  

The Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem.

Introduction and Blessing of Palms (to be distributed as you leave Mass). 

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 11:1-10. Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord. 

The Mass: First Reading; A reading from the prophet Isaiah 50:4-7. I did not cover my face against insult and spittle 

Response: Psalm 21. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?   

Second Reading: The reading from the letter to St Paul to the Philippians 2:6-11. He humbled himself but God raised him high.

Gospel Acclamation: Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory! Christ was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross. But God raised him high and gave him the name which is above all names. Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!

Gospel: The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark. Shorter Version. Please pick up your palms as you leave Church. 

Mass Times and Intentions

Saturday 27th: Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm ( Damien Stewart RIP)  Live streamed. 

Sunday 28th: Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30pm (People of the Parishes), Live streamed. 

Mass at English Martyrs 11am (David Sheehan RIP). Live streamed.  

Monday 22nd: 10am  Mass from Sacred Heart. Live steamed

Tuesday 23rd: 1oam  Mass from Sacred Heart. Live Streamed.

Wednesday 24th 7pm: Public Mass from Sacred Heart. Live streamed. 

UPDATE ON STREAMING FROM SACRED HEART; Despite our best efforts and blood, sweat and tears, we are still having problems bringing a live stream from Sacred Heart. Mainly to do with cabling. Please bear with us while we try and find a solution. Sorry for inconvenience. Not sure whether we will be able to stream the Triduum and Easter Sunday. Please check with the parish website for the latest update. You can always use English Martyrs or St Joseph’s, Monks Kirby or St Marie’s.  

HOLY WEEK TRIDUUM: Please check Sacred Heart livestream may not be available. 

Holy Thursday – Mass of the Last Supper

6pm at English Martyrs (Carmen John RIP) Live streamed 

7.30pm at Sacred Heart. Live streamed check

7.30pm at St Joseph’s Monks Kirby. Live streamed

No Washing of Feet. Eucharistic Procession and Altar of Repose. 

Good Friday –  Celebration of the Lords Passion

3pm at English Martyrs. Live streamed.

7pm at Sacred Heart.   Live streamed. Check.

3pm at Monks Kirby.   Live steamed.

Simple Adoration of the Cross. Short Version of St John’s Passion.

Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of the Lord. 

Saturday 6.30pm at English Martyrs. Live streamed.

Saturday 8pm at Sacred Heart. Live streamed. Check.

Saturday 8.30pm at Monks Kirby. Live streamed 

No Blessing of Fire and Candle.

Sunday 9.30am at Sacred Heart (Clare Harford). Live streamed. Check. 

Sunday 11am at English Martyrs. Live streamed. 

Please book in with the Stewards if you are intending to come to the Triduum Services. The Services will be modified and shorted in line with the guidelines issued by our bishops. If you cannot attend the local services, you are invited to join the Archbishop online for the services at St Chad’s Cathedral.

Rest in Peace: Allan Hughes, Funeral Mass Tuesday April 6th at 1pm.Patrick Lennon, Service at Rainsbrook Friday 9th April at 1pm. Numbers restricted to family members. 

GIFT AID ENVELOPES AND PARISH GIVING – Your Envelopes are available for Collection this weekend at English Martyrs. Please collect them. If you would like to use Envelopes, please ask for a set. Sacred Heart envelopes have been delayed and will be made available when they arrive, hopefully soon. 

If you need a record of your Gift Aided donations e.g. for tax purposes, please contact

English Martyrs ; Caroline Deery Caroline.deery@btinternet.com 07768171146   

Sacred Heart: Diane Davies: sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk 01788813263

Please consider giving by Standing Order and Gift Aid if you can. Forms will be available.  Thank you for your generous financial support of our Parishes.

Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year B

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

Entrance Antiphon: Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause against a nation that is faithless. From the deceitful and cunning rescue me, for you, O God, are my strength.  

First Reading; A reading from the prophet Jeremiah 31:31-34. I will make a new covenant and never call their sin to mind.  

Response: Psalm 50. A pure heart create for me, O God.    

Second Reading: The reading from the letter to the Hebrews. He learnt to obey and became for all the source of eternal salvation.

Gospel Acclamation: Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God! If a man serves me, says the Lord, he must follow me; wherever I am, my servant will be there too. Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!

Gospel: John 12:20-30. If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it yields a rich harvest.      

Mass Times and Intentions .

Saturday 20th: Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm ( Eileen Deery RIP)  Livesteam and Recorded on   YouTube. 

Sunday 21st: Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30pm (People of the Parishes),

Mass at English Martyrs 11am (Anthony Chisakuta RIP). Livestreamed on YouTube. 

Monday 22nd: 10am Livestream Mass from Sacred Heart.

Tuesday 23rd 10am Livestream Mass from Sacred Heart

Day of prayer and reflection on the Pandemic.

Wednesday 24th 7pm; Livestreamed Public Mass from Sacred Heart. 

Thursday 25th 11am Public Mass at English Martyrs Livestream. 

No Mass from Sacred Heart

Friday 26th 10 am Livestream Mass from Sacred Heart.

The Livestream Masses can be viewed later on YouTube.

PALM SUNDAY- Palms will be distributed at the end of Mass. No Procession.

Saturday 27th Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm Live.

Sunday 28th Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30am. 

Mass at English Martyrs 11 am. Live. 

HOLY WEEK TRIDUUM

Holy Thursday – Mass of the Last Supper

6pm at English Martyrs

7.30pm at Sacred Heart

7.30pm at St Joseph’s Monks Kirby.

Good Friday –  Celebration of the Lords Passion

3pm at English Martyrs

7pm at Sacred Heart

3pm at Monks Kirby

Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday

The Resurrection of the Lord. 

Saturday 6.30pm at English Martyrs

Saturday 8pm at Sacred Heart

Saturday 8.30pm at Monks Kirby

Sunday 9.30am at Sacred Heart

Sunday 11am at English Martyrs 

Please book in with the Stewards if you are intending to come to the Triduum Services. The Services will be modified and shorted in line with the guidelines issued by our bishops. If you cannot attend the local services, you are invited to join the Archbishop online for the services at St Chad’s Cathedral.

Rest in Peace: Alan Hughes, Funeral Mass Tuesday April 6th at 1pm. 

GIFT AID ENVELOPES AND PARISH GIVING – Your Envelopes will be available for Collection this weekend at English Martyrs and next weekend at Sacred Heart. Please collect them. If you would like to use Envelopes, please ask for a set.

The Gift Aid office has informed us that this year they are unable to provide the Certificate of Donation sent to each donor as usual. If you need a record of your donations eg for tax purposes, please contact

English Martyrs ; Caroline Deery Caroline.deery@btinternet.com 07768171146   

Sacred Heart: Diane Davies: sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk 01788813263

Please consider giving by Standing Order and Gift Aid if you can. Forms will be available.  Thank you for your generous financial support of our Parishes.

Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B

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

Entrance Antiphon: Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning. Exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast.  

First Reading; A reading from the second book of Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-21. The wrath and mercy of God are revealed in the exile and in the release of his people. 

Response: Psalm 136:  O let my tongue cleave to my mouth if I remember you not!    

Second Reading: The letter of St Paul to the Ephesians 2: 4-10. You who were dead through your sins have been saved through grace.

Gospel Acclamation: Glory and praise to you, O Christ! God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son; Everyone who believes in him has eternal life. Glory and praise to you, O Christ!

Gospel: John 3:14-21. God sent his Son so that through him the word might be saved.     

Mass Times and Intentions

SATURDAY 13th: Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm (Anthony Kelly.) Recorded on YouTube. 

SUNDAY14t : Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30pm (People of the Parish ),

Mass at English Martyrs 11am (Bridie Dempsey RIP). Live streamed on YouTube. 

MONDAY: Recorded Mass from Sacred Heart

TUESDAY: Recorded Mass from Sacred Heart

WEDNESDAY 17th St Patrick: Public Mass at Sacred Heart 7pm

THURSDAY 18th: Mass at English Martyrs 11am. (Tom Henry) Recorded Mass from Sacred Heart. 

FRIDAY 19th March  St Joseph. Recorded Mass from Sacred Heart

SATURDAY 20th March: Vigil Mass from Sacred Heart 5pm  ( People of the Parishes)

SUNDAY 21st March: Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30am( Eileen Deery RIP). English Martyrs 11am ( Anthony Chisakuta RIP) 

Update: We have been wrestling with the technology to be able to livesteam from Sacred Heart. We have upgraded the broadband at Sacred Heart Church and have invested in a new camera and miles of cable and hope to be able to livestream very soon. Meantime there are recorded Masses available as usual. 

St Joseph’s Monks Kirby are now livestreaming their Masses on YouTube at St Joseph’s Catholic Church Monks Kirby.

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SUNDAY:  There will be modified public celebration of the liturgies during this special time. More details soon.  

GIFT AID: Thank you to you for your continued financial support of the Parishes during this difficult time. We are encouraged by those who have been able to sign a Standing Order and Gift Aid their contributions assuring the Parish of a regular income. We fully appreciate that there are individuals and families suffering financial difficulties at this time. 

The Gift Aid envelopes for next year will be available soon hopefully next weekend for you to pick them up at Mass. There will be Standing Order and Gift Aid forms available if you wish to contribute in this way. 

The Gift Aid office has informed us that this year they are unable to provide a Certificate of Donation sent to each donor as usual. If you need a record of your donations eg for tax purposes, please contact

English Martyrs ; Caroline Deery Caroline.deery@btinternet.com 07768171146 

Sacred Heart: Diane Davies: sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk 01788 813263

They will be happy to provide the information you need.

Message from Maria Canale-Parole, our most senior Parishioner at Sacred Heart.

Her son Dr Adrian writes: 

On her 99th birthday, Ma would like to pass on her thanks to Fr Gerry for his lovely card and mass intention, and to all those parishioner friends who have also sent beautiful cards and flowers. She is looking forward to the day when Covid restrictions are lifted, and she might be able to see you all again. She also says she can thoroughly recommend the Mediterranean diet (mainly pasta and red wine)!

Pope Francis Prayer to St Joseph.

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.

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Mass for the Third Sunday of Lent, Year B

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

Entrance Antiphon: When I prove my holiness among you, I will gather you from all the foreign lands; and I will our clean water upon you and cleanse you from all your impurities, and I will give you a new spirit, says the Lord.  

First Reading; A reading from the book of Exodus 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17. The Law was given through Moses. 

Response: Psalm 18: You, Lord, have the message of eternal life.    

Second Reading: First letter of St Paul to Corinthians 1:22-25. Here we are preaching a crucified Christ, an obstacle to men, but to those who are called, the wisdom of God. 

Gospel Acclamation: Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory! God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son; Everyone who believes in him has eternal life. Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!

Gospel: John 2:13-25. Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.    

Masses Intentions for next weekend 13/14 March .

SATURDAY: Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm (Anthony Kelly.) Available in recorded form on YouTube. 

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

WEDNESDAY 10 March; Mass at Sacred Heart in the main Church 7pm.

THURSDAY 11th March: Mass at English Martyrs 11am No Mass at Sacred Heart.

Funeral Mass for Helen Treacy at St Marie’s on Friday, live streamed. May she rest in peace.

Weekday Masses Sacred Heart on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. We have upgraded the broadband at Sacred Heart Church and will be livestreaming Mass at 10am on Weekdays Mon, Tues, Fri this week. They will also be available in recorded form as usual.  We hope to livestream at the weekend soon.

If you watch Sacred Heart or English Martyrs on YouTube, please subscribe to the channel you watch. It doesn’t cost you anything but gives us an idea of how many people we are reaching. Since we started, there have been 6,200 views on Sacred Heart. 

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SUNDAY: It is expected that there will be modified public celebration of the liturgies during this special time. More details later.