Successful year for website

DSC_0642Our newly-designed parish website,www.sacredheartrugby.org.uk, has had a busy year. Since its new look in April 2015, it has had 1,751 visitors from 59 different countries and 5,833 views. Each week, between 60 and 90 visitors access the website and look at around three different pages. The most popular day of the year was Christmas Eve when there were nearly 200 page views. If you would like to receive an email every time the website is updated, please go to the site and click on the ‘Follow’ button.

Worship and events this week

CrosswindowThese are the daily services this week:
Monday December 28th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday December 29th – No Mass
Wednesday December 30th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday December 31st – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday January 1st – Mass at 7pm (Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God)
Saturday January 2nd – Mass at 6pm (Feast of the Epiphany)
Sunday January 3rd – Mass at 9.30am (Feast of the Epiphany)

Join us for Sunday worship

EpiphanyYou are welcome to join us to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday January 3rd at 9.30am, including a special liturgy for the children. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 6pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 150 The First Nowell
Penitential Rite: 522 Storrington
Gloria: 532 Storrington
Psalm: All nations shall fall prostrate before you, O Lord (Ps71, p19)
Acclamation: 539 Taize
Gifts: Good King Wenceslas
Holy Holy: 584 Storrington
Mem Acclamation: 585 Storrington
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Communion: 166 As with gladness, men of old 151 See amid the winter’s snow
Going forth: 170 We three kings
We are using the Storrington Mass setting for the Christmas season. This is a new setting by Marty Haugen, written for the parish of Our Lady of England, in Storrington, England. This setting was written specifically for the new texts of the liturgy.

Worship and events this week

Mary and Joseph kneel at the crib of the infant Christ in this detail of an icon from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The Dec. 25 Christmas feast commemorates the birth of Christ. The Christmas season begins with the Dec. 24 evening vigil and ends on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Jan. 13 in 2008. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill) (Nov. 27, 2007)

These are the daily services this week:
Monday December 21st – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday December 22nd – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday December 23rd – Mass at 7pm
Thursday December 24th – First Mass of Christmas, 8pm
Friday December 25th – Christmas Day Mass at 9.30am
Saturday December 26th – Mass at 6pm (The Holy Family)
Sunday December 27th – Mass at 9.30am (The Holy Family)

Join us for Sunday worship

nativitycardYou are welcome to join us to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday December 27th at 9.30am, including a special liturgy for the children. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 6pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 142 Jesus, Saviour, holy child
Penitential Rite: 522 Storrington
Gloria: 532 Storrington
Psalm: O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways (Ps 127, p15 lower)
Acclamation: 539 Taize.
Gifts: The Coventry Carol (choir)
Holy Holy: 584 Storrington
Mem Acclamation: 585 Storrington
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Communion: 135 It came upon the midnight clear, 130 Angels we have heard in heaven
Going forth: 129 God rest you merry gentlemen
We are using the Storrington Mass setting for the Christmas season. This is a new setting by Marty Haugen, written for the parish of Our Lady of England, in Storrington, England. This setting was written specifically for the new texts of the liturgy.

Christmas: what we will sing

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Join us for Christmas at Sacred Heart Church.

Christmas Eve (8pm) First Mass of Christmas
112 O come O come Emmanuel
Verse 1 – solo, 2 – women, 3 – men, 4 – all, 5 – women, 6 – men, 7 – all
Like A Candle Flame
Like a candle flame, flick’ring small in our darkness. Uncreated light shines through human eyes. R/. God is with us, alleluia, come to save us alleluia, alleluia! 2. Stars and angels sing, yet the earth sleeps in shadows; can this tiny spark set a world on fire? R/….. 3. Yet his light shall shine from our lives, Spirit blazing, as we touch the flame of his holy fire. R/…..
O Little town of Bethlehem
1. O Little town of Bethlehem how still we see thee lie. Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light; the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
2. O sad and troubled Bethlehem we hear your longing cry For peace and justice to be born and cruel oppression die. How deep your need for that great gift of love in human form, Let Christ in you be seen again and hearts by hope made warm.
3. While morning stars and evening stars shine out in your dark sky, despair now stalks your troubled streets where innocents still die. And Jesus child of Mary, whose love will never cease, Feels even now your pain and fear, longs with you for your peace.
4. Amazingly and lovingly Jesus, the child has come and brought to birth through human pain, makes broken hearts his home. He comes to comfort all who weep, to challenge every wrong And living with the weak and poor, becomes their hope, their song.
134 The Sussex Carol
159 O come all ye faithful
522 Storrington Penitential Rite
532 Storrington Gloria
Psalm: Today a Saviour is born to us, he is Christ the Lord
Gospel acclamation: Celtic. Cantor: I bring you news of great joy, Today a Saviour is born. He is Christ the Lord. Alleluia!
Gifts: 152 Unto us is born a Son
Holy, holy: 584 Storrington
585 Memorial Acclamation
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Communion:
128 Once in Royal David’s City (verse 1 solo, 2nd verse all, 3rd verse women, 4th verse men)
Born in the Night
1. (solo) Born in the night, Mary’s child, a long way from your home;
Coming in need, Mary’s child, born in a borrowed room
2. (all) Clear shining light, Mary’s child, your face lights up our way.
Light of the world, Mary’s child, dawn on our darkened day.
3. (all) Hope of the world, Mary’s child, you’re coming soon to reign;
King of the earth, Mary’s child, walk in our streets again
Night of Silence/ 136 Silent Night
Spirit among us, shine like the star,
Your light that guides shepherds and kings from afar,
Shimmer in the sky so empty, lonely,
Rising in the warmth of your Son’s love,
Star unknowing of night and day,
Spirit we wait for your loving Son.
…Silent Night
155 Hark the Herald

Christmas Day (9.30am)
Gathering song:
R/. Come and join the celebration,
It’s a very special day.
Come and share our jubilation;
There’s a new King born today.
1. See the shepherds hurry down to Bethlehem
Gaze in wonder, at the Son of God who lay before them R/…
2. Wise men journey, led to worship by a star.
Kneel in homage, bringing precious gifts from lands afar. So … R/.
3. God is with us, round the world his message bring.
He is with us. Welcome! All the bells on earth are pealing. R/…..
Penitential Rite: 522 Storrington Mass
Spoken verses and sung response – repeat after the cantor
Glory to God: 532 Storrington Mass
LITURGY OF THE WORD
Psalm 95: sung. R/. Today a Saviour is born to us. He is Christ the Lord
Gospel Acclamation: Celtic . Cantor: I bring you news of great joy, Today a Saviour is born. He is Christ the Lord. Alleluia!
LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
Preparation of the gifts: 137 Away in a manger (first verse children only)
Holy, Holy: 584 Storrington Mass
Memorial acclamation: 585 Storrington Mass
Doxology: Traditional All: Amen
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Communion:
128 Once in Royal David’s City
(verse 1 solo, 2nd verse all, 3rd verse women, 4th verse men)
Raise a song of gladness, peoples of the earth.
Christ has come bringing peace, joy to every heart.
Alleluia, alleluia! Joy to every heart.
Alleluia, alleluia! Joy to every heart.
Night of Silence/ 136 Silent Night
Spirit among us, shine like the star,
Your light that guides shepherds and kings from afar,
Shimmer in the sky so empty, lonely,
Rising in the warmth of your Son’s love,
Star unknowing of night and day,
Spirit we wait for your loving Son.
…Silent Night
Closing song: 155 Hark the Herald

Worship and events this week

Advent (1)These are the daily services this week:
Monday December 14th – Mass at 7pm (Feast of St John of the Cross)
Tuesday December 15th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday December 16th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday December 17th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday December 18th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday December 19th – Mass at 6pm (Fourth Sunday of Advent)
Sunday December 13th – Mass at 9.30am (Fourth Sunday of Advent)
Diary dates this week:
Saturday December 19th – Music practice for Christmas, 10am in the church.
Coming soon:
Sunday December 13th – Christmas Afternoon Tea for all parishioners, 3pm in the hall.
Monday December 14th – Carol singing, Bilton Churches Together, Bilton Green, 8pm
Tuesday December 15th – Breaking the Word, Gospel reflection, in the hall at 2pm.
Wednesday December 16th – Funeral service for Rose Fisher, in the church at 12.30pm.
Thursday December 17th – Service of Reconciliation at St Marie’s Church, Rugby at 7pm.

Join us for Sunday worship

Archangel_Gabriel_after_Jesus'_ResurrectionYou are welcome to join us to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday December 20th at 9.30am, including a special liturgy for the children. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 6pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 113 The Angel Gabriel
Penitential Rite: 67 Advent Kyrie
Gloria: Not in Advent
Psalm: God of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved (Ps79, p161)
Acclamation: Alleluia! Hurry the Lord is near. Alleluia! Alleluia! Hurry the Lord is near.
Gifts: 338 My soul proclaims
Holy Holy: 559 Mass of Hope
Mem Acclamation: 560/561 Mass of Hope
Lamb of God: 595 Foster
Communion: 114 When the Angel came to Mary
Going forth: 366 Holy Virgin, by God’s decree
We are using a mixed Mass setting for the four Sundays of Advent. The Mass of Hope is written by contemporary British Catholic composer Bernadette Farrell whose work includes Christ Be our Light and O God, You Search Me and You Know Me.

Christmas at Sacred Heart

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Here is some information about Christmas events and services at Sacred Heart Church.
Christmas Services – Everyone is welcome to attend our Christmas services at Sacred Heart. The times are:
Thursday December 24th (Christmas Eve) – First Mass of Christmas at 8pm
Friday December 25th (Christmas Day) – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday December 26th (Boxing Day) – Mass at 6pm
Sunday December 27th (Feast of the Holy Family) – Mass at 9.30am
Christmas Choir – The next rehearsal is at 10am on Saturday December 19th. Anyone interested in singing is welcome to come along to the church.
Christmas Party – Everyone is invited to our parish Christmas tea on Sunday December 13th at 3pm. Please sign the list in the narthex if you wish to attend.
Carol Singing – You are welcome to join Bilton Church Together on Monday December 14th to sing carols at Bilton’s residential homes. They meet at 8pm on Bilton Green.