Six pieces of advice

We continue to be on lock-down with all services suspended at Sacred Heart Church. We will bring you updates as soon as we have them.

Father Graham has written this piece on Facebook about living in isolation. Parishioners may find his advice helpful during these difficult times. Once again, best wishes to all parishioners as we cope with this crisis together. Father Graham writes:

I, like many other disabled, have had to live with degrees of isolation for many years. Most days I see carers and possibly one other person for a short time but most of the day is spent alone. Some days carers coming morning and evening are the only human contact. This experience may help other people who have not been used to living in isolation to cope with it during the current crisis.

1. do not watch TV all day – it is okay for a day or so when you’re feeling ill but for any longer. It can become a negative as you don’t have to think and it can become depressing.

2. feed your brain – read books, do puzzles, actively look to do things that make you think or problem solve. I have hobbies which I keep up which involve both the creative, decision-making, logical thinking which I engage in everyday. It makes days pass faster and keeps your faculties in good order.

3. feed your spirit – I spend time praying each day, time and reflection and the idea of “spiritual communion” from the Catholic tradition can make you feel both connected with God and with other people. The Mass is being live streamed on various channels as are services and activities from other faiths. We all have a spiritual dimension and ignoring it can lead to depression and lack of hope.

4. exercise – just sitting down doing passive things leads to muscle wastage and poor resilience to illness. It also helps to being positive and mental well-being. We can all do different amounts but even if you are limited to sitting down it is possible to exercise and keep some fitness. Activities such as gardening are also good exercise.

5. use technology – it is both a blessing and a curse. A lot of rubbish is going around on social media and there are still plenty of junk emails being sent! However it can be a positive in maintaining contact with friends. I play word games with some of my friends partly to keep in contact and keep my brain running. Pick what is useful and helpful and you can ignore the rest.

6. keep looking outwards – it is easy to focus just on yourself or your own little family and this can make little problems become massive issues and lead to negativity in general, “woe is me isn’t this awful” et cetera. Try and keep thinking beyond yourself, on family, friends those who are having a very stressful time. Just thinking of ourselves and how terrible life can be is not a good survival tool! Contact other people using the phone or the Internet and support each other. Focus on positives, minimise negatives!

Parish diary this week

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, all services at Sacred Heart Church are suspended. There is more information on the Archdiocese of Birmingham website. We will update you as the situation progresses.

If you wish to watch a live-streamed Mass, please follow this link. There are also resources on the Church Services TV website.

With best wishes to all parishioners at this difficult time.

Parish diary this week

"The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind" by El Greco
The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind by El Greco

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday March 16th
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday March 17th (Feast of St Patrick)
No Mass today.
Wednesday March 18th
Mass at 7pm
Thursday March 19th (Solemnity of St Joseph)
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Finance Committee at 2.30pm, Presbytery.
Friday March 20th
Mass at 7pm
Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm
Saturday March 21st
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Lent at 5pm.
Sunday March 22nd
Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Lent at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

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Jesus and the Woman at the Well is this Sunday’s Gospel reading by Barbieri.

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday March 9th
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday March 10th
No Mass today.
Wednesday March 11th
Mass at 7pm
Thursday March 12th 
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Finance Committee at 2.30pm, Presbytery.
Friday March 13th
Mass at 7pm
Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm
Saturday March 14th
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Third Sunday of Lent at 5pm.
Sunday March 15th
Mass for the Third Sunday of Lent at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Friday March 20th
5.30pm, Catholic Healing Prayer, Sacred Heart Church. Mass, Praise and Worship, Rosary, Talks, Adoration and Confession.
Thursday March 26th
Lent lunch at 12.30pm after Mass at 12pm.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

Find out about Cafod’s programme for Lent 2020.

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday March 2nd (Feast of St Chad)
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday March 3rd
No Mass today.
Wednesday March 4th
Mass at 7pm
Thursday March 5th
Funeral for Elsie Elizabeth Lawrence at 10am 
Mass at 12pm
Lent lunch in the hall at 12.30pm
Confirmation programme at 6pm in the hall
Friday March 6th
Praying with Zimbabwe. World Day of Prayer, St Mark’s Church, Bilton at 10.30am and Rogers Hall, Hillmorton at 2pm.
Mass at 7pm
Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm
Saturday March 7th
First Reconciliation Service at 11am
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent at 5pm.
Sunday March 8th
Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Friday March 20th
5.30pm, Catholic Healing Prayer, Sacred Heart Church. Mass, Praise and Worship, Rosary, Talks, Adoration and Confession.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

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Lent begins this week on Wednesday (Public domain image)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday February 24th
First Communion programme at 6pm in the hall.
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday February 25th
No Mass today.
Wednesday February 26th (Ash Wednesday)
Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 27th 
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Open Door, 1.45pm in the hall
Confirmation programme at 6pm in the hall.
Friday February 28th
Mass at 7pm
Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm
Saturday February 29th
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the First Sunday of Lent at 5pm.
Presentation on Orthodox Iconography on Mount Athos, 6pm followed at 7pm by Vespers at the Orthodox Church of the Ascension, Clifton Road, Rugby.
Sunday March 1st
Mass for the First Sunday of Lent at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Thursday March 5th
Requiem for Elsie Elizabeth Lawrence at 10am
Lent lunch, church hall at 12.30pm
Friday March 6th
Praying with Zimbabwe. World Day of Prayer, St Mark’s Church, Bilton at 10.30am and Rogers Hall, Hillmorton at 2 pm.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Support Fairtrade Week

Fairtrade Week runs from February 24th to 28th, 2020.

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How familiar are you with this symbol? Do you look for it when you shop?

The Fairtrade Foundation is a UK-based charity that works to empower disadvantaged producers in developing countries by tackling injustice in conventional trade, in particular by promoting and licensing the Fairtrade Mark, a guarantee that products retailed in the UK have been produced in accordance with internationally-agreed Fairtrade standards. 2019 marked 25 years since the first certified Fairtrade products became available in the UK.  They are now to be found widely in our supermarkets, specialist stores and online. 

So, job done?  www.Fairtrade.org.uk says not.  They say that Fairtrade is an evolving system committed to learning how the approach can improve to make a bigger difference for farmer and worker communities in developing countries.

Their research highlights areas where Fairtrade needs to do better and deliver deeper impact for farmers and workers. These include progressing faster towards a living wage in their Standards, doing more to extend Fairtrade’s core work to farm workers, empowering women farmers and workers, tackling power imbalances in supply chains, building effective climate change resilience within communities and scaling up their work within countries. 

Why buy Fairtrade? Find out more here.

What can we do? 

  • Insist that your favoured supermarket stocks Fairtrade products – and then buy them.  
  • Challenge stores such as Sainsbury’s, in the past a leader in its promotion of Fairtrade products, when they propose moving to their own “fairly traded” arrangements with producers.  The international Fairtrade system can only work and improve if all major product vendors support it. If they do, sales volumes will help bring shop prices down while safeguarding and improving the incomes of producers.  
  • You have a voice!

What products to look out for: 

CoffeeTeaChocolateFruit & VegetablesRiceCooking oilSugarIce CreamWineCottonCosmeticsFlowers

CHOOSE PRODUCTS THAT CHANGE LIVES.

Parish diary this week

A detail from the stained glass at Sacred Heart Church, Rugby. The Supper at Emmaus.

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday February 17th
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday February 18th
No Mass today.
Wednesday February 19th 
Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 20th 
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday February 21st
Mass at 9.30am
Saturday February 22nd
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time at 5pm.
Sunday February 23rd
Mass for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Wednesday February 27th
Open Door, 1.45pm in the hall
Friday March 6th
Praying with Zimbabwe. World Day of Prayer, St Mark’s Church, Bilton at 10.30am and Rogers Hall, Hillmorton at 2 pm.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

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The Death of St Scholastica by Luca Giordano, 1674 (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday February 10th (Feast of St Scholastica)
First Communion session for children and parents in the hall from 6pm to 7pm.
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday February 11th
No Mass today.
Wednesday February 12th 
Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 13th 
Mass at 9.30am
Confirmation programme 6pm to 7.30pm in the hall.
Friday February 14th (Feast of St Cyril and St Methodius)
Mass at 9.30am
Saturday February 15th
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time at 5pm.
Sunday February 16th
Mass for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

St Agatha in her cell by Andrea Vaccaro (public domain).

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday February 3rd
No Mass today.
Tuesday February 4th
No Mass today.
Wednesday February 5th (Feast of St Agatha)
Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 6th (Feast of St Paul Miki and companions)
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Confirmation programme, 6pm to 7.30pm in the hall.
Friday February 7th
Mass at 9.30am
Saturday February 8th
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time at 5pm.
Sunday January 26th
Mass for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.
Monday February 10th
First Communion session for children and parents in the hall from 6pm to 7pm.