Christmas at Sacred Heart

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Join us to celebrate Christmas Day at Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

Everyone is welcome to join us for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at Sacred Heart Church, Rugby. This is the music we will be singing:
First Mass of Christmas, Sunday December 24th at 9pm (with carol singing from 8.45pm)
Before Mass:
134 On Christmas night all Christians sing
144 In the bleak midwinter
135 It came upon the midnight clear
153 Ding dong merrily on high
Gathering song: 159 O come all ye faithful
Penitential Rite: 522 Storrington
Gloria: 532 Storrington
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
Memorial Acclamation: 585 Storrington
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Communion:
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.

Night of Silence
1. Cold are the people, winter of life,
We tremble in shadows this cold endless night,
Frozen in the snow lie roses sleeping,
Flowers that will echo the sunrise,
Fire of hope is our only warmth,
Weary, its flame will be dying soon.
2. Voice in the distance, call in the night,
On wind you enfold us, you speak of the light,
Gentle on the ear you whisper softly,
Rumours of a dawn so embracing,
Breathless love awaits darkened souls,
Soon will we know of the morning.
3. 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.
136 Silent Night
155 Hark the Herald

Christmas Day Mass, Monday December 25th at  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
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!
Preparation of the gifts: 137 Away in a manger (first verse children only)
Holy, Holy: 584 Storrington Mass
Memorial acclamation: 585 Storrington Mass
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Communion:
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.
Like a Candle Flame
Like a candle flame, flick’ring small in our darkness.
Uncreated light shines through human eyes.
Chorus: God is with us, alleluia, come to save us alleluia, alleluia!
Stars and angels sing, yet the earth sleeps in shadows; can this tiny spark set a world on fire? Chorus
Yet his light shall shine from our lives, Spirit blazing, as we touch the flame of his holy fire. Chorus
128 Once in Royal David’s City
(verse 1 solo, 2nd verse all, 3rd verse women, 4th verse men)
Closing song: 156 Joy to the World

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Parish diary this week

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And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

These are the services this week:
Monday December 18th – Mass at 7pm followed by Exposition until 8pm
Tuesday December 19th – No Mass
Wednesday December 20th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday December 21st – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday December 22nd – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday December 23rd – Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B at 5pm
Sunday December 24th – Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B at 9.30am
First Mass of Christmas at 9pm (with carol singing from 8.45pm)
Monday December 25th – Christmas Day Mass at 9.30am with Children’s Liturgy
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Wednesday December 20th – Advent Penitential Service, St Marie’s Church, Rugby, 7pm.
Saturday December 23rd – Christmas Music Practice, Sacred Heart Church, 9.30am.
Forthcoming events

Sunday April 22nd 2018 – Confirmation celebrated by Bishop William Kenny, 9.30am, Sacred Heart.
Sunday June 17th 2018 – First Communion celebration, 9.30am, Sacred Heart.

Join us for Sunday worship

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The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.

You are welcome to join us to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B, at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday December 24th at 9.30am. This will include a special liturgy for children. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 113 The Angel Gabriel
Penitential Rite: 523 Pershore Repeat after cantor
Gloria: Not in Advent
Psalm: I will sing forever of your love, O Lord (Ps88, p99)
Acclamation: Alleluia! Hurry the Lord is near. Alleluia! Alleluia! Hurry the Lord is near.
Gifts: 338 My soul proclaims the glory of the Lord
Holy Holy: 579 Pershore
Mem Acclamation: 580 Pershore
Lamb of God: 589 Pershore Repeat after cantor
Communion: 366 Holy Virgin, by God’s decree
Going forth: 112 O Come, O Come Emmanuel
For the season of Advent, we will be using the Pershore setting of the Mass.

Parish diary this week

See, amid the winter’s snow. How Sacred Heart Church looked this Sunday.

These are the services this week:
Monday December 11th – Mass at 7pm followed by Exposition until 8pm
Tuesday December 12th – No Mass
Wednesday December 13th – Mass at 7pm (Feast of St Lucy)
Thursday December 14th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St John of the Cross)
Friday December 15th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday December 16th – Mass for the Third Sunday of Advent, Year B at 5pm
Sunday December 17th – Mass for the Third Sunday of Advent, Year B at 9.30am
Parish diary for this week
Monday December 11th – Bilton Churches Together Christmas Carols. Meet at 6pm on the Green.
Wednesday December 13th – UCM Christmas Meal, Hillmorton Manor.
Forthcoming events

Wednesday December 20th – Advent Penitential Service, St Marie’s Church, Rugby, 7pm.
Saturday December 23rd – Christmas Music Practice, Sacred Heart Church, 9.30am.
Sunday April 22nd 2018 – Confirmation celebrated by Bishop William Kenny, 9.30am, Sacred Heart.
Sunday June 17th 2018 – First Communion celebration, 9.30am, Sacred Heart.

Join us for Sunday worship

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Join us for the Third Sunday of Advent.

You are welcome to join us to celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, Year B, at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday December 17th at 9.30am. This will include a special liturgy for children. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 64 Word of Justice
Penitential Rite: 523 Pershore Repeat after cantor
Gloria: Not in Advent
Psalm: My soul rejoices in my God (Is61, p98)
Acclamation: Alleluia! Hurry the Lord is near. Alleluia! Alleluia! Hurry the Lord is near.
Gifts: Jesse Tree, Jesse Tree, Sign of God’s fidelity, that he will love eternally, the promise made to Israel, who waited for the coming of Emmanuel.
Holy Holy: 579 Pershore
Mem Acclamation: 580 Pershore
Lamb of God: 589 Pershore Repeat after cantor
Communion: Lullaby, lullaby, wait till tomorrow (repeat), your time will come (repeat)
Going forth: 116 Long ago, prophets knew
For the season of Advent, we will be using the Pershore setting of the Mass.

Live Simply – December 2017 newsletter

Christmas is coming and…

Check cupboards before your Christmas food shop: Double check what you already have lurking in your store cupboards before needlessly buying more of the same.

21735369914_d858a1c604_b.jpg (1024×683)Leftover turkey: Make sure to pick the bones of your turkey clean, then put the leftover roast meat into the freezer in meal-sized portions for a future meal. Always defrost thoroughly before reheating and eating.

Bought too much root veg? Why not peel, as necessary, blanch for a few minutes in boiling water, then cool and freeze in bags for future use. Better than discarding to compost or the green bin.

Clean oven: Either before or after Christmas this is a chore to face. Make your own oven
cleaner by mixing together water and bicarbonate of soda. Apply the paste to your oven,
leave for a few hours and then remove with a scrubbing brush and damp cloth.

Live sustainably
Surfers_Against_Sewage_Beach_Clean_Perranporth.jpg (960×640)Surfers Against Sewage report making progress on their campaign to bring back bottle deposits to stop plastic pollution in our oceans.
There is now a Defra consultation on plastic bottle pollution and an inquiry led by the Environmental Audit Committee. Recent beach-clean data showed more throwaway plastic being found along our coastline than ever before, emphasizing the urgent need for action.
Supermarkets Iceland and the Co-op, and the National Federation of Retail Newsagents, have confirmed their support for deposit returns and other supermarkets are being lobbied to come on board.
Campaign organisation 38 Degrees also reports that the government is weighing up a small tax on all ‘throwaway plastics’. It would mean that when we buy a takeaway coffee there would be a small charge for a throwaway cup. It has worked for plastic bags, so why not other plastics.

In Solidarity
The perfect time to consider charity gifts for family and friends via World Gifts with CAFOD or similar with Oxfam, Save the Children and other organisations. Closer to home, remember Rugby Foodbank in the run-up to Christmas and, if you can, consider contacting Hope4 about helping out at the Homeless Shelter, now open until the end of March. Rugby’s rough sleeper population is on the rise, sadly.

livesimply prayer

1. Compassionate and loving God,
you created the world for us all to share,
a world of beauty and plenty.
Create in us a desire to live simply,
so that our lives may reflect your generosity.

2. Creator God,
You gave us responsibility for the earth,
a world of riches and delight.
Create in us a desire to live sustainably,
So that those who follow after us
May enjoy the fruits of your creation.

3. God of peace and justice,
you give us the capacity to change,
to bring about a world that mirrors your wisdom.
Create in us a desire to act in solidarity,
so that the pillars of injustice crumble
and those now crushed are set free.

December 2017

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Parish diary this week

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Celebrate the Feast of St Ambrose this week.

These are the services this week:
Monday December 4th – Mass at 7pm followed by Exposition until 8pm
Tuesday December 5th – No Mass (Feast of St Birinus)
Wednesday December 6th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday December 7th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Ambrose)
Friday December 8th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday December 9th – Mass for the Second Sunday of Advent, Year B at 5pm
Sunday December 10th – Mass for the Second Sunday of Advent, Year B at 9.30am
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Tuesday December 5th – A Journey with Jesus through Advent with Father Denis McBride, Convent, Street Ashton, 2pm. Call 01788 833825.
Forthcoming events
Monday December 11th – Bilton Churches Together Christmas Carols. Meet at 6pm on the Green.
Wednesday December 13th – UCM Christmas Meal, Hillmorton Manor.
Saturday December 23rd – Christmas Music Practice, Sacred Heart Church, 9.30am.
Sunday April 22nd 2018 – Confirmation celebrated by Bishop William Kenny, 9.30am, Sacred Heart.
Sunday June 17th 2018 – First Communion celebration, 9.30am, Sacred Heart.

Join us for Sunday worship

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Join us for the Second Sunday of Advent

You are welcome to join us to celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent, Year B, at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday December 10th at 9.30am. This will include a special liturgy for children. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 82 Lord Emmanuel, come
Penitential Rite: 523 Pershore Repeat after cantor
Gloria: Not in Advent
Psalm: Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help (Ps84, p97)
Acclamation: Alleluia! Hurry the Lord is near. Alleluia! Alleluia! Hurry the Lord is near.
Gifts: Come Lord, save us Verses by the cantor
Holy Holy: 579 Pershore
Mem Acclamation: 580 Pershore
Lamb of God: 589 Pershore Repeat after cantor
Communion: 78 Bread of Life, hope of the world Advent Verses 1, 2 then General Verses
Going forth: 92 Hark! A herald voice is calling
For the season of Advent, we will be using the Pershore setting of the Mass.

Sacred Heart wins Live Simply award

20171203_120821Congratulations to all Sacred Heart parishioners on gaining the Live Simply award, presented on Sunday 3rd December 2017. Many thanks to everyone for all that is done towards  the three aims of living simply, living sustainably with creation and living in solidarity with the poor.
Pictured are members of the Sacred Heart Live Simply core group, Sue Barton, Brian Davies, Diane Davies, Teresa Mortimore, Fr Gerry Murray, Michael Floyd, with CAFOD assessors Abigail McMillan and Cynthia Deeson.  Taking the photo was group member Clare Turnbull.

Parish diary this week

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Antiphonary from the 1st Sunday of Advent.

These are the services this week:
Saturday December 1st – Mass for the First Sunday of Advent, Year B at 5pm
Sunday December 2nd – Mass for the First Sunday of Advent, Year at 9.30am
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Monday November 27th – Monday Club meets in the hall at 2pm. All welcome.
Monday November 27th – Meeting for First Communion parents and children, Sacred Heart Hall at 6pm.
Wednesday November 29th – UCM Mince Pie Evening and Christmas Hamper Raffle, 7.45pm, Sacred Heart Hall. Tickets £2.
Thursday November 30th – Confirmation group meets at 6.30pm in the hall.
Forthcoming events
Tuesday December 5th – A Journey with Jesus through Advent with Father Denis McBride, Convent, Street Ashton, 2pm. Call 01788 833825.
Wednesday December 13th – UCM Christmas Meal, Hillmorton Manor.
Saturday December 23rd – Christmas Music Practice, Sacred Heart Church, 9.30am.
Sunday April 22nd 2018 – Confirmation celebrated by Bishop William Kenny, 9.30am, Sacred Heart.
Sunday June 17th 2018 – First Communion celebration, 9.30am, Sacred Heart.