Mass for the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Here is Mass for the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord  and his strength; constantly seek his face.  

First Reading: A reading from the prophet Jeremiah. I will comfort the blind and the lame as I lead them back  

Response: Psalm 125 What marvels the Lord worked for us!  Indeed we were glad.

Second Reading: A reading from the letter to the Hebrews. You are a priest in the order of Melchizedek, and for ever.  

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! I am the light of the world, says the  Lord, anyone who follows me will have the light of life. Alleluia!

Gospel: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark. Master let me see again.  

Communion Antiphon: We will ring out our joy at your saving help and exult  in the name of God. 


Saturday 23rd 5pm at SH LS Holy Souls  

Sunday 24th 9.30am at SH For the peoples of the parishes no LS 

Sunday 24th 11am at EM For the mission of the Church LS 

Monday 25th 10am at SH LS Private Intention  

Tuesday 26th 10am at SH LS Private Intention  

Wednesday 27th 7pm at SH LS Special Intention  

Thursday 28th 11 am at EM no LS Austin Goode RIP Recently deceased. 

Friday 29th 7pm at SH LS  

Saturday 30th Vigil of All Saints 5pm at SH Alfred Canale-Parola LS 

Sunday 31st Solemnity of All Saints In Thanksgiving MC 9.30 am at SH no LS 

Sunday 31st Solemnity of All Saints Margaret Whitfield (100th Birthday) 11am  at EM LS 

THIS WEEKEND = World Missions Day. We are asked to pray for and support  the missionary work of the Church which is being affected by the ongoing  pandemic in many countries. Please support the Retiring Collection after Mass.  

THE DIOCESAN VISION: Unfolding God’s Plan  

Our vision is to be a Catholic diocese which is faithful to the mission entrusted to us by Jesus  Christ, full of missionary disciples who work together co-responsibly in vibrant communities  of faith, joyful in their service of God and neighbour. Let us pray for the Church that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to renew herself in the light of the  Gospel. Amen. 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2022 – We are planning our classes for 2022 now so if you wish your child to take part please email with details as soon as  possible. These classes are intended for children not in Catholic school from both parishes.  

Rugby Foodbank – Contributions always welcome here at Church or through your local store.  

Hope 4 Clothing Project to support asylum seekers temporarily housed in Rugby. We need  for males: jeans – 30,32,34; jumpers M & L; trainers 9,10,11 and new boxer shorts. For  women we need Coats S,M,L (suitable for autumn and winter use) and underwear (new  only). For further information the team can be reached at  Clothes can be dropped off at Dixon Hall, Vicarage Road, Rugby CV22 7AJ on Wednesday  2-4pm and Saturday 10am-12noon. Please DO NOT take donations to Hope 4. Thanks. 

COP 26 Prayer Event at St Andrew’s Church The Rugby Green Christian Group is organising  a drop in prayer event between 10am and noon on Saturday 30th October. This is an  opportunity to pray just as COP 26, the United Nations Climate Change Meeting, is about to  begin. There will be some prayer resources available to guide independent prayer, and there  will be 5 minutes of led prayers at half hourly intervals (10, 10.30, 11, 11.30 and just before  the end at noon). Please do pop in for a few minutes, or stay for as long as you would like.  All are welcome, and the coffee shop in the church will be open too �� 


Loving God, 

We praise your name with all you have created. You are present in the whole  universe, and in the smallest of creatures. We acknowledge the responsibilities you  have placed upon us as stewards of your creation. May the Holy Spirit inspire all  political leaders at COP26 as they seek to embrace the changes needed to foster a  more sustainable society. Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement  fairer solutions for the poorest and most vulnerable, and commit their nations to the care of Our Common Home. 

We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son. Amen. 

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. 


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 the Second Sunday of Lent, Year B

Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent from Sacred Heart Church.

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

Entrance Antiphon: Of you my heart has spoken: seek his face. It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face from me.  

First Reading; A reading from the book of Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18. The sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith. 

Response: Psalm 115: I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.    

Second Reading: St Paul to the Romans 8:31-34. God did not spare his own Son.

Gospel Acclamation: Glory and praise to you, O Christ! From the bright cloud the Father’s voice was heard: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him’. Glory and praise to you, O Christ!

Gospel: Mark 9: 2-10. This is my Son, the Beloved.   

Masses Intentions for next weekend 6/7 March .

SATURDAY : Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm ( Maria Canale-Parola 99th Birthday.) Available in recorded form on YouTube. 

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

WEDNESDAY 3rd March; Mass at Sacred Heart in the main Church 7pm.

THURSDAY 4th March: Mass at English Martyrs 11am.

Recorded Masses from Sacred Heart on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings available after about 11.30 am on the day.

CAFOD LENTEN APPEAL Walk for Water. Family Fast Day Friday 26th February. Please support and give  ONLINE  via or through the RETIRING COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND. Please use the envelopes to Gift Aid your offering if you can. Thanks.

(Formerly Women’s) WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 5th March 10.30am. No local services but there is an online service at  led by the women of Vanuatu. Afterwards a Zoom Meeting , meeting ID 884 5196 2211 Passcode pray21 . You can find lots of information on Please join this important ecumenical occasion. 

Mass for the First Sunday of Lent, Year B

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

Entrance Antiphon: When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will deliver him and give him glory , I will grant him length of days. 

First Reading; A reading from the book of Genesis 9:8-15. God’s covenant with Noah after he had saved him from the waters of the flood. 

Response: Psalm 24: Your ways, Lord are faithfulness and love for those who keep your covenant.    

Second Reading:  First Letter of St Peter 3:18-22. That water is a type of the baptism which saves you now.

Gospel Acclamation: Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory. We do not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory.

Gospel: Mark 1: 12-15. Jesus was tempted by Satan, and the angels looked after him.  

Masses Intentions for next weekend.

SATURDAY: Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm ( People of the Parishes). Available in recorded form on YouTube. 

SUNDAY: Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30pm (Private Intention). Mass at English Martyrs 11am (William Volkman). Live streamed on YouTube. 

WEDNESDAY: Mass at Sacred Heart in the main Church 7pm.

THURSDAY: Mass at English Martyrs 10 am. (Sally Shaw RIP)

Recorded Masses from Sacred Heart on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings available after about 11.30 am on the day.

CAFOD LENTEN APPEAL Walk for Water. Family Fast Day Friday 26th February. Abdella lives in a remote and mountainous part of Ethiopia. He walks 10 hours a day to find water for his family. What a way to spend your life! Let us walk beside him this Lent and help with our prayers and contributions to the Appeal. We can help him and many others in a similar situation. 

Please give via or through the retiring collection next weekend. Please use the envelopes to Gift Aid your offering if you can. Thanks.

Living Simply – Winter 2021


Living Simply – more challenging in Lockdown?

Lockdown and the various restrictions on where we go and what we do may be undermining some of the good habits we had adopted. We’re doing far more shopping online which generates more cardboard, bubble wrap, plastic packaging, not all of which can be recycled via our blue bins. So, what do you do with plastic bags such as bread wrappers, or with spent light bulbs – either low energy or old incandescent, or spent batteries. 

Think about what you can recycle.

Recycle Now is a really useful website which provides advice on what can be recycled and where using a postcode location finder tool. For example, “squidgy” plastic bags can be recycled at Sainsbury’s (Dunchurch Road); Tesco (Leicester Road) and Morrisons (Lutterworth); and low energy light bulbs should be recycled at Hunters Lane Waste Management Centre or Currys PC World. Old incandescent bulbs are not recyclable sadly.  At present, you may need to try to find space at home to store items until it’s possible to go to recycling hubs but try not to lose the will to recycle all you can.

Live Sustainably….banking

It’s hard to survive these days without a bank account – any organisation from government, to employers, utilities etc only want to deal with us via an account. How many of us then consider the ethical credentials of who we bank with? Do the banks which profit from managing our accounts use those profits in a sustainable and beneficial way? Time, perhaps, to ask a few questions and compare the credentials of banks such as Triodos , for example, with those of the main High Street banks. Ethical Consumer magazine conducted a review in August 2020 – it makes very interesting reading:

Live Sustainably….walk more

It’s also important to keep getting as much fresh air as possible during the cold months to reduce the chance of catching infections and to cut down on carbon emissions, by combining walking with essential errands.  For example, even if it’s easier and more comfortable to jump in the car to go to the supermarket on a cold day, if you can, why not walk there instead for smaller shopping trips that are manageable to carry/trolley home?

Live In Solidarity

Not seeing one another at church or in other settings has limited our opportunities to discuss the things that matter to us. It may also have limited our awareness of the fronts on which CAFOD is campaigning. Visit: to see how you can engage with ongoing initiatives around climate change, poverty, peace and human rights and much more. 

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Living Simply – Season of Creation

One of the Creation stained glass windows at Sacred Heart.


Five years on from the publication of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter exhorting us to “Care for our Common Home”, we are called to act and we are reminded that safeguarding Creation is everyone’s responsibility. Perhaps our experience of the Covid-19 pandemic has made us more aware of what really matters in our lives.

Live Simply

Remember those first days of Lockdown? Food, at its most essential, was a real concern. Suddenly those who had store cupboards were inspecting stock, some people even bought second freezers to stock up as supermarkets rationed purchases. We were confronted by the importance of making use of every scrap of food, of making dishes from scratch. We looked to local producers for fresh dairy, vegetables and fruit. 

  • Let’s continue to care about our food, how it is grown and how far it travels to reach our plates. Let’s dramatically reduce food waste. The Vatican’s Laudato Si’ guide says: “whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor.”

Live Sustainably

Five years on the review of Laudato Si’ also warns against a “throwaway culture” more generally, highlighting how such carelessness depletes natural resources, creates disastrous levels of contaminating waste, kills all manner of creatures. 

  • Let’s try to waste less, slash plastic, paper, energy waste, buy only what we need, recycle and re-purpose as much as we can.

Live in Solidarity with the Poor

Does the phrase “circular economy” mean anything to you? The Vatican hopes it does. We are urged to promote such an economy which aims to end the over-exploitation of productive resources, looking towards their long-term maintenance so that resources can be re-used.  It is those living in the poorest countries who are most harmed by over-exploitation. They could be the beneficiaries, as well as us, of investment in technological innovation, sustainable infrastructures and a growth in resource productivity.

  • Let’s all learn more about how to achieve a “circular economy” and then lobby for change.

Support the Season of Creation

The Season of Creation runs from September 1st until October 4th, the Feast of St Francis.

Pope Francis calls us to keep the Season of Creation at this time of year. He asks us to focus on the message of ‘Laudato Si’, his important letter published five years ago reminding the whole human family to be aware of our responsibility to care for our common home. 

Now the lessons of this document need to be implemented in our thinking and acting in our personal lives, our community life and in the life of the global family. It calls us to ecological conversion and to see how our lives are connected with and affect the health and welfare of our world. We are using up the earth’s resources and our actions are affecting the climate and future of the earth. It especially affects the lives of our poorest brothers and sisters.

So let us try to implement in a serious and practical way the measures needed to ensure the future of our common home. Each one of us has a part to play through prayer, reflection and concrete actions. We must support and encourage one another in this. 

Father Gerry Murray, Sacred Heart parish priest.

A Prayer for Care of Creation

Creator God, who made our beautiful world,
appointed us as its guardians
and gifted us with everything we need,
forgive us
for the times we cause it harm;
for the times our way of life
affects our neighbours.

Inspire us
to care for the environment;
to help rebuild lives and communities;
to share in the griefs and anxieties,
joys and hopes of all your people,
so that all your creation may flourish.
      Stephen Davies/CAFOD

You will find more information and resources on Care for Creation  on the CAFOD website.

More information and useful links

An introduction to the Season of Creation from the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
Vatican document on integral ecology: Safeguarding Creation is everyone’s responsibility – Vatican News
Vatican document on integral ecology: Safeguarding Creation is everyone’…Several Vatican Dicasteries team up to release a document entitled “Journeying Towards Care for Our Common Home…

CAFOD – Celebrate World Day of Prayer
CAFOD – Climate intercessions
CAFOD – Coronavirus prayers
CAFOD – Novena to St Francis
2020 Celebration Guide
Ecological Rosary for use on a Creation Walk/Pilgrimage
Catholic Climate Movement
Creation Time reflections from past years
Global Healing

To join the Justice & Peace Annual Assembly, which is being conducted virtually this year, click here.

Here are past copies of LiveSimply tips from Sacred Heart parish.

Living Simply – Winter newsletter 2020

Living Simply – Waste Not

Statistics on how much each of us wastes from food to energy to other consumables are alarming.  So, the phrase to keep front of mind this quarter is “don’t waste”. Set yourself a target to drastically reduce the amount of waste being consigned to your blue, black and green bins – you’ll know you are making progress when that goes down.

Scrunchy and stretchy... Sainsbury’s shoppers should be aware that you can now recycle stretchy plastics such as bread loaf wrappers, which cannot go into your blue bin, in special bins at the supermarket. The bins gave way to carol singers at Christmas but should be back now – if not ask Customer Service why not. And foil recyclers be aware that foil needs to be scrunched into tennis-ball size pieces to be recycled successfully. Smaller pieces may not be captured by recycling machines.


WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, has reported on the outcome of a four-year pan-European programme to tackle sustainable clothing and influence positive action in the entire supply chain, under the title “Driving circular fashion and textiles.” If you are a fashionista or just buy clothes occasionally it is worth checking out their report which looks at pilot projects by manufacturers to recover and turn fibres into new garments through remanufacture, seeking to reduce use of virgin materials, conserve water and energy and reduce amounts going to landfill or incineration. The initiative also saw a number of European brands and retailers run pilot schemes to source more sustainable fibres to reduce the impact of clothing produced and sold within the European market. 

Live In Solidarity

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The Fairtrade Foundation has issued a challenge to supporters to go further in 2020 by pledging to do more. At you will find a pledge page allowing you to select a product where you will commit to make more effort. These include coffee, tea, chocolate, cotton and flowers. Complete an online form and they will email you tips to help you improve your performance.

livesimply prayer

Pope Francis

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.

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.

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.

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Live Simply – Autumn Newsletter 2019


Living Simply 

It’s getting chillier. Heating will be on now in most households but at what temperature and what cost? Keep warm but try to save precious energy. Aim for a temperature during waking hours when at home of 20°C and turn heating off or much lower during sleeping hours. 

Rugby Town Centre may have a diminishing appeal in terms of conventional shopping but the success of St Andrew’s monthly Sustainable Saturdays and their Repair Cafe; the opening of Rugby Unwrapped; local craft shops and the twice-weekly market are all initiatives encouraging us to tweak our lifestyles and think about living more simply. 

Live Sustainably

The fight against plastic is being waged on many fronts. Friends of the Earth offers a helpful Living Without Plastic feature on its website. Link here:  

Tips include avoiding liquid shower gels and hand washes which come in plastic containers by using soap instead – but make it natural soap, that is chemical and palm oil free. Yes, it costs a bit more but it lasts and there is no single-use plastic packaging.

Recycle your crisp packets at St Andrew’s Church, Rugby.

Crisp packets are among several items which cannot be recycled via our blue bins. Terracycle has become a popular route to addressing this and other recycling challenges. St Andrew’s Church has adopted a Terracycle scheme to recycle Walkers Crisps packets. They are happy for people to add a single empty Walkers Crisp packet to their collection or a bundle. Just drop them in to the church next time you are in town. To learn more about Terracycle, go to this web address

Live In Solidarity

CAFOD highlights as part of its “Our Common Home” campaign, the dangers faced by those around the world who speak up. It says: “Criminalisation, death threats, and the killing of human rights defenders is increasing, especially in Latin America. These courageous people face huge daily risks to protect land and natural resources for poor landless communities to thrive. These people are also on the frontline of protecting our common home, a home we all share.  It is these defenders who are responding most acutely to ‘the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’ and at the greatest personal cost.”

The support we provide with via our regular giving to CAFOD and around Fast Days is vital in helping these people.  How much more could we help by becoming better acquainted with their stories and by campaigning for them through our Government channels. Be informed, as well as generous – and act.

livesimply prayer

Pope Francis

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.

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.

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.

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Parish diary this week

Icon of St Martin of Tours (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday November 11th (Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop)
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday November 12th (Feast of St Josaphat, Bishop, Martyr)
No Mass.
Rugby Interfaith Forum lecture by director of Cafod, 7.30pm, Collingwood Centre, Rugby.
Wednesday November 13th
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday November 14th
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday November 15th
Mass at 9.30am.
Saturday November 16th
Mass for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday November 17th
Mass for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Monday December 9th
First Communion registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Thursday 16th January 2020
Confirmation registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Sunday May 3rd 2020
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June 2020
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.