Live Simply newsletter – September 2017

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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.

Live Simply
Rugby-three-colour-logo.png (1162×682)Food waste/foodbank: In the run-up to Easter several parishioners made Live Simply Pledges. Among the most popular were pledges to reduce food waste / shop wisely by eating food in the freezer before buying more/not over-buying/ shopping with a list. In this country it is estimated that 60% of the 10 million tonnes of food wasted annually could have been avoided. It’s a scandal and few if any of us is guilt free. Think as you shop!
http://www.wrap.org.uk/sites/files/wrap/Estimates_%20in_the_UK_Jan17.pdf

At the same time, demands on Rugby foodbank remain high. Non-perishable staple foods are always in demand in addition to other household items. To see what is most needed at any time, visit the foodbank website. Donations can be left in the collection box in the Narthex at church. As one supermarket would say “Every Little Counts”. https://rugby.foodbank.org.uk/

Leftover Tips: Why not share your tips for using leftovers on the LiveSimply Board in the Entrance lobby. We’ll share the best in future LiveSimply Tips bulletins.

Live sustainably
89a1e36d-e6ca-485e-94b7-e568ff395356_1000.jpg (1000×1000)Saving energy and money: LED light bulbs are considered to be more environmentally-friendly, energy efficient and long lasting than other light bulbs. So, when your light bulbs at home next need changing or as part of a planned exercise to change your current lighting, explore a switch to LED. There’s a choice of light from “soft white” to a more bright white. http://www.cartridgepeople.com promise to offer the most cost effective LED bulbs. It is also worth checking out stores such as Home Bargains in Rugby and your usual supermarket, where LED bulbs may also be available. As a parish, Sacred Heart is committed to looking at LED options as and when light bulbs need changing in the church or church hall.

In Solidarity
cafod_logo_rgb_transparent.png (584×177)CAFOD: Sacred Heart Parish has a proud record of support for CAFOD, with many parishioners committed to making regular donations via direct debit and others making weekly donations via envelopes placed in weekend Mass collections. We can happily source additional envelopes for new donors or for existing donors if they have run short. CAFOD also raises funds via its Trash for Cash initiative where donations of unwanted jewellery, foreign currency etc can benefit the poor. https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Trash-for-cash

Support for CAFOD is an effective and targeted way of getting help to those in other countries who need it most. In particular see CAFOD’s campaigns on Refugees and Floods in South Asia. To refresh your memory about all that CAFOD does visit – https://cafod.org.uk/About-us/What-we-do and https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Refugee-action

September 2017

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Live Simply – July newsletter 2017

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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.

Live Simply

washing line.jpg (460×300)Summer is the perfect time for living simply – no need for tumble dryers when you can hang your washing out and let the sun take care of things for you; cut down on cooking – there’s an extensive range of recipes for sumptuous salads to keep meal times interesting. If you don’t grow your own produce, make friends with someone who does – fresh from garden or allotment is best – or choose what’s in season when shopping.

Live sustainably

Almost 70% of Catholic dioceses in England & Wales (16 out of 23) are now part of a renewable energy scheme sourcing electricity from “green” suppliers – Birmingham diocese among them. Sacred Heart and English Martyrs parishes are among the 3,200 parishes embraced by the scheme which is being delivered by Interdiocesan Fuel Management Ltd in alliance with Churchmarketplace.

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CAFOD Power To Be campaign – if you haven’t done so already, please complete one of the Power To Be cards urging the World Bank to invest more in renewable energy schemes in Africa that would transform lives for the better at a stroke.

In Solidarity

1014044_orig.jpg (682×404)Fairtrade – many may already be aware of the widespread concern at a move by Sainsbury’s, hitherto a pacesetter for Fairtrade, to pilot a scheme to drop the Fairtrade mark in preference for its own “fairly-traded” wording on produce. CAFOD is among organisations voicing concern arguing that such a move could undermine Fairtrade, opening the door to different standards by different companies, consumer confusion and, ultimately, a poorer deal for producers. As at early July 80,000 has signed a petition urging Sainsbury’s to stick with Fairtrade. The online petition can be found here

https://www.change.org/p/sainsbury-s-don-t-ditch-fairtrade – add your voice.

July 2017

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Services and events this week

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Votive lights at the statue of Mary, Mother of God, at Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday March 6th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday March 7th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday March 8th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday March 9th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday March 10th – Mass at 11.45am followed by Lent lunch
Saturday March 11th – Second Sunday of Lent, Year A. Mass at 5pm.
Sunday March 12th – Second Sunday of Lent, Year A. Mass at 9.30am.
Parish diary for this week
Monday March 6th – Monday Club, 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Friday March 10th – Lent lunch in the hall, 12.15pm (Soup and bread, all welcome).
Friday March 10th – Stations of the Cross, 7pm.
Forthcoming events
Monday March 13th – First Communion group meets, 6pm, Hall and Upper Room.
Friday March 25th – Quizzerdance, Rainsbrook Centre, Kilsby Lane in aid of HCPT. Email Phil Burns for more details.

Services and events this week

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Inside Sacred Heart Church.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday February 27th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday February 28th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday March 1st – Mass at 7pm (Ash Wednesday)
Thursday March 2nd – Mass at 9.30am (Feast of St Chad)
Friday March 3rd – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday March 4th – First Sunday of Lent, Year A. Mass at 5pm.
Sunday March 5th – First Sunday of Lent, Year A. Mass at 9.30am.
Parish diary for this week
Sunday February 26th – ACTA talk by Prof Tom O’Loughlin, Newman House, Birmingham, 2pm.
Monday February 27th – First Communion group meets, 6pm, Hall and Upper Room.
Monday February 27th – Monday Club, 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Friday March 3rd – Women’s World Day of Prayer, 10.30am, Sacred Heart Church.
Friday March 3rd – Stations of the Cross, 7pm.
Forthcoming events
Friday March 10th – First Lent lunch, Sacred Heart Church Hall at 12.15pm. Profits to Cafod.
Friday March 25th – Quizzerdance, Rainsbrook Centre, Kilsby Lane in aid of HCPT. Email Phil Burns for more details.

Live Simply Newsletter – November 2016

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Pope Francis

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

livesimply prayer (v2 & 3)

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.
Amen.

winter shelter.jpg (650×300)The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and it’s getting colder. Thoughts turn to the rising number of homeless people facing a difficult winter. In common with other towns and cities, Rugby has seen a sharp rise in those living without a roof over their heads. Hope4 Rugby is the local charity which helps the homeless or badly-housed. Some Sacred Heart parishioners help out at the Winter Shelter which usually operates between 1st December and 31st March. If interested, consult Hope4 Rugby.

The charity is also in need of donations of the following:

  • Sleeping bags, rucksacks, tents and camping mats always needed
  • Deodorants, disposable razors, shaving gel/foam, toiletries
  • Men’s socks, shoes, belts and underwear if clean and in good condition
  • Board games
  • Tins of baked beans, tuna, fish, ham, fruit, custard, rice pudding. Please no pasta, soup or teabags at present.
  • No clothes or coats at present, please.

Donations can be taken to the Hope Centre at 8 Newbold Road during opening hours or phone the Hope Centre on 01788 572456 to arrange collection. Important Note: Surplus items donated to Hope4 will be shared with the food bank, given to charity shops or otherwise disposed of. Hope4 say, please only donate if you are happy for them to do this.

http://www.hope4.org.uk

Palm Oil

Palm-Oil-2-6-14-2216px-1.jpg (3000×1040)The ongoing use of Palm Oil in products ranging from bread and biscuits to detergents continues to promote the devastation of rain forests as land is cleared for the planting of palm trees. The European Food Safety Authority has also warned that refined palm oil and products manufactured with it contain very high amounts of fatty acid esters that can cause cancer and damage DNA, liver, kidneys and testes. So, please read product labels prior to purchase; avoid palm oil and where possible look for a Fair Trade option. For a detailed survey of palm oil and product rating visit http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/shoppingethically/palmoilfreelist.aspx

November 2016

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Worship and events this week

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Easter ceremonies at Sacred Heart Church.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday October 10th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday October 11th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday October 12th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday October 13th – Mass at 9.30am
Friday October 14th – No Mass at 9.30am
Saturday October 15th – Mass at 5pm (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Sunday October 16th – Mass at 9.30am (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Parish diary for this week
Sunday October 9th – Mass and Anointing of the Sick, Sacred Heart Church, 3pm, followed by tea and cake.
Monday October 10th – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Thursday October 13th – 7pm, second Living Faith talk in Sacred Heart Church Hall.
Friday October 14th – 7.30pm, meeting with Mark Pawsey MP to discuss climate change and poverty, Sacred Heart Church Hall.
Saturday October 15th – Birmingham Archdiocese Justice and Peace Assembly.
Forthcoming events
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation with Archbishop Bernard.
October 18th – Gift of Years Volunteer Training. Recruiting volunteers to help the elderly and staff in care homes. Contact Lindsay Pelloquin.

Sunday October 22nd – 7.30pm, Concert for Year of Mercy, St Marie’s Church, Rugby.

Worship and events this week

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The day chapel at Sacred Heart Church, Bilton.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday September 26th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday September 27th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Vincent de Paul)
Wednesday September 28th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday September 29th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael)
Friday September 30th – Mass at 9.30am (Feast of St Jerome)
Saturday October 1st – Mass at 5pm (27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Sunday October 2nd – Mass at 9.30am (27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Parish diary for this week
Monday September 26th – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Forthcoming events
Wednesday September 28th – UCM meeting with guest speaker from Gymophobics, 7.45pm. All welcome.
Thursday September 29th – Cafod Stories from Bolivia evening, 7.30pm to 9pm. Contact Elizabeth Wignall.
October – Living Faith talks on the four Thursdays. The theme is ‘Caring for our common home’. More details.
October October 9th – Mass and Anointing of the Sick, Sacred Heart Church, 3pm, followed by tea and cake.
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation with Archbishop Bernard.
October 18th – Gift of Years Volunteer Training. Recruiting volunteers to help the elderly and staff in care homes. Contact Lindsay Pelloquin.

Worship and events this week

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The statue of Mary at Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday September 19th – No Mass
Tuesday September 20th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Andrew Kim Tae-gon)
Wednesday September 21st – Mass at 7pm (Feast of St Matthew)
Thursday September 22nd – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday September 23rd – No Mass
Saturday September 24th – Mass at 5pm (26th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Sunday September 25th – Mass at 9.30am (26th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Parish diary for this week
Monday September 19th – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Forthcoming events
Sunday September 25th – Archbishop Kevin McDonald speaks on Spirituality, Migrants and other religions at Newman House, Edgbaston. More details.
Wednesday September 28th – UCM meeting with guest speaker from Gymophobics, 7.45pm. All welcome.
Thursday September 29th – Cafod Stories from Bolivia evening, 7.30pm to 9pm. Contact Elizabeth Wignall.
October – Living Faith talks on the four Thursdays. The theme is ‘Caring for our common home’. More details.
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation with Archbishop Bernard.
October 18th – Gift of Years Volunteer Training. Recruiting volunteers to help the elderly and staff in care homes. Contact Lindsay Pelloquin.

Live Simply Newsletter – September 2016

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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Create in us a desire to live sustainably,
So that those who follow after us
May enjoy the fruits of your creation.

Gardeners and non-gardeners will be aware of concerns about the environmental damage caused by extracting peat for use in our gardens. The Growing Media Initiative (GMI) is a scheme developed by the Horticultural Trades Association, with the Growing Media Association, DIY and Garden Centre retailers, Defra, the RSPB and the Royal Horticultural Society, which is working towards government targets to reduce peat use. Peatlands are an important habitat and carbon store globally and are under threat.

The GMI scheme aims to increase consumer awareness about the need to protect peatlands and to use more sustainable materials for growing plants and improving soil. GMI is developing a calculator to enable manufacturers to measure and score the environmental values of key materials used in their products. To learn more, go to: www.growingmedia.co.uk

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The Local Government Association estimates that 2.5 billion paper drinks cups are discarded in the UK annually. Many have a plastic coating which must be separated before the cup can be recycled; council recycling systems are not equipped for this. It is understood there is only one company in the UK which can,
naturally limiting recycling capacity
. The upshot is that most discarded coffee cups go to landfill – an estimated 25,000 tons of waste. Campaigners are urging high street coffee chains to move faster in developing recyclable cups. There is also pressure on chains to discount prices for customers who bring their own cups/containers for their take-away drink.


CAFOD & Green Energy

The world’s first green electricity company, Ecotricity, has agreed to donate money to CAFOD every time a CAFOD supporter switches to them. Ecotricity is a UK-based company whose mission is to change the way electricity is made and used in Britain. They offer 100 per cent green electricity and green gas. All of Ecotricity’s profits go back into their mission meaning, they say, that they use their customers’ energy bills to fund the
building of new sources of green energy – what they call ‘bills into mills’.
For details, check out http://cafod.org.uk/Give/Major-giving/Companies/Ecotricity

Microbeads Success


The UK Government and many manufacturers are now committed to ending the use of
tiny pieces of plastic in toiletries from face scrubs to toothpaste, found to be causing untold damage to marine life when washed off into our water system, and eventually into our oceans. Sustainable alternative products are available, so shop carefully. “Good Scrub” guides are available online and a free “Beat the Microbead” smartphone app.

Coca-Cola ahead of water target

The Coca-Cola Company has reported that it has met its water replenishment target five years ahead of schedule. The goal was to return the equivalent amount of water used by the company in its global sales volume back to nature and communities. The company was estimated to have returned 191.9 billion litres of water back to nature and communities in 2015 via local projects, equalling 115 per cent of the water used in its beverages in the same period.

September 2016

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Live Simply Newsletter – July 2016

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

pope-francis_2541160blivesimply prayer (v2)

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.

Our recent Parish Meeting had liveSimply at the top of its agenda and doubtless we’ll hear more of this.

One great idea which arose in the context of a discussion about parking problems around the church on Sundays is also a great sustainability liveSimply idea: Car Sharing.

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Why not try car sharing?

As a parish we could greatly reduce the amount of traffic we generate – we can worry about neighbours later – by coming to church together each looking to pick up those who live near us or en route to church.

This has the added benefit of cutting down on our fuel consumption as a parish – a sustainability goal. Keep an eye on Parish Noticeboards for a car sharing rota.

Face facts

1449611239181 (650×390)Microbeads, tiny pieces of plastic found in toiletries from face scrubs to toothpaste, cause untold damage to marine life when they are washed off into our water system, eventually finding their way into our oceans. They threaten the sustainability of many ocean creatures when they ingest them. Microbeads are expected to be outlawed in the USA from next year and pre-Referendum our Government was reported to be considering following suit. There is an active Greenpeace UK “ban-microbeads” petition to encourage this. Also available online are “Good Scrub” guides and a free Beat the Microbead smartphone app. Sustainable alternative products are available, so shop carefully.

Fishing facts

seaSticking with the ocean theme, many will be aware of a long-term campaign for the sustainable fishing of tuna to end the destruction of other species such as endangered turtles that can otherwise be caught up and destroyed by industrial fishing methods.

Supermarkets have embraced the campaign ensuring their own-brand labels only sell 100% sustainable tuna. However, campaigners are continuing to lobby hard for supermarkets to ban the products of John West, the owners of which have yet to deliver on a 2011 commitment to phase out unsustainable fishing methods. By 2015, only 2% of John West tuna met the sustainability target. Its nearest rival brand, Princes, was also 75% short of its 100% sustainability target as at last Autumn.*

We each have it in our gift to live sustainably – shop thoughtfully.

Live sustainably – liveSimply that others may simply live – think Fair Trade

July 2016

*Source: Ethical Consumer

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