Live Simply – May 2018 Newsletter

Living Simply

Water is good for you. We should all ensure we keep ourselves topped up, especially if (when) the warm weather of the Spring Bank Holiday returns. To get into a good habit, always carry a bottle of water with you BUT make sure it’s a re-usable water bottle.

Live sustainably

Image result for global citizenEvery Google Search contributes to Climate Change asserts Global Citizen, which campaigns on the United Nations’ Global Goals, calling on countries to invest in renewable energy. Google relies on a vast physical infrastructure of servers, routers, and cables which all depend on electricity to operate, according to Quartz*.

Much of this energy is provided by fossil fuels, Quartz reports. Google admits that providing a user with a month’s worth of its services is like driving a car for one mile, or around 360.7 grams of CO2, Quartz notes. Other companies like Facebook and Apple have significant ecological footprints too. To its credit, Google has been investing heavily into renewable energy. The company now supplies all of its corporate electricity with wind and solar power.

Apple has also taken steps to become carbon neutral by investing in efforts that compensate for its carbon emissions, like reforestation, according to Quartz. We cannot turn the clock back and stop using the Internet but we can encourage all countries, the UK included, to invest more in renewable energy so that each online search is powered by wind and solar, rather than coal or natural gas. https://glblctzn.me/2KTuYXb

In Solidarity

It was World Fair Trade Day on May 12. The Fairtrade Foundation (www.fairtrade.org.uk) celebrated by highlighting some of the Fairtrade pioneers that have created their entire businesses with farmers at the heart of everything they do. Zaytoun is one of these organisations. It supports Palestinian farmers like Bassema Barahmeh through their unique challenge

s, such as highly restricted access to land and water, with dignity. 

‘My life has been transformed by Fairtrade. I have a say in my household and in my community. It has given me independence.’ says Bassema, Board Member of the Palestine Fair Trade Association, olive farmer and mother of four. Here is a blog link for more information. https://bit.ly/2rHfexY

Always look out for the Fairtrade brand – join the fight to resist supermarket chains such as Sainsbury’s in their attempt to undermine this global initiative by switching to untested alternative schemes.

 May 2018

*Quartz is a digital news outlet for business people in the global economy. www.qz.com

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.
Amen.

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Live Simply – April 2018 newsletter

Living Simply

Household Food Waste was recorded at seven million tonnes in 2016 costing every UK household an estimated £470 a year, according to the Food Standards Agency. (www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/campaigns/food-waste). In Rugby, households paying for a Green bin CAN deposit any food waste in them to be recycled. There’s also composting to consider, if you have the space in your garden.  Rugby Borough Council also promotes reducing food waste via www.lovefoodhatewaste.com which offers a wealth of recipes for making good use of leftover food. Well worth checking out. And remember the age-old advice, always shop with a list to avoid over-buying.

Live sustainably

The widespread campaign against single-use plastic packaging has gained real momentum in recent months with consumers demanding that all supermarkets, fast-food outlets and coffee shops take action to reduce the mountain of plastic waste produced otherwise. If you like to grab a coffee or tea on-the-go and regularly visit Costa Coffee, Caffè Nero, Starbucks and similar outlets, do you take a mug with you for your drink? You should and the outlets should agree to supply the beverage at a slightly reduced price if you do.  The more consumers demand change, the more likely it is to happen.

In Solidarity

CAFOD: Share the Journey campaign seeks to highlight the plight of refugees and calls on the UK Government to act, as part of a global campaign launched by Pope Francis to safeguard the rights of people on the move.  The campaign highlights the plight of people in Colombia, Lebanon, Uganda, Bangladesh and Myanmar among others and urges people not just to lobby politicians but also to vote with their feet and undertake a refugee-themed walk in their locality. Check out https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Share-the-Journey and look out for more information in your own parishes.

livesimply prayer

Pope Francis

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.

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Live Simply – March 2018 newsletter

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

Living Simply

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Use a water butt to capture rain water.

Our gardens, container gardens and window boxes will beckon us soon as better weather and longer days arrive, so this is a good time to consider some simple, beneficial actions we can take.

Use a water butt to capture rainwater – got one already, have you got room for another? New planting – consider ground cover plants to help suppress weeds and retain moisture in soil and remember our pollinators and choose bee-friendly plants. The reward is a happy garden buzzing with life and
colour.

Live sustainably
Most supermarkets are now being petitioned about plastic packaging urging them to look at how they might limit or remove all such packaging from their own-brand products, as a starter. Some supermarkets have already committed publicly to achieving the switch to sustainable alternative materials by a set date. Others have yet to do so. Has yours? Customers’ voices will and do have an effect, so consider emailing your favoured supermarket to secure a pledge from them to end plastic packaging. Act now.

Is there an alternative to a consumer-driven economy whose success is predicated on us buying more and builds in product redundancy so that we have to replace rather than repair? The Green Christian movement thinks there is. To learn more about their “Joy in Enough” proposition go to: https://joyinenough.org

In Solidarity
The Refugee Family Reunion Bill seeks to unite refugees living alone in the UK with their mothers, fathers and/or siblings from whom they have become separated during their perilous journeys to our shores. Amnesty International has led a campaign of support for this Bill. On Friday 16 March the Bill successfully passed through the second reading stage in the House of Commons with 129 MPs giving it their support. It still has a way to go, requiring public pressure to ensure continuing MP support. To learn more visit https://www.amnesty.org.uk/

livesimply prayer

Pope Francis

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.

Return to Live Simply homepage.

 

Live Simply Newsletter – February 2018 newsletter

Living Simply

Keep it simple during Lent. Find ways to minimise the packaging you bring home and the plastic you have around the house. Avoid putting fresh fruit and veg into little plastic bags in the supermarket – the checkout staff are still able to weigh loose products. And what about returning to using bars of soap instead of liquid soap dispensed from plastic bottles? There are bound to be many more ways we can play our part in simplifying our lifestyles and minimising the extent to which we contribute to the build-up of harmful waste.

Live sustainably

Plastic pollution and recycling have been making headline news in recent weeks. Many consumer radio programmes have sought to identify what can or cannot be recycled. Policies differ local authority-by-local authority. In Rugby, there is a pretty generous approach to what can go into your blue bin. A full list is available on the Live Simply notice board in the entrance lobby (to Sacred Heart Church).

In essence, all paper, plastic, food & drink cartons can be placed in the blue bin. Two main messages: (1) DON’T PLACE ITEMS IN PLASTIC CARRIER BAGS and (2) RINSE ALL FOOD AND DRINK CONTAINERS FIRST. And, for those who pay for a green bin to be emptied, YES, food waste can go into these bins.

In Solidarity

A reminder of Fairtrade Fortnight26th February 2018-11th March 2018. This is an excellent opportunity to show support for Fairtrade by buying products where such exist and to urge your favoured supermarket to widen the range of Fairtrade products they sell.

To find out more visit www.fairtrade,org.uk/fortnight

Sainsbury’s continues to dig its heels in regarding its move to an own-brand fairly traded label. This has the potential to undermine the primary Fairtrade initiative which has addressed unfair global trade for millions of farmers and workers in poorer parts of the world. To be sure of making a genuine Fairtrade purchase always look for the Fairtrade logo.

livesimply prayer

Pope Francis

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.

Return to Live Simply homepage.

     

February 2018

Live Simply – January 2018 newsletter

Living Simply

Can you live more simply? Is there clutter at home you could get rid of; do you actually wear everything that is in your wardrobe; do you know what is in your loft; could you shop more carefully? Simple Living Manifesto: 72 ideas to Simplify Your Life provides an interesting checklist that might help you make a tweak or two helping you to live more simply – and, possibly, more healthily.

Live sustainably

Issues that parishioners have been concerned about for some time are now centre stage with Government including the harm done to the environment and animals by plastic packaging and the killer effect on marine life of microbeads in cosmetics. Greenpeace, among other campaigning charities, is fighting on a number of fronts from challenging plastic pollution, including lobbying Coca-Cola to reduce its plastic footprint, to creating an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary, to trying to stop oil drilling in the Arctic. Why not check out www.greenpeace.org.uk/what-you-can-do/campaign-online to find a campaign that you can get behind in 2018 and become knowledgeable about.

In Solidarity

Sainsbury’s continues to be the focus of protestors concerned about the supermarket chain’s decision to introduce its own “fairly traded” tea at the expense of the internationally-recognised and audited Fairtrade alternative. Fairtrade Fortnight26th February 2018-11th March 2018 is an opportunity demonstrate support for Fairtrade by buying products where such exist and to urge your favoured supermarket to widen the range of Fairtrade products they sell.

Find out about Fairtrade | CAFOD

To find out more visit www.fairtrade,org.uk/fortnight

Where Sainsbury’s go, other chains may follow thus undermining an initiative which has addressed unfair global trade for millions of farmers and workers in poorer parts of the world.

livesimply prayer

Pope Francis

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.

January 2018

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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

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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