Live Simply – Spring Newsletter 2019

Living Simply

Many parishioners will have clever ways of avoiding using damaging (and expensive) detergents and limiting use of throw-away plastics when gearing up for a bit of household cleaning. Here’s one thought: oven cleaning – make a paste of baking soda and water and then smear this over the surfaces of your oven; leave overnight. Next day wipe clean with warm water and, for a little extra oomph for stubborn stains, use white vinegar. Should work a treat! Feel free to post your tips on the Live Simply board by the church entrance.

Live Sustainably

The purgeplastic momentum is gathering pace, especially bids to ban single-use plastic. Tesco is the latest major supermarket chain to say that it will trial not wrapping fruit and vegetables in plastic. What about your favoured supermarket? What is Sainsbury’s policy (campaigners say Sainsbury’s is lagging behind); and then there’s Lidl and Aldi. The Co-op and Iceland’s credentials seem not too bad. If you spot unnecessary plastic packaging, think about asking Customer Services in that store why it is being used. The more of us who speak up, the quicker changes will be made.

Live In Solidarity

CAFOD is “reimagining” its “Our Common Home” campaign aimed at addressing the issue of Climate Change. With our help, CAFOD wants to divert UK politicians’ attention away from Brexit for long enough to secure a firm pledge to commit the UK to net zero emissions by 2045. CAFOD says that a clear response is needed to keep global temperatures to 1.5oc. 

Three of the climate warriors stood at the top of the CAFOD building.
Joseph, Brianna and Sione, young climate activists.

CAFOD is highlighting the experience of Joseph, Brianna and Sione, young climate activists known as Pacific Climate Warriors. Drawn from across the Pacific region, they represent grassroots, frontline and indigenous communities. With support from around the world they are enabling young people in their communities to get involved in environmental justice issues.

In Pacific cultures the image of the warrior is that of a protector. The Pacific Climate Warriors work to revive our common home in the face of climate change. They are calling on world leaders to build a better world for us, and for generations to come.

Check out their story – and go online to make YOUR voice heard by signing CAFOD’s petition.

https://cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/Reimagine-Our-Common-Home

https://e-activist.com/page/36329/petition/1

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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Spring 2019

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Diocese thanks Veronica

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Veronica receives her award from Bishop William. Father Gerry is pictured, left.

Long-standing Sacred Heart parishioner, Veronica York, has had her years of dedicated service to the parish recognised with the presentation by Bishop William Kenney of the Birmingham Diocese award “Ubi Caritas”.

“Ubi Caritas” – “Where there is love and loving kindness, God is there” – is a special award given in recognition of Veronica’s devoted service to and participation in many different aspects of parish life over many years. These include the Caring Group, visiting and supporting housebound and sick parishioners; acting as Eucharistic Minister at Mass and various activities in support of Justice and Peace.

She has been a contact and organiser of parish support for CAFOD; has promoted the purchase of Fairtrade and organic products; organised parishioner support for Prisoners of Conscience and she played a part in Sacred Heart becoming a Live Simply Parish.

“Veronica has given us a gentle and determined example of seeking to live out the Gospel in our daily lives and facing the issues of the day,” said Sacred Heart Parish Priest Fr Gerry Murray.

Live Simply – Winter newsletter 2019

Living Simply

It is time to keep our feet flat to the floor in the drive to reduce levels of single-use plastic. Each of us can make a difference by avoiding products encased in single-use plastic. We must also maintain the campaign momentum pressing Government and manufacturers to address this issue and to rationalise household recycling systems countrywide to ensure that more is recycled and less goes to landfill. Pursue all opportunities to support this and contact our local MP to ask him what’s happening.

Live Sustainably

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Encourage butterflies in your garden.

Gardeners will already be thinking ahead to their Spring and Summer gardens, hopefully using the winter months to plan sustainably. If you use pesticides in your gardens, look for more environmentally-friendly ways of tackling problems that will allow important bugs and bees to flourish. Devise planting plans that will encourage wildlife into your garden; be an untidy gardener; encourage your neighbours to do the same so that environmentally-friendly corridors can be created for butterflies and bees. We need them.

Live In Solidarity

2018 ended with the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign reporting that HSBC bank, under pressure from boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigners, had decided to divest from Israeli Defence Contractor Elbit Systems, a producer of drones and chemical weapons among other things. It’s a step in the right direction but HSBC continues to support businesses involved in military equipment manufacture. At the same time, as a country, the UK sells arms to those making war in countries such as Yemen, where we are witnessing man-made famine on an appalling scale. Could not our manufacturing expertise be redirected to produce something more beneficial to the world – or are weapons too profitable?

Traidcraft Update

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Traidcraft’s Board approved a plan in November to stave off closure of the flagship fair-trade retailer. The organisation is slimming down from 67 to just 12 employees with the intention of maximising profitable parts of its business, phasing out loss-making lines, creating a membership culture and setting a new high bar for ethical trading in the UK. See full press release here: https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/traidcraft-update

The Justice and Peace Group will explore ways of engaging with the organisation going forward.

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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Winter 2019

Parish diary this week

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday October 1st
Details to follow
Tuesday October 2nd
Details to follow
Wednesday October 3rd
Details to follow
Thursday October 4th
Details to follow
Friday October 5th
Details to follow
Cafod Harvest Fast Day. Please keep in mind all who lack food and clean water. There will be a collection after the Masses on 6th and 7th October. Gift Aid Envelopes will be available for your offerings.
Saturday October 6th
Mass for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B at 5pm.
Sunday October 7th
Mass for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B at 9.30am
Food, Francis and our children’s Future, 6pm-8pm Sacred Heart Hall. All parishioners are invited to an inspiring evening of film, food & friendship responding together to Pope Francis’ call to care for creation and to pass on a healthy planet to our children’s children. The Global Healing shared meal will feature film clips from well-known experts, engaging testimonies and on-location filming from around the UK. With the rich variety of cultures in our parish, the evening promises to blend joy for foodies with discussion around fresh practical responses to environmental change.

Forthcoming events

Live Simply – Autumn newsletter 2018

LIVE SIMPLY SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT SIMPLY LIVE

Living Simply

Levels of food waste in the UK continue to be a scandal, costing around £20 billion annually. All UK supermarkets have made a “transformational” pledge to halve food waste by 2030. In total 90 retailers, manufacturers, producers, hospitality and restaurant chains across Britain have signed up. This is not just a corporate problem, as individuals we must play our part. Buy sensibly, use up leftovers creatively and freeze food where you can. Do you have any other tips on limiting food waste? Please let us know.

Live Sustainably

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While there’s real momentum behind various campaigns to address plastic waste, it’s important to maintain pressure. The Greenpeace campaign to eliminate pointless plastic encasing supermarket products asks shoppers to take a photo when they spot excessive plastic packaging and via Twitter to tweet the photo using the #PointlessPlastic hashtag and naming the supermarket. Other social media channels can be used on the same basis and/or email the photo to Greenpeace at packaging.uk@greenpeace.org

Live In Solidarity

Busting some Fairtrade Myths – no.3. Only a small percentage of the price we pay for a Fairtrade product goes back to the farmer.

The Fairtrade Foundation (www.fairtrade.org.uk) advises:

Not so. The retail price consumers pay is determined entirely by the retailer. The way Fairtrade works is that the producer organisation receives the Fairtrade price at the point where they sell to the next person in the supply chain (usually an exporter or importer). This is intended to ensure farmers can cover their costs no matter how low the world price for their commodity falls. Always look out for the Fairtrade brand – and resist the move by some retailers to switch to untested alternative schemes.

Traidcraft – fighting for survival

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Traidcraft, the organisation which sells the best of fair trade, runs life-changing development projects and campaigns to bring about trade justice, is struggling. Poor trading performance has led Traidcraft plc’s Board of Directors to close loss-making operations. At present Traidcraft UK is trading as usual and has launched an attractive autumn craft collection produced by artisans worldwide. While the company focuses on its future, supporters are urged to continue to shop online at https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/ and to share thoughts about their future mission at lovetraidcraft@traidcraft.co.uk

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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Autumn 2018

Parish diary this week

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Celebrate the Feast of St Vincent de Paul this week (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday September 24th
Mass at 7pm (Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham)
Exposition until 8pm
Tuesday September 25th
No Mass
Wednesday September 26th
Mass at 7pm
UCM meets, 7.45pm in Sacred Heart Hall.
Thursday September 27th
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Vincent de Paul)
Fundraising fashion show, 7.30pm at The Hope Centre, Newbold Road, Rugby.
Friday September 28th
No Mass
Saturday September 29th
Mass for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B at 5pm.
Sunday September 30th
Mass for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B at 9.30am

Forthcoming events
Friday, 5th October
Cafod Harvest Fast Day. Please keep in mind all who lack food and clean water. There will be a collection after the Masses on 6th and 7th October. Gift Aid Envelopes will be available for your offerings.
Sunday October 7th
Food, Francis and our children’s Future, 6pm-8pm Sacred Heart Hall. All parishioners are invited to an inspiring evening of film, food & friendship responding together to Pope Francis’ call to care for creation and to pass on a healthy planet to our children’s children. The Global Healing shared meal will feature film clips from well-known experts, engaging testimonies and on-location filming from around the UK. With the rich variety of cultures in our parish, the evening promises to blend joy for foodies with discussion around fresh practical responses to environmental change.

Refugees and Justice

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The UK’s “cruel” treatment of refugees and getting justice higher up the political agenda were among key topics discussed at the 40th National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) conference recently.  To read more about what Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and others had to say visit www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/conference-reports/
The reports can also be found on YouTube.
Sign up for regular NJPN email updates via their website or follow them on facebook or Twitter @NJandPNetwork .

Live Simply – July/August 2018 newsletter

Living Simply and Sustainably

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How can you save water? Here are a few ideas.

Water saving is high on our “to do” lists after so many weeks of heat and no rain. Water is a precious commodity which we may use without thinking. To save water, consider:
1. Not letting the water run when cleaning your teeth or washing your hands;
2. Filling a jug of water and putting it in the fridge for when you want a cold drink;
3. Keeping the water after cooking pasta – let it cool properly and then use on the garden;
4. Ensuring you have full loads if using a dishwasher or washing machine.

If you have further water-saving suggestions, why not pin them up on the Live Simply notice board in the church entrance lobby.

Live In Solidarity

Busting some Fairtrade Myths.

Myth no.2 Anyone can put the Fairtrade badge on their product and claim that it is ethical. The Fairtrade Foundation (www.fairtrade.org.uk) advises:

Image result for fair trade logoThe idea that companies just slap the FAIRTRADE Mark on their products when they want to claim ethical credentials does not hold up. The Mark is a registered certification label for products sourced from producers in developing countries. Products that display it must meet Fairtrade Standards, set by Fairtrade International. These Standards apply to both producers (the farmers and workers) and traders (suppliers to the shop you buy from) and are agreed through research and consultation with Fairtrade stakeholders, including farmers’ and workers’ organisations, traders, independent experts and national Fairtrade organisations such as the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK.

If a company wants to get one of their products certified (and so have the FAIRTRADE Mark displayed on their packaging) they have first to ensure it meets all stated Standards. Any company ‘just slapping the Fairtrade badge on their product’ without meeting the standards for that product would be investigated and could open themselves up to legal action.

Further Fairtrade myth-busting information in the next Live Simply Tips.

Always look out for the Fairtrade brand – and resist the move by some retailers to move to untested alternative schemes.

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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July/August 2018

     

Parish diary this week

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St Irenaeus, whose feast day is on Thursday this week.

These are the services this week:
Monday June 25th – Mass at 7pm followed by Exposition in the Day Chapel until 8pm
Tuesday June 26th – No Mass
Wednesday June 27th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday June 28th – Mass at 9.30am (Feast of St Irenaeus)
Friday June 29th – Mass at 7pm (Feast of Saints Peter and Paul)
Saturday June 30th – Mass for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B at 5pm
Sunday July 1st – Mass for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B at 9.30am
Parish diary for this week
Sunday June 24th – Mass for the Sick with Anointing, Sacred Heart Church, 4pm.
Saturday June 30th/ Sunday July 1st – Celebrate, Catholic Charismatic Conference, Oscott College, Birmingham.
Saturday June 30th – English Martyrs Summer Fete, Noon to 3pm in the school and grounds.
Sunday July 1st – Parish walk around Draycote Water, called “Share the Journey”. Meet in the Draycote Car Park at 2pm.
Forthcoming events
Saturday July 8th – Garden party in aid of Rob’s Fund at 70 Lime Tree Avenue from 1pm.

Live Simply – June 2018 newsletter

Living Simply and Sustainably

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Waste pollution on a beach in Malaysia.  (Public domain).

Oh, plastic – once an amazing innovation and now a burden! Friends of the Earth offer some interesting tips on how to go “almost” plastic free in our kitchens. It’s worth checking out (link here) – some food for thought and simple hints like using washable cleaning cloths rather than paper kitchen roll are manageable and affordable. https://bit.ly/2y8cdwN

Now the summer is here (?!) there are also easy energy and money-saving things to consider such as dropping your shower by a few degrees. Electricity providers says that doing this, even just for the last couple of minutes when showering, can save on energy bills and it’s said to be good for our bodies too.

Live In Solidarity

The real FairTrade logo.

Busting some Fairtrade Myths. With supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s developing their own fairly-traded deals (tea), it seems timely to address some of the misconceptions about Fairtrade and why it is so important to producers in vulnerable parts of the world.

Doubters might say Fairtrade “doesn’t really help farmers” or “it’s just a marketing scam to encourage us to buy more expensive products.”

Myth no.1 – only a small percentage of the price paid for a Fairtrade product goes back to the farmer. The Fairtrade Foundation (www.fairtrade.org.uk) advises that the retail price we pay as consumers is determined entirely by the retailer.

While paying farmers and workers a percentage of the retail price might appear a good way to demonstrate the impact of Fairtrade from the consumer’s perspective, it doesn’t actually address the real inequities in conventional market arrangements.

The way Fairtrade works is that the producer organisation (such as a coffee co-operative) receives the Fairtrade price at the point where they sell to the next person in the supply chain (usually an exporter or importer). This is intended to ensure farmers can cover their costs no matter how low the world price for their commodity falls.

More Fairtrade myth-busting information in the next Live Simply Tips.

Always look out for the Fairtrade brand – and resist the move by some retailers to move to untested alternative schemes.

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.

Return to Live Simply homepage.

     

June 2018