Living Simply – Season of Creation

One of the Creation stained glass windows at Sacred Heart.

RESPOND NOW TO THE LAUDATO SI’ CHALLENGE

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.

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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.
Amen.
      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.

Live Sustainably..clothing

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. www.wrap.org.uk 

Live In Solidarity

Fairtrade logo

The Fairtrade Foundation has issued a challenge to supporters to go further in 2020 by pledging to do more. At www.action.fairtrade.org.uk 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.
Amen.

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Live Simply – Autumn Newsletter 2019

LIVE SIMPLY SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT SIMPLY LIVE

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: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/plastics/living-without-plastic  

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 https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/brigades.

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.
Amen.

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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.

Parish diary this week

Intercession of Charles Borromeo supported by the Virgin Mary by Rottmayr. (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday November 4th (Feast of Saint Charles Borromeo)
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday November 5th
No Mass.
Wednesday November 6th
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday November 7th
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday November 8th
Mass at 9.30am.
Requiem Mass at St Marie’s Church, Dunchurch Road at 5.30pm for those who have died in war and the faithfully departed. Faure’s Requiem to be sung.
Saturday November 9th
Mass for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday November 10th
Mass for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday November 12th
Our Common Home – responding to the climate emergency and the world’s poor. A public Lecture organised by Rugby Inter-Faith Forum. The speaker is Christine Allen, director of Cafod. Christine was previously Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Christian Aid. Venue: Collingwood Centre, Rugby School, Oak Street (previously Bishop Wulstan School). The free car park entrance is in Barby Road CV22 5DZ. A simple vegetarian meal will be served at 6.30pm. The talk will begin at 7.30pm. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served. Cost: £7.50 is payable at the door. All proceeds beyond the meal to CAFOD. Please register your intention to come by emailing this address.
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
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June 2020
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

An Orthodox icon of All Saints (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday October 28th (Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles)
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday October 29th
No Mass.
Wednesday October 30th
Open Door meeting, 1.45pm in the hall
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday October 31st
Mass at 7pm (Vigil of the Feast of All Saints)
Friday November 1st (Feast of All Saints)
Mass at 9.30am at English Martyrs Church, Hillmorton.
Mass at 7pm at St Joseph’s Church, Monks Kirby.
Mass at St Marie’s Church, Dunchurch Road, Rugby at 10am and 7pm.
Saturday November 2nd (Feast of All Souls)
Mass for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday October 27th
Mass for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday November 12th
Our Common Home – responding to the climate emergency and the world’s poor. A public Lecture organised by Rugby Inter-Faith Forum. The speaker is Christine Allen, director of Cafod. Christine was previously Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Christian Aid. Venue: Collingwood Centre, Rugby School, Oak Street (previously Bishop Wulstan School). The free car park entrance is in Barby Road CV22 5DZ. A simple vegetarian meal will be served at 6.30pm. The talk will begin at 7.30pm. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served. Cost: £7.50 is payable at the door. All proceeds beyond the meal to CAFOD. Please register your intention to come by emailing
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.

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

Diocese thanks Veronica

Veronica2
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

Image result for butterflies
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