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

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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.

Return to LiveSimpy homepage.

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.

Return to LiveSimpy homepage.

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.