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 – January newsletter

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Pope Francis

livesimply prayer
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.

In this season of resolutions and promises, we have the perfect opportunity to review different aspects of our lives and recommit ourselves to living Simply. What personal resolution could you commit to for the next 12 months?

Act in Solidarity

An informal information-sharing network “Refugees Welcome in Rugby” is being launched later this month. The intention is to put in place a support network for refugees from Syria being settled in Rugby and elsewhere in Warwickshire. Rugby Borough Council has liaised with private landlords to honour a commitment under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme to provide homes for refugees. A meeting to launch this network is being held at Rugby Quaker Meeting House on Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 7.30pm. Expert speakers from Warwick University and Coventry & Warwickshire MIND.

Live Sustainably

Recycle Christmas Cards Marks and Spencer has worked with the Woodland Trust since 2008 on a card recycling scheme collecting over 60 million Christmas cards which have helped the Trust to plant over 60,000 trees. So gather up those cards, drop them into the box/sack at Sacred Heart and we will take them in bulk to M&S. NB: Remember that cards containing glitter cannot be readily recycled, so please just glitter-free paper.

Live Simply

a-collection-of-rugby-borough-council-bins.png (320×240)Waste disposal is a major cause of soil, water and air pollution and takes up valuable land space. In Rugby we’ve been encouraged with black, blue and green bins to dispose of our waste responsibly. Rugby Borough Council’s proposals to charge for emptying Green bins seems likely to lead to a greater proportion of garden waste being deposited in black bins and being sent to landfill instead of being rotted down into compost which the council can use itself or even sell. It’s not too late to lobby local councillors to think twice before imposing this cost. Added to the environmental cost in landfill terms and the additional car journeys some may make to the tip to avoid the charge, there’s also the disproportionate impact on those who can least afford to pay – either to have the council dispose of this waste or have someone take it to the tip for them.

January 2017

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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Live Simply Newsletter – November 2015

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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livesimply 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.

This weekend and in the coming fortnight we will be encouraged to focus on the future health of our world as the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference takes place in Paris. Pope Francis has provided a foundation for us with his encyclical Laudato Si’. In it he urges each and every one – individuals and communities – to an “ecological conversion”.  We are invited to “change direction” by taking on the beauty and responsibility of the task of “caring for our common home”.

Small changes in individual behaviour can make a difference.

Why not consider:

  • Going meat free for a few days each week. Roughly 18 per cent of greenhouse gases are caused by livestock farming. Producing just one beef steak emits more CO2 than driving for an hour or leaving the lights on at home.*
  • Cutting down your speed on the road, use less air con, take unnecessary items out of the boot and keep tyres properly inflated. This helps to improve efficiency and miles per litre. Road transport in the UK produces roughly one quarter of national CO2 emissions. Driving at 80mph uses 25 per cent more fuel on average than driving at 70mph*
  • Only filling up the kettle with the water you need. It’s estimated that over 30 million litres of water are boiled in the UK every day only to go cold again.*
  • Looking for locally/ UK-produced food – and make it seasonal. This helps to reduce the carbon footprint of transporting it and supports UK farmers.*
  • Reducing time in the shower. On average we spend eight or nine minutes under the shower each day, accounting for about 12 per cent of water usage. Cutting down the time saves on both water and fuel.*
  • Fine tuning your computer settings to make sure it turns off when you’re not using it and that brightness settings aren’t unnecessarily high. 65 per cent of energy used by computers is spent on running idle, not on actual computing.
    http://www.un.org/climatechange/take-action/
    climateCafod Campaign – One Climate, One World
  • *Source: The Independent and Do Nation – http://www.wearedonation.com
    http://unfccc.int/meetings/paris_nov_2015/meeting/8926.php
Other information and ideas for personal action can be found via the links below:
http://www.un.org/climatechange/take-action
http://unfccc.int/meetings/paris_nov_2015/meeting/8926.php

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Live Simply Newsletter – October 2015

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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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.

In his encyclical Laudato Si’ Pope Francis is strongly critical of our throw-away culture. He challenges us as consumers to be more responsible in our buying habits taking care about how much we buy and questioning if what we buy has been fairly traded. One of the biggest scandals to which so many of us contribute is Food Waste.

Food Waste facts:

  • The UK throws away 4.2 million tonnes of food a year
    Every month the average family throws away £60 of food – £720 in a year.

Positive action:

  • Ethical Performance, an organisation that monitors how corporations behave, reports that there is now a Europe-wide value-chain approach to fight against food waste in the food services sector. Those involved in the field-to-plate initiative include Ardo, McCain, PepsiCo, SCA, Sodexo, Unilever Food Solutions and WWF. The initiative is driven by the International Food Waste Coalition which engages at every phase of food production and is now piloting a project in schools in different countries in the EU to identify where waste occurs and look for solutions. To know more visit: www.ethicalperformance.com/news/article/9268
  • Sainsbury’s has teamed up with Google to launch Food Rescue, an online tool which provides advice and recipes sainsburys-voice-search_articles_image3to help stop waste and start saving food that might otherwise go into the bin. www.sainsburyfoodrescue.co.uk
  • Many major supermarkets are now committed to better managing their food stocks to reduce the amount sent to landfill. Many donate perfectly edible products to Food Banks and local charities. Tesco, for example, works with food redistribution charity FareShare and has donated 2.3 million meals since late 2012. Tesco is also working with the UK Waste Reduction Action Programme (WRAP) to introduce “Love Food Hate Waste” hints and tips on the packaging of their fruit and vegetable products.
What can you do?
  • Check out the food waste policy of the supermarket you use most often – how do they compare with competitors? How transparent is their performance data?
  • Ask at Customer Service about the shop’s policy on food waste and also about their Fair Trade policy
  • Always shop with a list to avoid buying more than you need or are likely to consume
  • Buy and freeze – if it is more economic to buy a larger quantity, think about freezing the proportion that you will not be able to use immediately
  • Make mouth-watering dishes from leftovers. If you are not sure how, check online for ideas and easy-to-follow recipes or ask a fellow parishioner – you’d be amazed at the wealth of knowledge in the parish.
  • October 2015

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Live Simply Newsletter – September 2015

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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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

Shelter and Food

Many of those who responded to the live Simply survey we conducted earlier in the year wanted to know more about what they could do locally, especially to help people who are homeless.

Hope4 Rugby, started by the Rugby Churches, is the local charity which helps people who are homeless or badly-housed. They provide practical support helping people to find jobs and accommodation, sign-posting to other agencies, IT facilities for job-hunting, advice, helping with benefit claims and job applications, food, showers, laundry facilities and beds for rough-sleepers in the winter.

They are always looking for new volunteers.  A volunteer application form can be downloaded from their website. The new volunteer co-ordinator is Patricia Lole – email: newvolunteers@hope4.org.uk or call 01788 544 732

At present they need the following volunteers:

  • Someone to help with laundry on a regular basis
  • Catering leaders to cook lunches for up to 35 guests
  • People to help serve lunches and clear away afterwards
  • Team Leaders for Hope4U for Monday, Wednesday or Friday evenings once a month

Also with Winter just around the corner, some people might be interested in helping out with the Winter Shelter which is usually offered between 1 December 2015 and 31 March 2016 (dates may be subject to change). Again, consult Hope4 Rugby for full details.

Rugby Foodbank

Sacred Heart parishioners are good supporters of Rugby Foodbank. It opened its doors in March 2012 and since then has helped 9060 people including 3416 children. So far in 2015 the Foodbank is helping feed an average of 249 people a month including an average of 90 children.  Donations since opening have been over 120 tonnes of food.

The Foodbank will provide emergency food for anyone in a crisis, including those who are homeless, as long as they have been referred by one of the 100 or so care agencies within Rugby.

The Foodbank website provides a weekly update of what goods they need most urgently and what they have got enough of – so always good to check the site very quickly before you do weekly shop. Items can be left in the red boxes provided in the Narthex. Volunteers from the parish drop off contributions to the Foodbank each week.  Check the Parish website too for posts/updates.

September 2015

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Support the Rugby food bank

foodbank_photo gallery 3_donating-foodThere are an estimated 12,500 people living on the edge of poverty in Rugby including 14 per cent of our town’s children. The Rugby Food Bank supports them. By simply donating a tin of food, you are helping to make a difference in the community. Items needed are coffee, hot chocolate, pasta sauces, tinned vegetables, snack meals, tomatoes, meat, rice and sponge puddings, sugar, UHT milk, fruit juice and toothpaste. If you can spare any of these, please bring them along to the narthex at Sacred Heart Church. There is a rota of parishioners who deliver the goods to the food bank. Find out about the national food bank initiative here.