Six pieces of advice

We continue to be on lock-down with all services suspended at Sacred Heart Church. We will bring you updates as soon as we have them.

Father Graham has written this piece on Facebook about living in isolation. Parishioners may find his advice helpful during these difficult times. Once again, best wishes to all parishioners as we cope with this crisis together. Father Graham writes:

I, like many other disabled, have had to live with degrees of isolation for many years. Most days I see carers and possibly one other person for a short time but most of the day is spent alone. Some days carers coming morning and evening are the only human contact. This experience may help other people who have not been used to living in isolation to cope with it during the current crisis.

1. do not watch TV all day – it is okay for a day or so when you’re feeling ill but for any longer. It can become a negative as you don’t have to think and it can become depressing.

2. feed your brain – read books, do puzzles, actively look to do things that make you think or problem solve. I have hobbies which I keep up which involve both the creative, decision-making, logical thinking which I engage in everyday. It makes days pass faster and keeps your faculties in good order.

3. feed your spirit – I spend time praying each day, time and reflection and the idea of “spiritual communion” from the Catholic tradition can make you feel both connected with God and with other people. The Mass is being live streamed on various channels as are services and activities from other faiths. We all have a spiritual dimension and ignoring it can lead to depression and lack of hope.

4. exercise – just sitting down doing passive things leads to muscle wastage and poor resilience to illness. It also helps to being positive and mental well-being. We can all do different amounts but even if you are limited to sitting down it is possible to exercise and keep some fitness. Activities such as gardening are also good exercise.

5. use technology – it is both a blessing and a curse. A lot of rubbish is going around on social media and there are still plenty of junk emails being sent! However it can be a positive in maintaining contact with friends. I play word games with some of my friends partly to keep in contact and keep my brain running. Pick what is useful and helpful and you can ignore the rest.

6. keep looking outwards – it is easy to focus just on yourself or your own little family and this can make little problems become massive issues and lead to negativity in general, “woe is me isn’t this awful” et cetera. Try and keep thinking beyond yourself, on family, friends those who are having a very stressful time. Just thinking of ourselves and how terrible life can be is not a good survival tool! Contact other people using the phone or the Internet and support each other. Focus on positives, minimise negatives!

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.

Worship and events this week

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It is the Feast of St Athanasius on Tuesday May 2nd.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday May 1st – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday May 2nd – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Athanasius)
Wednesday May 3rd – Mass at 7pm (Feast of Saints Philip and James)
Thursday May 4th –  Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of the English Martyrs)
Friday May 5th – Funeral Mass for Kitty Nolan at 10am
Saturday April 29th – Mass for Fourth Sunday of Easter at 5pm
Sunday April 30th – Mass for Fourth Sunday of Easter at 9.30am
Parish diary for this week
Monday May 1st – Monday Club meets, 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Wednesday May 3rd – Funeral Mass for Lucy Thackray, St Marie’s Church, Rugby at 12.30pm.
Thursday May 4th – Meeting of catechists, 7.30pm, Sacred Heart.
Sunday May 7th – Mass with Anointing of the Sick, Sacred Heart Church, 3pm.
Forthcoming events
Monday May 8th – First Holy Communion group, Upper Room, 6pm to 7pm.
Tuesday May 9th – Funeral Mass for Eileen Carlton at 12.30pm.
Saturday May 13th – Fatima Centenary celebration event, St Peter Apostle Church, Leamington.

Healing service

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Jesus Christ the Healer.

There will be a healing service with anointing of the sick on Sunday May 7th at 3pm at Sacred Heart Church, Bilton. This is a celebration and time of prayer for those who feel a need of healing whether physical, emotional or mental. The sacrament of the sick is not only for those who are dying or seriously ill. It is for those who feel the need for the Lord’s help with wholeness to bring inner peace and strength. There will be refreshments after the service. Everyone is welcome.