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The Transfiguration by Raphael

You are welcome to join us to celebrate the Second Sunday of Lent, Year A at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday March 12th at 9.30am, and will include a special liturgy for children. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 179 Call to worship
Penitential Rite: 523 Pershore
Gloria: Not in Lent
Psalm: May your love be upon us O Lord, as we place all our hope in you (Ps32, p23)
Acclamation: Praise to you, Christ our Lord, King of eternal glory
Gifts: Lenten Litany. Responses are: Laudamus te…Miserere
Holy Holy: 579 Pershore
Mem Acclamation: 580 Pershore
Lamb of God: 589 Pershore
Communion: 929 O Lord, hear my prayer
Going forth: 969 Be thou my vision
For the season of Lent, we will be using the Pershore Mass written by Alan Smith.

Live Simply Newsletter – November 2016

Pope Francis


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.

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.

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

November 2016

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Live Simply Newsletter – September 2015


pope-francis_2541160blivesimply prayer
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: 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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