Live Simply – February 2017 newsletter

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

livesimply prayer

pope-francis_2541160b1. 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 Solidarity – Fairtrade Fortnight 27 February – 12 March 2017

FairtradeA reminder that in the forthcoming Fairtrade Fortnight, insofar as is possible, Sacred Heart parishioners are asked to select Fairtrade products when purchasing items for Rugby Foodbank. Supermarkets generally now stock decent ranges of Fairtrade products, just look for the Fairtrade symbol. http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

Live Simply

cafod-live-simply-009Food waste: It seems inevitable now that Rugby Borough Council will vote to charge residents to have their green bins emptied in future. Doubtless many people will consign food waste to their black bins but perhaps this is an opportunity for those of us who don’t do so already (and have the room) to consider composting. It’s also time to become aware also of how much food we waste and resolve to limit this as much as possible.

Tip: Shop with a list to avoid buying more than you need or what you don’t need.

Tip: Fresh and freeze – if a proportion of fresh produce isn’t going to be eaten, can you freeze it for use later?

Waste App:

Rugby MP, Mark Pawsey is working with Sainsbury’s to trial a “waste app” – keep an eye on how he gets on

https://www.markpawsey.org.uk/news/innovative-app-reduce-food-waste-trialled-rugby-mp-mark-pawsey

Live sustainably

Energy: Recent news of one energy supplier planning a major price hike may have caused many of us to consider switching, so what better time to look into making a “green” choice and considering a supplier with a strong commitment to renewable energy.

costa_3478294b.jpg (620×387)Take-away coffee / tea cups: Publicity around the fact that most take-out hot drink containers cannot be recycled has prompted some major chains to try to respond. Be aware and encourage those who do respond to the challenge.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/26/costa-coffee-launches-in-store-cup-recycling-scheme

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36882799

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

(Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple)

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February 2017

Services and events this week

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The statue of Mary the Mother of God at Sacred Heart Church.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday January 16th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday January 17th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Anthony)
Wednesday January 18th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday January 19th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Wulstan)
Friday January 20th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday January 21st – Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. Mass at 5pm.
Sunday January 22nd – Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. Mass at 9.30am.
Parish diary for this week
Sunday January 15th – Bilton Unity Service at Methodist Church, 6pm.
Monday January 16th – Confirmation group meets, 6pm, Upper Room.
Monday January 16th – Monday Club, 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Thursday January 19th – Live Simply planning meeting, 7.30pm in the hall.
Sunday January 22nd – Hillmorton Churches Unity Service, 6pm, English Martyrs.
Forthcoming events

Wednesday January 25th – UCM annual meeting, 7.45pm in the hall.
Wednesday January 25th – Open meeting to support refugees, St Andrew’s Church, Rugby, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Saturday January 28th – Cafod – No place like home: Exploring Palestinian realities after 50 years of occupation. 11am, St Francis Hall, University of Birmingham.
Sunday February 19th – Confirmation at Sacred Heart with Archbishop Bernard.
Friday March 3rd – Women’s World Day of Prayer, 10.30am, Sacred Heart Church.

Services and events this week

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Inside Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday January 9th – Mass at 7pm (Feast of the Baptism of the Lord)
Tuesday January 10th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday January 11th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday January 12th – Mass at 9.30am
Friday January 13th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday January 14th – Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. Mass at 5pm.
Sunday January 15th – Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. Mass at 9.30am.
Parish diary for this week
Monday January 9th – Confirmation group meets, 6pm, Upper Room.
Monday January 9th – Monday Club, 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Saturday January 14th – Liturgy planning meeting, 10am, The Presbytery.
Sunday January 15th – Bilton Unity Service at Methodist Church, 6pm.
Forthcoming events

Thursday January 19th – Live Simply planning meeting, 7.30pm in the hall.
Wednesday January 25th – UCM annual meeting, 7.45pm in the hall.
Saturday January 28th – Cafod – No place like home: Exploring Palestinian realities after 50 years of occupation. 11am, St Francis Hall, University of Birmingham.
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation at Sacred Heart with Archbishop Bernard.

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

Services and events this week

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A candle burns at Sacred Heart Church.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday January 2nd – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday January 3rd – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday January 4th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday January 5th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday January 6th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday January 7th – Feast of the Epiphany. Mass at 5pm.
Sunday January 8th – Feast of the Epiphany. Mass at 9.30am.
Parish diary for this week
Thursday January 5th – Funeral Mass for Pat Bates, 11.15am, St Marie’s Church, Rugby.
Forthcoming events
Monday January 9th – Confirmation group meets, 6pm, Upper Room.
Saturday January 14th – Liturgy planning meeting, 10am, The Presbytery.
Saturday January 28th – Cafod – No place like home: Exploring Palestinian realities after 50 years of occupation. 11am, St Francis Hall, University of Birmingham.
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation at Sacred Heart with Archbishop Bernard.

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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Join us for Sunday worship

5445613926_85169104aa.jpg (426×500)You are welcome to join us to celebrate the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday October 23rd 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: 466 All people that on earth do dwell
Penitential Rite: 480 Parish Mass
Gloria: 481 Parish Mass
Psalm: This poor man called: the Lord heard him (Ps33, p208)
Acclamation: 534 Salisbury
Gifts: 600 All that I am
Holy Holy: 482 Parish Mass
Mem Acclamation: 483-5 Parish Mass
Lamb of God: 487 Parish Mass
Communion: 309 Spirit of God
Going forth: 629 I am the bread of life
For the next few weeks, we will be using the Parish Mass, written by Peter Jones. This will continue until we begin the season of Advent.

Volunteers needed for shelter

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Could you be a volunteer to help the Rugby Winter Shelter?

Volunteers are needed to help with the Rugby Winter Shelter which runs from December 1st until March 31st. This is the 6th year this shelter has been offered for the homeless. More volunteers are needed for the session from 10pm to 7am at one of seven venues throughout Rugby. Please contact Michael Bochenski on 01788-570410 before the end of the month. The project is co-ordinated by Hope 4 Rugby in partnership with REVIVE and the national Housing Justice Coalition.

Worship and events this week

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Easter ceremonies at Sacred Heart Church.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday October 10th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday October 11th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday October 12th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday October 13th – Mass at 9.30am
Friday October 14th – No Mass at 9.30am
Saturday October 15th – Mass at 5pm (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Sunday October 16th – Mass at 9.30am (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Parish diary for this week
Sunday October 9th – Mass and Anointing of the Sick, Sacred Heart Church, 3pm, followed by tea and cake.
Monday October 10th – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Thursday October 13th – 7pm, second Living Faith talk in Sacred Heart Church Hall.
Friday October 14th – 7.30pm, meeting with Mark Pawsey MP to discuss climate change and poverty, Sacred Heart Church Hall.
Saturday October 15th – Birmingham Archdiocese Justice and Peace Assembly.
Forthcoming events
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation with Archbishop Bernard.
October 18th – Gift of Years Volunteer Training. Recruiting volunteers to help the elderly and staff in care homes. Contact Lindsay Pelloquin.

Sunday October 22nd – 7.30pm, Concert for Year of Mercy, St Marie’s Church, Rugby.

Join us for Sunday worship

jesus-christ-icon.jpg (300×407)You are welcome to join us to celebrate the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday October 16th 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: 892 The Lord hears the cry of the poor
Penitential Rite: 480 Parish Mass
Gloria: 481 Parish Mass
Psalm: Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth (Ps120, p207)
Acclamation: 534 Salisbury
Gifts: 597 Blessed are you
Holy Holy: 482 Parish Mass
Mem Acclamation: 483-5 Parish Mass
Lamb of God: 487 Parish Mass
Communion: 813 Bless the Lord my soul
Going forth: 471 Jubilate, everybody
For the next few weeks, we will be using the Parish Mass, written by Peter Jones. This will continue until we begin the season of Advent.