Mass for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Here is Mass for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: All that you have done for us O Lord, you have done with  true judgement, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your  commandments. But give glory to your name and deal with us according to  the bounty of your mercy.  

First Reading: A reading from the book of Numbers. Are you jealous on my account? If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets.

Response: Psalm 18: The precepts of the Lord gladden the heart. 

Second Reading: from the Letter of St James. Your wealth is rotting.  

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Your word is truth O Lord, consecrate us in the truth. Alleluia!

Gospel: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark. Anyone who is not against us is for us. If your hand should cause you to sin cut  it off.  

Communion Antiphon: Remember your word to your servant, O Lord, by  which you have given me hope. This is my comfort when I am brought low. 

PARISHES’ MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS LS = Live Stream as indicated  

Saturday 25th 5pm at SH Private intention LS 

Sunday 26th 9.30am at SH People of the Parishes LS  

Sunday 27th 11 am at EM World peace and Justice LS  

Monday 28th at SH 10am No Mass Today  

Tuesday 29th at SH 10am Climate Justice LS 

Wednesday 30th at SH 7pm No Mass Today 

Thursday 31st EM at 11 am Public Mass Not LS  

Friday 01st at 7pm from SH Public Mass LS  

Saturday 02nd 5pm at SH Kathleen Tarby RIP LS 

Sunday 03rd 9.30am at SH Baby Amelia Elizabeth RIP and Family LS 

Sunday 03rd 11 am at EM Peoples of the Parishes. LS

FATHER HUDSON’S Care – http://www.fatherhudsons.org.uk Collection at Masses this  weekend. Collection envelopes available. Please Gift Aid if you can. More information  about ways to give and support on the envelope.  

Father Hudson’s, our diocesan social welfare society, has a mission to transform the lives of people in need. Its different agencies support over 7000 people across the Archdiocese to  live with dignity, fulfilment and hope. 

We provide care for older people and those living with dementia; post adoption and care  support; residential care, day activities and independent living support for adults with  disabilities; fostering services and family support projects.  

Together with our community partners, we provide accommodation and move on support  for people experiencing homelessness, advice and practical help for vulnerable refugees and  asylum seekers; support for vulnerable individuals and families; friendship for people experiencing isolation.  

They do wonderful work on behalf of our Catholic community in the Archdiocese.

CAFOD FAST DAY 2nd October – Climate Crisis Appeal: Collection next weekend.  This Family Fast Day please give to help those who are protecting God’s creation. Ivanhilde lives in the Amazon, protecting and restoring the small area of rain forest she calls home. She’s faced fires and threats – but with the support of our local experts, she has never given up.  

Add your voice to our petition calling for the Prime Minister to show leadership in tackling  the climate crisis. Go to cafod.org.uk/reclaim 

THE DIOCESAN VISION; Unfolding God’s Plan. Our vision is to be a Catholic diocese which is faithful to the mission entrusted to us by Jesus  Christ, full of missionary disciples who work together co-responsibly in vibrant communities of faith, joyful in their service of God and neighbour. Let us pray for the Church that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength  to renew herself in the light of the Gospel. Amen. 

CREATION SUNDAY : We are planning to celebrate this with music at morning Masses on the weekend 3/4th October. The month of Creation concludes as the feast of St Francis of Assisi on Tuesday 4th October. 

MISSIO APF/RED BOX COLLECTION AT SACRED HEART If you have a Red Box that requires  emptying please bring it in at the weekend Mass and leave it in the narthex. Your emptied box should  be ready for collection from the narthex the following weekend. Please have all boxes/money in at  the latest by Sunday 17th October 2021. 

Rugby Foodbank – Harvest Shopping List 2021: 

Tinned Carrots, Tinned peas, Tinned Sweetcorn, Tinned pulses, Tinned tomatoes, Sponge  Pudding, Tinned Rice Pudding, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Tinned Spaghetti, Cream Crackers,  Marmalade, Washing Capsules/Powder, Soap, Shower Gel, Razors. Please donate locally at  collection points in stores or bring to Church next weekend. It would be wonderful if  everyone could bring an item from the list or donate in store.

Mass for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Here is Mass for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should  they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord forever. 

First Reading: A reading from the book of Wisdom. Let us condemn him to a shameful death. 

Response: Psalm 53: The Lord upholds my life.  

Second Reading: from the Letter of St James. Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit  in holiness.  

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! I am the light of the world, says the Lord, anyone who follows  me will have the light of life. Alleluia! 

Gospel: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark: The Son of Man will be delivered. If anyone wants to be first, he must make  himself servant of all.  

Communion Antiphon: I am the Good Shepherd says the Lord; I know my  sheep and mine know me. 

PARISHES’ MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS LS = Live Stream as indicated  Saturday 18th 5pm at SH L. Mapplethorpe RIP LS 

Sunday 19th 9.30am at SH People of the Parishes LS  

Sunday 19th 11 am at EM Evelyn & Charles Russell RIP LS  

Monday 20th at SH 10am No Mass this week. 

Tuesday 21st at SH |10am No Mass this week.  

Wednesday 22nd at SH 7pm Public Mass LS 

Thursday 23rd EM at 11 am Ben and Rosemary Chetwyn RIP Public Mass Not LS 

Friday 24th at 7pm from SH Mr & Mrs Connelly RIP Public Mass LS  

Saturday 25th 5pm at SH Private intention LS 

Sunday 26th 9.30am at SH People of the Parishes LS  

Sunday 26th 11 am at EM World Peace and Justice LS

THE DIOCESAN VISION; Unfolding God’s Plan 

Our vision is to be a Catholic diocese which is faithful to the mission entrusted to us by Jesus  Christ, full of missionary disciples who work together co-responsibly in vibrant communities  of faith, joyful in their service of God and neighbour. 

Let us pray for the Church that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength  to renew herself in the light of the Gospel. Amen. 

FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT NEWS; The Archdiocese of Birmingham has divested from companies which extract fossil fuels with immediate effect, cementing its commitment to action in the climate  emergency. 

The Archdiocese has changed its policy to exclude investments in any company which derives more than 5% of its revenues from fossil fuels and is joining the ranks of all those who have committed to  attaining net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Divestment in fossil fuels is one of the first steps of  many which we will take to ensure that we will not fund the industries which destroy God’s creation  and impact the poor. 

We are pleased to be part of the global divestment announcement to be made by the World Council  of Churches, the Laudato Si’ Movement, Operation Noah, Green Anglicans and GreenFaith on  October 25, joining four Catholic dioceses and many other faith organisations from around the world  who have announced their commitment to ethical investment. 

CREATION SUNDAY / CLIMATE SUNDAY We are planning to celebrate this at Masses on the  weekend 3/4th October. We hope to have some music and singing at these Masses.  

Caring for God’s Creation in 2021- LOCAL MEETING IN RUGBY You are warmly invited to  come along to this discussion evening hosted by Rugby Green Christian at 7.30pm on  Tuesday 28th September in the Upper Hall of the Regent Rooms, Regent Place CV21 2PJ. We  are delighted to have Emily Sharman from the national Green Christian organisation as our  speaker and facilitator. For more information and to sign up for the event, please visit Rugby Baptist Church’s website or phone the church office 01788 570410.  Please sign up by 21st Sept to give the organisers a feel for nnumbers. Booking is essential.  A link for more information and to sign up for the event: Caring for God’s Creation in 2021 – more info / sign up – this link can also be found via Rugby Baptist Church’s website. 

Life in the Spirit course The Charis Diocesan Renewal group would like to invite everyone  to an online series of Life in the Spirit. A talented group of musicians and speakers will guide  participants through the seminar series, which starts on Wednesday 22 September at  7.30pm. Why not encourage a group from your parish to sign up as part of the journey  towards the Diocesan Vision, Unfolding God’s Plan? Life in the Spirit course with the  Archdiocese of Birmingham | Birmingham Diocesan Trust (birminghamdiocese.org.uk)

Rugby Foodbank – Harvest Shopping List 2021: Tinned Carrots, Tinned peas, Tinned Sweetcorn, Tinned pulses, Tinned tomatoes, Sponge  Pudding, Tinned Rice Pudding, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Tinned Spaghetti, Cream Crackers,  Marmalade, Washing Capsules/Powder, Soap, Shower Gel, Razors. Please donate locally at  collection points in stores or bring to Church next weekend. It would be wonderful if  everyone could bring an item from the list. 

Please donate the need is great. Thanks. 

Mass for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Here is Mass for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you, that your  prophets be found true. Hear the prayers of your servant, and of your people  Israel.  

First Reading: A reading from the prophet Isaiah. I offered my back to those who struck me. 

Response: Psalm 114: I will walk in the presence of the Lord, in the land of the living.  

Second Reading: from the Letter of St James. If good works do not go with faith, it is quite dead.  

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord;  no one can come to the Father except through me. Alleluia!

Gospel: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark: You are the Christ. The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously. 

Communion Antiphon: How precious is your mercy, O God!  The children of men seek shelter in the shadow of your wings.

SECOND COLLECTION FOR THE CATHOLIC EDUCATION SERVICE 

PARISHES’ MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS LS = Live Stream as indicated  

Saturday 11th 5pm at SH Sick and Housebound of the parishes LS 

Sunday 12th 9.30am at SH People of the Parishes LS  

Sunday 12th 11 am at EM Ed and Mary Cashel Ints LS  

Monday 13th at SH 10am Fr Dominic Round RIP Live Streamed only. 

Tuesday 14th at SH 10am Fr Thomas Williams RIP Live streamed only

Wednesday 15th at SH 7pm Mr & Mrs Connelly RIP Public Mass LS 

Thursday 16th EM at 11 am For the Ints of English Martyrs School Public Mass Not LS 

Friday 17th at 7pm from SH Fr James Ward RIP Public Mass LS  

Saturday 18th 5pm at SH L. Mapplethorpe LS 

Sunday 19th 9.30am at SH People of the Parishes LS  

Sunday 19th 11 am at EM Evelyn & Charles Russell RIP LS

Climate Action Meeting: 16th September 7-9pm (online) DIOCESAN EVENT Join us in combating  climate change. We have great strength and passion in our network, and we want to ask you to help  us find ways to address the climate emergency together and to respond to Pope Francis’ call for an  ecological conversion. The Archdiocese is increasing its conversion to green energy, and has  committed to ethical investment. Parishes and schools have taken part in CAFOD Live Simply  Awards. We are proud of this work, but we want to do more and to reach more people.  

You are invited to join our initial open meeting, via Zoom, in which we will talk about the work we  have done and what we wish to do, and where we will invite you to feedback, share your stories or  simply add your support. Climate Action Meeting | Birmingham Diocesan Trust  (birminghamdiocese.org.uk) Please sign up to take part on this website link.  

CREATION SUNDAY / CLIMATE SUNDAY We are planning to celebrate this at Masses on the  weekend 3/4th October. We hope to have some music and singing at these Masses.  

Caring for God’s Creation in 2021- LOCAL MEETING IN RUGBY 

You are warmly invited to come along to this discussion evening hosted by Rugby Green Christian at  7.30pm on Tuesday 28th September in the Upper Hall of the Regent Rooms, Regent Place CV21 2PJ.  We are delighted to have Emily Sharman from the national Green Christian organisation as our  speaker and facilitator. For more information and to sign up for the event, please visit Rugby Baptist Church’s website (rugbybaptist.org.uk) or phone the church office 01788 570410. Please sign up by  21st Sept to give the organisers a feel for numbers. Booking is essential. A link for more information  and to sign up for the event: Caring for God’s Creation in 2021 – more info / sign up – this link can  also be found via Rugby Baptist Church’s website. 

Life in the Spirit course The Charis Diocesan Renewal group would like to invite everyone to an  online series of Life in the Spirit. A talented group of musicians and speakers will guide participants  through the seminar series, which starts on Wednesday 22 September at 7.30pm. Why not  encourage a group from your parish to sign up as part of the journey towards the Diocesan Vision,  Unfolding God’s Plan? Life in the Spirit course with the Archdiocese of Birmingham | Birmingham  Diocesan Trust (birminghamdiocese.org.uk) 

THE DIOCESAN VISION; Unfolding God’s Plan 

Our vision is to be a Catholic diocese which is faithful to the mission entrusted to us by Jesus  Christ, full of missionary disciples who work together co-responsibly in vibrant communities  of faith, joyful in their service of God and neighbour. 

Let us pray for the Church that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in  the light of the Gospel. Amen. 

Rugby Foodbank – Harvest Shopping List 2021: 

Tinned Carrots, Tinned peas, Tinned Sweetcorn, Tinned pulses, Tinned tomatoes, Sponge Pudding,  Tinned Rice Pudding, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Tinned Spaghetti, Cream Crackers, Marmalade, Washing  Capsules/Powder, Soap, Shower Gel, Razors. Please donate locally at collection points in stores or  bring to Church next weekend. It would be wonderful if everyone could bring an item from the list. 

Please donate the need is great. Thanks. 

Mass for the 23rd Sunday of Year B

Here is Mass for the 23rd Sunday of Year B from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: You are just O Lord, and your judgement is right; treat your servant in accord with your merciful love.                                                                        

First Reading:  A reading from the prophet Isaiah. The ears of the deaf shall be unsealed and the tongues of the dumb shall be loosed.

Response: Psalm 145: My soul give praise to the Lord.      

Second Reading: from the Letter of St James. God chose the poor to be heirs to the Kingdom. 

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Speak Lord your servant is listening: you have the message of eternal life. Alleluia!

Gospel: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark: He makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.     

Communion Antiphon: I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

PARISHES’ MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS  LS = Live Stream as indicated  

Saturday 4th 5pm at SH Mary Marks Ints LS

Sunday 5th 9.30am at SH   People of the Parishes LS 

Sunday 5th 11 am at EM    Ben Chetwyn RIP  LS 

Monday 6th at SH 10am Live Streamed only.

Tuesday 7th at SH   10am Live streamed only

Tuesday 7th at EM 11.30 Funeral Mass Angela Youds RIP Open to all. 

Wednesday 8th at SH 7pm Public Mass Marissa Gastaldi RIP   LS

Thursday 9th EM at 11 am For the Ints of English Martyrs School Public Mass   Not LS                                                          

Friday 10th  at 7pm from SH  7pm Sandra Majka RIP  Public Mass  LS 

Saturday 11th 5pm at SH    Fr Joe Tynan RIP  LS

Sunday 12th 9.30am at SH   Ed and Mary Cashel LS                                                                                                                       Sunday 12th 11 am at EM   People of the Parishes LS

REST IN PEACE: Angela Youds  Funeral Mass at English Martyrs on Tuesday 7th September at 11.30am followed by burial at Watts Lane. Ben Chetwyn Funeral at EM to be arranged.

Climate Action Meeting: 16th September 7-9pm (online)

Join us in combatting climate change. We have great strength and passion in our network, and we want to ask you to help us find ways to address the climate emergency together and to respond to Pope Francis’ call for an ecological conversion. The Archdiocese is increasing its conversion to green energy, and has committed to ethical investment. Parishes and schools have taken part in CAFOD Live Simply Awards. We are proud of this work, but we want to do more and to reach more people. 

You are invited to join our initial open meeting, via Zoom, in which we will talk about the work we have done and what we wish to do, and where we will invite you to feedback, share your stories or simply add your support. 

Climate Action Meeting | Birmingham Diocesan Trust (birminghamdiocese.org.uk)

Please sign up to take part on this website link. 

CREATION SUNDAY / CLIMATE SUNDAY We are planning to celebrate this at Masses on the weekend 3/4th October. We hope to have some music and singing at these Masses. 

POPE FRANCIS PRAYER INTENTION FOR SEPTEMBER

An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle. We pray that we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable life style, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this. 

THE DIOCESAN VISION; Unfolding God’s Plan

Our vision is to be a Catholic diocese which is faithful to the mission entrusted to us by Jesus 

Christ, full of missionary disciples who work together co-responsibly in vibrant communities 

of faith, joyful in their service of God and neighbour.

Let us pray for the Church that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.  Amen.

Mass for the Second Sunday of Easter

Here is Mass for the Second Sunday of Easter from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: Receive the joy of your glory, giving thanks to God, who has called you  into the heavenly kingdom, alleluia.  

First Reading; A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35. United, heart and soul. 

Response: Psalm 117: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end. 

Second Reading: The reading from the first letter of St John 5: 1-6. Anyone who has been begotten by God has already overcome the world.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Jesus said; ‘You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who  have not seen and yet believe.’ Alleluia! 

Gospel: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John 20:19-31. Eight days later, Jesus came.  

Mass times and Intentions LS = Live Stream  

Saturday 10th at SH 5pm People of the Parishes LS 

Sunday 11th at SH 9.30am Sheila Tessier RIP  

Sunday 11th at EM 11am Sheila England RIP LS  

Monday and Tuesday no Mass this week. 

Wednesday 14th SH at 7pm Public Mass (In Thanksgiving) LS 

Thursday 15th EM 11 am Public Mass (Holy Souls) 

Friday 16th SH LS 

Saturday 17th at SH 5pm Fred Ross RIP LS 

Sunday 18th at SH 9.30pm People of the Parish 

Sunday 18th at EM 11 am Eddie Comerford RIP LS 

BREAKING NEWS: Archbishop Bernard has appointed Fr Gerry to the Cathedral Chapter and  the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese. His installation has been done in private because of the restrictions but there will be a public ceremony later in the year when the three new Canons will be formally installed and welcomed. Fr Gerry was rather surprised by this but is really quite chuffed. It also recognises the important work for justice and peace in the diocese which Fr Gerry has been involved with over many years. 

SACRED HEART PARISH GIFT AID ENVELOPES are now available for Collection. Please collect  yours today. If anyone else would like a set of envelopes for their regular giving to the Parish, please let us know. Also you are welcomed and encouraged to give by Standing  Order and Gift Aid please contact us for more information.  

Please collect ENGLISH MARTYRS PARISH ENVELOPES too if you haven’t done so. The same  applies re Standing Orders. 

Thanks to everyone for their generous financial support of the Parishes. Thank you too for  your generous Easter Offerings to the Clergy.  

CAFOD says Thanks.  

Thank you for your generous donations to CAFOD’s Family Fast Day during Lent. We featured  Marian and her son Svondo in Zimbabwe in Lent 2018. The community vegetable garden that your donations helped provide is growing well and during the pandemic the family has survived  on the vegetables. Your support has also helped to provide soap and handwashing stations  in the garden and in family homes. This is just one of many long-term development projects  that CAFOD has funded with the money from that Fast Day. Thank you for your steadfast  support. 

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY 

Humanity must let itself be touched and pervaded by the Spirit given to it by the Risen Christ. It is the Spirit that heals the wounds of the heart, pulls down the barriers that separate us from  God and divide us from one another. At the same time restores the joy of the Father’s love  and fraternal unity. It is important that we accept the whole message that comes to us from  the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter which from now on throughout the Church  will be called ‘Divine Mercy Sunday’. Christ has taught us that ‘we not only receive and  experience the mercy of God, but are also called to practice mercy towards others. ‘Blessed  are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.’ (Mt 5 :7) From a homily of St John Paul 11. 

Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Here is the Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Year B from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: Save us, O Lord our God! And gather us from the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, and make it our glory to praise you.

First Reading: A reading from the book of Deuteronomy 18:15-20. I will raise up a prophet and I will put my words into his mouth.  

Response: Psalm 94: O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts.     

Second Reading:  First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 7;32-35. An unmarried woman can devote herself to the Lord’s affairs; all she need worry about is being holy. 

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children. Alleluia!

Gospel: Mark 1: 21-28. He taught them with authority. 

Masses at the weekend: Intentions for next week.

Saturday: Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm ( Winnie Burke RIP). Available in recorded form on YouTube. 

Sunday: Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30pm (Peoples of the Parishes), Mass at English Martyrs 11am (Patrick and Mary Moran RIP). Live streamed on YouTube. 

Masses during the week. 

Monday, Tuesday (Candlemas) , Thursday, Friday. Morning Masses from Sacred Heart available on YouTube. 

Public Mass at Sacred Heart main Chapel on Wednesday at 7pm (Mary RIP SG)

Public Mass  at English Martyrs on Thursday at 11am (in Thanksgiving).

PANDEMIC IMPORTANT MESSAGE; We ask if you or any member of your household have been in direct contact with Covid , or have tested positive for Covid. Please let us know. 

RACIAL JUSTICE: This year’s Racial Justice Sunday is more important than ever. The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, the killing of George Floyd, and the powerful message on fraternity and equality by Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti speak of the need to actively oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour.

Mass for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Here is Mass from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby for the 26/27th September 2020, the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Entrance Antiphon: All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgment, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments. But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy.    

First Reading; Ezekiel 18;25-28. When the sinner renounces sin, he shall certainly live.

Psalm Response: Ps 24 Remember your mercy, Lord. The Lord is close to all who call him. 

Second Reading:  A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians. In your minds you must be the same as Jesus Christ.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! If anyone loves me they will keep my word, and my Father will love them , and we shall come to them.   Alleluia!

Gospel: Matthew 21: 28-32. He thought better of it and went. Tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you.

WEEKEND MASSES : Sacred Heart, Saturday 5pm and Sunday 9.30am. English Martyrs, Sunday 11am. No Saturday Mass at Present.

WEEKDAY MASSES: Wednesday 7pm. Mass in the Main Church at Sacred Heart. Thursday 10am Mass at English Martyrs. Both Masses fulfil the Sunday obligation.

Recorded Sunday and Weekday Masses from Sacred Heart are normally available on YouTube. Sunday Mass at 9.15 am. There will be recorded Weekday Masses but not on Wednesday from Sacred Heart available on YouTube usually by 12 noon each day.

Funeral at English Martyrs  

Please  pray for David Richardson who has died recently. Funeral details are being arranged. We pray for his family in their loss. May he rest in peace. 

FATHER HUDSON’S CARE ANNUAL COLLECTION THIS  WEEKEND. Father Hudson’s Care support  vulnerable people across the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Father Hudson’s reaches out to people of all ages who need help, advice, and support at times of adversity. Please give generously to this worthy cause. Gift Aid envelopes are available, please use them.  

You can also donate by using JustGiving  or by TEXT. Text FATHERH to 70085. To text £5 eg text FATHERH5

FATHER HUDSON’S CARE COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND

Dear Father,

I realise how difficult it is to ask parishioners to be even more generous at a time when they may well be concerned about their own financial situation, or that of family members, because of the continuing coronavirus pandemic restrictions and their impact on everybody’s livelihood and wellbeing. 

These same challenges are having the most devastating impact on many of the people that Father Hudson’s Care seeks to support through its own projects or in partnership with others.  I know, for example, that Brushstrokes in Smethwick has been assisting hundreds of families with food parcels, advice and a ready welcome throughout the pandemic – and I see from my own kitchen window the daily procession of refugees and asylum-seekers, often mothers with young children, waiting for the food and clothing that the staff and volunteers of St Chad’s Sanctuary are unfailingly there to provide.

In these and in many others ways Father Hudson’s Care as our diocesan agency for social outreach is actively showing the love of Christ to those who are most in need.  I am grateful to you for taking the time to consider this request.

With my thanks for all that you do, together with my prayers and kindest wishes.

Yours devotedly in Christ, +Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham

BAPTISMS: It is possible to celebrate infant baptisms again. Please contact us to arrange or rearrange the celebration of Baptism at English Martyrs or Sacred Heart. 

CONFESSIONS: If you wish to make your Confession ,Sacrament of reconciliation, it is best to contact the Clergy to arrange a time and a suitable location. 

BIRMIGHAM JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION are holding an Online Assembly this year. Fr Gerry is the Chair. It takes place during next week. For details please see Birmingham jandp. 

Justice and Peace Online Assembly 2020  Book online https://bit.ly/JPassembly2020 

Next Sunday at 7pm. Feast of St Francis there will be an Online Service of Evening Prayer with Fr Gerry , Jo Boyce (music)  and Archbishop Bernard. There are 3 expert talks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings 7.30-8.30pm on the challenge of Climate Change, the Pandemic and building the Future. You must book for these via the website. Contact Fr Gerry if you need more information.    

Mass for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Here is the Mass for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton.

Entrance Antiphon: Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you, that your prophets be found true. Hear the prayers of your servant and of your people Israel  

First Reading; Ecclesiasticus 27;30-26:7. Forgive your neighbour the hurt he does you, and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven.

Psalm Response: Ps 102. The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy. 

Second Reading: Romans 14 :7-9. Alive or dead we belong to the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Speak, Lord, your servant is listening; you have the message of eternal life.  Alleluia!

Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35. I do not tell you to forgive seven times, but seventy-seven times.

WEEKEND MASSES : Sacred Heart, Saturday 5pm and Sunday 9.30am. English Martyrs, Sunday 11am. No Saturday Mass at Present.

WEEKDAY MASSES: Wednesday 7pm. Mass in the Main Church at Sacred Heart.

Thursday 10am Mass at English Martyrs. Both Masses fulfil the Sunday obligation.

English Martyrs

Funeral Service for John Naylor on Wednesday 23rd September at 2pm followed by burial at Watts Lane at 3pm. Congregation in Church is limited to 30. Graveside Family only. Contact family for further information on 562978. May he rest in peace. 

PLEASE REMEMBER to observe the distancing rules when in Church and in moving around. It is one metre and wearing and wearing a mask. At Holy Communion, please keep your mask on to receive Holy Communion into your hands and then remove the mask to consume the host.  

Sunday and Weekday Masses from Sacred Heart are normally available on YouTube. Sunday Mass at 9.15 am (This is a recording of the Saturday evening Mass). There will be recorded Weekday Masses from Sacred Heart available on YouTube usually by 12 noon each day.

BAPTISMS : It is possible to celebrate infant baptisms again. Please contact us to arrange or rearrange the celebration of Baptism at English Martyrs or Sacred Heart. 

CONFESSIONS : If you wish to make your Confession, Sacrament of reconciliation, it is best to contact the Clergy to arrange a time and a suitable location. 

THE SEASON OF CREATION 1st September to October 4th, Feast of St Francis.Pope Francis calls us to keep the Season of Creation at this time of year. He asks us to focus on the message of ‘Laudato Si’, his important letter published five years ago, reminding the whole human family to be aware of our responsibility to care for our common home. 

PRAYER INSPIRED BY LAUDATO SI

Living God, have mercy on us, for the times we forget that we belong to each other. 

You call us to be still, to hear the whisper of our Sister Wind, to feel the radiance of our Brother Sun, and to be nourished by our Mother Earth. 

Renew us in your healing love. Inspire us to water the earth, and nurture one another, so all may flourish. Together, as one family, may we always sing your praise. 

Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

PRAYER FOR OUR ELECTED LEADERS

God of all,

bless our elected leaders with listening ears

that hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor,

bless them with open hearts

that hunger and thirst for justice,

and bless them with the courage

to work together towards the common good.

We ask this through Christ our Lord,

Amen.

GOOD TO SEE YOU; It is good to see attendance at the Masses in both parishes being maintained and increasing slowly. We quite understand if people still do not feel confident in returning to Mass just yet. Thank you for your generous response to the Collection and especially to those who have made donations to cover the ‘backlog’ caused when public Mass was not available and they were not able to donate as usual. 

ORDINATIONS IN OUR DIOCESE – GOOD NEWS !

This month there will be four ordinations to the Priesthood in our diocese.  Alex Taylor and  Clive  Dytor this weekend and Benedict Skipper and Sean Gough next weekend at St Chad’s. The ceremonies will be live-streamed on St Chad’s website. On Friday October 9th also at St Chad’s, our two new auxiliary Bishops Fr Stephen Wright and Fr David Evans will be ordained for service in our diocese. Please pray for them as they will be beginning their ministry of service in our diocese at this challenging time. 

Mass for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Entrance Antiphon: You are just , O Lord, and your judgement is right; treat your servant in accord with your merciful love.  

First Reading; Ezekiel 33:7-9. If you do not speak to the wicked man, I will hold you responsible for his death.

Psalm Response : Ps 94: O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts. 

Second Reading: Romans 13; 8-10. Love is the answer to every one of the commandments.

Gospel AcclamationAlleluia, alleluia! Yours word is truth, O Lord, consecrate us in the truth. Alleluia!

Gospel : Matthew 16:21-27. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.

MASSES  at the Weekend: Sacred Heart, Saturday 5pm and Sunday 9.30am. English Martyrs, Sunday 11am. No Saturday Mass at Present.

Sunday and Weekday Masses from Sacred Heart are normally available on YouTube. Sunday Mass at 9.15 am (This is a recording of the Saturday evening Mass). There will be recorded Weekday Masses from Sacred Heart available on YouTube usually by 12 noon each day.

THE SEASON OF CREATION 1st September to October 4th, Feast of St Francis.Pope Francis calls us to keep the Season of Creation at this time of year. He asks us to focus on the message of ‘Laudato Si’, his important letter published five years ago, reminding the whole human family to be aware of our responsibility to care for our common home. 

Here are some thoughts on our response to Laudato Si and how we might take our own personal responsibility for measures in our daily lives that can help make a difference. Please read this and reflect on the message for your life. 

GOOD TO SEE YOU; It is good to see attendance at the Masses in both parishes being maintained and increasing slowly. We quite understand if people still do not feel confident in returning to Mass just yet. Thank you for your generous response to the Collection and especially to those who have made donations to cover the ‘backlog’ caused when public Mass was not available. 

ENGLISH MARTYRS SCHOOL has now opened for the new school year and all is going well. Our thanks to the teachers and staff for all the hard work in making the school a safe place for all.

ENGLISH MARTYRS PARISH HALL; The work to renovate and improve the facilities-toilets and kitchen has been completed. It looks great.  It will help to provide better facilities for our users and the parish. We have funded it from funds the parish had invested with the diocese. 

Living Simply – Season of Creation

One of the Creation stained glass windows at Sacred Heart.

RESPOND NOW TO THE LAUDATO SI’ CHALLENGE

Five years on from the publication of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter exhorting us to “Care for our Common Home”, we are called to act and we are reminded that safeguarding Creation is everyone’s responsibility. Perhaps our experience of the Covid-19 pandemic has made us more aware of what really matters in our lives.

Live Simply

Remember those first days of Lockdown? Food, at its most essential, was a real concern. Suddenly those who had store cupboards were inspecting stock, some people even bought second freezers to stock up as supermarkets rationed purchases. We were confronted by the importance of making use of every scrap of food, of making dishes from scratch. We looked to local producers for fresh dairy, vegetables and fruit. 

  • Let’s continue to care about our food, how it is grown and how far it travels to reach our plates. Let’s dramatically reduce food waste. The Vatican’s Laudato Si’ guide says: “whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor.”

Live Sustainably

Five years on the review of Laudato Si’ also warns against a “throwaway culture” more generally, highlighting how such carelessness depletes natural resources, creates disastrous levels of contaminating waste, kills all manner of creatures. 

  • Let’s try to waste less, slash plastic, paper, energy waste, buy only what we need, recycle and re-purpose as much as we can.

Live in Solidarity with the Poor

Does the phrase “circular economy” mean anything to you? The Vatican hopes it does. We are urged to promote such an economy which aims to end the over-exploitation of productive resources, looking towards their long-term maintenance so that resources can be re-used.  It is those living in the poorest countries who are most harmed by over-exploitation. They could be the beneficiaries, as well as us, of investment in technological innovation, sustainable infrastructures and a growth in resource productivity.

  • Let’s all learn more about how to achieve a “circular economy” and then lobby for change.