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.

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Support the Season of Creation

The Season of Creation runs from September 1st until October 4th, the 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. 

Now the lessons of this document need to be implemented in our thinking and acting in our personal lives, our community life and in the life of the global family. It calls us to ecological conversion and to see how our lives are connected with and affect the health and welfare of our world. We are using up the earth’s resources and our actions are affecting the climate and future of the earth. It especially affects the lives of our poorest brothers and sisters.

So let us try to implement in a serious and practical way the measures needed to ensure the future of our common home. Each one of us has a part to play through prayer, reflection and concrete actions. We must support and encourage one another in this. 

Father Gerry Murray, Sacred Heart parish priest.

A Prayer for Care of Creation

Creator God, who made our beautiful world,
appointed us as its guardians
and gifted us with everything we need,
forgive us
for the times we cause it harm;
for the times our way of life
affects our neighbours.

Inspire us
to care for the environment;
to help rebuild lives and communities;
to share in the griefs and anxieties,
joys and hopes of all your people,
so that all your creation may flourish.
Amen.
      Stephen Davies/CAFOD

You will find more information and resources on Care for Creation  on the CAFOD website.

More information and useful links

An introduction to the Season of Creation from the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
Vatican document on integral ecology: Safeguarding Creation is everyone’s responsibility – Vatican News
Vatican document on integral ecology: Safeguarding Creation is everyone’…Several Vatican Dicasteries team up to release a document entitled “Journeying Towards Care for Our Common Home…

CAFOD – Celebrate World Day of Prayer
CAFOD – Climate intercessions
CAFOD – Coronavirus prayers
CAFOD – Novena to St Francis
2020 Celebration Guide
Ecological Rosary for use on a Creation Walk/Pilgrimage
Catholic Climate Movement
Creation Time reflections from past years
Global Healing


To join the Justice & Peace Annual Assembly, which is being conducted virtually this year, click here.

Here are past copies of LiveSimply tips from Sacred Heart parish.

Support Fairtrade Week

Fairtrade Week runs from February 24th to 28th, 2020.

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How familiar are you with this symbol? Do you look for it when you shop?

The Fairtrade Foundation is a UK-based charity that works to empower disadvantaged producers in developing countries by tackling injustice in conventional trade, in particular by promoting and licensing the Fairtrade Mark, a guarantee that products retailed in the UK have been produced in accordance with internationally-agreed Fairtrade standards. 2019 marked 25 years since the first certified Fairtrade products became available in the UK.  They are now to be found widely in our supermarkets, specialist stores and online. 

So, job done?  www.Fairtrade.org.uk says not.  They say that Fairtrade is an evolving system committed to learning how the approach can improve to make a bigger difference for farmer and worker communities in developing countries.

Their research highlights areas where Fairtrade needs to do better and deliver deeper impact for farmers and workers. These include progressing faster towards a living wage in their Standards, doing more to extend Fairtrade’s core work to farm workers, empowering women farmers and workers, tackling power imbalances in supply chains, building effective climate change resilience within communities and scaling up their work within countries. 

Why buy Fairtrade? Find out more here.

What can we do? 

  • Insist that your favoured supermarket stocks Fairtrade products – and then buy them.  
  • Challenge stores such as Sainsbury’s, in the past a leader in its promotion of Fairtrade products, when they propose moving to their own “fairly traded” arrangements with producers.  The international Fairtrade system can only work and improve if all major product vendors support it. If they do, sales volumes will help bring shop prices down while safeguarding and improving the incomes of producers.  
  • You have a voice!

What products to look out for: 

CoffeeTeaChocolateFruit & VegetablesRiceCooking oilSugarIce CreamWineCottonCosmeticsFlowers

CHOOSE PRODUCTS THAT CHANGE LIVES.

Living Simply – Winter newsletter 2020

Living Simply – Waste Not

Statistics on how much each of us wastes from food to energy to other consumables are alarming.  So, the phrase to keep front of mind this quarter is “don’t waste”. Set yourself a target to drastically reduce the amount of waste being consigned to your blue, black and green bins – you’ll know you are making progress when that goes down.

Scrunchy and stretchy... Sainsbury’s shoppers should be aware that you can now recycle stretchy plastics such as bread loaf wrappers, which cannot go into your blue bin, in special bins at the supermarket. The bins gave way to carol singers at Christmas but should be back now – if not ask Customer Service why not. And foil recyclers be aware that foil needs to be scrunched into tennis-ball size pieces to be recycled successfully. Smaller pieces may not be captured by recycling machines.

Live Sustainably..clothing

WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, has reported on the outcome of a four-year pan-European programme to tackle sustainable clothing and influence positive action in the entire supply chain, under the title “Driving circular fashion and textiles.” If you are a fashionista or just buy clothes occasionally it is worth checking out their report which looks at pilot projects by manufacturers to recover and turn fibres into new garments through remanufacture, seeking to reduce use of virgin materials, conserve water and energy and reduce amounts going to landfill or incineration. The initiative also saw a number of European brands and retailers run pilot schemes to source more sustainable fibres to reduce the impact of clothing produced and sold within the European market. www.wrap.org.uk 

Live In Solidarity

Fairtrade logo

The Fairtrade Foundation has issued a challenge to supporters to go further in 2020 by pledging to do more. At www.action.fairtrade.org.uk you will find a pledge page allowing you to select a product where you will commit to make more effort. These include coffee, tea, chocolate, cotton and flowers. Complete an online form and they will email you tips to help you improve your performance.

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.
Amen.

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Live Simply – Autumn Newsletter 2019

LIVE SIMPLY SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT SIMPLY LIVE

Living Simply 

It’s getting chillier. Heating will be on now in most households but at what temperature and what cost? Keep warm but try to save precious energy. Aim for a temperature during waking hours when at home of 20°C and turn heating off or much lower during sleeping hours. 

Rugby Town Centre may have a diminishing appeal in terms of conventional shopping but the success of St Andrew’s monthly Sustainable Saturdays and their Repair Cafe; the opening of Rugby Unwrapped; local craft shops and the twice-weekly market are all initiatives encouraging us to tweak our lifestyles and think about living more simply. 

Live Sustainably

The fight against plastic is being waged on many fronts. Friends of the Earth offers a helpful Living Without Plastic feature on its website. Link here: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/plastics/living-without-plastic  

Tips include avoiding liquid shower gels and hand washes which come in plastic containers by using soap instead – but make it natural soap, that is chemical and palm oil free. Yes, it costs a bit more but it lasts and there is no single-use plastic packaging.

Recycle your crisp packets at St Andrew’s Church, Rugby.

Crisp packets are among several items which cannot be recycled via our blue bins. Terracycle has become a popular route to addressing this and other recycling challenges. St Andrew’s Church has adopted a Terracycle scheme to recycle Walkers Crisps packets. They are happy for people to add a single empty Walkers Crisp packet to their collection or a bundle. Just drop them in to the church next time you are in town. To learn more about Terracycle, go to this web address https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/brigades.

Live In Solidarity

CAFOD highlights as part of its “Our Common Home” campaign, the dangers faced by those around the world who speak up. It says: “Criminalisation, death threats, and the killing of human rights defenders is increasing, especially in Latin America. These courageous people face huge daily risks to protect land and natural resources for poor landless communities to thrive. These people are also on the frontline of protecting our common home, a home we all share.  It is these defenders who are responding most acutely to ‘the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’ and at the greatest personal cost.”

The support we provide with via our regular giving to CAFOD and around Fast Days is vital in helping these people.  How much more could we help by becoming better acquainted with their stories and by campaigning for them through our Government channels. Be informed, as well as generous – and act.

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.
Amen.

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Parish diary this week

Intercession of Charles Borromeo supported by the Virgin Mary by Rottmayr. (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday November 4th (Feast of Saint Charles Borromeo)
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday November 5th
No Mass.
Wednesday November 6th
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday November 7th
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday November 8th
Mass at 9.30am.
Requiem Mass at St Marie’s Church, Dunchurch Road at 5.30pm for those who have died in war and the faithfully departed. Faure’s Requiem to be sung.
Saturday November 9th
Mass for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday November 10th
Mass for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday November 12th
Our Common Home – responding to the climate emergency and the world’s poor. A public Lecture organised by Rugby Inter-Faith Forum. The speaker is Christine Allen, director of Cafod. Christine was previously Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Christian Aid. Venue: Collingwood Centre, Rugby School, Oak Street (previously Bishop Wulstan School). The free car park entrance is in Barby Road CV22 5DZ. A simple vegetarian meal will be served at 6.30pm. The talk will begin at 7.30pm. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served. Cost: £7.50 is payable at the door. All proceeds beyond the meal to CAFOD. Please register your intention to come by emailing this address.
Monday December 9th
First Communion registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Thursday 16th January 2020
Confirmation registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June 2020
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

An Orthodox icon of All Saints (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday October 28th (Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles)
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday October 29th
No Mass.
Wednesday October 30th
Open Door meeting, 1.45pm in the hall
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday October 31st
Mass at 7pm (Vigil of the Feast of All Saints)
Friday November 1st (Feast of All Saints)
Mass at 9.30am at English Martyrs Church, Hillmorton.
Mass at 7pm at St Joseph’s Church, Monks Kirby.
Mass at St Marie’s Church, Dunchurch Road, Rugby at 10am and 7pm.
Saturday November 2nd (Feast of All Souls)
Mass for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday October 27th
Mass for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday November 12th
Our Common Home – responding to the climate emergency and the world’s poor. A public Lecture organised by Rugby Inter-Faith Forum. The speaker is Christine Allen, director of Cafod. Christine was previously Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Christian Aid. Venue: Collingwood Centre, Rugby School, Oak Street (previously Bishop Wulstan School). The free car park entrance is in Barby Road CV22 5DZ. A simple vegetarian meal will be served at 6.30pm. The talk will begin at 7.30pm. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served. Cost: £7.50 is payable at the door. All proceeds beyond the meal to CAFOD. Please register your intention to come by emailing
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.

Live Simply – Summer Newsletter 2019

LIVE SIMPLY SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT SIMPLY LIVE

Living Simply

Rugby Unwrapped – trying to reduce packaging.

Rugby Unwrapped and Dave Kerruish – two routes to vastly reducing the amount of packaging associated with your weekly shop. As you may have read, Rugby Unwrapped is an initiative launched by friends Sharon Lee and Clair Saxton. They have set up shop in Church Street (opposite HSBC bank) offering a range of dried foods, spices and cleaning products which can be popped into your own bags, containers or reusable bottles depending on the product. Dave Kerruish sets up shop weekly (Thursdays 8am-4pm) in the hall next to Rugby Baptist Church in Regent Street. He also sells dried foods loose and cleaning product refills plus fresh veg, herbs, wholemeal bread etc. Active support will help both ventures.

Live Sustainably

Well, holiday season is upon us and doubtless some air travel may be involved. It may not be feasible in the time available to get the family away in a more environmentally-friendly way but, where possible, think about taking trains, cycling or walking rather than flying or travelling by car. Also, locally, look out for information about Transition Towns. It’s a topic now being discussed in Warwickshire with some people pushing for Rugby to embrace and encourage the community-based approach to a more environmentally sensitive way of living, especially at a time of exponential housing growth. Did anyone attend the Transition Town event at St Andrew’s Church in May? If so, let us know what you think. https://transitionnetwork.org

Live In Solidarity

Our tendency when thinking about “living in solidarity” is to think about those living in much poorer nations than ours and how we might help them by backing initiatives which promote proper rewards for products and labour. But we should also look closer to home exploring initiatives to help homeless people in Rugby (Hope4) and to put food on family tables (Rugby Foodbank). Sacred Heart parishioners are already committed to both causes but our help is needed year-round. Thank you.

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.
Amen.

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Summer 2019