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

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Parish diary this week

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The Nativity of John the Baptist, 15th century (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday June 24th (Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist)
Funeral of Margaret Reid, English Martyrs Church, Hillmorton, 2pm.
Mass at 7pm
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday June 25th 
No Mass
Wednesday June 26th 
A Plastic Ocean – Rugby Friends of the Earth and Rugby Baptist Church present a film that uncovers alarming truths about plastic pollution and reveals solutions that can be put into immediate effect, 7.30pm at John Lees Hall, Rugby Baptist Church, Regent Place.
Mass at 7pm
Thursday June 27th (Feast of St Cyril of Alexandria)
No Mass
Friday June 28th (Solemnity of the Sacred Heart)
Mass at 9.30am 
Saturday June 29th
Mass for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday June 30th
Mass for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday July 2nd
UCM Pilgrimage to Walsingham. Places are available on a coach calling at Rugby. Telephone Mary Hope on 810880.
Thursday July 4th
Evening talk at Sacred Heart. Talk from Practical Action, the Rugby-based organisation working with communities worldwide to find practical answers to poverty. An opportunity to gain insight into technology-driven solutions and explore what we can do locally. Speaker name and start time to be confirmed. Save the date. All welcome.
Saturday July 6th
Rugby Justice & Peace Group meets at 10.45am in Sacred Heart parish hall. Anyone interested in issues ranging from climate change to domestic and world poverty very welcome – just turn up.
Sunday July 7th
Annual Garden Party in aid of Rob’s Fund in Stella’s Garden. 70, Lime Tree Avenue from 2pm. Admission £3 including Tea and Cake. Children free. Live music, BBQ & Curry, Raffles, Tombola, Stalls. Further details from Stella 01788 816904.
Thursday October 3rd
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall

Live Simply – Spring Newsletter 2019

Living Simply

Many parishioners will have clever ways of avoiding using damaging (and expensive) detergents and limiting use of throw-away plastics when gearing up for a bit of household cleaning. Here’s one thought: oven cleaning – make a paste of baking soda and water and then smear this over the surfaces of your oven; leave overnight. Next day wipe clean with warm water and, for a little extra oomph for stubborn stains, use white vinegar. Should work a treat! Feel free to post your tips on the Live Simply board by the church entrance.

Live Sustainably

The purgeplastic momentum is gathering pace, especially bids to ban single-use plastic. Tesco is the latest major supermarket chain to say that it will trial not wrapping fruit and vegetables in plastic. What about your favoured supermarket? What is Sainsbury’s policy (campaigners say Sainsbury’s is lagging behind); and then there’s Lidl and Aldi. The Co-op and Iceland’s credentials seem not too bad. If you spot unnecessary plastic packaging, think about asking Customer Services in that store why it is being used. The more of us who speak up, the quicker changes will be made.

Live In Solidarity

CAFOD is “reimagining” its “Our Common Home” campaign aimed at addressing the issue of Climate Change. With our help, CAFOD wants to divert UK politicians’ attention away from Brexit for long enough to secure a firm pledge to commit the UK to net zero emissions by 2045. CAFOD says that a clear response is needed to keep global temperatures to 1.5oc. 

Three of the climate warriors stood at the top of the CAFOD building.
Joseph, Brianna and Sione, young climate activists.

CAFOD is highlighting the experience of Joseph, Brianna and Sione, young climate activists known as Pacific Climate Warriors. Drawn from across the Pacific region, they represent grassroots, frontline and indigenous communities. With support from around the world they are enabling young people in their communities to get involved in environmental justice issues.

In Pacific cultures the image of the warrior is that of a protector. The Pacific Climate Warriors work to revive our common home in the face of climate change. They are calling on world leaders to build a better world for us, and for generations to come.

Check out their story – and go online to make YOUR voice heard by signing CAFOD’s petition.

https://cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/Reimagine-Our-Common-Home

https://e-activist.com/page/36329/petition/1

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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Spring 2019

Diocese thanks Veronica

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Veronica receives her award from Bishop William. Father Gerry is pictured, left.

Long-standing Sacred Heart parishioner, Veronica York, has had her years of dedicated service to the parish recognised with the presentation by Bishop William Kenney of the Birmingham Diocese award “Ubi Caritas”.

“Ubi Caritas” – “Where there is love and loving kindness, God is there” – is a special award given in recognition of Veronica’s devoted service to and participation in many different aspects of parish life over many years. These include the Caring Group, visiting and supporting housebound and sick parishioners; acting as Eucharistic Minister at Mass and various activities in support of Justice and Peace.

She has been a contact and organiser of parish support for CAFOD; has promoted the purchase of Fairtrade and organic products; organised parishioner support for Prisoners of Conscience and she played a part in Sacred Heart becoming a Live Simply Parish.

“Veronica has given us a gentle and determined example of seeking to live out the Gospel in our daily lives and facing the issues of the day,” said Sacred Heart Parish Priest Fr Gerry Murray.

Parish diary this week

Veronica wipes the face of Jesus, from Stations of the Cross at St Agnes’ Church, Amsterdam.

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday March 4th
First Communion programme in hall at 6pm
Mass at 7pm
Exposition until 8pm.
Tuesday March 5th
No Mass
Wednesday March 6th
Ash Wednesday Mass at 7pm
Mass at 7pm
Thursday March 7th
Mass at 9.30am
Confirmation programme meeting, Sacred Heart Church Hall, 6pm.
Friday March 8th
Mass at 9.30am
Funeral of Dedee Flint, at 1.30pm at St Marie’s Church, Dunchurch Road, Rugby.
Stations of the Cross at 7pm
Saturday March 9th
Liturgy planning meeting, 10.30am in the Presbytery.
First Reconciliation, 11am in the church.
Mass of the First Sunday of Lent, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday March 10th
Mass of the First Sunday of Lent, Year C at 9.30am

Forthcoming events
Monday February 25th to March 10th
A reminder from Rugby Justice & Peace Group that 25th February-10th March is Fairtrade Fortnight. For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. This year, The Fairtrade Foundation is focusing on the people, particularly the women, who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much. Please look for the Fairtrade logo.
Weekend of March 16th/17th
Bishop’s Visitation to Sacred Heart parish. Shared table at 6.30pm on Saturday March 16th.
December to March
The Rugby Winter Shelter at St Marie’s will be providing a welcome each Monday to 15 homeless people from December to March. Supper, a bed and breakfast will be provided. If you would consider helping during those four
months, please ring Kathy Smith on 01788 891940. kathellen.smith56@gmail.com.
Sunday June 2nd
Confirmation
Thursday June 6th
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall
Sunday June 16th
First Communion
Thursday October 3rd
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall

Parish diary this week

An icon of St David of Wales (Public domain).

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday February 25th
Mass at 7pm
Exposition until 8pm.
Tuesday February 26th
No Mass
Wednesday February 27th
UCM meeting, Sacred Heart Hall, 1.45pm
Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 28th
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in Sacred Heart Church Hall
Friday March 1st
Mass at 9.30am (Feast of St David)
World Day of Prayer service at 10.30am at Bilton Methodist Church and at 7.30pm at English Martyrs’ Church: “Come – Everything is Ready!” Interdenominational service prepared by Christian women of Slovenia.
Saturday March 2nd
First Reconciliation, 11am in the church.
Mass of the Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday March3rd
Mass of the Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am

Forthcoming events
Monday February 25th to March 10th
A reminder from Rugby Justice & Peace Group that 25th February-10th March is Fairtrade Fortnight. For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. This year, The Fairtrade Foundation is focusing on the people, particularly the women, who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much. Please look for the Fairtrade logo.
Thursday March 7th
Confirmation programme meeting, Sacred Heart Church Hall, 6pm.
Friday March 8th
Funeral of Dedee Flint, at 1.30pm at St Marie’s Church, Dunchurch Road, Rugby.
Saturday March 9th
Liturgy planning meeting, 10.30am in the Presbytery.
Weekend of March 16th/17th
Bishop’s Visitation to Sacred Heart parish
December to March
The Rugby Winter Shelter at St Marie’s will be providing a welcome each Monday to 15 homeless people from December to March. Supper, a bed and breakfast will be provided. If you would consider helping during those four
months, please ring Kathy Smith on 01788 891940. kathellen.smith56@gmail.com.
Sunday June 2nd
Confirmation
Thursday June 6th
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall
Sunday June 16th
First Communion
Thursday October 3rd
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall

Parish diary this week

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The Chair of Saint Peter in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. Picture: Sergey Smirnov. (Public domain).

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday February 18th
Mass at 7pm
Exposition until 8pm.
Tuesday February 19th
No Mass
Wednesday February 20th
Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 21st
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday February 22nd
No Mass (Feast of the Chair of St Peter)
Saturday February 23rd
Mass of the Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday February 24th
Mass of the Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am
ACTA – The Catholic Times author Chris McDonnell is giving a talk on Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, writer, theologian, mystic, poet, social activist and scholar of comparative religion at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Vivian Rd, Harborne B17 0DN. 1.30pm. mjriordan@hotmail.co.uk

Forthcoming events
Monday February 25th to March 10th
A reminder from Rugby Justice & Peace Group that 25th February-10th March is Fairtrade Fortnight. For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. This year, The Fairtrade Foundation is focusing on the people, particularly the women, who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much. Please look for the Fairtrade logo.
Wednesday February 27th
UCM meeting, Sacred Heart Hall, 1.45pm
Thursday February 28th
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall
Friday March 1st
World Day of Prayer service at 10.30am at Bilton Methodist Church and at 7.30pm at English Martyrs’ Church: “Come – Everything is Ready!” Interdenominational service prepared by Christian women of Slovenia.
Friday March 8th
Funeral of Dedee Flint, St Marie’s Church, Dunchurch Road, Rugby. Time to be announced.
Weekend of March 16th/17th
Bishop’s Visitation to Sacred Heart parish
December to March
The Rugby Winter Shelter at St Marie’s will be providing a welcome each Monday to 15 homeless people from December to March. Supper, a bed and breakfast will be provided. If you would consider helping during those four
months, please ring Kathy Smith on 01788 891940. kathellen.smith56@gmail.com.
Sunday June 2nd
Confirmation
Thursday June 6th
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall
Sunday June 16th
First Communion
Thursday October 3rd
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall


Parish diary this week

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Saint Jean Chrysostome et l’Impératrice Eudoxie by Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921).

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday September 10th
Monday Club restarts at 2pm.
Mass at 7pm
Exposition until 8pm
Tuesday September 11th
No Mass
Cafod Fast Day Briefing, 7pm, Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Nuneaton. Guest speaker: Matthew Carter.
Wednesday September 12th
Mass at 7pm
Thursday September 13th
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St John Chrysostom)
Friday September 14th
No Mass (Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
Saturday September 15th
Mass for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B at 5pm
Sunday September 16th
Trip to Our Lady of Walsingham. Call Breda on 01788 331593.
Mass for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B at 9.30am

Forthcoming events
Sunday September 23rd – Rugby Interfaith Forum Peace Walk, 2pm.
Thursday September 27th – Fundraising fashion show, 7.30pm at The Hope Centre, Newbold Road, Rugby.
Friday, 5th October – Cafod Harvest Fast Day. Please keep in mind all who lack food and clean water. There will be a collection after the Masses on 6th and 7th October. Gift Aid Envelopes will be available for your offerings.
Sunday October 7th – Food, Francis and our children’s Future, 6pm-8pm Sacred Heart Hall. All parishioners are invited to an inspiring evening of film, food & friendship responding together to Pope Francis’ call to care for creation and to pass on a healthy planet to our children’s children. The Global Healing shared meal will feature film clips from well-known experts, engaging testimonies and on-location filming from around the UK. With the rich variety of cultures in our parish, the evening promises to blend joy for foodies with discussion around fresh practical responses to environmental change.

Refugees and Justice

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The UK’s “cruel” treatment of refugees and getting justice higher up the political agenda were among key topics discussed at the 40th National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) conference recently.  To read more about what Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and others had to say visit www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/conference-reports/
The reports can also be found on YouTube.
Sign up for regular NJPN email updates via their website or follow them on facebook or Twitter @NJandPNetwork .

Live Simply – July/August 2018 newsletter

Living Simply and Sustainably

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How can you save water? Here are a few ideas.

Water saving is high on our “to do” lists after so many weeks of heat and no rain. Water is a precious commodity which we may use without thinking. To save water, consider:
1. Not letting the water run when cleaning your teeth or washing your hands;
2. Filling a jug of water and putting it in the fridge for when you want a cold drink;
3. Keeping the water after cooking pasta – let it cool properly and then use on the garden;
4. Ensuring you have full loads if using a dishwasher or washing machine.

If you have further water-saving suggestions, why not pin them up on the Live Simply notice board in the church entrance lobby.

Live In Solidarity

Busting some Fairtrade Myths.

Myth no.2 Anyone can put the Fairtrade badge on their product and claim that it is ethical. The Fairtrade Foundation (www.fairtrade.org.uk) advises:

Image result for fair trade logoThe idea that companies just slap the FAIRTRADE Mark on their products when they want to claim ethical credentials does not hold up. The Mark is a registered certification label for products sourced from producers in developing countries. Products that display it must meet Fairtrade Standards, set by Fairtrade International. These Standards apply to both producers (the farmers and workers) and traders (suppliers to the shop you buy from) and are agreed through research and consultation with Fairtrade stakeholders, including farmers’ and workers’ organisations, traders, independent experts and national Fairtrade organisations such as the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK.

If a company wants to get one of their products certified (and so have the FAIRTRADE Mark displayed on their packaging) they have first to ensure it meets all stated Standards. Any company ‘just slapping the Fairtrade badge on their product’ without meeting the standards for that product would be investigated and could open themselves up to legal action.

Further Fairtrade myth-busting information in the next Live Simply Tips.

Always look out for the Fairtrade brand – and resist the move by some retailers to move to untested alternative schemes.

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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July/August 2018