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.

Return to LiveSimply homepage.

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.

Return to LiveSimpy homepage.

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.

Return to LiveSimpy homepage.
Summer 2019

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.

Return to LiveSimpy homepage.

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