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.

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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.

Return to LiveSimpy homepage.

July/August 2018

     

Live Simply – June 2018 newsletter

Living Simply and Sustainably

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Waste pollution on a beach in Malaysia.  (Public domain).

Oh, plastic – once an amazing innovation and now a burden! Friends of the Earth offer some interesting tips on how to go “almost” plastic free in our kitchens. It’s worth checking out (link here) – some food for thought and simple hints like using washable cleaning cloths rather than paper kitchen roll are manageable and affordable. https://bit.ly/2y8cdwN

Now the summer is here (?!) there are also easy energy and money-saving things to consider such as dropping your shower by a few degrees. Electricity providers says that doing this, even just for the last couple of minutes when showering, can save on energy bills and it’s said to be good for our bodies too.

Live In Solidarity

The real FairTrade logo.

Busting some Fairtrade Myths. With supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s developing their own fairly-traded deals (tea), it seems timely to address some of the misconceptions about Fairtrade and why it is so important to producers in vulnerable parts of the world.

Doubters might say Fairtrade “doesn’t really help farmers” or “it’s just a marketing scam to encourage us to buy more expensive products.”

Myth no.1 – only a small percentage of the price paid for a Fairtrade product goes back to the farmer. The Fairtrade Foundation (www.fairtrade.org.uk) advises that the retail price we pay as consumers is determined entirely by the retailer.

While paying farmers and workers a percentage of the retail price might appear a good way to demonstrate the impact of Fairtrade from the consumer’s perspective, it doesn’t actually address the real inequities in conventional market arrangements.

The way Fairtrade works is that the producer organisation (such as a coffee co-operative) receives the Fairtrade price at the point where they sell to the next person in the supply chain (usually an exporter or importer). This is intended to ensure farmers can cover their costs no matter how low the world price for their commodity falls.

More 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.

Return to Live Simply homepage.

     

June 2018

Live Simply – May 2018 Newsletter

Living Simply

Water is good for you. We should all ensure we keep ourselves topped up, especially if (when) the warm weather of the Spring Bank Holiday returns. To get into a good habit, always carry a bottle of water with you BUT make sure it’s a re-usable water bottle.

Live sustainably

Image result for global citizenEvery Google Search contributes to Climate Change asserts Global Citizen, which campaigns on the United Nations’ Global Goals, calling on countries to invest in renewable energy. Google relies on a vast physical infrastructure of servers, routers, and cables which all depend on electricity to operate, according to Quartz*.

Much of this energy is provided by fossil fuels, Quartz reports. Google admits that providing a user with a month’s worth of its services is like driving a car for one mile, or around 360.7 grams of CO2, Quartz notes. Other companies like Facebook and Apple have significant ecological footprints too. To its credit, Google has been investing heavily into renewable energy. The company now supplies all of its corporate electricity with wind and solar power.

Apple has also taken steps to become carbon neutral by investing in efforts that compensate for its carbon emissions, like reforestation, according to Quartz. We cannot turn the clock back and stop using the Internet but we can encourage all countries, the UK included, to invest more in renewable energy so that each online search is powered by wind and solar, rather than coal or natural gas. https://glblctzn.me/2KTuYXb

In Solidarity

It was World Fair Trade Day on May 12. The Fairtrade Foundation (www.fairtrade.org.uk) celebrated by highlighting some of the Fairtrade pioneers that have created their entire businesses with farmers at the heart of everything they do. Zaytoun is one of these organisations. It supports Palestinian farmers like Bassema Barahmeh through their unique challenge

s, such as highly restricted access to land and water, with dignity. 

‘My life has been transformed by Fairtrade. I have a say in my household and in my community. It has given me independence.’ says Bassema, Board Member of the Palestine Fair Trade Association, olive farmer and mother of four. Here is a blog link for more information. https://bit.ly/2rHfexY

Always look out for the Fairtrade brand – join the fight to resist supermarket chains such as Sainsbury’s in their attempt to undermine this global initiative by switching to untested alternative schemes.

 May 2018

*Quartz is a digital news outlet for business people in the global economy. www.qz.com

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 Live Simply homepage.

Live Simply – April 2018 newsletter

Living Simply

Household Food Waste was recorded at seven million tonnes in 2016 costing every UK household an estimated £470 a year, according to the Food Standards Agency. (www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/campaigns/food-waste). In Rugby, households paying for a Green bin CAN deposit any food waste in them to be recycled. There’s also composting to consider, if you have the space in your garden.  Rugby Borough Council also promotes reducing food waste via www.lovefoodhatewaste.com which offers a wealth of recipes for making good use of leftover food. Well worth checking out. And remember the age-old advice, always shop with a list to avoid over-buying.

Live sustainably

The widespread campaign against single-use plastic packaging has gained real momentum in recent months with consumers demanding that all supermarkets, fast-food outlets and coffee shops take action to reduce the mountain of plastic waste produced otherwise. If you like to grab a coffee or tea on-the-go and regularly visit Costa Coffee, Caffè Nero, Starbucks and similar outlets, do you take a mug with you for your drink? You should and the outlets should agree to supply the beverage at a slightly reduced price if you do.  The more consumers demand change, the more likely it is to happen.

In Solidarity

CAFOD: Share the Journey campaign seeks to highlight the plight of refugees and calls on the UK Government to act, as part of a global campaign launched by Pope Francis to safeguard the rights of people on the move.  The campaign highlights the plight of people in Colombia, Lebanon, Uganda, Bangladesh and Myanmar among others and urges people not just to lobby politicians but also to vote with their feet and undertake a refugee-themed walk in their locality. Check out https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Share-the-Journey and look out for more information in your own parishes.

livesimply prayer

Pope Francis

1. Compassionate and loving God,
you created the world for us all to share,
a world of beauty and plenty.
Create in us a desire to live simply,
so that our lives may reflect your generosity.

2. Creator God,
You gave us responsibility for the earth,
a world of riches and delight.
Create in us a desire to live sustainably,
So that those who follow after us
May enjoy the fruits of your creation.

3. God of peace and justice,
you give us the capacity to change,
to bring about a world that mirrors your wisdom.
Create in us a desire to act in solidarity,
so that the pillars of injustice crumble
and those now crushed are set free.

Return to Live Simply homepage.