Live Simply – December 2017 newsletter

Christmas is coming and…

Check cupboards before your Christmas food shop: Double check what you already have lurking in your store cupboards before needlessly buying more of the same.

21735369914_d858a1c604_b.jpg (1024×683)Leftover turkey: Make sure to pick the bones of your turkey clean, then put the leftover roast meat into the freezer in meal-sized portions for a future meal. Always defrost thoroughly before reheating and eating.

Bought too much root veg? Why not peel, as necessary, blanch for a few minutes in boiling water, then cool and freeze in bags for future use. Better than discarding to compost or the green bin.

Clean oven: Either before or after Christmas this is a chore to face. Make your own oven
cleaner by mixing together water and bicarbonate of soda. Apply the paste to your oven,
leave for a few hours and then remove with a scrubbing brush and damp cloth.

Live sustainably
Surfers_Against_Sewage_Beach_Clean_Perranporth.jpg (960×640)Surfers Against Sewage report making progress on their campaign to bring back bottle deposits to stop plastic pollution in our oceans.
There is now a Defra consultation on plastic bottle pollution and an inquiry led by the Environmental Audit Committee. Recent beach-clean data showed more throwaway plastic being found along our coastline than ever before, emphasizing the urgent need for action.
Supermarkets Iceland and the Co-op, and the National Federation of Retail Newsagents, have confirmed their support for deposit returns and other supermarkets are being lobbied to come on board.
Campaign organisation 38 Degrees also reports that the government is weighing up a small tax on all ‘throwaway plastics’. It would mean that when we buy a takeaway coffee there would be a small charge for a throwaway cup. It has worked for plastic bags, so why not other plastics.

In Solidarity
The perfect time to consider charity gifts for family and friends via World Gifts with CAFOD or similar with Oxfam, Save the Children and other organisations. Closer to home, remember Rugby Foodbank in the run-up to Christmas and, if you can, consider contacting Hope4 about helping out at the Homeless Shelter, now open until the end of March. Rugby’s rough sleeper population is on the rise, sadly.

livesimply prayer

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.

December 2017

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Sacred Heart wins Live Simply award

20171203_120821Congratulations to all Sacred Heart parishioners on gaining the Live Simply award, presented on Sunday 3rd December 2017. Many thanks to everyone for all that is done towards  the three aims of living simply, living sustainably with creation and living in solidarity with the poor.
Pictured are members of the Sacred Heart Live Simply core group, Sue Barton, Brian Davies, Diane Davies, Teresa Mortimore, Fr Gerry Murray, Michael Floyd, with CAFOD assessors Abigail McMillan and Cynthia Deeson.  Taking the photo was group member Clare Turnbull.

Join us for Sunday worship

You are welcome to join us to celebrate the 33rd Sunday in Year A – World Day of the Poor – at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday November 19th at 9.30am. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 857 Sing to the world of Christ
Penitential Rite: 480 Parish Mass
Gloria: 481 Parish Mass
Psalm: 892 The Lord hears the cry of the poor
Acclamation: 534 Salisbury
Gifts: 625 Bread for the world
Holy Holy: 482 Parish Mass
Mem Acclamation: 483-5 Parish Mass
Lamb of God: 487 Parish Mass
Communion: 777 You are near
Going forth: 880 Tell out my soul
For the next few weeks, we will be using the Parish Mass written by Father Peter Jones, RIP.

Live Simply newsletter – October 2017

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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.

Live Simply

‘Tis the season for the wardrobe changeover from summer to autumn/winter wear and a time when some might consider a little wardrobe declutter. Charities can re-use or recycle almost any textile and we’re getting better as a nation about recycling clothing. Nevertheless 300,000 tonnes of clothing ends up in household rubbish annually. 

B26437AE7BCEA33799D7EC317C849135.jpg (350×155)According to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) over half of the clothing donated to charity is exported for reuse in other countries, with the UK being the third biggest exporter of used textiles after Germany and the USA. Of the rest, 35% is reused in the UK via charity shops and 9% goes for recycling. So, don’t bin unwanted clothes, recycle them via charity shops, dedicated containers at tips or supermarkets or in one of those charity collection bags that pops through your letterbox from time to time.

Live sustainably

Plastic bottles continue to make the news. Public campaigns, either directly targeted at Coca Cola, one of the biggest users of plastic bottles, or more generally at governments, to acknowledge the damage done by discarded plastic are gaining traction. The Scottish Government has now committed to a plastic bottle deposit scheme to encourage consumers to return bottles to retailers so that they can be recycled.

logo.jpg (600×600)In September, Surfers Against Sewage announced that they had secured 270,000 signatures for their petition urging the UK Government to follow the Scottish lead. As a parish we’re pretty good about recycling plastic but the amount of discarded plastic littering our streets suggests others aren’t, so spread the word and encourage others to follow your lead.

In Solidarity

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) supported by War on Want, Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) and Quakers, have been successful in challenging a new regulation blocking local councils from applying ethical boycotts to their investment decisions. The Government introduced a regulation in November 2016 restricting such boycotts. Now, following a Judicial Review pursued by the PSC, the High Court has ruled that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government acted unlawfully in issuing guidance to restrict local councils from pursuing boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) against Israel through their pension schemes.

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October 2017

Join us for Sunday worship

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St Francis of Assisi.

You are welcome to join us to celebrate the 26th Sunday in Year A at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday October 1st at 9.30am and will include a special liturgy for children. This Mass will be a special celebration of Creation. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 694 All creatures of our God and King
Penitential Rite: 516 Taize
Gloria: 525 Ward
Psalm: Remember your mercy, Lord (Ps24, p82)
Acclamation: 539 Taize
Gifts: 713 Sing of the Lord’s goodness
Holy Holy: 559 Mass of Hope
Mem Acclamation: 560/561 Mass of Hope
Lamb of God: 595 Foster
Communion: And you, sun and moon…O bless the Lord. To God, be highest glory and praise forever.
Going forth: Laudato Sii, O mi Signore (Praise be to you, O my Lord)
For the next few weeks, we will be using a mixed Mass setting including the Mass of Hope composed by Bernadette Farrell.

Live Simply – July newsletter 2017

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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.

Live Simply

washing line.jpg (460×300)Summer is the perfect time for living simply – no need for tumble dryers when you can hang your washing out and let the sun take care of things for you; cut down on cooking – there’s an extensive range of recipes for sumptuous salads to keep meal times interesting. If you don’t grow your own produce, make friends with someone who does – fresh from garden or allotment is best – or choose what’s in season when shopping.

Live sustainably

Almost 70% of Catholic dioceses in England & Wales (16 out of 23) are now part of a renewable energy scheme sourcing electricity from “green” suppliers – Birmingham diocese among them. Sacred Heart and English Martyrs parishes are among the 3,200 parishes embraced by the scheme which is being delivered by Interdiocesan Fuel Management Ltd in alliance with Churchmarketplace.

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CAFOD Power To Be campaign – if you haven’t done so already, please complete one of the Power To Be cards urging the World Bank to invest more in renewable energy schemes in Africa that would transform lives for the better at a stroke.

In Solidarity

1014044_orig.jpg (682×404)Fairtrade – many may already be aware of the widespread concern at a move by Sainsbury’s, hitherto a pacesetter for Fairtrade, to pilot a scheme to drop the Fairtrade mark in preference for its own “fairly-traded” wording on produce. CAFOD is among organisations voicing concern arguing that such a move could undermine Fairtrade, opening the door to different standards by different companies, consumer confusion and, ultimately, a poorer deal for producers. As at early July 80,000 has signed a petition urging Sainsbury’s to stick with Fairtrade. The online petition can be found here

https://www.change.org/p/sainsbury-s-don-t-ditch-fairtrade – add your voice.

July 2017

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Parish diary for this week

Inside Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

Parish diary for this week
July 1st – 2nd – Celebrate Catholic Charismatic Family Conference, St Mary’s College, Oscott.
Monday July 3rd – Monday Club meets, 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Tuesday July 4th – Come Dine with the Catenians, Drayton Manor Hotel, Dunchurch. Speaker Pam Hopkins. More information from Mick McNulty.
Wednesday July 5th – Funeral Mass for James Pickering at 11am. Reception into Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday at 6pm.
Friday July 7th – Meeting with MP Mark Pawsey to discuss climate change and poverty. Sacred Heart Church Hall, 7.30pm. Send questions in advance to Brian Davies.
Forthcoming events
Sunday July 16th – Garden Party in aid of Rob’s Fund at 70 Lime Tree Avenue, Bilton. 2pm.

Meeting with MP Mark Pawsey

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Rugby MP Mark Pawsey will answer your questions on climate change and poverty.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey will answer your questions on climate change and poverty on Friday July 7th.
The meeting takes place at 7.30pm at Sacred Heart Church Hall, Lime Tree Avenue, Bilton. Similar meetings are being held across the country this week.
This will be our fourth meeting with our MP: as a result he has become better informed on Climate Change.
All are welcome and can send questions on this theme in advance to bkdavies4@virginmedia.com

Live Simply – June newsletter 2017

livesimply prayer

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.

Livesimply

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Lidl in partnership with the Neighbourly project.

Food waste
Our supermarkets continue to struggle with the challenge of cutting the amount of food that goes to waste daily. Several have schemes with local charities and food banks to ensure that perfectly edible food goes to those who need it rather than to the tip. For example, Lidl has committed to rolling out its collaboration with social enterprise project Neighbourly across the country by 2018. Neighbourly has also worked with M&S. Do you know what your favoured supermarket’s policy is? Ask, encourage, congratulate them and/or lobby for them to do more.

Leftover Tips
We can all probably do more to manage our food use better. For example, if you only eat the florets of cauliflower or broccoli think about how you might use the stems – roasted with oil, salt and cumin, or raw, finely sliced into salads. Cabbages and kale can be shredded, tossed in oil and baked until they are like crispy seaweed. Why not share your Leftover Tips on the LiveSimply Board in the Entrance lobby. We’ll share the best in future LiveSimply Tips bulletins.

Live sustainably

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Campaigns by Surfers Against Sewage, Greenpeace and others continue for the introduction of a bottle deposit scheme to limit plastic bottle waste. Greenpeace is urging major producers such as CocaCola, PepsiCo, Danone and others to take responsibility. Check out www.sas.org.uk/messageinabottle and www.greenpeace.org.uk

Alternative uses for plastic bottles
Before you lob plastic bottles into the recycling bin, this short video (link below) offers several ingenious ideas for other uses for plastic bottles. Check it out. https://www.facebook.com/easydiyspage/videos/1220513831410387/

In Solidarity

Bananas

Banana3-1020x765.jpg (1020×765)This popular yellow fruit could be a useful indicator of the ethical credentials of your favourite grocer. A recent study by Ethical Consumer found a mix of Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance or Organic bananas in our supermarkets. For example, all of Sainsbury’s, the Co-op and Waitrose bananas are Fairtrade, whereas all of Tesco,Lidl, Aldi and Asda are Rainforest Alliance. (Source: Ethical Consumer May/June 2017) .To understand the impact of banana production on workers and the environment, check out www.storyofbanana.com It offers a list of actions consumers can take to help improve the banana industry.

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple.

June 2017

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Worship and events this week

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St Thomas More

These are the daily services this week:
Monday June 19th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday June 20th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday June 21st – Mass at 7pm (Feast of St Aloysius Gonzaga)
Thursday June 22nd –  Mass at 9.30am (Feast of Sts John Fisher and Thomas More)
Friday June 23rd – Mass at 7pm (Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
Saturday June 24th – Mass for the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time at 5pm
Sunday June 25th – Mass for the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time at 9.30am
Parish diary for this week
Monday June 19th – Monday Club meets, 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Friday June 23rd – Parish Feast Day Mass at 7pm followed by shared table.
Forthcoming events
Wednesday June 28th – UCM Day of Reflection, Monks Kirby convent, 10am.
Friday June 30th. Funeral Mass for Nora Roche. Sacred Heart Church at 1pm.
July 1st – 2nd – Celebrate Catholic Charismatic Family Conference, St Mary’s College, Oscott.
Friday July 7th – Meeting with MP Mark Pawsey to discuss climate change and poverty. Sacred Heart Church Hall, 7.30pm. Send questions in advance to Brian Davies.