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

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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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Worship and events this week

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Sacred Heart Church, Bilton.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday May 23rd – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday May 24th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday May 25th – Mass at 7pm (Feast of St Bede)
Thursday May 26th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Philip Neri)
Friday May 27th – Mass at 9.30am (Feast of St Augustine of Canterbury)
Saturday May 28th – Mass at 6pm (Feast of Corpus Christi)
Sunday May 29th – Mass at 9.30am (Feast of Corpus Christi)
Parish diary for this week
Monday May 23rd – Finance Committee meets, The Presbytery, 7.45pm
Monday May 23rd – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Monday May 23rd – First Communion programme, hall, 6pm.
Tuesday May 24th – Breaking the Word (gospel reflection) at 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Wednesday May 25th – UCM open meeting. All welcome.
Wednesday May 25th – Rugby LIFE Group meets, 7.30pm, Rugby Hotel.
Thursday May 26th – Corpus Christi Procession, St Marie’s School grounds followed by Mass, 10am.
Forthcoming events
Thursday June 2nd – Funeral Mass for Oliver Baldwin, 11.30am.
June 17th – 19th – Catholic Festival for Young Adults, aged 16 to 30 years, Alton Castle, Staffordshire.

Worship and events this week

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A scene from the Easter Vigil at Sacred Heart this year.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday May 9th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday May 10th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday May 11th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday May 12th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday May 13th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday May 14th – Mass at 6pm (Feast of Pentecost)
Sunday May 15th – Mass at 9.30am (Feast of Pentecost)
Parish diary for this week
Monday May 9th – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Monday May 9th – First Communion programme, hall, 6pm.
Tuesday May 10th – Breaking the Word (gospel reflection) at 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Forthcoming events
Saturday May 14th – Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham. See poster in church narthex.
Saturday May 14th – Annual March for Life, St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham.
June 17th – 19th – Catholic Festival for Young Adults, aged 16 to 30 years, Alton Castle, Staffordshire.

Support the Day for Life

End-of-LifeSunday July 26th is the Day for Life. The retiring collection enabled the Church to fund the Anscombe Bioethics Centre as well as projects which work to protect life at every stage and condition. Parishioners are also urged to defend life and oppose the Marris Bill. The Archbishop has written to ask us to take action to defend vulnerable people. If you are concerned about this issue, write to our MP, Mark Pawsey.
Find out more at www.dayforlife.org.