Parish diary this week

“The Venerable Bede Translates John” by James Doyle Penrose (1862-1932). (Public domain)

These are the services this week:
Monday May 21st – Mass at 7pm (Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God)
Tuesday May 22nd – No Mass
Wednesday May 23rd – Mass at 7pm
Thursday May 24th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday May 25th – Mass at 9.30am (Feast of St Bede)
Saturday May 26th – Mass for Feast of Holy Trinity, Year B at 5pm
Sunday May 27th – Mass for Feast of Holy Trinity Year B at 9.30am
Parish diary for this week
Monday May 21st – Monday Club meets in hall, 2pm.
Forthcoming events
Wednesday May 30th – UCM meeting in hall, time to be announced.
Friday June 8th, Quiz night at Sacred Heart in aid of Malawi Project. Enter a team by clicking on the link.
Sunday June 10th – Annual Novena and Pilgrimage to Maryvale, 3pm.
Sunday June 17th – First Communion celebration, 9.30am, Sacred Heart.
Saturday June 30th/ Sunday July 1st – Celebrate, Catholic Charismatic Conference, Oscott COllege, Birmingham.
Sunday July 1st – Parish walk around Draycote Water, called “Share the Journey”.

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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.

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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.

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Live Simply – March 2018 newsletter

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

Living Simply

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Use a water butt to capture rain water.

Our gardens, container gardens and window boxes will beckon us soon as better weather and longer days arrive, so this is a good time to consider some simple, beneficial actions we can take.

Use a water butt to capture rainwater – got one already, have you got room for another? New planting – consider ground cover plants to help suppress weeds and retain moisture in soil and remember our pollinators and choose bee-friendly plants. The reward is a happy garden buzzing with life and
colour.

Live sustainably
Most supermarkets are now being petitioned about plastic packaging urging them to look at how they might limit or remove all such packaging from their own-brand products, as a starter. Some supermarkets have already committed publicly to achieving the switch to sustainable alternative materials by a set date. Others have yet to do so. Has yours? Customers’ voices will and do have an effect, so consider emailing your favoured supermarket to secure a pledge from them to end plastic packaging. Act now.

Is there an alternative to a consumer-driven economy whose success is predicated on us buying more and builds in product redundancy so that we have to replace rather than repair? The Green Christian movement thinks there is. To learn more about their “Joy in Enough” proposition go to: https://joyinenough.org

In Solidarity
The Refugee Family Reunion Bill seeks to unite refugees living alone in the UK with their mothers, fathers and/or siblings from whom they have become separated during their perilous journeys to our shores. Amnesty International has led a campaign of support for this Bill. On Friday 16 March the Bill successfully passed through the second reading stage in the House of Commons with 129 MPs giving it their support. It still has a way to go, requiring public pressure to ensure continuing MP support. To learn more visit https://www.amnesty.org.uk/

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.

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Live Simply – January 2018 newsletter

Living Simply

Can you live more simply? Is there clutter at home you could get rid of; do you actually wear everything that is in your wardrobe; do you know what is in your loft; could you shop more carefully? Simple Living Manifesto: 72 ideas to Simplify Your Life provides an interesting checklist that might help you make a tweak or two helping you to live more simply – and, possibly, more healthily.

Live sustainably

Issues that parishioners have been concerned about for some time are now centre stage with Government including the harm done to the environment and animals by plastic packaging and the killer effect on marine life of microbeads in cosmetics. Greenpeace, among other campaigning charities, is fighting on a number of fronts from challenging plastic pollution, including lobbying Coca-Cola to reduce its plastic footprint, to creating an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary, to trying to stop oil drilling in the Arctic. Why not check out www.greenpeace.org.uk/what-you-can-do/campaign-online to find a campaign that you can get behind in 2018 and become knowledgeable about.

In Solidarity

Sainsbury’s continues to be the focus of protestors concerned about the supermarket chain’s decision to introduce its own “fairly traded” tea at the expense of the internationally-recognised and audited Fairtrade alternative. Fairtrade Fortnight26th February 2018-11th March 2018 is an opportunity demonstrate support for Fairtrade by buying products where such exist and to urge your favoured supermarket to widen the range of Fairtrade products they sell.

Find out about Fairtrade | CAFOD

To find out more visit www.fairtrade,org.uk/fortnight

Where Sainsbury’s go, other chains may follow thus undermining an initiative which has addressed unfair global trade for millions of farmers and workers in poorer parts of the world.

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.

January 2018

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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.

Live Simply – November 2017 newsletter

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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.

Live Simply

This is inspiration from you and fellow parishioners:-

Handy for notes: Use promotional flyers that have nothing on the reverse side or the backs of used envelopes for notes. Cut down to a handy size these are ideal for ‘phone messages, shopping lists, “to do” reminders. Also, used envelopes opened carefully can often be re-used with a sticky label.

Rag bag: Not all clothing can be resold by charity shops but the shops are able to recycle material. So items bundled into a “rag bag” for the shops can be sent to be “deconstructed” with the recovered materials being used to make new products. Nothing need go to landfill!

Oh knickers!: The time may have come for those old knickers to give way to new pairs but much of the material could be cut up and used as cleaning cloths.

Live sustainably

Coffee cups: Momentum is gathering behind a campaign busting the myth that disposable coffee cups are being recycled. UK consumers buy some 2.5 billion takeaway coffees annually. At present fewer than 1 in 400 of the disposable cups is recycled. The rest go to landfill. Change.org has attracted 90,000 signatures for its campaign to introduce a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups, encouraging people instead to take reusable cups to their favoured coffee outlets.

No sting in the tail: Campaign groups are reporting that Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP, has announced that the UK will back a permanent ban on bee-killing pesticides. At the same time, nine out of 10 of UK garden centres say they will not sell bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides, helping to ensure our gardens are safe havens for precious bees.

In Solidarity

Hard to have missed the fact that we have a new International Development Secretary in Penny Mordaunt MP but perhaps easier to be unaware of the significant pressure she will be coming under from some quarters to end UK Overseas Aid, channelling the funds instead to UK public services. As Global Citizen points out food waste in the UK costs far more than the entire overseas aid budget. As the world’s 5th largest economy the UK can afford investment both at home and abroad. Global Citizen and Save the Children are among those organisations urging Ms Mordaunt to keep faith with the UK’s existing overseas aid commitment.

November 2017

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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.