Live Simply – March 2017 newsletter

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Mahatma Gandhi

Live Simply so that others might simply live
Mahatma Gandhi

Or as Pope Francis’ message in Laudato Si’ has it:
Responding to the cry of the poor we need a New Lifestyle

So how are those Live Simply Pledges coming along?

Thank you to all who have already posted pledges on the Pledge Board. If that isn’t you then look there for inspiration and please complete a pledge card today. It can be a more of something you do already or something new to you.

Recycling
(with thanks to www.recyclenow.com )

Aerosols can be recycled – only 50% of aluminium packaging was recycled last year which means there’s a lot more to be done. Remember empty cans of deodorant, furniture polish, air fresheners and other aluminium items too such as foil takeaway containers can all be recycled.

Last year around 75% of food and drink tins and cans and 60% of glass bottles and jars were recycled. Could you do more to get the figure to 100%?

Campaigns
Bottle deposit scheme
blue-and-green-plastic-bottles-resized-740x493.jpg (740×493)Older parishioners might remember the days of money back on glass bottles. Well now a Surfers Against Sewage petition is calling for a deposit on plastic bottles. The petition has attracted over 210,000 people signatures and the Government is taking notice. An inquiry into the impacts of single-use plastic bottles has just been launched by the Environmental Audit Committee to identify the solutions needed to tackle plastic pollution. Surfers Against Sewage will be submitting their petition and other evidence to highlight the urgent need to introduce a deposit return system.

Palm Oil
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Nestlé, producer of products ranging from Crunchie bars to Shredded Wheat, committed early to addressing problems caused by palm oil production which threatens rainforests and endangered animals, and exploits workers. But campaigners have discovered that along with other multinationals such as Unilever and PepsiCo, it is undermining its own best intentions by a tie-up with an Indonesian food producer said to be among the worst offenders in relation to palm oil production. Read more at SumOfUs

March 2017

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Live Simply – February 2017 newsletter

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

livesimply prayer

pope-francis_2541160b1. 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

In Solidarity – Fairtrade Fortnight 27 February – 12 March 2017

FairtradeA reminder that in the forthcoming Fairtrade Fortnight, insofar as is possible, Sacred Heart parishioners are asked to select Fairtrade products when purchasing items for Rugby Foodbank. Supermarkets generally now stock decent ranges of Fairtrade products, just look for the Fairtrade symbol. http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

Live Simply

cafod-live-simply-009Food waste: It seems inevitable now that Rugby Borough Council will vote to charge residents to have their green bins emptied in future. Doubtless many people will consign food waste to their black bins but perhaps this is an opportunity for those of us who don’t do so already (and have the room) to consider composting. It’s also time to become aware also of how much food we waste and resolve to limit this as much as possible.

Tip: Shop with a list to avoid buying more than you need or what you don’t need.

Tip: Fresh and freeze – if a proportion of fresh produce isn’t going to be eaten, can you freeze it for use later?

Waste App:

Rugby MP, Mark Pawsey is working with Sainsbury’s to trial a “waste app” – keep an eye on how he gets on

https://www.markpawsey.org.uk/news/innovative-app-reduce-food-waste-trialled-rugby-mp-mark-pawsey

Live sustainably

Energy: Recent news of one energy supplier planning a major price hike may have caused many of us to consider switching, so what better time to look into making a “green” choice and considering a supplier with a strong commitment to renewable energy.

costa_3478294b.jpg (620×387)Take-away coffee / tea cups: Publicity around the fact that most take-out hot drink containers cannot be recycled has prompted some major chains to try to respond. Be aware and encourage those who do respond to the challenge.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/26/costa-coffee-launches-in-store-cup-recycling-scheme

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36882799

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

(Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple)

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February 2017

Services and events this week

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The statue of Mary the Mother of God at Sacred Heart Church.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday January 16th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday January 17th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Anthony)
Wednesday January 18th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday January 19th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Wulstan)
Friday January 20th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday January 21st – Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. Mass at 5pm.
Sunday January 22nd – Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. Mass at 9.30am.
Parish diary for this week
Sunday January 15th – Bilton Unity Service at Methodist Church, 6pm.
Monday January 16th – Confirmation group meets, 6pm, Upper Room.
Monday January 16th – Monday Club, 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Thursday January 19th – Live Simply planning meeting, 7.30pm in the hall.
Sunday January 22nd – Hillmorton Churches Unity Service, 6pm, English Martyrs.
Forthcoming events

Wednesday January 25th – UCM annual meeting, 7.45pm in the hall.
Wednesday January 25th – Open meeting to support refugees, St Andrew’s Church, Rugby, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Saturday January 28th – Cafod – No place like home: Exploring Palestinian realities after 50 years of occupation. 11am, St Francis Hall, University of Birmingham.
Sunday February 19th – Confirmation at Sacred Heart with Archbishop Bernard.
Friday March 3rd – Women’s World Day of Prayer, 10.30am, Sacred Heart Church.

Services and events this week

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Inside Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday January 9th – Mass at 7pm (Feast of the Baptism of the Lord)
Tuesday January 10th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday January 11th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday January 12th – Mass at 9.30am
Friday January 13th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday January 14th – Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. Mass at 5pm.
Sunday January 15th – Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. Mass at 9.30am.
Parish diary for this week
Monday January 9th – Confirmation group meets, 6pm, Upper Room.
Monday January 9th – Monday Club, 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Saturday January 14th – Liturgy planning meeting, 10am, The Presbytery.
Sunday January 15th – Bilton Unity Service at Methodist Church, 6pm.
Forthcoming events

Thursday January 19th – Live Simply planning meeting, 7.30pm in the hall.
Wednesday January 25th – UCM annual meeting, 7.45pm in the hall.
Saturday January 28th – Cafod – No place like home: Exploring Palestinian realities after 50 years of occupation. 11am, St Francis Hall, University of Birmingham.
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation at Sacred Heart with Archbishop Bernard.

Live Simply – January newsletter

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Pope Francis

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.

In this season of resolutions and promises, we have the perfect opportunity to review different aspects of our lives and recommit ourselves to living Simply. What personal resolution could you commit to for the next 12 months?

Act in Solidarity

An informal information-sharing network “Refugees Welcome in Rugby” is being launched later this month. The intention is to put in place a support network for refugees from Syria being settled in Rugby and elsewhere in Warwickshire. Rugby Borough Council has liaised with private landlords to honour a commitment under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme to provide homes for refugees. A meeting to launch this network is being held at Rugby Quaker Meeting House on Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 7.30pm. Expert speakers from Warwick University and Coventry & Warwickshire MIND.

Live Sustainably

Recycle Christmas Cards Marks and Spencer has worked with the Woodland Trust since 2008 on a card recycling scheme collecting over 60 million Christmas cards which have helped the Trust to plant over 60,000 trees. So gather up those cards, drop them into the box/sack at Sacred Heart and we will take them in bulk to M&S. NB: Remember that cards containing glitter cannot be readily recycled, so please just glitter-free paper.

Live Simply

a-collection-of-rugby-borough-council-bins.png (320×240)Waste disposal is a major cause of soil, water and air pollution and takes up valuable land space. In Rugby we’ve been encouraged with black, blue and green bins to dispose of our waste responsibly. Rugby Borough Council’s proposals to charge for emptying Green bins seems likely to lead to a greater proportion of garden waste being deposited in black bins and being sent to landfill instead of being rotted down into compost which the council can use itself or even sell. It’s not too late to lobby local councillors to think twice before imposing this cost. Added to the environmental cost in landfill terms and the additional car journeys some may make to the tip to avoid the charge, there’s also the disproportionate impact on those who can least afford to pay – either to have the council dispose of this waste or have someone take it to the tip for them.

January 2017

Worship and events this week

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Inside Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday November 14th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday November 15th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday November 16th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday November 17th – Mass at 9.30am
Friday November 18th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday November 19th – Mass at 5pm (Christ the King, Year C)
Sunday November 20th – Mass at 9.30am (Christ the King, Year C)
Parish diary for this week
Monday November 14th – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Monday November 14th – Interfaith lecture by Eleanor Nesbitt on “Living with Difference” at Benn Partnership Centre, 7.30pm.
Saturday November 19th and Sunday November 20th – Cafod Christmas cards for sale after both Masses.
November 17th to 19th – Retreat in the Year of Mercy, 6pm to 9pm each day led by Fr Jimmy Browne IC.
Sunday November 20th – Closing Mass for Year of Mercy, St Marie’s Church, 3pm.
Forthcoming events
Friday November 25th – Meeting to discuss Living Simply as a parish, 7.30pm in parish hall.
Wednesday November 30th – UCM mince pie evening, Sacred Heart Church Hall.
Saturday December 3rd – Day of Praise and Reconciliation, Mater Ecclesiae Convent, Street Ashton, 10.30am.
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation at Sacred Heart with Archbishop Bernard.

Live Simply Newsletter – November 2016

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Pope Francis

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

livesimply prayer (v2 & 3)

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.

winter shelter.jpg (650×300)The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and it’s getting colder. Thoughts turn to the rising number of homeless people facing a difficult winter. In common with other towns and cities, Rugby has seen a sharp rise in those living without a roof over their heads. Hope4 Rugby is the local charity which helps the homeless or badly-housed. Some Sacred Heart parishioners help out at the Winter Shelter which usually operates between 1st December and 31st March. If interested, consult Hope4 Rugby.

The charity is also in need of donations of the following:

  • Sleeping bags, rucksacks, tents and camping mats always needed
  • Deodorants, disposable razors, shaving gel/foam, toiletries
  • Men’s socks, shoes, belts and underwear if clean and in good condition
  • Board games
  • Tins of baked beans, tuna, fish, ham, fruit, custard, rice pudding. Please no pasta, soup or teabags at present.
  • No clothes or coats at present, please.

Donations can be taken to the Hope Centre at 8 Newbold Road during opening hours or phone the Hope Centre on 01788 572456 to arrange collection. Important Note: Surplus items donated to Hope4 will be shared with the food bank, given to charity shops or otherwise disposed of. Hope4 say, please only donate if you are happy for them to do this.

http://www.hope4.org.uk

Palm Oil

Palm-Oil-2-6-14-2216px-1.jpg (3000×1040)The ongoing use of Palm Oil in products ranging from bread and biscuits to detergents continues to promote the devastation of rain forests as land is cleared for the planting of palm trees. The European Food Safety Authority has also warned that refined palm oil and products manufactured with it contain very high amounts of fatty acid esters that can cause cancer and damage DNA, liver, kidneys and testes. So, please read product labels prior to purchase; avoid palm oil and where possible look for a Fair Trade option. For a detailed survey of palm oil and product rating visit http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/shoppingethically/palmoilfreelist.aspx

November 2016

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Live Simply Newsletter – September 2016

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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Create in us a desire to live sustainably,
So that those who follow after us
May enjoy the fruits of your creation.

Gardeners and non-gardeners will be aware of concerns about the environmental damage caused by extracting peat for use in our gardens. The Growing Media Initiative (GMI) is a scheme developed by the Horticultural Trades Association, with the Growing Media Association, DIY and Garden Centre retailers, Defra, the RSPB and the Royal Horticultural Society, which is working towards government targets to reduce peat use. Peatlands are an important habitat and carbon store globally and are under threat.

The GMI scheme aims to increase consumer awareness about the need to protect peatlands and to use more sustainable materials for growing plants and improving soil. GMI is developing a calculator to enable manufacturers to measure and score the environmental values of key materials used in their products. To learn more, go to: www.growingmedia.co.uk

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The Local Government Association estimates that 2.5 billion paper drinks cups are discarded in the UK annually. Many have a plastic coating which must be separated before the cup can be recycled; council recycling systems are not equipped for this. It is understood there is only one company in the UK which can,
naturally limiting recycling capacity
. The upshot is that most discarded coffee cups go to landfill – an estimated 25,000 tons of waste. Campaigners are urging high street coffee chains to move faster in developing recyclable cups. There is also pressure on chains to discount prices for customers who bring their own cups/containers for their take-away drink.


CAFOD & Green Energy

The world’s first green electricity company, Ecotricity, has agreed to donate money to CAFOD every time a CAFOD supporter switches to them. Ecotricity is a UK-based company whose mission is to change the way electricity is made and used in Britain. They offer 100 per cent green electricity and green gas. All of Ecotricity’s profits go back into their mission meaning, they say, that they use their customers’ energy bills to fund the
building of new sources of green energy – what they call ‘bills into mills’.
For details, check out http://cafod.org.uk/Give/Major-giving/Companies/Ecotricity

Microbeads Success


The UK Government and many manufacturers are now committed to ending the use of
tiny pieces of plastic in toiletries from face scrubs to toothpaste, found to be causing untold damage to marine life when washed off into our water system, and eventually into our oceans. Sustainable alternative products are available, so shop carefully. “Good Scrub” guides are available online and a free “Beat the Microbead” smartphone app.

Coca-Cola ahead of water target

The Coca-Cola Company has reported that it has met its water replenishment target five years ahead of schedule. The goal was to return the equivalent amount of water used by the company in its global sales volume back to nature and communities. The company was estimated to have returned 191.9 billion litres of water back to nature and communities in 2015 via local projects, equalling 115 per cent of the water used in its beverages in the same period.

September 2016

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Live Simply Newsletter – July 2016

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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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.

Our recent Parish Meeting had liveSimply at the top of its agenda and doubtless we’ll hear more of this.

One great idea which arose in the context of a discussion about parking problems around the church on Sundays is also a great sustainability liveSimply idea: Car Sharing.

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Why not try car sharing?

As a parish we could greatly reduce the amount of traffic we generate – we can worry about neighbours later – by coming to church together each looking to pick up those who live near us or en route to church.

This has the added benefit of cutting down on our fuel consumption as a parish – a sustainability goal. Keep an eye on Parish Noticeboards for a car sharing rota.

Face facts

1449611239181 (650×390)Microbeads, tiny pieces of plastic found in toiletries from face scrubs to toothpaste, cause untold damage to marine life when they are washed off into our water system, eventually finding their way into our oceans. They threaten the sustainability of many ocean creatures when they ingest them. Microbeads are expected to be outlawed in the USA from next year and pre-Referendum our Government was reported to be considering following suit. There is an active Greenpeace UK “ban-microbeads” petition to encourage this. Also available online are “Good Scrub” guides and a free Beat the Microbead smartphone app. Sustainable alternative products are available, so shop carefully.

Fishing facts

seaSticking with the ocean theme, many will be aware of a long-term campaign for the sustainable fishing of tuna to end the destruction of other species such as endangered turtles that can otherwise be caught up and destroyed by industrial fishing methods.

Supermarkets have embraced the campaign ensuring their own-brand labels only sell 100% sustainable tuna. However, campaigners are continuing to lobby hard for supermarkets to ban the products of John West, the owners of which have yet to deliver on a 2011 commitment to phase out unsustainable fishing methods. By 2015, only 2% of John West tuna met the sustainability target. Its nearest rival brand, Princes, was also 75% short of its 100% sustainability target as at last Autumn.*

We each have it in our gift to live sustainably – shop thoughtfully.

Live sustainably – liveSimply that others may simply live – think Fair Trade

July 2016

*Source: Ethical Consumer

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Live Simply Newsletter – March 2016

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LIVING SIMPLY IN THE YEAR OF MERCY

This Year of Mercy offers us the perfect time not just to contemplate the meaning of “mercy” but also to explore how we can demonstrate mercy in our daily lives. The fundamental message behind liveSimply is one of mercy and consideration for the people and beings with which we share this world. Here are some suggestions.

The Corporal Works of Mercy Live Simply Action

To feed the hungry – Contribute regularly to Rugby Food Bank

To give drink to the thirsty – Support CAFOD in its work to deliver clean water to overseas communities

To clothe the naked – Donate clothing to the St Chad’s Sanctuary project in Birmingham

To Shelter the Homeless – Support the work of Hope4 in Rugby

To visit the sick – Pray for parishioners whose names feature in our weekly parish newsletter and consider if any would welcome a visit from you

To visit the imprisoned – Take the time to send messages of support and encouragement to Prisoners of Conscience

To bury the dead – Consider whether you might attend the funeral service of members of the parish who die.

These are just suggestions. You will have your own ways of demonstrating mercy in your daily lives.

March 2016

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