Parish diary this week

The Ecstasy of St Francis by Stefano di Giovanni, c1444 (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday September 30th (Feast of St Jerome)
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday October 1st (Feast of St Therese of the Child Jesus)
No Mass today.
Funeral of Betty Deans, English Martyrs Church at 10.30am.
Wednesday October 2nd (Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels)
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday October 3rd
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am.
Friday October 4th (Feast of St Francis of Assisi)
Mass at 9.30am. Cafod Harvest Fast Day.
Saturday October 5th
Mass for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday October 6th
Mass for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.

Live Simply – Summer Newsletter 2019

LIVE SIMPLY SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT SIMPLY LIVE

Living Simply

Rugby Unwrapped – trying to reduce packaging.

Rugby Unwrapped and Dave Kerruish – two routes to vastly reducing the amount of packaging associated with your weekly shop. As you may have read, Rugby Unwrapped is an initiative launched by friends Sharon Lee and Clair Saxton. They have set up shop in Church Street (opposite HSBC bank) offering a range of dried foods, spices and cleaning products which can be popped into your own bags, containers or reusable bottles depending on the product. Dave Kerruish sets up shop weekly (Thursdays 8am-4pm) in the hall next to Rugby Baptist Church in Regent Street. He also sells dried foods loose and cleaning product refills plus fresh veg, herbs, wholemeal bread etc. Active support will help both ventures.

Live Sustainably

Well, holiday season is upon us and doubtless some air travel may be involved. It may not be feasible in the time available to get the family away in a more environmentally-friendly way but, where possible, think about taking trains, cycling or walking rather than flying or travelling by car. Also, locally, look out for information about Transition Towns. It’s a topic now being discussed in Warwickshire with some people pushing for Rugby to embrace and encourage the community-based approach to a more environmentally sensitive way of living, especially at a time of exponential housing growth. Did anyone attend the Transition Town event at St Andrew’s Church in May? If so, let us know what you think. https://transitionnetwork.org

Live In Solidarity

Our tendency when thinking about “living in solidarity” is to think about those living in much poorer nations than ours and how we might help them by backing initiatives which promote proper rewards for products and labour. But we should also look closer to home exploring initiatives to help homeless people in Rugby (Hope4) and to put food on family tables (Rugby Foodbank). Sacred Heart parishioners are already committed to both causes but our help is needed year-round. Thank you.

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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Summer 2019

Live Simply – Spring Newsletter 2019

Living Simply

Many parishioners will have clever ways of avoiding using damaging (and expensive) detergents and limiting use of throw-away plastics when gearing up for a bit of household cleaning. Here’s one thought: oven cleaning – make a paste of baking soda and water and then smear this over the surfaces of your oven; leave overnight. Next day wipe clean with warm water and, for a little extra oomph for stubborn stains, use white vinegar. Should work a treat! Feel free to post your tips on the Live Simply board by the church entrance.

Live Sustainably

The purgeplastic momentum is gathering pace, especially bids to ban single-use plastic. Tesco is the latest major supermarket chain to say that it will trial not wrapping fruit and vegetables in plastic. What about your favoured supermarket? What is Sainsbury’s policy (campaigners say Sainsbury’s is lagging behind); and then there’s Lidl and Aldi. The Co-op and Iceland’s credentials seem not too bad. If you spot unnecessary plastic packaging, think about asking Customer Services in that store why it is being used. The more of us who speak up, the quicker changes will be made.

Live In Solidarity

CAFOD is “reimagining” its “Our Common Home” campaign aimed at addressing the issue of Climate Change. With our help, CAFOD wants to divert UK politicians’ attention away from Brexit for long enough to secure a firm pledge to commit the UK to net zero emissions by 2045. CAFOD says that a clear response is needed to keep global temperatures to 1.5oc. 

Three of the climate warriors stood at the top of the CAFOD building.
Joseph, Brianna and Sione, young climate activists.

CAFOD is highlighting the experience of Joseph, Brianna and Sione, young climate activists known as Pacific Climate Warriors. Drawn from across the Pacific region, they represent grassroots, frontline and indigenous communities. With support from around the world they are enabling young people in their communities to get involved in environmental justice issues.

In Pacific cultures the image of the warrior is that of a protector. The Pacific Climate Warriors work to revive our common home in the face of climate change. They are calling on world leaders to build a better world for us, and for generations to come.

Check out their story – and go online to make YOUR voice heard by signing CAFOD’s petition.

https://cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/Reimagine-Our-Common-Home

https://e-activist.com/page/36329/petition/1

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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Spring 2019

Live Simply – Winter newsletter 2019

Living Simply

It is time to keep our feet flat to the floor in the drive to reduce levels of single-use plastic. Each of us can make a difference by avoiding products encased in single-use plastic. We must also maintain the campaign momentum pressing Government and manufacturers to address this issue and to rationalise household recycling systems countrywide to ensure that more is recycled and less goes to landfill. Pursue all opportunities to support this and contact our local MP to ask him what’s happening.

Live Sustainably

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Encourage butterflies in your garden.

Gardeners will already be thinking ahead to their Spring and Summer gardens, hopefully using the winter months to plan sustainably. If you use pesticides in your gardens, look for more environmentally-friendly ways of tackling problems that will allow important bugs and bees to flourish. Devise planting plans that will encourage wildlife into your garden; be an untidy gardener; encourage your neighbours to do the same so that environmentally-friendly corridors can be created for butterflies and bees. We need them.

Live In Solidarity

2018 ended with the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign reporting that HSBC bank, under pressure from boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigners, had decided to divest from Israeli Defence Contractor Elbit Systems, a producer of drones and chemical weapons among other things. It’s a step in the right direction but HSBC continues to support businesses involved in military equipment manufacture. At the same time, as a country, the UK sells arms to those making war in countries such as Yemen, where we are witnessing man-made famine on an appalling scale. Could not our manufacturing expertise be redirected to produce something more beneficial to the world – or are weapons too profitable?

Traidcraft Update

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Traidcraft’s Board approved a plan in November to stave off closure of the flagship fair-trade retailer. The organisation is slimming down from 67 to just 12 employees with the intention of maximising profitable parts of its business, phasing out loss-making lines, creating a membership culture and setting a new high bar for ethical trading in the UK. See full press release here: https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/traidcraft-update

The Justice and Peace Group will explore ways of engaging with the organisation going forward.

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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Winter 2019

Live Simply – Autumn newsletter 2018

LIVE SIMPLY SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT SIMPLY LIVE

Living Simply

Levels of food waste in the UK continue to be a scandal, costing around £20 billion annually. All UK supermarkets have made a “transformational” pledge to halve food waste by 2030. In total 90 retailers, manufacturers, producers, hospitality and restaurant chains across Britain have signed up. This is not just a corporate problem, as individuals we must play our part. Buy sensibly, use up leftovers creatively and freeze food where you can. Do you have any other tips on limiting food waste? Please let us know.

Live Sustainably

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While there’s real momentum behind various campaigns to address plastic waste, it’s important to maintain pressure. The Greenpeace campaign to eliminate pointless plastic encasing supermarket products asks shoppers to take a photo when they spot excessive plastic packaging and via Twitter to tweet the photo using the #PointlessPlastic hashtag and naming the supermarket. Other social media channels can be used on the same basis and/or email the photo to Greenpeace at packaging.uk@greenpeace.org

Live In Solidarity

Busting some Fairtrade Myths – no.3. Only a small percentage of the price we pay for a Fairtrade product goes back to the farmer.

The Fairtrade Foundation (www.fairtrade.org.uk) advises:

Not so. The retail price consumers pay is determined entirely by the retailer. The way Fairtrade works is that the producer organisation 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. Always look out for the Fairtrade brand – and resist the move by some retailers to switch to untested alternative schemes.

Traidcraft – fighting for survival

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Traidcraft, the organisation which sells the best of fair trade, runs life-changing development projects and campaigns to bring about trade justice, is struggling. Poor trading performance has led Traidcraft plc’s Board of Directors to close loss-making operations. At present Traidcraft UK is trading as usual and has launched an attractive autumn craft collection produced by artisans worldwide. While the company focuses on its future, supporters are urged to continue to shop online at https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/ and to share thoughts about their future mission at lovetraidcraft@traidcraft.co.uk

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.

Autumn 2018

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

     

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”.

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.

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.

Return to Live Simply homepage.