Consultation on Synodality Summary of responses

Sacred Heart, Bilton and English Martyrs, Hillmorton

This summary is based on 26 individual responses to a questionnaire and a discussion in small groups via Zoom with 20 parishioners.  Some people who attended the zoom meeting also submitted their own more detailed response via the questionnaire.

  1. Effect of the pandemic

Nearly all responses spoke of the difficulties to full parish life caused by the pandemic particularly the dramatic decrease in church attendance.  Most were grateful for the online Mass provision and saw that a continuation of this would be useful for the sick and housebound.  Though a few considered this could be seen as an adequate alternative to returning to church.  Many commented on the usefulness of the parish WhatsApp group, but some noted that as this was set up after lockdown, not all parishioners know about it and some commented that its full potential is not utilised.  A number commented that many were isolated during lockdown  and were disappointed at lack of outreach to them.  Many said that positive efforts need to be made to reach out and invite back ‘missing’ parishioners.One person noted that they enjoyed the quiet nature of masses during  the pandemic, others looked forward to more participation and singing

One said ‘We will only attract people back to an active lively parish if we have an active lively parish’.

  1. Making the parish better

While a few people talked about added variety to the Mass, particularly things that would be attractive to young people and a couple talked about increasing traditional acts of piety (adoration, rosary, fasting, stations of the cross, pilgrimages etc.), the majority of comments were about community building.These emphasised that parish life should not be just about Sunday or the Mass, but social, spiritual  and educational activities, these could be in the church hall but also in house groups.  These need to be supported.  It is possible that the laity have been encouraged to leave it to the priest to organise things.  There was a strong feeling that the laity need to be involved more, but they need to be educated and trained to lead parish events.  There have been good groups and activities in the past, but as the leaders of these have aged and retired new activities have not risen to take their place. Several people suggested that a parish council is needed to instigate, coordinate and support parish leadership.

One person said ‘we need to define ‘better’, together’ (Editors note: that comment seems to sum up the synodality process.)

  1. Participation of Families and Young People

This seemed to be an important issue for many people. Apart from the children’s liturgies ,altar serving and some involvement with music, it was felt that we do little for this.  Many mentioned a dwindling number of young families and the almost disappearance of children after confirmation.  Some people mentioned lack of colour and interest in the Mass,  a lack of understanding of liturgical language and a lack of relevance to their lives as barriers to young people.  Some suggestions were regular youth Masses (but being careful that they are designed for and with the young people and not as an entertainment for the grown ups).  More involvement/communication between the parishes and the primary schools was suggested.  Also youth groups/activities for different age groups.  It was mentioned by one person that there was no Catholic secondary school.  There is certainly a lack of continuing religious education and education in leadership in parish life for young people.  Pilgrimages to Taize, Lourdes, Santiago de Compostela were cited as meaningful experiences for young people.  Most of all talking with young people about their faith and what they need  seemed to be a strong theme.

One young person said of the church ‘I don’t think it cares enough and does not get young people excited or give them a chance to interact or develop a more meaningful relationship with their faith outside the Sunday Mass.’

  1. The Parish Effectively Using the Gifts of its People 

People found this difficult.  They recognised that it was generally the ‘faithful few’ that kept things going and that mostly no one knew what talents others have.  Again a parish council was suggested as a mechanism to explore what the parish needs and then to ask the parish who has the talents, or is willing to be trained.  Another suggestion was to ask the parish what a flourishing parish looks like and what they can do to help.

One person said ‘ Sometimes convincing people they have ‘gifts is the greatest challenge.

  1. Serving the Poor

 Several people mentioned support given to CAFOD and to the food bank, but many also mentioned there are other types of poverty locally eg. Homelessness, loneliness, mental illness as well as generally financial difficulties exacerbated by the pandemic.  Often need is difficult to identify.

Suggestions included strengthening the SVP.  English Martyrs has a small group, perhaps Sacred Heart parishioners could be encouraged to join them.  Praying regularly for those in need.  Generally building a welcoming parish community as suggested in previous sections would help raise awareness of each others needs and those of the local and wider community and prompt us to try to meet those needs.

  1. Other issues

At a diocesan level:

Some comments viewed ‘the bishops’ as being remote and suggested that bishops visited parishes more often, not just for confirmation,

It was felt that there was a bigger role for the diocese to coordinate and educate. It could collate good practice in parishes and disseminate it.  This could include resources or workshops on children’s liturgy, how to run a parish council, how to run a house group, how to run continuing adult education in scripture, theology and spirituality with a bank of speakers that can help and a host of other matters.

As one person put it, ‘Lay people need to be instructed and nurtured to be involved with new shared responsibilities’

On a more global level:

 One young person talked about her views of the church being ‘from the outside’ – the inside being what she described as ‘the hierarchy’. Others talked of clericalism and lack of involvement of the laity at all levels. There was strong feeling that the church was too male dominated.  One person said ‘ The top down pattern of authority has resulted in lay people being institutionalised and disenfranchised.’Celibacy was questioned  and the lack of women in the priesthood.

It was suggested that greater effort is needed in genuine Christian unity.  Eucharistic hospitality needs to be looked at for Christians outside the Catholic church and those at the margins of the church, eg divorced, gay, etc. Where in the gospels do we see Jesus refusing to share a meal with anyone? – He shared with Judas even, at the first Eucharist.  

Many people welcomed this opportunity to express their views and wanted more.

Welcome to Sacred Heart Church

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Welcome to Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby. We are a Roman Catholic parish, part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Our parish priest is Canon Gerry Murray. Weekend Masses are on Saturdays at 5pm and on Sundays at 9.30am (with children’s liturgy).  This is our mission statement:

Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Rugby is a Eucharistic community responding to God’s universal call to holiness by witnessing to Gospel values. Inspired by the Holy Spirit we welcome everyone, we worship together, we care for other people and for the environment, and we work for the common good in our community.

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

seas-for-life.png (400×400)Plastic Bottles
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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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 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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Worship and events this week

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Inside Sacred Heart Church, Rugby. Please join us for our services.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday October 17th – Mass at 7pm (Feast of St Ignatius)
Tuesday October 18th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Luke)
Wednesday October 19th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday October 20th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday October 21st – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday October 22nd – Mass at 5pm (30th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Sunday October 23rd – Mass at 9.30am (30th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Parish diary for this week
Monday October 17th – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Tuesday October 18th – Gift of Years Volunteer Training. Recruiting volunteers to help the elderly and staff in care homes. Contact Lindsay Pelloquin.
Thursday October 20th – 7pm, third Living Faith talk in Sacred Heart Church Hall.
Sunday October 22nd – 7.30pm, Concert for Year of Mercy, St Marie’s Church, Rugby. Free with retiring collection for the Church in Syria.
Forthcoming events
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation with Archbishop Bernard.

Volunteers needed for shelter

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Could you be a volunteer to help the Rugby Winter Shelter?

Volunteers are needed to help with the Rugby Winter Shelter which runs from December 1st until March 31st. This is the 6th year this shelter has been offered for the homeless. More volunteers are needed for the session from 10pm to 7am at one of seven venues throughout Rugby. Please contact Michael Bochenski on 01788-570410 before the end of the month. The project is co-ordinated by Hope 4 Rugby in partnership with REVIVE and the national Housing Justice Coalition.

Worship and events this week

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Easter ceremonies at Sacred Heart Church.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday October 10th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday October 11th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday October 12th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday October 13th – Mass at 9.30am
Friday October 14th – No Mass at 9.30am
Saturday October 15th – Mass at 5pm (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Sunday October 16th – Mass at 9.30am (29th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Parish diary for this week
Sunday October 9th – Mass and Anointing of the Sick, Sacred Heart Church, 3pm, followed by tea and cake.
Monday October 10th – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Thursday October 13th – 7pm, second Living Faith talk in Sacred Heart Church Hall.
Friday October 14th – 7.30pm, meeting with Mark Pawsey MP to discuss climate change and poverty, Sacred Heart Church Hall.
Saturday October 15th – Birmingham Archdiocese Justice and Peace Assembly.
Forthcoming events
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation with Archbishop Bernard.
October 18th – Gift of Years Volunteer Training. Recruiting volunteers to help the elderly and staff in care homes. Contact Lindsay Pelloquin.

Sunday October 22nd – 7.30pm, Concert for Year of Mercy, St Marie’s Church, Rugby.

Worship and events this week

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The day chapel at Sacred Heart Church, Bilton.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday September 26th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday September 27th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Vincent de Paul)
Wednesday September 28th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday September 29th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael)
Friday September 30th – Mass at 9.30am (Feast of St Jerome)
Saturday October 1st – Mass at 5pm (27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Sunday October 2nd – Mass at 9.30am (27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Parish diary for this week
Monday September 26th – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Forthcoming events
Wednesday September 28th – UCM meeting with guest speaker from Gymophobics, 7.45pm. All welcome.
Thursday September 29th – Cafod Stories from Bolivia evening, 7.30pm to 9pm. Contact Elizabeth Wignall.
October – Living Faith talks on the four Thursdays. The theme is ‘Caring for our common home’. More details.
October October 9th – Mass and Anointing of the Sick, Sacred Heart Church, 3pm, followed by tea and cake.
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation with Archbishop Bernard.
October 18th – Gift of Years Volunteer Training. Recruiting volunteers to help the elderly and staff in care homes. Contact Lindsay Pelloquin.

Worship and events this week

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The statue of Mary at Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday September 19th – No Mass
Tuesday September 20th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Andrew Kim Tae-gon)
Wednesday September 21st – Mass at 7pm (Feast of St Matthew)
Thursday September 22nd – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday September 23rd – No Mass
Saturday September 24th – Mass at 5pm (26th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Sunday September 25th – Mass at 9.30am (26th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Parish diary for this week
Monday September 19th – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Forthcoming events
Sunday September 25th – Archbishop Kevin McDonald speaks on Spirituality, Migrants and other religions at Newman House, Edgbaston. More details.
Wednesday September 28th – UCM meeting with guest speaker from Gymophobics, 7.45pm. All welcome.
Thursday September 29th – Cafod Stories from Bolivia evening, 7.30pm to 9pm. Contact Elizabeth Wignall.
October – Living Faith talks on the four Thursdays. The theme is ‘Caring for our common home’. More details.
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation with Archbishop Bernard.
October 18th – Gift of Years Volunteer Training. Recruiting volunteers to help the elderly and staff in care homes. Contact Lindsay Pelloquin.