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.

Book for our Living Faith talks

A series of four talks begins shortly at Sacred Heart Church, Bilton as we continue our Living Faith programme.

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Pope Francis.

Last year, faced with global environmental deterioration, Pope Francis addressed a letter to every person on the planet, entitled Laudato Si’. These opening words of the “Canticle of Brother Sun” by St Francis remind us that we have a close family bond with the earth, our common home. The question at the heart of the letter is “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to our children who are now growing up?”

From the outset Pope Francis insists on the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet. We should listen, he says, to the cries of both. He reviews the most recent scientific findings on the environment dealing with pollution, waste and climate change. Though less responsible for these outcomes, it’s the poor who suffer the most and the effects will only worsen if we continue with current models of production and consumption.

The Pope therefore proposes an alternative lifestyle which respects both the environment and the poor. We might summarise it as: “Live simply so that others may simply live”. The challenge is to our whole way of living with its throw-away culture.

One of this year’s talks reflects in particular on Climate Change, which was the focus for the UN meeting in Paris last December. Climate, says Francis, is a common good that cannot be adequately safeguarded or promoted by market forces.

What Francis calls “The Gospel of Creation” leads to the conclusion that the ultimate purpose of other creatures is not to be found in us. “Rather all creatures are moving forward, with us & through us, towards a common point of arrival, which is God”. Christ’s presence in the Eucharist can lead us to reflection on his mystical body and beyond to his presence in the whole cosmos. “Indeed the Eucharist is itself an act of cosmic love.”

“We must regain the conviction that we need one another; that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world; and that being good and decent are worth it.”

The talks this Autumn, 2016 (all Thursday evenings):

Oct 6th Simple Living – The Pope’s Lifestyle Challenge. Speaker: Martin Poulsom SDB
Oct 13th Climate Change – What is the Global Common GoodSpeaker: Ellen Teague
Oct 20th The Cry of the Poor – Who suffers the most? Speaker: David McLoughlin
Oct 27th The Cosmic Christ – All Creation brought together by Love. Speaker: Mary Grey

To find out more about the speakers, and to book your place, go to our Living Faith page.

Worship and events this week

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Inside Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday September 12th – No Mass
Tuesday September 13th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday September 14th – No Mass
Thursday September 15th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday September 16th – No Mass
Saturday September 17th – Mass at 5pm (25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Sunday September 11th – Mass at 9.30am (25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Parish diary for this week
Monday September 12th – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Forthcoming events
Thursday September 15th – Myton Hospice Coffee Morning at Sacred Heart Church Hall. Call 01788 813263 for time.
Saturday September 17th – Table top sale, Sacred Heart Church Hall. £5 a table. Call 01788 332039 to book.
Sunday September 25th – Archbishop Kevin McDonald speaks on Spirituality, Migrants and other religions at Newman House, Edgbaston. More details.
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.

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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