Mass for the Feast of Christ the King

Here is the Mass for the Feast of Christ the King from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby on Sunday November 22nd 2020.

Following National Guidelines, Sacred Heart and English Martyrs Churches will be closed for Public Worship during the lockdown period.

A recorded Mass from Sacred Heart for Sundays and weekdays will be available on YouTube, search for Sacred Heart Bilton. For a variety of live streamed Masses in the diocese, look on the website birminghamdiocese.org.uk.

Sacred Heart Church will be open for visits for private prayer on Tuesdays 2.30-3.30 pm and Fridays 2.30 – 3.30pm. English Martyrs Thursday 11-noon, Sundays 11-noon. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during this time but no communal or public prayer. 

You must observe the guidelines i.e. wear a mask, sanitise before and after visit, observe distancing, track and trace.  

Contact details; 01788 813263 or sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk

Mass for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Church.

Following National Guidelines, Sacred Heart and English Martyrs Churches will be closed for Public Worship during the lockdown period.

A recorded Mass from Sacred Heart for Sundays and weekdays will be available on YouTube, search for Sacred Heart Bilton. For a variety of live streamed Masses in the diocese, look on the website birminghamdiocese.org.uk.

Sacred Heart Church will be open for visits for private prayer on Tuesdays 2.30-3.30 pm and Fridays 2.30 – 3.30pm. English Martyrs Thursday 11-noon, Sundays 11-noon. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during this time but no communal or public prayer. 

You must observe the guidelines i.e. wear a mask, sanitise before and after visit, observe distancing, track and trace.  

Contact details; 01788 813263 or sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk

Mass for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Remembrance Sunday)

Mass for Remembrance Sunday from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Following National Guidelines, Sacred Heart and English Martyrs Churches will be closed for Public Worship during the lockdown period.

A recorded Mass from Sacred Heart for Sundays and weekdays will be available on YouTube, search for Sacred Heart Bilton. For a variety of live streamed Masses in the diocese, look on the website birminghamdiocese.org.uk.

Sacred Heart Church will be open for visits for private prayer on Tuesdays 2.30-3.30 pm (not 10th) and Fridays 2.30 – 3.30pm. English Martyrs Thursday 11-noon, Sundays 11-noon. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during this time but no communal or public prayer. 

You must observe the guidelines i.e. wear a mask, sanitise before and after visit, observe distancing, track and trace.  

Contact details; 01788 813263 or sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk

Solemnity of All Saints

Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints.

Here is the Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: Let us all rejoice in the Lord, as we celebrate the feast day in honour of all the Saints, at whose festival the Angels rejoice and praise the Son of God.

First Reading: Apocalypse 7:2-2, 9-14: I saw a huge number, impossible to
count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language.

Psalm Response: Ps 17: Such are those who seek your face, O Lord.

Second Reading: A reading from the first letter of St John: We shall see God as God really is.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Come to me, all of you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give your rest, says the Lord. Alleluia!

Gospel: Matthew 5: 1-12. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.

This Weekend: Retiring Collection for the Johnson Association (for the sick
and retired Clergy).

Monday is All Souls Day. We will not be celebrating public Mass on this day but Mass at SH on Wednesday 7pm and Thursday 10am at English Martyrs will be offered for the Holy Souls.

WEEKEND MASSES: Sacred Heart, Saturday 5pm (People of the Parish)
Sunday 9.30am (John Deery RIP). English Martyrs, Sunday 11am (Private Intention B). No Saturday Mass at present.

WEEKDAY MASSES: Wednesday 7pm in the Main Church at Sacred Heart.
Thursday 10am Mass at English Martyrs. Both Masses fulfil the Sunday
obligation. You don’t need to book for Masses. We can accommodate all who wish to come at present.

BAPTISMS: It is possible to celebrate infant baptisms again. Please contact us to arrange or rearrange the celebration of Baptism at English Martyrs or Sacred Heart. Please note the recent change which says that only SIX people can be present at the ceremony.

CONFESSIONS: If you wish to make your Confession, Sacrament of
Reconciliation, it is best to contact the Clergy to arrange a time and a suitable location.

REST IN PEACE; Please remember in prayer Joan Napp (SH) who has died
recently. Funeral Mass at SH, Tuesday 10th November at 3pm.

HOLY SOULS: Let us pray for the following who have died during the past year. English Martyrs: James McKee, Eamonn Mangan, Africa Osborne, Albert Randle, Mary McKeown, John Naylor, David Richardson.
Sacred Heart: Gerard Owen, Therina Moran, Susan Hammond, Elsie May
Lawrence, Wiktoria Mrowicki, Maureen Mc Dermott, John Sidwell, James
Smyth, Paula King, Josephine Dalton, Michael Wren.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace, Amen.

MASS INTENTIONS: We are happy to receive Mass Intentions for the departed souls or other intentions. Please place the stipend in an envelope with the name of the intention and place it with the Collection.

PRAYER FOR THE HOLY SOULS: Loving Father, we pray for all those we love who are no longer with us, who are now in your merciful embrace. We pray for their eternal rest. We pray for those who are left behind, who feel the pains of loss. We pray that we will be attentive to those who mourn, who may need some help from us, a loving word, a kind gesture. Death is the part of life we struggle with in our society. We don’t talk about it much. It is almost denied since for many people, there is only this life so the end of life is a disaster, a loss of everything. This is not the faith of the Church: Jesus died and rose again, he conquered death. Our friends and loved ones who have died have not disappeared. They live in the radiance of God, forgiven, loved, looked after. This is our comfort and our sure and certain hope. Amen

Mass for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Here is Mass for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face. 

First Reading; Exodus 22;20-26. If you are harsh with the widow, the orphan, my anger will flare against you. 

Psalm Response: Ps 17:  I love you, Lord, my strength.  

Second Reading:  A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians 1: 5-10. You broke with idolatry and became servants of God. You are now waiting for his Son. 

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Open our hearts, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son. Alleluia!

Gospel: Matthew 22; 34-40. You must love the Lord your God and your neighbour as yourself.  

WEEKEND MASSES: Sacred Heart, Saturday 5pm (People of the Parish). Sunday 9.30am (Connie’s Intentions). English Martyrs, Sunday 11am (People of the Parish). No Saturday Mass at Present.

Next Weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. Retiring Collection for the Johnson Association (for the sick and retired Clergy).

WEEKDAY MASSES: Wednesday 7pm. in the Main Church at Sacred Heart. Thursday 10am Mass at English Martyrs (Eunice Davis RIP). Both Masses fulfil the Sunday obligation. You don’t need to book for Masses. We can accommodate all who wish to come at present. 

BAPTISMS: It is possible to celebrate infant baptisms again. Please contact us to arrange or rearrange the celebration of Baptism at English Martyrs or Sacred Heart. Please note the recent change which says that only SIX people can be present at the ceremony. 

CONFESSIONS: If you wish to make your Confession, Sacrament of Reconciliation, it is best to contact the Clergy to arrange a time and a suitable location.

THE FRIENDSHIP BENCH: you will have noticed the beautiful Friendship Bench installed recently near the entrance to English Martyrs Church. This has been organised by the Friends of East Rugby through the Friendship Bench Charity. The idea originated in Zimbabwe. 

The idea is to have a public place where people can meet and get to know each other, talk and support one another. It can be a focus for community activities bringing together old and young members of the community. Obviously the present Coronavirus restrictions work against this aim.

Let’s hope in due time it may be an asset in creating community spirit. May it be used to help those feeling isolated and on their own at the moment. Congratulation and thanks to those involved in the project. We are one of the first communities to benefit from this original idea. 

Let us continue to be mindful of the members of our parish communities who may be isolated and feel alone, those who are sick or suffering in mind or body. Let us support them with our prayers and encourage them in any way we can. 

We pray for the increasing numbers of people affected by the virus locally and nationally and we pray for those who care for them in our hospitals and other settings.  

OUR THANKS to those who have been helping to steward at the Masses at English Martyrs and Sacred Heart. Your help with track and trace, guiding people to their places and cleaning the Church after services has been invaluable. Thank you to all who attend for your cooperation.

Please continue to be mindful of the need of social distancing in and outside Church. 

Thank you for your financial support of our Parishes. 

Mass for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Here is Mass for the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: To you I call; for you will surely heed me, O God; turn your ear to me; hear my words. Guard me as the apple of your eye; in the shadow of your wings protect me. 

First Reading; Isaiah 45: 1, 4-6. I have taken Cyrus by his right hand to subdue nations before him. 

Psalm Response: Ps 95: Give the Lord glory and power.  

Second Reading: A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians 1: 1-5. We constantly remember your faith, your love and your hope. 

 Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Your Word is truth, O Lord, consecrate us in the truth. Alleluia!

Gospel: Matthew 22; 15-21. Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God.  

WEEKEND MASSES: Sacred Heart, Saturday 5pm , Sunday 9.30am. English Martyrs, Sunday 11am.   No Saturday Mass at Present.

WEEKDAY MASSES: Wednesday 7pm. in the Main Church at Sacred Heart. Thursday 10am Mass at English Martyrs. Both Masses fulfil the Sunday obligation. You don’t need to book. We can accommodate all who want to come at present. 

Rest in Peace: English Martyrs: Please remember in prayer David Richardson who has died recently. Funeral Mass Friday 23rd October at 11.30am followed by Cremation at Rainsbrook. Michael Wren (Sacred Heart) Funeral Service at Rainsbrook, Thursday 22nd at 11am. Please pray for their families and friends in their loss. May they rest in peace. 

BAPTISMS: It is possible to celebrate infant baptisms again. Please contact us to arrange or rearrange the celebration of Baptism at English Martyrs or Sacred Heart. Please note the recent change which says that only SIX people can be present at the ceremony. 

CONFESSIONS: If you wish to make your Confession, Sacrament of Reconciliation, it is best to contact the Clergy to arrange a time and a suitable location.

THIS WEEKEND we celebrate World Mission Sunday. We are asked to support the worldwide Missionary work of the Church by our Prayer and by donating to the Retiring Collection for Missio, formerly the APF. Our help is needed for the missionaries and communities who are suffering the effects of the pandemic in various parts of the world. There is a Retiring Collection. 

Diocesan Thanksgiving Mass for Marriage 2020

Sunday 1st November, noon, Celebrant Bishop David Evans. Livestream via St Chad’s Cathedral website (https://www.stchadscathedral.org.uk/) Couples are encouraged to join the Mass at home which will include the Renewal of Commitment. If you are celebrating a milestone anniversary (1st or every 5th year up to 60 years and every year over 60). Please email Lianne Pap (Marriage and Family Life Co-ordinator) lianne.pap@rc-birmingham.org with the following information to be included in the booklet.

Full name of the couple
Anniversary being celebrated in 2020

You are also encouraged to email photos of your wedding day and a current one. Please include the parish you were married in as well as the name of current parish.

From Mgr Daniel McHugh, Coordinator of Ethnic Chaplaincies in the Diocese. One World Week 18-25 October: the Annual Intercultural Mass goes online this year as an Intercultural Celebration prepared by the Ethnic chaplaincies in the Diocese. It will be available on the Diocesan Website this coming week. Do make a point of setting time aside to pray for peace in the world with the many nations that now make up the Diocesan Family. There is lovely music, prayers, readings and greetings in the many languages of our Community. Blessings come from Archbishop Bernard, Bishop Mar Joseph of the Syro Malabar Rite and Bishop Eparch Kenneth Nowakowski of the Ukrainian Eparchy.

CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY COLLECTION. Thanks you for your response to this Collection last weekend. 

Mass for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Mass for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Church.

Here is the Mass for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?  But with you is found forgiveness, O God of Israel.  

First Reading; Isaiah 25: 6-10. The Lord will prepare a banquet, and will wipe away tears from every cheek.  

Psalm Response: Ps 22 In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for ever and ever.  

Second Reading: A reading from the Letter of St Paul to the Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20. There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength. 

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! The Word was made flesh and lived among us; to all who did accept him he gave power to become children of God. Alleluia!

Gospel: Matthew 22; 1-14. Invite everyone you can find to the wedding.  

WEEKEND MASSES: Sacred Heart, Saturday 5pm, Sunday 9.30am. English Martyrs, Sunday 11am. No Saturday Mass at Present.

WEEKDAY MASSES: Wednesday 7pm. Mass in the Main Church at Sacred Heart. Thursday 10am Mass at English Martyrs. Both Masses fulfil the Sunday obligation.

You don’t need to book. We can accommodate all who want to come at present. 

Recorded Sunday and Weekday Masses from Sacred Heart are normally available on YouTube. Sunday Mass at 9.15 am. There will be recorded Weekday Masses, but not on Wednesday, from Sacred Heart, Bilton available on YouTube usually by 12 noon each day.

Recently Deceased. English Martyrs: Please remember in prayer David Richardson who has died recently. Funeral Mass Friday 23rd October at 11.30am followed by Cremation at Rainsbrook. Michael Wren (Sacred Heart) Funeral Service at Rainsbrook, Wednesday October 21st at 11am.

John Deery Funeral Mass at St Marie;s on Tuesday October  13th at 11.30am. Because of attendance restrictions, the Mass may be relayed outside to the grounds or you can watch it live on St Marie’s YouTube channel

Please pray for all their families and friends in their loss. May they rest in peace. 

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Retiring Collection at Masses this weekend. Gift Aid Envelopes available. Please use. 

Weekend 10/11 October our parishes are marking CAFOD’s Family Fast Day Appeal to help people facing the worst of the coronavirus crisis. We’ve all felt the impact of this terrible disease – let’s come together to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world survive, rebuild and heal. Please pray for all those affected. You can also donate: online.

QR Codes. Following Government instructions, we are displaying QR codes on the poster as you enter the Church. You are encouraged to download the NHS Coronavirus App on your Smart Phone and use it to check in when you come. 

If you do not have Smart phone, please sign or be signed in in the usual way for the Track and Trace. Thank you for your cooperation with this important measure in combating Covid. It will help to keep all of us safe. 

FATHER HUDSONS CARE COLLECTION. Many thanks for your generous support. Sacred Heart £150 English Martyrs £196.  

BAPTISMS: It is possible to celebrate infant baptisms again. Please contact us to arrange or rearrange the celebration of Baptism at English Martyrs or Sacred Heart. Please note the recent change which says that only SIX people can be present at the ceremony. 

CONFESSIONS: If you wish to make your Confession ,Sacrament of Reconciliation, it is best to contact the Clergy to arrange a time and a suitable location.

NEW BISHOPS: On Friday, Canons David Evans and Stephen Wright were ordained as bishops at St Chad’s at 12 noon. Bishop Evans will take responsibility for the Birmingham and Worcester area and Bishop Wright for the north of the diocese. Our area Bishop William is due to retire next May. Please pray for Bishops David and Stephen as they take on these new responsibilities at this particularly challenging time. 

HARVEST FAST DAY PRAYER          

God, you call us out of darkness.
May we hear your voice
in the cry of our brothers and sisters in crisis.
As you walk alongside us always,
may we walk beside one another
listening and responding in love.
Shine the light of your compassion through us,
dispelling chaos, fear and despair.
Breathe hope and courage into all our hearts
as we work together to rebuild once more.
Strengthen us, Lord, and keep us steadfast.
Bring healing and comfort to all 
and lead us renewed into your marvellous light.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Mass for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Here is Mass from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby for the 26/27th September 2020, the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Entrance Antiphon: All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgment, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments. But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy.    

First Reading; Ezekiel 18;25-28. When the sinner renounces sin, he shall certainly live.

Psalm Response: Ps 24 Remember your mercy, Lord. The Lord is close to all who call him. 

Second Reading:  A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians. In your minds you must be the same as Jesus Christ.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! If anyone loves me they will keep my word, and my Father will love them , and we shall come to them.   Alleluia!

Gospel: Matthew 21: 28-32. He thought better of it and went. Tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you.

WEEKEND MASSES : Sacred Heart, Saturday 5pm and Sunday 9.30am. English Martyrs, Sunday 11am. No Saturday Mass at Present.

WEEKDAY MASSES: Wednesday 7pm. Mass in the Main Church at Sacred Heart. Thursday 10am Mass at English Martyrs. Both Masses fulfil the Sunday obligation.

Recorded Sunday and Weekday Masses from Sacred Heart are normally available on YouTube. Sunday Mass at 9.15 am. There will be recorded Weekday Masses but not on Wednesday from Sacred Heart available on YouTube usually by 12 noon each day.

Funeral at English Martyrs  

Please  pray for David Richardson who has died recently. Funeral details are being arranged. We pray for his family in their loss. May he rest in peace. 

FATHER HUDSON’S CARE ANNUAL COLLECTION THIS  WEEKEND. Father Hudson’s Care support  vulnerable people across the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Father Hudson’s reaches out to people of all ages who need help, advice, and support at times of adversity. Please give generously to this worthy cause. Gift Aid envelopes are available, please use them.  

You can also donate by using JustGiving  or by TEXT. Text FATHERH to 70085. To text £5 eg text FATHERH5

FATHER HUDSON’S CARE COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND

Dear Father,

I realise how difficult it is to ask parishioners to be even more generous at a time when they may well be concerned about their own financial situation, or that of family members, because of the continuing coronavirus pandemic restrictions and their impact on everybody’s livelihood and wellbeing. 

These same challenges are having the most devastating impact on many of the people that Father Hudson’s Care seeks to support through its own projects or in partnership with others.  I know, for example, that Brushstrokes in Smethwick has been assisting hundreds of families with food parcels, advice and a ready welcome throughout the pandemic – and I see from my own kitchen window the daily procession of refugees and asylum-seekers, often mothers with young children, waiting for the food and clothing that the staff and volunteers of St Chad’s Sanctuary are unfailingly there to provide.

In these and in many others ways Father Hudson’s Care as our diocesan agency for social outreach is actively showing the love of Christ to those who are most in need.  I am grateful to you for taking the time to consider this request.

With my thanks for all that you do, together with my prayers and kindest wishes.

Yours devotedly in Christ, +Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham

BAPTISMS: It is possible to celebrate infant baptisms again. Please contact us to arrange or rearrange the celebration of Baptism at English Martyrs or Sacred Heart. 

CONFESSIONS: If you wish to make your Confession ,Sacrament of reconciliation, it is best to contact the Clergy to arrange a time and a suitable location. 

BIRMIGHAM JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION are holding an Online Assembly this year. Fr Gerry is the Chair. It takes place during next week. For details please see Birmingham jandp. 

Justice and Peace Online Assembly 2020  Book online https://bit.ly/JPassembly2020 

Next Sunday at 7pm. Feast of St Francis there will be an Online Service of Evening Prayer with Fr Gerry , Jo Boyce (music)  and Archbishop Bernard. There are 3 expert talks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings 7.30-8.30pm on the challenge of Climate Change, the Pandemic and building the Future. You must book for these via the website. Contact Fr Gerry if you need more information.    

Mass for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

Here is the Mass for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever.   

First Reading; Isaiah 55:6-9. My thoughts are not your thoughts.

Psalm Response: Ps 144. The Lord is close to all who call him. 

Second Reading:  A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians . Life to me is Christ. 

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Blessings on the King who comes, in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens.  Alleluia!

Gospel: Matthew 20: 1-16. Why be envious because I am generous?

WEEKEND MASSES: Sacred Heart, Saturday 5pm and Sunday 9.30am. English Martyrs, Sunday 11am. No Saturday Mass at Present.

WEEKDAY MASSES: Wednesday 7pm. Mass in the Main Church at Sacred Heart. Thursday 10am Mass at English Martyrs. Both Masses fulfil the Sunday obligation.

Funeral Service at English Martyrs for John Naylor on Wednesday 23rd September at 2pm followed by burial at Watts Lane at 3pm. Congregation in Church is limited to 30. Graveside Family only. Contact family for further information on 562978. May he rest in peace. 

Please also pray for David Richardson who has died recently. Funeral details are being arranged. We pray for both families in their loss. 

FATHER HUDSON’S CARE ANNUAL COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND  

On 26-27 September the second collection will be for Father Hudson’s Care to support their mission of supporting vulnerable people across the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Father Hudson’s reaches out to people of all ages who need help, advice, and support at times of adversity. Please give generously to this worthy cause. Gift Aid envelopes should be available next weekend. 

You can also donate by using JustGiving  or by TEXT. Text FATHERH to 70085. To text £% eg text FATHERH5

We pray for the work and mission of everyone involved in the diocesan social care agency, Father Hudson’s Care. May they continue to show forth the works of Mercy bxy providing services for children, young people, adults and families who are isolated, vulnerable or in need… Lord, hear us.

PLEASE REMEMBER to observe the distancing rules when in Church and in moving around and also outside- 2 metres. It is one metre and wearing and wearing a mask in Church . At Holy Communion please keep your mask on to receive Holy Communion into your hands and then remove the mask to consume the host.  

Sunday and Weekday Masses from Sacred Heart are normally available on YouTube. Sunday Mass at 9.15 am (This is a recording of the Saturday evening Mass). There will be recorded Weekday Masses but not on Wednesday from Sacred Heart available on YouTube usually by 12 noon each day.

BAPTISMS : It is possible to celebrate infant baptisms again. Please contact us to arrange or rearrange the celebration of Baptism at English Martyrs or Sacred Heart. 

CONFESSIONS : If you wish to make your Confession, Sacrament of reconciliation , it is best to contact the Clergy to arrange a time and a suitable location. 

THE SEASON OF CREATION 1st September to October 4th, Feast of St Francis. Pope Francis calls us to keep the Season of Creation at this time of year. He asks us to focus on the message of ‘Laudato Si’, his important letter published five years ago, reminding the whole human family to be aware of our responsibility to care for our common home. 

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY this year is on Friday October 9th. The Collection will follow on weekend 10/11th October. It will go to CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal. The virus is deeply affecting CAFOD’s work globally and our help is vital. Survive/Rebuild/Heal. 

PRAYER INSPIRED BY LAUDATO SI

Living God, have mercy on us, for the times we forget that we belong to each other. 

You call us to be still, to hear the whisper of our Sister Wind, to feel the radiance of our Brother Sun, and to be nourished by our Mother Earth. 

Renew us in your healing love. Inspire us to water the earth, and nurture one another, so all may flourish. Together, as one family, may we always sing your praise. 

Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

NICE TO SEE YOU; It is good to see attendance at the Masses in both parishes being maintained and increasing slowly. And the response to the two additional public Masses at SH on Wednesday at 7pm and EM on Thursday 10am. We quite understand if people still do not feel confident in returning to Mass just yet. 

Thank you for your generous response to the Collection and especially to those who have made donations to cover the ‘backlog’ caused when public Mass was not available and they were not able to donate as usual. Please consider signing a Standing Order so we can receive your donations regularly and Gift Aid if possible to maximise your offering. 

Mass for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Entrance Antiphon: You are just , O Lord, and your judgement is right; treat your servant in accord with your merciful love.  

First Reading; Ezekiel 33:7-9. If you do not speak to the wicked man, I will hold you responsible for his death.

Psalm Response : Ps 94: O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts. 

Second Reading: Romans 13; 8-10. Love is the answer to every one of the commandments.

Gospel AcclamationAlleluia, alleluia! Yours word is truth, O Lord, consecrate us in the truth. Alleluia!

Gospel : Matthew 16:21-27. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.

MASSES  at the Weekend: Sacred Heart, Saturday 5pm and Sunday 9.30am. English Martyrs, Sunday 11am. No Saturday Mass at Present.

Sunday and Weekday Masses from Sacred Heart are normally available on YouTube. Sunday Mass at 9.15 am (This is a recording of the Saturday evening Mass). There will be recorded Weekday Masses from Sacred Heart available on YouTube usually by 12 noon each day.

THE SEASON OF CREATION 1st September to October 4th, Feast of St Francis.Pope Francis calls us to keep the Season of Creation at this time of year. He asks us to focus on the message of ‘Laudato Si’, his important letter published five years ago, reminding the whole human family to be aware of our responsibility to care for our common home. 

Here are some thoughts on our response to Laudato Si and how we might take our own personal responsibility for measures in our daily lives that can help make a difference. Please read this and reflect on the message for your life. 

GOOD TO SEE YOU; It is good to see attendance at the Masses in both parishes being maintained and increasing slowly. We quite understand if people still do not feel confident in returning to Mass just yet. Thank you for your generous response to the Collection and especially to those who have made donations to cover the ‘backlog’ caused when public Mass was not available. 

ENGLISH MARTYRS SCHOOL has now opened for the new school year and all is going well. Our thanks to the teachers and staff for all the hard work in making the school a safe place for all.

ENGLISH MARTYRS PARISH HALL; The work to renovate and improve the facilities-toilets and kitchen has been completed. It looks great.  It will help to provide better facilities for our users and the parish. We have funded it from funds the parish had invested with the diocese.