Fourth Sunday of Easter

Here is the Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Easter from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton. Greetings from Father Gerry and Father Graham.

Weekday Masses go live at 7pm and Sunday Mass at 9.30 am. Of course you can watch them at any time after this at your convenience. Find on YouTube by searching sacred heart, bilton. If you click subscribe then the item should be easier to find next time. There are many other options for streamed and recorded Masses on the internet. There are links to the recent Sunday Masses on this website below.

An update from Sacred Heart

Here is an update from Father Gerry and Father Graham to all parishioners.

Hope everyone is keeping well and safe. We continue to remember in our prayers and Masses those suffering in the pandemic, those working in the health and caring services and those who have died and their grieving families and friends. 

Masses from the Parish

As many of you will know we have been recording and putting on YouTube our Masses on Weekdays and Sundays. Once celebrated they are uploaded to YouTube as soon as possible, the process takes a little time. 

Weekday Masses go live at 7pm and Sunday Mass at 9.30 am. Of course you can watch them at any time after this at your convenience. Find on YouTube by searching sacred heart, bilton. If you click subscribe then the item should be easier to find next time. Each service is in two parts because of the capacity of the camera we are using. It has been giving clear pictures and sound. Of course there are many other options for streamed and recorded Masses on the internet . There are links to the recent Sunday Masses on the parish website,

Next week Fr Gerry will take two Cremation Services on Monday and Tuesday in the new simplified form for two elderly people who have died. Please pray for them and their families at this distressing time. 

Please share this information with others who may be interested. I hope you may find this helpful. We now have a parish What’s App Group for spiritual support and information. Please contact us for details on how to join, you would be very welcome. 

May the Risen Lord continue to bless us and keep us safe as we continue our journey through Eastertide. 

Second Sunday of Easter

Here is Mass celebrated for the Second Sunday of Easter by Father Gerry and Father Graham.

You can find the other streamed live Triduum Services, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil celebrated by Archbishop Bernard at St Chad’s Cathedral on birminghamdiocese.org.uk where other options are available. 

Please share this information with others who may be interested. I hope you may find this helpful. We now have a parish What’s App Group for spiritual support and information. Please contact us for details.

Be assured of our closeness to you in our Masses and prayers offered each day.  Please pray for us. Pray for all who have died, who are suffering and affected in different ways by the present crisis. Pray for all health workers and care workers. May we support and help one another in any way we can. 

May the peace and joy of the Risen Lord be with you as we celebrate this Easter.

Act of Spiritual Communion – Prayer of St Alphonsus

My Jesus,
I believe you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
Come spiritually into my soul
So that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.
Amen. 

Easter Day Mass from Sacred Heart

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! Here is the first part of the Easter Sunday Mass from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton celebrated by Father Gerry and Father Graham.

Here is the second part of the Easter Day Mass, celebrated on April 12th 2020.

You can find the other streamed live Triduum Services, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil celebrated by Archbishop Bernard at St Chad’s Cathedral on birminghamdiocese.org.uk where other options are available. 

Please share this information with others who may be interested. I hope you may find this helpful. We now have a parish What’s App Group for spiritual support and information. Please contact us for details.

Be assured of our closeness to you in our Masses and prayers offered each day.  Please pray for us. Pray for all who have died, who are suffering and affected in different ways by the present crisis. Pray for all health workers and care workers. May we support and help one another in any way we can. 

May the peace and joy of the Risen Lord be with you as we celebrate this Easter.

Act of Spiritual Communion – Prayer of St Alphonsus

My Jesus,
I believe you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
Come spiritually into my soul
So that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.
Amen. 

Watch services from Sacred Heart Church

Part 1 of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper celebrated on April 9th, 2020.
Part 2 of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, celebrated on April 9th 2020.

Here are the latest videos from Sacred Heart Church, showing the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

Fr Graham and Fr Gerry have been trying to provide online live streaming of the Masses from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby. Technical difficulties have prevented us from doing this.

However we are now going to record certain Masses and put them immediately on YouTube so you can access them shortly after they have been celebrated. Some of this week’s Masses are there already.

Follow this link to Youtube. If you subscribe then you can find the link more easily another time. The key search words are Sacred Heart, Bilton.

Here are some of the Masses from earlier in Holy Week.

Mass for Wednesday of Holy Week

 EASTER SUNDAY.  Morning Mass will be on YouTube by 11am or shortly after. 

You can find the other streamed live Triduum Services, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil celebrated by Archbishop Bernard at St Chad’s Cathedral on birminghamdiocese.org.uk where other options are available. 

Please share this information with others who may be interested. I hope you may find this helpful. We now have a parish What’s App Group for spiritual support and information. Please contact us for details.

Be assured of our closeness to you in our Masses and prayers offered each day.  Please pray for us. Pray for all who have died, who are suffering and affected in different ways by the present crisis. Pray for all health workers and care workers. May we support and help one another in any way we can. 

May the peace and joy of the Risen Lord be with you as we celebrate this Easter.

Act of Spiritual Communion – Prayer of St Alphonsus

My Jesus,
I believe you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
Come spiritually into my soul
So that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.
Amen. 

Six pieces of advice

We continue to be on lock-down with all services suspended at Sacred Heart Church. We will bring you updates as soon as we have them.

Father Graham has written this piece on Facebook about living in isolation. Parishioners may find his advice helpful during these difficult times. Once again, best wishes to all parishioners as we cope with this crisis together. Father Graham writes:

I, like many other disabled, have had to live with degrees of isolation for many years. Most days I see carers and possibly one other person for a short time but most of the day is spent alone. Some days carers coming morning and evening are the only human contact. This experience may help other people who have not been used to living in isolation to cope with it during the current crisis.

1. do not watch TV all day – it is okay for a day or so when you’re feeling ill but for any longer. It can become a negative as you don’t have to think and it can become depressing.

2. feed your brain – read books, do puzzles, actively look to do things that make you think or problem solve. I have hobbies which I keep up which involve both the creative, decision-making, logical thinking which I engage in everyday. It makes days pass faster and keeps your faculties in good order.

3. feed your spirit – I spend time praying each day, time and reflection and the idea of “spiritual communion” from the Catholic tradition can make you feel both connected with God and with other people. The Mass is being live streamed on various channels as are services and activities from other faiths. We all have a spiritual dimension and ignoring it can lead to depression and lack of hope.

4. exercise – just sitting down doing passive things leads to muscle wastage and poor resilience to illness. It also helps to being positive and mental well-being. We can all do different amounts but even if you are limited to sitting down it is possible to exercise and keep some fitness. Activities such as gardening are also good exercise.

5. use technology – it is both a blessing and a curse. A lot of rubbish is going around on social media and there are still plenty of junk emails being sent! However it can be a positive in maintaining contact with friends. I play word games with some of my friends partly to keep in contact and keep my brain running. Pick what is useful and helpful and you can ignore the rest.

6. keep looking outwards – it is easy to focus just on yourself or your own little family and this can make little problems become massive issues and lead to negativity in general, “woe is me isn’t this awful” et cetera. Try and keep thinking beyond yourself, on family, friends those who are having a very stressful time. Just thinking of ourselves and how terrible life can be is not a good survival tool! Contact other people using the phone or the Internet and support each other. Focus on positives, minimise negatives!

Parish diary this week

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, all services at Sacred Heart Church are suspended. There is more information on the Archdiocese of Birmingham website. We will update you as the situation progresses.

If you wish to watch a live-streamed Mass, please follow this link. There are also resources on the Church Services TV website.

With best wishes to all parishioners at this difficult time.

Parish diary this week

"The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind" by El Greco
The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind by El Greco

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday March 16th
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday March 17th (Feast of St Patrick)
No Mass today.
Wednesday March 18th
Mass at 7pm
Thursday March 19th (Solemnity of St Joseph)
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Finance Committee at 2.30pm, Presbytery.
Friday March 20th
Mass at 7pm
Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm
Saturday March 21st
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Lent at 5pm.
Sunday March 22nd
Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Lent at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

Image result for jesus at the well in art
Jesus and the Woman at the Well is this Sunday’s Gospel reading by Barbieri.

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday March 9th
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday March 10th
No Mass today.
Wednesday March 11th
Mass at 7pm
Thursday March 12th 
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Finance Committee at 2.30pm, Presbytery.
Friday March 13th
Mass at 7pm
Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm
Saturday March 14th
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Third Sunday of Lent at 5pm.
Sunday March 15th
Mass for the Third Sunday of Lent at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Friday March 20th
5.30pm, Catholic Healing Prayer, Sacred Heart Church. Mass, Praise and Worship, Rosary, Talks, Adoration and Confession.
Thursday March 26th
Lent lunch at 12.30pm after Mass at 12pm.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

Find out about Cafod’s programme for Lent 2020.

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday March 2nd (Feast of St Chad)
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday March 3rd
No Mass today.
Wednesday March 4th
Mass at 7pm
Thursday March 5th
Funeral for Elsie Elizabeth Lawrence at 10am 
Mass at 12pm
Lent lunch in the hall at 12.30pm
Confirmation programme at 6pm in the hall
Friday March 6th
Praying with Zimbabwe. World Day of Prayer, St Mark’s Church, Bilton at 10.30am and Rogers Hall, Hillmorton at 2pm.
Mass at 7pm
Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm
Saturday March 7th
First Reconciliation Service at 11am
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent at 5pm.
Sunday March 8th
Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Friday March 20th
5.30pm, Catholic Healing Prayer, Sacred Heart Church. Mass, Praise and Worship, Rosary, Talks, Adoration and Confession.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.