Mass for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Here is the Mass for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton.

Entrance Antiphon: Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you, that your prophets be found true. Hear the prayers of your servant and of your people Israel  

First Reading; Ecclesiasticus 27;30-26:7. Forgive your neighbour the hurt he does you, and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven.

Psalm Response: Ps 102. The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy. 

Second Reading: Romans 14 :7-9. Alive or dead we belong to the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Speak, Lord, your servant is listening; you have the message of eternal life.  Alleluia!

Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35. I do not tell you to forgive seven times, but seventy-seven times.

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.

English Martyrs

Funeral Service 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 REMEMBER to observe the distancing rules when in Church and in moving around. It is one metre and wearing and wearing a mask. 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 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. 

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.

PRAYER FOR OUR ELECTED LEADERS

God of all,

bless our elected leaders with listening ears

that hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor,

bless them with open hearts

that hunger and thirst for justice,

and bless them with the courage

to work together towards the common good.

We ask this through Christ our Lord,

Amen.

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 and they were not able to donate as usual. 

ORDINATIONS IN OUR DIOCESE – GOOD NEWS !

This month there will be four ordinations to the Priesthood in our diocese.  Alex Taylor and  Clive  Dytor this weekend and Benedict Skipper and Sean Gough next weekend at St Chad’s. The ceremonies will be live-streamed on St Chad’s website. On Friday October 9th also at St Chad’s, our two new auxiliary Bishops Fr Stephen Wright and Fr David Evans will be ordained for service in our diocese. Please pray for them as they will be beginning their ministry of service in our diocese at this challenging time. 

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. 

Living Simply – Season of Creation

One of the Creation stained glass windows at Sacred Heart.

RESPOND NOW TO THE LAUDATO SI’ CHALLENGE

Five years on from the publication of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter exhorting us to “Care for our Common Home”, we are called to act and we are reminded that safeguarding Creation is everyone’s responsibility. Perhaps our experience of the Covid-19 pandemic has made us more aware of what really matters in our lives.

Live Simply

Remember those first days of Lockdown? Food, at its most essential, was a real concern. Suddenly those who had store cupboards were inspecting stock, some people even bought second freezers to stock up as supermarkets rationed purchases. We were confronted by the importance of making use of every scrap of food, of making dishes from scratch. We looked to local producers for fresh dairy, vegetables and fruit. 

  • Let’s continue to care about our food, how it is grown and how far it travels to reach our plates. Let’s dramatically reduce food waste. The Vatican’s Laudato Si’ guide says: “whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor.”

Live Sustainably

Five years on the review of Laudato Si’ also warns against a “throwaway culture” more generally, highlighting how such carelessness depletes natural resources, creates disastrous levels of contaminating waste, kills all manner of creatures. 

  • Let’s try to waste less, slash plastic, paper, energy waste, buy only what we need, recycle and re-purpose as much as we can.

Live in Solidarity with the Poor

Does the phrase “circular economy” mean anything to you? The Vatican hopes it does. We are urged to promote such an economy which aims to end the over-exploitation of productive resources, looking towards their long-term maintenance so that resources can be re-used.  It is those living in the poorest countries who are most harmed by over-exploitation. They could be the beneficiaries, as well as us, of investment in technological innovation, sustainable infrastructures and a growth in resource productivity.

  • Let’s all learn more about how to achieve a “circular economy” and then lobby for change.

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Support the Season of Creation

The Season of Creation runs from September 1st until October 4th, the 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. 

Now the lessons of this document need to be implemented in our thinking and acting in our personal lives, our community life and in the life of the global family. It calls us to ecological conversion and to see how our lives are connected with and affect the health and welfare of our world. We are using up the earth’s resources and our actions are affecting the climate and future of the earth. It especially affects the lives of our poorest brothers and sisters.

So let us try to implement in a serious and practical way the measures needed to ensure the future of our common home. Each one of us has a part to play through prayer, reflection and concrete actions. We must support and encourage one another in this. 

Father Gerry Murray, Sacred Heart parish priest.

A Prayer for Care of Creation

Creator God, who made our beautiful world,
appointed us as its guardians
and gifted us with everything we need,
forgive us
for the times we cause it harm;
for the times our way of life
affects our neighbours.

Inspire us
to care for the environment;
to help rebuild lives and communities;
to share in the griefs and anxieties,
joys and hopes of all your people,
so that all your creation may flourish.
Amen.
      Stephen Davies/CAFOD

You will find more information and resources on Care for Creation  on the CAFOD website.

More information and useful links

An introduction to the Season of Creation from the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
Vatican document on integral ecology: Safeguarding Creation is everyone’s responsibility – Vatican News
Vatican document on integral ecology: Safeguarding Creation is everyone’…Several Vatican Dicasteries team up to release a document entitled “Journeying Towards Care for Our Common Home…

CAFOD – Celebrate World Day of Prayer
CAFOD – Climate intercessions
CAFOD – Coronavirus prayers
CAFOD – Novena to St Francis
2020 Celebration Guide
Ecological Rosary for use on a Creation Walk/Pilgrimage
Catholic Climate Movement
Creation Time reflections from past years
Global Healing


To join the Justice & Peace Annual Assembly, which is being conducted virtually this year, click here.

Here are past copies of LiveSimply tips from Sacred Heart parish.

Mass for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Mass for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time.

Entrance Antiphon: Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. O Lord you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you. 

First Reading; Jeremiah 20:7-9

The word of the Lord has meant insult for me. .

Psalm Response : Ps 62

For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God.. 

Second Reading: Romans 11:33-36

Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice.

 Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia! May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our mind, so that we can see what hope his call holds for us.  Alleluia!

Gospel : Matthew 16:21-27

If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself.

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.

Thanks again to all who are helping us to celebrate public masses by their stewarding and care of the church. Thank you for your financial support of our parishes at this challenging time.

We celebrated our first Baptism at Sacred Heart this weekend after the lockdown, another sign of some normality returning. Please pray for schools which are reopening soon.

Best wishes from Fr Gerry, Fr Graham and Fr Matthew.

Mass for the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Mass for the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

Sacred Heart Church is now open for public Mass each weekend. Services are at the usual time of 5pm on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday. Here is the service for Sunday August 23rd, the 21st in Ordinary Time.

Services will work under the current restrictions to protect the safety of those involved. For those unable to attend, a video service is available on YouTube.

Weekday Masses continue to go live at 11am. 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.

Mass is on our YouTube Channel: sacred heart, bilton.

Other parish news:

Masses : 22/23rd August: 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 11 am each day. 

REST IN PEACE : please pray for John Naylor who has died recently. His funeral, when arranged, will take place at English Martyrs. 

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. 

Mass for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Mass for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Sacred Heart Church is now open for public Mass each weekend. Services are at the usual time of 5pm on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday. Here is the service for Sunday August 9th, the 19th in Ordinary Time.

Services will work under the current restrictions to protect the safety of those involved. For those unable to attend, a video service is available on YouTube.

Weekday Masses continue to go live at 7pm. 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.

Mass is on our YouTube Channel: sacred heart, bilton.

Other parish news

Masses : 7/8th August: Sacred Heart, Saturday 5pm and Sunday 9.30am

English Martyrs, Sunday 11am. No Saturday Mass at Present.

Sunday and Weekday Masses from Sacred Heart available on YouTube. Sunday Mass at 9.15 am (This is a recording of the Saturday evening Mass). There will be no recorded Masses on Mon, Tues, Wed this week.

Funeral Service for Mary McKeown at English Martyrs at Friday 14th at12.30pm and burial at Watts Lane. Congregation will need to wear face covering and observe distancing.

General Information.

Offertory Collections

Thank you for your generous response to the Offertory Collections. Please consider signing a Standing Order. This is getting more common as we move towards a more cashless society and we don’t carry cash so much these days. 

At English Martyrs, you may have taken a Standing Order form when we distributed the Collection boxes before the lock down. Please let us have them back if you wish to proceed.

At Sacred Heart, we can let you have a form, please phone or email.

You can also donate via the diocesan website.

Here you can download standing order and gift aid forms. You can also make a one off donation to the parish. Follow the donate button.  

Holy Communion 

Thank you for following the directions for receiving Holy Communion at the end of Mass. And leaving the Church in silence. 

You are asked to come up to receive Holy Communion with your mask on and stretch out your hand- flat palm to receive the Host. As you move away remove your mask to consume the Host and then put it on again immediately. Please be aware of distancing when coming to Communion.  

Thanks again to all who are helping with the stewarding and cleaning the Church after services. 

Hand Sanitisers. We have now got some automatic dispensers for the sanitising. Just place your hand below the unit and the gel will be delivered. 

Mass for the 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sacred Heart Church is now open for public Mass each weekend. Services are at the usual time of 5pm on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday. Here is the service for Sunday August 2nd, the 18th in Ordinary Time.

Services will work under the current restrictions to protect the safety of those involved. For those unable to attend, a video service is available on YouTube.

Weekday Masses continue to go live at 7pm. 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.

Mass is on our YouTube Channel: sacred heart, bilton.

Other parish news

English Martyrs: it was good to welcome the good number who came to our first Public Mass last Sunday. Numbers have been good at Sacred Heart too.  Please support and encourage one another to attend but respect the wishes of those who are not yet ready or available to attend.

Thanks to all who help with the stewarding and caring for safety of the congregation in both places. Please pray for Mary McKeown recently deceased. Funeral Service at English Martyrs Friday 14th at 12.30pm. 

Offertory Collections : We appreciate your generous giving to the Church which has been much affected by the present crisis. Thanks to all who have signed Standing Orders and/or who have Gift Aided. Please consider doing this if you don’t already. We will try and deliver the remaining collection envelope boxes soon. 

Holy Communion and Leaving the Church; The practical arrangements for seating and moving around the Church are working well. Because we receive Holy Communion at the end of Mass please remember to leave the Church in silence and do not speak until well outside the Church. Please remember the distancing rules of 2 metres if you are having a conversation. We are advised not to gather outside but to leave for home as soon as possible.

Mass for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sacred Heart Church is now open for public Mass each weekend. Services are at the usual time of 5pm on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday. Here is the service for Sunday July 26th, the 17th in Ordinary Time.

Services will work under the current restrictions to protect the safety of those involved. For those unable to attend, a video service is available on YouTube.

Weekday Masses continue to go live at 7pm. 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.

Mass is on our YouTube Channel: sacred heart, bilton.

A message to parishioners

Here is a message to parishioners from Father Gerry, Father Graham and Father Matthew.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

It is great that after such a long interval our Churches at Sacred Heart and English Martyrs are now open for public Masses at weekends. It has been great to welcome many of the congregation coming together for Mass. I want to say thank you to the Parishioners who have helped in the preparation for the opening and those who are helping by stewarding at the Masses. Thank you too for cooperating with the arrangements that have been put in place for our safety and security. It is true that not everyone has felt confident enough yet to return but we hope no one will feel they have to return until they are ready. We look forward to when the Church will be full again and all the precautions will no longer be needed. Sadly, there is no guarantee that this will happen any time soon.

We are fortunate that we have been able to provide a recorded Mass from Sacred Heart at weekends and some weekdays and of course Masses from places near and far are available on the internet. The broadband is not reliable enough at Sacred Heart to live stream but we hope this can be remedied. The Diocese has asked us to continue to provide internet Masses for the housebound and the vulnerable. The obligation for Sunday Mass has been relaxed. 

Offertory Collections. As you will be aware income has dropped in both parishes and we continue to need your support. Thanks to all who pay by monthly Standing Order this has meant a regular stream of income. I would ask those who pay weekly to do their best to support us. We have also lost a lot of income from regular lettings which help sustain the parishes.  I appreciate that the income of individuals and families may have been affected by the pandemic. Please consider paying by Standing Order if you can and also Gift Aid your offering which increases its value at no cost to yourself. Please contact us for the necessary forms. You can even donate to the parishes on the diocesan website. We will look into how we can distribute the envelopes for this financial year which were due to go out just as the pandemic struck.  

Good news for English Martyrs that we have begun the long awaited refurb of the toilets and kitchen in the parish hall. This is being funded by cashing in some of the saving units we had invested with the diocese. We will still need to be careful and seek to reduce our overdraft which has just dipped under 100k. The Parish Hall is a very useful source of income.

English Martyrs School has had to face the challenges presented by the corona virus. All the staff have worked very hard to meet the changes and challenges. Mrs Deery was able to extend her departure till summer half term. She has now moved on to her new post. Sadly, we did not have the chance to mark her leaving as we would have liked. She has made a great contribution to the ongoing success of the school. Miss Petras, the deputy head, is now acting head until Christmas while a new head teacher is found and appointed. First Holy Communions in both parishes and Confirmation at Sacred Heart will be arranged in due course as time and conditions permit.  

There have been some eight funerals during the lockdown period which were held according to the restrictions. Please pray for those who have died and for their grieving families and friends. A couple of marriages have also had to be cancelled and rearranged for next year.

Baptisms too have been postponed and need to be rearranged. Current rules allow a gathering of up to 30 with distancing and precautions as for Mass. 

Visits to the sick and housebound are still difficult and where necessary can be made taking careful precautions and distancing. Let us remember those who are in care homes, their families and those who look after them. 

Confessions can be arranged with the priest but again distancing has to be observed.

It is good to hear how parishioners are keeping in touch and keeping an eye on those who are alone or vulnerable. I am sure this needs to continue.

We need to build up the life and activities of the parishes and try and see what lessons can be learnt from what we have experienced through this difficult time of lockdown and isolation. 

Fr Matthew Fr Graham and myself Fr Gerry wish you all well and be assured of our prayers. Enjoy the summer.