Mass for the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Here is Mass for the 30th Sunday of 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: A reading from the prophet Jeremiah. I will comfort the blind and the lame as I lead them back  

Response: Psalm 125 What marvels the Lord worked for us!  Indeed we were glad.

Second Reading: A reading from the letter to the Hebrews. You are a priest in the order of Melchizedek, and for ever.  

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! I am the light of the world, says the  Lord, anyone who follows me will have the light of life. Alleluia!

Gospel: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark. Master let me see again.  

Communion Antiphon: We will ring out our joy at your saving help and exult  in the name of God. 


Saturday 23rd 5pm at SH LS Holy Souls  

Sunday 24th 9.30am at SH For the peoples of the parishes no LS 

Sunday 24th 11am at EM For the mission of the Church LS 

Monday 25th 10am at SH LS Private Intention  

Tuesday 26th 10am at SH LS Private Intention  

Wednesday 27th 7pm at SH LS Special Intention  

Thursday 28th 11 am at EM no LS Austin Goode RIP Recently deceased. 

Friday 29th 7pm at SH LS  

Saturday 30th Vigil of All Saints 5pm at SH Alfred Canale-Parola LS 

Sunday 31st Solemnity of All Saints In Thanksgiving MC 9.30 am at SH no LS 

Sunday 31st Solemnity of All Saints Margaret Whitfield (100th Birthday) 11am  at EM LS 

THIS WEEKEND = World Missions Day. We are asked to pray for and support  the missionary work of the Church which is being affected by the ongoing  pandemic in many countries. Please support the Retiring Collection after Mass.  

THE DIOCESAN VISION: Unfolding God’s Plan  

Our vision is to be a Catholic diocese which is faithful to the mission entrusted to us by Jesus  Christ, full of missionary disciples who work together co-responsibly in vibrant communities  of faith, joyful in their service of God and neighbour. Let us pray for the Church that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to renew herself in the light of the  Gospel. Amen. 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2022 – We are planning our classes for 2022 now so if you wish your child to take part please email with details as soon as  possible. These classes are intended for children not in Catholic school from both parishes.  

Rugby Foodbank – Contributions always welcome here at Church or through your local store.  

Hope 4 Clothing Project to support asylum seekers temporarily housed in Rugby. We need  for males: jeans – 30,32,34; jumpers M & L; trainers 9,10,11 and new boxer shorts. For  women we need Coats S,M,L (suitable for autumn and winter use) and underwear (new  only). For further information the team can be reached at  Clothes can be dropped off at Dixon Hall, Vicarage Road, Rugby CV22 7AJ on Wednesday  2-4pm and Saturday 10am-12noon. Please DO NOT take donations to Hope 4. Thanks. 

COP 26 Prayer Event at St Andrew’s Church The Rugby Green Christian Group is organising  a drop in prayer event between 10am and noon on Saturday 30th October. This is an  opportunity to pray just as COP 26, the United Nations Climate Change Meeting, is about to  begin. There will be some prayer resources available to guide independent prayer, and there  will be 5 minutes of led prayers at half hourly intervals (10, 10.30, 11, 11.30 and just before  the end at noon). Please do pop in for a few minutes, or stay for as long as you would like.  All are welcome, and the coffee shop in the church will be open too �� 


Loving God, 

We praise your name with all you have created. You are present in the whole  universe, and in the smallest of creatures. We acknowledge the responsibilities you  have placed upon us as stewards of your creation. May the Holy Spirit inspire all  political leaders at COP26 as they seek to embrace the changes needed to foster a  more sustainable society. Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement  fairer solutions for the poorest and most vulnerable, and commit their nations to the care of Our Common Home. 

We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son. Amen. 

Mass for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

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

Entrance Antiphon: All that you have done for us O Lord, you have done with  true judgement, 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: A reading from the book of Numbers. Are you jealous on my account? If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets.

Response: Psalm 18: The precepts of the Lord gladden the heart. 

Second Reading: from the Letter of St James. Your wealth is rotting.  

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

Gospel: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark. Anyone who is not against us is for us. If your hand should cause you to sin cut  it off.  

Communion Antiphon: Remember your word to your servant, O Lord, by  which you have given me hope. This is my comfort when I am brought low. 


Saturday 25th 5pm at SH Private intention LS 

Sunday 26th 9.30am at SH People of the Parishes LS  

Sunday 27th 11 am at EM World peace and Justice LS  

Monday 28th at SH 10am No Mass Today  

Tuesday 29th at SH 10am Climate Justice LS 

Wednesday 30th at SH 7pm No Mass Today 

Thursday 31st EM at 11 am Public Mass Not LS  

Friday 01st at 7pm from SH Public Mass LS  

Saturday 02nd 5pm at SH Kathleen Tarby RIP LS 

Sunday 03rd 9.30am at SH Baby Amelia Elizabeth RIP and Family LS 

Sunday 03rd 11 am at EM Peoples of the Parishes. LS

FATHER HUDSON’S Care – Collection at Masses this  weekend. Collection envelopes available. Please Gift Aid if you can. More information  about ways to give and support on the envelope.  

Father Hudson’s, our diocesan social welfare society, has a mission to transform the lives of people in need. Its different agencies support over 7000 people across the Archdiocese to  live with dignity, fulfilment and hope. 

We provide care for older people and those living with dementia; post adoption and care  support; residential care, day activities and independent living support for adults with  disabilities; fostering services and family support projects.  

Together with our community partners, we provide accommodation and move on support  for people experiencing homelessness, advice and practical help for vulnerable refugees and  asylum seekers; support for vulnerable individuals and families; friendship for people experiencing isolation.  

They do wonderful work on behalf of our Catholic community in the Archdiocese.

CAFOD FAST DAY 2nd October – Climate Crisis Appeal: Collection next weekend.  This Family Fast Day please give to help those who are protecting God’s creation. Ivanhilde lives in the Amazon, protecting and restoring the small area of rain forest she calls home. She’s faced fires and threats – but with the support of our local experts, she has never given up.  

Add your voice to our petition calling for the Prime Minister to show leadership in tackling  the climate crisis. Go to 

THE DIOCESAN VISION; Unfolding God’s Plan. Our vision is to be a Catholic diocese which is faithful to the mission entrusted to us by Jesus  Christ, full of missionary disciples who work together co-responsibly in vibrant communities of faith, joyful in their service of God and neighbour. Let us pray for the Church that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength  to renew herself in the light of the Gospel. Amen. 

CREATION SUNDAY : We are planning to celebrate this with music at morning Masses on the weekend 3/4th October. The month of Creation concludes as the feast of St Francis of Assisi on Tuesday 4th October. 

MISSIO APF/RED BOX COLLECTION AT SACRED HEART If you have a Red Box that requires  emptying please bring it in at the weekend Mass and leave it in the narthex. Your emptied box should  be ready for collection from the narthex the following weekend. Please have all boxes/money in at  the latest by Sunday 17th October 2021. 

Rugby Foodbank – Harvest Shopping List 2021: 

Tinned Carrots, Tinned peas, Tinned Sweetcorn, Tinned pulses, Tinned tomatoes, Sponge  Pudding, Tinned Rice Pudding, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Tinned Spaghetti, Cream Crackers,  Marmalade, Washing Capsules/Powder, Soap, Shower Gel, Razors. Please donate locally at  collection points in stores or bring to Church next weekend. It would be wonderful if  everyone could bring an item from the list or donate in store.

Mass for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B

Here is Mass for the Sixth Sunday of Easter from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard; proclaim to the  ends of the earth: The Lord has freed his people, alleluia.  

First Reading: A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 10:25-26,34-35,44-48. The Holy Spirit has been poured out on the pagans too.  

Response: Psalm 97: The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations. 

Second Reading: A reading from the first letter of St John 4: 7-1 God is love.  

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

Gospel: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John 15: 9-17. No one can have greater love than to lay down their life for their friends. 

Communion Antiphon: If you love me, keep my commandments says the Lord,  and I will ask the Father, and he will send you another Paraclete, to abide with you forever. alleluia. 

Parishes Mass times and Intentions LS = Live Stream  

Saturday 8th at SH 5pm Holy Souls LS 

Sunday 9th at SH 9.30am In honour of Our Lady LS 

Sunday 9th at EM 11 am Patricia McKee RIP LS 

Monday and Tuesday 10, 11th Mass SH, LS at 10am 

Wednesday 12th SH at 7pm Vigil Mass of the Ascension of the Lord. Robert Hughes RIP Public Mass LS 

Thursday 13th Solemnity of Ascension of the Lord-no obligation this year. EM 11 am Private Intention Public Mass with one School class. No LS.  Friday 14th at 10 am SH LS Bishop William 75th Birthday Ints. 

FR GRAHAM; Fr Graham has had his medical treatment and is recovering well. He will be ending his isolation at the end of the week.  

THURSDAY MASS AT EM. We are pleased EM School, one class at a time, will be joining us  again for our Thursday Mass at 11 am. All welcome. This week we celebrate the Ascension  of the Lord.  

UPDATE: We are making arrangements for the children from EM School who have not been  able to make their First Holy Communion due last year to celebrate FHC on Saturday 12th and 19th June. Confirmation will be celebrated on Saturdays 10th and 17th July. This year’s cohort of children will make FHC in the autumn term.  

We have not been able to arrange classes and celebrations of the children from SH whose  preparation was interrupted last year. We will do this when it is practicable and the current  restrictions on gathering are fully relaxed . 

RIP: Recently Deceased : Patricia McKee. Funeral Mass at English Martyrs Friday 21st May at  12 noon. Burial at Watts Lane. May she rest in peace.  

PUBLIC MASS: It is good to see a gradual return to Mass. All are welcome. It is good to see you again. Please return when you feel comfortable. Thankfully the Covid situation in the  UK has been improving rapidly, but please remember it is still very important to maintain the precautions – sanitise your hands and keep a 2m distance from one another and  observe the spaces in seating. Thanks again to those who have been stewarding and sanitising at our gatherings and helping to keep us safe. 

ROSARY IN MAY: Pope Francis has asked us to pray the Rosary during this month, the  month dedicated to our Lady, with the intention of the relief of the Pandemic. We remember that there are many countries who are still in the middle of a grave crisis and in  need our support and prayers. Let us remember families in our parishes who have family in  India and have concern for their wellbeing. If you are unable to pray the whole Rosary please consider praying a daily Decade of the Rosary for this intention.  


As coronavirus brings devastation across India, CAFOD is working  with experienced local Church agency, Caritas India, to provide vital support  to poor and marginalised communities. Donations to CAFOD’s Coronavirus  Appeal will help Caritas India distribute PPE kits to frontline health  workers, promote COVID & vaccine awareness campaigns, and set up safely  run isolation & quarantine centres. You can donate online here: Please keep praying for the people of India and all  those affected by the pandemic. There will be a collection basket available  after Mass for cash donations. Please make out any cheque to CAFOD. Thanks  for your support. 

We fly to your protection, O holy Mother of God. Despise not our petitions in our  necessities, and deliver us from all dangers. O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.  

Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort  those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are  buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their  loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot  be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future  and the consequences for the economy and employment. Amen.

Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent, Year B

Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent from Sacred Heart Church.

Here is Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: Of you my heart has spoken: seek his face. It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face from me.  

First Reading; A reading from the book of Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18. The sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith. 

Response: Psalm 115: I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.    

Second Reading: St Paul to the Romans 8:31-34. God did not spare his own Son.

Gospel Acclamation: Glory and praise to you, O Christ! From the bright cloud the Father’s voice was heard: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him’. Glory and praise to you, O Christ!

Gospel: Mark 9: 2-10. This is my Son, the Beloved.   

Masses Intentions for next weekend 6/7 March .

SATURDAY : Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm ( Maria Canale-Parola 99th Birthday.) Available in recorded form on YouTube. 

SUNDAY: Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30pm (People of the Parish), Mass at English Martyrs 11am (Sick Members of the Parishes). Live streamed on YouTube. 

WEDNESDAY 3rd March; Mass at Sacred Heart in the main Church 7pm.

THURSDAY 4th March: Mass at English Martyrs 11am.

Recorded Masses from Sacred Heart on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings available after about 11.30 am on the day.

CAFOD LENTEN APPEAL Walk for Water. Family Fast Day Friday 26th February. Please support and give  ONLINE  via or through the RETIRING COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND. Please use the envelopes to Gift Aid your offering if you can. Thanks.

(Formerly Women’s) WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 5th March 10.30am. No local services but there is an online service at  led by the women of Vanuatu. Afterwards a Zoom Meeting , meeting ID 884 5196 2211 Passcode pray21 . You can find lots of information on Please join this important ecumenical occasion. 

Mass for the First Sunday of Lent, Year B

Here is Mass for the First Sunday of Lent from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will deliver him and give him glory , I will grant him length of days. 

First Reading; A reading from the book of Genesis 9:8-15. God’s covenant with Noah after he had saved him from the waters of the flood. 

Response: Psalm 24: Your ways, Lord are faithfulness and love for those who keep your covenant.    

Second Reading:  First Letter of St Peter 3:18-22. That water is a type of the baptism which saves you now.

Gospel Acclamation: Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory. We do not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory.

Gospel: Mark 1: 12-15. Jesus was tempted by Satan, and the angels looked after him.  

Masses Intentions for next weekend.

SATURDAY: Mass at Sacred Heart 5pm ( People of the Parishes). Available in recorded form on YouTube. 

SUNDAY: Mass at Sacred Heart 9.30pm (Private Intention). Mass at English Martyrs 11am (William Volkman). Live streamed on YouTube. 

WEDNESDAY: Mass at Sacred Heart in the main Church 7pm.

THURSDAY: Mass at English Martyrs 10 am. (Sally Shaw RIP)

Recorded Masses from Sacred Heart on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings available after about 11.30 am on the day.

CAFOD LENTEN APPEAL Walk for Water. Family Fast Day Friday 26th February. Abdella lives in a remote and mountainous part of Ethiopia. He walks 10 hours a day to find water for his family. What a way to spend your life! Let us walk beside him this Lent and help with our prayers and contributions to the Appeal. We can help him and many others in a similar situation. 

Please give via or through the retiring collection next weekend. Please use the envelopes to Gift Aid your offering if you can. Thanks.

Living Simply – Winter 2021


Living Simply – more challenging in Lockdown?

Lockdown and the various restrictions on where we go and what we do may be undermining some of the good habits we had adopted. We’re doing far more shopping online which generates more cardboard, bubble wrap, plastic packaging, not all of which can be recycled via our blue bins. So, what do you do with plastic bags such as bread wrappers, or with spent light bulbs – either low energy or old incandescent, or spent batteries. 

Think about what you can recycle.

Recycle Now is a really useful website which provides advice on what can be recycled and where using a postcode location finder tool. For example, “squidgy” plastic bags can be recycled at Sainsbury’s (Dunchurch Road); Tesco (Leicester Road) and Morrisons (Lutterworth); and low energy light bulbs should be recycled at Hunters Lane Waste Management Centre or Currys PC World. Old incandescent bulbs are not recyclable sadly.  At present, you may need to try to find space at home to store items until it’s possible to go to recycling hubs but try not to lose the will to recycle all you can.

Live Sustainably….banking

It’s hard to survive these days without a bank account – any organisation from government, to employers, utilities etc only want to deal with us via an account. How many of us then consider the ethical credentials of who we bank with? Do the banks which profit from managing our accounts use those profits in a sustainable and beneficial way? Time, perhaps, to ask a few questions and compare the credentials of banks such as Triodos , for example, with those of the main High Street banks. Ethical Consumer magazine conducted a review in August 2020 – it makes very interesting reading:

Live Sustainably….walk more

It’s also important to keep getting as much fresh air as possible during the cold months to reduce the chance of catching infections and to cut down on carbon emissions, by combining walking with essential errands.  For example, even if it’s easier and more comfortable to jump in the car to go to the supermarket on a cold day, if you can, why not walk there instead for smaller shopping trips that are manageable to carry/trolley home?

Live In Solidarity

Not seeing one another at church or in other settings has limited our opportunities to discuss the things that matter to us. It may also have limited our awareness of the fronts on which CAFOD is campaigning. Visit: to see how you can engage with ongoing initiatives around climate change, poverty, peace and human rights and much more. 

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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. 


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.

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.
      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.

Live Simply – Autumn Newsletter 2019


Living Simply 

It’s getting chillier. Heating will be on now in most households but at what temperature and what cost? Keep warm but try to save precious energy. Aim for a temperature during waking hours when at home of 20°C and turn heating off or much lower during sleeping hours. 

Rugby Town Centre may have a diminishing appeal in terms of conventional shopping but the success of St Andrew’s monthly Sustainable Saturdays and their Repair Cafe; the opening of Rugby Unwrapped; local craft shops and the twice-weekly market are all initiatives encouraging us to tweak our lifestyles and think about living more simply. 

Live Sustainably

The fight against plastic is being waged on many fronts. Friends of the Earth offers a helpful Living Without Plastic feature on its website. Link here:  

Tips include avoiding liquid shower gels and hand washes which come in plastic containers by using soap instead – but make it natural soap, that is chemical and palm oil free. Yes, it costs a bit more but it lasts and there is no single-use plastic packaging.

Recycle your crisp packets at St Andrew’s Church, Rugby.

Crisp packets are among several items which cannot be recycled via our blue bins. Terracycle has become a popular route to addressing this and other recycling challenges. St Andrew’s Church has adopted a Terracycle scheme to recycle Walkers Crisps packets. They are happy for people to add a single empty Walkers Crisp packet to their collection or a bundle. Just drop them in to the church next time you are in town. To learn more about Terracycle, go to this web address

Live In Solidarity

CAFOD highlights as part of its “Our Common Home” campaign, the dangers faced by those around the world who speak up. It says: “Criminalisation, death threats, and the killing of human rights defenders is increasing, especially in Latin America. These courageous people face huge daily risks to protect land and natural resources for poor landless communities to thrive. These people are also on the frontline of protecting our common home, a home we all share.  It is these defenders who are responding most acutely to ‘the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’ and at the greatest personal cost.”

The support we provide with via our regular giving to CAFOD and around Fast Days is vital in helping these people.  How much more could we help by becoming better acquainted with their stories and by campaigning for them through our Government channels. Be informed, as well as generous – and act.

livesimply prayer

Pope Francis

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.

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.

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Parish diary this week

Intercession of Charles Borromeo supported by the Virgin Mary by Rottmayr. (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday November 4th (Feast of Saint Charles Borromeo)
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday November 5th
No Mass.
Wednesday November 6th
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday November 7th
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday November 8th
Mass at 9.30am.
Requiem Mass at St Marie’s Church, Dunchurch Road at 5.30pm for those who have died in war and the faithfully departed. Faure’s Requiem to be sung.
Saturday November 9th
Mass for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday November 10th
Mass for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday November 12th
Our Common Home – responding to the climate emergency and the world’s poor. A public Lecture organised by Rugby Inter-Faith Forum. The speaker is Christine Allen, director of Cafod. Christine was previously Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Christian Aid. Venue: Collingwood Centre, Rugby School, Oak Street (previously Bishop Wulstan School). The free car park entrance is in Barby Road CV22 5DZ. A simple vegetarian meal will be served at 6.30pm. The talk will begin at 7.30pm. Complimentary tea and coffee will be served. Cost: £7.50 is payable at the door. All proceeds beyond the meal to CAFOD. Please register your intention to come by emailing this address.
Monday December 9th
First Communion registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Thursday 16th January 2020
Confirmation registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June 2020
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.