Services and events this week

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Votive lights at the statue of Mary, Mother of God, at Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday March 6th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday March 7th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday March 8th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday March 9th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday March 10th – Mass at 11.45am followed by Lent lunch
Saturday March 11th – Second Sunday of Lent, Year A. Mass at 5pm.
Sunday March 12th – Second Sunday of Lent, Year A. Mass at 9.30am.
Parish diary for this week
Monday March 6th – Monday Club, 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Friday March 10th – Lent lunch in the hall, 12.15pm (Soup and bread, all welcome).
Friday March 10th – Stations of the Cross, 7pm.
Forthcoming events
Monday March 13th – First Communion group meets, 6pm, Hall and Upper Room.
Friday March 25th – Quizzerdance, Rainsbrook Centre, Kilsby Lane in aid of HCPT. Email Phil Burns for more details.

Services and events this week

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A picture from the Easter ceremonies at Sacred Heart Church.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday January 23rd – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday January 24th – Mass at 9.30am (Feast of St Frances de Sales)
Wednesday January 25th – Mass at 7pm (Feast of the Conversion of St Paul)
Thursday January 26th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Saints Timothy and Titus)
Friday January 27th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday January 28th – Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. Mass at 5pm.
Sunday January 29th – Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. Mass at 9.30am.
Parish diary for this week
Monday January 23rd – Confirmation group meets, 6pm, Upper Room.
Monday January 23rd – Monday Club, 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Wednesday January 25th – UCM annual meeting, 7.45pm in the hall.
Wednesday January 25th – Open meeting to support refugees, St Andrew’s Church, Rugby, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Saturday January 28th – Cafod – No place like home: Exploring Palestinian realities after 50 years of occupation. 11am, St Francis Hall, University of Birmingham.
Forthcoming events
Sunday February 19th – Confirmation at Sacred Heart with Archbishop Bernard.
Friday March 3rd – Women’s World Day of Prayer, 10.30am, Sacred Heart Church.

Services and events this week

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The statue of Mary the Mother of God at Sacred Heart Church.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday January 16th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday January 17th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Anthony)
Wednesday January 18th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday January 19th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Wulstan)
Friday January 20th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday January 21st – Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. Mass at 5pm.
Sunday January 22nd – Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. Mass at 9.30am.
Parish diary for this week
Sunday January 15th – Bilton Unity Service at Methodist Church, 6pm.
Monday January 16th – Confirmation group meets, 6pm, Upper Room.
Monday January 16th – Monday Club, 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Thursday January 19th – Live Simply planning meeting, 7.30pm in the hall.
Sunday January 22nd – Hillmorton Churches Unity Service, 6pm, English Martyrs.
Forthcoming events

Wednesday January 25th – UCM annual meeting, 7.45pm in the hall.
Wednesday January 25th – Open meeting to support refugees, St Andrew’s Church, Rugby, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Saturday January 28th – Cafod – No place like home: Exploring Palestinian realities after 50 years of occupation. 11am, St Francis Hall, University of Birmingham.
Sunday February 19th – Confirmation at Sacred Heart with Archbishop Bernard.
Friday March 3rd – Women’s World Day of Prayer, 10.30am, Sacred Heart Church.

Services and events this week

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A candle burns at Sacred Heart Church.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday January 2nd – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday January 3rd – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday January 4th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday January 5th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday January 6th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday January 7th – Feast of the Epiphany. Mass at 5pm.
Sunday January 8th – Feast of the Epiphany. Mass at 9.30am.
Parish diary for this week
Thursday January 5th – Funeral Mass for Pat Bates, 11.15am, St Marie’s Church, Rugby.
Forthcoming events
Monday January 9th – Confirmation group meets, 6pm, Upper Room.
Saturday January 14th – Liturgy planning meeting, 10am, The Presbytery.
Saturday January 28th – Cafod – No place like home: Exploring Palestinian realities after 50 years of occupation. 11am, St Francis Hall, University of Birmingham.
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation at Sacred Heart with Archbishop Bernard.

Live Simply Newsletter – November 2016

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Pope Francis

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

livesimply prayer (v2 & 3)

Creator God,
You gave us responsibility for the earth,
a world of riches and delight.
Create in us a desire to live sustainably,
So that those who follow after us
May enjoy the fruits of your creation.
God of peace and justice,
you give us the capacity to change,
to bring about a world that mirrors your wisdom.
Create in us a desire to act in solidarity,
so that the pillars of injustice crumble
and those now crushed are set free.
Amen.

winter shelter.jpg (650×300)The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and it’s getting colder. Thoughts turn to the rising number of homeless people facing a difficult winter. In common with other towns and cities, Rugby has seen a sharp rise in those living without a roof over their heads. Hope4 Rugby is the local charity which helps the homeless or badly-housed. Some Sacred Heart parishioners help out at the Winter Shelter which usually operates between 1st December and 31st March. If interested, consult Hope4 Rugby.

The charity is also in need of donations of the following:

  • Sleeping bags, rucksacks, tents and camping mats always needed
  • Deodorants, disposable razors, shaving gel/foam, toiletries
  • Men’s socks, shoes, belts and underwear if clean and in good condition
  • Board games
  • Tins of baked beans, tuna, fish, ham, fruit, custard, rice pudding. Please no pasta, soup or teabags at present.
  • No clothes or coats at present, please.

Donations can be taken to the Hope Centre at 8 Newbold Road during opening hours or phone the Hope Centre on 01788 572456 to arrange collection. Important Note: Surplus items donated to Hope4 will be shared with the food bank, given to charity shops or otherwise disposed of. Hope4 say, please only donate if you are happy for them to do this.

http://www.hope4.org.uk

Palm Oil

Palm-Oil-2-6-14-2216px-1.jpg (3000×1040)The ongoing use of Palm Oil in products ranging from bread and biscuits to detergents continues to promote the devastation of rain forests as land is cleared for the planting of palm trees. The European Food Safety Authority has also warned that refined palm oil and products manufactured with it contain very high amounts of fatty acid esters that can cause cancer and damage DNA, liver, kidneys and testes. So, please read product labels prior to purchase; avoid palm oil and where possible look for a Fair Trade option. For a detailed survey of palm oil and product rating visit http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/shoppingethically/palmoilfreelist.aspx

November 2016

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Live Simply Newsletter – September 2016

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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Create in us a desire to live sustainably,
So that those who follow after us
May enjoy the fruits of your creation.

Gardeners and non-gardeners will be aware of concerns about the environmental damage caused by extracting peat for use in our gardens. The Growing Media Initiative (GMI) is a scheme developed by the Horticultural Trades Association, with the Growing Media Association, DIY and Garden Centre retailers, Defra, the RSPB and the Royal Horticultural Society, which is working towards government targets to reduce peat use. Peatlands are an important habitat and carbon store globally and are under threat.

The GMI scheme aims to increase consumer awareness about the need to protect peatlands and to use more sustainable materials for growing plants and improving soil. GMI is developing a calculator to enable manufacturers to measure and score the environmental values of key materials used in their products. To learn more, go to: www.growingmedia.co.uk

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The Local Government Association estimates that 2.5 billion paper drinks cups are discarded in the UK annually. Many have a plastic coating which must be separated before the cup can be recycled; council recycling systems are not equipped for this. It is understood there is only one company in the UK which can,
naturally limiting recycling capacity
. The upshot is that most discarded coffee cups go to landfill – an estimated 25,000 tons of waste. Campaigners are urging high street coffee chains to move faster in developing recyclable cups. There is also pressure on chains to discount prices for customers who bring their own cups/containers for their take-away drink.


CAFOD & Green Energy

The world’s first green electricity company, Ecotricity, has agreed to donate money to CAFOD every time a CAFOD supporter switches to them. Ecotricity is a UK-based company whose mission is to change the way electricity is made and used in Britain. They offer 100 per cent green electricity and green gas. All of Ecotricity’s profits go back into their mission meaning, they say, that they use their customers’ energy bills to fund the
building of new sources of green energy – what they call ‘bills into mills’.
For details, check out http://cafod.org.uk/Give/Major-giving/Companies/Ecotricity

Microbeads Success


The UK Government and many manufacturers are now committed to ending the use of
tiny pieces of plastic in toiletries from face scrubs to toothpaste, found to be causing untold damage to marine life when washed off into our water system, and eventually into our oceans. Sustainable alternative products are available, so shop carefully. “Good Scrub” guides are available online and a free “Beat the Microbead” smartphone app.

Coca-Cola ahead of water target

The Coca-Cola Company has reported that it has met its water replenishment target five years ahead of schedule. The goal was to return the equivalent amount of water used by the company in its global sales volume back to nature and communities. The company was estimated to have returned 191.9 billion litres of water back to nature and communities in 2015 via local projects, equalling 115 per cent of the water used in its beverages in the same period.

September 2016

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Live Simply Newsletter – July 2016

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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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.

Our recent Parish Meeting had liveSimply at the top of its agenda and doubtless we’ll hear more of this.

One great idea which arose in the context of a discussion about parking problems around the church on Sundays is also a great sustainability liveSimply idea: Car Sharing.

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Why not try car sharing?

As a parish we could greatly reduce the amount of traffic we generate – we can worry about neighbours later – by coming to church together each looking to pick up those who live near us or en route to church.

This has the added benefit of cutting down on our fuel consumption as a parish – a sustainability goal. Keep an eye on Parish Noticeboards for a car sharing rota.

Face facts

1449611239181 (650×390)Microbeads, tiny pieces of plastic found in toiletries from face scrubs to toothpaste, cause untold damage to marine life when they are washed off into our water system, eventually finding their way into our oceans. They threaten the sustainability of many ocean creatures when they ingest them. Microbeads are expected to be outlawed in the USA from next year and pre-Referendum our Government was reported to be considering following suit. There is an active Greenpeace UK “ban-microbeads” petition to encourage this. Also available online are “Good Scrub” guides and a free Beat the Microbead smartphone app. Sustainable alternative products are available, so shop carefully.

Fishing facts

seaSticking with the ocean theme, many will be aware of a long-term campaign for the sustainable fishing of tuna to end the destruction of other species such as endangered turtles that can otherwise be caught up and destroyed by industrial fishing methods.

Supermarkets have embraced the campaign ensuring their own-brand labels only sell 100% sustainable tuna. However, campaigners are continuing to lobby hard for supermarkets to ban the products of John West, the owners of which have yet to deliver on a 2011 commitment to phase out unsustainable fishing methods. By 2015, only 2% of John West tuna met the sustainability target. Its nearest rival brand, Princes, was also 75% short of its 100% sustainability target as at last Autumn.*

We each have it in our gift to live sustainably – shop thoughtfully.

Live sustainably – liveSimply that others may simply live – think Fair Trade

July 2016

*Source: Ethical Consumer

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Parish meeting discusses Live Simply

cafod-live-simply-009The Sacred Heart Parish Meeting on Thursday June 30th heard a presentation on the Live Sinmply award and how it is currently working in a Leamington parish.

One of the main items was to hear from Lizzie Wignall (CAFOD’s Community Participation Co-ordinator) about becoming a Live Simply Parish. She was joined by Brian Austin from St Peter’s parish in Leamington who told us what this has meant for them.

Sacred Heart decided some years ago it wanted to become a Live Simply Parish and we have been made aware of what’s involved through the Tips & Signposts that have been regularly circulated. The whole idea has been given a big boost by Pope Francis’ letter a year ago Laudato Si’ (On care for Our Common Home).

It was also agreed to hold quarterly parish meetings open to all parishioners. The next meeting will be in the Autumn.

Worship and events this week

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Inside Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday April 25th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday April 26th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday April 27th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday April 28th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday April 29th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday April 30th – Mass at 6pm (6th of Easter)
Sunday May 1st – Mass at 9.30am (6th of Easter)
Parish diary for this week
Monday April 25th – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Wednesday April 27th – UCM host talk by Paul Raddan from the Rugby Real Bread Company, 8.15pm in the hall.
Saturday April 30th – JPIC (Justice Peace and environment) group meets, 9.30am, in the hall.
Forthcoming events

Sunday May 8th – First Communion shared table in the hall, 3pm.
Monday May 9th – First Communion programme, hall, 6pm.
Tuesday May 10th – Breaking the Word (gospel reflection) at 2pm in the hall. All welcome.

Worship and events this week

The statue of Mary at Sacred Heart Church.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday February 1st – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday February 2nd – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of the Presentation of the Lord)
Wednesday February 3rd – Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 4th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday February 5th – No Mass (Feast of St Paul Miki and companions
Saturday February 6th – Mass at 6pm (5th of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Sunday February 7th – Mass at 9.30am (5th of Ordinary Time, Year C)
Parish diary for this week
Monday February 1st – First Communion programme, 6pm in the hall.
Tuesday February 2nd – Breaking the Word gospel reflection, 2pm in the hall.
Thursday Feburary 4th – CAFOD meeting with national director Chris Bain, St Anne’s Church, Digbeth, 7pm.
Forthcoming events
Wednesday February 10th – Ash Wednesday services at Sacred Heart 7pm, English Martyrs 9.15am, St Joseph’s 7.30pm.
Thursday February 25th – Sowing the Seeds Growing in Faith, Rugby Deanery course at St Francis of Assisi Parish Centre, Bedworth, 7pm. Contact parishes@maryvale.ac.uk
Sunday April 17th – Confirmation service, Sacred Heart, 9.30am