Parish diary this week

The Nativity by Zanobi Strozzi (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday December 23rd
Music practice in the church at 11am
Mass at 7pm
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday December 24th (Christmas Eve)
Carol singing from 7.45pm
Vigil Mass of the Nativity at 8pm
Wednesday December 25th (Christmas Day)
Nativity of the Lord, Mass at 9.30am
Thursday December 26th (Feast of St Stephen)
No Mass at Sacred Heart
Mass at 11am at St Joseph’s Church, Monks Kirby
Friday December 27th (Feast of St John, Apostle)
No Mass
Saturday December 28th
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Holy Family at 5pm.
Sunday December 29th
Mass for the Holy Family at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Thursday 16th January 2020
Confirmation registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Sunday May 3rd 2020
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June 2020
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Christmas at Sacred Heart

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Join us to celebrate Christmas Day at Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

Everyone is welcome to join us for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at Sacred Heart Church, Rugby. This is the music we will be singing:
First Mass of Christmas, Monday December 24th at 8pm (with carol singing from 7.45pm)
Before Mass:
112 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
134 On Christmas night all Christians sing
144 In the bleak midwinter
135 It came upon the midnight clear

Gathering song: 159 O come all ye faithful
Penitential Rite: 522 Storrington
Gloria: 532 Storrington
Psalm: Today a Saviour is born to us, he is Christ the Lord
Gospel acclamation: Celtic. Cantor: I bring you news of great joy, Today a Saviour is born. He is Christ the Lord. Alleluia!
Gifts: O Little town of Bethlehem
1. O Little town of Bethlehem how still we see thee lie.
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
2. O sad and troubled Bethlehem we hear your longing cry
For peace and justice to be born and cruel oppression die.
How deep your need for that great gift of love in human form,
Let Christ in you be seen again and hearts by hope made warm.
3. While morning stars and evening stars shine out in your dark sky,
despair now stalks your troubled streets where innocents still die.
And Jesus child of Mary, whose love will never cease,
Feels even now your pain and fear, longs with you for your peace.
4. Amazingly and lovingly Jesus, the child has come
and brought to birth through human pain, makes broken hearts his home.
He comes to comfort all who weep, to challenge every wrong
And living with the weak and poor, becomes their hope, their song.

Holy, Holy: 584 Storrington
Memorial Acclamation: 479 English Chants for the Order of the Mass5
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Born in the Night
1. (solo) Born in the night, Mary’s child, a long way from your home;
Coming in need, Mary’s child, born in a borrowed room
2. (all) Clear shining light, Mary’s child, your face lights up our way.
Light of the world, Mary’s child, dawn on our darkened day.
3. (all) Hope of the world, Mary’s child, you’re coming soon to reign;
King of the earth, Mary’s child, walk in our streets again

136 Silent Night
128 Once in Royal David’s City
155 Hark the Herald Angels Sing

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Lorenzo Leonbruno da Mantova – The Nativity. (1489-1537). Public domain.

Christmas Day Mass, Tuesday December 25th at  9.30am
Gathering song: 153 Ding Dong! Merrily on High
Penitential Rite: 522 Storrington Mass
Spoken verses and sung response – repeat after the cantor
Glory to God: 532 Storrington Mass
Psalm 95: sung. R/. Today a Saviour is born to us. He is Christ the Lord
Gospel Acclamation: Celtic . Cantor: I bring you news of great joy, Today a Saviour is born. He is Christ the Lord. Alleluia!
Preparation of the gifts: 137 Away in a manger (first verse children only)
Holy, Holy: 584 Storrington Mass
Memorial acclamation: 479 English Chants for the Order of the Mass
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Like a Candle Flame
Like a candle flame, flick’ring small in our darkness.
Uncreated light shines through human eyes.
Chorus: God is with us, alleluia, come to save us alleluia, alleluia!
Stars and angels sing, yet the earth sleeps in shadows; can this tiny spark set a world on fire? Chorus
Yet his light shall shine from our lives, Spirit blazing, as we touch the flame of his holy fire. Chorus
136 Silent Night
133 While Shepherd’s Watched Their Flocks By Night
Closing song: 156 Joy to the World