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, Sunday December 24th at 9pm (with carol singing from 8.45pm)
Before Mass:
134 On Christmas night all Christians sing
144 In the bleak midwinter
135 It came upon the midnight clear
153 Ding dong merrily on high
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: 152 Unto us is born a Son
Holy, Holy: 584 Storrington
Memorial Acclamation: 585 Storrington
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Communion:
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.

Night of Silence
1. Cold are the people, winter of life,
We tremble in shadows this cold endless night,
Frozen in the snow lie roses sleeping,
Flowers that will echo the sunrise,
Fire of hope is our only warmth,
Weary, its flame will be dying soon.
2. Voice in the distance, call in the night,
On wind you enfold us, you speak of the light,
Gentle on the ear you whisper softly,
Rumours of a dawn so embracing,
Breathless love awaits darkened souls,
Soon will we know of the morning.
3. Spirit among us, shine like the star,
Your light that guides shepherds and kings from afar,
Shimmer in the sky so empty, lonely,
Rising in the warmth of your Son’s love,
Star unknowing of night and day,
Spirit we wait for your loving Son.
136 Silent Night
155 Hark the Herald

Christmas Day Mass, Monday December 25th at  9.30am
Gathering song:
R/. Come and join the celebration,
It’s a very special day.
Come and share our jubilation;
There’s a new King born today.
1. See the shepherds hurry down to Bethlehem
Gaze in wonder, at the Son of God who lay before them R/…
2. Wise men journey, led to worship by a star.
Kneel in homage, bringing precious gifts from lands afar. So … R/.
3. God is with us, round the world his message bring.
He is with us. Welcome! All the bells on earth are pealing. R/…..
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: 585 Storrington Mass
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Communion:
Raise a song of gladness, peoples of the earth.
Christ has come bringing peace, joy to every heart.
Alleluia, alleluia! Joy to every heart.
Alleluia, alleluia! Joy to every heart.
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
128 Once in Royal David’s City
(verse 1 solo, 2nd verse all, 3rd verse women, 4th verse men)
Closing song: 156 Joy to the World

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Parish diary this week

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And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

These are the services this week:
Monday December 18th – Mass at 7pm followed by Exposition until 8pm
Tuesday December 19th – No Mass
Wednesday December 20th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday December 21st – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday December 22nd – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday December 23rd – Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B at 5pm
Sunday December 24th – Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B at 9.30am
First Mass of Christmas at 9pm (with carol singing from 8.45pm)
Monday December 25th – Christmas Day Mass at 9.30am with Children’s Liturgy
Parish diary for this week
Wednesday December 20th – Advent Penitential Service, St Marie’s Church, Rugby, 7pm.
Saturday December 23rd – Christmas Music Practice, Sacred Heart Church, 9.30am.
Forthcoming events

Sunday April 22nd 2018 – Confirmation celebrated by Bishop William Kenny, 9.30am, Sacred Heart.
Sunday June 17th 2018 – First Communion celebration, 9.30am, Sacred Heart.

Live Simply – December 2017 newsletter

Christmas is coming and…

Check cupboards before your Christmas food shop: Double check what you already have lurking in your store cupboards before needlessly buying more of the same.

21735369914_d858a1c604_b.jpg (1024×683)Leftover turkey: Make sure to pick the bones of your turkey clean, then put the leftover roast meat into the freezer in meal-sized portions for a future meal. Always defrost thoroughly before reheating and eating.

Bought too much root veg? Why not peel, as necessary, blanch for a few minutes in boiling water, then cool and freeze in bags for future use. Better than discarding to compost or the green bin.

Clean oven: Either before or after Christmas this is a chore to face. Make your own oven
cleaner by mixing together water and bicarbonate of soda. Apply the paste to your oven,
leave for a few hours and then remove with a scrubbing brush and damp cloth.

Live sustainably
Surfers_Against_Sewage_Beach_Clean_Perranporth.jpg (960×640)Surfers Against Sewage report making progress on their campaign to bring back bottle deposits to stop plastic pollution in our oceans.
There is now a Defra consultation on plastic bottle pollution and an inquiry led by the Environmental Audit Committee. Recent beach-clean data showed more throwaway plastic being found along our coastline than ever before, emphasizing the urgent need for action.
Supermarkets Iceland and the Co-op, and the National Federation of Retail Newsagents, have confirmed their support for deposit returns and other supermarkets are being lobbied to come on board.
Campaign organisation 38 Degrees also reports that the government is weighing up a small tax on all ‘throwaway plastics’. It would mean that when we buy a takeaway coffee there would be a small charge for a throwaway cup. It has worked for plastic bags, so why not other plastics.

In Solidarity
The perfect time to consider charity gifts for family and friends via World Gifts with CAFOD or similar with Oxfam, Save the Children and other organisations. Closer to home, remember Rugby Foodbank in the run-up to Christmas and, if you can, consider contacting Hope4 about helping out at the Homeless Shelter, now open until the end of March. Rugby’s rough sleeper population is on the rise, sadly.

livesimply prayer

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

December 2017

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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Sacred Heart

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Join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

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:
Christmas Eve Mass, 9pm (with carol singing from 8.45pm)
Before Mass:
134 On Christmas night all Christians sing
144 In the bleak midwinter
135 It came upon the midnight clear
153 Ding dong merrily on high
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: 152 Unto us is born a Son
Holy, Holy: 584 Storrington
Memorial Acclamation: 585 Storrington
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Communion:
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.
Night of Silence
1. Cold are the people, winter of life,
We tremble in shadows this cold endless night,
Frozen in the snow lie roses sleeping,
Flowers that will echo the sunrise,
Fire of hope is our only warmth,
Weary, its flame will be dying soon.
2. Voice in the distance, call in the night,
On wind you enfold us, you speak of the light,
Gentle on the ear you whisper softly,
Rumours of a dawn so embracing,
Breathless love awaits darkened souls,
Soon will we know of the morning.
3. Spirit among us, shine like the star,
Your light that guides shepherds and kings from afar,
Shimmer in the sky so empty, lonely,
Rising in the warmth of your Son’s love,
Star unknowing of night and day,
Spirit we wait for your loving Son.
136 Silent Night
155 Hark the Herald

Mary and Joseph kneel at the crib of the infant Christ in this detail of an icon from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The Dec. 25 Christmas feast commemorates the birth of Christ. The Christmas season begins with the Dec. 24 evening vigil and ends on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Jan. 13 in 2008. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill) (Nov. 27, 2007)

Christmas Day Mass (9.30am)
Gathering song:
R/. Come and join the celebration,
It’s a very special day.
Come and share our jubilation;
There’s a new King born today.
1. See the shepherds hurry down to Bethlehem
Gaze in wonder, at the Son of God who lay before them R/…
2. Wise men journey, led to worship by a star.
Kneel in homage, bringing precious gifts from lands afar. So … R/.
3. God is with us, round the world his message bring.
He is with us. Welcome! All the bells on earth are pealing. R/…..
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: 585 Storrington Mass
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Communion:
Raise a song of gladness, peoples of the earth.
Christ has come bringing peace, joy to every heart.
Alleluia, alleluia! Joy to every heart.
Alleluia, alleluia! Joy to every heart.
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
128 Once in Royal David’s City
(verse 1 solo, 2nd verse all, 3rd verse women, 4th verse men)
Closing song: 156 Joy to the World

Join us for Sunday worship

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An Angel announces to Mary that she will bear a child.

You are welcome to join us to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday December 18th at 9.30am, and will include a special liturgy for children. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 113 The Angel Gabriel.
Penitential Rite: 523 Pershore
Gloria: Not in Advent
Psalm: Let the Lord enter. He is the king of glory. (Ps23, p12)
Acclamation: Alleluia! Hurry the Lord is near. Alleluia! Alleluia! Hurry the Lord is near.
Gifts: 338 My soul proclaims
Holy Holy: 579 Pershore
Mem Acclamation: 580 Pershore
Lamb of God: 589 Pershore
Communion: 366 Holy Virgin, by God’s decree
Going forth: 112 O come, O come Emmanuel
For the season of Advent, we will be using the Pershore Mass setting by Alan Smith.
Everyone is welcome to attend our Christmas music practice on Saturday December 17th at 10am in the church. No previous experience is needed!

Christmas at Sacred Heart

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Join us for our Christmas Services at Sacred Heart.

You are most welcome to join us for Christmas services and events at Sacred Heart Church, Rugby. Our main Christmas services are:
First Mass of Christmas at 9pm on Christmas Eve (with carol singing from 8.40pm) and Christmas Day Mass at 9.30am
These are the services and other events during Advent:
Saturday December 17th – Christmas Music Practice, 10am, Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday December 18th – Sacred Heart Parish Christmas Party, 3.30pm-5.30pm.
Monday December 19th – Sacrament of Reconciliation, Sacred Heart Church, 6pm to 7pm.

Worship and events this week

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A candle burns inside Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday December 5th – Mass at 7pm (Feast of St Birinus)
Tuesday December 6th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday December 7th – Mass at 7pm (Feast of St Ambrose)
Thursday December 8th – Mass at 9.30am (Feast of the Immaculate Conception)
Friday December 9th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday December 10th – Mass at 5pm (3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A)
Sunday December 11th – Mass at 9.30am (3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A)
Parish diary for this week
Sunday December 3rd – English Martyrs School and Parish Christmas Bazaar. Noon.
Monday December 5th – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Monday December 5th – Confirmation session, 6pm in the hall.
Forthcoming events
Saturday December 10th – Advent Quiet Hour, Bilton Methodist Church, 10am.
Sunday December 11th – Advent Service, 3.30pm, English Martyrs Church, Hillmorton.
Wednesday December 14th – Advent Penance Service, St Marie’s Church, 7pm.
Saturday December 17th – Christmas Music Practice, 10am, Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday December 18th – Sacred Heart Parish Christmas Party, 3.30pm-5.30pm.
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation at Sacred Heart with Archbishop Bernard.

Worship and events this week

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The great season of Advent has begun.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday November 28th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday November 29th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday November 30th – Mass at 7pm (Feast of St Andrew, Apostle)
Thursday December 1st – Mass at 9.30am (Feast of St Edmund Campion)
Friday December 2nd – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday December 3rd – Mass at 5pm (2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A)
Sunday December 4th – Mass at 9.30am (2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A)
Parish diary for this week
Monday November 28th – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Wednesday November 30th – UCM mince pie evening, Sacred Heart Church Hall.
Sunday December 3rd – English Martyrs School and Parish Christmas Bazaar. Noon.
Forthcoming events
Saturday December 3rd – Day of Praise and Reconciliation, Mater Ecclesiae Convent, Street Ashton, 10.30am.
Sunday December 18th – Sacred Heart Parish Christmas Party, 3.30pm-5.30pm.
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation at Sacred Heart with Archbishop Bernard.

Worship and events this week

Mary and Joseph kneel at the crib of the infant Christ in this detail of an icon from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The Dec. 25 Christmas feast commemorates the birth of Christ. The Christmas season begins with the Dec. 24 evening vigil and ends on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Jan. 13 in 2008. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill) (Nov. 27, 2007)

These are the daily services this week:
Monday December 21st – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday December 22nd – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday December 23rd – Mass at 7pm
Thursday December 24th – First Mass of Christmas, 8pm
Friday December 25th – Christmas Day Mass at 9.30am
Saturday December 26th – Mass at 6pm (The Holy Family)
Sunday December 27th – Mass at 9.30am (The Holy Family)

Christmas: what we will sing

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Join us for Christmas at Sacred Heart Church.

Christmas Eve (8pm) First Mass of Christmas
112 O come O come Emmanuel
Verse 1 – solo, 2 – women, 3 – men, 4 – all, 5 – women, 6 – men, 7 – all
Like A Candle Flame
Like a candle flame, flick’ring small in our darkness. Uncreated light shines through human eyes. R/. God is with us, alleluia, come to save us alleluia, alleluia! 2. Stars and angels sing, yet the earth sleeps in shadows; can this tiny spark set a world on fire? R/….. 3. Yet his light shall shine from our lives, Spirit blazing, as we touch the flame of his holy fire. R/…..
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.
134 The Sussex Carol
159 O come all ye faithful
522 Storrington Penitential Rite
532 Storrington Gloria
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: 152 Unto us is born a Son
Holy, holy: 584 Storrington
585 Memorial Acclamation
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Communion:
128 Once in Royal David’s City (verse 1 solo, 2nd verse all, 3rd verse women, 4th verse men)
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
Night of Silence/ 136 Silent Night
Spirit among us, shine like the star,
Your light that guides shepherds and kings from afar,
Shimmer in the sky so empty, lonely,
Rising in the warmth of your Son’s love,
Star unknowing of night and day,
Spirit we wait for your loving Son.
…Silent Night
155 Hark the Herald

Christmas Day (9.30am)
Gathering song:
R/. Come and join the celebration,
It’s a very special day.
Come and share our jubilation;
There’s a new King born today.
1. See the shepherds hurry down to Bethlehem
Gaze in wonder, at the Son of God who lay before them R/…
2. Wise men journey, led to worship by a star.
Kneel in homage, bringing precious gifts from lands afar. So … R/.
3. God is with us, round the world his message bring.
He is with us. Welcome! All the bells on earth are pealing. R/…..
Penitential Rite: 522 Storrington Mass
Spoken verses and sung response – repeat after the cantor
Glory to God: 532 Storrington Mass
LITURGY OF THE WORD
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!
LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
Preparation of the gifts: 137 Away in a manger (first verse children only)
Holy, Holy: 584 Storrington Mass
Memorial acclamation: 585 Storrington Mass
Doxology: Traditional All: Amen
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Communion:
128 Once in Royal David’s City
(verse 1 solo, 2nd verse all, 3rd verse women, 4th verse men)
Raise a song of gladness, peoples of the earth.
Christ has come bringing peace, joy to every heart.
Alleluia, alleluia! Joy to every heart.
Alleluia, alleluia! Joy to every heart.
Night of Silence/ 136 Silent Night
Spirit among us, shine like the star,
Your light that guides shepherds and kings from afar,
Shimmer in the sky so empty, lonely,
Rising in the warmth of your Son’s love,
Star unknowing of night and day,
Spirit we wait for your loving Son.
…Silent Night
Closing song: 155 Hark the Herald