Live Simply – July newsletter 2017

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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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.

Live Simply

washing line.jpg (460×300)Summer is the perfect time for living simply – no need for tumble dryers when you can hang your washing out and let the sun take care of things for you; cut down on cooking – there’s an extensive range of recipes for sumptuous salads to keep meal times interesting. If you don’t grow your own produce, make friends with someone who does – fresh from garden or allotment is best – or choose what’s in season when shopping.

Live sustainably

Almost 70% of Catholic dioceses in England & Wales (16 out of 23) are now part of a renewable energy scheme sourcing electricity from “green” suppliers – Birmingham diocese among them. Sacred Heart and English Martyrs parishes are among the 3,200 parishes embraced by the scheme which is being delivered by Interdiocesan Fuel Management Ltd in alliance with Churchmarketplace.

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CAFOD Power To Be campaign – if you haven’t done so already, please complete one of the Power To Be cards urging the World Bank to invest more in renewable energy schemes in Africa that would transform lives for the better at a stroke.

In Solidarity

1014044_orig.jpg (682×404)Fairtrade – many may already be aware of the widespread concern at a move by Sainsbury’s, hitherto a pacesetter for Fairtrade, to pilot a scheme to drop the Fairtrade mark in preference for its own “fairly-traded” wording on produce. CAFOD is among organisations voicing concern arguing that such a move could undermine Fairtrade, opening the door to different standards by different companies, consumer confusion and, ultimately, a poorer deal for producers. As at early July 80,000 has signed a petition urging Sainsbury’s to stick with Fairtrade. The online petition can be found here

https://www.change.org/p/sainsbury-s-don-t-ditch-fairtrade – add your voice.

July 2017

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Live Simply – June newsletter 2017

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.

Livesimply

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Lidl in partnership with the Neighbourly project.

Food waste
Our supermarkets continue to struggle with the challenge of cutting the amount of food that goes to waste daily. Several have schemes with local charities and food banks to ensure that perfectly edible food goes to those who need it rather than to the tip. For example, Lidl has committed to rolling out its collaboration with social enterprise project Neighbourly across the country by 2018. Neighbourly has also worked with M&S. Do you know what your favoured supermarket’s policy is? Ask, encourage, congratulate them and/or lobby for them to do more.

Leftover Tips
We can all probably do more to manage our food use better. For example, if you only eat the florets of cauliflower or broccoli think about how you might use the stems – roasted with oil, salt and cumin, or raw, finely sliced into salads. Cabbages and kale can be shredded, tossed in oil and baked until they are like crispy seaweed. Why not share your Leftover Tips on the LiveSimply Board in the Entrance lobby. We’ll share the best in future LiveSimply Tips bulletins.

Live sustainably

seas-for-life.png (400×400)Plastic Bottles
Campaigns by Surfers Against Sewage, Greenpeace and others continue for the introduction of a bottle deposit scheme to limit plastic bottle waste. Greenpeace is urging major producers such as CocaCola, PepsiCo, Danone and others to take responsibility. Check out www.sas.org.uk/messageinabottle and www.greenpeace.org.uk

Alternative uses for plastic bottles
Before you lob plastic bottles into the recycling bin, this short video (link below) offers several ingenious ideas for other uses for plastic bottles. Check it out. https://www.facebook.com/easydiyspage/videos/1220513831410387/

In Solidarity

Bananas

Banana3-1020x765.jpg (1020×765)This popular yellow fruit could be a useful indicator of the ethical credentials of your favourite grocer. A recent study by Ethical Consumer found a mix of Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance or Organic bananas in our supermarkets. For example, all of Sainsbury’s, the Co-op and Waitrose bananas are Fairtrade, whereas all of Tesco,Lidl, Aldi and Asda are Rainforest Alliance. (Source: Ethical Consumer May/June 2017) .To understand the impact of banana production on workers and the environment, check out www.storyofbanana.com It offers a list of actions consumers can take to help improve the banana industry.

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple.

June 2017

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Live Simply – March 2017 newsletter

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Mahatma Gandhi

Live Simply so that others might simply live
Mahatma Gandhi

Or as Pope Francis’ message in Laudato Si’ has it:
Responding to the cry of the poor we need a New Lifestyle

So how are those Live Simply Pledges coming along?

Thank you to all who have already posted pledges on the Pledge Board. If that isn’t you then look there for inspiration and please complete a pledge card today. It can be a more of something you do already or something new to you.

Recycling
(with thanks to www.recyclenow.com )

Aerosols can be recycled – only 50% of aluminium packaging was recycled last year which means there’s a lot more to be done. Remember empty cans of deodorant, furniture polish, air fresheners and other aluminium items too such as foil takeaway containers can all be recycled.

Last year around 75% of food and drink tins and cans and 60% of glass bottles and jars were recycled. Could you do more to get the figure to 100%?

Campaigns
Bottle deposit scheme
blue-and-green-plastic-bottles-resized-740x493.jpg (740×493)Older parishioners might remember the days of money back on glass bottles. Well now a Surfers Against Sewage petition is calling for a deposit on plastic bottles. The petition has attracted over 210,000 people signatures and the Government is taking notice. An inquiry into the impacts of single-use plastic bottles has just been launched by the Environmental Audit Committee to identify the solutions needed to tackle plastic pollution. Surfers Against Sewage will be submitting their petition and other evidence to highlight the urgent need to introduce a deposit return system.

Palm Oil
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Nestlé, producer of products ranging from Crunchie bars to Shredded Wheat, committed early to addressing problems caused by palm oil production which threatens rainforests and endangered animals, and exploits workers. But campaigners have discovered that along with other multinationals such as Unilever and PepsiCo, it is undermining its own best intentions by a tie-up with an Indonesian food producer said to be among the worst offenders in relation to palm oil production. Read more at SumOfUs

March 2017

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Join us for Sunday worship

5445613926_85169104aa.jpg (426×500)You are welcome to join us to celebrate the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday October 23rd 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: 466 All people that on earth do dwell
Penitential Rite: 480 Parish Mass
Gloria: 481 Parish Mass
Psalm: This poor man called: the Lord heard him (Ps33, p208)
Acclamation: 534 Salisbury
Gifts: 600 All that I am
Holy Holy: 482 Parish Mass
Mem Acclamation: 483-5 Parish Mass
Lamb of God: 487 Parish Mass
Communion: 309 Spirit of God
Going forth: 629 I am the bread of life
For the next few weeks, we will be using the Parish Mass, written by Peter Jones. This will continue until we begin the season of Advent.

Join us for Sunday worship

jesus-christ-icon.jpg (300×407)You are welcome to join us to celebrate the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday October 16th 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: 892 The Lord hears the cry of the poor
Penitential Rite: 480 Parish Mass
Gloria: 481 Parish Mass
Psalm: Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth (Ps120, p207)
Acclamation: 534 Salisbury
Gifts: 597 Blessed are you
Holy Holy: 482 Parish Mass
Mem Acclamation: 483-5 Parish Mass
Lamb of God: 487 Parish Mass
Communion: 813 Bless the Lord my soul
Going forth: 471 Jubilate, everybody
For the next few weeks, we will be using the Parish Mass, written by Peter Jones. This will continue until we begin the season of Advent.

Join us for Sunday worship

stmark-304x270You are welcome to join us to celebrate the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday October 9th 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: 465 This is the day
Penitential Rite: 518 Celtic
Gloria: 529 Celtic
Psalm: The Lord has shown his salvation to the nations (Ps97, p206)
Acclamation: 538 Proulx
Gifts: 603 Blessed are you Lord
Holy Holy: 553 Celtic
Mem Acclamation: 554 Celtic
Lamb of God: 591 Celtic
Communion: 622 Bread of Life
Going forth: 822 Alleluia! Raise the Gospel
For the next few weeks, we will be using the revised Celtic Mass setting by Catholic composer Christopher Walker, best known for writing the Celtic Alleluia which we sing on Easter Day.

Join us for Sunday worship

411.jpg (229×286)You are welcome to join us to celebrate Harvest on the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday October 2nd at 9.30am, and will include a special liturgy for children. The Mass will have a Creation theme as we are also celebrating the Feast of St Francis. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: Sing out earth and skies
Penitential Rite: 518 Celtic
Gloria: 529 Celtic
Psalm: Praise, praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted (Ps146, p124) or And you, Sun and Moon…O bless the Lord. To you be honour, glory and praise forever.
Acclamation: 538 Proulx
Gifts: 731b For the fruits
Holy Holy: 553 Celtic
Mem Acclamation: 554 Celtic
Lamb of God: 591 Celtic
Communion: 673 This day God gives me
Going forth: Laudate Si 
For the next few weeks, we will be using the revised Celtic Mass setting by Catholic composer Christopher Walker, best known for writing the Celtic Alleluia which we sing on Easter Day.