Mass for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Church.

Following National Guidelines, Sacred Heart and English Martyrs Churches will be closed for Public Worship during the lockdown period.

A recorded Mass from Sacred Heart for Sundays and weekdays will be available on YouTube, search for Sacred Heart Bilton. For a variety of live streamed Masses in the diocese, look on the website birminghamdiocese.org.uk.

Sacred Heart Church will be open for visits for private prayer on Tuesdays 2.30-3.30 pm and Fridays 2.30 – 3.30pm. English Martyrs Thursday 11-noon, Sundays 11-noon. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during this time but no communal or public prayer. 

You must observe the guidelines i.e. wear a mask, sanitise before and after visit, observe distancing, track and trace.  

Contact details; 01788 813263 or sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk

Mass for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Here is Mass for the 30th Sunday in 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; Exodus 22;20-26. If you are harsh with the widow, the orphan, my anger will flare against you. 

Psalm Response: Ps 17:  I love you, Lord, my strength.  

Second Reading:  A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians 1: 5-10. You broke with idolatry and became servants of God. You are now waiting for his Son. 

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Open our hearts, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son. Alleluia!

Gospel: Matthew 22; 34-40. You must love the Lord your God and your neighbour as yourself.  

WEEKEND MASSES: Sacred Heart, Saturday 5pm (People of the Parish). Sunday 9.30am (Connie’s Intentions). English Martyrs, Sunday 11am (People of the Parish). No Saturday Mass at Present.

Next Weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. Retiring Collection for the Johnson Association (for the sick and retired Clergy).

WEEKDAY MASSES: Wednesday 7pm. in the Main Church at Sacred Heart. Thursday 10am Mass at English Martyrs (Eunice Davis RIP). Both Masses fulfil the Sunday obligation. You don’t need to book for Masses. We can accommodate all who wish to come at present. 

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.

THE FRIENDSHIP BENCH: you will have noticed the beautiful Friendship Bench installed recently near the entrance to English Martyrs Church. This has been organised by the Friends of East Rugby through the Friendship Bench Charity. The idea originated in Zimbabwe. 

The idea is to have a public place where people can meet and get to know each other, talk and support one another. It can be a focus for community activities bringing together old and young members of the community. Obviously the present Coronavirus restrictions work against this aim.

Let’s hope in due time it may be an asset in creating community spirit. May it be used to help those feeling isolated and on their own at the moment. Congratulation and thanks to those involved in the project. We are one of the first communities to benefit from this original idea. 

Let us continue to be mindful of the members of our parish communities who may be isolated and feel alone, those who are sick or suffering in mind or body. Let us support them with our prayers and encourage them in any way we can. 

We pray for the increasing numbers of people affected by the virus locally and nationally and we pray for those who care for them in our hospitals and other settings.  

OUR THANKS to those who have been helping to steward at the Masses at English Martyrs and Sacred Heart. Your help with track and trace, guiding people to their places and cleaning the Church after services has been invaluable. Thank you to all who attend for your cooperation.

Please continue to be mindful of the need of social distancing in and outside Church. 

Thank you for your financial support of our Parishes. 

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. 

HARVEST FAST DAY PRAYER          

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.

Mass for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Here is Mass from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby for the 26/27th September 2020, the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Entrance Antiphon: All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgment, 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; Ezekiel 18;25-28. When the sinner renounces sin, he shall certainly live.

Psalm Response: Ps 24 Remember your mercy, Lord. The Lord is close to all who call him. 

Second Reading:  A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians. In your minds you must be the same as Jesus Christ.

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

Gospel: Matthew 21: 28-32. He thought better of it and went. Tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you.

WEEKEND MASSES : Sacred Heart, Saturday 5pm and 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.

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 available on YouTube usually by 12 noon each day.

Funeral at English Martyrs  

Please  pray for David Richardson who has died recently. Funeral details are being arranged. We pray for his family in their loss. May he rest in peace. 

FATHER HUDSON’S CARE ANNUAL COLLECTION THIS  WEEKEND. Father Hudson’s Care support  vulnerable people across the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Father Hudson’s reaches out to people of all ages who need help, advice, and support at times of adversity. Please give generously to this worthy cause. Gift Aid envelopes are available, please use them.  

You can also donate by using JustGiving  or by TEXT. Text FATHERH to 70085. To text £5 eg text FATHERH5

FATHER HUDSON’S CARE COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND

Dear Father,

I realise how difficult it is to ask parishioners to be even more generous at a time when they may well be concerned about their own financial situation, or that of family members, because of the continuing coronavirus pandemic restrictions and their impact on everybody’s livelihood and wellbeing. 

These same challenges are having the most devastating impact on many of the people that Father Hudson’s Care seeks to support through its own projects or in partnership with others.  I know, for example, that Brushstrokes in Smethwick has been assisting hundreds of families with food parcels, advice and a ready welcome throughout the pandemic – and I see from my own kitchen window the daily procession of refugees and asylum-seekers, often mothers with young children, waiting for the food and clothing that the staff and volunteers of St Chad’s Sanctuary are unfailingly there to provide.

In these and in many others ways Father Hudson’s Care as our diocesan agency for social outreach is actively showing the love of Christ to those who are most in need.  I am grateful to you for taking the time to consider this request.

With my thanks for all that you do, together with my prayers and kindest wishes.

Yours devotedly in Christ, +Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham

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. 

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. 

BIRMIGHAM JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION are holding an Online Assembly this year. Fr Gerry is the Chair. It takes place during next week. For details please see Birmingham jandp. 

Justice and Peace Online Assembly 2020  Book online https://bit.ly/JPassembly2020 

Next Sunday at 7pm. Feast of St Francis there will be an Online Service of Evening Prayer with Fr Gerry , Jo Boyce (music)  and Archbishop Bernard. There are 3 expert talks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings 7.30-8.30pm on the challenge of Climate Change, the Pandemic and building the Future. You must book for these via the website. Contact Fr Gerry if you need more information.    

Mass for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

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

Entrance Antiphon: I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever.   

First Reading; Isaiah 55:6-9. My thoughts are not your thoughts.

Psalm Response: Ps 144. The Lord is close to all who call him. 

Second Reading:  A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians . Life to me is Christ. 

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Blessings on the King who comes, in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens.  Alleluia!

Gospel: Matthew 20: 1-16. Why be envious because I am generous?

WEEKEND MASSES: Sacred Heart, Saturday 5pm and 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.

Funeral Service at English Martyrs for John Naylor on Wednesday 23rd September at 2pm followed by burial at Watts Lane at 3pm. Congregation in Church is limited to 30. Graveside Family only. Contact family for further information on 562978. May he rest in peace. 

Please also pray for David Richardson who has died recently. Funeral details are being arranged. We pray for both families in their loss. 

FATHER HUDSON’S CARE ANNUAL COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND  

On 26-27 September the second collection will be for Father Hudson’s Care to support their mission of supporting vulnerable people across the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Father Hudson’s reaches out to people of all ages who need help, advice, and support at times of adversity. Please give generously to this worthy cause. Gift Aid envelopes should be available next weekend. 

You can also donate by using JustGiving  or by TEXT. Text FATHERH to 70085. To text £% eg text FATHERH5

We pray for the work and mission of everyone involved in the diocesan social care agency, Father Hudson’s Care. May they continue to show forth the works of Mercy bxy providing services for children, young people, adults and families who are isolated, vulnerable or in need… Lord, hear us.

PLEASE REMEMBER to observe the distancing rules when in Church and in moving around and also outside- 2 metres. It is one metre and wearing and wearing a mask in Church . At Holy Communion please keep your mask on to receive Holy Communion into your hands and then remove the mask to consume the host.  

Sunday and Weekday Masses from Sacred Heart are normally available on YouTube. Sunday Mass at 9.15 am (This is a recording of the Saturday evening Mass). There will be recorded Weekday Masses but not on Wednesday from Sacred Heart available on YouTube usually by 12 noon each day.

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. 

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. 

THE SEASON OF CREATION 1st September to October 4th, 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. 

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY this year is on Friday October 9th. The Collection will follow on weekend 10/11th October. It will go to CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal. The virus is deeply affecting CAFOD’s work globally and our help is vital. Survive/Rebuild/Heal. 

PRAYER INSPIRED BY LAUDATO SI

Living God, have mercy on us, for the times we forget that we belong to each other. 

You call us to be still, to hear the whisper of our Sister Wind, to feel the radiance of our Brother Sun, and to be nourished by our Mother Earth. 

Renew us in your healing love. Inspire us to water the earth, and nurture one another, so all may flourish. Together, as one family, may we always sing your praise. 

Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

NICE TO SEE YOU; It is good to see attendance at the Masses in both parishes being maintained and increasing slowly. And the response to the two additional public Masses at SH on Wednesday at 7pm and EM on Thursday 10am. We quite understand if people still do not feel confident in returning to Mass just yet. 

Thank you for your generous response to the Collection and especially to those who have made donations to cover the ‘backlog’ caused when public Mass was not available and they were not able to donate as usual. Please consider signing a Standing Order so we can receive your donations regularly and Gift Aid if possible to maximise your offering. 

Mass for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Mass for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Sacred Heart Church is now open for public Mass each weekend. Services are at the usual time of 5pm on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday. Here is the service for Sunday August 9th, the 19th in Ordinary Time.

Services will work under the current restrictions to protect the safety of those involved. For those unable to attend, a video service is available on YouTube.

Weekday Masses continue to go live at 7pm. Of course you can watch them at any time after this at your convenience. Find on YouTube by searching sacred heart, bilton. If you click subscribe then the item should be easier to find next time. There are many other options for streamed and recorded Masses on the internet. There are links to the recent Sunday Masses on this website below.

Mass is on our YouTube Channel: sacred heart, bilton.

Other parish news

Masses : 7/8th August: Sacred Heart, Saturday 5pm and Sunday 9.30am

English Martyrs, Sunday 11am. No Saturday Mass at Present.

Sunday and Weekday Masses from Sacred Heart available on YouTube. Sunday Mass at 9.15 am (This is a recording of the Saturday evening Mass). There will be no recorded Masses on Mon, Tues, Wed this week.

Funeral Service for Mary McKeown at English Martyrs at Friday 14th at12.30pm and burial at Watts Lane. Congregation will need to wear face covering and observe distancing.

General Information.

Offertory Collections

Thank you for your generous response to the Offertory Collections. Please consider signing a Standing Order. This is getting more common as we move towards a more cashless society and we don’t carry cash so much these days. 

At English Martyrs, you may have taken a Standing Order form when we distributed the Collection boxes before the lock down. Please let us have them back if you wish to proceed.

At Sacred Heart, we can let you have a form, please phone or email.

You can also donate via the diocesan website.

Here you can download standing order and gift aid forms. You can also make a one off donation to the parish. Follow the donate button.  

Holy Communion 

Thank you for following the directions for receiving Holy Communion at the end of Mass. And leaving the Church in silence. 

You are asked to come up to receive Holy Communion with your mask on and stretch out your hand- flat palm to receive the Host. As you move away remove your mask to consume the Host and then put it on again immediately. Please be aware of distancing when coming to Communion.  

Thanks again to all who are helping with the stewarding and cleaning the Church after services. 

Hand Sanitisers. We have now got some automatic dispensers for the sanitising. Just place your hand below the unit and the gel will be delivered. 

A message to parishioners

Here is a message to parishioners from Father Gerry, Father Graham and Father Matthew.

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

It is great that after such a long interval our Churches at Sacred Heart and English Martyrs are now open for public Masses at weekends. It has been great to welcome many of the congregation coming together for Mass. I want to say thank you to the Parishioners who have helped in the preparation for the opening and those who are helping by stewarding at the Masses. Thank you too for cooperating with the arrangements that have been put in place for our safety and security. It is true that not everyone has felt confident enough yet to return but we hope no one will feel they have to return until they are ready. We look forward to when the Church will be full again and all the precautions will no longer be needed. Sadly, there is no guarantee that this will happen any time soon.

We are fortunate that we have been able to provide a recorded Mass from Sacred Heart at weekends and some weekdays and of course Masses from places near and far are available on the internet. The broadband is not reliable enough at Sacred Heart to live stream but we hope this can be remedied. The Diocese has asked us to continue to provide internet Masses for the housebound and the vulnerable. The obligation for Sunday Mass has been relaxed. 

Offertory Collections. As you will be aware income has dropped in both parishes and we continue to need your support. Thanks to all who pay by monthly Standing Order this has meant a regular stream of income. I would ask those who pay weekly to do their best to support us. We have also lost a lot of income from regular lettings which help sustain the parishes.  I appreciate that the income of individuals and families may have been affected by the pandemic. Please consider paying by Standing Order if you can and also Gift Aid your offering which increases its value at no cost to yourself. Please contact us for the necessary forms. You can even donate to the parishes on the diocesan website. We will look into how we can distribute the envelopes for this financial year which were due to go out just as the pandemic struck.  

Good news for English Martyrs that we have begun the long awaited refurb of the toilets and kitchen in the parish hall. This is being funded by cashing in some of the saving units we had invested with the diocese. We will still need to be careful and seek to reduce our overdraft which has just dipped under 100k. The Parish Hall is a very useful source of income.

English Martyrs School has had to face the challenges presented by the corona virus. All the staff have worked very hard to meet the changes and challenges. Mrs Deery was able to extend her departure till summer half term. She has now moved on to her new post. Sadly, we did not have the chance to mark her leaving as we would have liked. She has made a great contribution to the ongoing success of the school. Miss Petras, the deputy head, is now acting head until Christmas while a new head teacher is found and appointed. First Holy Communions in both parishes and Confirmation at Sacred Heart will be arranged in due course as time and conditions permit.  

There have been some eight funerals during the lockdown period which were held according to the restrictions. Please pray for those who have died and for their grieving families and friends. A couple of marriages have also had to be cancelled and rearranged for next year.

Baptisms too have been postponed and need to be rearranged. Current rules allow a gathering of up to 30 with distancing and precautions as for Mass. 

Visits to the sick and housebound are still difficult and where necessary can be made taking careful precautions and distancing. Let us remember those who are in care homes, their families and those who look after them. 

Confessions can be arranged with the priest but again distancing has to be observed.

It is good to hear how parishioners are keeping in touch and keeping an eye on those who are alone or vulnerable. I am sure this needs to continue.

We need to build up the life and activities of the parishes and try and see what lessons can be learnt from what we have experienced through this difficult time of lockdown and isolation. 

Fr Matthew Fr Graham and myself Fr Gerry wish you all well and be assured of our prayers. Enjoy the summer.