Diocese thanks Veronica

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Veronica receives her award from Bishop William. Father Gerry is pictured, left.

Long-standing Sacred Heart parishioner, Veronica York, has had her years of dedicated service to the parish recognised with the presentation by Bishop William Kenney of the Birmingham Diocese award “Ubi Caritas”.

“Ubi Caritas” – “Where there is love and loving kindness, God is there” – is a special award given in recognition of Veronica’s devoted service to and participation in many different aspects of parish life over many years. These include the Caring Group, visiting and supporting housebound and sick parishioners; acting as Eucharistic Minister at Mass and various activities in support of Justice and Peace.

She has been a contact and organiser of parish support for CAFOD; has promoted the purchase of Fairtrade and organic products; organised parishioner support for Prisoners of Conscience and she played a part in Sacred Heart becoming a Live Simply Parish.

“Veronica has given us a gentle and determined example of seeking to live out the Gospel in our daily lives and facing the issues of the day,” said Sacred Heart Parish Priest Fr Gerry Murray.

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Parish diary this week

An icon of St David of Wales (Public domain).

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday February 25th
Mass at 7pm
Exposition until 8pm.
Tuesday February 26th
No Mass
Wednesday February 27th
UCM meeting, Sacred Heart Hall, 1.45pm
Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 28th
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in Sacred Heart Church Hall
Friday March 1st
Mass at 9.30am (Feast of St David)
World Day of Prayer service at 10.30am at Bilton Methodist Church and at 7.30pm at English Martyrs’ Church: “Come – Everything is Ready!” Interdenominational service prepared by Christian women of Slovenia.
Saturday March 2nd
First Reconciliation, 11am in the church.
Mass of the Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday March3rd
Mass of the Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am

Forthcoming events
Monday February 25th to March 10th
A reminder from Rugby Justice & Peace Group that 25th February-10th March is Fairtrade Fortnight. For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. This year, The Fairtrade Foundation is focusing on the people, particularly the women, who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much. Please look for the Fairtrade logo.
Thursday March 7th
Confirmation programme meeting, Sacred Heart Church Hall, 6pm.
Friday March 8th
Funeral of Dedee Flint, at 1.30pm at St Marie’s Church, Dunchurch Road, Rugby.
Saturday March 9th
Liturgy planning meeting, 10.30am in the Presbytery.
Weekend of March 16th/17th
Bishop’s Visitation to Sacred Heart parish
December to March
The Rugby Winter Shelter at St Marie’s will be providing a welcome each Monday to 15 homeless people from December to March. Supper, a bed and breakfast will be provided. If you would consider helping during those four
months, please ring Kathy Smith on 01788 891940. kathellen.smith56@gmail.com.
Sunday June 2nd
Confirmation
Thursday June 6th
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall
Sunday June 16th
First Communion
Thursday October 3rd
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall

Join us for Sunday worship

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An icon of Jesus crucified, from St Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai Desert, 13th century. (Public domain)

You are welcome to join us to celebrate the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday February 24th at 9.30am. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 898 Make me a channel of your peace
Penitential Rite: 1012 Mass of Christ the Saviour
Gloria: 1013 Mass of Christ the Saviour
Psalm: 
The Lord is kind and merciful (Ps102, p62)
Acclamation: 534 Salisbury
Gifts: 886 For the healing of the nations
Holy Holy: 1014 Mass of Christ the Saviour
Mem Acclamation: 479 English Chants for the Order of the Mass
Lamb of God: 1019 Mass of Christ the Saviour
Communion: 772 Lord Jesus Christ
Going forth: 849 Freely, freely
We will be using the Mass of Christ the Saviour until the beginning of Lent.

Refugees and Justice

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The UK’s “cruel” treatment of refugees and getting justice higher up the political agenda were among key topics discussed at the 40th National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) conference recently.  To read more about what Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and others had to say visit www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/conference-reports/
The reports can also be found on YouTube.
Sign up for regular NJPN email updates via their website or follow them on facebook or Twitter @NJandPNetwork .