Mass for the Second Sunday of Easter

Here is Mass for the Second Sunday of Easter from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Entrance Antiphon: Receive the joy of your glory, giving thanks to God, who has called you  into the heavenly kingdom, alleluia.  

First Reading; A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35. United, heart and soul. 

Response: Psalm 117: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end. 

Second Reading: The reading from the first letter of St John 5: 1-6. Anyone who has been begotten by God has already overcome the world.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Jesus said; ‘You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who  have not seen and yet believe.’ Alleluia! 

Gospel: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John 20:19-31. Eight days later, Jesus came.  

Mass times and Intentions LS = Live Stream  

Saturday 10th at SH 5pm People of the Parishes LS 

Sunday 11th at SH 9.30am Sheila Tessier RIP  

Sunday 11th at EM 11am Sheila England RIP LS  

Monday and Tuesday no Mass this week. 

Wednesday 14th SH at 7pm Public Mass (In Thanksgiving) LS 

Thursday 15th EM 11 am Public Mass (Holy Souls) 

Friday 16th SH LS 

Saturday 17th at SH 5pm Fred Ross RIP LS 

Sunday 18th at SH 9.30pm People of the Parish 

Sunday 18th at EM 11 am Eddie Comerford RIP LS 

BREAKING NEWS: Archbishop Bernard has appointed Fr Gerry to the Cathedral Chapter and  the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese. His installation has been done in private because of the restrictions but there will be a public ceremony later in the year when the three new Canons will be formally installed and welcomed. Fr Gerry was rather surprised by this but is really quite chuffed. It also recognises the important work for justice and peace in the diocese which Fr Gerry has been involved with over many years. 

SACRED HEART PARISH GIFT AID ENVELOPES are now available for Collection. Please collect  yours today. If anyone else would like a set of envelopes for their regular giving to the Parish, please let us know. Also you are welcomed and encouraged to give by Standing  Order and Gift Aid please contact us for more information.  

Please collect ENGLISH MARTYRS PARISH ENVELOPES too if you haven’t done so. The same  applies re Standing Orders. 

Thanks to everyone for their generous financial support of the Parishes. Thank you too for  your generous Easter Offerings to the Clergy.  

CAFOD says Thanks.  

Thank you for your generous donations to CAFOD’s Family Fast Day during Lent. We featured  Marian and her son Svondo in Zimbabwe in Lent 2018. The community vegetable garden that your donations helped provide is growing well and during the pandemic the family has survived  on the vegetables. Your support has also helped to provide soap and handwashing stations  in the garden and in family homes. This is just one of many long-term development projects  that CAFOD has funded with the money from that Fast Day. Thank you for your steadfast  support. 

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY 

Humanity must let itself be touched and pervaded by the Spirit given to it by the Risen Christ. It is the Spirit that heals the wounds of the heart, pulls down the barriers that separate us from  God and divide us from one another. At the same time restores the joy of the Father’s love  and fraternal unity. It is important that we accept the whole message that comes to us from  the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter which from now on throughout the Church  will be called ‘Divine Mercy Sunday’. Christ has taught us that ‘we not only receive and  experience the mercy of God, but are also called to practice mercy towards others. ‘Blessed  are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.’ (Mt 5 :7) From a homily of St John Paul 11. 

Support the Season of Creation

The Season of Creation runs from September 1st until October 4th, the 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. 

Now the lessons of this document need to be implemented in our thinking and acting in our personal lives, our community life and in the life of the global family. It calls us to ecological conversion and to see how our lives are connected with and affect the health and welfare of our world. We are using up the earth’s resources and our actions are affecting the climate and future of the earth. It especially affects the lives of our poorest brothers and sisters.

So let us try to implement in a serious and practical way the measures needed to ensure the future of our common home. Each one of us has a part to play through prayer, reflection and concrete actions. We must support and encourage one another in this. 

Father Gerry Murray, Sacred Heart parish priest.

A Prayer for Care of Creation

Creator God, who made our beautiful world,
appointed us as its guardians
and gifted us with everything we need,
forgive us
for the times we cause it harm;
for the times our way of life
affects our neighbours.

Inspire us
to care for the environment;
to help rebuild lives and communities;
to share in the griefs and anxieties,
joys and hopes of all your people,
so that all your creation may flourish.
Amen.
      Stephen Davies/CAFOD

You will find more information and resources on Care for Creation  on the CAFOD website.

More information and useful links

An introduction to the Season of Creation from the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
Vatican document on integral ecology: Safeguarding Creation is everyone’s responsibility – Vatican News
Vatican document on integral ecology: Safeguarding Creation is everyone’…Several Vatican Dicasteries team up to release a document entitled “Journeying Towards Care for Our Common Home…

CAFOD – Celebrate World Day of Prayer
CAFOD – Climate intercessions
CAFOD – Coronavirus prayers
CAFOD – Novena to St Francis
2020 Celebration Guide
Ecological Rosary for use on a Creation Walk/Pilgrimage
Catholic Climate Movement
Creation Time reflections from past years
Global Healing


To join the Justice & Peace Annual Assembly, which is being conducted virtually this year, click here.

Here are past copies of LiveSimply tips from Sacred Heart parish.

Parish diary this week

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The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, Early 14th Century, St Mary Perivleptos Church, Ohrid Icon Gallery.

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday July 1st
See newsletter for service details.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday July 2nd 
See newsletter for service details.
UCM Pilgrimage to Walsingham. Places are available on a coach calling at Rugby. Telephone Mary Hope on 810880.
Wednesday July 3rd (Feast of St Thomas, Apostle)
See newsletter for service details.
Thursday July 4th
See newsletter for service details.
Evening talk at Sacred Heart. Talk from Practical Action, the Rugby-based organisation working with communities worldwide to find practical answers to poverty. An opportunity to gain insight into technology-driven solutions and explore what we can do locally. Speaker name and start time to be confirmed. Save the date. All welcome.
Friday July 5th
See newsletter for service details. 
Saturday July 6th
Rugby Justice & Peace Group meets at 10.45am in Sacred Heart parish hall. Anyone interested in issues ranging from climate change to domestic and world poverty very welcome – just turn up.
Mass for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday July 7th
Annual Garden Party in aid of Rob’s Fund in Stella’s Garden. 70, Lime Tree Avenue from 2pm. Admission £3 including Tea and Cake. Children free. Live music, BBQ & Curry, Raffles, Tombola, Stalls. Further details from Stella 01788 816904.
Mass for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Thursday October 3rd
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall.

Parish diary this week

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The Nativity of John the Baptist, 15th century (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday June 24th (Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist)
Funeral of Margaret Reid, English Martyrs Church, Hillmorton, 2pm.
Mass at 7pm
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday June 25th 
No Mass
Wednesday June 26th 
A Plastic Ocean – Rugby Friends of the Earth and Rugby Baptist Church present a film that uncovers alarming truths about plastic pollution and reveals solutions that can be put into immediate effect, 7.30pm at John Lees Hall, Rugby Baptist Church, Regent Place.
Mass at 7pm
Thursday June 27th (Feast of St Cyril of Alexandria)
No Mass
Friday June 28th (Solemnity of the Sacred Heart)
Mass at 9.30am 
Saturday June 29th
Mass for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday June 30th
Mass for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday July 2nd
UCM Pilgrimage to Walsingham. Places are available on a coach calling at Rugby. Telephone Mary Hope on 810880.
Thursday July 4th
Evening talk at Sacred Heart. Talk from Practical Action, the Rugby-based organisation working with communities worldwide to find practical answers to poverty. An opportunity to gain insight into technology-driven solutions and explore what we can do locally. Speaker name and start time to be confirmed. Save the date. All welcome.
Saturday July 6th
Rugby Justice & Peace Group meets at 10.45am in Sacred Heart parish hall. Anyone interested in issues ranging from climate change to domestic and world poverty very welcome – just turn up.
Sunday July 7th
Annual Garden Party in aid of Rob’s Fund in Stella’s Garden. 70, Lime Tree Avenue from 2pm. Admission £3 including Tea and Cake. Children free. Live music, BBQ & Curry, Raffles, Tombola, Stalls. Further details from Stella 01788 816904.
Thursday October 3rd
Parish meeting, 7.30pm in the hall

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.

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 .