Mass for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Entrance Antiphon: You are just , O Lord, and your judgement is right; treat your servant in accord with your merciful love.  

First Reading; Ezekiel 33:7-9. If you do not speak to the wicked man, I will hold you responsible for his death.

Psalm Response : Ps 94: O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts. 

Second Reading: Romans 13; 8-10. Love is the answer to every one of the commandments.

Gospel AcclamationAlleluia, alleluia! Yours word is truth, O Lord, consecrate us in the truth. Alleluia!

Gospel : Matthew 16:21-27. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.

MASSES  at the Weekend: Sacred Heart, Saturday 5pm and Sunday 9.30am. English Martyrs, Sunday 11am. No Saturday Mass at Present.

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 from Sacred Heart available on YouTube usually by 12 noon each day.

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. 

Here are some thoughts on our response to Laudato Si and how we might take our own personal responsibility for measures in our daily lives that can help make a difference. Please read this and reflect on the message for your life. 

GOOD TO SEE YOU; It is good to see attendance at the Masses in both parishes being maintained and increasing slowly. 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. 

ENGLISH MARTYRS SCHOOL has now opened for the new school year and all is going well. Our thanks to the teachers and staff for all the hard work in making the school a safe place for all.

ENGLISH MARTYRS PARISH HALL; The work to renovate and improve the facilities-toilets and kitchen has been completed. It looks great.  It will help to provide better facilities for our users and the parish. We have funded it from funds the parish had invested with the diocese. 

Living Simply – Season of Creation

One of the Creation stained glass windows at Sacred Heart.

RESPOND NOW TO THE LAUDATO SI’ CHALLENGE

Five years on from the publication of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter exhorting us to “Care for our Common Home”, we are called to act and we are reminded that safeguarding Creation is everyone’s responsibility. Perhaps our experience of the Covid-19 pandemic has made us more aware of what really matters in our lives.

Live Simply

Remember those first days of Lockdown? Food, at its most essential, was a real concern. Suddenly those who had store cupboards were inspecting stock, some people even bought second freezers to stock up as supermarkets rationed purchases. We were confronted by the importance of making use of every scrap of food, of making dishes from scratch. We looked to local producers for fresh dairy, vegetables and fruit. 

  • Let’s continue to care about our food, how it is grown and how far it travels to reach our plates. Let’s dramatically reduce food waste. The Vatican’s Laudato Si’ guide says: “whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor.”

Live Sustainably

Five years on the review of Laudato Si’ also warns against a “throwaway culture” more generally, highlighting how such carelessness depletes natural resources, creates disastrous levels of contaminating waste, kills all manner of creatures. 

  • Let’s try to waste less, slash plastic, paper, energy waste, buy only what we need, recycle and re-purpose as much as we can.

Live in Solidarity with the Poor

Does the phrase “circular economy” mean anything to you? The Vatican hopes it does. We are urged to promote such an economy which aims to end the over-exploitation of productive resources, looking towards their long-term maintenance so that resources can be re-used.  It is those living in the poorest countries who are most harmed by over-exploitation. They could be the beneficiaries, as well as us, of investment in technological innovation, sustainable infrastructures and a growth in resource productivity.

  • Let’s all learn more about how to achieve a “circular economy” and then lobby for change.

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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.

Parish meeting discusses Live Simply

cafod-live-simply-009The Sacred Heart Parish Meeting on Thursday June 30th heard a presentation on the Live Sinmply award and how it is currently working in a Leamington parish.

One of the main items was to hear from Lizzie Wignall (CAFOD’s Community Participation Co-ordinator) about becoming a Live Simply Parish. She was joined by Brian Austin from St Peter’s parish in Leamington who told us what this has meant for them.

Sacred Heart decided some years ago it wanted to become a Live Simply Parish and we have been made aware of what’s involved through the Tips & Signposts that have been regularly circulated. The whole idea has been given a big boost by Pope Francis’ letter a year ago Laudato Si’ (On care for Our Common Home).

It was also agreed to hold quarterly parish meetings open to all parishioners. The next meeting will be in the Autumn.