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.

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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%?

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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Services and events this week

Inside Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday January 9th – Mass at 7pm (Feast of the Baptism of the Lord)
Tuesday January 10th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday January 11th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday January 12th – Mass at 9.30am
Friday January 13th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday January 14th – Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. Mass at 5pm.
Sunday January 15th – Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. Mass at 9.30am.
Parish diary for this week
Monday January 9th – Confirmation group meets, 6pm, Upper Room.
Monday January 9th – Monday Club, 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Saturday January 14th – Liturgy planning meeting, 10am, The Presbytery.
Sunday January 15th – Bilton Unity Service at Methodist Church, 6pm.
Forthcoming events

Thursday January 19th – Live Simply planning meeting, 7.30pm in the hall.
Wednesday January 25th – UCM annual meeting, 7.45pm in the hall.
Saturday January 28th – Cafod – No place like home: Exploring Palestinian realities after 50 years of occupation. 11am, St Francis Hall, University of Birmingham.
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation at Sacred Heart with Archbishop Bernard.

Live Simply – January newsletter

Pope Francis

livesimply prayer
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.

In this season of resolutions and promises, we have the perfect opportunity to review different aspects of our lives and recommit ourselves to living Simply. What personal resolution could you commit to for the next 12 months?

Act in Solidarity

An informal information-sharing network “Refugees Welcome in Rugby” is being launched later this month. The intention is to put in place a support network for refugees from Syria being settled in Rugby and elsewhere in Warwickshire. Rugby Borough Council has liaised with private landlords to honour a commitment under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme to provide homes for refugees. A meeting to launch this network is being held at Rugby Quaker Meeting House on Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 7.30pm. Expert speakers from Warwick University and Coventry & Warwickshire MIND.

Live Sustainably

Recycle Christmas Cards Marks and Spencer has worked with the Woodland Trust since 2008 on a card recycling scheme collecting over 60 million Christmas cards which have helped the Trust to plant over 60,000 trees. So gather up those cards, drop them into the box/sack at Sacred Heart and we will take them in bulk to M&S. NB: Remember that cards containing glitter cannot be readily recycled, so please just glitter-free paper.

Live Simply

a-collection-of-rugby-borough-council-bins.png (320×240)Waste disposal is a major cause of soil, water and air pollution and takes up valuable land space. In Rugby we’ve been encouraged with black, blue and green bins to dispose of our waste responsibly. Rugby Borough Council’s proposals to charge for emptying Green bins seems likely to lead to a greater proportion of garden waste being deposited in black bins and being sent to landfill instead of being rotted down into compost which the council can use itself or even sell. It’s not too late to lobby local councillors to think twice before imposing this cost. Added to the environmental cost in landfill terms and the additional car journeys some may make to the tip to avoid the charge, there’s also the disproportionate impact on those who can least afford to pay – either to have the council dispose of this waste or have someone take it to the tip for them.

January 2017

Worship and events this week

Inside Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday November 14th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday November 15th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday November 16th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday November 17th – Mass at 9.30am
Friday November 18th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday November 19th – Mass at 5pm (Christ the King, Year C)
Sunday November 20th – Mass at 9.30am (Christ the King, Year C)
Parish diary for this week
Monday November 14th – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Monday November 14th – Interfaith lecture by Eleanor Nesbitt on “Living with Difference” at Benn Partnership Centre, 7.30pm.
Saturday November 19th and Sunday November 20th – Cafod Christmas cards for sale after both Masses.
November 17th to 19th – Retreat in the Year of Mercy, 6pm to 9pm each day led by Fr Jimmy Browne IC.
Sunday November 20th – Closing Mass for Year of Mercy, St Marie’s Church, 3pm.
Forthcoming events
Friday November 25th – Meeting to discuss Living Simply as a parish, 7.30pm in parish hall.
Wednesday November 30th – UCM mince pie evening, Sacred Heart Church Hall.
Saturday December 3rd – Day of Praise and Reconciliation, Mater Ecclesiae Convent, Street Ashton, 10.30am.
Sunday February 19th 2017 – Confirmation at Sacred Heart with Archbishop Bernard.

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.