Live Simply Newsletter – November 2016

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Pope Francis

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

livesimply prayer (v2 & 3)

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.
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.
Amen.

winter shelter.jpg (650×300)The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and it’s getting colder. Thoughts turn to the rising number of homeless people facing a difficult winter. In common with other towns and cities, Rugby has seen a sharp rise in those living without a roof over their heads. Hope4 Rugby is the local charity which helps the homeless or badly-housed. Some Sacred Heart parishioners help out at the Winter Shelter which usually operates between 1st December and 31st March. If interested, consult Hope4 Rugby.

The charity is also in need of donations of the following:

  • Sleeping bags, rucksacks, tents and camping mats always needed
  • Deodorants, disposable razors, shaving gel/foam, toiletries
  • Men’s socks, shoes, belts and underwear if clean and in good condition
  • Board games
  • Tins of baked beans, tuna, fish, ham, fruit, custard, rice pudding. Please no pasta, soup or teabags at present.
  • No clothes or coats at present, please.

Donations can be taken to the Hope Centre at 8 Newbold Road during opening hours or phone the Hope Centre on 01788 572456 to arrange collection. Important Note: Surplus items donated to Hope4 will be shared with the food bank, given to charity shops or otherwise disposed of. Hope4 say, please only donate if you are happy for them to do this.

http://www.hope4.org.uk

Palm Oil

Palm-Oil-2-6-14-2216px-1.jpg (3000×1040)The ongoing use of Palm Oil in products ranging from bread and biscuits to detergents continues to promote the devastation of rain forests as land is cleared for the planting of palm trees. The European Food Safety Authority has also warned that refined palm oil and products manufactured with it contain very high amounts of fatty acid esters that can cause cancer and damage DNA, liver, kidneys and testes. So, please read product labels prior to purchase; avoid palm oil and where possible look for a Fair Trade option. For a detailed survey of palm oil and product rating visit http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/shoppingethically/palmoilfreelist.aspx

November 2016

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Live Simply Newsletter – September 2016

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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Create in us a desire to live sustainably,
So that those who follow after us
May enjoy the fruits of your creation.

Gardeners and non-gardeners will be aware of concerns about the environmental damage caused by extracting peat for use in our gardens. The Growing Media Initiative (GMI) is a scheme developed by the Horticultural Trades Association, with the Growing Media Association, DIY and Garden Centre retailers, Defra, the RSPB and the Royal Horticultural Society, which is working towards government targets to reduce peat use. Peatlands are an important habitat and carbon store globally and are under threat.

The GMI scheme aims to increase consumer awareness about the need to protect peatlands and to use more sustainable materials for growing plants and improving soil. GMI is developing a calculator to enable manufacturers to measure and score the environmental values of key materials used in their products. To learn more, go to: www.growingmedia.co.uk

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The Local Government Association estimates that 2.5 billion paper drinks cups are discarded in the UK annually. Many have a plastic coating which must be separated before the cup can be recycled; council recycling systems are not equipped for this. It is understood there is only one company in the UK which can,
naturally limiting recycling capacity
. The upshot is that most discarded coffee cups go to landfill – an estimated 25,000 tons of waste. Campaigners are urging high street coffee chains to move faster in developing recyclable cups. There is also pressure on chains to discount prices for customers who bring their own cups/containers for their take-away drink.


CAFOD & Green Energy

The world’s first green electricity company, Ecotricity, has agreed to donate money to CAFOD every time a CAFOD supporter switches to them. Ecotricity is a UK-based company whose mission is to change the way electricity is made and used in Britain. They offer 100 per cent green electricity and green gas. All of Ecotricity’s profits go back into their mission meaning, they say, that they use their customers’ energy bills to fund the
building of new sources of green energy – what they call ‘bills into mills’.
For details, check out http://cafod.org.uk/Give/Major-giving/Companies/Ecotricity

Microbeads Success


The UK Government and many manufacturers are now committed to ending the use of
tiny pieces of plastic in toiletries from face scrubs to toothpaste, found to be causing untold damage to marine life when washed off into our water system, and eventually into our oceans. Sustainable alternative products are available, so shop carefully. “Good Scrub” guides are available online and a free “Beat the Microbead” smartphone app.

Coca-Cola ahead of water target

The Coca-Cola Company has reported that it has met its water replenishment target five years ahead of schedule. The goal was to return the equivalent amount of water used by the company in its global sales volume back to nature and communities. The company was estimated to have returned 191.9 billion litres of water back to nature and communities in 2015 via local projects, equalling 115 per cent of the water used in its beverages in the same period.

September 2016

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Live Simply Newsletter – July 2016

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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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.

Our recent Parish Meeting had liveSimply at the top of its agenda and doubtless we’ll hear more of this.

One great idea which arose in the context of a discussion about parking problems around the church on Sundays is also a great sustainability liveSimply idea: Car Sharing.

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Why not try car sharing?

As a parish we could greatly reduce the amount of traffic we generate – we can worry about neighbours later – by coming to church together each looking to pick up those who live near us or en route to church.

This has the added benefit of cutting down on our fuel consumption as a parish – a sustainability goal. Keep an eye on Parish Noticeboards for a car sharing rota.

Face facts

1449611239181 (650×390)Microbeads, tiny pieces of plastic found in toiletries from face scrubs to toothpaste, cause untold damage to marine life when they are washed off into our water system, eventually finding their way into our oceans. They threaten the sustainability of many ocean creatures when they ingest them. Microbeads are expected to be outlawed in the USA from next year and pre-Referendum our Government was reported to be considering following suit. There is an active Greenpeace UK “ban-microbeads” petition to encourage this. Also available online are “Good Scrub” guides and a free Beat the Microbead smartphone app. Sustainable alternative products are available, so shop carefully.

Fishing facts

seaSticking with the ocean theme, many will be aware of a long-term campaign for the sustainable fishing of tuna to end the destruction of other species such as endangered turtles that can otherwise be caught up and destroyed by industrial fishing methods.

Supermarkets have embraced the campaign ensuring their own-brand labels only sell 100% sustainable tuna. However, campaigners are continuing to lobby hard for supermarkets to ban the products of John West, the owners of which have yet to deliver on a 2011 commitment to phase out unsustainable fishing methods. By 2015, only 2% of John West tuna met the sustainability target. Its nearest rival brand, Princes, was also 75% short of its 100% sustainability target as at last Autumn.*

We each have it in our gift to live sustainably – shop thoughtfully.

Live sustainably – liveSimply that others may simply live – think Fair Trade

July 2016

*Source: Ethical Consumer

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Live Simply Newsletter – March 2016

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LIVING SIMPLY IN THE YEAR OF MERCY

This Year of Mercy offers us the perfect time not just to contemplate the meaning of “mercy” but also to explore how we can demonstrate mercy in our daily lives. The fundamental message behind liveSimply is one of mercy and consideration for the people and beings with which we share this world. Here are some suggestions.

The Corporal Works of Mercy Live Simply Action

To feed the hungry – Contribute regularly to Rugby Food Bank

To give drink to the thirsty – Support CAFOD in its work to deliver clean water to overseas communities

To clothe the naked – Donate clothing to the St Chad’s Sanctuary project in Birmingham

To Shelter the Homeless – Support the work of Hope4 in Rugby

To visit the sick – Pray for parishioners whose names feature in our weekly parish newsletter and consider if any would welcome a visit from you

To visit the imprisoned – Take the time to send messages of support and encouragement to Prisoners of Conscience

To bury the dead – Consider whether you might attend the funeral service of members of the parish who die.

These are just suggestions. You will have your own ways of demonstrating mercy in your daily lives.

March 2016

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Live Simply Newsletter – February 2016

pope-francis_2541160bRESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE
livesimply prayer (v2 part)

Create in us a desire to live sustainably,
So that those who follow after us
May enjoy the fruits of your creation.

Lent is upon us. Time to be positive and to focus on things we can do that will have a beneficial effect on others and on our planet. Thinking about what we buy, where it has come from and how it has been produced can make a difference.

Live Sustainably

  • WRAP Waste & Resources Action Programme is a charity dedicated to campaigning for the world’s resources to be used sustainably. It works with hundreds of businesses and local authorities, trade associations and charities to deliver change. WRAP aims to drive change in areas where it can make the biggest difference:
  • With Fair Trade fortnight on the horizon check out fairly-traded products which contain palm oil from sustainable sources. The exponential growth in the use of palm oil in products ranging from ice cream and biscuits to detergents has seen millions of acres of rainforest in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea cleared for palm plantations. The same clearance of natural vegetation is threatened in Africa. The effect is devastating destroying the habitats of indigenous wildlife. The carbon released by the deforestation is a significant contributor to climate change. (Source: Ethical Consumer)palm oil

The Sustainable Palm Oil Transparency Toolkit (SPOTT) is a project from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to provide practical information and resources to stakeholders in the palm oil industry, to reduce its negative environmental impacts. Check it out. http://www.sustainablepalmoil.org/

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Live Simply Newsletter – December 2016

pope-francis_2541160bRESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE
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.
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.
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. Amen.

As the new year gets underway it is timely to remind ourselves of the liveSimply prayer and commit anew to resolutions to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with those less fortunate than ourselves.

While New Year Resolutions may still be forming in your mind, how about considering how you can:
Live Simply
De-clutter – what do you really need? In sorting out cupboards, drawers, rooms you will not only feel better but also remind yourself about what you do not need and therefore resist replacing.
Live Sustainably
Commit to meat-free days each week / eat more vegetables. A healthy move and worth noting that the methane produced by cattle has an effect on the climate. Roughly 18 per cent of greenhouse gases are caused by livestock farming.
Walk more – if health permits, think about walking rather than driving to the shops or to church. It will be better for you and better for the environment.
Recycle unwanted clothing – shops such as H&M, M&S, Uniqlo and others have schemes in place allowing customers to recycle clothing bought from their stores. M&S, for example, works with Oxfam on a clothing recycling initiative and has Shwop drop boxes in most stores.
Act in Solidarity
fairtrade_logoBe more enquiring about the production/supply process behind where the food you eat most often or the clothing you buy most frequently comes from. A host of organisations now provide this kind of information, including the Fairtrade Foundation and Ethical Consumer. Gen up and then tell your friends. Consumers acting collectively can drive change. http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/ http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/
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Successful year for website

DSC_0642Our newly-designed parish website,www.sacredheartrugby.org.uk, has had a busy year. Since its new look in April 2015, it has had 1,751 visitors from 59 different countries and 5,833 views. Each week, between 60 and 90 visitors access the website and look at around three different pages. The most popular day of the year was Christmas Eve when there were nearly 200 page views. If you would like to receive an email every time the website is updated, please go to the site and click on the ‘Follow’ button.

Live Simply Newsletter – November 2015

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

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livesimply prayer (v2)

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.

This weekend and in the coming fortnight we will be encouraged to focus on the future health of our world as the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference takes place in Paris. Pope Francis has provided a foundation for us with his encyclical Laudato Si’. In it he urges each and every one – individuals and communities – to an “ecological conversion”.  We are invited to “change direction” by taking on the beauty and responsibility of the task of “caring for our common home”.

Small changes in individual behaviour can make a difference.

Why not consider:

  • Going meat free for a few days each week. Roughly 18 per cent of greenhouse gases are caused by livestock farming. Producing just one beef steak emits more CO2 than driving for an hour or leaving the lights on at home.*
  • Cutting down your speed on the road, use less air con, take unnecessary items out of the boot and keep tyres properly inflated. This helps to improve efficiency and miles per litre. Road transport in the UK produces roughly one quarter of national CO2 emissions. Driving at 80mph uses 25 per cent more fuel on average than driving at 70mph*
  • Only filling up the kettle with the water you need. It’s estimated that over 30 million litres of water are boiled in the UK every day only to go cold again.*
  • Looking for locally/ UK-produced food – and make it seasonal. This helps to reduce the carbon footprint of transporting it and supports UK farmers.*
  • Reducing time in the shower. On average we spend eight or nine minutes under the shower each day, accounting for about 12 per cent of water usage. Cutting down the time saves on both water and fuel.*
  • Fine tuning your computer settings to make sure it turns off when you’re not using it and that brightness settings aren’t unnecessarily high. 65 per cent of energy used by computers is spent on running idle, not on actual computing.
    http://www.un.org/climatechange/take-action/
    climateCafod Campaign – One Climate, One World
  • *Source: The Independent and Do Nation – http://www.wearedonation.com
    http://unfccc.int/meetings/paris_nov_2015/meeting/8926.php
Other information and ideas for personal action can be found via the links below:
http://www.un.org/climatechange/take-action
http://unfccc.int/meetings/paris_nov_2015/meeting/8926.php

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Live Simply Newsletter – October 2015

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

pope-francis_2541160blivesimply prayer (v2)

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.

In his encyclical Laudato Si’ Pope Francis is strongly critical of our throw-away culture. He challenges us as consumers to be more responsible in our buying habits taking care about how much we buy and questioning if what we buy has been fairly traded. One of the biggest scandals to which so many of us contribute is Food Waste.

Food Waste facts:

  • The UK throws away 4.2 million tonnes of food a year
    Every month the average family throws away £60 of food – £720 in a year.

Positive action:

  • Ethical Performance, an organisation that monitors how corporations behave, reports that there is now a Europe-wide value-chain approach to fight against food waste in the food services sector. Those involved in the field-to-plate initiative include Ardo, McCain, PepsiCo, SCA, Sodexo, Unilever Food Solutions and WWF. The initiative is driven by the International Food Waste Coalition which engages at every phase of food production and is now piloting a project in schools in different countries in the EU to identify where waste occurs and look for solutions. To know more visit: www.ethicalperformance.com/news/article/9268
  • Sainsbury’s has teamed up with Google to launch Food Rescue, an online tool which provides advice and recipes sainsburys-voice-search_articles_image3to help stop waste and start saving food that might otherwise go into the bin. www.sainsburyfoodrescue.co.uk
  • Many major supermarkets are now committed to better managing their food stocks to reduce the amount sent to landfill. Many donate perfectly edible products to Food Banks and local charities. Tesco, for example, works with food redistribution charity FareShare and has donated 2.3 million meals since late 2012. Tesco is also working with the UK Waste Reduction Action Programme (WRAP) to introduce “Love Food Hate Waste” hints and tips on the packaging of their fruit and vegetable products.
What can you do?
  • Check out the food waste policy of the supermarket you use most often – how do they compare with competitors? How transparent is their performance data?
  • Ask at Customer Service about the shop’s policy on food waste and also about their Fair Trade policy
  • Always shop with a list to avoid buying more than you need or are likely to consume
  • Buy and freeze – if it is more economic to buy a larger quantity, think about freezing the proportion that you will not be able to use immediately
  • Make mouth-watering dishes from leftovers. If you are not sure how, check online for ideas and easy-to-follow recipes or ask a fellow parishioner – you’d be amazed at the wealth of knowledge in the parish.
  • October 2015

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Live Simply Newsletter – September 2015

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

pope-francis_2541160blivesimply prayer
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. Amen

Shelter and Food

Many of those who responded to the live Simply survey we conducted earlier in the year wanted to know more about what they could do locally, especially to help people who are homeless.

Hope4 Rugby, started by the Rugby Churches, is the local charity which helps people who are homeless or badly-housed. They provide practical support helping people to find jobs and accommodation, sign-posting to other agencies, IT facilities for job-hunting, advice, helping with benefit claims and job applications, food, showers, laundry facilities and beds for rough-sleepers in the winter.

They are always looking for new volunteers.  A volunteer application form can be downloaded from their website. The new volunteer co-ordinator is Patricia Lole – email: newvolunteers@hope4.org.uk or call 01788 544 732

At present they need the following volunteers:

  • Someone to help with laundry on a regular basis
  • Catering leaders to cook lunches for up to 35 guests
  • People to help serve lunches and clear away afterwards
  • Team Leaders for Hope4U for Monday, Wednesday or Friday evenings once a month

Also with Winter just around the corner, some people might be interested in helping out with the Winter Shelter which is usually offered between 1 December 2015 and 31 March 2016 (dates may be subject to change). Again, consult Hope4 Rugby for full details.

Rugby Foodbank

Sacred Heart parishioners are good supporters of Rugby Foodbank. It opened its doors in March 2012 and since then has helped 9060 people including 3416 children. So far in 2015 the Foodbank is helping feed an average of 249 people a month including an average of 90 children.  Donations since opening have been over 120 tonnes of food.

The Foodbank will provide emergency food for anyone in a crisis, including those who are homeless, as long as they have been referred by one of the 100 or so care agencies within Rugby.

The Foodbank website provides a weekly update of what goods they need most urgently and what they have got enough of – so always good to check the site very quickly before you do weekly shop. Items can be left in the red boxes provided in the Narthex. Volunteers from the parish drop off contributions to the Foodbank each week.  Check the Parish website too for posts/updates.

September 2015

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