Parish diary for this week

Inside Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

Parish diary for this week
July 1st – 2nd – Celebrate Catholic Charismatic Family Conference, St Mary’s College, Oscott.
Monday July 3rd – Monday Club meets, 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Tuesday July 4th – Come Dine with the Catenians, Drayton Manor Hotel, Dunchurch. Speaker Pam Hopkins. More information from Mick McNulty.
Wednesday July 5th – Funeral Mass for James Pickering at 11am. Reception into Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday at 6pm.
Friday July 7th – Meeting with MP Mark Pawsey to discuss climate change and poverty. Sacred Heart Church Hall, 7.30pm. Send questions in advance to Brian Davies.
Forthcoming events
Sunday July 16th – Garden Party in aid of Rob’s Fund at 70 Lime Tree Avenue, Bilton. 2pm.

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Meeting with MP Mark Pawsey

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Rugby MP Mark Pawsey will answer your questions on climate change and poverty.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey will answer your questions on climate change and poverty on Friday July 7th.
The meeting takes place at 7.30pm at Sacred Heart Church Hall, Lime Tree Avenue, Bilton. Similar meetings are being held across the country this week.
This will be our fourth meeting with our MP: as a result he has become better informed on Climate Change.
All are welcome and can send questions on this theme in advance to bkdavies4@virginmedia.com

Worship and events this week

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St Bede the Venerable. It is his Feast Day on Thursday.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday May 22nd – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday May 23rd – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am.
Wednesday May 24th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday May 25th –  Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of St Bede the Venerable)
Friday May 26th – Mass at 9.30am (Feast of St Philip Neri)
Saturday May 27th – Mass for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord at 5pm
Sunday May 28th – Mass for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord at 9.30am
Parish diary for this week
Monday May 22nd – Monday Club meets, 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Tuesday May 23rd – General Election hustings at St Andrew’s Church, Rugby, 7.30pm. Read the Catholic Bishops’ statement on the General Election.
Forthcoming events
Monday June 5th – First Holy Communion group, Upper Room, 6pm to 7pm.
June 9th – 11th – Marriage help residential weekend. More details.
Friday June 23rd – Parish Feast Day Mass at 7pm followed by shared table.
July 1st – 2nd – Celebrate Catholic Charismatic Family Conference, St Mary’s College, Oscott.

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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Worship and events this week

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Inside Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday April 25th – Mass at 7pm
Tuesday April 26th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday April 27th – Mass at 7pm
Thursday April 28th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday April 29th – Mass at 9.30am
Saturday April 30th – Mass at 6pm (6th of Easter)
Sunday May 1st – Mass at 9.30am (6th of Easter)
Parish diary for this week
Monday April 25th – Monday Club meets in the hall, 2pm. All senior parishioners welcome.
Wednesday April 27th – UCM host talk by Paul Raddan from the Rugby Real Bread Company, 8.15pm in the hall.
Saturday April 30th – JPIC (Justice Peace and environment) group meets, 9.30am, in the hall.
Forthcoming events

Sunday May 8th – First Communion shared table in the hall, 3pm.
Monday May 9th – First Communion programme, hall, 6pm.
Tuesday May 10th – Breaking the Word (gospel reflection) at 2pm in the hall. All welcome.

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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