Live Simply – December 2017 newsletter

Christmas is coming and…

Check cupboards before your Christmas food shop: Double check what you already have lurking in your store cupboards before needlessly buying more of the same.

21735369914_d858a1c604_b.jpg (1024×683)Leftover turkey: Make sure to pick the bones of your turkey clean, then put the leftover roast meat into the freezer in meal-sized portions for a future meal. Always defrost thoroughly before reheating and eating.

Bought too much root veg? Why not peel, as necessary, blanch for a few minutes in boiling water, then cool and freeze in bags for future use. Better than discarding to compost or the green bin.

Clean oven: Either before or after Christmas this is a chore to face. Make your own oven
cleaner by mixing together water and bicarbonate of soda. Apply the paste to your oven,
leave for a few hours and then remove with a scrubbing brush and damp cloth.

Live sustainably
Surfers_Against_Sewage_Beach_Clean_Perranporth.jpg (960×640)Surfers Against Sewage report making progress on their campaign to bring back bottle deposits to stop plastic pollution in our oceans.
There is now a Defra consultation on plastic bottle pollution and an inquiry led by the Environmental Audit Committee. Recent beach-clean data showed more throwaway plastic being found along our coastline than ever before, emphasizing the urgent need for action.
Supermarkets Iceland and the Co-op, and the National Federation of Retail Newsagents, have confirmed their support for deposit returns and other supermarkets are being lobbied to come on board.
Campaign organisation 38 Degrees also reports that the government is weighing up a small tax on all ‘throwaway plastics’. It would mean that when we buy a takeaway coffee there would be a small charge for a throwaway cup. It has worked for plastic bags, so why not other plastics.

In Solidarity
The perfect time to consider charity gifts for family and friends via World Gifts with CAFOD or similar with Oxfam, Save the Children and other organisations. Closer to home, remember Rugby Foodbank in the run-up to Christmas and, if you can, consider contacting Hope4 about helping out at the Homeless Shelter, now open until the end of March. Rugby’s rough sleeper population is on the rise, sadly.

livesimply prayer

1. 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.

December 2017

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Join us for Sunday worship

You are welcome to join us to celebrate the 33rd Sunday in Year A – World Day of the Poor – at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday November 19th at 9.30am. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 857 Sing to the world of Christ
Penitential Rite: 480 Parish Mass
Gloria: 481 Parish Mass
Psalm: 892 The Lord hears the cry of the poor
Acclamation: 534 Salisbury
Gifts: 625 Bread for the world
Holy Holy: 482 Parish Mass
Mem Acclamation: 483-5 Parish Mass
Lamb of God: 487 Parish Mass
Communion: 777 You are near
Going forth: 880 Tell out my soul
For the next few weeks, we will be using the Parish Mass written by Father Peter Jones, RIP.

Live Simply – November 2017 newsletter

RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE

livesimply prayer

1. 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.

Live Simply

This is inspiration from you and fellow parishioners:-

Handy for notes: Use promotional flyers that have nothing on the reverse side or the backs of used envelopes for notes. Cut down to a handy size these are ideal for ‘phone messages, shopping lists, “to do” reminders. Also, used envelopes opened carefully can often be re-used with a sticky label.

Rag bag: Not all clothing can be resold by charity shops but the shops are able to recycle material. So items bundled into a “rag bag” for the shops can be sent to be “deconstructed” with the recovered materials being used to make new products. Nothing need go to landfill!

Oh knickers!: The time may have come for those old knickers to give way to new pairs but much of the material could be cut up and used as cleaning cloths.

Live sustainably

Coffee cups: Momentum is gathering behind a campaign busting the myth that disposable coffee cups are being recycled. UK consumers buy some 2.5 billion takeaway coffees annually. At present fewer than 1 in 400 of the disposable cups is recycled. The rest go to landfill. Change.org has attracted 90,000 signatures for its campaign to introduce a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups, encouraging people instead to take reusable cups to their favoured coffee outlets.

No sting in the tail: Campaign groups are reporting that Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP, has announced that the UK will back a permanent ban on bee-killing pesticides. At the same time, nine out of 10 of UK garden centres say they will not sell bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides, helping to ensure our gardens are safe havens for precious bees.

In Solidarity

Hard to have missed the fact that we have a new International Development Secretary in Penny Mordaunt MP but perhaps easier to be unaware of the significant pressure she will be coming under from some quarters to end UK Overseas Aid, channelling the funds instead to UK public services. As Global Citizen points out food waste in the UK costs far more than the entire overseas aid budget. As the world’s 5th largest economy the UK can afford investment both at home and abroad. Global Citizen and Save the Children are among those organisations urging Ms Mordaunt to keep faith with the UK’s existing overseas aid commitment.

November 2017

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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.

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.