Mass for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Here is Mass for the Sxith Sunday of Easter from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Sat  21stSH 5.00pm LS Pat Priest RIP
Sun  22nd SH 
EM
9.30 am 
11.00 am LS 
Confirmation Mass with Bishop David Evans 
People of the Parishes  
Mon  23rd SH 10.00 am LS No Mass Today 
Tues  24thSH 10.00 am. LS Peace in Ukraine and for the Refugees 
Wed  25th SH  7.00 pm. LS Vigil Mass of the Ascension of the Lord  
Fr Graham Ordination Anniversary 
Thurs  26th EM SH10 am  
12.30 pm 
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. Mass with School. Holyday of Obligation.  Shirley Petras RIP 
Funeral Mass for Patricia (Pat) Priest RIP
Fri  27th SH 7.00pm LS Sick and Infirm of the Parishes
Sat 28thSH 5pm LS Tom Collins RIP
Sun 29thSH  EM9.30 am  
11.00 am LS
People of the Parishes 
Maurine Mc Loughlin RIP 

Welcome to Bishop David and our thanks for coming to celebrate Mass and Confirmation this  Sunday at Sacred Heart. Bishop David is the Auxiliary Bishop responsible for the Birmingham and  Worcestershire area of the Diocese.  

Second collection for Catholic Communications this weekend. 

Today is a Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians. Let us pray for peace in the world , especially in  the Middle East. May Christians in those lands be strengthened in their faith so they may contin ue steadfastly to give witness to Jesus Christ.  

LIVESTREAM : There have been some problems with the Saturday evening Livestream from SH. If this happens you can watch the Livestream from EM at 11 am on Sunday which seems more re liable. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

Sacred Heart Safeguarding Officer: Sue Leary www.sacredheartrugby.org.uk Tel. 01788 813263 YouTube: Sacred Heart, Bilton  Email: sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk Parish Office for both parishes open:  Tuesday and Friday 9.30 am to 12.00.English Martyrs Safeguarding Officer: Marie Kane www.englishmartyrsrugby.org Tel. 01788 813263 YouTube -English Martyrs RC Parish Rugby Email: sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk English Martyrs Primary School Tel 01788 543432
Parish Team Canon Gerard Murray, Deacon Lionel Pelloquin. Fr Graham Venn IC in residence  Archdiocese of Birmingham Registered as a charity no. 234216

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION AT SH  

First Holy Communion (1st Group)  

The next session for Children and Parents will be on 23rd May at 6pm in the Hall.  First Communion for this group is on Sunday 26th June at 9.30am Mass. 

First Holy Communion (2nd Group)  

Next meeting for children will be on Thursday 26th May at 6pm in the Hall. Please remember to  bring your folder and pencil case. First Communion for this group will be on Saturday, 16th July  at 2pm.  

English Martyrs First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Saturday 11th June at 11am.  RETURNNG TO MASS FROM PENTECOST—MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOPS CONFERENCE  

Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, until the present time, we have shared with you our  judgment that the situation of the last two years has meant that the Sunday Obligation has been  impeded and has needed to be fulfilled in other ways. We thank God that this situation has now  changed. The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have  resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the previous Covid measures.  

We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on  Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply. We understand there will still be some  members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to  Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic  to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health,  care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday Obligation. It is intended that  this Sunday Obligation should return from Pentecost Sunday celebrated on 5th June.  

UKRAINIAN REFUGEES IN RUGBY AREA 

Hosts in the Rugby area have been welcoming refugee families into their homes. Sacred Heart  hosted the first of our coffee mornings last Wednesday. We welcomed nine Ukrainian families and  it went well. Thank you to the team who helped prepare refreshments. Our Parish has agreed to  run a Coffee Morning and other refreshments on Wednesday mornings each week at 10am to 12  noon . We are able to offer a safe and welcoming place where people can gather to support one  another at this difficult time and support and help can be offered or arranged as needed. Offers of  help welcome to make drinks and provide small cakes or traybakes. If you would like to help please  contact Diane on 07951177910.  

Fr Hudson’s Care on behalf of the diocese are working hard to coordinate and help to support  efforts being made in various parts of the diocese. They have much expertise in working with  refugees and asylum seekers over many years. They are receiving many requests of support  through St Chad’s Sanctuary in Birmingham. They need vital funds to expand and develop the  support which is vitally needed. Thank you for your Support. Any cheques to Fr Hudsons. CAR PARKING AT ENGLISH MARTYRS WEEKEND MASS TIMES : We have been asked us to move  from our usual parking place in the Playground which will be marked for games use . We have  been offered the use of the School Car Park . There are a similar number of places but we will need  to park sensitively and carefully with regard to other users so the capacity can be used. This will  begin from next weekend. We thank the School for the use of this facility.

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Here is Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Easter from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Sat  14th SH 5.00pm LS Peoples of the Parish
Sun  15th SH EM9.30 am 
11.00 am LS 
George Wilcock RIP & family 
Catherine McMahon & Audrey McMahon RIP  
Mon  16th SH 10.00 am LS No Mass this week
Tues  17thSH 10.00 am. LS No Mass this week
Wed  18th SH  7.00 pm. LS For the Victims and Survivors of Abuse
Thurs  19th EM 
EM 
SH
11am  
1.30pm 
10am 
Mary Treanor RIP 
Funeral Service Mary Treanor RIP 
Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion 
Fri  20th SH 7.00pm LS Fr David Peters RIP and Fr David Craig RIP
Sat 21stSH 5pm LS Pat Priest RIP
Sun 22ndSH  EM9.30 am  
11.00 am LS
Confirmation Mass with Bishop David Evans 
People of the Parishes

ENGLISH MARTYRS PARISH: Today at 11am Mass we will be baptising three children Cleverly, Leila and  Chloe. It will be incorporated in the mass. Cleverly and Leila are preparing for their First Holy  Communion this year. Please pray for all the children and their families. 

MAY PROCESSION IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY AND BENEDICTION at St Joseph’s Monks Kirby.  Sunday 15th May at 3pm Meet at the Village Green—opposite St Edith’s C of E Church and then process  through the village to St Josephs for Benediction. Clergy and Servers welcome to participate.  Refreshments available afterwards. More details fr.matthew.pittam@rcaob.org.uk. 

SPECIAL COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND THROUGHOUT THE DIOCESE FOR FATHER HUDSON’S WORK ON  OUR BEHALF IN SUPPORTING REFUGEES FROM UKRAINE. IT WILL HELP THEM EXTEND THEIR SERVICES  WHICH ARE MUCH IN DEMAND BY THE NEWLY ARRIVING FAMILIES. 

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION AT SH  

First Holy Communion (1st Group)  

The next session for children will be on 23rd May at 6pm in the Hall. First Communion for this group  is on Sunday 26th June at 9.30am Mass. 

First Holy Communion (2nd Group)  

Next meeting for children will be on Thursday 19th May at 6pm in the Hall. Please remember to  bring your folder and pencil case. First Communion for this group will be on Saturday, 16th July at  2pm.  

Confirmation Preparation Programme continues with the last session on Thursday, 19th May from  7pm until 8.30pm. This will include a rehearsal. Confirmation will be celebrated next Sunday 22nd  May at the 9.30am Mass with Bishop David Evans. Please pray for the candidates and their families.  

English Martyrs First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Saturday 11th June at 11am.  RETURNING TO MASS FROM PENTECOST—MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOPS CONFERENCE  

Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, until the present time, we have shared with you our  judgment that the situation of the last two years has meant that the Sunday Obligation has been  impeded and has needed to be fulfilled in other ways. We thank God that this situation has now  changed. The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have  resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the previous Covid measures.  

We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on  Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply. We understand there will still be some mem bers of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It  has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend  Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the  sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday Obligation. It is intended that this Sunday  Obligation should return from Pentecost Sunday celebrated on 5th June.  

UKRAINIAN REFUGEES IN RUGBY AREA 

Hosts in the Rugby area have been welcoming refugee families into their homes. Sacred Heart Par ish have agreed to run a Coffee Morning and other refreshments on Wednesday mornings begin ning on the 18th May at 10am to 12 noon. We are able to offer a safe and welcoming place where  people can gather to support one another at this difficult time and support and help can be offered  

or arranged as needed. Offers of help welcome to make drinks and provide cakes. If you would like  to help please contact Diane on 7951177910.  

Fr Hudson’s Care on behalf of the diocese are working hard to coordinate and help to support  efforts being made in various parts of the diocese. They have much expertise in working with refugees and asylum seekers over many years. They are receiving many requests of support through St  Chad’s Sanctuary in Birmingham. The second Collection will provide vital funds to expand and develop the support which is vitally needed. Please support the Second/ Retiring Collection today.  Any cheques to Fr Hudsons. 

DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF ABUSE on Tuesday 17th May. Pope Francis has asked us to remember this intention specially in our prayers on this day.

Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Here is Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Easter from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Sat  7th SH 5.00pm LS Peoples of the Parish
Sun  8th SH 
EM
9.30 am 
11.00 am LS 
George Wilcock RIP & family 
Catherine McMahon & Audrey McMahon RIP  
Mon  9th SH 10.00 am LS 11.00 amNo Mass Today 
Funeral Service for Anthony Pace RIP at Rainsbrook Crematorium. 
Tues  10thSH 10.00 am. LS No Mass Today 
Wed  11th SH  7.00 pm. LS Peace in Ukraine 
Thurs  12th EM 
SH
11 am  
10am 
Candidates for First Holy Communion Intentions 
Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion 
Fri  13th SH 7.00pm LS Sick and Housebound Members of the Parishes
Sat 14thSH 5pm LS For Vocations to priesthood, religious life and service of the Gospel.
Sun 15thSH  EM9.30 am  11.00 am LSPeople of the Parishes Cleverly , Leila and Chloe and their Families

ENGLISH MARTYRS PARISH ; Next Sunday at 11 am Mass we will be baptising three children: Cleverly,  Leyla and Chloe. It will be incorporated in to the Mass. Cleverley and Leila are preparing for their First  Communion this year. Please pray for all the children and their families.  

Today is Good Shepherd Sunday traditionally known as Vocations Sunday. Please pray for those prepar ing for ordination to the Diaconate and Priesthood and for all those discerning their Vocation in life.  This may be priesthood, diaconate, religious life, married and family life or single life. May the Lord  guide them and help them discover God’s purpose.  

RETIRING COLLECTION TODAY FOR THE CLERGY TRAINING FUND.  

NEXT WEEKEND MAY PROCESSION IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY AND BENEDICTION at St Joseph’s Monks  Kirby. Sunday 15th May at 3pm Meet at the Village Green—opposite St Edith’s C of E Church and then  process through the village to St Josephs for Benediction.  

Clergy and Servers welcome to participate. Refreshments available afterwards. 

WALKING TOGETHER/ SYNODALITY– DIOCESAN  REPORT. 

This Report is available on the Diocesan website— http://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk.There will be a link  on the parishes’ websites. Our Diocesan report has  now gone to the national level where work is begin ning on creating anational report from England and  Wales which will go to Rome.  

We hope to have an opportunity soon to have a  look at the Report and its implications for the life  our parishes and our diocese.  

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION AT SH  

First Holy Communion Preparation (first group) The next session for Children will be on 9th June.  First Holy Communion Mass for this group is on  Sunday, 26th June at 9.30 am 

Confirmation Preparation Programme continues  Thursday, 5th May in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall,  7—8 pm. Confirmation will be celebrated on  Sunday, 22nd May at 9.30 am Mass.  

We are trying hard to assist those children and  families whose First Holy Communion has been  delayed because of Covid and other factors.  

Sacramental Preparation for both Parishes is being  offered at Sacred Heart. Because of the backlog we  will not be able to take on any more new candidates  for First Holy Communion this year.  

English Martyrs School First Holy Communion will  be celebrated on Saturday 11th June at 11 am. 

HELPING UKRAINE. Fr Hudson’s ,our Diocesan  social welfare agency ,is the point of contact for  offers of accommodation and help for the  refugees. They will liaise with the relevant  authorities and keep up to date with  

developments .There is more information on the  

diocesan website . 

UKRAINIAN REFUGEES IN RUGBY  

Hosts in Rugby are going to be welcoming over 150  refugees into their homes. We at Sacred Heart have  agreed to run a coffee morning on Wednesdays  between 10 and 12 noon. We can offer a safe and  welcoming place for them to support each other.  Can you help? We need people to make drinks and  provide cakes. If you can help please contact Diane  on 07951177910 

PRAYER FOR UKRAINE =CAFOD  

Loving God, 

We pray for the people of Ukraine, 

for all those suffering or afraid, 

that you will be close to them and protect them. We pray for world leaders, 

for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their  choices. 

We pray for the world 

that in this moment of crisis, 

we may reach out in solidarity 

to our brothers and sisters in need. 

May we walk in your ways 

so that peace and justice 

become a reality for the people of Ukraine and for all the world. 

Amen.

Mass for the Third Sunday of Easter

Here is Mass for the third Sunday of Easter from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Sat  30th SH 5.00pm LS Nancy Crowley RIP (Mapplethorpe)
Sun  1st  May SH 
EM
9.30 am 
11.00 am LS 
People of the Parishes 
David Sheehan RIP  
Mon  2nd SH 10.00 am LS Fr Ted Simpson RIP
Tues  3rdSH 10.00 am. LS 
3.30pm
Christopher Kinsella RIP  
Christopher Kinsella – Funeral Service at Rainsbrook
Wed  4th SH 
EM 
7.00 pm.
LS 2pm 
Jennifer Evans RIP 
Jennifer (Jen) Evans Funeral Service at English Martyrs 
Thurs  5th EM 
SH
11 am  
10am 
ENGLISH MARTYRS FEAST DAY  
Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion 
Fri  6th SH 7.00pm LS Sick and Housebound members of the Parishes
Sat 7thSH 5pm LS Peoples of the Parish
Sun 8thSH  
EM
9.30 am  
11.00 am LS
George Wilcock RIP & family 
Catherine McMahon & Audrey McMahon RIP

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for May 

For faith filled young people. We pray for all young people, called to live life ot the fullest; may they see  in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the  dedication to service 

SACRED HEART: Refreshments , tea and coffee, are available in the Hall after Sunday Mass. All are very welcome. Come and join us to meet and catch up. New parishioners are very welcome 

Readers’ Rotas at Sacred Heart are available today in the narthex. 

First Holy Communion Preparation (second group) IMPORTANT  

There is a registration meeting for parents on Thursday, 5th May 7—8pm in the day chapel at Sacred  Heart. It is very important that you attend this meeting.  

The first session for children will be on Thursday, 12th May, 6-7pm  

First Holy Communion Mass for this second group will be on Saturday, 16th July at 2 pm

MAY PROCESSION IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY  AND BENEDICTION at St Joseph’s Monks Kirby.  Sunday 15th May at 3pm  

Meet at the Village Green—opposite St Edith’s  C of E Church and then process through the village  to St Josephs for Benediction.  

Clergy and Servers welcome to participate. Refresh ments available afterwards. More details  fr.matthew.pittam@rcaob.org.uk. 

WALKING TOGETHER/ SYNODALITY– DIOCESAN  REPORT. 

This Report is available on the Diocesan website— http://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk.There will be a link  on the parishes’ websites. Our Diocesan report has  now gone to the national level where work is begin ning on creating anational report from England and  Wales which will go to Rome.  

We hope to have an opportunity soon to have a  look at the Report and its implications for the life  our parishes and our diocese.  

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION AT SH  

First Holy Communion Preparation (first group) The next session for Children will be on 9th June.  First Holy Communion Mass for this group is on  Sunday, 26th June at 9.30 am 

Confirmation Preparation Programme continues  Thursday, 5th May in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall,  7—8 pm. Confirmation will be celebrated on  Sunday, 22nd May at 9.30 am Mass.  

We are trying hard to assist those children and  families whose First Holy Communion has been  delayed because of Covid and other factors.  

Sacramental Preparation for both Parishes is being  offered at Sacred Heart. Because of the backlog we  will not be able to take on any more new candidates  for First Holy Communion this year.  

English Martyrs School First Holy Communion will  be celebrated on Saturday 11th June at 11 am. 

HELPING UKRAINE. Fr Hudson’s ,our Diocesan  social welfare agency ,is the point of contact for  offers of accommodation and help for the  refugees. They will liaise with the relevant  authorities and keep up to date with  developments .There is more information on the  diocesan website . 

UKRAINIAN REFUGEES IN RUGBY  

Hosts in Rugby are going to be welcoming over 150  refugees into their homes. We at Sacred Heart have  agreed to run a coffee morning on Wednesdays  between 10 and 12 noon. We can offer a safe and  welcoming place for them to support each other.  Can you help? We need people to make drinks and  provide cakes. If you can help please contact Diane  on 07951177910 

PRAYER FOR UKRAINE =CAFOD  

Loving God, 

We pray for the people of Ukraine, 

for all those suffering or afraid, 

that you will be close to them and protect them. We pray for world leaders, 

for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their  choices. 

We pray for the world 

that in this moment of crisis, 

we may reach out in solidarity 

to our brothers and sisters in need. 

May we walk in your ways 

so that peace and justice 

become a reality for the people of Ukraine and for all the world. 

Amen.

Mass for theSecond Sunday of Easter

Here is Mass for the Second Sunday of Easter from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Sat  23rd SH EM5.00pm LS 1.30 pmPeople of the Parishes Wedding Service– Aaron Moog and Chelsie Glover 
Sun  24th SH 
EM 
SH
9.30 am 
11.00 amLS  
2.30pm –3.30pm 
Yvonne Montayne RIP 
Antonia and Peter Joppe RIP
Memorial Mass Divine Mercy Sunday Service 
Mon  25th SH 10.00 am LS Peace in Ukraine
Tues  26thSH 10.00 am. LS Edward Cashel RIP
Wed  27th SH 7.00 pm. LS Maurice Guy RIP (Clarke)
Thurs  28th EM
SH
11 am  
10am 
Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion 
Fri  29thSH 7.00pm LS Well being of members of the Robinson and Pelloquin families
Sat 30thSH 5pm LS Nancy Crowley RIP (Mapplethorpe)
Sun 01stSH  EM9.30 am  
11.00 am LS
People of the Parishes David Sheehan RIP

Children’s Liturgy at Sacred Heart today—all are welcome and we are quite happy for parents to send  their children unaccompanied so you can enjoy some peace in the Mass. 

Divine Mercy Sunday this Sunday 24th April at 2.30 pm at Sacred Heart . Service with Exposition,  Divine Mercy Prayers and Benediction. All welcome.  

Readers’ Rotas at Sacred Heart are available today in the narthex. 

SACRED HEART: Refreshments , tea and coffee, are available in the Hall after Sunday Mass. All are very welcome. Come and join us to meet and catch up. New parishioners are very welcome 

Holiday Club Draw for £500 was won by Mrs Paulene Craddock ticket number 1685. Many thanks to all  who have organised or contributed to this fund raising effort over the past thirty years.

MAY PROCESSION IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY AND  BENEDICTION  

at St Joseph’s Monks Kirby. 

Sunday 15th May at 3pm 

Meet at the Village Green—opposite St Edith’s  

C of E Church and then process through the village  to St Josephs for Benediction.  

Clergy and Servers welcome to participate. Refresh ments available afterwards. More details  fr.matthew.pittam@rcaob.org.uk. 

HELPING UKRAINE. Fr Hudson’s ,our Diocesan so cial welfare agency ,is to be the point of contact for  offers of accommodation and help for the refugees.  

They will liaise with the relevant authorities and  keep up to date with developments .There is more  information on the diocesan website . 

WALKING TOGETHER/ SYNODALITY– DIOCESAN  REPORT. 

The Diocesan Synopsis of the reports from the Par ishes, Schools and other groups and individuals has  now been published. It makes interesting reading  and is available on the Diocesan website— http://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk.There will be a link  on the parishes’ websites.  

It runs to 16 sides or 8 pages. Fr Gerry is happy to  print you a copy if you can’t access email. He  doesn’t want to print copies that may not be  required.  

We hope to have an opportunity soon to have a  look at the Report and its implications for the life  our parishes and our diocese.  

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION AT SH  

First Holy Communion Preparation (first group) The next session for Children will be on 25th  April .First Holy Communion Mass for this group is  on Sunday, 26th June at 9.30 am 

Confirmation Preparation Programme continues  Thursday, 28th April in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall,  7—8 pm. Confirmation will be celebrated on  Sunday, 22nd May at 9.30 am Mass.  

First Holy Communion Preparation (second group)  There is a registration meeting for parents on  Thursday, 5th May 7—8pm in the day chapel.  It is very important that you attend this meeting.  The first session for children will be on Thursday,  12th May, 6-7pm  

First Holy Communion Mass for this second group  will be on Saturday, 16th July at 2 pm 

We are trying hard to assist those children and  families whose First Holy Communion has been  delayed because of Covid and other factors.  

Sacramental Preparation for both Parishes is being  offered at Sacred Heart. Because of the backlog we  will not be able to take on any more new candidates  for First Holy Communion this year.  

English Martyrs School First Holy Communion will  be celebrated on Saturday 11th June at 11 am. 

LENT LUNCH AT ENGLISH MARTYRS 

Once again many thanks to all who pre 

pared ,served and attended this lunch during Holy  Week. It raise £200 for Cafod and Christian Aid.    

Loving God, 

We pray for the people of Ukraine, 

for all those suffering or afraid, 

that you will be close to them and protect them. 

We pray for world leaders, 

for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide  their choices. 

We pray for the world 

that in this moment of crisis, 

we may reach out in solidarity 

to our brothers and sisters in need. 

May we walk in your ways 

so that peace and justice 

become a reality for the people of Ukraine and for all the world. 

Amen.

Mass for Easter Sunday

A very happy Easter to all parishioners from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Sat  16th SH 8.00 p.m. Easter Vigil For the Parishioners of the Parishes 
Sun  17th SH EM9.30 am 
11.00 am LS x
Easter Sunday Clare Harford 
Easter Sunday Theresa and Eddie Kealey RIP LS 
Mon  18th SH 10.00 am No Mass today 
Tues  19thSH 10.00 am. No Mass today 
Wed  20th SH 7.00 pm. No Mass today 
Thurs  21st EM 
SH
11 am  
10am 
Private Intention  
Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion 
Fri  22nd SH 7.00pm Gift of Years and those in Care Homes
Sat 23rd EM  
SH
1.30pm 
5pm LS
Wedding Service– Aaron Moog and Chelsie Glover  
People of the Parishes
Sun 24th SH  EM9.30 am  
11.00 am LS
Yvonne Montayne RIP 
Antonia and Peter Joppe RIP Memorial Mass

A Joyful and Blessed Easter to you all. The Lord has truly risen. Alleluia ! 

Thank you for your attendance and participation at the Holy Week-Triduum Services. Thank  you to all who helped our celebrations particularly the Musicians and Readers. It has been  good to return to some semblance of normality after the long absence. May the Lord bless  us and keep us safe in the times ahead. 

Collection at Easter Sunday Masses is the traditional collection for the Clergy. Please put your offerings in  the basket in the porch.  

Children’s Liturgy at Sacred Heart today—all are welcome but we are quite happy for parents to send  their children unaccompanied so you can enjoy some peace in the Mass. 

Divine Mercy Sunday on Sunday 24th April at 2.30 pm at Sacred Heart . Service with Exposition, Divine  Mercy Prayers and Benediction. All welcome. 

HELPING UKRAINE. Fr Hudson’s, our Diocesan social welfare agency ,is to be the point of contact for  offers of accommodation and help for the refugees. They will liaise with the relevant authorities and  keep up to date with developments .There is more  information on the diocesan website . 

Please speak to Fr Gerry or Deacon Lionel if you  have a particular desire to take part in this work.  

SACRED HEART: Refreshments , tea and coffee, are  available in the Hall after Sunday Mass. 

All are very welcome. Come and join us to meet and  catch up. New parishioners are very welcome.  

WALKING TOGETHER/ SYNODALITY– DIOCESAN  REPORT. 

The Diocesan Synopsis of the reports from the Par ishes, Schools and other groups and individuals has  now been published. It makes interesting reading  and is available on the Diocesan website— http://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk.There will be a link  on the parishes’ websites.  

It runs to 16 sides or 8 pages. Fr Gerry is happy to  print you a copy if you can’t access email. He  doesn’t want to print copies that may not be required.  

We hope to have an opportunity soon to have a  look at the Report and its implications for the life  our parishes and our diocese.  

PARISH WHATS APP Groups: Please consider  joining by texting name and mobile number to  Richard Potter on 07944 510694 for Sacred Heart  Parish Group. English Martyrs Group please text  name and mobile number to Maris Golovackis on  07851 931162 to join. This will be useful as another  channel for interparish messages and communica tions. The weekly newsletter now goes out on the  Whats Ap.  

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION AT SH  

First Holy Communion Preparation The next  session for Children will be after the Easter school  holidays. First Holy Communion Mass for this group is on Sunday, 26th June at 9.30 am 

Confirmation Preparation Programme continues  Thursday, 28th April in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall,  7—8 pm. Confirmation will be celebrated on  Sunday, 22nd May at 9.30 am Mass.  

First Holy Communion Preparation (second group)  There is a registration meeting for parents on  Thursday, 5th May 7—8pm in the day chapel.  It is very important that you attend this meeting.  The first session for children will be on Thursday,  12th May, 6-7pm  

First Holy Communion Mass for this second group  will be on Saturday, 16th July at 2 pm 

We are trying hard to assist those children and fami lies whose First Holy Communion has been delayed  because of Covid and other factors.  

English Martyrs School First Holy Communion will  be celebrated on Saturday 11th June at 11 am. 

LENT LUNCH AT ENGLISH MARTYRS 

Thanks to all who prepared ,served and attended  this lunch during Holy Week. It helped to raise some  support for Cafod.  

FINANCES AT SH & EM PARISHES. Your financial  support is needed by the Parishes and is very much  appreciated. We know that the financial situation  for many people is becoming more difficult and we  are grateful for your support.  

Please consider making a Standing Order which  helps assure the Parishes of regular steady income  and simplify banking. They can be cancelled at any  time. Please contact Diane at SH or Caroline at EM if  you have any queries or changes of address etc.  Will those who have taken Standing Order and Gift  Aid Forms please return them as soon as possible.  

Sacred Heart Holiday 200 Club Final Draw 

There will be one final draw for £500 on Easter Sunday after Mass . Thank you to all who have been  contributors over the years. We are grateful to  those who have been involved in organising and  running the scheme and all participants.

Mass for Palm Sunday

Here is Mass for Palm Sunday from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Sat  9th SH 5.00 p.m. Private Intention (Clark) LS 
Sun  10th SH 
EM
9.30 am 
11.00 am
Peter White RIP  LS People of the Parishes 
Mon  11th SH 
EM
10.00 am 
12.45 pm
LS Peace in Ukraine 
Funeral Mass John David Perkins RIP
Tues  12thSH 10.00 am. LS Families in need
Wed  13th SH 7.00 pm. LS Eamon and Carmel Reynolds (Get Well) UCM 
Thurs  14th SH 
SH 
7.30 pm  9.30am Mass of the Lord’s Supper 
Funeral Service John Dillon RIP
Fri  15th EM  
SH 
3.00pm  
7.00pm
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion Confessions available after Service 
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion  DAY OF FASTING AND ABSTINENCE
Sat 16th SH 
SH
8.00 pm Easter Vigil For the Parishioners of the Parishes Confessions at SH 11 am to 12 noon. 
Sun 17th SH  
EM
9.30 am  
11.00 am 
Easter Sunday Clare Harford 
Easter Sunday Theresa and Eddie Kealey RIP

HOLY WEEK SERVICES  

Holy Thursday—Mass of the Lord’s Supper  

7. 30 pm at Sacred Heart  

Good Friday—Celebration of the Lord’s Passion.  

English Martyrs 3pm Confessions available after the Service , Sacred Heart 7pm  Easter Vigil Sacred Heart 8pm Confessions at SH 11 am to 12 noon.  Easter Sunday Sacred Heart 9.30 am English Martyrs 11 am 

The Offertory Collection at Easter is for the Clergy. Collection on Good Friday for the Holy Places. 

After much reflection this year it has been decided to have one celebration on Holy Thursday and the  Easter Vigil at Sacred Heart for both Parishes. There will be celebration of the Passion Liturgy on Good Fri day at both Churches. We hope that English Martyrs parishioners will be able to join Sacred Heart parish ioners for these important Holy Week Services. 

Sacred Heart Safeguarding Officer: Sue Leary www.sacredheartrugby.org.uk Tel. 01788 813263 YouTube: Sacred Heart, Bilton  Email: sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk Parish Office for both parishes open:  Tuesday and Friday 9.30 am to 12.00.English Martyrs Safeguarding Officer: Marie Kane www.englishmartyrsrugby.org Tel. 01788 813263 YouTube -English Martyrs RC Parish Rugby Email: sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk English Martyrs Primary School Tel 01788 543432
Parish Team Canon Gerard Murray, Deacon Lionel Pelloquin. Fr Graham Venn IC in residence  Archdiocese of Birmingham Registered as a charity no. 234216

LENT LUNCH— please join us for a Lent Lunch at  English Martyrs in the Hall on Tuesday at 12.30. 

Simple lunch of soup and a roll, tea or coffee. A short reflection and prayer.  

A good chance to meet and help support the work  of Cafod. All very welcome.  

GOOD FRIDAY WALK OF WITNESS  

Rugby Churches invite you to gather for this im portant act of witness. 

Rugby Baptist Church and St Andrew’s will be coordinat ing the Walk of Witness this Good Friday, 15th April.  It will begin with a short service outside Rugby Baptist  Church at 10am before walking informally along Regent  Street to St Andrew’s for brief prayers and hot cross  buns. Both services will take place outside, weather per mitting, and all are very warmly welcome. 

HELPING UKRAINE. Fr Hudson’s ,our Diocesan so cial welfare agency ,is to be the point of contact for  offers of accommodation and help for the refugees.  

They will liaise with the relevant authorities and  keep up to date with developments .There is more  information on the diocesan website . 

Please speak to Fr Gerry or Deacon Lionel if you  have a particular desire to take part in this work.  

SACRED HEART: Refreshments , tea and coffee, are  available in the Hall after Sunday Mass. 

All are very welcome. Come and join us to meet and  catch up. New parishioners are very welcome.  

WALKING TOGETHER/ SYNODALITY  

We have sent off our parish report. We are waiting  for the publication of the Diocesan Report which is  due in April. We will then be able to take things for ward at the parish level, looking at the themes of  

the Diocesan Vision put forward by Archbishop Ber nard.  

CONFESSION TIMES—Please see times on the front  of the newsletter or contact Fr Gerry if these times  are not convenient.  

PARISH WHATS APP Groups: Please consider join ing by texting name and mobile number to Richard  Potter on 07944 510694 for Sacred Heart Parish  Group. English Martyrs Group please text name and mobile number to Maris Golovackis on 07851  931162 to join. This will be useful for interparish  messages and communication.  

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION AT SH  

First Holy Communion Preparation The next  session for Children will be after the Easter school  holidays. First Holy Communion Mass for this group  is on Sunday, 26th June at 9.30 am 

Confirmation Preparation Programme continues  Thursday, 28th April in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall,  7—8 pm. Confirmation will be celebrated on  Sunday, 22nd May at 9.30 am Mass.  

First Holy Communion Preparation (second group)  There is a registration meeting for parents on  Thursday, 5th May 7—8pm in the day chapel.  It is very important that you attend this meeting.  The first session for children will be on Thursday,  12th May, 6-7pm  

First Holy Communion Mass for this second group  will be on Saturday, 16th July at 5pm 

FINANCES AT SH & EM PARISHES . Your financial  support is needed by the Parishes and is very much  appreciated. We know that the financial situation  for many people is becoming more difficult and we  are grateful for your support.  

Standing Orders help assure the Parishes of regular  steady income and simplify banking. They can be  cancelled at any time. Please contact Diane at SH or  Caroline at EM if you have any queries or changes of  address etc. Will those who have taken Standing  Order and Gift Aid Forms please return them as  soon as possible.  

Sacred Heart Holiday 200 Club  

This has been running for over 30 years . It has  provided extra income to the parish over the years.  Circumstances have changed and it has been  decided to close the Club. There will be one final  draw for £500 at Easter. Thank you to all who have  been contributors over the years . We are grateful  to those who have been involved in organising and  running the scheme and all participants. 

Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

Here is Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Lent from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Sat  02nd SH 5.00 p.m. Edward Reilly RIPLS 
Sun  3rd SH 
EM
9.30 am 
11.00 am
People of the Parishes Libby Burn and Deceased Family RIP 
Mon  4th SH 10.00 am Fr Lawrence Crowe RIP
Tues  5thSH 10.00 am. Peace in Ukraine
Wed  6th SH 7.00 pm. 10 am LS  Funeral Service at Rainsbrook for Ann Mary Robinson RIP 
Thurs  7th EM  
SH
11.00 am.  
10.00 am *
Mass with English Martyrs School—Ann Mary Robinson RIP  Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion
Fri  8th SH 7.00pm LS Sick Clergy of the Diocese 
Sat 9th SH 5.00 pm Private Intention (Clark)
Sun 10th SH  
EM
9.30 am  
11.00 am 
Peter White RIP PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD People of the Parishes

WALKING TOGETHER/ SYNODALITY QUESTIONNAIRE. Our parishes response report is available on the  Parish websites with paper copies at Masses this weekend. I suggest that now we wait for the publication  of the diocesan report in early April . Then we can look at how we take this forward at our parishes level  in the light of the themes of the diocesan vision outlined by Archbishop Bernard. Meantime do take a  look at our parish document. Also on Sacred Heart Whats Ap  

LENT LUNCHES IN HILLMORTON 2022 

Tues 12th April 12.30 English Martyrs  

Join us for a simple soup and roll lunch. With a short reflection. In aid of Christian Aid and Cafod. 

HELPING UKRAINE. Fr Hudson’s ,our Diocesan so cial welfare agency ,is to be the point of contact for  offers of accommodation and help for the refugees.  

They will liaise with the relevant authorities and  keep up to date with developments .There is more  information on the diocesan website . 

Please speak to Fr Gerry or Deacon Lionel if you  have a particular desire to take part in this work.  

SACRED HEART: Refreshments , tea and coffee, are  available in the Hall after Sunday Mass. 

All are very welcome. Come and join us to meet and  catch up. Refreshments will be available after the  Thursday morning 10 am Liturgy. 

ENGLISH MARTYRS: STATIONS OF THE CROSS 10.20  to 10.50. Before Sunday Mass 

SACRED HEART Friday after evening 7pm Mass.  

WHATS APP Groups: To join please text name and  mobile number to Richard Potter on 

07944 510694 for Sacred Heart Parish Group.  English Martyrs Group please text name and mobile number to Maris Golovackis on 07851  931162 to join. This is useful for interparish messag es and communication.  

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION AT SH  

First Holy Communion Preparation The next session for Children will be on Monday 28th March  at 6pm in the Hall.  

First Holy Communion Mass for this group is on  Sunday, 26th June at 9.30 am 

Confirmation Preparation Programme continues  Thursday, 7th April in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall,  7—8 pm. Confirmation will be celebrated on  Sunday, 22nd May at 9.30 am Mass.  

First Holy Communion Preparation (second group) There is a registration meeting for parents on  Thursday, 5th May 7—8pm in the day chapel.  It is very important that you attend this meeting. The first session for children will be on Thursday, 12th May, 6-7pm  

First Holy Communion Mass for this second group will be on Saturday, 16th July at 5pm 

Thanks to those running these preparation classes for their time and commitment. 

FINANCES AT SH & EM PARISHES .  

Your Gift Aid envelopes are available for collection.  Please collect them. SH have been renumbered so  please take those with your name not number.  

Please let us know if you would like Offertory  Envelopes , to sign a Standing Order and/or sign up  for Gift Aid and so increase your giving by 25%  at no extra cost to you.  

Or maybe see if you can increase your Standing  Order.  

Your financial support is needed by the Parishes and  is very much appreciated. We know that the  financial situation for many people is becoming more difficult.  

Thank you for your steadfast financial support  during the lockdown and pandemic.  

Standing Orders help assure the Parishes of regular  steady income and simplify banking. They can be  cancelled at any time. Please speak to Diane at SH  or Caroline at EM if you have any queries or chang es of address etc. Thanks. 

Sacred Heart Holiday 200 Club  

This has been running for over 30 years . It has  provided extra income to the parish over the years.  Circumstances have changed and it has been  decided to close the Club. There will be one final  draw for £500 at Easter. Thank you to all who have  been contributors over the years. We are grateful  to those who have been involved in organising and  running the scheme. Any questions or comments  please to Fr Gerry.  

THE CATHOLIC POST—a new national monthly Catholic Paper is available today. Free copies.  Please take a copy. 

REST IN PEACE  

Ann Mary Robinson, one time teacher at English  Martyrs School who has died recently. Funeral Service at Rainsbrook on Wednesday at 10am.  

SUNDAY 10th April is PALM SUNDAY.  

There will be Blessing of Palms on SH Saturday  Evening Mass at 5pm. 

Blessing and Procession of Palms on Sunday SH  9.30am and EM 11 am.

Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

Here is Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Lent from Sacred Heart Church, Bilton, Rugby.

Sat  26thSH 5.00 p.m. Holy Souls LS 
Sun  27thSH 
EM
9.30 am 
11.00 am
Jones Family Intentions 
Peoples of the Parishes  
Mon  28th SH 10.00 am No Mass 
Tues  29thSH 10.00 am. No Mass 
Wed  30th SH 7.00 pm. LS Richard Clark (Birthday)
Thurs  31st EM  
SH
11.00 am.  
10.00 am *
Carmen John (Memorial Mass) 
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion
Fri  1st AprSH 7.00pm LS Holy Souls   
Sat 2ndSH 5.00 pm Edward Reilly RIP
Sun 3rdSH  
EM
9.30 am  
11.00 am 
People of the Parishes 
Libby Burn and Deceased Family RIP 

WALKING TOGETHER/ SYNODALITY QUESTIONNAIRE. Our parishes response report is available on the  Parish websites with paper copies at Masses this weekend. I suggest that now we wait for the publication  of the diocesan report in early April . Then we can look at how we take this forward at our parishes level  in the light of the themes of the diocesan vision outlined by Archbishop Bernard. Meantime do take a  look at our parish document. Also on Sacred Heart Whats Ap  

LENT LUNCHES IN HILLMORTON 2022 

Tues 5th April 12.30 St Georges 

Tues 12th April 12.30 English Martyrs  

Join us for a simple soup and roll lunch. With a short reflection. In aid of Christian Aid and Cafod. 

HELPING UKRAINE. Fr Hudson’s ,our Diocesan so cial welfare agency ,is to be the point of contact for  offers of accommodation and help for the refugees.  

They will liaise with the relevant authorities and  keep up to date with developments .There is more  information on the diocesan website . 

Please speak to Fr Gerry or Deacon Lionel if you  have a particular desire to take part in this work.  

SACRED HEART: Refreshments , tea and coffee, are  available in the Hall after Sunday Mass. 

All are very welcome. Come and join us to meet and  catch up. Refreshments will be available after the  Thursday morning 10 am Liturgy. 

ENGLISH MARTYRS: STATIONS OF THE CROSS 10.20  to 10.50. Before Sunday Mass 

SACRED HEART Friday after evening 7pm Mass.  

WHATS APP Groups: To join please text name and  mobile number to Richard Potter on 

07944 510694 for Sacred Heart Parish Group.  English Martyrs Group please text name and mobile number to Maris Golovackis on 07851  931162 to join. This is useful for interparish messag es and communication.  

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION AT SH  

First Holy Communion Preparation The next  session for Children will be on Monday 28th March  at 6pm in the Hall.  

First Holy Communion Mass for this group is on  Sunday, 26th June at 9.30 am 

Confirmation Preparation Programme continues  Thursday, 31st March in the Sacred Heart Parish  Hall, 7—8 pm. Confirmation will be celebrated on  Sunday, 22nd May at 9.30 am Mass.  

First Holy Communion Preparation (second group)  There is a registration meeting for parents on  Thursday, 5th May 7—8pm in the day chapel.  It is very important that you attend this meeting.  The first session for children will be on Thursday,  12th May, 6-7pm  

First Holy Communion Mass for this second group  will be on Saturday, 16th July at 5pm 

Thanks to those running these preparation classes  for their time and commitment. 

FINANCES AT SH & EM PARISHES .  

This weekend your Gift Aid envelopes are available  for collection. Please collect them. SH have been  renumbered so please take those with your name  not number.  

Please let us know if you would like Offertory Enve lopes , to sign a Standing Order and/or sign up for  Gift Aid and so increase your giving by 25% at no  extra cost to you.  

Or maybe see if you can increase your Standing  Order.  

Your financial support is needed by the Parishes and  is very much appreciated. We know that the finan cial situation for many people is becoming more  difficult.  

Thank you for your steadfast financial support  during the lockdown and pandemic.  

Standing Orders help assure the Parishes of regular  steady income and simplify banking. They can be  cancelled at any time. Please speak to Diane at SH  or Caroline at EM if you have any queries or chang es of address etc. Thanks. 

Sacred Heart Holiday 200 Club  

This has been running for over 30 years . It has pro vided extra income to the parish over the years. Cir cumstances have changed and it has been decided  

to close the Club. There will be one final draw for  £500 at Easter. Thank you to all who have been  contributors over the years . We are grateful to  those who have been involved in organising and  running the scheme. Any questions or comments  please to Fr Gerry.  

Mothering Sunday prayer  

Loving God, Thank you for mothers and for  all the people who care for others. Thank  you especially for our own family and fami lies throughout the world. May your love be  present in every home through the love we  show for one another. Amen. (Cafod)

Consultation on Synodality Summary of responses

Sacred Heart, Bilton and English Martyrs, Hillmorton

This summary is based on 26 individual responses to a questionnaire and a discussion in small groups via Zoom with 20 parishioners.  Some people who attended the zoom meeting also submitted their own more detailed response via the questionnaire.

  1. Effect of the pandemic

Nearly all responses spoke of the difficulties to full parish life caused by the pandemic particularly the dramatic decrease in church attendance.  Most were grateful for the online Mass provision and saw that a continuation of this would be useful for the sick and housebound.  Though a few considered this could be seen as an adequate alternative to returning to church.  Many commented on the usefulness of the parish WhatsApp group, but some noted that as this was set up after lockdown, not all parishioners know about it and some commented that its full potential is not utilised.  A number commented that many were isolated during lockdown  and were disappointed at lack of outreach to them.  Many said that positive efforts need to be made to reach out and invite back ‘missing’ parishioners.One person noted that they enjoyed the quiet nature of masses during  the pandemic, others looked forward to more participation and singing

One said ‘We will only attract people back to an active lively parish if we have an active lively parish’.

  1. Making the parish better

While a few people talked about added variety to the Mass, particularly things that would be attractive to young people and a couple talked about increasing traditional acts of piety (adoration, rosary, fasting, stations of the cross, pilgrimages etc.), the majority of comments were about community building.These emphasised that parish life should not be just about Sunday or the Mass, but social, spiritual  and educational activities, these could be in the church hall but also in house groups.  These need to be supported.  It is possible that the laity have been encouraged to leave it to the priest to organise things.  There was a strong feeling that the laity need to be involved more, but they need to be educated and trained to lead parish events.  There have been good groups and activities in the past, but as the leaders of these have aged and retired new activities have not risen to take their place. Several people suggested that a parish council is needed to instigate, coordinate and support parish leadership.

One person said ‘we need to define ‘better’, together’ (Editors note: that comment seems to sum up the synodality process.)

  1. Participation of Families and Young People

This seemed to be an important issue for many people. Apart from the children’s liturgies ,altar serving and some involvement with music, it was felt that we do little for this.  Many mentioned a dwindling number of young families and the almost disappearance of children after confirmation.  Some people mentioned lack of colour and interest in the Mass,  a lack of understanding of liturgical language and a lack of relevance to their lives as barriers to young people.  Some suggestions were regular youth Masses (but being careful that they are designed for and with the young people and not as an entertainment for the grown ups).  More involvement/communication between the parishes and the primary schools was suggested.  Also youth groups/activities for different age groups.  It was mentioned by one person that there was no Catholic secondary school.  There is certainly a lack of continuing religious education and education in leadership in parish life for young people.  Pilgrimages to Taize, Lourdes, Santiago de Compostela were cited as meaningful experiences for young people.  Most of all talking with young people about their faith and what they need  seemed to be a strong theme.

One young person said of the church ‘I don’t think it cares enough and does not get young people excited or give them a chance to interact or develop a more meaningful relationship with their faith outside the Sunday Mass.’

  1. The Parish Effectively Using the Gifts of its People 

People found this difficult.  They recognised that it was generally the ‘faithful few’ that kept things going and that mostly no one knew what talents others have.  Again a parish council was suggested as a mechanism to explore what the parish needs and then to ask the parish who has the talents, or is willing to be trained.  Another suggestion was to ask the parish what a flourishing parish looks like and what they can do to help.

One person said ‘ Sometimes convincing people they have ‘gifts is the greatest challenge.

  1. Serving the Poor

 Several people mentioned support given to CAFOD and to the food bank, but many also mentioned there are other types of poverty locally eg. Homelessness, loneliness, mental illness as well as generally financial difficulties exacerbated by the pandemic.  Often need is difficult to identify.

Suggestions included strengthening the SVP.  English Martyrs has a small group, perhaps Sacred Heart parishioners could be encouraged to join them.  Praying regularly for those in need.  Generally building a welcoming parish community as suggested in previous sections would help raise awareness of each others needs and those of the local and wider community and prompt us to try to meet those needs.

  1. Other issues

At a diocesan level:

Some comments viewed ‘the bishops’ as being remote and suggested that bishops visited parishes more often, not just for confirmation,

It was felt that there was a bigger role for the diocese to coordinate and educate. It could collate good practice in parishes and disseminate it.  This could include resources or workshops on children’s liturgy, how to run a parish council, how to run a house group, how to run continuing adult education in scripture, theology and spirituality with a bank of speakers that can help and a host of other matters.

As one person put it, ‘Lay people need to be instructed and nurtured to be involved with new shared responsibilities’

On a more global level:

 One young person talked about her views of the church being ‘from the outside’ – the inside being what she described as ‘the hierarchy’. Others talked of clericalism and lack of involvement of the laity at all levels. There was strong feeling that the church was too male dominated.  One person said ‘ The top down pattern of authority has resulted in lay people being institutionalised and disenfranchised.’Celibacy was questioned  and the lack of women in the priesthood.

It was suggested that greater effort is needed in genuine Christian unity.  Eucharistic hospitality needs to be looked at for Christians outside the Catholic church and those at the margins of the church, eg divorced, gay, etc. Where in the gospels do we see Jesus refusing to share a meal with anyone? – He shared with Judas even, at the first Eucharist.  

Many people welcomed this opportunity to express their views and wanted more.