Six pieces of advice

We continue to be on lock-down with all services suspended at Sacred Heart Church. We will bring you updates as soon as we have them.

Father Graham has written this piece on Facebook about living in isolation. Parishioners may find his advice helpful during these difficult times. Once again, best wishes to all parishioners as we cope with this crisis together. Father Graham writes:

I, like many other disabled, have had to live with degrees of isolation for many years. Most days I see carers and possibly one other person for a short time but most of the day is spent alone. Some days carers coming morning and evening are the only human contact. This experience may help other people who have not been used to living in isolation to cope with it during the current crisis.

1. do not watch TV all day – it is okay for a day or so when you’re feeling ill but for any longer. It can become a negative as you don’t have to think and it can become depressing.

2. feed your brain – read books, do puzzles, actively look to do things that make you think or problem solve. I have hobbies which I keep up which involve both the creative, decision-making, logical thinking which I engage in everyday. It makes days pass faster and keeps your faculties in good order.

3. feed your spirit – I spend time praying each day, time and reflection and the idea of “spiritual communion” from the Catholic tradition can make you feel both connected with God and with other people. The Mass is being live streamed on various channels as are services and activities from other faiths. We all have a spiritual dimension and ignoring it can lead to depression and lack of hope.

4. exercise – just sitting down doing passive things leads to muscle wastage and poor resilience to illness. It also helps to being positive and mental well-being. We can all do different amounts but even if you are limited to sitting down it is possible to exercise and keep some fitness. Activities such as gardening are also good exercise.

5. use technology – it is both a blessing and a curse. A lot of rubbish is going around on social media and there are still plenty of junk emails being sent! However it can be a positive in maintaining contact with friends. I play word games with some of my friends partly to keep in contact and keep my brain running. Pick what is useful and helpful and you can ignore the rest.

6. keep looking outwards – it is easy to focus just on yourself or your own little family and this can make little problems become massive issues and lead to negativity in general, “woe is me isn’t this awful” et cetera. Try and keep thinking beyond yourself, on family, friends those who are having a very stressful time. Just thinking of ourselves and how terrible life can be is not a good survival tool! Contact other people using the phone or the Internet and support each other. Focus on positives, minimise negatives!

Parish diary this week

"The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind" by El Greco
The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind by El Greco

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday March 16th
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday March 17th (Feast of St Patrick)
No Mass today.
Wednesday March 18th
Mass at 7pm
Thursday March 19th (Solemnity of St Joseph)
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Finance Committee at 2.30pm, Presbytery.
Friday March 20th
Mass at 7pm
Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm
Saturday March 21st
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Lent at 5pm.
Sunday March 22nd
Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Lent at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

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Jesus and the Woman at the Well is this Sunday’s Gospel reading by Barbieri.

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday March 9th
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday March 10th
No Mass today.
Wednesday March 11th
Mass at 7pm
Thursday March 12th 
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Finance Committee at 2.30pm, Presbytery.
Friday March 13th
Mass at 7pm
Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm
Saturday March 14th
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Third Sunday of Lent at 5pm.
Sunday March 15th
Mass for the Third Sunday of Lent at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Friday March 20th
5.30pm, Catholic Healing Prayer, Sacred Heart Church. Mass, Praise and Worship, Rosary, Talks, Adoration and Confession.
Thursday March 26th
Lent lunch at 12.30pm after Mass at 12pm.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

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Lent begins this week on Wednesday (Public domain image)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday February 24th
First Communion programme at 6pm in the hall.
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday February 25th
No Mass today.
Wednesday February 26th (Ash Wednesday)
Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 27th 
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Open Door, 1.45pm in the hall
Confirmation programme at 6pm in the hall.
Friday February 28th
Mass at 7pm
Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm
Saturday February 29th
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the First Sunday of Lent at 5pm.
Presentation on Orthodox Iconography on Mount Athos, 6pm followed at 7pm by Vespers at the Orthodox Church of the Ascension, Clifton Road, Rugby.
Sunday March 1st
Mass for the First Sunday of Lent at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Thursday March 5th
Requiem for Elsie Elizabeth Lawrence at 10am
Lent lunch, church hall at 12.30pm
Friday March 6th
Praying with Zimbabwe. World Day of Prayer, St Mark’s Church, Bilton at 10.30am and Rogers Hall, Hillmorton at 2 pm.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

A detail from the stained glass at Sacred Heart Church, Rugby. The Supper at Emmaus.

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday February 17th
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday February 18th
No Mass today.
Wednesday February 19th 
Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 20th 
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Friday February 21st
Mass at 9.30am
Saturday February 22nd
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time at 5pm.
Sunday February 23rd
Mass for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Wednesday February 27th
Open Door, 1.45pm in the hall
Friday March 6th
Praying with Zimbabwe. World Day of Prayer, St Mark’s Church, Bilton at 10.30am and Rogers Hall, Hillmorton at 2 pm.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

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The Death of St Scholastica by Luca Giordano, 1674 (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday February 10th (Feast of St Scholastica)
First Communion session for children and parents in the hall from 6pm to 7pm.
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Tuesday February 11th
No Mass today.
Wednesday February 12th 
Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 13th 
Mass at 9.30am
Confirmation programme 6pm to 7.30pm in the hall.
Friday February 14th (Feast of St Cyril and St Methodius)
Mass at 9.30am
Saturday February 15th
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time at 5pm.
Sunday February 16th
Mass for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

St Agatha in her cell by Andrea Vaccaro (public domain).

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday February 3rd
No Mass today.
Tuesday February 4th
No Mass today.
Wednesday February 5th (Feast of St Agatha)
Mass at 7pm
Thursday February 6th (Feast of St Paul Miki and companions)
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Confirmation programme, 6pm to 7.30pm in the hall.
Friday February 7th
Mass at 9.30am
Saturday February 8th
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time at 5pm.
Sunday January 26th
Mass for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.
Monday February 10th
First Communion session for children and parents in the hall from 6pm to 7pm.

Parish diary this week

St Agnes, Virgin and Martyr by Domenichino. (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday January 20th
Mass at 7pm
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday January 21st (Feast of St Agnes)
No Mass today
Wednesday January 22nd
Mass at 7pm
Thursday January 23rd
Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Healing Prayer 6pm to 9pm
Friday January 24th (Feast of St Francis de Sales)
Mass at 9.30am
Saturday January 25th (Feast of the Conversion of St Paul)
Confessions at 4.40pm
Mass for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time at 5pm.
Sunday January 26th
Mass for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Monday January 27th
First Communion programme, 6pm in the hall.
Wednesday January 29th
Open Door meets at 1.45pm in the hall. All welcome for tea and chat.
Thursday January 30th
Confirmation programme, 6pm in the hall.
Sunday May 3rd
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

St Lucy, Exhibit in the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California. (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday December 9th
Carol singing led by Bilton Churches Together, The Green, Bilton at 6pm. Meet outside the Co-op.
First Communion registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Mass at 7pm. (Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception)
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday December 10th 
No Mass.
Wednesday December 11th
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday December 12th
Liturgy of the Word at 9.30am
Friday December 13th (Feast of St Lucy)
Mass at 9.30am.
Saturday December 14th
Mass for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, Year A at 5pm.
Sunday December 15th
Mass for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, Year A at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Thursday 16th January 2020
Confirmation registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Sunday May 3rd 2020
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June 2020
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.

Parish diary this week

Saint Cecilia Altarpiece, Uffizi Gallery, Florence (Public domain)

This is the parish diary this week:
Monday November 18th
Mass at 7pm.
Exposition until 8pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Tuesday November 19th
No Mass.
Wednesday November 20th
Mass at 7pm.
Thursday November 21st (Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Mass at 9.30am
Friday November 22nd (Feast of St Cecilia, Virgin, Martyr)
Mass at 9.30am.
Saturday November 23rd
Mass for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 5pm.
Sunday November 24th
Mass for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C at 9.30am.

Forthcoming events
Saturday November 30th
Meditations for Advent, Bilton Methodist Church, 10am.
Tuesday December 3rd
Meet the General Election candidates, 7pm, The Terrace Church, 54 Railway Terrace, Rugby.
Monday December 9th
First Communion registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Thursday 16th January 2020
Confirmation registration session for parents and children at 6pm in the hall.
Sunday May 3rd 2020
Confirmation, 9.30am at Sacred Heart Church.
Sunday, 14th June 2020
First Communion at 9.30am Mass.