Parish diary this week

524px-Jesus-Christ-from-Hagia-Sophia.jpg (524×600)These are the services this week:
Monday December 25th – Christmas Day Mass at 9.30am with Children’s Liturgy (Feast of the Nativity of the Lord)
Tuesday December 26th – No Mass (Feast of St Stephen)
Wednesday December 27th – Mass at 7pm (Feast of St John, Apostle)
Thursday December 28th – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am (Feast of the Holy Innocent)
Friday December 29th – Mass at 9.30am (Feast of St Thomas Becket)
Saturday December 30th – Mass for the Feast of the Holy Family at 5pm
Sunday December 31st – Mass for the Feast of the Holy Family at 9.30am
Parish diary for this week
Forthcoming events
Sunday April 22nd 2018 – Confirmation celebrated by Bishop William Kenny, 9.30am, Sacred Heart.
Sunday June 17th 2018 – First Communion celebration, 9.30am, Sacred Heart.

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Christmas at Sacred Heart

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Join us to celebrate Christmas Day at Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

Everyone is welcome to join us for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at Sacred Heart Church, Rugby. This is the music we will be singing:
First Mass of Christmas, Sunday December 24th at 9pm (with carol singing from 8.45pm)
Before Mass:
134 On Christmas night all Christians sing
144 In the bleak midwinter
135 It came upon the midnight clear
153 Ding dong merrily on high
Gathering song: 159 O come all ye faithful
Penitential Rite: 522 Storrington
Gloria: 532 Storrington
Psalm: Today a Saviour is born to us, he is Christ the Lord
Gospel acclamation: Celtic. Cantor: I bring you news of great joy, Today a Saviour is born. He is Christ the Lord. Alleluia!
Gifts: 152 Unto us is born a Son
Holy, Holy: 584 Storrington
Memorial Acclamation: 585 Storrington
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Communion:
O Little town of Bethlehem
1. O Little town of Bethlehem how still we see thee lie.
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
2. O sad and troubled Bethlehem we hear your longing cry
For peace and justice to be born and cruel oppression die.
How deep your need for that great gift of love in human form,
Let Christ in you be seen again and hearts by hope made warm.
3. While morning stars and evening stars shine out in your dark sky,
despair now stalks your troubled streets where innocents still die.
And Jesus child of Mary, whose love will never cease,
Feels even now your pain and fear, longs with you for your peace.
4. Amazingly and lovingly Jesus, the child has come
and brought to birth through human pain, makes broken hearts his home.
He comes to comfort all who weep, to challenge every wrong
And living with the weak and poor, becomes their hope, their song.

Night of Silence
1. Cold are the people, winter of life,
We tremble in shadows this cold endless night,
Frozen in the snow lie roses sleeping,
Flowers that will echo the sunrise,
Fire of hope is our only warmth,
Weary, its flame will be dying soon.
2. Voice in the distance, call in the night,
On wind you enfold us, you speak of the light,
Gentle on the ear you whisper softly,
Rumours of a dawn so embracing,
Breathless love awaits darkened souls,
Soon will we know of the morning.
3. Spirit among us, shine like the star,
Your light that guides shepherds and kings from afar,
Shimmer in the sky so empty, lonely,
Rising in the warmth of your Son’s love,
Star unknowing of night and day,
Spirit we wait for your loving Son.
136 Silent Night
155 Hark the Herald

Christmas Day Mass, Monday December 25th at  9.30am
Gathering song:
R/. Come and join the celebration,
It’s a very special day.
Come and share our jubilation;
There’s a new King born today.
1. See the shepherds hurry down to Bethlehem
Gaze in wonder, at the Son of God who lay before them R/…
2. Wise men journey, led to worship by a star.
Kneel in homage, bringing precious gifts from lands afar. So … R/.
3. God is with us, round the world his message bring.
He is with us. Welcome! All the bells on earth are pealing. R/…..
Penitential Rite: 522 Storrington Mass
Spoken verses and sung response – repeat after the cantor
Glory to God: 532 Storrington Mass
Psalm 95: sung. R/. Today a Saviour is born to us. He is Christ the Lord
Gospel Acclamation: Celtic . Cantor: I bring you news of great joy, Today a Saviour is born. He is Christ the Lord. Alleluia!
Preparation of the gifts: 137 Away in a manger (first verse children only)
Holy, Holy: 584 Storrington Mass
Memorial acclamation: 585 Storrington Mass
Lamb of God: 590 Storrington
Communion:
Raise a song of gladness, peoples of the earth.
Christ has come bringing peace, joy to every heart.
Alleluia, alleluia! Joy to every heart.
Alleluia, alleluia! Joy to every heart.
Like a Candle Flame
Like a candle flame, flick’ring small in our darkness.
Uncreated light shines through human eyes.
Chorus: God is with us, alleluia, come to save us alleluia, alleluia!
Stars and angels sing, yet the earth sleeps in shadows; can this tiny spark set a world on fire? Chorus
Yet his light shall shine from our lives, Spirit blazing, as we touch the flame of his holy fire. Chorus
128 Once in Royal David’s City
(verse 1 solo, 2nd verse all, 3rd verse women, 4th verse men)
Closing song: 156 Joy to the World

Join us for Sunday worship

A scene from the Easter ceremonies at Sacred Heart Church, Rugby.

You are welcome to join us to celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday April 30th at 9.30am, and will include a special liturgy for children. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 288 On the journey to Emmaus
Penitential Rite: 480 Parish Mass
Gloria: 481 Parish Mass
Psalm: Show us Lord the path of life (Ps15, p44)
Acclamation: 261 Easter Acclamation
Gifts: 263 Did not our hearts burn within us?
Holy Holy: 482 Parish Mass
Mem Acclamation: 483-5 Parish Mass
Lamb of God: 487 Parish Mass
Communion: Alleluia! He is Risen (chant)
Going forth: 763 Christ triumphant
For the season of Easter, we will be using the Parish Mass written by Peter Jones.

Worship and events this week

The statue of Mary, Mother of God, at Sacred Heart Church.

These are the daily services this week:
Monday March 20th – Mass at 7pm (Feast of St Joseph)
Tuesday March 21st – Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion at 9.30am
Wednesday March 22nd – Mass at 7pm
Thursday March 23rd – Mass at 9.30am
Friday March 24th – Mass at 11.45am followed by Lent lunch
Saturday March 25th – Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A. Mass at 5pm.
Sunday March 26th – Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A. Mass at 9.30am.
Parish diary for this week
Monday March 20th – Monday Club, 2pm in the hall. All welcome.
Friday March 24th – Lent lunch in the hall, 12.15pm (Soup and bread, all welcome).
Friday March 24th – Stations of the Cross, 7pm.
Saturday March 25th – Quizzerdance, Rainsbrook Centre, Kilsby Lane in aid of HCPT. Email Phil Burns for more details.
Forthcoming events
Monday March 27th – First Communion group meets, 6pm, Hall and Upper Room.
Wednesday March 29th – UCM monthly meeting, 7.45pm in the hall. Jo Watters from Father Hudson’s Care to speak.
Friday March 31st – Spring Concert at United Reformed Church, Hillmorton Road, 7.30pm. More details.

Join us for Sunday worship

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Today’s Gospel is from St John.

You are welcome to join us to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be on Sunday March 26th at 9.30am, and will include a special liturgy for children. There will be an anticipated Mass on Saturday evening at 5pm. This is what we will be singing on Sunday:
Gathering: 846 Amazing Grace
Penitential Rite: 523 Pershore
Gloria: Not in Lent
Psalm: The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want (Ps22, p26)
Acclamation: Praise to you, Christ our Lord, King of eternal glory
Gifts: 600 All that I am
Holy Holy: 579 Pershore
Mem Acclamation: 580 Pershore
Lamb of God: 589 Pershore
Communion: 842 Come back to me
Going forth: 946 You shall cross the barren desert
For the season of Lent, we will be using the Pershore Mass written by Alan Smith.

Funeral of former parish priest

We are sorry to report the death of former Parish Priest at Sacred Heart, Father Joe Mullen. A member of the Rosminian Order, Father Joe was parish priest at Bilton from 2002 to 2007, taking over from Father Paul Chamberlain and being succeeded by Father Ted Mullen. Please pray for Father Joe. His funeral will be on Friday (January 29th) at St Alban’s Church, Splott, Cardiff at 10am (CF24 2NX) and his burial at Derryswood, Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey.