+   English Martyrs Catholic Parish, Hillmorton   +



POPE FRANCIS:  Intention for May: For Church Movements and Groups
We pray that Church Movements and Groups may rediscover their mission of
evangelization each day, placing their own charisms at the service of needs in the world.

Weekend Masses: Sunday 11 am at English Martyrs (livestreamed).

Masses during the week

MAY ROSARY will be prayed at English Martyrs at 10.20 am before Sunday Mass during the month.

SUNDAY 11.00 am EM 

Thursday 11.00 am EM

English Martyrs Sunday Mass on 21st May will be at 11:30 am due to the celebration of Confirmation at Sacred Heart with the Archbishop that day.

Details in the Newsletter every week

SVP – St Vincent de Paul Society –Turning faith into social action by visiting the housebound, elderly and helping the disadvantaged where we can. We are trying to develop a group to serve our parishes. Meeting at Sacred Heart on Wed 17th May 7.30pm after 7pm Mass. All welcome even if and especially if you were not able to attend the previous meeting. More from David on 07713246987. Expressions of interest to Fr Gerry or Deacon Lionel, if you would like to know more.

RUGBY FOODBANK Items needed at the Foodbank: Tinned custard, tinned meat, packet rice 500gm, pot noodles, cuppa soup, hot chocolate, men’s razors and strong carrier bags. Items can be dropped off at most supermarkets. For further information and updates info@rugby.foodbank.org.uk or go to their website www.rugby.foodbank.org.uk


The Rugby Parishes are now part of the enlarged Deanery of Warwick and Banbury. Our new Dean is Canon John Batthula, parish priest of the Immaculate Conception parish in Bicester.

Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation 2023 at Sacred Heart

CONFIRMATION CELEBRATION – Archbishop Bernard Longley will be here to celebrate Confirmation on Sunday, 21st May at 9:30 am at Sacred Heart. The next preparation session is on Thursday 18th May. Sessions will run from 7 until 8pm in the Hall. Please arrive promptly.

Our Diocesan Vision Statement – We are called to be a Catholic diocese that is faithful to the mission entrusted to us by Jesus Christ, full of missionary disciples who work co-responsibly in vibrant communities of faith, joyful in their service of God and neighbour. In his recent Pastoral letter, Archbishop Bernard asked us to reflect together as a parish on four elements of the Diocesan Vision– Evangelisation, Formation, Liturgy and Worship, and Social Outreach. We will be seeking to create opportunities to do this in the months ahead.

Mass Intentions

We are always happy to celebrate Masses for your intentions. We have now got some special envelopes where you can indicate your intentions and preferences. Please feel free to use these. Please indicate which Church. They are available in the porch.

WORLD YOUTH DAY will be hosted in Lisbon, from 1st to 6th August 2023

This is the gathering of young people (18 to 35) from all over the world with Pope Francis. A group is being formed in Rugby.

For more information from Charlotte Toms, email:charlottehubert72@yahoo.fr

It is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church, and an intense moment of evangelization for the youth world. Although
its Catholic identity is clearly evident, WTD opens its doors to everyone, no matter how close or distant from the Church they are. We would like to form a group from Rugby to participate in this amazing event. The goal would be to gather regularly throughout the year to get to know each other (for praying together but also eating pizzas or doing various activities), and then to
go together to Portugal next summer. If you are not part of the age bracket you might know someone close to the Church or not who might be interested. Please contact me if you have any questions Charlotte Toms email: charlottehubert72@yahoo.fr or contact Fr Matthew at fr.matthew.pittam@rcaob.org.uk There is a local group already preparing together for this important event next year. Why not find out more?

SICK AND HOUSEBOUND PARISHIONERS AT ENGLISH MARTYRS AND SACRED HEART – Please let us know of any parishioners who would like a home visit and wish to receive Holy Communion at home.

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCYFr Sunday from Coventry is the full-time Catholic Chaplain to Walsgrave and St Cross. Please contact him through the Chaplaincy at the Hospital. If you are going in for a planned operation please feel free to ask Fr Gerry to administer the Sacrament of the Sick (Anointing) in advance.

FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND Friends of the Holy Land would like to thank all parishioners who raised £1572.22 through the church collections, for Christians in the Holy Land. Conditions continue to be extremely challenging. Please continue to remember FHL and those we support in your prayers. Peter Rand writes: “Thank you, Fr Gerry and all your parishioners for your warm welcome last weekend. The generosity from parishioners was outstanding with a total of £1724 being raised to support our work to help the most vulnerable Christians in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel, and Palestine. If anyone would like more information on FHL or to consider joining me on pilgrimage next February, please visit our website or telephone the office in Kenilworth at 01926 512980. With many thanks and please keep our Christian brothers and sisters in your prayers.” See website www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk

CONFESSIONS: It has been difficult to set a specific regular time for Confession. Please feel free to arrange a time. Fr Gerry is usually available at Sacred Heart on Saturday evenings from 4.15 pm or after weekday Masses.

MASS ONLINE — LIVESTREAMWe will be continuing to livestream the Sunday 11 am Mass from English Martyrs for the benefit for those who are housebound or unable to attend Mass in person. We hope it is helpful. You can even watch it on your holidays! 

The Universe Catholic Weekly is thrilled to announce that we have launched our new online newspaper with the full support of our first subscriber none other than His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

Order your Digital 4 weeks FREE introductory offer by calling Michelle on 0743 661 7650 or email: michelle.jones@universecatholicweekly.co.uk

WHATS APP Groups are a useful way of connecting Parishioners for sharing news, information etc. There is a Sacred Heart Group already in existence. To join please text name and mobile number to Richard Potter on 07944 510694 for Sacred Heart Parish Group. We have now started an English Martyrs Group please text name and mobile number to Maris Golovackis on 07851 931162 to join.


Please speak to Diane at SH or Caroline at EM if you have any queries or changes of address etc. Thanks.

English Martyrs: Caroline Deery Caroline.deery@btinternet.com 07768171146

Sacred Heart: Diane Davies: sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk 01788813263

Thank you for your generous financial support of our Parishes.

ST JOSEPHS CARE HOME COLESHILL — part of Fr Hudson’s Care.
Situated in the beautiful surroundings of rural Warwickshire, St Joseph’s Care Home offers a range of personalized services including residential care, specialized dementia care, and short-term respite care in a friendly welcoming environment. With a dedicated and compassionate staff team who are passionate about making residents safe and
happy in an environment that is just how home feels. Mass is offered in the Home’s own Chapel regularly. For more information or to book a virtual tour then please quote SJ2 and contact Care Home Manager Shelley Perryman on 01675 434559, email shelleyperryman@fatherhudsons.org.uk or visit our website at www.stjosephscarehome.co.uk

CAFOD WORLD GIFTS-  Why not CAFOD WORLD GIFTS? Catalogues available and online. Thoughtful Gifts from you for those who are in great need of the basics of life in different parts of the world. Please take a copy or look on Cafod website.


Father Hudson’s, our diocesan social welfare society, has a mission to transform the lives of people in need. Its different agencies support over 7000 people across the Archdiocese to live with dignity, fulfillment, and hope. We provide care for older people and those living with dementia; post-adoption and care support; residential care, daily activities, and independent living support for adults with disabilities; fostering services, and family support projects. Together with our community partners, we provide accommodation and move-on support for people experiencing homelessness, advice and practical help for vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers; support for vulnerable individuals and families; friendship for people experiencing isolation.
They do wonderful work on behalf of our Catholic community in the Archdiocese.


Contact details: 01788813263 or sacredheart.bilton@rcaob.org.uk 

The capacity at both Churches per service is 60 people. 


All Masses in other parishes and notice sheets are now on the Rugby – Warwick Catholic Deanery website – Warwick Catholic Deanery


List of Live Streaming Church’s in Archdiocese of Birmingham link