+   English Martyrs Catholic Parish, Hillmorton   +


Jesus Healing the Blind Man by Brin Jekel 2008

Pope Francis Prayer Intention for March 2023:

for those who have suffered harm from members of the Church; may they find within the Church itself a concrete response to their pain and suffering

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

Masses during the week


Sunday 20th March 11.00 am EM People of the Parishes

Thursday 24th March 11.00 am EM Peggy Comerford RIP

Sunday 27th March 11.00 am EM Mary Flanagan RIP

FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND— this weekend, Peter Rand, Vice Chair of the FHL will be
speaking at all Masses about the work of the Friends and the difference it makes to the
small Christian community in the Holy Land. Peter has visited the Holy Land recently and
so his information will be very up-to-date. There will be a Retiring Collection and Peter will
bring some leaflets on the work of the FHL and a prayer resource Holy Week Voices from
the Holy Land, poems, and reflections. 


WALK WITH ME PRAYER BOOKS — LENT CALENDARS for children are available in the narthex. An aid and encouragement to daily prayer. A donation of £1 welcome.
WEEKDAY MASSES — Wednesday and Friday, 7pm at Sacred Heart (also Online) and Thursday 11 am at English Martyrs. Masses every week day at St Maries at 10am and 7pm. Exposition all day on Monday (at St Marie’s).

CAFOD is responding through local partners and has been working in the area in Syria during the 12 years of conflict. They are distributing food and aid. Donations can be made via the CAFOD website or through the DEC appeal –Disasters Emergency Appeal of which CAFOD is a member.

LENT LUNCH at English Martyrs Parish Hall Tuesday April 4th at 12 noon in aid of CAFOD and Christian Aid. Can you help by making some Soup? Help Needed. Please contact Barbara Gill 573264.
Lent Lunch at Rogers Hall Thursday 30th March at 12 noon and at St Andrews on Wednesday 22nd March at 12.

RUGBY FOODBANK Items needed at the Foodbank: Sponge puddings, Tinned snack meals, cuppa soup, deodorant, packet noodles, porridge oats, hot chocolate, washing-up liquid, tinned potatoes, mashed potatoes, pasta sauce, coffee, cream crackers and strong carrier bags. Items can be dropped off at most supermarkets.

The SVP is a parish based group that turns faith into social action by visiting the elderly and housebound and helping the disadvantaged where we can. Thank you for your interest and attention. We are hoping to develop a group to serve our parishes.
There will be a meeting at English Martyrs on Saturday, 25th at 3pm in the Hall. All are welcome even if you were unable to attend the first meeting.

RECENTLY DECEASED: Tommy O’Connor RIP, Funeral Mass on Monday 27th March at 11am English Martyrs, Connie Baker RIP Funeral Service at Rainsbrook, Friday 31st March at 1pm. May they rest in peace.

Offertory Collections last weekend: English Martyrs: Parish £168 + Standing Orders; CAFOD £35. Sacred Heart: Parish £279 + Standing Orders; CAFOD £55 Cathedral £123. Many thanks for your generous support.

Cashless Collections – Thanks for your comments which have all been positive. We will be pursuing this option and hope to bring it into operation soon.

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.


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.

MARATHON MANDeacon Lionel is planning to run the London Marathon on Sunday April 23rd and fundraise for CAFOD. You can support him through his Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/LionelPelloquin. Please support him in his latest sporting endeavour!

Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation 2023 at Sacred Heart

CONFIRMATION CELEBRATION  – Archbishop Bernard Longley will be here to celebrate Confirmation on Sunday, 21st May at the 9.30 am Mass at Sacred Heart.

The dates of the preparation sessions are as follows: 30th March, 20th April, 11th May, and 18th May. Sessions will run from 7 until 8pm in the Hall.

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  See 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