+   English Martyrs Catholic Parish, Hillmorton   +


‘All people are born as originals, but many die as photocopies.’ (Bl Carlo Acutis)

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

Masses during the week

Sunday 27th November 11.00 am EM Margaret Ward RIP

Thursday 1st December 11 am EM 

Sunday 4th December 11.00 am EM Ken & Eileen Pedley RIP

Second Collection next weekend for the Poor Parishes of the Diocese


Saturday 3rd December 12noon to 3pm.
Christmas is fast approaching and your Parish and School Christmas Bazaar will be on Saturday 3rd of December, if you can help on the day or you have any prizes, bottles, books, toys, toiletries or baked goods please contact Caroline on 07768171146 or Caroline.deery@btinternet.com. Raffle tickets will be available from the porch in soon, your help in selling these and supporting the English Martyrs Community is much appreciated. There will be an Advent stall set up in the porch selling a limited stock of Religious Christmas cards, calendars, tree decorations, and diaries, please take some time to have a look and if this is a success we will repeat it again next year and order more stock. Raffle Tickets are available at Mass. Please take some to sell or buy. If you are not able to come to the event you can support us by buying some Raffle Tickets. This event provides much-needed financial support for the English Martyrs School ad Parish.

ENGLISH MARTYRS SCHOOL has vacancies for Foundation governors on the Local Governing Body. It is now part of Our Lady of the Magnificat Multi Academy, a family of 17 schools from Warwickshire and Worcestershire that work together to enable the best possible outcomes for all pupils in schools with a distinct Catholic mission and ethos. Governors play an important part in this at the local level while the Board of Directors is accountable legally for the multi-academy. This is an exciting new development in Catholic education. Foundation Governors are appointed by the diocese and must be practicing Catholics. A leaflet is available with more information is available. Applications would be welcome from members of both parishes. Please consider whether you might be able to be involved in this important work for the education of our children. Fr Gerry should be able to give further advice.


The Parish meal is on Sunday, December 11 at 3 PM at the Hillmorton Manor Hotel, we are limited to 40 places so please get your menu choice and payment to Caroline Deery by Sunday, December 4th. The cost for three courses plus a hot drink will be £22; two courses £19. Please collect a booking form from the porch and complete and return it along with your payment in the unnamed envelope as soon as possible to Caroline.

Christmas is fast approaching and your Parish and School Christmas bazaar will be on Saturday, 3rd December if you can help on the day or you have any prizes, bottles, books, toys, toiletries, or baked goods please contact Caroline on (07768) 171146 or caroline.deery@btinternet.com. Raffle tickets will be available from the porch soon, your help in selling these and supporting the English Martyrs community is much appreciated. There will be an Advent stall set up in the porch selling a limited stock of religious Christmas cards, calendars, tree decorations and diaries, please do take some time to have a look as if this is a success we will repeat it again next year and order more stock.

Advent walk with me prayer books and calendars are available. Please take and share the books – a donation of £1 would be welcome. Children at EM school will receive Advent calendars.

Responding to the call of Creation — An alternative Advent Calendar to prepare for a climate-conscious Christmas. Please take one from the Narthex.



The next session is on Monday 5th December from 6 till 7 pm in the Sacred Heart Hall. Children, please bring your pencil case with you.

Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation 2023 at Sacred Heart

Archbishop Bernard Longley will be here to celebrate Confirmation on Sunday, 21st May at the 9.30 am Mass. Please draw this to the attention of those who are interested . Names on the list on the noticeboard or let us know by email. Preparation will begin in the new year. Year Six pupils and upwards are eligible. Thank you.

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?


Please let us know of any parishioners who would like a home visit and wish to receive Holy Communion at home.

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY Fr 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.

Rugby Street Pastors are welcoming new Street and Prayer pastors to join the team. Training starts on Saturday 21st January 2023 Don’t miss this opportunity to serve and share the Love of God. For more information and an application form contact Dawn  rugby@streetpastors.org.uk.

FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND –  See www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk

RUGBY FOODBANK needs our support for their Harvest Appeal. Please donate through the usual collection points in local stores or bring your contributions to Church. The top five items on their Shopping List are Tinned vegetables, tinned fish/meat, tinned rice pudding/custard, UHT Milk/fruit juice, and Tinned snack meals. See the longer list on the noticeboard.

Dates for your 2023 diary – an Epiphany party at Sacred Heart on Sunday eighth of January from 4 PM until 7 PM. We hope as many of the parishes as possible will come along to a shared table. It would be great to have a range of food as we are such a diverse community. Hopefully, there will be a competition for children as well. More details in the newsletter soon.

ENGLISH MARTYRS CHURCH PARKING – When parking on the drive please park Diagonally this frees up more spaces for others to park.

Prayer for Peace
God of mercy, help us to listen to your voice, a voice that speaks of peace to all people. Let the sound resonate within us until a whisper becomes a shout which cannot be ignored. Move us with your love, so that our actions echo your peace, and we may bring comfort to those touched by conflict. Fill us with your hope, O Lord, and quiet the fear and hatred which divides us, as we seek to build a future together, of true and lasting peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Prince of Peace. Amen.

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 — LIVESTREAM – We 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.

DEANERY CHANGES: as a result of the revision of the deanery structure in the diocese the Rugby part of the Rugby Deanery (St Maries, Sacred Heart, and English Martyrs ) will be joining Warwick Deanery to form Rugby and Warwick Deanery. The Nuneaton area Parishes will be joining Coventry Deanery.


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