+   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 7th August 11 am EM World’s Peace

Thursday 11th July EM 11 am Mass Celebrant’s Intentions

Sunday 31st July 11 am EM Thanksgiving

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

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.


“As a consequence of the pandemic and the wars, the world is facing a grave socio-economic crisis,” the pope said in a video message released Aug. 2. “And among those most affected are small and medium-sized businesses.” (CNA)

Among those hit the hardest, the pope mentions stores, workshops, cleaning businesses, transport businesses, and others “that don’t appear on the world’s richest and most powerful lists.” (CNA)


Sunday 4th September – Mass at 3 pm. See further details on the Poster.

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 Mass online from Sacred Heart has proved more unreliable technically and we will suspend it for the moment. We will resume it in the future should the need arise in the light of developments in the Covid situation.

ALTAR SERVERS – At Sacred Heart and English Martyrs, our number of Servers available has greatly reduced. We are very grateful to those who have been able to continue serving. We welcome any boys or girls who have made their First Holy Communion and would like to serve regularly at our weekend Masses. Full training and guidance will be given. Please let Fr Gerry or Deacon Lionel know if you would like
to take up serving.


We have been asked to move from our usual parking place in the Playground which will be marked for games use. We have been offered the use of the School Car Park. There are a similar number of places but we will need to park sensitively and carefully with regard to other users so the capacity can be used. This will begin next weekend. We thank the School for the use of this facility.

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION FOR THOSE NOT IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS AT SH Twenty children from SH and EM celebrated First Holy Communion at Sacred Heart yesterday. It was a very special occasion and many thanks to all who were involved. We pray for them and their families.
Our thanks to the teams of Catechists for their dedication this year in preparing more than 40 children from the area who are not in Catholic school for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. Let us not forget the work of the English Martyrs School in sacramental preparation, too. This is an important part of the mission of the Church in our area reaches out to the children and their families. May God bless you.

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.

Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, until the present time, we have shared with you our judgment that the situation of the last two years has meant that the Sunday Obligation has been impeded and has needed to be fulfilled in other ways. We thank God that this situation has now changed. The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have resumed a wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the previous Covid measures. We, therefore, believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply. We understand there will still be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill-health, care for the sick, or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday Obligation. It is intended that this Sunday Obligation should return from Pentecost Sunday celebrated on 5th June.

RUGBY LIFE SHOP in Sheep Street is in urgent need of our support. They would welcome donations of clothes in good condition, men’s particularly. Bric-a-brac or unwanted gifts. LIFE is a Pregnancy Support Charity helping babies, mothers and families. In 2021 LIFE helped nearly 70k people in different ways, housed 422 babies and mothers, and gave emotional support around pregnancy and pregnancy loss to over 5000 people.

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.

Rugby Foodbank – Shopping List 2021:

Rugby Foodbank – Contributions are always welcome here at Church or through your local store.

Tinned Carrots, Tinned peas, Tinned Sweetcorn, Tinned pulses, Tinned tomatoes, Sponge Pudding, Tinned Rice Pudding, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Tinned Spaghetti, Cream Crackers, Marmalade, Washing Capsules/Powder, Soap, Shower Gel, Razors. Please donate locally at collection points in stores or bring to Church next weekend. It would be wonderful if everyone could bring an item from the list.
Please donate the need is great. Thanks.


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