The Holy Mass will be live-streamed at 10.00 am every day from Evesham. (There are a few problems with this at present but do persevere) I will live stream a chat from the presbytery at 6.45 pm each evening. This information covers both Evesham & Broadway.

Sun  29th      People of the Parish

Mon 30th        Hazel Walters

Tues 31st       Mary Murphy

Wed 1st         The wellbeing of Priests at this time

Thur 2nd        Paolo & Roberta Ianinni & family

Fri 3rd             Margaret Dennis                   

Sat 4th           Patrick Walsh

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Sun  5th        People of the Parish

Please pray for the sick and housebound of our Parishes

Of your charity

Pray for the repose of the souls of all who have died in recent days and for  Euphemia Cabusas
Antonio Miele Josephine Morgan Tom Langston
whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.

Catechism points and themes for

Lent 5( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number): baptism is illumination
CCC 992-996: the progressive revelation of resurrection
CCC 549, 640, 646: raisings a messianic sign prefiguring Christ’s Resurrection
CCC 2603-2604: the prayer of Jesus before the raising of Lazarus
CCC 1002-1004: our present experience of resurrection
CCC 1402-1405, 1524: the Eucharist and the Resurrection
CCC 989-990: the resurrection of the body

From the Archbishop

An extract from the Archbishop’s instructions to Priests issued yesterday.

Confessions:

The Sacrament cannot be celebrated over the telephone or by conference call. A pastoral conversation and reassuring prayer may, of course, take place by these means.  Requests for individual confession are very difficult to meet, given the demands of staying at home, social distancing and church closure The recent Note from the Apostolic Penitentiary on the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the current epidemic, 20th March 2020 states:

Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC, no. 1452).

Dispensation from The Sunday and Holy Day obligation and  Easter Duties

In their letter of Dispensation 18th March 2020, the President and the Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said “in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed.  This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181).  This pandemic is the ‘serious reason’ why this obligation does not apply at this time.”

Many of the faithful will be aware of their Easter Duties; that is to receive Holy Communion during the Easter Season and by custom, to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation beforehand.  The Code of Canon Law (CIC 920) says each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year.  This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at another time during the year.  The requirement for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation comes from the need to be in a state of grace to receive Holy Communion (CIC 916). Since it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time, and into the future, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020.

The Bishops have asked that all should make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this time.  Perfect contrition (or a Contrition of Charity) is true and real sorrow for our sins which is created when we realise the immense love of God for each one of us.  We express this contrition when we realise how we offend God by our sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to the immeasurable love and mercy that He continually shows us. This requires us to be contrite of heart for what we have done, know and be overwhelmed by the love and mercy of God for His children, and to approach this grace with humility and resolution not to sin again.

An Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.  I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.  Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

These are trying days for our people and for ourselves.  We pray for the most vulnerable, for those who will lose their lives to this terrible epidemic and those who mourn.  We pray for our courageous health- workers that they remain safe.  Let us pray also for ourselves that we may support one another and guide our people, prayerfully and full of hope, through this crisis.

Please be assured of my prayers for you all, and for your parishioners together with my kind wishes for Passiontide. 

Yours devotedly in Christ

Corona Virus

​Following the statement given by the Prime Minister on Monday 23rd March, our churches will now be closed to the public, even for private prayer.

He has asked us to do this in order to slow down the spread of the Corona Virus and has outlines ways in which we can all play a part in this. 

We will continue to keep Parishioners update via this website ​

From Fr Christopher

Through confession, we receive spiritual direction. Most priests offer at least a few words of encouragement, of advice, of clarification of conscience about what the penitent has just confessed. It is only a brief encounter but it can be very helpful in the spiritual life. And for many, the occasion of confession is their regular opportunity to receive a deeper spiritual direction. In this regard, Pope As Pope St John Paul II said in his general audience on the 11th of April 1984: “Certainly, ‘spiritual direction’ (or ‘spiritual counsel’, or ‘spiritual dialogue’, as some prefer to express it at times) can be carried out even outside the context of the Sacrament of Penance and even by someone who is not endowed with Holy Orders. However, it cannot be denied that this function –insufficient, if it is done only within a group, without a personal relationship–is in fact frequently and happily linked to the sacrament of Reconciliation and is done by the priest, who is made suitable for special duties ‘in the Church’ by a ‘singular gift of grace’ (ibid., q. 35, a. 1). Thus the penitent overcomes the danger of arbitrariness and is helped to decide his vocation in the light of God.”

It is not easy to admit to another human being what we have done, especially when the priest knows us. However, I believe it is something to be desired?  When we go to a doctor, do we go to a different one each time so that he can perhaps discover something new? Rather, we go to a doctor who knows us, precisely because they do know us. Then, if we are consistent, we should not act any differently in what refers to the wellbeing of our soul, which is far more important than our bodily health, especially if through that act we can receive valuable spiritual direction. Another benefit offered by confession is the penance which the priest asks the penitent to undertake. As we know, every sin harms the mystical body of Christ and the sinner must make up in some measure for the harm caused. This is known as temporal punishment, and it must be undergone either here on earth through good deeds, penances or indulgences, or in Purgatory. Left to our own devices we might be inclined to do too little penance, but the penance which the priest imposes makes up at least in some measure or the temporal punishment owing for our sins. Related to the penance which helps to make up for some of the temporal punishment is the reconciliation with the Church brought about through the sacrament. As all members of the Church are one in the body of Christ, every sin harms the mystical body, just as every good deed contributes to the spiritual welfare of the Church.

Through confession, we are reconciled with the whole Church and forgiven for the harm we have caused. This is more obviously the case when we are forgiven for mortal sins, which prevents the working of God’s grace within us. The priest, acting on behalf of the Church, brings about this reconciliation. This communal dimension of sin and its forgiveness is obviously another reason why Christ instituted a

Confession invariably gives great joy and peace of soul, on knowing that the burden of sin that was weighing on us has been lifted. The experience of many penitents is that this is one of the greatest joys they have had, especially when the sins were mortal and thus would have prevented them from going to heaven. To illustrate this joy, Christ gives us the example of the prodigal son, who is kissed and embraced by his father when he humbly confesses his sinfulness.

From the Cardinal

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Archbishop of the Diocese of Westminster has sent us a message after the Prime Minister’s historic announcement strengthening restrictions in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The Cardinal stresses that we must all play our part to safeguard the NHS and to save ‘precious lives’. 

“We’re going to play our full part in it. That was the call of St. Paul that we ought to be good citizens and today we ought to be good citizens playing our part in the protection of the vulnerable, in our support for the NHS and in the preserving of human life, which is so precious to God in the face of this virus.”

Cardinal Nichols also points to last Sunday which demonstrated the strength of the Catholic community’s response and its commitment to keeping prayer and worship at the heart of a new pattern of life:

“We’re beginning to reflect on the experience of the streaming of the Celebration of Mass on Sunday and on yesterday’s weekday. There are many, many encouraging signs. I’ve heard congregations being 10 times the normal size. I’ve heard families preparing together at home.  so we have to deepen our prayer. We have to use the Internet, and all the other things that we have, to encourage one another.”

The Internet

The celebration of Holy Mass is available daily via the internet in multiple languages. This is true for Sundays and weekdays. In order to participate in the Holy Mass in English, the Website for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham should be used which will provide the link for the Daily Mass at 12.00noon I would encourage everyone to ensure reverent participation in the Holy Mass on Sundays and as far as possible on weekdays via the internet or YouTube. It is particularly important that our families pray together and thus we should watch together not only the Masses but also pray the Rosary ( use the website for the Shrine of Our lady of Lourdes in France- Mass and the Rosary are available at various times from Lourdes in the various languages). Please try to watch the Holy Father at the Angelus each Sunday(11.00 am our time). available on the Vatican website and on international television channels

The Holy Mass will be live-streamed at 10.00 am every day from Evesham. (There are a few problems at present but do persevere) I will live stream a chat from the presbytery at 6.45 pm each evening. Similarly, I will attempt to live stream a time of prayer before the Blessed sacrament each weekday at 3.00 pm.  Both will be available on the website later if people are unable to watch them live. Please do pass on this information to others who perhaps  do not yet have it: Website(www.catholicevesham.co.uk

It would also be good to have as many subscribers as possible as this sends out good signals as to the vibrant nature of the Church

Finally, please remember I am only at the end of the phone and may I thank those who have phoned to ask after my welfare.

Many thanks

Christopher J P Draycott

Parish Priest

An Act of Spiritual Holy Communion

This should be used at the appropriate moment when participating in a televised Mass. It is, of course, preferable to watch a live broadcast rather than a recording

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you in my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.

Sacramental Catechesis

2019/20

Catechetical sessions are suspended until further notice,. Fr Christopher will give some Youtube video talks which will be available on the website

Dowry of Mary Rededication

The personal act of rededication will take place on Sunday 29th March at 12.00noon. Please join in this by watching the Holy Mass live from the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Shrine is lifestreaming at all times.

Food Bank

The next date: Sunday 5th April( In these difficult circumstances  when we must not leave our homes without good cause)further details will be given as soon as practical

Mass intentions

If you have any intentions for which you wish the Holy Mass to be offered please telephone the Presbytery

Donations and Collections during this time

We have been asked by Parishioners(apart from those who already support the parishes by bankers order) how they can make donations/and continued financial provision for the parish while Masses are not being celebrated publicly. Weekly offerings(envelopes and loose) should be kept at home until further provision is made. We are looking into making provisions on the website which will make this easier The Diocese will be sending information in due course.

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