The Holy Mass will be live-streamed from Evesham.  at 10.00 am every day( with the addition of Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 12.00noon on Monday I will live stream a chat from the presbytery at 6.45 pm each evening.  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

Sat 11th     The Vigil  and First Mass of Easter live at (8.00pm)

(People of the Parish)

Easter Sunday

Sun  12th         Michael Devizio) (10.00)

(Rosary and Benediction live at 4.00pm)

Mon 13th        Julia &Scott Macdonald(10.00)

                          Holy Souls(12.00noon)-1962 Missal

Tues 14th        Dominika & Mariusz(10.00)

Wed 15th        John & Florence Townley(10.00)

Thur 16th       Holy Souls(10.00)

Fri 17th           Kamilka & Artur(10.00)

Sat 18th             Maureen Shaw(10.00) 

Second Sunday of Easter

Low Sunday Divine Mercy Sunday

Sun  19th      People of the Parish(10.00)

(Divine Mercy and Benediction 3.00pm)

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 Horace Ditch Sisto De Vizio     Michael Luby Sheila Evans  William H. Lyon Tom Evans
Catherine Reay  May Shirleywhose  anniversary of death falls at about this time.

Catechism points and themes for

Palm Sunday ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 638-655, 989, 1001-1002: the Resurrection of Christ and our resurrection
CCC 647, 1167-1170, 1243, 1287: Easter, the Lord’s Day
CCC 1212: the Sacraments of Initiation
CCC 1214-1222, 1226-1228, 1234-1245, 1254: Baptism
CCC 1286-1289: Confirmation
CCC 1322-1323: Eucharist

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 From Fr Christopher

The Lord’s triumph, on the day of the Resurrection, is final. Where are the soldiers the rulers posted there? Where are the seals that were fixed to the stone of the tomb? Where are those who condemned the Master? Where are those who crucified Jesus? He is victorious, and faced with his victory those poor wretches have all taken flight. Be filled with hope: Jesus Christ is always victorious. The Easter season is an anticipation of the happiness Christ has won for us with his victory over death. Our Lord was put to death for our trespasses and raised for our justification, so that, by abiding in him, our joy might be complete

The Paschal season stands at the summit of the liturgical year because the Christian message is the joyful announcement of the salvation brought about by our Lord’s “passover,” his passage from death to new life. Asd St Jose maria Escriva reminds us: “Easter is a time of joy—a joy not confined to this period of the liturgical year, but to be found really and fully in the Christian’s heart. For Christ is alive. He is not someone who has gone, someone who existed for a time and then passed on, leaving us a wonderful example.

Although only the few who were chosen by God as witnesses were present at the appearances of the Risen Christ, the liturgy now enables us to re-live these mysteries. As Pope St. Leo the Great preached, “All the things relating to our Redeemer which were previously seen, have now become sacramental rites.” The Eastern Christians’ custom of exchanging the paschal greeting expresses their awareness of this reality. The greeting “Christos anestē, Christ is risen!” is answered with “Alethōs anestē, Truly, He is risen!”

The Latin liturgy pours out its joy in the Exultet of the Easter Vigil. On Easter Sunday, in the beautiful Introit, it expresses this joy more succinctly: “I have risen and I am with you still. You have laid your hand upon me. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge” We reverently put in our Lord’s mouth, in the form of a burning filial prayer to the Father, the inexpressible experience of his Resurrection at first light on that Sunday morning. Saint Josemaria in his preaching encouraged us to draw close to Christ, to grasp deeply the reality that he is alive today. “I wanted to review with you, briefly, some of the ways in which Christ is alive today—Jesus Christ, yesterday and today, yes and forever (Heb 13:8)—because this is the basis of all Christian living.” Our Lord wants us to talk with him, and talk about him, not as a figure in the past, as someone we remember, but perceiving his “today,” his presence here and now, his living companionship.

I am rather late in producing the Bulletin this week. Please accept my apologies. 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 and those who have sent Easter cards together with Easter gifts and Easter offerings. By post or pushed them through the letterbox. This has been very touching and is much appreciated at a time like this when we are all inevitably concerned about other matters.

Many thanks May we all have a truly Blessed Holy Week

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 You tube video talks which will be available on the website

Thanks

As ever we record our thanks to all who assist with the on-going life of our parishes by ensuring that the administration (everything connected with this), cleaning of the buildings flowers brasses etc are all dealt with. We record our thanks to all who assist with the liturgy in any way.

Food Bank

This of course is presenting a particular problem In these difficult circumstances  when we must not leave our homes without good cause(Necessary Shopping and daily exercise) Please phone 07721559387 in order to discover how and when to take any contributions you may have. Please remember that this would of necessity need to be part of one’s daily exercise or necessary journey for shopping

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) whether for the first or second weekly collection should be kept at home until further provision is made. The Good Friday Collection for the Holy Places and any other second collection mandated by the diocese will be transferred to a later date in the year when the churches are again in use.  We are looking in to making provisions on the website which will make this easier The Diocese will be sending information in due course. We understand it will be possible to give more information on the website this week. Please look out for this information

The Octave of Easter

This is one of the often unsung liturgical celebrations in the Catholic Church. It includes Easter Sunday and the seven days that follow, culminating the Second Sunday of Easter From at least the 3rd or 4th century, Christians began to extend certain feasts beyond the initial day. This meant that the joyous celebrations of Easter Sunday were prolonged and lasted a full eight days.

In fact, Christians treated each day in the octave as if it were Easter Sunday. This tradition has been preserved by the Roman Rite and many of the Eastern Rites, where the liturgical readings and actions of each day mimic what happened on Easter Sunday.

The Octave of Easter, during which formerly no servile work was done, was one continual feast. Each day the newly baptised attended Mass at a [different church in Rome], at which they received Holy Communion. In the evening they went to Saint John Lateran for the Office of Vespers.

Furthermore, the newly baptised would wear their baptismal gowns during the entire octave. The second Sunday of Easter “was consequently known as dominica in albis (deponendis), the Sunday of the (laying aside of the) white garments.”

While these particular baptismal traditions are no longer practiced by the Catholic Church, the Octave of Easter remains a celebratory time for Christians around the world and is meant to be a joyous time to remain in the beauty of the Lord’s resurrection.

As with the way Christmas is celebrated in the Catholic Church, the Easter season only begins with Easter Sunday. It is a season for feasting, praising God and enjoying the company of family and friends.

 (Even the weekly Friday abstinence, is suspended on Easter Friday.)

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