The Holy Mass will be live streamed from Evesham. at 10.00am 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 6.45pm each evening.
Sun 26th People of the Parish
Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm
Mon 27th Holy Souls
Holy Souls1962 Missal
Tues 28th Paul McNamee
St Louis de Montfort
Wed 29th Alina Ostrynska
St Catherine of Siena
Thur 30th Yannick
Fri 1st Paul Parkinson
St Joseph the Worker
Sat 2nd Sean McCauley
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Sun 3rd People of the Parish
Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm
Please pray for the sick and housebound of our Parishes
Of your charity
Pray for the repose of the souls of Elizabeth Stafford and all who have died in recent days and for James Bell Carol Williams Phyllis M. Massey Raffaelina Lococo
whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
Catechism points and themes for
Easter 3 ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):
CCC 1346-1347: the Eucharist and the experience of the disciples at Emmaus
CCC 642-644, 857, 995-996: the apostles and disciples as witnesses of the Resurrection
CCC 102, 601, 426-429, 2763: Christ the key to interpreting all Scripture
CCC 457, 604-605, 608, 615-616, 1476, 1992: Jesus, the Lamb offered for our sins
From Fr Christopher
“As Christ is walking along, he meets two men who have nearly lost all hope. They are beginning to feel that life has no meaning for them. Christ understands their sorrow; he sees into their heart and communicates to them some of the life he carries within himself.”
The story of two discouraged men making a long journey home after having witnessed the Lord’s gruelling passion (Luke 24:13-35) is pure balm for the suffering soul, especially for any suffering in the ways St Josemaria indicates: having lost a sense of hope or of meaning in life. By the end of the story, Jesus reveals a startling nearness to Cleopas and his companion that they had noticed all along, but couldn’t quite put their finger on: “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?”
The setting is the first Easter Sunday, late afternoon. Jesus deliberately conceals His identity from them, as He prods them with questions about their obvious sorrow and agitation. He invites them to unburden themselves of their grief and confusion, refusing to be deterred by their initial, brusque surprise: “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days” (24:18)? Instead, Jesus encourages them to tell Him all about what He already knows. He is the subject of their story, their disappointments, and their hopes.
Jesus then leads them through a thorough reflection on the mission of the Messiah. Jesus does not immediately manifest Himself and command their faith and obedience. He chooses, instead, to lead them by the heart. He appeals to their hopes, corrects their misguided expectations, and sets everything right by redirecting them to God’s revelation: “Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory” (24:26)?
Once disposed to see more deeply into the mystery of His suffering, Jesus then completely opens their eyes in the breaking of the bread. Having prepared them to identify the Christ as the Suffering Servant, the Lord is free to reveal Himself in the broken bread—the Eucharist—and they get it! Cleopas and his companion behold the mystery and at once Jesus considers His work done and vanishes from their sight.
If the scandal of Jesus’ passion and cross seemed to void all of His powerful promises of salvation, forgiveness of sins, and eternal life, then the resurrection forces all disciples to rethink everything that they thought they had already understood about Jesus’ mission. In the light of the resurrection, good and evil, justice and injustice, friendship and treachery, are revealed as reconcilable enemies. In God’s hands the most unlikely people, the most broken and even ugliest of instruments, are useful. The very things that destroy can become the tools for rebuilding, re-creating: Death brings life, weakness manifests strength, and suffering paves the way to glory.
In areas of pain and hurt we experience the least amount of understanding and acceptance, and are most tempted to rebel and become hopeless. Like the men in the Gospel it is extremely difficult to see outside of our suffering when immersed in it. We need to remember that it is precisely there, into that dark place, that Jesus inserts Himself as these men go along, sad. “Jesus seeks us out, just as he did the disciples of Emmaus, whom he went out to meet, because he knows our weakness”
St Josemaria Escriva
We understand the fatigue and sadness of these earliest Christians, their reaction to “the things that have happened in these days,” in this and the other resurrection accounts. But more importantly: Jesus understands our weakness, our short-sightedness, our need for answers—and without belittling us. Rather, He engages us in our search. He leads us step by step to the answer, respecting the pace of our understanding, until we are ready to be “startled” by how close He has been all along. Such a revelation brings with it a responsibility, to which Cleopas and his friend immediately respond: “And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem” (Lk 24:33).
Disciples who previously struggled to reconcile the Lord’s promises of salvation with the evident defeat of His passion suddenly become messengers of the gospel revelation of suffering and sacrifice. It was always what the Lord said it was: a narrow path traversed by those who would deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Him.
“When suffering hits us in the same way as the Emmaus disciples—when our human hopes are tested by how fragile sickness, violence, and betrayal actually make us feel—we should feel the approach of the “stranger” at our side, and let Him put His questions to us. If we allow Him to accompany us along our journey, to “stay with us,” we will find that He communicates new life to us, remaking our hearts into the privileged place of encounter with Him” John Hanson.
May I remind you that during this time please remember I am only at the end of the phone and may I thank those who have phoned to ask after my well-being. Please continue to keep safe by observing the advice given by the Government.
Christopher J P Draycott
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.
Catechetical sessions are suspended until further notice,. Fr Christopher will give some You tube video talks which will be available on the website
Next Saturday 2nd May Fr Christopher will continue the catechesis for First Holy Communion at 11.00am and for Confirmation at 11.45am,. Both will be available thereafter on the website for those unable to watch live.
It is looking increasingly unlikely that our planned timetable for First Holy Communion will be possible. However difficult this is it is of course quite beyond our control. I suspect the same will be true with regard to Confirmation.
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. It would be a good idea to phone and ask what particular items the food bank needs.
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. We are looking in to making provisions on the website which will make this easier The Diocese will be sending information in due course.
These can be set up on line for anyone who uses internet banking. Please phone the presbytery or send an email for more information. Fr Christopher will give the contact information for the person who deals with standing orders and Gift Aid. And she will provide the necessary details to set up a standing order. This applies whether one uses internet banking or not.