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 3rd People of the Parish
Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm
Mon 4th Maureen McCann
English Martyrs Holy Souls1962 Missal
Tues 5th Anne & George Pacey
Wed 6th Fr Richard Finn
Thur 7th Elizabeth Westwood
Fri 8th Bernard Hardiman
Sat 9th The Dominican Community in Oxford
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sun 10th 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 Margaret Mumford Pere Henri Du Halgouet whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
Catechism points and themes for
Easter 4 ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):
CCC 754, 764, 2665: Christ the Shepherd and Gate
CCC 553, 857, 861, 881, 896, 1558, 1561, 1568, 1574: Pope and bishops as shepherds
CCC 874, 1120, 1465, 1536, 1548-1551, 1564, 2179, 2686: priests as shepherds
CCC 14, 189, 1064, 1226, 1236, 1253-1255, 1427-1429: conversion, faith, and baptism
CCC 618, 2447: Christ an example in bearing wrongs
From Fr Christopher
Jesus makes use of a well-known image from the Old Testament—that of the shepherd who watches over his flock. But before presenting Himself as the Good Shepherd, Jesus says that “I am the door of the sheep” (v. 7).
In the same way as God had done with the people of Israel, so too in the Church He will rely on “shepherds” who care for his “sheep.” And only the one who leads the sheep to the true “door” who is Christ will be a “good shepherd.” Anyone who tries to lead them to another place shouldn’t be trusted, since “he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber” (v. 1).
Jesus says clearly that a bad shepherd “climbs in” by another way, using a word that implies trying to enter a place where one shouldn’t go. Thus He warns against the danger of “making use of” the Church and of the position that one holds in it for personal gain. The prophet Ezekiel had already denounced this attitude: “Shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the crippled you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought” (Ezek 34:2-4).
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, in a homily given in 2009 for the inauguration of the Year for Priests, said: “How can we forget, in this regard, that nothing causes more suffering for the Church, the Body of Christ, than the sins of her pastors, especially the sins of those who become ‘thieves and robbers’ of the sheep (cf. Jn 10:1 ff.), who lead them astray by their own private teachings, or ensnare them in the toils of sin and death? Dear priests, the summons to conversion and to trust in divine Mercy also applies to us; we too must humbly, sincerely and unceasingly implore the Heart of Jesus to preserve us from the terrifying risk of endangering the very people we are obliged to save.” Hence it is important for all of us to pray that priests truly be holy and that good shepherds may never be lacking in the Church.
Pope Francis said in an address some years ago:: “Christ, the Good Shepherd, became the door of mankind’s salvation, because he offered his life for his sheep. Jesus, Good Shepherd and door of the sheep, is a leader whose authority is expressed in service, a leader who, in order to command, gives his life and does not ask others to sacrifice theirs. One can trust in a leader like this, as the sheep who heed their shepherd’s voice because they know that with him one goes to good and abundant pastures. A signal, a call suffices, and they follow; they obey; they begin to walk, guided by the voice of the One whom they feel as a friendly presence, strong and mild at once, who calls, protects consoles and soothes.”
The good shepherd is the one who, following Christ’s example, humbly serves the others, and does not seek himself St José Maria Escriva put this very well in his classic work “Christ Passing By” :“Allow me to give you a piece of advice. If ever you lose the clear light, always turn to the good shepherd. And who is the good shepherd? ‘He who enters by the door’ of faithfulness to the Church’s doctrine and does not act like the hireling ‘who sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees’; whereupon ‘the wolf snatches them and scatters them.’ Reflect on these divine words, which are not said in vain, and on the insistence of Christ who so affectionately speaks of shepherds and sheep, of the sheepfold and flock, as a practical proof of the need that our soul has of a good guide.”
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 9th 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.
The planned timetable for First Holy Communions now postponed. However difficult this is it is of course quite beyond our control. The same is 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 has now provided a means for continuing and regular contributions to the maintanance of the parishes during this time. During the coming week the relevant information will be available and will then be placed on the website. as soon as possible thereafter. It is quite easy to follow and will be secure
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.
You will find elsewhere on the website a Pastoral letter from His Grace the Archbishop for this Sunday and a statement from the Conference of Bishops of England and Wales.
The Message of Pope Francis concerning the family recitation of the Rosary in May is also to be found on the website