Safeguarding representative: Kay Buckley(07719926797)

The parish is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham Registered Charity No. 234216

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  10th      People of the Parish

          Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm

Mon 11th        Eileen Sheriden

                          Holy Souls1962 Missal

Tues 12th       Pip Hewlett

Wed 13th        Iren Krisko

Our Lady of Fatima

Thur 14th      Gerard McGarrigle

St Matthias

Fri 15th           John Wells

Sat 16th            Holy Souls

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sun  17th      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 (Lily) Stafford and John Wells together with all who have died in recent days and for Clifford John Sudlow Dennis Woodhouse Nigel Smith          Maria Cerra Francesca Bille

 whose  anniversary of death falls at about this time.

Catechism points and themes for

Easter 5 ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 2746-2751: Christ’s prayer at the Last Supper
CCC 661, 1025-1026, 2795: Christ opens for us the way to heaven
CCC 151, 1698, 2614, 2466: believing in Jesus
CCC 1569-1571: the order of deacons
CCC 782, 803, 1141, 1174, 1269, 1322: “a chosen race, a royal priesthood”

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 From Fr Christopher

The gospel for the 5th week of Easter is taken from Jesus’ farewell discourse during the Last Supper. The disciples are saddened by the Master’s imminent departure. To console them, our Lord reveals deep truths of faith that we can meditate on as we draw closer to the feast of Pentecost.

First of all, Jesus asks his disciples to not let their hearts to be troubled, to have faith and trust in Him and in his deeds. He then speaks about his “Father’s house,” and says that He is going there “to prepare a place for you” (v. 2). There is nothing wrong with thinking about Heaven in the midst of tribulation. “Our Lord speaks frequently to us of the reward which he won for us by his Death and Resurrection Heaven is the final destination of our path on earth. Jesus has gone ahead of us and awaits us there, in the company of Our Lady and of Saint Joseph, whom I so much revere, and of all the angels and saints.”St Jose Maria

In response to Thomas’s question about the way to reach the place where Jesus is going, Our Lord reveals to his disciples that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Saint Augustine comments on these mysterious words in one of his sermons: “the Word of God, who is Truth and Life next to the Father, has become the Way by taking on human nature.”

Hence to follow Jesus requires grasping the mystery of his Person and Mission. Pope Francis said that “getting to know Jesus is the most important work in our life.” We need to discover the intimate union between the Son and the Father: “He who has seen me has seen the Father” (v. 9). The catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that Jesus is the way because everything in his Person reveals the Father and unites us to the Father. Jesus has made the invisible God visible for us, through all his deeds and words. He reveals God to us through a human face, and looks upon us with love and calls us his friends, in order to make it easy for us to get to know Him, love Him and become one with Him.

Pope Francis said in this regard: “Pilate cannot understand that the Truth is standing in front of him, he cannot see in Jesus the face of the truth that is the face of God. And yet Jesus is exactly this: the Truth that, in the fullness of time, ‘became flesh’ (cf. Jn 1:1, 14), and came to dwell among us so that we might know it. The truth is not grasped as a thing, the truth is encountered. It is not a possession; it is an encounter with a Person.”  Truth and Life are united in a Person whom we can come to know and love. Thus we go forward on the way to the Father by identifying ourselves with his Son.

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

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

Next Saturday 16th 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.

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. It would be a good idea to phone and ask what particular items the food bank needs.

Day of Prayer Fasting and works of Charity

The Pontifical council for inter religious dialogue has asked that we should observe this coming Thursday(May 14th) as a day of Prayer and Fasting(and in so far as is possible in the current circumstances works of charity)This is to implore the help of Almighty God. Catholics and indeed all Christian people who will beseech the Triune God will be joined on this day by all religious believers and people of good will. In this sense we shall be united in living the universal values of Prayer and Fasting  and works of charity as a witness to the greatness of faith in God that unites divided hearts and elevates the human soul. As Pope Francis noted, “This is surely not a time for indifference, selfishness and divisions because the whole world is suffering and should be united in facing the pandemic”.

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. 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 maintenance 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

Standing Orders

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.

Latest

The Message of Pope Francis concerning the family recitation of the Rosary in May is to be found on the website

Virtual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes on line

Although the decision has been made to cancel the forthcoming Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes for 2020, we instead invite you to the opening Mass on Sunday 24 May at 3pm- this time from St Chad’s Cathedral.

The Mass is available to anybody, but especially for those who would have been making the pilgrimage this year.

We aim to provide a daily programme of reflection for the week that we would have spent in Lourdes so, like Bernadette, we will make a spiritual pilgrimage: “Every day I go in spirit to the Grotto. I make a pilgrimage there.”

Please continue to join us in prayer via the Diocesan webpage, as we pray for the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes at this difficult time.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, Pray for us.
St Chad, Pray for us.

Lourdes

The following is the schedule for Holy Mass, Prayer and the Rosary in English live from the Grotto in Lourdes:

2.00pm-2.30pm The Holy Rosary

4.00pm-4.30pm Holy Mass

5.30pm -6.00pm Prayer

The times have been adjusted as the Lourdes website uses French local time.

In addition  one can  obtain details for Mass , Rosary etc in the various languages from the website Please remember to change the time given as we are 1 hour earlier than France www.lourdes-france.org. It is also possible to send petitions on line using the Lourdes website

Walsingham

www.walsingham.org.uk

This will give the full schedule of Masses, Rosary talks etc. In addition there is continuous adoration other than during the celebration of Holy Mass

Knock

www.ewtnireland.com/knockstream

12.00noon Mass

7.00pm  Rosary

7.30pm Mass

Fatima

www.fatima.pt

3.30pm Mass in English Monday –Friday

The Masses are celebrated at the chapel of the Apparitions. A section is marked on the website:  Celebrations Live

Shrine of Our Lady of Altotting

This is the main German Marian shrine which has 24/7 live streaming. The devotions and Masses are in German. This shrine is about 10 miles from the birthplace of the Pope emeritus. He discerned his vocation in this chapel. The complex is very large but they are using the small chapel. Altotting shrine will take you to the website

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