Parish Priest: Fr. Christopher Draycott ( 01386 442468
Evesham: Church of the Immaculate Conception and Saint Egwin WR114EJ
Broadway: Church of the Most Holy Saviour WR12 7DZ
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 17th People of the Parish
Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm
Mon 18th Private int(EE)
Brian O’Connell 1962 Missal
Tues 19th Lea Devizio
Wed 20th Mary Plunkett
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Thur 21st People of the Parish
Fri 22nd Lesley& Eddie Vickers
Sat 23rd Mary(May) Murphy
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Sun 24th 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 Patrick Burke and John Wells together with all who have died in recent days and for Jesse Newbury Nuala Perks whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
Catechism points and themes for
Easter 6 ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):
CCC 2746-2751: Christ’s prayer at the Last Supper
CCC 243, 388, 692, 729, 1433, 1848: the Holy Spirit as Advocate/Consoler
CCC 1083, 2670-2672: invoking the Holy Spirit
From Fr Christopher
From last Sunday, the Fifth Sunday of Easter and thereafter the thrust of the readings at Mass has moved from the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection to preparation for the culmination of the Paschal Season, the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The fact that the Gospel readings on these Sundays are all taken from Christ’s discourse at the end of the Last Supper underscores their profoundly Eucharistic significance. The readings and prayers provide an opportunity for us all to ponder the role of the Holy Spirit in the on-going life of the Church. The paragraphs of the Catechism that treat of “God’s Spirit and Word in the Time of the Promises” (CCC 702-716) offer a summary of the readings from the Easter Vigil, seen now in terms of the work of the Holy Spirit, and those dealing with “The Holy Spirit and the Church in the Liturgy” (CCC 1091-1109) assist in leading us to a deeper appreciation of how the Holy Spirit makes present the Paschal Mystery of Christ in the liturgy.
In the words of the Gospel for this Sunday we are introduced to the intimate atmosphere in which Jesus opened his heart to the Apostles during the Last Supper.
He begins with some clear and demanding words: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” God’s commands are not arbitrary expressions of his authority. Rather they are an expression of the Love of a good Father teaching his children the true path to happiness. This doesn’t mean that following them will not require effort. Saint John Paul II who was born one hundred years ago this coming Monday said: “In the discussions about new and complex moral problems, it can seem that Christian morality is in itself too demanding, difficult to understand and almost impossible to practise. This is untrue, since Christian morality consists, in the simplicity of the Gospel, in following Jesus Christ, in abandoning oneself to him, in letting oneself be transformed by his grace and renewed by his mercy, gifts which come to us in the living communion of his Church …. By the light of the Holy Spirit, the living essence of Christian morality can be understood by everyone, even the least learned, but particularly those who are able to preserve an ‘undivided heart’ (Ps 86:11). On the other hand, this evangelical simplicity does not exempt one from facing reality in its complexity; rather it can lead to a more genuine understanding of reality, inasmuch as following Christ will gradually bring out the distinctive character of authentic Christian morality, while providing the vital energy needed to carry it out … The one who loves Christ keeps his commandments.”
Jesus is well aware of the effort required to keep his commandments, but He assures us that we can rely on an invaluable help: “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate, to be with you for ever” (v. 16). The word parakletós in the Greek text (which is translated here as advocate ) means a person who is called upon for help: a consoler, defender; someone invited to journey alongside us, to accompany us, point out the obstacles, defend us, while speaking to us softly, comforting us, offering suggestions, encouraging us… The “Paraclete” is a faithful and inseparable companion.
Jesus Himself will always be at our side as our “Paraclete,” as he promises his disciples: “I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you” (v. 18). But He also promises that his Father will send “another Paraclete” who will be with them forever: the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit (v. 16).
Benedict XVI the Pope Emeritus in an Easter homily in 2008 said: “The first Paraclete is in fact the Incarnate Son who came to defend man from the accuser by antonomasia, who is Satan. At the moment when Christ, his mission fulfilled, returns to the Father, he sends the Spirit as Defender and Consoler to remain with believers for ever, dwelling within them. Thus, through the mediation of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, an intimate relationship of reciprocity is established between God the Father and the disciples … However, all this depends on one condition which Christ imposes clearly at the beginning: ‘If you love me’ (Jn 14: 15), and which he repeats at the end: ‘He who obeys the commandments he has from me is the man who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father. I too will love him and reveal myself to him’ (Jn 14: 21).”
Pope Francis noted in an address in 2017 that “by meditating on these words of Jesus, we perceive with the sense of faith that we are the People of God in communion with the Father and with Jesus through the Holy Spirit … The Lord today calls us to respond generously to the Gospel’s call to love, placing God at the center of our lives and dedicating ourselves to the service of our brothers and sisters, especially those most in need of support and consolation.”
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 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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Rosary Rally Relay
From His Grace the Archbishop
In response to Pope Francis’ request to pray the Rosary in May , there has been an 8pm May Rosary Mission co-hosted by the London Rosary Shrine, the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham, Carfin Grotto in Scotland and Rosary on the Coast. As a culmination to this Rosary Mission, Mgr John Armitage, the Rector at the national Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, would like to invite each diocese to take part in a simple initiative – a Rosary Relay on 31 May 2020. Each diocese has been asked to encourage their people to pray the Rosary either individually, or where possible in groups, during a designated hour. The Archdiocese of Birmingham has been asked to pray the Rosary at 10am on the 31 May, Pentecost Sunday, and I shall lead the Rosary which will be live-streamed from St Chad’s Cathedral on that morning. The Shrine at Walsingham has been involved, for several years, in a similar Rosary Relay which links all the Marian Shrines throughout the world. That Relay takes place on the Feast of the Sacred Heart and its focus is on praying for priests and an increase in vocations. For the Relay on 31st May 2020 the focus would be on promoting the praying of the Rosary at Home and encouraging people to pray the Rosary each day, at a certain hour, and especially during the current Coronavirus pandemic.