Catholic Parishes of Evesham and Broadway
Seventh Sunday of Easter 24th May 2020
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. On Friday of this week the Holy Mass will be live streamed at 12.00noon. On Saturday 30th May there will be an additional Mass live streamed at 5.00pm for the Vigil of Pentecost
Sun 24th People of the Parish
Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm
Mon 25th Rita Hannigan
St Bede Holy Souls 1962 Missal
Tues 26th Allan Shaw
St Philip Neri
Wed 27th Ints Sally & Richard Morgan
St Augustineof Canterbury
Thur 28th John Albertini
Fri 29th Patrick Burke(12.00noon)
Pope St Paul VI
Sat 30th Patrick Walsh
Solemnity of Pentecost (Whit Sunday)
Sat 30th 5.00pm Ints of the Crosby Family
Sun 31st 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 Lillian Bobby Anderson together with all who have died in recent days and for Teresa Barnett Thomas Marsh Lyon William Daly Jnr. Umberto Cerra Ena Boulton Iris Dorothy Tinker whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
Catechism points and themes for
Easter 7 ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):
CCC 2746-2751: Christ’s prayer at the Last Supper
CCC 312, 434, 648, 664: the Father glorifies Christ
CCC 2614, 2741: Jesus prays for us
CCC 726, 2617-2619, 2673-2679: at prayer with Mary
From Fr Christopher
We have now entered the last week of the Easter Season, between the great feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost. This Seventh Sunday of Easter is World Communications day and Catholics are asked to reflect on the necessity of fulfilling the command of Jesus to preach the Good News of the Gospel to the whole world. Pope Francis has provided a message for this day which can be found on the internet. As we reflect on the readings of this day, let us pray for the grace to receive the Holy Spirit into our hearts, minds and souls so that we can be true bearers of Christ’s love into our families, work places and society as a whole.
The first reading from the Acts of the Apostles features the apostles returning to the upper room after the Ascension to await the coming of the Holy Spirit. Here they fulfil his wish that they not leave Jerusalem without being strengthened by the Holy Spirit that will come down on them soon.
This is the first passage which tells us of the spiritual life and devout practices of the disciples after the ascension. It places the emphasis on prayer, in keeping with our Lord’s own practice and with his constant recommendation to his followers (Mt. 6:5). “Prayer is the foundation of the spiritual edifice. Prayer is all powerful” St Jose Maria Escriva(The Way, 83). Prayer is the bedrock of the Church which will be made manifest with the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
This is one of the last times Our Lady is mentioned in the New Testament. The Church, therefore, holds Mary as the perfect pattern of the follower of Jesus at prayer. This is the first nine-day Novena and all novenas have their origins in Mary and the apostles praying unremittingly for the gift of the Holy Spirit. They form one community in prayer, which is the beginning of the Church under the leadership of the Apostles. The women from Galilee were the first to hear the message of the resurrection at the empty tomb, something the Apostles themselves did not witness. Then there is Mary, the first person ever to hear God’s message about Jesus Christ through the angel. Together, the Apostles, the women from Galilee and our Lord’s mother bring the Gospel in its entirety into the beginning of the Church. They are united in prayer as they wait the coming of the Holy Spirit.
The promise Jesus made to the first Christian community is the same promise he makes to us today. Saint Luke says of the first Christian community: “All these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer” . As Saint Jose Maria Escriva puts it: “Prayer was then, as it is today, the only weapon, the most powerful means, for winning the battles of our interior struggle” (Friends of God, 242).
Let us pray on this Seventh Sunday of Easter for the grace to make prayer the centre of our Christian life for wherever two or three of us are gathered in his name, there in our midst our Lord is present (Mt 18:20). Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
We should never be ashamed of being called Christians; it should rather be a reason to give thanks to God. “Christians, who become cowed or inhibited or envious in the face of the behaviour of those who have not accepted the Word of God, show that they have a very poor idea of the faith. If we truly keep the law of Christ – that is, if we make the effort to do so, because we will not always fully succeed – we will find ourselves endowed with a wonderful gallantry of spirit that does not need to look elsewhere to discover the full meaning of human dignity” S Jose Maria Escriva If we are to take seriously the need to communicate the Gospel in Evesham and Broadway in these days then we should pray to the Holy Spirit to fortify our faith so that even in the face of opposition or persecution, we will always keep our gaze fixed on the risen Lord Jesus.
Please to continue the prayers of the Pentecost Novena. The one found on line is called Pentecost Novena with Dan Schutte and is a good one to use. There are many others
May I remind you that during this time 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
On Saturday 6th June 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 Communion and Confirmation celebrations are now postponed. However difficult this is it is of course quite beyond our control.
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.