Parish Priest: Fr. Christopher Draycott ( 01386 4424688 ) priestevesham@gmail.com

Website: www.catholicevesham.co.uk

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. 

Sat 30th     5.00pm Ints of the Crosby Family

Sun  31st       People of the Parish

          Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm

Mon 1st         Alina Ostrynska

Mary  Mother        Jean Cullen1962 Missal

of the Church            

Tues 2nd        Martin Wray

Wed 3rd         Michael Devizio

St Charlesd Lwanga & comps

Thur 4th       Ints Josie Byrne

Our Lord Jesus Christ Eternal High Priest

Fri 5th            Paul Parkinson

St Boniface

Sat 6th             Community of the Sons & Daughters of God

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Sun  7th        People of the Parish

          Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm

Confessions

As from Monday if anyone wishes to go to confession. Please phone to make an appointment. Confessions will be heard in the presbytery garden

Please pray for the sick and housebound of our Parishes

Of your charity

Pray for the repose of the souls Patrick Burke  Lillian Bobby Anderson and Neal Coleman together with all who have died in recent days and for Michael Siglioccolo

Samuel Fleming Michael Devizio Robert YatesGraziella Zambon Hugh Lawler  whose  anniversary of death falls at about this time.

Catechism points and themes for

Pentecost  ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 696, 726, 731-732, 737-741, 830, 1076, 1287, 2623: Pentecost
CCC 599, 597,674, 715: apostolic witness on Pentecost
CCC 1152, 1226, 1302, 1556: the mystery of Pentecost continues in the Church
CCC 767, 775, 798, 796, 813, 1097, 1108-1109: the Church, communion in the Spirit

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 From Fr Christopher

Pentecost is often called the birthday of the Church because it is the day the members of Christ’s Church were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to proclaim the Gospel, which means Good News.  Three thousand were baptised at Pentecost .  From that day forward, the followers of Jesus began to fulfil the command to make disciples of all nations, through baptism and apostolic work.  Without Pentecost, the Christ event would have remained imprisoned in history.  Pentecost is the moment of empowering.  The disciples are called to live in Christ’s Spirit and do His works.  We are called to do so ourselves today.

Pentecost is born out of an intense experience of prayer in union with Mary and with Peter.  The experience of Pentecost is one of unity and joy that transcends all ethnic and linguistic differences and is an expression of God’s universal love.

We remember particularly how the disciples were gathered in fear and confusion as they hid in the Upper Room.  At that moment, they lacked a sense of outward mission and purpose.  Christ then sent the Holy Spirit to them and a great transformation occurred.

The disciples were transformed.  Courage replaced fear, as eleven of the twelve Apostles would ultimately die a martyr’s death.  Understanding replaced confusion, and they gained a deep sense of purpose: they realized their experience of Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection was truly Good News and it needed to be shared.  Their focus turned outward toward all those they were called to evangelise.  They never returned to the Upper Room again!

The disciples began living the Church’s Great Commission from Christ: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”   The early Christians were conscious of the presence and action of the Holy Spirit as the source of holiness, gifts of grace, and apostolic zeal.

Through the New Evangelisation we are reaching out again to those who have drifted away from the Church. Like the original disciples, we too rely on the power and grace of the Holy Spirit for our efforts.  One can only really appreciate the beauty of the Church from the inside.  The Church is a gift to mankind, which has been brought into being according to the eternal plan of God.  Her mission is to continue Christ’s work of salvation.  The Church is at the service of our authentic freedom by opening a window onto God and the eternal.  The Church takes us beyond the limitations of this world; it points to the depths of God’s love for us.  We must never tire of inviting people to come into the Church, to discover the beauty and light inside.  Part of our mission is to build up the body of Christ, the Church, by being an inviting and welcoming community.

We are conscious of the fact that many Catholics here in the Archdiocese of Birmingham do not join us regularly for the celebration of the Sunday Mass .  Much like the disciples on that first Pentecost, we see friends and relatives who are not deeply connected with our Church family.  I ask you to continue to pray for those who are away from the Church, that their hearts may be opened to respond positively to our invitation.  Continue to invite them to return home, reminding them that God has placed a longing for Him in their hearts and explaining that the community of faith suffers from their absence

We must remember that we can only share what we have received.  In preparing to evangelize, we are called to conversion, which means continually to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ individually and as a Church.  The Good News nurtures us, makes us grow, and renews us in holiness as God’s people. Conversion is on-going in the hearts of believers and it consists in knowing not just about Jesus, but in actually knowing Jesus.  It comes about through the power of the Holy Spirit who gives us the grace to invite Jesus into our lives, to put on the mind of Christ by rejecting sin, and to accept the call to be ever more faithful Disciples of Christ in the Church.  It is a fruit that comes from prayerful dialogue with Christ our Redeemer.  Unless we undergo such a conversion, we have not truly accepted the Gospel. We know that people experience conversion in many ways. Some experience a sudden, shattering insight that brings rapid transformation. Some experience a gradual growth over many years. Others undergo conversion as they take part in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults — the usual way adults become members of the Church today. Many experience conversion through the ordinary relationships of family and friends.

Personal conversion for each of us will involve different steps depending on our relationship to Jesus and his Church. For those who practice and live our Catholic faith, it is a call to on-going growth and renewed conversion. For those who have accepted it only in name, it is a call to re-evangelisation. For those who have stopped practicing our faith, it is a call to reconciliation. For children, it is a call to be formed into disciples through the family’s faith life and religious education.  Evangelisation involves handing on the faith to our own families; in other words, becoming mentors in this way of life to a new generation of disciples.  As Saint Paul reminds us with passion, we are all called to be “ambassadors of Christ.  

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

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

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.

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.

Mass intentions

If you have any intentions for which you wish the Holy Mass to be offered please telephone the Presbytery. Please be aware that as we are operating on a much reduced Mass schedule there may be a few weeks delay before the intentions are applied

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. This has been made available on the parish website  and is easy to follow.

The Donate Button

This is available for Evesham on the Website and appears in orange. It is hoped to provide a similar “button” for Broadway.

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.

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

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.

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