solemnity of the most holy trinity

Parish Priest: Fr. Christopher Draycott ( 01386 442468

8 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. 

Sun  7th         People of the Parish

          Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm

Mon 8th          Neal Coleman

                          Sheila Berry1962 Missal

Tues 9th         David Cotterell

Wed 10th        Frank Romhanyi

Thur 11th      Philomena Hunt

St Barnabas

Fri 12th          John & Bridget Walsh

Sat 13th           Anne Evans

St Anthony of Padua

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Sun  14th      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 Neal Allen  Coleman together with all who have died in recent days and for James Samuel McMullan Eileen Mavis Spiers
Marco Bille whose  anniversary of death falls at about this time.

Catechism points and themes for

The Holy Trinity   ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):

CC 202, 232-260, 684, 732: the mystery of the Trinity
CCC 249, 813, 950, 1077-1109, 2845: the Trinity in the Church and her liturgy
CCC 2655, 2664-2672: the Trinity and prayer
CCC 2205: the family as an image of the Trinity

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From Fr Christopher     Our belief in the Holy Trinity, that there are three distinct yet equal Persons in the one true God, is such a lofty and such an all-encompassing truth that it can be difficult to see clearly the connection to our practical lives. And yet, the fact that God is a Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — even though it is a truth above all things — is also a truth at the heart of everything: everything we know, everything we think or do, and everything that happens to us. This truth is so unfathomable and unique that for many centuries the church struggled to understand and define it, resulting in a history of heresies whose condemnation illustrates what the Holy Trinity is by telling us what it is not. Yet, even these heresies have helped to further our appreciation and wonder of our Triune God.

In the Old Testament we see God as the uncreated Creator of all, including man and woman, made in  his image. God continues to reveal himself through his prophets, through his commands, and through his omnipotence. He invited his people into a covenant, even though he is their creator and not their equal. While he dwells among them, he never reveals his face. Instead, he remains veiled from their eyes.

With the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, God makes himself visible to humanity. In Jesus, we see the qualities of God, such as perfect love, mercy, truth, power, goodness. We also see that in his great love, God chose to be one of us, a mystery so profound as we perceive that we are his limited, mortal creatures while he is our eternal and infinite Creator. Jesus instructs us in all truth, teaches us to pray, and shows God’s power over all things, including storms, disease, the evil one and even death itself. He dies to free us from our sins, and rises from the dead so that, with faith, we may never die. He even gives us his Body and Blood in the Eucharist, commanding us to “Do this in memory of me,” that he may remain with us always.

Before his Ascension, Jesus promises to send us another Advocate, one who will reside within and animate his bride, the church. This Spirit of Truth descends upon the church at Pentecost, and he dwells within each of us beginning at our Baptism. The Holy Spirit connects us to God by enveloping us in the divine love that defines him (“God is love” 1 Jn 4:8). Again, in the Holy Spirit we see the humility of God and his desire to be near us and make his home within us, despite our sinfulness.

The mystery of the Trinity was revealed by God himself through Jesus Christ. Through his incarnation we see the interaction of the three divine persons. Jesus speaks to his heavenly Father, and invites us to call him “Abba” as well. He identifies the Holy Spirit as the Paraclete, sent by him and his Father that we may remain in God. We even witness the three divine Persons at the Baptism of Jesus, when the Father speaks from heaven and the Spirit descends like a dove upon Our Lord.

This mystery of the Holy Trinity helps us to know who God is, how he humbles himself in his desire to dwell among us, how he lives as three persons in perfect unity because of divine love. It also reveals to us who we are — creatures made in God’s image. We are created for communion and love, and we are deeply loved by the God who is love.

This annual solemnity celebrating the Holy Trinity invites us to meditate on the humility, glory, and love of the three persons who are God that we may more deeply enter into communion with them, and to all who are created through his divine love.

However, among all of the experiences of the Holy Trinity we have in this life, there is none so powerful as the experience we have at Mass. Every time we celebrate the Eucharist, we encounter God in the most direct, deepest, most intimate, most powerful way possible on earth. The Mass is a foretaste — you might say a “sneak preview” — of the total and perfect union with God we will have in heaven.

In order to understand how we encounter God in the Mass, we need to know something about God’s inner life, meaning, the life shared between the three Persons of the Trinity. To put it briefly, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not just sitting up there in heaven. There are between the three Persons of the Trinity dynamic relationships, relationships of love that are the root and foundation of our experience of love here on earth.

This life of God’s love is the life that awaits us in heaven. Jesus tells us in the Gospel of John that one of the reasons for His Ascension is to prepare a place for us in heaven. This is the same passage in which Jesus tells us that in His Father’s house, “there are many dwelling places.” We are called not just to live somewhere in heaven, but to live with God, sharing in His very life.

Again, the Mass is a foretaste of this life, and so we need to see that each time we come to Mass God wants to draw us more and more deeply into His life, in large measure so that He can prepare us for heaven.

We begin and end each Mass by invoking the names of the three Persons of the Trinity — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — as we make the Sign of the Cross and as the priest gives the final blessing. In between these two moments, there are many references to the Trinity we might sometimes miss because we are so familiar with the Mass and don’t always think clearly enough about what we’re doing.

The basic theme is that generally speaking in the Mass we are praying to the Father, through the Son, and in the Holy Spirit. This is not a rule without exception, but it is the basic thrust of the Mass In the Mass we are caught up in something infinitely greater than our own private prayer: we participate in the worship that Jesus gives to His Father right now in heaven. We could never do this without the divine power of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit making it possible. We see this basic thrust in action from very early on in the Mass, when we pray the Collect. After the priest says, “Let us pray,” he says a prayer addressed to the Father, and concludes the prayer by saying, “through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.”

It is also clear in the Preface of the Eucharistic Prayer that our worship is directed to the Father, when we begin with a prayer such as, “It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God” (Preface of the Most Holy Trinity). Each of the Eucharistic Prayers also begins by addressing the Father as either “Father” or “Lord,” but each also contains both an epiclesis — when the priest extends his hands over the gifts and calls down the Holy Spirit, and the words of institution spoken by Jesus at the Last Supper, ending with, “Do this in memory of me.”

The prayer that most clearly shows the roles of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the Mass is the doxology at the end of the Eucharistic Prayer, when the priest holds up the newly consecrated Body and Blood of Christ and says, “Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, forever and ever.” This prayer shows most clearly that in the Mass we pray to the Father, through the Son, and in the Holy Spirit.

There are many other references to the Persons of the Holy Trinity in the Mass, but these are some of the major ones, which most clearly illustrate the major direction, pattern, and rhythm of the greatest act of worship — the greatest act of any kind in which we are privileged to participate. Whenever we are tempted to take the Mass for granted, or to think that Mass is dull (for whatever reason), we need to remind ourselves that every Mass is at its core a divine act of worship, and that is our privilege to begin experiencing here on earth the power and the glory of the life that awaits us in heaven: life with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Most Holy Trinity.

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. If anyone would like me to call round and sit in the garden please feel free to ask by phoning or emailing. Please remember that one is not supposed to enter a garden by going through the house. 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.

Preparations for reopening of our churches (An extract)

The doors of our churches have been closed since 23rd March 2020, following the clear instruction from the Government. Bishops, priests and people share a deep desire to re-open our churches as soon as the Government allows us to do so. Re-opening must, of course, happen in a safe manner, and it is likely to take place in stages. As yet not dates have been agreed. Each stage will be accompanied by guidance to ensure this can happen safely and effectively. The Principles established by government to enable safe re-opening of churches below have been incorporated into the guidance of which this is a short extract.

1)Protecting those at higher risk (e.g. the elderly, those extremely vulnerable and shielding or clinically vulnerable and accessing annual flu immunisation);

2) Enhanced cleaning of premises – more regularly and no sharing of items;

3) Social Distancing – including when using outdoor spaces;

4) Face coverings for reassurance;

5) Hygiene (hand-washing) or hand sanitising facilities for all;

6) Managing children

Even before churches can re-open, there are some important preparations that will need to be made. In order to be ready, Parish Priests need to ensure the fundamentals of infection control are in place (which will protect those who are vulnerable) by  doing the following:

1. Assembling a team of stewards to ensure that the guidance in this document can safely be put into effect. The number of volunteers required will vary depending on the size of churches, but priests will not be able to manage the re-opening of churches on their own. It is important that those in the team should not be drawn from those instructed to shield themselves, nor, as a general rule, from groups considered more vulnerable to coronavirus.

This advice (which is reproduced here only in the form of an extract from the whole) concerns only the opening of churches for private prayer. Further detailed advice will be issued in due course when public worship is safe to re-commence. This advice cannot be followed for other activities that may take place on parish premises, such as groups that would meet in church halls, because at present these must remain closed. This is because group gatherings at the time of writing are not permitted by law, and social distancing cannot be monitored in an effective way with groups that meet socially or for other activities in our premises. These measures may seem burdensome, or even a little daunting. They are however necessary, not least because if any churches are seen to be operating in a way that may increase the spread of the virus, there is a risk that stricter measures such as prohibition or enforced closure notices could be imposed by local authorities or even national administrations. It is our hope that with priests and their parishioners working effectively together, we will (as soon as it is permitted) be able to open churches safely for private prayer, as a significant step towards the resumption of the celebration of Mass and the sacraments.

Please be aware that the above in italics is extracted from a much larger document. A great deal of preparatory work must be done before we get even to the point of being able to open the churches for private prayer. This will require patience and understanding on the part of everyone. Initially it will be necessary to establish a group of stewards and cleaners. I would appreciate it if contact could be made with me by phone or email in this regard. Please remember that those who are isolating may not be included in this preparatory work. Although it is best if those in vulnerable categories are not used as stewards etc it seems art present that this is not forbidden. However we should all be aware that this may be tightened up.

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

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 13th  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.

Donations and Collections during this time update.

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.

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.( I understand that some have found some difficulty with this. We will look into it this week)

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.

Evesham

Weekly offerings (envelopes and loose) whether for the first or second weekly collection may be kept at home or if preferred please place envelopes (which are numbered) for both first and second collections through the presbytery letter box in Evesham. If placing non numbered ordinary envelopes (namely what would normally be placed loose in the collection bags) please indicate whether this is for the First or Second collection.

Broadway

Weekly offerings (envelopes and loose) whether for the first or second weekly collection may be kept at home or if preferred please place envelopes (which are numbered) for both first and second collections through the  letter box which is the front door to the retreat of Leamington Road marked number 12   If placing non numbered ordinary envelopes (namely what would normally be placed loose in the collection bags) through the letter box please indicate whether this is for the First or Second collection.

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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