Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Parish Priest: Fr. Christopher Draycott ( 01386 442468

8 [email protected]

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 as indicated below.  I will live stream a chat from the presbytery at 6.45pm each evening. 

Sun  14th    10.00am   People of the Parish

          Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm

Mon 15th    10.00am   Vi Nicholls                        

                   12.00noon   Peter Duffill & family 1962 Missal  

Tues 16th   10.00am    Paul McNamee

Wed 17th    10.00am   Richard Green

Thur 18th   10.00am   Isobel McGlenn

Dedication of the Cathedral

 Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Fri 19th       10.00am   Neal Coleman

             7.00pm   Josie Byrne

Sat 20th      10.00am    David Nicklin

The immaculate Heart of Mary

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun  21st  10.00am   People of the Parish

          Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm

Confessions

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 Josie Byrne and Margaret Turner together with all who have died in recent days and for Marcelle  Edwards Ellen Harvey-James Kristian Parrott Maired Walsh Megan Vernon Alexander Morgan Tony Lyon Marjorie Shaw Eric Edwards Michael Walsh George Twist Michael J. Fitzgerald Barbara Sheail David Nicklin whose  anniversary of death falls at about this time.

Catechism points and themes for

The Body and Blood of Christ  ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 790, 1003, 1322-1419: the Holy Eucharist
CCC 805, 950, 2181-2182, 2637, 2845: the Eucharist and the communion of believers
CCC 1212, 1275, 1436, 2837: the Eucharist as spiritual food

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From Fr Christopher 

As you know the government has permitted churches to reopen from Monday 15th June for private prayer under certain conditions. The Church in Evesham will not be open for private prayer this week. All of the necessary provisions have yet to be put in place.

Reopening the church in Evesham:

Helpers needed for reopening of the church in Evesham for private prayer

In order to open the church we need to follow the instructions which have been prepared by the diocese. This means that we require people under the age of 70 and who are not caring for vulnerable people or themselves needing to isolate to assist in this work. I am very grateful to those who have offered and I invite all who have offered to come to a meeting on Wednesday of this week at the Church in Evesham at 11.00am

at which the required norms concerning social distancing will be followed At this meeting helpers will be advised what they will be required to do and have the opportunity to ask questions.  The church must be deep cleaned before the reopening. I am aware that not all who have offered will be able to make this time. This does not mean that the offer of help is declined rather that we will find some other means of passing on the information.

When the church is available for use:

Those who wish to avail themselves of the opportunities which we hope to set in place should be aware that the times will be limited and that the directions set by the diocese will need to be scrupulously observed by all concerned. It should be pointed out that the instructions required for visits for private prayer will be required for the public celebration of the Mass(indeed more so)

Video

Fr Christopher will make a video which will show the church complete with the necessary markings prior to the opening. This will reveal to everyone in Broadway and Evesham the various steps which have been taken to open one of our churches. The video will also make clear some of the basic rules which will need to be observed. It will become immediately obvious that this could not have been accomplished without much time and effort on the part of those who have worked to enable us to arrive at this point for which we are most grateful.

Corpus Christi

Our Lord Jesus saved us on the Cross, and the Eucharist, instituted on the eve of Christ’s Passion, is the memorial of this. The altar is the continuation of Calvary. On the altar, Jesus is the Victim, for the words of the double consecration manifest the separation of His Body and Blood, which flowed abundantly during the Passion until the Sacred Heart was pierced by the centurion’s spear. The Immolated Christ is offered to the Divine Majesty.

At Mass, the Saviour acts in the person of His minister, the priest, offering in a bloodless manner the unique redeeming Sacrifice in order to continue its action and distribute its fruits. In this we see that the Eucharist was instituted under the form of food, so that we might unite ourselves to the Victim of Calvary: “He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood shall have life everlasting” (Jn. 6:54).

The Sacred Host is thus “the wheat that nourishes our souls”, as the Liturgy says. And just as Christ, who died and rose again, received the eternal life of the Father, in the same way Christians participate in this eternal life by uniting themselves to Jesus through this august Sacrament. The anticipated possession of divine life on earth in the Eucharist is the promise and the beginning of the life we will fully enjoy in Heaven: “The same bread of the angels that we eat now under sacred veils,” says the Council of Trent, “we will also eat in Heaven without a veil.”

The Mass is the summit of the Church’s faith. The Holy Mass, the Eucharist Sacrifice, is the most perfect act of religion, and communion is the means established by Our Lord to participate fully in His saving action. May our devotion to this Body and Blood of the Saviour obtain for us the fruits of the Redemption that He won for us on the Cross.

The altar is the extension of Calvary; the Mass shows the death of the Lord . “The celebration of the Mass has the same value as the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross,” St. John Chrysostom.

We should regard the Mass as the centre of all Eucharistic worship, seeing in Holy Communion the means instituted by our Lord to enable us to share more fully in this divine Sacrifice. In this way our devotion to our Lord’s Body and Blood will effectively obtain for us the fruits of His Redemption. The Holy Eucharist is the pledge and the beginning of that divine life in which we shall fully rejoice in heaven.

Homily Preached by the Abbot of Fontgombault in France  for Corpus Christi last Thursday

“The mystery of the Eucharist is a mystery of life. It is the life of God wanting to become the life of man. The same holds for all sacraments, which are the admirable means used by God to touch the heart of man, the precious manifestations of an unfathomable and boundless love for our poor humanity. In the case of the Eucharist, it is God Himself, the Author of every gift, Who is present and makes Himself a gift. We are too busy, bustling about and providing for everyday, and we forget God’s invitation and will, this immense wealth He wants us to share in. Habit and carelessness make our hearts rigid. St. Paul warns us:

Whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. (1 Cor 11:27)

These lines should not be understood as an invitation to draw away from the sacrament of the Eucharist. No, the body and blood of Jesus are truly meant for us. Such is the will of God, manifested through the words of God during the institution of this sacrament. Rather, St. Paul’s words invite us to consider the depth and the topicality of the mystery of love that led to the institution of this sacrament, and which remains to this day.

In a world where human beings have dehumanized relationships, the Sunday Mass runs the risk of being limited to a fraternal sharing, a breath of fresh air on the first day in the week, a breathing space amidst an oppressive atmosphere. This fraternity between disciples of the same Lord is good.

Yet, it isn’t sufficient. Every priest, every Christian, is placed, either by celebrating Mass or attending it, at the heart of the history of salvation, at the inexhaustible fount from which springs God’s love. He is not merely among the community of brothers and sisters surrounding him. More precisely, it is by turning himself towards the Lord that he will meet the community of his brothers and sisters, and even all men and women, in a supernatural and efficient charity.

St. Paul’s lines require us to search the dispositions with which we enter the Eucharistic celebration. Are we aware of the love which is the source of the sacrament placed into our hands, into our so poor, so empty, and so soiled hearts? Are we willing to answer this love? If we do take seriously the Eucharistic celebration, the communion to the Lord’s Body and Blood, let us be assured that our own lukewarm hearts will warm up, from a heart to heart contact with the life-giving furnace of divine love. Mission stems from communion.”

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.

Embracing communities with our Pugin and Pugin church

The bid for heritage lottery funding in connection with high level repair work to the church in Evesham was successful. This will enable the work required by the Quinquennial inspection to go ahead. This is a welcome piece of news during these difficult days. This has been a time consuming task and we are grateful to all who have worked to make this possible both within the parish and beyond.

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 20th  June Fr Christopher will continue the catechesis for Confirmation at 11.45am,. This 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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