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 as indicated below. I will live stream a chat from the presbytery at 6.45pm each evening.
Sun 21st 10.00am People of the Parish
Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm
Mon 22nd 10.00am Jessie Reeves
Sts John Fisher12.00noon1962 Holy Souls
and Thomas More
Tues 23rd 10.00am Marjorie Shaw
Solemnity of the Nativity of St John the Baptist
Wed 24th 10.00am Ints of Anastazia
Thur 25th 10.00am Funeral Mass for Josie Byrne
Fri 26th 10.00am Bridie & John Mckenna
Sat 27th 10.00am Neal Coleman
Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
Sat 27th 5.00pm People of the Parish
Sun 28th 10.00am Joyce Heath
Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm
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 Josie Byrne and Margaret Turner together with all who have died in recent days and for Vincenzo Devizio Ellen Winifred O’Boyle William Mather(Bill) Mick Warren Arthur Harrell Susan Norton whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
Catechism points and themes for
Sunday 12 ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):
CCC 852: the Spirit of Christ sustains the Christian mission
CCC 905: evangelizing by the example of life
CCC 1808, 1816: courageous witness of faith overcomes fear and death
CCC 2471-2474: bear witness to the truth
CCC 359, 402-411, 615: Adam, Original Sin, Christ the New Adam
From Fr Christopher
The tenth chapter of Saint Matthew’s gospel tells us that Jesus, after choosing the twelve Apostles, sent them forth and gave them some instructions. Among these are those we read in this Sunday’s gospel passage, whose guiding theme is: “Have no fear.” He warns them right from the start that they will encounter difficulties, persecution, misunderstanding… But the greatest threat comes not from those attempting to silence them, nor even from those who threaten their life. The only true danger is what “can destroy both soul and body in hell”—what can lead to sin, to the loss of God’s friendship.
Whether we like it or not, fear is part of life. From childhood we have experienced fears that sometimes were unfounded and that later disappeared. When we are older we also face situations that can cause us to fear: suffering, misunderstandings, loneliness, doubts, death… We need to face up to these trials and overcome them, through our own effort and God’s help.
But a disciple of Christ has no reason to fear, since he or she is never alone. God is a loving Father who shows concern for the smallest details in the lives of all his creatures, and even more so in his faithful children. St Jose maria wrote: “The solution is to love. Saint John the Apostle wrote some words which really move me: . I like to translate them as follows: the fearful person doesn’t know how to love. You, therefore, who do love and know how to show it, you mustn’t be afraid of anything. So, on you go!”
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said: “Believers, therefore, are not afraid of anything because they know they are in the hands of God; they know that it is not evil and the irrational which have the last word, but rather that the one Lord of the world and of love is Christ, the Word of God Incarnate, who loved us to the point of sacrificing himself for us, dying on the Cross for our salvation. The more we grow in this intimacy with God, imbued with love, the more easily we overcome any form of fear.”
Many will remember that cry filled with faith and trust in God, of Saint John Paul II in the inaugural Mass for his pontificate: “Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ. To his saving power open the boundaries of States, economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, civilization and development. Do not be afraid. Christ knows ‘what is in man.’ He alone knows it. So often today man does not know what is within him, in the depths of his mind and heart. So often he is uncertain about the meaning of his life on this earth. He is assailed by doubt, a doubt which turns into despair. We ask you therefore, we beg you with humility and trust, let Christ speak to man. He alone has words of life, yes, of eternal life.”
An apostle is valiant and daring. Christ’s disciples are willing to undertake tasks at the limit of or even exceeding their possibilities. But when the task is divine, daring is not rashness, since “He who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (1 Thess 5:24). Saint Josemaria in one of his many spiritual writings insisted: “God and daring! Daring is not imprudence. Daring is not recklessness.”
Nativity of St John the Baptist
Homily given at Kiev in the Ukraine on June 24, 2001 by St John Paul II about Saint John the Baptist and his relations to Jesus Christ –
“His name is John” (Lk 1:63)…which in Hebrew means “God is benevolent”. God is benevolent to human beings: he wants them to live; he wants them to be saved. God is benevolent to his people: he wants to make of them a blessing for all the nations of the earth. God is benevolent to humanity: he guides its pilgrim way towards the land where peace and justice reign. All this is contained in that name: John!”
“Look today to John the Baptist, an enduring model of fidelity to God and his Law. John prepared the way for Christ by the testimony of his word and his life. Imitate him with docile and trusting generosity.”
“Saint John the Baptist is above all a model of faith. Following the example of the great Prophet Elijah, in order to listen more attentively to the word of the one Lord of his life, he leaves everything and withdraws to the desert, from which he would issue the resounding call to prepare the way of the Lord (cf. Mt 3:3 and parallels).”
“He is a model of humility, because to those who saw in him not only a Prophet, but the Messiah himself, he replied: “Who do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie” (Acts 13:25).”
“He is a model of uprightness and courage in defending the truth, for which he was prepared to pay in his person, even to the point of imprisonment and death.”
“You, dear young people, be brave and free! Do not let yourselves be taken in by the deceptive mirages of an easy happiness. Follow the way of Christ: he is demanding, certainly, but he alone can help you to savour the full meaning of life and enjoy peace of heart.”
“You, dear parents, prepare the way of the Lord before your children. Bring them up with love, and set a good example by living the principles you teach. And you, teachers and leaders of society, deepen your commitment to promoting the complete development of the human person, fostering in the young a deep sense of justice and of solidarity with the less fortunate.”
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
Reopening the church in Evesham:
Helpers needed for reopening of the church in Evesham for private prayer
The Church will be open for private prayer on Tuesday and Saturday this week from 11.00am until 1.00pm.In order to open the church we need to follow the instructions which have been prepared by the diocese.
We are in need of people under the age of 70 and who are not caring for vulnerable people or themselves needing to isolate to assist in this work of being stewards and cleaners. This is a requirement which the agreement with the Government stipulates. We are most grateful to all who have offered to help thus far.
When the church is available for use:
Access to the church will be on the hour and half hour for no more than fifteen minutes. Please be aware that there will be 7 people at any given time praying in the church. After every 15 minute period, ie on the quarter and three quarter hours the places which have been occupied will be sanitised as required by the rules agreed with the government.
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)
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.
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.
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
Beginning this coming Saturday a vigil Mass for Sunday will be live streamed at 5.00pm. One of the reasons for this is to ensure that there is not an unreasonable backlog of “Mass intentions” remaining unfulfilled.. The other is to provide for another opportunity to participate in a live streamed Mass for Sunday .
Funeral Mass for Josie Byrne.
Under the requirements which obtain for the present The Mass on Thursday morning will be a live streamed funeral Mass prior to the Funeral liturgy taking place at the crematorium. This Mass of course must take place without the participation of the people.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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