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

Sat 27th            5.00pm      People of the Parish

Sun  28th     10.00am       Joyce Heath

          Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm

Mon 29th      10.00am       Alina Ostrynska

                     12.00noon1962 Deceased Evans family

Tues 30th      10.00am       Margaret Harrell

Wed 1st         10.00am       Pat Conroy

Thur 2nd       10.00am       Paul Parkinson

Fri 3rd           10.00am        Neal Coleman

St Thomas        

Sat 4th            10.00am         Winifred Pallett

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 4th             5.00pm      People of the Parish

Sun 5th       10.00am        Ints Anne & Colin Mitchell

          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 Josie Byrne Margaret Turner  and Elisa Nardone together with all who have died in recent days and for Edward Cole Molly Pope Margaret Harrell Marjorie Ditch Mary Ann Lyon Winifred Pallett whose  anniversary of death falls at about this time.

Catechism points and themes for

Sunday Sts Peter and Paul ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 153, 424, 440, 442, 552, 765, 880-881: Saint Peter
CCC 442, 601, 639, 642, 1508, 2632-2633, 2636, 2638: Saint Paul

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From Fr Christopher 

Today, we celebrate the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the principal pillars of the Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us recall that Peter was chosen by Our Lord to be the rock over whom He founded His Church, being His first Vicar (First Pope) on earth and endowing him with the powers of the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven(cf. Mt 16:13-19); entrusting to him the role of Shepherd to pasture and look over His flock (cf. Jn 21:15-17) making him, as well as his successors, the visible sign of unity and communion of His Church in faith and charity.

Paul, on the other hand, was chosen by Our Lord, to be the instrument to preach and  bring Christ’s name to all peoples (Acts 9:15), ─a task which was already given by Our Lord to the Apostles, prior His Ascension to heaven (cf. Mt 28:19), thereby intending the universality, i.e., catholic character of the Church─, but was carried out in an impressive way by the great apostolic zeal of St. Paul, considered as the greatest missionary of all times, the Apostle of the Gentiles.

What do St. Peter and St. Paul have in common?

They are among the greatest saints who were weak, committed sins,even grave sins.: Peter, denying Our Lord three times, Paul, persecutor and assassin of the first Christians.

However, God chose them to be his instruments, andand they opened themselves to His Will, in their lifves They knew how to be humble; they changed their ways; they struggled until the end to fulfil Gods will reaching their goal with God’s grace, and thus becoming the principal pillars of the Catholic Church.

As we celebrate today’s solemnity in thanksgiving to the Blessed Trinity for the generous and heroic self-giving of St. Peter and St. Paul, let us remind ourselves that we are sinners and are called by God to holiness and to our individual  apostolate, In spite of our errord, our failins our past God has placed us here in Evesham and broadway So? Let us move on then rejecting despair and discouragement, filling ourselves with hope in our daily journey towards holiness out of love for God,  and entrusting ourselves to God’s patience and mercy convinced that “Many great things depend — don’t forget it — on whether you and i live our lives as God wants (St. Josemaria, The Way, n. 255).”

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

Public Worship

The necessary steps are underway to make possible the reopening of our churches for public worship. This will take place as soon as is possible and will not be happening on 4th/5th July.(Any quotations which follow are from the official instructions). I feel bound to say that I do not foresee at this time a return to a “normal” timetable either with regard to Sunday or weekdays. As will become apparent this has to do with the logistics of the matter (namely limiting numbers and ensuring cleaning and sanitisation)

“No priest is obliged to begin celebrating public Mass on the 4th July. No one should feel pressured to do so. I understand some parishes will be better placed than others in meeting the requirements of the Guidelines. You will see the Mass Guidelines are labour intensive and will require volunteers to help with stewarding and cleaning.  It is perfectly acceptable to begin public Masses at a later date”. A number of preparations are required which include: completing the necessary risk assessment (By celebrating public Mass the parish priest is saying that he has read the guidelines and is fully complying with them). Among the considerations everyone should know that the precept regarding Sundays and Holy days remains abrogated. Therefore you would be encouraged for the foreseeable future to come to the church for Holy Mass once each week when this becomes possible There is no obligation for people to attend Mass on Sundays. Please reassure your people by sharing the Archbishops’ letter. Please encourage people to attend Mass on days other than Sundays”.


A limit will be placed on the number of persons (socially distanced) who may be in the church at any given time. This must be scrupulously observed and for this reason a great degree of generosity and discipline will be required by everyone. Those who are able should come to Mass on weekdays when this becomes possible and those for whom this is genuinely impossible should use the Mass times on Saturdays and Sundays. “Each church will need to calculate its new maximum capacity”.  All of this will be set out in greater detail before the church is opened for the Public celebration of Mass as it involves norms for Holy Communion as well as celebrating Masses at times which will enable the cleansing and sanitisation of the churches. This will of necessity require stewards and cleaners. No decision has yet been made on the means whereby attendance at every Mass will be limited. In any event there will be fluctuation particularly with regard to members of the same household who are not required to be socially distant.

I share these things with you now not because they are exhaustive but that everyone might have an idea of what is required over the next months until the dangers of the present situation are ended. I have noted that this will require generosity and discipline. Many things will per force be different. The objective is to enable Catholics to come to Holy Mass once each week without endangering themselves or others.

I recognise that these are burdensome guidelines and I thank you for your patience, generosity and understanding. There is no rush to be ready for 4th July. There is no expectation on my or the Bishops’ part to begin public masses on that day. We all must proceed carefully and safely”. The live streaming of the Mass will continue for the present.

In all of this the most important point to note is that it will be impossible to get back to a celebration of Mass each day until and unless we have sufficient stewards who will be present and will be committed to this activity for the foreseeable future (and by that I am thinking of next year). If we have sufficient this will not be an arduous task but it is essential that everyone realises that unless we comply with the guidelines (which are course subject to change) then we will be unable to go forward in a manner which I would regard as appropriate.

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 until the public celebration of Holy Mass is resumed. 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.

Stewards/cleaners

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)

Video

This  shows the church complete with the necessary markings prior to the opening. This reveas to everyone in Broadway and Evesham the various steps which have been taken to open one of our churches. The video also makes  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.

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

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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