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.
Sat 4th 5.00pm People of the Parish
Sun 5th 10.00am Ints Anne & Colin Mitchell
Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm
Mon 6th 10.00am Musa Khan & Owen & Lucy
Hood – Philips
196212.00noon In honour of Jesus Agony
Tues 7th 10.00am Michael O’Neill
Wed 8th 10.00am Joan Kay
Thur 9th 10.00am Ints Evans family
Fri 10th 10.00am Neal Coleman
Sat 11th 10.00am Errol Armstrong
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sat 11th 5.00pm People of the Parish
Sun 12th 10.00am John Albertini
Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm
Visits to Church for Prayer
Tuesday and Saturday 11;00am to 1.00pm. Admission on the hour and half hour.
Funerals Weddings and Baptisms
The church is not a present available for any of the above
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 of Elisa Nardone together with all who have died in recent days and for Margaret Maud Armstrong Giuseppina Speciale
Charles William Kilby Mildred Scott Angela Olender
Elsie Reay whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
Catechism points and themes for
Sunday 14( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):
CCC 514-521: knowledge of mysteries of Christ, communion in his mysteries
CCC 238-242: the Father is revealed by the Son
CCC 989-990: the resurrection of the body
From Fr Christopher
Restoration of the celebration Public Mass
We wish to ensure a phased introduction to the Public celebration of the Holy Mass. I would emphasise that these notes are by no means exhaustive and fuller information will soon be available These notes will serve to illustrate the work which has been done so far, and to thank all who have made this possible by volunteering their services. On Wednesday 15th July Holy Mass will be celebrated at 9.30am and 10.45am. This will make ease the sanitisation and cleaning of the church which must take place after each Mass. The capacity at both of these Masses will be 54 assuming people are from single households and allowing two persons per pew. The number will be slightly more if parents are present with children or if there are present several from the same household able to occupy one pew. We will operate as instructed by the diocese on one metre plus social distancing and thus will require everyone to wear a face covering or a mask. It is therefore immediately apparent that we must all show a generosity and charity in this regard if we are to use the considerable time before us to our best spiritual advantage. For the present Mass will continue to be live streamed (when the Mass is publicly celebrated the camera will be focused on the celebrant alone. Depending on the review following these Masses on 15th July we shall proceed further towards daily Mass.
Please remember the Sunday precept remains abrogated and parishioners are encouraged to come to Mass on weekdays Monday to Friday wherever possible. Thus leaving Saturday and Sunday available for those who cannot come on other days. Information will be provided as to what is required by everyone who uses the church for the celebration of Mass.
I cannot overemphasise the need for volunteers to act as stewards and cleaners if the celebration of Masses each day is to be assured.
The process which will lead to the reopening of the Church in Broadway is underway. Before the Church is opened it will be necessary for it to be cleaned in accordance with diocesan guidelines and volunteers to act as stewards and cleaners after each use will be required. Names and contact details should be given to Fr Christopher. The capacity for the church in Broadway is going to mean considerably fewer people than Evesham. One of the difficulties at present has to do with the closeness of the pews one to the other and the fixed kneelers. We hope to address these matters during this week.
As with Evesham it must be emphasised that it is only possible to re-open our churches if we have sufficient volunteers and also that the rules and norms which are established must be followed scrupulously.
When the Public celebration of the Mass is resumed in both churches it will be without singing, offertory processions the sign of Peace or kneeling and Holy Communion must be received on the hand. On a final note we are working on providing the means for “booking” seats on line or by telephone This will hopefully and as far as possible avoid unnecessary journeys and also avoid difficulties at the door which must be closed as soon as the capacity is reached.
As I have repeatedly indicated all of this should mean that everyone is able to get to Holy Mass once each week for the foreseeable future.
Reflection for this Sunday
Jesus prays out loud, and the Evangelist records his specific words: “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children” (vv. 25-27). He calls God his Father and rejoices in his special love for little children, to whom He reveals the deepest truths. As Pope Francis said in a general audience five years ago : “Children are in and of themselves a treasure for humanity and also for the Church, for they constantly evoke the necessary condition for entering the Kingdom of God: that of not considering ourselves self-sufficient, but in need of help, of love, of forgiveness. We all are in need of help, of love and of forgiveness!”
Saint Josemaria experienced this divine predilection for little children on a special day in his own life, on the 16th of October in 1931. Years later he recalled in great detail what had happened that day in a meditation he gave in 1969: “I could even tell you the very moment and the exact spot where that first prayer as a child of God took place. I had learned as a child to address God as Father in the Our Father. But to feel, to see, to be astonished at God wanting us to be his children… It was in the street, on a tram, for an hour or an hour and a half, I don’t know how long it lasted. Abba Father ! I felt the need to shout it aloud.
“There are some marvellous words in the Gospel—all of them are marvellous: ‘No one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him’ (Mt 11:27). That day He wanted to make us feel, you as well as me, in an explicit, clear and definitive way, that we should always see ourselves as children of God, children of our heavenly Father, always ready to grant us whatever we ask in his Son’s name.”
Jesus himself has given us example of the humility and simplicity that He admires in children. When reflecting on this Gospel passage, Saint Josemaria said: “Our Lord Jesus Christ very often sets before our eyes the example of his own humility. ‘Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart,’ so that you and I may know that there is no other way, and that only our sincere recognition of our nothingness is powerful enough to draw divine grace towards us. Saint Augustine says: ‘It was for us that Jesus came to suffer hunger and to be our food, to suffer thirst and to be our drink, to be clothed with our mortality and to clothe us with immortality, to be poor so as to make us rich.’”
In the Gospel scene that we are considering which is presented to us in the Liturgy of this Sunday, after making clear the divine predilection for those with the simplicity of children, Jesus adds something very consoling: “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28). However, he places a condition on granting that rest: “Take my yoke upon you” (Mt 11:29).The Pope emeritus Benedict XVI addressed this matter in his Angelus address for this Sunday in 2011: “What is this ‘yoke’ which lightens instead of burdening, which instead of oppressing, lifts up? The ‘yoke’ of Christ is the law of love, it is his commandment which he bequeathed to his disciples (cf. Jn 13:34; 15:12). The true remedy for humanity’s wounds, both material—such as hunger and injustice in all its forms—and psychological and moral, caused by a false well-being, is a rule of life based on fraternal love, whose source is in the love of God. That is why it is necessary to abandon the way of arrogance, of violence used to obtain ever more powerful positions, trying to assure oneself of success at any price.”
The necessary steps are underway to make possible the reopening of our churches for public worship. (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.
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
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.