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 as indicated below.  On Wednesday of this week there will be two public Masses at the times given and Next Sunday there will be two public Masses at the times given. The Church will open on Wednesday and Sunday at 9.00am It is important to arrive in good time and to follow the instructions. When the limit is reached the church doors must be closed.  

Sat 18th           5.00pm      Bernard Hardiman

Sun 19th       9.30am          People of the Parish

                        10.45am       Maureen McCann

          Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm

Mon 20th      10.00am          Rosaria Camera

                196212.00noon      William Godber

Tues 21st      10.00am      Giovanni Devizio

Wed 22nd       9.30am          Private int(MD)

St Mary                 10.45am        Bill & Nancy Skelcher

Magdalene

Thur 23rd     10.00am       Ints Teresa Heath

St Bridget 

Fri 24th         10.00am       Neal Coleman

Sat 25th         10.00am         Thanksgiving to Our Lady & St    

St James                                        Therese

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 25th           5.00pm      People of the Parish

Sun 26th     9.30am         Holy Souls          

                      10.45am        Maureen McCann

          Rosary and Benediction 4.00pm

Funerals Weddings and Baptisms

The church is not a present available for any of the above

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  all who have died in recent days and for  Rosaria Camera Giovanni De Vizio Anne Pacey Mary Elizabeth Wardell whose  anniversary of death falls at about this time.

Catechism points and themes for 

Sunday 16( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number)

CCC 543-550: the Kingdom of God
CCC 309-314: God’s goodness and the scandal of evil
CCC 825, 827: weeds and seed of Gospel in everyone and in the Church
CCC 1425-1429: need for ongoing conversion
CCC 2630: prayer of petition voiced profoundly by the Holy Spirit

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From Fr Christopher  

Restoration of the celebration Public Mass

Evesham

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. The following information concerning the initial times of public Mass is not set in stone and will clearly develop as the months go by and we are able to return to a public Mass each day(At present there are no immediate plans for this) 

On Wednesday 22nd th July Holy Mass will be celebrated at 9.30am and 10.45am. This will make easier   the sanitisation and cleaning of the church which must take place after each Mass. The capacity at both of these Masses will be 56 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. Next Sunday there will be two public Masses at 9.30am and 10.45am(could I encourage families with young children to come to this Mass as this will provide an indication of what is practical for the future). 

Please remember the Sunday precept remains abrogated and parishioners are encouraged to come to Mass on weekdays wherever possible and  leaving Sunday available for those who cannot come on other days. You will already realise that with the limited numbers it would be impossible for everyone to come on Sunday. Information will be provided as to what is required by everyone who uses the church for the celebration of Mass.

For the time being the other Masses will be live streamed without the participation of the people. and I will live stream a chat from the presbytery at 6.45pm each evening

I cannot overemphasise the need for volunteers to act as stewards and cleaners if the celebration of Masses each day is to be assured.

Broadway

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.

General

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.  It is unavoidable that for the present admission to the public Masses must be on a “first come” basis. 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

The image of the field where the good seed of the Gospel has been sown generously, but where the enemy has sown weeds, is an invitation to consider the Church. The Catechism teaches that the Church, “clasping sinners to her bosom, at once holy and always in need of purification, follows constantly the path of penance and renewal. All members of the Church, including her ministers, must acknowledge that they are sinners. In everyone, the weeds of sin will still be mixed with the good wheat of the Gospel until the end of time. Hence the Church gathers sinners already caught up in Christ’s salvation but still on the way to holiness.” CCC827

The parable of the wheat and the weeds confronts us with the problem of the coexistence of good and evil. “The situation is clear—the field is fertile and the seed is good; the Lord of the field has scattered the seed at the right moment and with great skill. He even has watchmen to make sure that the field is protected. If, afterwards, there are weeds among the wheat, it is because men have failed to respond, because they—and Christians in particular—have fallen asleep and allowed the enemy to approach.” St Josemaria-Christ passing by  I think it is crucial that we all recognise that this reality should move us to contrition, to a sorrow filled with love, to reparation, but never to discouragement or pessimism  At the same time, we should also realise that there is more good than evil in the world, that grace is more powerful than sin, even though its action may be less visible at times.

Jesus’ parable makes clear that evil does not come from God, but from the enemy, the evil one, who is astute and sows evil in the midst of good, and in a way that makes it difficult for us to separate the two clearly, although the just Judge will be able to do so. But we shouldn’t look for Him to intervene immediately to uproot evil, because God is patient and merciful.

The servants are eager to uproot the weeds. But God, as Pope Francis noted a few years ago , “with patience and mercy watches over the ‘field’ of each person’s life; he sees much better than we do the filth and the evil, but he also sees the seeds of good and waits with trust for them to grow. God is patient, he knows how to wait. This is so beautiful: our God is a patient father, who always waits for us and waits with his heart in hand to welcome us, to forgive us. He always forgives us if we go to him.” God is patient because he knows that even the heart that has long been stained by many sins can change and begin to bear good fruit. Saint Augustine, commenting on this parable, adds his experience as a shepherd of souls and as one who knew his own failings and limitations wrote: “Many are at first weeds and later become wheat. If these persons, when they are evil, were not tolerated patiently, they would never reach the praiseworthy change in their life.” Hence we need the healthy patience that is never indifference before evil

The owner of the field doesn’t confuse good with evil. He knows what is healthy and what is harmful, but he doesn’t allow his servants to act hastily, in order to allow time for mercy. Jesus teaches us to restrain our impetuousness and learn how to wait. What is now evil can become something good. Conversion is always possible, and we should foster the hope that it will come about.

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. 

First Holy Communion and Confirmation Group

As you are aware, churches are in the process of reopening for public celebrations of Holy Mass.  About half the Catholic churches are now open at least to some extent.  The next stage in the process (as public celebrations of Holy Mass are increased as and when possible) is that people need to be returning to the practice of attending Holy Mass. Evesham is open and Masses are  for the present publicly celebrated on Wednesday at 9.30am and 10.45am and on Sunday at 9.30 and 10.45am.

Through the lockdown, we have had to cope with Mass via livestream, which is on the one hand unsatisfactory but also the best we could manage.  However, a central doctrine of our faith is in the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.  The Archbishop of Paris is on record as reminding his people that just as we believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, so it is necessary that the people are really present in church for the celebration of Holy Mass.

The live streaming of Holy Mass is continuing because of two groups of people – first, those with health conditions who must continue to shield for whatever reason as the pandemic is not fully over yet; second, for those who are housebound, some of whom have not been able to be in church for months and even years, and for whom the livestream has been a means by which they can re-connect with their parish.  But for those who are able to go out to the shops, to work, and until this last week to school, the right place to be is in church.  Of course, the church is marked out for social distancing, and it is a requirement that all wear face coverings masks (except those exempt by being under 5 years old) and we have to do our best to have the building ventilated. In due course and when circumstances permit We shall  work out how we safely celebrate First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

I look forward to us all being together again for the celebration of the Sacred liturgy.  It has been hard not being together in church these last few months.

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. 

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