Priest: Fr. Christopher Draycott ( 01386 442468

8 priestevesham@gmail.com

Website: www.catholicevesham.co.uk

Safeguarding representative: Kay Buckley(07719926797)

The parish is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham Registered Charity No. 234216

Emergencies requiring the ministrations of a priest

Canon Brian McGinley 01905 22574

or

Fr Paul Gunter O.S.B. 01789 7612573

Please be aware that the response may not be immediate and be prepared to leave a message

Evesham =(E)   Broadway= (B)

Please note times of Mass for Sunday 2nd and 9th August. Only Masses and other services appearing in bold print are public

Sat 1st        5.00pm(E)     Mary Wilson

Sun 2nd     9.30am(E)     Fr Alfred Oddie     

                   10.45am(E)     Matthew Picton

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 9th     9.30am(E)      Bernard Morgan

                   10.45am(E)     Neal Coleman

Fri 14th    10.00am(E)      Michael & Charlotte Armstrong

St Maximilian Kolbe

Sat 15th   10.00am(E)      Elizabeth Devizio

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The Following is given on this bulletin for information only. Please note times of Mass which are changing on Sunday 16th August. Masses in bold print are public Masses

Solemnity of the Assumption

Sat 15th    5.00pm(E)       People of the parish

Sun 16th  10.00am(E)     Patrick Walsh

                   11.30am(E)     Barbara Bostock

Rosary & Benediction 4.00pm(E)

Mon 17th  10.00am(E)      Matthew Picton                   

              196212.00noon(E)     Holy Souls     

Tues 18th 10.00am(E)     Margaret & Frederick Siddle

Thur 20th   6.30pm(E)      Melvyn Heath

St Bernard

Fri 21st     10.00am(E)     Langridge &  Warren famliles  

St Pius X

Sat 22nd   10.00am(E)     Ints Fr  Henry Joseph Whisenant       

Queenship of B.V.M.

Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 22nd     5.00pm(B)    People of the parish

Sun 23rd  10.00am(E)    Bridie & John McKenna    

                    11.30am(E)    Ints Robin & Wanda Haig

Rosary & Benediction 4.00pm(E)

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Important Information

Please note the changes from Sunday 16th August with regard to Sunday Public Masses. Over the next few weeks/months there will be further changes as more public Masses are celebrated in Evesham and Broadway together with a gradual reduction in live streaming. The future provision as ever will depend on the availability of volunteers.

Funerals Weddings and Baptisms

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

Please pray for the sick and housebound of our Parishes

Of your charity

Pray for the repose of the souls of Kathryn Close Joseph Tynan(priest) and  all who have died in recent days and for Elizabeth De Vizio Elena de Franco Fr. Matthew McGettrick ODC Eleanor Hardiman Samuel Young Carmela Devizio Edith Margaret Harrell Frank Saunders Melvyn Heath      Joy Lyon Terence George Spiers whose  anniversary of death falls at about this time.

Catechism points and themes

Sunday 18( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 2828-2837: give us this day our daily bread CCC 1335: miracle of loaves prefigures the Eucharist CCC 1391-1401: the fruits of Holy Communion

Sunday 19

CCC 164: faith experiences testing CCC 272-274: only faith can follow mysterious ways of providence CCC 671-672: in difficult times, cultivate trust that all is subject to Christ CCC 56-64, 121-122, 218-219: history of covenants; God’s love for Israel CCC 839-840: the Church’s relationship to the Jewish people

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From Fr Christopher   Saint Matthew’s gospel tells us that when Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been imprisoned, “he withdrew from there in a boat to a lonely place apart” (v. 13). Jesus wants to be alone in order to pray, as on other occasions. The people are so eager to listen to his words and find healing for their ills that they refuse to let him rest. Jesus doesn’t become angry at their demands. Rather he is moved by their simple faith and spends the whole day with them. When evening comes he doesn’t want to send the crowds away to buy food but tells his disciples to provide them with something to eat.

We are struck, first of all, by Jesus’ patience and compassion. Pope Francis, during an Angelus Address for this Sunday a few years ago said: “In facing the crowd who follows him and—so to speak—’won’t leave him alone,’ Jesus does not react with irritation; he does not say: ‘These people are bothering me.’ No. He reacts with a feeling of compassion, because he knows they are not seeking him out of curiosity but out of need. But attention: compassion—which Jesus feels—is not simply feeling pity; it’s more! It means to suffer with, in other words to empathize with the suffering of another, to the point of taking it upon oneself. Jesus is like this: he suffers together with us, he suffers with us, he suffers for us.”

St Josemaria the founder of Opus Dei wrote when reflecting on this scene: “He needs a child, a boy, a few bits of bread and some fish. He needs you and me, my son—and he is God! This should move us to be generous in the way we respond. He does not need any of us, and at the same time he needs us all. What a marvellous thing this is! He is asking us for the little we are, the little we are worth, for our few talents. We cannot hold back anything from him. The two fishes, the bread—everything.”

The disciples were generous and offered the little they had to our Lord to feed the people. The gospel tells us that, “taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds”. These words remind us of the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper: “When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them” (Lk 24:30). Thus as the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:

the abundant multiplication of the loaves and fishes by our Lord to feed the multitude prefigures “the superabundance of this unique bread of his Eucharist,”  The generosity with which Jesus offers himself to us as nourishment in the Sacred Host shows us how great is his Love for us. To correspond to such great love, we must give ourselves completely, in body and in soul. We hear God, we talk to him, we see him, we taste him. And when words are not enough, we sing, urging our tongue to proclaim to all mankind the greatness of the Lord.

Restoration of the celebration Public Mass

First of all we record our thanks to those who have made possible the return to the public celebration of Mass both in Evesham and in due course in Broadway. Without this generosity it would not have been possible to fulfil all of the requirements necessary to reopen our churches. We wish to ensure a phased introduction to the Public celebration of the Holy Mass. 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)

The capacity at Masses in Evesham will be 56  and in Broadway 22 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.

Evesham

Holy Mass on Sunday 2nd and 9th August will be at 9.30am and 10.45am.

On Sunday 16th August and for the time being thereafter Holy Mass will be at 10.00am and 11.30am and on Friday and Saturday at 10.00am

Broadway

The process which will lead to the reopening of the Church in Broadway is well 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. The first Public Mass in Broadway will be on Saturday 22nd August at 5.00pm

General

Please remember the Sunday precept remains abrogated and parishioners are encouraged to come to Mass in either Broadway or Evesham on weekdays wherever possible 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. I must emphasise 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.

Masses will continue to 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. 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. This will become an even greater possibility from  August 16th

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 Sunday at 9.30 and 10.45am.(from Sunday 16th at 10.00am and 11.30am)

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 live stream 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. 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.

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 none 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. Those coming to the public Masses are encouraged to use the buckets provided for the offertory collections.

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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