Priest: Fr. Christopher Draycott ( 01386 442468
Safeguarding representative: Kay Buckley(07719926797)
The parish is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham Registered Charity No. 234216
Evesham =(E) Broadway= (B)
Only Masses and other services appearing in bold print are public
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) Neal Coleman
196212.00noon(E) Matthew Picton
Tues 18th10.00am(E) Margaret & Frederick Siddle
At present Mass will not be advertised for Wednesday
Thur 20th 6.30pm(E) Melvyn Heath
Fri 21st 10.00am(E) Langridge & Warren famliles
St Pius X
Sat 22nd 10.00am(E) Mario Afeltra & Colleen &
Queenship of BVM Henry Coleman
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)
Please phone the presbytery in order to make arrangements for confession
Recently the public celebration of Mass might have been cancelled because of insufficient volunteers particularly with regard to cleaners. May I once again ask for volunteers who are willing to assist in this crucial aspect of the restoration of the public celebration of the Mass Sincere thanks are due to our stewards and cleaners who give so generously of their time. Without them the church could not open, and there would be no public Masses. Please do show them your appreciation and gratitude when you come to church, particularly by treating them with courtesy and respect. It is also important to follow their instructions, as they ask no more than what is necessary for the parish to be permitted to open the church.
Please pray for the sick and housebound of our Parishes
Of your charity
Pray for the repose of the souls of Katryna Daly and Shirley Cotterell who have died in recent days and for George McMahon Hubert Francis Burslem Eloise Rohard Mary Capaldi Nancy Langridge Betty Margaret Heyes Charles Armand Rohard whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
Catechism points and themes
The Assumption( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):
CCC 411, 966-971, 974-975, 2853: Mary, the New Eve, assumed into heaven
CCC 773, 829, 967, 972: Mary, eschatological icon of the Church
CCC 2673-2679: at prayer with Mary
From Fr Christopher
Church restoration and celebrating Pugin and Pugin
The initial part of the work is due to begin at the end of this month. The car park behind the church will be fenced off and consequently will be unavailable for use. I would remind parents of children at the school that the car park will not be available for “dropping off/picking up children at least until after Christmas this year.
It is not at present immediately clear how the forthcoming work will impact the church being used for Mass. When it becomes necessary the public celebration of the Holy Mass will perforce have to take place in the parish centre. Funerals when we are able to open our churches for them to take place (which will in large measure depend on the availability of volunteers) will be celebrated in the church in Broadway
Reflection for the Solemnity of the Assumption
Love makes life truly meaningful and worth living. To be more precise, love brings about life in its fullness. This truth is what we celebrate on this Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven.
On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII promulgated as a dogma revealed by God that: “Mary, the immaculate Virgin Mother of God, after thecourse of her life was ended, was assumed, body and soul, into the glory of heaven.”
The dogma of the Assumption of Mary is developed and rests, according to the Fathers of the Church, on four pillars: first, Mary is the Immaculate Conception – she did not incur the general curse of sin and so her body was “exempted from the general law of dissolution and immediately assumed into the glory of Heaven, in accordance with God’s original plan for mankind.” Second, she is the Mother of God – there is likeness to her Son, in body and soul. Third, her perpetual virginity – her body was preserved in unimpaired virginal integrity. And fourth, she participated in the work of Christ – she enjoys the full fruit of the Redemption, which consists in the glorification of soul and body
Understandably, these profound theological points cannot be sufficiently explored in the Sunday bulletin. The Assumption of Mary can be perceived by only one word: love. Based on our experience, love is overpowering. It is a force that moves us towards the object of love and be united with it. People who love money are always running after money and grasping it so tightly. Those who love cars are always with their cars. In the case of human beings, there is some irresistible force in love that pulls the person towards the beloved. In the case of Mary, her love of God is so great that her whole being is pulled closer to God. It practically lifted her up to heaven, body and soul. In Mary, the true meaning of love is clearly shown – love always leads to God. This is what St. John wrote: “No one has ever seen God. Yet if we love one another, God remains in us and his love is brought to perfection in us…God is love, and whoever remains in love, remains in God and God in him” (1 Jn 4:12,16).
Bishop Fulton Sheen expressed it beautifully: “If the distant moon moves all the surging tides of earth, then the love of Mary for Jesus and the love of Jesus for Mary should result in such an ecstasy as to ‘lift her out of this world’” (The World’s First Love, p. 134). He mentioned the example of the saints who, overfilled with love and deeply immersed in prayer, experienced the spiritual phenomenon of levitation, that is, they “are literally lifted off the earth.” To use inadequate language, this “levitation” would be very natural for Mary, for her whole being, body and soul, free from all sin and thereby free from all inner tensions and divisions caused by sin, has no opposing force that would pull her down. Everything in her is perfectly united and integrated, and moving only in one upward direction towards complete union with God. The Psalmist eloquently expressed this desire of the soul: “O God, you are my God – for you I long! For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts, like a land parched, lifeless and without water”(Ps 63:2).
Mary’s Assumption, then, can be easily understood by love. It is also love that is the source and cause of her perfect beauty. Being intimately close to God, she radiates His infinite beauty. In countless portraits, icons and images of Mary, artists have all tried to portray her face. Yet all their attempts fell short of capturing the full extent of her ineffable beauty
Nevertheless, this leads us to a very practical lesson on how to be beautiful: be in love, truly in love with God – like Mary! A well-known author, Martin Buxbaum puts it, “Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.” That is the beauty of somebody who is in love, whose life is completely immersed in the love of God.
This celebration of Mary’s Assumption inspires us to hope. Pope Benedict XVI said: “For over a thousand years, the Church has greeted Mary, the Mother of God, as ‘Star of the Sea’: Human life is a journey. Life is like a voyage on the sea of history, often dark and stormy, a voyage in which we watch for the stars that indicate the route. They are lights of hope. Who more than Mary could be a star of hope for us?” (Spe Salvi, 49). Let us turn to Mary. She gives us hope that, like her and through her maternal intervention, we will find the way to heaven, our true and lasting home.
Restoration of the celebration Public Mass
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.
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
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
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.
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 at present 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)
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 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.
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 letterbox 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 loosely in the collection bags) through the letterbox please indicate whether this is for the First or Second collection.