Twenty First Sunday in ordinary Time 23rd   August 2020

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

Evesham =(E)   Broadway= (B)

Only Masses and other services appearing in bold print are public

Sat 22nd    5.00pm(B)    People of the parish(Thanksgiving)
Sat 23rd10.00am(E)     Bridie & John McKenna    
 11.30am(E)     Ints Robin & Wanda Haig
 4.00pm(E)Rosary & Benediction
Mon 24th
1962 St Bartholomew
10.00am(E)     Trina Daly
 12.00noon(E)     Holy Souls
Tues 25th10.00am(B)     Maureen McGee
At present  Mass will not be advertised for Wednesday
Thur 27th
St Monica                
6.30pm(E)      Celia Shaw  
Fri 28th
St Augustine
10.00am(E)      Nancy & Tony Langridge
Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sat 29th
Beheading of St John the Baptist  
10.00am(E)     Alina Ostrynska
 5.00pm(B)     People of the parish
Sun 30th  10.00am(E)     Ints Celia Shaw
 11.30am(E)     Ints Fr Henry Joseph Whisenant
 4.00pm(E)Rosary & Benediction  

Confessions

Please phone the presbytery in order to make arrangements for confession

Volunteers

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 Barrington Browne Aldo Cerra Raymond William George Woodward Ann Campbell Antonio De Vizio Maria Petrucci  Michael Broderick  Harold Davenport whose  anniversary of death falls at about this time.

Catechism points and themes

Sunday 21 ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 551-553: the Keys of the Kingdom
CCC 880-887: foundations of unity: the college of bishops with its head, the successor of Peter

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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

Sunday Reflection

At times in the Gospels we find the question of Jesus’ identity raised. This was a mystery which our Lord’s contemporaries couldn’t unravel and which was defined by the Church with precise terms only later on. Now, while staying in the district of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus himself asks his disciples who the people and they themselves think He is. The apostles reply that some say he is “John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets” (v. 14). Thus we see how limited the human intellect is when trying to understand Jesus’ identity and mission.

However,  as the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches: “Such is not the case for Simon Peter when he confesses Jesus as ‘the Christ, the Son of the living God,’ for Jesus responds solemnly: ‘Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.’” Jesus makes it clear that the mystery of his Person can only be grasped if God the Father enables us to know it; or better, when he makes us ever better disposed to know it. By a divine plan, Peter has received this revelation from heaven and is thus able to confess it.

Pope Francis said in his angelus address some years ago that: “Simon Peter finds on his lips words greater than he, words that do not spring from his natural faculties. Perhaps he did not attend elementary school, and yet he is capable of saying these words, stronger than he! But they are inspired by the Heavenly Father (cf. v. 17), who reveals Jesus’ true identity to the first of the Twelve: he is the Messiah, the Son sent by God to save mankind. And from this answer, Jesus understands that, thanks to the faith given by the Father, there is a solid foundation upon which he can build his community, his Church. Thus, he says to Simon: You, Simon, ‘you are Peter’—that is, stone, rock—’and on this rock I will build my Church’ (v. 18).”

Jesus could have chosen as the foundation for his Church many other men who perhaps were more influential and talented than Peter from a human point of view. Nevertheless, he chose Simon the fisherman, whom the other disciples saw as the direct successor of Jesus, and the first among all of them.

Pope Saint Leo the Great, when commenting on this scene, put on Jesus’ lips some words that explain the primacy of Peter, his participation in Jesus’ power and his continuity throughout time: “As my Father has revealed to you my godhead, so I in my turn make known to you your pre-eminence. You are Peter: though I am the inviolable rock, the cornerstone that makes both one, the foundation apart from which no one can lay any other, yet you also are a rock, for you are given solidity by my strength, so that which is my very own because of my power is common between us through your participation. And upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. On this strong foundation, he says, I will build an everlasting temple. The great height of my Church, which is to reach up to heaven, shall rise on the firm foundation of this faith of Peter.”  Hence love and respect  for the Pope, whoever he may be, is an essential characteristic for every Catholic.

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.

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.

Through the lockdown, we have had to cope with Mass via live stream, 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)

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 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.

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