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 29th     5.00pm(B)     People of the parish

Sun 30th  10.00am(E)     Ints Celia Shaw

                   11.30am(E)     Ints Fr Henry Joseph Whisenant

Rosary & Benediction 4.00pm(E)

Mon 31st 10.00am(E)     Andrew Bailey

            196212.00noon(E)     Neal Coleman

Tues 1st  10.00am(B)     Kathryn Close

At present  Mass will not be advertised for Wednesday

Thur 3rd   6.30pm(E)      Dec’d residents Homesmith House

St Gregory the Great

 Fri 4th    10.00am(E)      Errol Armstrong

Sat 5th    10.00am(E)     Margaret Middleton

Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 5th      5.00pm(B)     Mary Wilson

Sun 6th    8.45am(E)     People of the Parish                                               

               10.00am(E)     Fr Joseph Tynan

Confessions

Please phone the presbytery in order to make arrangements for confession

Volunteers

 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 Shirley Cotterell  and all who have died in recent days and for Patrick Daly Joe Tolan John O’Boyle James Lennon Ida Regan whose  anniversary of death falls at about this time.

Catechism points and themes

Sunday 22 ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 618: Christ calls his disciples to take up the Cross and follow him
CCC 555, 1460, 2100: the Cross as the way to Christ’s glory
CCC 2015: way to perfection by way of the Cross
CCC 2427: carrying our cross in daily life

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From Fr Christopher

The new evangelisation of countries and environments which are in great measure secularised, means that it is among many of the baptised where a new catechesis in the Faith and moral principles is required, sometimes implying new pastoral and apostolic initiatives.

Secularism seeks to exclude the role of religion in public life and, as a consequence, to set up a culture without God. It seems to affirm human  autonomy and power but, paradoxically, in the end it can obscure even the most fundamental truths about human dignity and related natural institutions, such as marriage and family. In this context, the New Evangelisation implies an appeal to each person and the whole of society to rediscover the purifying role of faith towards human  reason and its elevating effect on it.

The Church’s mission of announcing the Gospel to the world involves clergy and laity alike. In fact, the laity are called to act within the temporal order to build a society imbued with Gospel values, shaping society in a Christian way As Saint Josemaría Escrivá – one of the forerunners of the conciliar teaching at Vatican 2 – said, “The layman’s specific role in the mission of the Church is precisely that of sanctifying secular reality, the temporal order, the world, ab intra, in an immediate and direct way” (Conversations, n. 9), This requires, in the words of Cardinal Newman, “a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious, but those who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold, and what they do not, who know their creed so well, that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it, I want an intelligent, well-instructed laity… You ought to be able to bring out what you feel and what you mean, as well as to feel and mean it” (The Present Position of Catholics in England, 390-1).

However , for this role, all of us require a deep and solid spiritual life and a thorough grounding in the faith. New Evangelisation, therefore, implies that everyone needs to know their Christian doctrine better, and all need an awareness of what the universal call to holiness means for them. On one occasion, during the second Vatican  Council, Archbishop Marty, later Cardinal of Paris, in conversation with the then Mgr Escrivá, said that the task of the laity was to make the temporal order Christian, and the Opus Del founder answered: “Yes, as long as they have a contemplative soul, otherwise they will Christianise nothing and worse still they themselves will be transformed and instead of making the world Christian, they will let themselves become worldly” All of us need to realise that as the priestly ministry does not exist for its own sake, but for the formation of the Christian community, the – shepherds of God’s flock – celebrate the Sacraments so that the faithful may receive the force that will enable them to transform the world. Nonetheless, priests must dedicate themselves to the preaching of the Gospel, and to catechetical activities, in such a way that the Christian message is presented in all its dimensions. In this task of announcing the truths of God and humanity, the Catechism of the Catholic Church is an important instrument to explain to everyone the power and beauty of a faith that changes their lives.  Obstacles in the mission of re-evangelising peoples and cultures should not make us lose courage. History teaches us that the Church, following its divine Master, and by the grace of the Holy Spirit, rises again many times. Saint Paul advises us all. Even though he is speaking tp elders: “Show yourself a model for believers, by word, conduct, charity, faith, purity… Commit yourself to reading, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the spiritual gift that is within you, which has been conferred upon you by a prophetic intervention accompanied by the imposition of the hands of the college of priests” (1 Tim 4, 12-14).

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

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 capacity at Masses in Evesham will be 58  and in Broadway 26 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. Even at this time it is possible for everyone to come to Mass once a week

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.

Sacramental preparation

There are no plans at present to begin preparation for First Confession, Holy Communion and Confirmation for next year.  Nor is it yet know when those already prepared will receive these Sacraments.

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