(External Solemnity of Saint Egwin in Evesham) 13th September 2020
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
At present Mass will not be advertised for Wednesday
|Sat 12th||5.00pm(B)||Neil Dempsey|
|Sun 13th||8.45am(E)||People of the Parish|
|10.00am(E)||Sons & Daughters of God Community|
|Mon 14th||10.00am(E)||Michael Kelly|
|Tues 15th||10.00am(B)||Elizabeth Westwood|
|Thur 17th||10.00am(E)||Fr Alfred Oddie|
|Fri 18th||10.00am(E)||Neal Coleman|
|Sat 19th||10.00am(E)||Geoff & Millie Heath|
|Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time|
|Sat 19th||5.00pm(B)||Ints Mary Rose & Alan Eames|
|Sun 20th||8.45am(E)||People of the Parish|
|10.00am(E)||Ross & Tony Whiting|
Please phone the presbytery in order to make arrangements for confession
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 Margaret Smith Gladys Martin William Morris Desmond Cyril Slevin Valentine Stevenage Florence Dempsey
whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
Catechism points and themes
Sunday 24 ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):
CCC 218-221: God is love
CCC 294: God manifests his glory by sharing his goodness
CCC 2838-2845: “forgive us our trespasses”
From Fr Christopher
Peter’s question raises a difficult topic that affects all of us: the need to forgive. This need often arises in light of the inevitable frictions of daily life in one’s family, or with one’s friends or professional colleagues. Not infrequently we feel hurt when we think that someone has offended us or failed to appreciate us or harmed us, and not just once but over and over. To forgive others can be hard. So Peter’s question seems reasonable to us: do I always have to forgive?
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI invites us to reflect on what forgiveness involves: “What is forgiveness, really? What happens when forgiveness takes place? The offence is a reality, an objective force; it has caused damage that must be repaired. Hence forgiveness must be more than a matter of ignoring, of merely trying to forget. The offense must be worked through, healed, and thus overcome. Forgiveness exacts a price: first of all from the person who forgives. He must overcome within himself the evil done to him; he must, as it were, cauterize it interiorly and in so doing renew himself. As a result, he also involves the other, the trespasser, in this process of transformation, of inner purification, and both parties, suffering in depth the evil and thus overcoming it, are made new. At this point, we encounter the mystery of Christ’s Cross.”
The difficulties we encounter in forgiving others are almost nothing in comparison with what Christ has done for each one of us. This parable expresses very clearly the contrast between the pettiness we ourselves show in struggling to forgive others and God’s infinite mercy. A talent was worth six thousand denarii and a denarius was a laborer’s daily wage. Ten thousand talents was thus an exorbitant sum that gives us an inkling of the immense value of the forgiveness we receive from God.
Saint Josemaria tells us that “the circumstances of the servant in the parable who owed ten thousand talents, are a good summary of our situation before God. We too are unable to find the wherewithal to pay the enormous debt we have contracted for so much divine goodness, a debt which we have increased through our personal sins. Even though we fight resolutely, we can never properly repay the great debt that God has forgiven us. However, divine mercy fully makes up for the impotence of human justice. God can say he is satisfied and remit our debt, simply ‘because he is good and his mercy infinite.’”
Faced with such great generosity on God’s part, how can we refuse to forgive others? St Josemaria has some further good advice on this point:“Far be it from us, therefore, to remember who has offended us or the humiliations we have endured—no matter how unjust, uncivil or unmannerly they may have been—because it would not be right for a son of God to be preparing some kind of dossier, from which to read off a list of grievances. We must never forget Christ’s example.” By fixing our eyes on Jesus we will learn to renounce all rancor and grudges and keep our heart clean and free from all enmity.
When the temptation not to forgive someone arises, we should recall the words of the merciful master to that heartless servant: “You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?” (vv. 32-33). When we experience the joy and interior peace that comes from God forgiving us, we will find it easy with his help to open our heart and forgive others.
External Solemnity of Saint Egwin
Most people are entirely unfamiliar with Saint Egwin Indeed, unless one is especially well informed about Benedictine bishops who established monasteries in medieval England or live in Evesham why should people know much about him?
Born in the seventh century of royal blood, Egwin entered a monastery, and was enthusiastically received by royalty, clergy, and the people as the bishop of Worcester, England. As a bishop he was known as a protector of orphans and the widowed and a fair judge. Who could argue with that?
His popularity didn’t hold up among members of the clergy, however. They saw him as overly strict, while he felt he was simply trying to correct abuses and impose appropriate disciplines. Bitter resentments arose, and Egwin made his way to Rome to present his case to Pope Constantine. The case against Egwin was examined and annulled.
Upon his return to England, Egwin founded Evesham Abbey, which became one of the great Benedictine houses of medieval England. It was dedicated to Our lady who had reportedly made it known to Egwin just where a church should be built in her honour. Egwin died at the abbey on December 30, 717. Following his burial many miracles were attributed to him: The blind could see, the deaf could hear, the sick were healed.
Correcting abuses and faults is never an easy job, not even for a bishop. Egwin attempted to correct and build up the clergy in his diocese and it earned him the wrath of his priests. When we are called to correct someone or some group, we might plan for opposition, but we also need to know that in all things we must do the will of God..
Church restoration and celebrating Pugin and Pugin
The initial part of the work has begun. The car park behind the church is 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. 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
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 24 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.
Please remember the Sunday precept remains suspended and parishioners are encouraged to come to Mass in either Broadway or Evesham on weekdays wherever possible thus leaving the limited space available on Sunday 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. There are now seven public Masses being celebrated between Evesham and Broadway. Thus even using the minimum capacity in both churches 58 in Evesham and 24 in Broadway This gives a possibility of at least 290 per week in Evesham and 48 in Broadway. Given the fact that the presence of members of the same household(and children from the same household increase these capacities it is possible at this time it is possible for everyone to come to Mass once a week.
Please note that whilst new Government legislation will come into effect tomorrow (Monday), prohibiting social gatherings of more than six people, this does not apply to places of public worship. The celebration of Holy Mass and the Sacraments are not social gatherings. As a community we will continue to be vigilant through appropriate social distancing, hand sanitising, the wearing of masks and proper cleaning of all areas after Mass etc, but we will not be impacted on numbers by this new legislation. Our social distancing capacity remains the same. Having carried out and up-loaded onto the Diocesan server a proper and thorough risk assessment and having implemented all appropriate protocols from the Government and Diocese, we are a recognised COVID-Safe environment/parish and remain very much open!
Due to the current situation, the Diocesan Gift Aid Office is closed and the staffs are working from home. As a result, they are not able to send out individual tax certificates to donors this year. If any donors need a record of their donations for the tax year ending 05/04/2020, in order to complete a tax return, please contact the parish gift aid organizer. Contact details can be obtained from Fr. Christopher.
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 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.
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.
Could we have these by 26th September so that much needed monies may be forwarded to mission communities. Many Thanks