Priest: Fr. Christopher Draycott ( 01386 442468

8 [email protected]

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 Masses

At present  Mass will not be advertised for Wednesday

Sat 17th   5.00pm(B)  Peter Duffill & Family
Sun 18th   8.45am(E)     David Kennedy
 10.00am(E)People of the Parish
Mon 19th 10.00am(E)Paul Parkinson
 12.00noon(E)Katrina Daly
Tues 20th    10.00am(B)  Rosie Grove
Thur 22nd    10.00am(B)Neal Coleman
Fri 23rd   10.00am(E) 11.30am(B)Arthur James Shaw Hardiman Family
Sat 24th  10.00am(E)Allan Shaw
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sat 24th   5.00pm(B)  People of the Parish
Sun 25th     8.45am(E)     Sharon Walston
 10.00am(E)Robert Gyorgy

Holy Communion at home Priests are now able to bring the Blessed Sacrament to the homes of the sick and housebound. Please phone the presbytery

Confessions

Please contact the presbytery to make arrangements to go to confession. Confessions may be heard in the house or the garden

Evening chats on Saturday/Sunday at 6.45pm. Available on the website or the YouTube channel: christopher draycott

At Public Masses

Attendees must Stand or sit do not kneel Wear a mask Remain 1 metre + apart Sanitise hands on entering and leaving. Complete the track and trace slips or use your phone to scan the QR number Place your offering in the receptacles by the door. To volunteer to help. Contact Dominique in Broadway or in Evesham email your contact details to : [email protected]

Please pray for the sick and housebound of our parishes

Of your charity

Pray for Antonietta Cerra-Foster Josephine Valerie Cotterell and all who have died in recent days and for Alice Newbury Douglas Bottomley Thomas Campbell
Sharon Walston Ellen Dumaresq Bridget Lennon
whose  anniversary of death falls at about this time.

Catechism points and themes

Sunday 29 ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 1897-1917: participation in the social sphere
CCC 2238-2244: duties of citizens

Sacramental Catechesis

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

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From Fr Christopher

Thanks to Cyrus (a pagan) the Israelites were able to return to their homeland after the captivity of Babylon (1st reading, Is 45:1, 4–6).

God is realising His plans for salvation even through people who do not know Him or believe in Him.

For this reason we Christians pray for the authorities and we must cooperate in everything that is good and just, even if sometimes they are not believers.

Jesus tells us in the Gospel (Mt 22:15–21) to “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”   What is to be rendered to God? “Give the Lord glory and honour (Responsorial Psalm).”

Chosen by God and moved by the Holy Spirit, we have believed in the Gospel. Let us give thanks to God for this (2nd reading, 1 Thes 1:1–5b).

We must always remember that we also read :Render to Caesar what is his and to God, what is God’s.

Our Lord’s words are at once so profound that the Pharisees and the Herodians fail to grasp the meaning, which is also faithful to the preaching of the Lord about the Kingdom of God:  we are to give Caesar what is his due, but no more, because God must assuredly be given that to which He alone  has  a right..

What has Caesar a right to receive? Obviously Taxes, which are necessary for legitimate state expenses. What must God be given? Obviously, he must be given obedience to all his commandments — which implies personal love and commitment. Jesus’ reply goes beyond the human horizons of his opponents far beyond the simple yes and no they wanted to draw out of him. Furthermore, his words show that he recognised civil authority and its rights, but he made it quite clear that the superior rights of God must be respected as we are taught by the Second Vatican Council. We believe that it is part of God’s will that we faithfully fulfil our civic duties (cf. Rom 13:1-7).Let us not forget that all that we have and all that we are come from God. As such, in all the earthly realities, we must seek, find, love and give glory to God.

When we consider our tribute to God we ponder the words in the first reading: “I am the Lord and there is no other, there is no God besides me. It is I who arm you, though you know me not, so that toward the rising and the setting of the sun people may know that there is none besides me. I am the Lord, there is no other. Is 45:1, 4–6.”
The problem which pervades since the beginning of the world is humanity’s denial of God and the subsequent search and substitution of God with our own self or what is worldly, thereby falling into idolatry.
As Catholics we reject this treacherous and idolatrous attitude which not only denies and offends God but also dehumanises humanity   As the Second Vatican Council again reminds us:“Without the Creator, the creature vanishes (Gaudium et spes, n. 36).” Through our faithful daily struggle, let us give God glory, honor, and thanksgiving in all that we do.
“God created everything for man, but man in turn was created to serve and love God and to offer all creation back to him. Catechism 358.”

To serve and love God: this is the tribute which God deserves from each one of us, His children. Let us “Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds. (Psalm 95)” through our effort to conform our will to God’s will and our struggle to live a life coherent to our Faith for love of God. Only then shall we “Shine like lights in the world as you hold on to the word of life ” and thus give a worthy tribute to God, who deserves to be adored, praised, loved and glorified above all things.

The Holy Rosary

The Rosary is a traditional Catholic prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, asking her to pray for all her children in their time of need. Through the repetitive prayers that make up the Rosary, we tell our Lady that we love her and contemplate Jesus’ life. “The Rosary is the prayer of the humble and of the saints. In its mysteries, they contemplate, along with Mary, the life of Jesus, the merciful face of the Father. O, how much we all need to be truly comforted, to be wrapped in loving presence!” (Pope Francis, March 19, 2020)

More Public Masses

It is intended that the number of public Masses be increased in Evesham and Broadway in order that an Evening Mass might be provided in Evesham on Sunday Evening. (As yet it is not necessary to make this provision as the numbers returning to Mass do not warrant it). I am continuing to ponder how we can return to the full provision of public Masses. I have been reluctant to make any more changes because of the uncertainty with regard to the use of the church in Evesham as the restoration work proceeds. However, with generosity and the use of our  time and a willingness to embrace the inconvenience  experienced by the present circumstances it is possible for everyone to come to Mass at least once each week. There are now nine public Masses being celebrated between Evesham and Broadway. Thus, even using the minimum capacity in both churches there is the possibility of at least 290 per week in Evesham and 96 in Broadway.  As ever all of these provisions will depend on the availability of volunteers and on pastoral need. 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.

Facebook

The fact that we have been fortunate to receive some part funding for the Celebration of Pugin and Pugin and thus refurbishment for the church building also involves the establishing of a Facebook page which will ensure greater publicity. The details are as follows. https://www.facebook.com/The-Church-of-the-Immaculate-Conception-and-St-Egwin-Evesham-113814183806139/

Census and data Base

In the course of the nest few months you will be asked to provide the necessary information which will enable the parish to have an accurate and up to date census. The information will be stored and used so as to conform to all the necessary legal requirements.

Finance

Details concerning Gift Aid, The Donate button and Standing orders can be found on the website or from Fr Christopher who will provide contact details.

Missio Donations

If making donations by cheque. Please post to Red Box, 23 Eccleston Square London SW1V 1NU

If donating by Text:

Red Box 5 to donate £5

Red Box 10 to donate £10

By Phone 020 7821 9755

Bank Transfer

Acct Name :Missio Sort Code 16-00-16

Acct Number 10824230

Ref RB and your postcode.

Broadway Notices

Winter Mass Time

From Saturday 31st October the Saturday Vigil Mass will begin art 4.00pm. This is the earliest permitted time for an anticipated Mass and will be of benefit during the dark nights

CTIB Christmas Hampers

Support for families in need in Broadway with Christmas hampers.We are  unable to collect food etc in our churches this year We are asking that you give generously so that we can purchase those things necessary from our stores Please be generous as usual in supporting this Christian effort

Track and Trace Slip (This may be used in Broadway and Evesham(

Name:

Contact Number:

Size of Group

Date attended

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