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 24th||5.00pm(B)||People of the parish|
|Sun 25th||8.45am(E)||Sharon Walston|
|Mon 26th||10.00am(E)||Mary Hammon|
|Tues 27th||10.00am(B)||Romie Smith|
|Thur 29th||10.00am(B)||Jacquie & Dennis hackett|
|Fri 30th||10.00am(E) 11.30am(B)||Marjorie Shaw Frs Eugene & Ignatius CP|
|Sat 31st||10.00am(E)||Ann Geyer|
|Solemnity of All Saints|
|Sat 31st||4.00pm(B)||Cynthia Fletcher|
|Sun 1st||8.45am(E)||People of the Parish|
Holy Communion at home
Please phone the presbytery to make arrangements
Please contact the presbytery to make arrangements to go to confession. Confessions may be heard in the house or the garden
All Souls’ Day Masses:
Evesham: 08.45 and 10,00am
Evening chats on Saturday/Sunday at 6.45pm.
Available on the website or the YouTube channel: christopher draycott
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]
for the sick and housebound of our parishes
Of your charity
Pray for Antonietta Cerra-Foster Josephine Valerie Cotterell David Cotterell and all who have died in recent days and for Mary Watson Jack Whyte Garath Bartlett whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
Catechism points and themes
Sunday 30 ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):
CCC 2052-2074: the Ten Commandments interpreted through twofold love
CCC 2061-2063: moral life a response to the Lord’s initiative of love
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.
From Fr Christopher
The Pharisees and Sadducees had two very different ways of interpreting the Law. The Sadducees were part of the upper class and were more concerned about politics and the Temple rituals than religious questions connected with daily life. The Pharisees, in turn, were very exact in fulfilling the prescriptions of the Law of God. Some Pharisees decided to test Jesus with a difficult question. With their meticulous care to fulfil even the smallest indications of the Law, the Pharisees ended up with a list of 613 commandments. Faced with so many different precepts that were hard for anyone to remember, their question was an important one: What is the principle commandment of the Law?
Jesus’ reply doesn’t point to one of the ten commandments in the Decalogue, but rather mentions two that are not specifically part of it. First, he cites a text from the Old Testament that is part of the prayer the Jews called the Shemá, found in the book of Deuteronomy: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (Deut 6:4-5). The second, “you shall love your neighbour as yourself” (Lev 19:18), is one of the many precepts included in what is called the Code of Holiness in the book of Leviticus.
The thing which is striking about Jesus’ reply is how he highlights these two commandments that were “lost” amid all the precepts contained in the Law. He mentions them together, thus making clear that love for God and love for neighbour are inseparable and complement one another.
The first is love for God, a love that is correspondence to the One who has loved us first. Pope Emeritus benedict XVI wrote that: “The love-story between God and man consists in the very fact that this communion of will increases in a communion of thought and sentiment, and thus our will and God’s will increasingly coincide: God’s will is no longer for me an alien will, something imposed on me from without by the commandments, but it is now my own will, based on the realization that God is in fact more deeply present to me than I am to myself. In God and with God, I love even the person whom I do not like or even know. This can only take place on the basis of an intimate encounter with God, an encounter which has become a communion of will, even affecting my feelings. Then I learn to look on this other person not simply with my eyes and my feelings, but from the perspective of Jesus Christ. His friend is my friend. Going beyond exterior appearances, I perceive in others an interior desire for a sign of love, of concern … Seeing with the eyes of Christ, I can give to others much more than their outward necessities; I can give them the look of love which they crave.” (Deus caritas est)
The Founder of Opus Dei St Jose Maria wrote: “If we want to help others, we must love them—I insist—with a love clothed in understanding, dedication, affection and voluntary humility. Then we will understand why our Lord summed up the whole law in that double commandment, which is really just one: love of God, and love of one’s neighbour, with all our heart.” (Christ Passing by)
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 in 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.
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.
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.
If making donations by cheque to Missio-Mill Hill. 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
Acct Name :Missio Sort Code 16-00-16
Acct Number 10824230
Ref RB and your postcode.
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 (donations by 14th November)
Support for families in need in Broadway with Christmas hampers. We are unable to collect food etc in our churches this year(hence the cut-off date 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(
Size of Group Date attended