Public Masses are indicated in bold print. The 12.00 noon Mass on Tuesday in the Extraordinary Form will continue to be live streamed only.

      (E) = Evesham                      (B) = Broadway

Sat  5th                 4.00pm(B)                  People of the Parish
  Sun 6th         10.00am(E)                          Michael Joseph O’Neill
 
Mon 7th St Ambrose     10.00am(E)                Holy Souls
  Tues 8th The         10.00am(B)                   12.00noon(E)                  Private intention Mavis & Philip Draycott
Immaculate Conception  
  Wed 9th           10.00am(E)         Ints Donahoe Family
  Thur 10th       10.00am(B)         Neal Coleman
  Fri 11th             10.00am(E)        Gennaro Di Franco
  Sat 12th              10.00am(E)         Holy Souls
   
Third Sunday of Advent
Sat 12th           4.00pm(B)          People of the Parish  
Sun 13th        8.45am(E) 10.00am(E)        Holy Souls Tony Dowden
 

Confessions

Please contact the presbytery to make arrangements to go to confession. A Priest will be available in Evesham after all Masses and in Broadway after all Masses

Private Prayer in Broadway

Broadway):  Sunday Wednesday  Friday  10;00-11.00am

Private prayer and Public Masses (Evesham Capacity:58 Broadway Capacity: 30)

Attending the Churches

Everyone must stand or sit and not kneel. Wear a mask unless exempt. 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.

Please pray

For the sick and housebound of our parishes

Of your charity

Pray for   all who have died in recent days and for Selena Higgs Edward De Franco Robert William Armstrong Walter Martin Joseph Hurst Gennaro Di Franco Lawrence Walmesley-Cotham  whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.

Catechism points and themes

Advent 2 ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number): CCC 522, 711-716, 722: the prophets and the expectation of the Messiah
CCC 523, 717-720: the mission of John the Baptist
CCC 1042-1050: a new heaven and a new earth

The Immaculate Conception CCC 411, 489-493, 722, 2001, 2853: God’s preparation; the Immaculate Conception

Volunteers

In order to have our Churches open for public Masses, it is essential that we have sufficient volunteers to act as stewards, cleaners and helpers. Those wishing to volunteer should. Contact Dominique in Broadway or in Evesham email your contact details to : [email protected]

We do need as many volunteers as possible please, and no doubt the current situation will continue for some time yet. So do please get involved and help us keep our Churches open going forward.

From Fr Christopher 

On this second Sunday in Advent we continue reading the Gospel according to Saint Mark, which is the Gospel account used on most of the Sundays and Solemnities during this liturgical year.

The first sentence is a brief synthesis of the entire apostolic preaching witnessed to in this book: “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (v. 1).

“Gospel” is the English translation of the Greek word εὐαγγέλιον (“evangelium” in Latin), which means “good news.” What is this good news about which all peoples are eager to hear? The answer to this question must be that it is the announcement that Jesus is the Christ (that is, the Messiah, the descendent of David whose kingdom will never end), and that He is the Son of God made man who came into the world to save us.

The proclamation of this good news is an on-going story in which each of us is called to be involved. In the Gospels we find the strength and key reference points for our own lives and for the mission incumbent upon all Christians to make this joyous message reach all men and women down through the ages.

The prophets of the Old Testament had announced God’s intervention among us. He sent messengers to console his people and prepare for his coming, so that the Saviour would find the doors of human hearts open when He comes.

At the beginning of his Gospel Saint Mark cites some words from the prophet Malachi: “Behold, I send my messenger to prepare the way before me” (Mal 3:1), and also from Isaiah: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God” (Is 40:3).

To prepare the way for Jesus, God sent John the Baptist. Saint Mark presents him as an austere man who wore a garment of camel’s hair tied with a leather belt and ate locusts and wild honey, the simplest food to be found in the desert of Judea.

On one occasion, when speaking with his disciples, Jesus contrasts him with the rich who are “clothed in soft raiment” and live “in kings’ houses” (Mt 11:8). This example is particularly opportune during these days, “especially in preparation for the celebration of the Christmas festivity, in which the Lord, as Saint Paul would say, ‘though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich’ (2 Cor 8:9).” Pope emeritus Benedict xvi

The message of John the Baptist, besides offering witness to a temperate lifestyle, is also a forceful call to conversion. His words stir the hearts of people to seek a deep interior change which begins with the recognition and confession of their own sins.

During this time of Advent, we are invited to make a sincere examination of our own lives, and to prepare the way for the Lord, rectifying anything in our life that may have distanced us from Him.

Saint Josemaria said: “This time of Advent is a time for hope. These great horizons of our Christian vocation, this unity of life built on the presence of God our Father, can and ought to be a daily reality. Ask our Lady, along with me, to make it come true. Try to imagine how she spent these months, waiting for her Son to be born. And our Lady, Holy Mary, will make of you alter Christus, ipse Christus: another Christ, Christ himself!” St Josemaria

Christmas Masses

The Masses are of necessity at different times than those to which we are accustomed. Due to strict social distancing a ticketing system will ensue for all Christmas Masses at both Churches. It will not be possible to enter the churches on Christmas Eve/Day without a ticket. Please note that according to new Government guidelines for Christmas 23rd-27th December, bubbles during this period only, for places of worship, do include extended Christmas bubbles of up to 3 households and not simply single adult household support bubbles. This should make things easier for families and maximise the social distancing capacity in Broadway and Evesham for all Christmas Masses. Application forms for tickets are available and must be returned by 12.00noon on Wednesday16th December.

Broadway:

Christmas Eve   5.00pm (Night)

Christmas Day   9.00am (Dawn)

Evesham;

Christmas Eve   6.30pm(Vigil)

                            8.00pm(Night)

Christmas Day   8.00am(Dawn) 

                            10.00am(Day)

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. Whilst thanking everyone for their continued support of the parishes may I remind all parishioners of the need to ensure financial stability in our parishes. The Bills must be paid even though the churches were not used for public Mass during the time of lockdown..

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

The Broadway Mass will be the only Mass celebrated publicly this year. Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to imitate Mary’s deep trust and openness to God when faced with serious problems.

Last year he noted “Today we look at the beauty of Our Lady, who was born and lived without sin, always docile and transparent with God. This does not mean that life was easy for her. Living with God does not magically solve problems,” Pope Francis highlighted Mary’s radical trust at the moment of the Annunciation found in her response to the angel, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word

Why not start your days like this? It would be nice to say every morning: ‘Here I am, Lord, today your will be done in me,” The Angelus provides an opportunity to repeat Mary’s words. “After the Annunciation, the angel departed and Mary’s “problems began immediately,” She knew that she would become the Mother of God, but the angel had not explained it to others. Think of her irregular situation according to the law, the torment of St. Joseph, the skipped life plans, what the people would say …The angel leaves the Virgin alone in a difficult situation … And she trusts,” . We ask the Immaculate Mother to be with us that we might    have the grace to live like this.”

Walk with me

Books available in church

Videos on the Creed

During Advent these will be made available each week on the Youtube channel and Parish website

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/

Evesham Food Bank

Please phone 07721559387 in order to discover how and when to take any contributions you may have. It would be a good idea to phone and ask what particular items the food bank needs.

Broadway Notices

Collection for Christmas Flowers

Saturday 12th December

Christmas Hampers

Many thanks to all who have contributed

Track and Trace Slip

(This may be used in Broadway and Evesham

Name:

Contact Number:

Size of Group

Date attended

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