Times and intentions for Holy Mass
Public Masses are indicated in bold print. The 12.00 noon Mass on Tuesday in the Extraordinary Form will be live streamed only.
(E)= Evesham (B)= Broadway
Sat 19th 4.00pm(B) Kathleen McGee
Sun 20th 8.45am(E) People of the parish
10.00am(E) Patrick Walsh
Mon 21st 10.00am(E) Oliver Smith
Tues 22nd 10.00am(B) Dec’d McGarrigle fam
12.00noon(E) John Dudley
Wed 23rd 11.00am(E) Funeral Mass Nicolo(Nick)
Please participate in this Mass via livestream. Because of the limitations due to Covid restrictions, only 30 named mourners are permitted to be present in the church.
Thur 24th 10.00am(B) Maurice Keyte
Solemnity of the Nativity of The Lord
Thurs 24th 5.00pm(B) Mary Plunkett
6.30pm(E) People of the parish
8.00pm(E) Maureen Shaw
Fri 25th 8.00am(E) Dec’d Priests
9.00am(B) Private intention
10.00am(E) Holy Souls
Sat 26th 10.00am(E) Joan Huelin
Feast of the Holy Family
Sat 26th 4.00pm(B) Joan Kay
Sun 27th 8.45am(E) People of the Parish
10.00am(E) Robert & Margaret Armstrong
Confessions. Confessions after Mass (not Wednesday) or please contact the presbytery
Private Prayer in Broadway
Broadway): Sunday and Wednesday 10;00-11.00am
Private prayer and Public Masses single household capacity (Evesham : 58 Broadway : 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.
Evesham Food Bank
Please phone 07721559387 in order to discover how and when to take any contributions
For the sick and housebound of our parishes
Of your charity
Pray for Nicolo Salvatore Marco(Nick) Barone and all who have died in recent days and for Fosca Bottomley Margo & Joseph O’Sullivan James Reay whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
Catechism points and themes
Advent 4 ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):
CCC 484-494: the Annunciation
CCC 439, 496, 559, 2616: Jesus is the Son of David
CCC 143-149, 494, 2087: the “obedience of faith”
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 need as many volunteers as possible, as the current situation will continue for some time yet. Please help us keep our Churches open.
From Fr Christopher
The Archangel Gabriel reveals to the Virgin the Lord’s will that she become the mother of his Only-Begotten Son: This simple girl from Nazareth, offers herself to the divine message with her “yes”; Our lady’s attitude of faith consists in listening to the Word of God in order to abandon herself to this Word with full willingness of mind and heart. Responding to the Angel, Mary said: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (v. 38). In her “behold” filled with faith, Mary does not know by what road she must venture, what pains she must suffer, what risks she must face. But she is aware that it is the Lord asking and she entrusts herself totally to Him; she abandons herself to his love.
We see the capacity of the Mother of Christ to recognise God’s time. Mary is the one who made possible the Incarnation of the Son of God, “the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret for long ages” (Rom 16:25). She made possible the Incarnation of the Word thanks to her humble and brave “yes”. Mary teaches us to seize the right moment when Jesus comes into our life and asks for a ready and generous answer. The Word, who found a home in the virgin womb of Mary, comes in the celebration of Christmas to knock once again at the heart of every Christian. He comes and knocks. Each of us is called to respond, like Mary, with a personal and sincere “yes”, placing oneself fully at the disposal of God and of his mercy, of his love. How many times Jesus comes into our lives, and how many times he sends us an angel, and how many times we don’t notice because we are so taken, immersed in our own thoughts, in our own affairs and even, in these days, in our Christmas preparations, so as not to notice Him who comes and knocks at the door of our hearts, asking for acceptance, asking for a “yes” like Mary’s. The Lord is knocking. He makes you feel this: the will to be better, the will to be closer to others, to God. If you feel this, stop. That is the Lord! And go to prayer, and maybe to confession, cleanse yourselves… this will be good. But keep well in mind: if you feel this longing to be better, He is knocking: don’t let Him pass by! (Pope Francis December 2013)
The Grace which was revealed in our world is Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary, true man and true God. He has entered our history; he has shared our journey. He came to free us from darkness and to grant us light. In him was revealed the grace, the mercy, and the tender love of the Father: Jesus is Love incarnate. He is not simply a teacher of wisdom, he is not an ideal for which we strive while knowing that we are hopelessly distant from it. He is the meaning of life and history, who has pitched his tent in our midst.The shepherds were the first to see this “tent”, to receive the news of Jesus’ birth. They were the first because they were among the last, the outcast. And they were the first because they were awake, keeping watch in the night, guarding their flocks. The pilgrim is bound by duty to keep watch and the shepherds did just that. Together with them, let us pause before the Child, let us pause in silence. Together with them, let us thank the Lord for having given Jesus to us, and with them let us raise from the depths of our hearts the praises of his fidelity: We bless you, Lord God most high, who lowered yourself for our sake. You are immense, and you made yourself small; you are rich and you made yourself poor; you are all-powerful and you made yourself vulnerable.
La grazia che è apparsa nel mondo è Gesù, nato dalla Vergine Maria, vero uomo e vero Dio. Egli è venuto nella nostra storia, ha condiviso il nostro cammino. È venuto per liberarci dalle tenebre e donarci la luce. In Lui è apparsa la grazia, la misericordia, la
tenerezza del Padre: Gesù è l’Amore fattosi carne. Non è soltanto un maestro di sapienza, non è un ideale a cui tendiamo e dal quale sappiamo di essere inesorabilmente lontani, è il senso della vita e della storia che ha posto la sua tenda in mezzo a noi.
3. I pastori sono stati i primi a vedere questa “tenda”, a ricevere l’annuncio della nascita di Gesù. Sono stati i primi perché erano tra gli ultimi, gli emarginati. E sono stati i primi perché vegliavano nella notte, facendo la guardia al loro gregge. E’ legge del pellegrino vegliare, e loro vegliavano. Con loro ci fermiamo davanti al Bambino, ci fermiamo in silenzio. Con loro ringraziamo il Signore di averci donato Gesù, e con loro lasciamo salire dal profondo del cuore la lode della sua fedeltà: Ti benediciamo, Signore Dio Altissimo, che ti sei abbassato per noi. Tu sei immenso, e ti sei fatto piccolo; sei ricco, e ti sei fatto povero; sei l’onnipotente, e ti sei fatto debole.
Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia
Łaską, która ukazała się w świecie, jest Jezus, narodzony z Dziewicy Maryi, prawdziwy człowiek i prawdziwy Bóg. On wszedł w naszą historię, podzielił naszą wędrówkę. Przyszedł, by nas wyzwolić z mroków i obdarować światłem. W Nim pojawiła się łaska, miłosierdzie, czułość Ojca: Jezus jest miłością, która stała się ciałem. Nie jest tylko nauczycielem mądrości, nie jest ideałem, do którego dążymy i od którego, jak wiemy, nieuchronnie jesteśmy dalecy, jest sensem życia i historii, Tym, który rozbił swój namiot pośród nas.Pasterze jako pierwsi zobaczyli ten «namiot», usłyszeli zwiastowanie o narodzinach Jezusa. Byli pierwsi, bo należeli do ostatnich, zepchniętych na margines. I byli pierwsi, ponieważ w nocy czuwali, pilnując swojego stada. Zasadą pielgrzyma jest czuwanie, i oni czuwali. Z nimi stajemy przed Dzieciątkiem, stajemy w ciszy. Z nimi dziękujemy Panu za to, że dał nam Jezusa, i z nimi pozwalamy, by z głębi naszych serc płynęła pochwała Jego wierności: Błogosławimy Ci, Panie Boże Najwyższy, który dla nas się uniżyłeś. Ty jesteś ogromny, a stałeś się mały; jesteś bogaty, a stałeś się ubogi; jesteś wszechmocny, a stałeś się słaby.
The law of abstinence is of course suspended on Christmas Day and on January 1st. These days being Solemnities.
Envelopes available by the doors for those who wish to use them
It will not be possible to enter the churches on Christmas Eve/Day without a ticket. Pre booked Tickets should be collected after Mass on 19th and 20th Please do not leave the collection of tickets to the last-minute as this will provide extra work for our volunteers who will be concentrating on keeping everyone safe Please arrive early for the Masses
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/
Collection for Christmas Flowers
Saturday 19th December
Track and Trace Slip
(This may be used in Broadway and Evesham
Size of Group