During this time of Christmas, we are meditating on the vivid scenes in the Gospels about Jesus’ birth. But the Gospel passages for this season also include texts which invite us to rise above the anecdotal and picturesque details, in order to contemplate the mystery of the Birth of Christ and better understand its theological significance and meaning for our own lives.

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 2nd             4.00pm(B)      Sheila Berry              

Sun  3rd           8.45am(E)       People of the Parish

                           10.00am(E)       Philip & Mavis Draycott

Mon 4th          10.00am(E)      Gratitude to Volunteers

Tues 5th         10.00am(B)       Dec’d Evans family

                         12.00noon(E)      Thanks to Sacred Heart

Solemnity of the Epiphany

Wed 6th           10.00am(E)       Robert & Margaret Armstrong

                       12.00noon(B)       People of the parish

Thur 7th         10.00am(B)      Frs Eugene & Ignatius CP

Fri 8th              10.00am(E)       Patricia Cuff

Sat 9th             10.00am(E)      Pat Walsh

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Sat 9th             4.00pm(B)      James Franklin Schmitz(Snr)              

Sun  10th         8.45am(E)      People of the Parish

                           10.00am(E)        Robert & Christopher Ashton

Confessions. Confessions after Mass (not Wednesday) or please contact the presbytery 

Private Prayer in Broadway

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

Private prayer and Public Masses single household capacity (Evesham : 58 Broadway : 30)

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 need as many volunteers as possible, as the current situation will continue for some time yet. Please help us keep our Churches open.

Evesham Food Bank

Please phone 07721559387 in order to discover how and when to take any contributions

Please pray

For the sick and housebound of our parishes

Of your charity

Pray for, the repose of the souls of Joan Kay James Franklin Schmitz(Snr) Nick Barone  and  all who have died in recent days and for  Fred Mumford Thomas Scott Gerard Hardiman Rosemary Mather Giuseppe Landi  Laurence Fleming Albino Zambon Bridget Walsh James W. Marron John Gaughan George Roome David Fraser  whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.

Catechism points and themes

Second Sunday of Christmas ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 151, 241, 291, 423, 445, 456-463, 504-505, 526, 1216, 2466, 2787: John’s Prologue
CCC 272, 295, 299, 474, 721, 1831: Christ the Wisdom of God
CCC 158, 283, 1303, 1831, 2500: God gives us wisdom

Solemnity of the Epiphany

CCC 528, 724: the Epiphany
CCC 280, 529, 748, 1165, 2466, 2715: Christ the light of the nations
CCC 60, 442, 674, 755, 767, 774-776, 781, 831: the Church, sacrament of human unity

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From Fr Christopher

During this time of Christmas, we are meditating on the vivid scenes in the Gospels about Jesus’ birth. But the Gospel passages for this season also include texts which invite us to rise above the anecdotal and picturesque details, in order to contemplate the mystery of the Birth of Christ and better understand its theological significance and meaning for our own lives.

“In the beginning was the Word.” The Word is not a creature, but someone who existed from all eternity. “And the Word was with God (ho Theós).” Hence he is a person distinct from the one designated in the Greek by the name ho Theós, with an article, and which refers to the Father, the origin of all things. But that person, distinct from the Father, also from the beginning “was God” and shared in his same nature; The Gospel thus leads us into the intimacy of the Trinity: a single divine nature, with a distinction of persons.

Reference is then made to the story of the creation of the world in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis In this narrative, each of the days of creation begins in this way: “God said…” (let there be light, let there be a firmament, let the earth put forth vegetation, etc.), and what God says immediately takes place: “and it was so.” Thus we are told that God created all that exists by pronouncing his Word: “all things were made through him [through the Word], and without him was not anything made that was made” (v. 3). In the fullness of time, God carried out his greatest work, something we could never have even imagined: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (v. 14a). That divine Person took on a human nature, so that, without lessening his state as God, he became a man, like each one of us. He took on flesh in a specific and knowable person: Jesus of Nazareth.  St John’s Gospel bears witness to him with all the force of an eyewitness: “we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (v. 14b). “These are not the learned words of a rabbi or doctor of law, but rather the passionate witness of a humble fisherman Attracted in his youth by Jesus of Nazareth, in the three years he spent living with him and with the other Apostles, John experienced his love, to the extent that he called himself ‘the disciple Jesus loved,’ saw him die on the Cross and appear Risen, and then with the others received his Spirit. From his heart’s meditation on the whole of this experience, John drew a deep conviction: Jesus is the Wisdom of God incarnate; he is his eternal Word who became a mortal man. ”Pope emeritus Benedict XVI

Every Christian needs to realise that: The God of our faith is not a distant being who contemplates indifferently the fate of men—their desires, their struggles, their sufferings. He is a Father who loves his children so much that he sends the Word, the Second Person of the most Blessed Trinity, so that by taking on the nature of man he may die to redeem us. Every moment in Jesus’ life, especially when we glimpse him as a Child in the manger at Bethlehem, helps us to understand the goodness, wisdom, mercy, tenderness and greatness of God. “No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known” (v.18).

The Epiphany

In his account, Saint Matthew tells us that when some gentiles came from the East to adore the Messiah. The Gospel does not specify the identity, number or place of origin of these mysterious figures, nor does he say much about the star. The “wise men” or Magi were educated people who investigated the properties of the natural world and gave advice to pharaohs and kings (cf. Ex 7; Jer 39). Saint Jerome speculates that the Magi were possibly descendants of Balaam and knew through him the prophecy of the star that was to appear. The Armenian apocryphal gospel spread the tradition of there being three Magi, named Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar. The “East” could mean anywhere and the star has been explained as a comet, a conjunction of planets, a supernova, etc. Great events in history and important births were often tied to astral phenomena. Saint John Chrysostom thought that the star was in reality an angel (cf. Homiliae in Matthaeum, hom. 6).

The scriptures relate that the Magi knew that the king of the Jews had been born. And they set out from the East, with daring and faith, on a risky and costly journey. After a long search, they were filled with immense joy on finding the child, and prostrated themselves in adoration and offered their gifts. Through their study of nature, and through the Scriptures, the Magi were led to discover the birth of the Son of God. They thus became a model of faith for all those who seek God: “they announce and inquire, they believe and seek, as an image of those who walk in the faith and long to see,” Saint Augustine

Thanks to their humility, the manifestation (epiphany) of God came about, and they recognised him in a small Child. “Anyone wishing to enter the place of Jesus’ birth has to bend down, If we want to find the God who appeared as a child, then we must dismount from the high horse of our ‘enlightened’ reason. We must set aside our false certainties, our intellectual pride, which prevents us from recognising G[od’s closeness.” Pope emeritus Benedict XVI

“As you kneel at the feet of the child Jesus on the day of his Epiphany and see him a king bearing none of the outward signs of royalty, you can tell him: ‘Lord, take away my pride; crush my self-love, my desire to affirm myself and impose myself on others. Make the foundation of my personality my identification with you.’” St Josemaria

The gifts offered by the Magi were not meant to solve any immediate needs, but rather symbolized the adoration the Child God merits.: “We will offer gold to this new King, if we shine forth before him with the light of wisdom; incense, if through our prayers we breathe forth a fragrant odour in his presence; and myrrh, if we mortify our sensuality with abstinence.” Saint Gregory the Great

Thanks

thanks all who prepared our churches for the Christmas Solemnity- Whether by cleaning, preparing the sanctuaries, the preparation of  floral arrangements, .all who assist in any way with the celebration of the sacred Liturgy and all who continue to contribute to the smooth running of our parishes. Thanks to our volunteers  who make it possible to maintain the public worship which is so necessary for our lives as Christians.

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/

Broadway Information

Christmas hampers

A total of over £3.000(£600 from our parishes) was raised by CTIB. Twenty-nine hampers were delivered a few days before Christmas,. Each to the value of £100. Many  thanks to the parishioners of Broadway and Evesham  who supported this great work for the benefit of others

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