What are some of the factors that separate Catholics from their sister Churches in the east?

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 16th          4.00pm(B)       Celia & Danny McGinty

Sun  17th        8.45am(E)        People of the Parish

                          10.00am(E)          Neal Coleman  

Mon 18th       10.00am(E)       Thanks  For Graces received

Tues 19th      10.00am(B)       Michael Towey

St Wulstan         12.00noon(E)      Tarsilla Di Franco

Wed 20th        10.00am(E)         Costanzo & Ninetta Petrucci

Thur 21st      10.00am(B)      Gerard Hardiman

St Agnes

Fri 22nd         10.00am(E)        Ints of Holy Cross Priory

Sat 23rd        10.00am(E)        Freddie Shaw

St Nicholas Owen

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

(Sunday of the Word of God)

Sat 23rd         4.00pm(B)       Simon Watts

Sun 24th       8.45am(E)       People of the Parish

                         10.00am(E)        Susan Fraser

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

Private Prayer in Broadway

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

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


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

Catechism points and themes

Sunday 2( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 462, 516, 2568, 2824: the Father’s will fulfilled in Christ
CCC 543-546: to welcome the Kingdom, welcome the Word of God
CCC 873-874: Christ the source of Christian vocation
CCC 364, 1004: the dignity of the body
CCC 1656, 2226: helping children discover their vocation

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)  Simon Watts  and  all who have died in recent days and for Tommy Morris John Piatek
Tarsilla di Franco  Marilyn De Franco, Mattea Landi
whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.

From Fr Christopher

It is quite clear that many Catholics are unaware of the goals of ecumenical dialogue or of the difficulties which are presented. I thought that over these next few weeks I would use the opportunity to outline some of these difficulties. I will Begin with the Orthodox and Catholic dialogue because clearly this will be the most important even though Catholic dialogue with the communities which grew out of the protestant reformation in the sixteenth century sometimes appear to be of more immediate relevance. What are some of the factors that separate Catholics from their sister Churches in the east?

The main ecclesiological issue of disagreement concerns the development of the  primacy of the Bishop of Rome and church government  and the main elements of dogmatic disagreement  concern in the first place  Trinitarian teaching. Difficulties also exists over the Immaculate Conception,

Purgatory and other doctrines.

There are of course some political as well as theological considerations. For 1,000 years, the Churches of east and west were in communion with one another, holding seven ecumenical councils between 325 and 787 to define Christian belief.

But over time, the cultures of the Latin-speaking west and Greek-speaking east grew more and more estranged, and there was increasing distrust and hostility between them. Occasional schisms occurred but were healed – such as the Acacian schism of the late fifth century and the Photian schism of the 860s.

Primacy of the Bishop of Rome

After 1009, the Bishop of Rome did not appear in the diptychs – the list of bishops in communion with the local Church – of Constantinople, traditionally considered “first among equals” in the Orthodox world.

In 1054, a papal delegation to the Patriarch of Constantinople excommunicated the patriarch and was in turn excommunicated by him. Though this schism was as much an issue of personal animosity and misunderstanding as anything else, the schism was never healed as the earlier schisms had been.

At least as important as the Schism of 1054 was the Sack of Constantinople in 1204. Crusaders from the West, who were supposed to have continued on to Jerusalem to release it from Muslim control, spent three days looting and vandalising the capital of the Byzantine Empire. The sack cemented eastern distrust of and resentment toward the west, preventing any healing of the schism.

The foremost theological-ecclesiological division between Eastern Orthodoxy and Catholicism is the role of the Bishop of Rome, or the Pope. In the west, Church unity was expressed through being in communion with the Bishop of Rome, as the successor of St. Peter.

Papal primacy was defined for the Catholic Church at the First Vatican Council, held in 1870. That council, held to be ecumenical by Catholics, taught that the Bishop of Rome has immediate and direct jurisdiction over the whole Church, and that when he speaks ex cathedra he possesses infallibility.

The Eastern Orthodox Christians , on the other hand, have a conciliar model of the Church. For them, unity is through the common faith and communion in the sacraments, rather than a centralized authority. They do not recognize the authority of the Bishop of Rome over all Christians, but rather consider him equal to other bishops, though with a primacy of honour.

Eastern Orthodoxy favours various forms of conciliarism: classically, this was found in “pentarchy,” the sense of five patriarchates: those of Rome, Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem. Pentarchy has been challenged, however, by the rise of new patriarchates outside the classical Christian world, and their challenges to the historical patriarchates.

Constantinople came to regard itself as a “Second Rome” after the fall of the Roman Empire in the west, but after the city’s fall to the Ottomans in 1453, Moscow came to see itself as a “Third Rome.” The theory is attributed to the Russian abbot Philotheus of Pskov, who included it in a letter written in 1510.

It was bolstered by Russian Orthodox claims that the Patriarchate of Constantinople had fallen into heresy by accepting the Council of Florence in the fifteenth century, and (albeit briefly) coming into union with the Bishop of Rome. Conciliarism is known in Russian Orthodoxy as sobornost, a term which denotes the Church as a community of individual diversity in free unity.(Continued next week)

Gift Aid

If donors have any queries regarding their gift aid donations, please can we ask you to contact the parish gift aid organiser, and not the diocesan gift aid office? Contact details can be obtained from Fr. Christopher.

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/

Coming to Church during Lockdown

People are legally permitted to leave their homes for communal worship. Mingling with anyone outside of one’s household or support bubble is prohibited by the legislation. Social distancing protocols, hand sanitising, wearing of face coverings (except for those medically exempt and children under 11 years of age) and track/trace must be adhered to. This applies to the instructions given by parish volunteers when entering and exiting the Church building. The health and safety of parishioners is paramount, and therefore everyone should go directly home when advised to leave by the stewards at the end of Mass. Please do not block the exits or associate with anyone else outside of households or support bubbles. Parishioners, who are vulnerable, advised to shield or showing symptoms of any kind should stay at home for their own health and well-being as well as for that of others. Those who have tested positive,  are waiting to take a test, awaiting results or told to isolate by NHS Track & Trace are legally only allowed to leave their homes in limited exceptional circumstances and thus are not permitted entry to Church buildings. As Christians we   must work for the greater common good and thus keep ourselves and others safe at this time. Furthermore if our Churches are to remain open, all of these protocols must be adhered to. Failure to do so could result in our Churches being forced to close by local or national government. 

Bearing in mind all of the above no one ought to feel that they have “Let the side down” by staying at home at this time and similarly no one should feel they are “being in any way irresponsible “by coming to Mass. It is clearly a matter for individual decision. Should circumstances change and the churches be closed by the government that is clearly a different matter.  As ever the question with regard to the churches remaining open will depend on the availability of volunteers and the continued adherence to the rules. Should any of these be compromised then appropriate action will need to be taken by way of reducing the number of public Masses.

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