Another obstacle to a reunion between the Catholics and Eastern Orthodox is the filioque clause – “and the Son,” which was added to the text of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed in the west to describe the procession of the Holy Spirit.

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 23rd         4.00pm(B)       Simon Watts

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

                         10.00am(E)        Susan Fraser

Mon 25th      10.00am(E)       Reg & Mary Skelcher

Conversion of St Paul

Tues 26th     10.00am(B)       Peter Duffill & Family

Sts Timothy & Titus                        

Wed 27th        10.00am(E)        Fr Alfred Oddie

Bl Edward            12.00noon(E)        Ints Fr Giles Goward                     

Oldcorne

Thur 28th      10.00am(B)     Martin Wray

St Thomas Aquinas

Fri 29th          10.00am(E)      Alina Ostrynska

Sat 30th        10.00am(E)       Neal Coleman

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 30th         4.00pm(B)       People of the Parish

Sun 31st        8.45am(E)       Ints Coleman Family

                         10.00am(E)        Margaret Dennis

Private Prayer in Broadway

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

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

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

Catechism points and themes

Sunday 3( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 51-64: God’s plan of Revelation
CCC 1427-1433: inner, on-going conversion
CCC 1886-1889: conversion and society

Please pray

For the sick and housebound of our parishes

Of your charity

Pray for, the repose of the souls of Joan Kay  Simon Paul  Watts  and  all who have died in recent days and for  Susan Fraser Barbara Jago John Vincent Thompson

Maisie Whyte Mairea D. Walsh David Walsh Philip Tyler
Charles  Martin Wray whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.

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From Fr Christopher

Another obstacle to a reunion between the Catholics and Eastern Orthodox is the filioque clause – “and the Son,” which was added to the text of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed in the west to describe the procession of the Holy Spirit.

It is important to say from the outset that the Eastern and Western

Churches proclaim the same faith in the Holy Trinity, that is, that the

Holy Trinity is a mystery of unity in diversity, and of diversity in

unity. God is one and, at the same time, God is three: one essence in three Persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

However, the Eastern and Western Churches have divided over a very important matter.The difference is very technical and you may think obscure, and difficult to understand. Yet, the words “and the Son” resulted in what has come to be known “the filioque dispute” and caused much division in the Church throughout the centuries, the consequences of which are felt even today.

In the year 325, some 318 bishops gathered in Nicaea (present-day

Turkey) for an ecumenical council to discuss matters of great importance to the Church. One of their greatest achievements was the definition of the faith, revealed to them by the Holy Spirit, and composed in the form of a creed. Several years later, in 381, this creed was endorsed by the 150 bishops gathered in a new ecumenical council at Constantinople, notably with

a few additions on the Holy Spirit.

We know this creed today as the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.

This Creed has survived throughout the centuries as a gift of the Holy

Spirit to the Church and to the people of God. It is an expression of the basic dogmas of our faith in the Holy Trinity

This is not a trivial question since our belief in the Holy Trinity lies at

the very heart of our faith.

The words “and the Son” were added by some Fathers of the Latin

Church in the fourth century. Later, at the end of the sixth century, the

Church in Spain added them to the Creed for local usage only At that time, the Church in Spain was combating Arianism, a heresy that denied that the Son of God was truly God., added to the creed in the sixth century, to say that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son, as a way to combat latent Arianism.The majority of the Catholic Church in communion with the Pope  resisted the change. To help us understand somewhat better this difficult matter, it is worthwhile to read from The Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph numbers 243-248.

As I have noted, the text of the creed was agreed upon at the First Council of Nicaea and the First Council of Constantinople in 325 and 381 respectively, saying that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father.

The addition of the filioque was slowly adopted throughout the west, but was seen in the east as an innovation that was unnecessary at best and heretical at worst.

Eventually the  Emperor Charlemagne decreed that “and the

Son” be added to the Creed throughout the Frankish Kingdom in the West. Finally, in the eleventh century, Pope Benedict VIII added these words to the Creed throughout the Latin Church.

According to Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, some Eastern Orthodox believe that the filioque is not heretical in itself, provided it is properly explained and understood, but that it is nonetheless an unauthorised addition to the creed.

The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity has stated that the doctrine of the filioque “cannot appear to contradict the monarchy of the Father” nor the Father’s role as the sole origin of the Spirit.

The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation in 2003 was able to sign an agreement stating that the filioque need not be a Church-dividing issue. Moreover, Catholics do not always say the filioque in the creed: whenever it is recited in the Greek language, the original text is used, and Eastern Catholic Churches do not now recite it, seeing its use as a “Latinization.”

Continued next week

Sunday of the Word of God

Today we celebrate the “Sunday of the Word of God”, which was instituted last year by Pope Francis, on the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, to remind all, clergy and faithful, of the importance and value of Sacred Scripture for the Christian life and also for the relationship between the Word of God and liturgy. Sunday of the Word of God is therefore a special occasion to gather the people of God around the Bible; it is a day of feasting and celebration to place at the centre of life, besides the Eucharist, the practice of listening to Sacred Scripture through readings, in-depth studies and spiritual reflection in a community setting.

25 Years

Many thanks for the cards which have been sent to me as I celebrate my Silver Jubilee of ordination. I hope to have a parish celebration later in the year.

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. 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. 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.

Broadway Information

Thanks

You will notice a beautiful new notice board outside the church replacing the dilapidated one which was no longer fit for purpose. We are grateful to Martin Blakeman  for making and erecting the notice board.

Red Mission Boxes

Please collect from the door as you leave church.

Track and Trace Slip

(This may be used in Broadway and Evesham

Name:

Contact Number:

Size of Group

Date attended

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