The Catholic Church believes that a sacramental marriage that has been consummated can be dissolved only by death

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 30th         4.00pm(B)       Patrick Smyth

Sun 31st        8.45am(E)       Ints Coleman Family

                         10.00am(E)        Margaret Dennis

Mon 1st        10.00am(E)       Patrick Walsh

Tues 2nd      10.00am(B)      Vi Nicholls

Presentation     12.00noon(E)       People of the Parish

of the Lord

Wed 3rd        10.00am(E)        Paul Parkinson

Thur 4th      10.00am(B)      Susan Kelly

Fri 5th          10.00am(E)      Fr Andrew Kenny

St Agatha

Sat 6th         10.00am(E)      Vito Passantino

St Paul Miki & comps

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 6th         4.00pm(B)        People of the Parish

Sun 7th         8.45am(E)       Sp Int (CH)

                        10.00am(E)        Martin Wray

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]comWe 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 4( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 547-550: Jesus accompanies words with miracles
CCC 447, 438, 550: Jesus’ power over demons
CCC 64, 762, 2595: the role of the prophet
CCC 922, 1618-1620: virginity for the sake of the Kingdom

Please pray

For the sick and housebound of our parishes

Of your charity

Pray for, the repose of the souls of  Fr Giles Goward Simon Paul  Watts  and  all who have died in recent days and for  Patrick Walsh whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.

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From Fr Christopher

Other areas of disagreement between the Eastern Orthodox and Catholics concern marriage discipline..  Lack of space requires brevity on this point. Our traditions are different concerning what constitutes a marriage. Beyond this,

The Catholic Church believes that a sacramental marriage that has been consummated can be dissolved only by death, whereas while the Eastern Orthodox recognise indissolubility as a characteristic of marriage and an ideal at which to aim, they generally accept that divorce-and-remarriage can occur. Eastern Orthodox acceptance of divorce is linked to the historical subordination of the Church to the emperor in the Byzantine Empire.It was Emperor Justinian II who reintroduced divorce to the Byzantine Empire around the year 700, and because of the close links between the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the empire, this novelty was slowly permitted in the east.

Nevertheless, it is hard to find a common answer for the Eastern Orthodox on the doctrine of marriage, and there are certainly many opponents of divorce among them.

Purgatory is another topic of disagreement. While the Eastern Orthodox pray for the faithful departed and thus accept their being in a situation requiring our intercession, the doctrine of purgatory has not been as clearly developed in the east as it has in the west.

In addition, most Eastern Orthodox do not accept the Immaculate Conception as it has been defined in the west . While highly venerating the Blessed Virgin Mary, they see her as the goal and fulfilment of salvation history. The Eastern Orthodox do not believe in “original sin” as it was conceived by St. Augustine of Hippo and received by the Church in the west. Rather, they have a notion of “ancestral sin.” Because the belief in inherited original sin and guilt is rejected, this means that the Eastern Orthodox regard the doctrine as developed in the west as unnecessary.

Since the seven ecumenical councils that are recognised by both the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Catholic Church has held 14 more councils which it regards as ecumenical. The Eastern Orthodox have held several councils since the Second Council of Nicaea in 787, but none of these are (universally) recognised as having been ecumenical. Rather, there have been local councils, and letters from individual bishops. The most recent is the  recent pan-Orthodox Council k – though four of the 14 autocephalous Orthodox Churches declined to participate.

Other issues on which the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches  disagree are the date of Easter; the use of unleavened bread for the Eucharist; the portrayal of Christ as a lamb; and the ordination of married men.

Many of the things I have mentioned may appear trivial but the differences have occurred and as with so many things with the passage of time become more difficult to resolve. The disagreements concerning marriage discipline purgatory and the Immaculate Conception are an example of what happens when Eastern and Western Theological and philosophical disciplines become separated. None the less we understand that the greatest ecclesial disaster which occurred in the history of the Church is the separation from full Communion of the East from the West. It is a great sign og Gods providence that very great progress has been made in the dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches,

25 Years

Many thanks for the cards which have been sent to me as I celebrated my Silver Jubilee of ordination.

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.

Candlemas and St Blaise

The ceremonies associated with these days  will be omitted this year

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.

Progress on the Renovation of the church building requiring the use of the parish centre for Masses.

The external  work on the church is largely completed The new roof for the sacristy will be completed  during February) Attention must now turn to the internal work which consists in a complete re wiring, provision of the new lighting and sound systems. The completion of the heating system will see the removal of the hot air blowers and the unsightly pipe work in the sanctuary and behind the altars of the side chapels, the installation of new radiators in keeping with the building. Repairs to the stained glass are largely completed.

In addition to this work, substantial areas of the plaster on the walls require attention involving both replacement and repair. The whole of the building will be re decorated and the interior stonework cleaned (This all involves highly technical and expert work).. When this work begins it will be necessary to use the parish centre for the celebration of Holy Mass.

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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