Saint Mark presents a number of incidents relating to the beginnings of our Lord’s public life

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 6th         4.00pm(B)        People of the Parish

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

                       10.00am(E)        Martin Wray

Mon 8th      10.00am(E)       Arthur James Shaw

Tues 9th     10.00am(B)      Ints James McGarrigle

                    12.00noon(E)        Kamila & Artur Szwacki

Wed 10th  12.00noon(E)        Funeral Mass Pasqualina Soave  

St Scholastica

Thur 11th   10.00am(B)        Michael & CharlotteArmstrong

Our Lady of Lourdes

Fri 12th       10.00am(E)      Teresa Wilcox

Sat 13th      10.00am(E)      Pat Walsh

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 13th       4.00pm(B)      Sick & Housebound Broadway

Sun 14th     8.45am(E)       People of the parish  

                      10.00am(E)       Thanksgiving(MP)

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 5( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 547-550: healing as a sign of messianic times
CCC 1502-1505: Christ the Healer
CCC 875, 1122: the urgency of preaching

Please pray

For the sick and housebound of our parishes

Of your charity

Pray for, the repose of the souls of  Fr Giles Goward  Pasqualina Soave and  all who have died in recent days and for            Elsie Sarah Elizabeth Kilby May Hodges Hugh P. Massey            Marion Hogwood Maurice Reginald Grove John T. O’Sullivan Tony (Robert) LangridgeWilliam Wardell whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.

From Fr Christopher

Saint Mark presents a number of incidents relating to the beginnings of our Lord’s public life – the three years that followed the thirty years of his hidden life, which for Christians who live in the middle of the world have so much meaning. Those thirty years of hidden life could also be called the “ordinary life” of Jesus.

We are offered a brief summary of how this new phase in his life began, which will end with his Passion, redeeming Death, and glorious Resurrection, the principal reason for the Son of God becoming man. These eleven short verses offer us a summary of a day in our Lord’s life. It takes place on the Sabbath, since the chapter opens with the synagogue service and we see the people of Capernaum waiting until sunset to bring him their sick, out of respect for the Sabbath day of rest. At the end of such a busy day, Jesus receives everyone: “he healed many who were sick” and “cast out many demons.” This scene should encourage us to have recourse to him whenever we meet up with difficulties or problems, without thinking that we are “bothering him.” Jesus is always available. And we too want to be available for those around us.

St Mark also tells us that “a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed,” thus stressing the importance that our Lord gives to prayer. Without prayer, the interior life falls apart, as does what Saint Josemaria used to call the “unity of life” of a Christian. He often insisted: “There is just one life, made of flesh and spirit. And it is this life which has to become, in both soul and body, holy and filled with God” Hence this Gospel passage presents us with a clear example of our Lord’s own unity of life and how he makes good use of the time he has available each day. Many of his parables (for example, those of the talents and of the ten virgins) stress the importance of taking good advantage of the time God allots us.

Sacred Scripture often points to the “time limits” God places on the tasks he entrusts to people. He is displeased when out of shallowness or selfishness they fail to act promptly, since the salvation of souls is at stake. Let us ask our Mother Mary to obtain for us the same docility and promptness she showed when responding to the annunciation of Saint Gabriel:  “let it be done to me according to your word.”

Of late, I’ve been thinking about all of difficulties associated with the pandemic and also about how the Church has been responding to the absence of Masses and confession times and what she needs to do in post-pandemic world  within societies so needful of sound instruction and example—to show the world that the Church is living, real, and relevant, when things do not go back to normal. For, if the given value of “normal” means fairly crowded pews, a sign of peace, and the physical reception of Holy Communion, we may see our worship remain somewhat “abnormal” for quite  a while—Bishops will have to wrestle with determining how best to offer the Holy Mass to the faithful while social distancing, masks, will still be required

There is much to think about as the COVID-19 conversations begin to turn toward how we can live our faith beyond the live-stream offerings of the internet: how we may worship-as-community-while-social-distancing.

Because these questions are important, I have been praying for our bishops, that they may be guided in wisdom by the Holy Spirit—that the God Who Creates will enlighten them with creative answers that will help us feel like the Church is once again active and offering everything it can to the world, just as the early Church did: through evangelisation  sacramental worship and consolation, community witness and prayer, social outreach.

Ash Wednesday

17th February

Evesham:   10.00am & 7,.00pm

Broadway: 12.00noon

Funeral Mass

Holy Mass on Wednesday at 12.00noon will be a Funeral Mass for Pasqualina Soave. The Mass will be live steamed but following the present restrictions will not be generally open to the public.

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.. 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 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.

Walk with me

Booklets are available in church. Please take one in preparation for Lent

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

The external work is almost completed. The internal work which will soon begin is considerable. From Monday 15th February Holy Mass will be celebrated in the parish centre. The restrictions concerning Social distancing etc. will continue. Holy Communion will be received at the end of Mass as this is the only practical way to ensure proper observance of the norms agreed between the Bishops and the government.

The internal work( new heating lighting sound systems. The cleaning of the stone,  re plastering and redecoration constitute a labour intense operation and will take some time to complete. This will mean that in Evesham the parish centre will be used for Mass for the foreseeable future.

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.

Broadway Information

Red Mission Boxes

Please collect from the door as you leave church.

Track and Trace Slip

(This may be used in Broadway and Evesham

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Contact Number:

Size of Group

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