Restoring the battered Body of Christ – does not come before the work of proclaiming the Gospel

Times and intentions for Holy Mass

Public Masses are indicated in bold print. (Evesham Masses from Monday in the Parish centre) The 12.00 noon Mass on Tuesday in the Extraordinary Form will be live streamed only.

 (E)= Evesham  (B)= Broadway

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

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

                     10.00am(E)       Thanksgiving(MP)

Mon 15th   10.00am(E)       Dominican Comm –Holy Rosary

Tues 16th  10.00am(B)       Holy Souls

                   12.00noon(E)        Private intention

Ash Wednesday(Fast and Abstinence)

Wed 17th    10.00am(E)      Sr Mary Anne

                   12.00noon(B)      Neal Coleman                           

                        7.00pm(E)       Fr McCanty

Thur 18th   10.00am(B)        Mary Stanley

Fri 19th      10.00am(E)      Harris & Morris Families

Sat 20th     10.00am(E)      Zoltan Somlai

First Sunday of Lent

Sat 20th      4.00pm(B)      People of the Parish

Sun 21st     8.45am(E)       Giuseppe Lococo

                     10.00am(E)       Patrick Walsh

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

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

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 6( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 1474: living in Christ unites all believers in him
CCC 1939-1942: human solidarity
CCC 2288-2291: respect for health

Please pray

For the sick and housebound of our parishes

Of your charity

Pray for, the repose of the souls of  Pasqualina Soave and  all who have died in recent days and Gerarde Gorman Fr. Alfred Tabone whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.

From Fr Christopher

I offer some thoughts for our prayers in Lent, with regard to the future in Broadway and Evesham. Throughout the country, Mass attendance is down. Financial contributions at the parish and diocesan levels are down. Catholic marriages and infant baptisms have been plummeting for many years. Sadly,we have allowed the sacraments to become little more than rites of passage and over many decades have been prepared to celebrate and administer the sacraments in our parishes and through our schools to vast numbers with no real faith or interest in receiving them. The Covid Pandemic has revealed the inherent weakness attendant upon this system but it has not caused it. The problem was already there! These trends did not begin with the pandemic but evidence from the last year suggests that the crisis has certainly accelerated the numerical decline.

Who will restore the Church? Where will the renewal we all know is needed – and for which we long- come from? I have said many times that if it is to come at all, authentic reform and renewal in the Church will come through and with the Pope and the bishops in communion with him. Trusting that the Lord will preserve His Church, doesn’t require us to believe or expect that renewal will spring from Rome or begin at the initiative of one of the successors of the Apostles. History tells us that most great ecclesial renewals have not begun with the Pope. Most great reforms have not begun with bishops. The pattern, always, is that renewal reform and evangelisation begins with sanctity, wherever it is found. This and this alone will allow the Gospel to be proclaimed when linked with well-founded catechesis which is well beyond “Business as usual”

I read this recently in a newsletter from a parish in the United States: “Now, that churches are open, priests worry that this time is going to be a pivotal point where people who were not heavily engaged with the life of parishes and generally with the Faith will choose to disengage? The answer to that is probably yes for a significant number of people”.

If this prediction comes true, and it has certainly been the experience throughout our country then parishes will suffer.

People talk to me about when the “Sunday precept” might be restored. My answer is always the same. “The sense of obligation to be (in church) every week is definitely weaker today than it was even one generation ago,” I usually add that the restoration of the Sunday obligation will not and never could solve the problem.

However, beyond shrinking congregations,  the present situation could fuel a broader decline in religious behaviour. People who stop attending church rarely develop or maintain spiritual practices at home; It is probably true that If there’s no community to give one a feeling of obligation and of belonging, it is very tempting to simply not do anything. An American Catholic commentator recently noted: (I think unwisely as I believe the problem is much more profound than diminishing congregations) “Churches will need to act fast to stop potential departures, But figuring out the right solution is a complicated task. I think it was much easier to close churches than it is going to be to reopen them.”

The point is this: the work of restoring the Church – addressing the urgent needs of the moment, earnestly seeking justice, restoring the battered Body of Christ – does not come before the work of proclaiming the Gospel. These works are one and the same. Now, in this moment of crisis, is not the time to set aside the work of evangelisation in order to deal with seemingly more pressing problems.

Charles Chaput, Archbishop  emeritus of Philadelphia said: “Sin is part of the human terrain and a daily challenge to our discipleship. And if our hearts are cold, if our minds are closed, if our spirits are fat and acquisitive, curled up on a pile of our possessions, then the Church in this country will wither. It has s happened before in other times and places, and it can happen here. We can’t change the world by ourselves. And we can’t reinvent the Church. But we can help God to change us. We can live our faith with zeal and conviction – and then God will take care of the rest. The Lord is purifying his Church. Good, we say. It’s about time, we say. But are we willing to let Him purify us? Can we really expect the Church to undergo purification and at the same time expect that we, who are part of the Church, should be spared the pain and anguish of that purification? Who will restore the Church? He will. And if we are willing, he will accomplish great things through us”.

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 and 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

Name:

Contact Number:

Size of Group

Date attended

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