Lent is a favourable time for letting Christ serve us so that we in turn may become more like him.
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 20th 4.00pm(B) People of the Parish
Sun 21st 8.45am(E) Giuseppe Lococo
10.00am(E) Patrick Walsh
(Rosary & Benediction 4.00pm live streamed only)
Mon 22nd 10.00am(E) Steven Mellor
Chair of St Peter
Tues 23rd 10.00am(B) Ints Mark Evans
12.00noon(E) Holy Souls
Wed 24th 10.00am(E) Robert Gyorgy
Thur 25th 10.00am(B) Isi Salcedo
Fri 26th 10.00am(E) Dec’d Borus & Stratford Families
Sat 27th 10.00am(E) Robert Armstrong
Second Sunday of Lent
Sat 27th 4.00pm(B) People of the Parish
Sun 28th 8.45am(E) Holy Souls
10.00am(E) John Thewlis
Confessions. Confessions after Mass (not Wednesday) or please contact the presbytery
Private Prayer in Broadway Broadway): Sunday Wednesday and Friday 10;00-11.00am
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
Lent 1 ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):
CCC 394, 538-540, 2119: the temptation of Jesus
CCC 2846-2849: “Lead us not into temptation”
CCC 56-58, 71: the Covenant with Noah
CCC 845, 1094, 1219: Noah’s Ark prefigures the Church and baptism
CCC 1116, 1129, 1222: Covenant and sacraments (especially baptism)
CCC 1257, 1811: God saves through baptism
For the sick and housebound of our parishes
Of your charity
Pray for, the repose of the souls of Bette Francis and all who have died in recent days andt Giuseppe Lococo Matilda Jane Borus Stephen Dempsey Brian Sudlow Gail Trevor Stevenage Edward Curtis Hilda Lucy Lyon
Marion Davenport whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
From Fr Christopher
What to do this Lent!
Every year Catholics try to answer the age old question: What should I do for Lent? During this Lent I will offer a selection of “Tips” from others. This week we will begin with the Holy Father Pope Francis.
Get rid of the lazy addiction to evil
“[Lent] is a ‘powerful’ season, a turning point that can foster change and conversion in each of us. We all need to improve, to change for the better. Lent helps us and thus we leave behind old habits and the lazy addiction to the evil that deceives and ensnares us.” – General Audience, March 5, 2014
Do something that hurts
“Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.”
Don’t remain indifferent
“Indifference to our neighbour and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience. God is not indifferent to our world; he so loves it that he gave his Son for our salvation.”
Pray: Make our hearts like yours!
“During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: ‘Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum’: Make our hearts like yours (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalisation of indifference.”
Take part in the sacraments
“Lent is a favourable time for letting Christ serve us so that we in turn may become more like him. This happens whenever we hear the word of God and receive the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. There we become what we receive: the Body of Christ.”
“In the face of so many wounds that hurt us and could harden our hearts, we are called to dive into the sea of prayer, which is the sea of God’s boundless love, to taste his tenderness. Lent is a time of prayer, of more intense prayer, more prolonged, more assiduous, more able to take on the needs of the brethren; intercessory prayer, to intercede before God for the many situations of poverty and suffering.”
“We must be careful not to practice a formal fast, or one which in truth ‘satisfies’ us because it makes us feel good about ourselves. Fasting makes sense if it questions our security, and if it also leads to some benefit for others, if it helps us to cultivate the style of the Good Samaritan, who bends down to his brother in need and takes care of him.”
“Today gratuitousness is often not part of daily life where everything is bought and sold. Everything is calculated and measured. Almsgiving helps us to experience giving freely, which leads to freedom from the obsession of possessing, from the fear of losing what we have, from the sadness of one who does not wish to share his wealth with others.”
Help the Poor
“In the poor and outcast we see Christ’s face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ. Our efforts are also directed to ending violations of human dignity, discrimination and abuse in the world, for these are so often the cause of destitution. When power, luxury and money become idols, they take priority over the need for a fair distribution of wealth. Our consciences thus need to be converted to justice, equality, simplicity and sharing.”
“The Lord asks us to be joyous heralds of this message of mercy and hope! It is thrilling to experience the joy of spreading this good news, sharing the treasure entrusted to us, consoling broken hearts and offering hope to our brothers and sisters experiencing darkness.”
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.
Use of the parish centre for Masses.
The internal work which will soon begin on the church is considerable. Holy Mass is 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.
Walk with me
Booklets are available Please take one in preparation for Lent
Sunday Evening Mass
Several people have asked when the Sunday evening Mass will be restored. The answer is it will be restored if and when it is judged to be both needed and practical. Priests have been instructed that they should not multiply the number of Masses at this time for Sundays when there is no necessity. With this caution It will be possible to restore the Mass if it can be shown that the evening Mass is necessary and if someone will come forward to act as a co-ordinator with regard to volunteers and finally if there will be sufficient volunteers at the Mass (to lead people to their places and to sanitise the seats after the Mass). At present Holy Mass is celebrated between Evesham and Broadway every day and three times for Sunday..
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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