During this Lent, I will offer a selection of “Tips” for the spiritual life from others
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 and the Funeral Mass on Saturday will be live streamed only.
(E)= Evesham (B)= Broadway
Sat 27th 4.00pm(B) People of the Parish
Sun 28th 8.45am(E) Holy Souls
10.00am(E) John Thewlis
Mon 1st 10.00am(E) In Honour of Christ’s Agony
Tues 2nd 10.00am(B) Bette Francis
St Chad 12.00noon(E) Holy Souls
Wed 3rd 10.00am(E) Trevor & Elaine Borthwick
Thur 4th 10.00am(B) Patrick McGee
Fri 5th 10.00am(E) Giovanni Camera
Sat 6th 11.00am(B) Funeral Mass James Mc Garrigle
Third Sunday of Lent
Sat 6th 4.00pm(B) People of the Parish
Sun 7th 8.45am(E) Raymond Shaw
10.00am(E) Salvatore Muratore
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 2 ( CCC numbers indicate paragraph number):
554-556, 568: the Transfiguration
59, 145-146, 2570-2572: the obedience of Abraham
153-159: characteristics of faith
2059: God manifests his glory to make known his will
603, 1373, 2634, 2852: Christ is for us
For the sick and housebound of our parishes
Of your charity
Pray for, the repose of the souls of Bette Francis, James Mc Garrigle and all who have died in recent days and Sheila Tolan Haley Hogwood Cuthbert Higgott Anthony Garvey Leo Nicholl Stephen Comiskey Kathleen Comiskey Pina Anderson Raymond Shaw Rachel Louise Stanley 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” for the spiritual life from others. This week we turn to St Therese of Lisieux and her “little way”. She believed that the people of her time lived in great fear of Gods judgment. The fear was stifling and did not allow people to experience the freedom of the children of God. St. Therese knew from her life that God is merciful love; many scripture passages in the Old and New Testaments bore out that truth. She loved the maternal images for God in the Old Testament and the love of God for us in Jesus Christ. In fact, St. Therese once wrote that she could not understand how anyone could be afraid of a God who became a child. She also knew that she would never be perfect. Therefore, she went to God as a child approaches a parent with open arms and a profound trust.
St. Therese translated “the little way” in terms of a commitment to the tasks and to the people we meet in our everyday lives. She took her tasks in the convent of Lisieux as ways of manifesting her love for God and for others. She worked as a sacristan, she served in the refectory and in the laundry room; she wrote plays for the entertainment of the community. She tried to show a love for all the nuns in the community. She had no favourites; she gave of herself even to the difficult members. Her life sounds so routine and ordinary, but it was steeped in a loving commitment. It is called a little way precisely by being simple, direct, yet calling for amazing fortitude and commitment.
In living out her life of faith she sensed that everything that she was able to accomplish came from a generous love of God in her life. She was convinced that at the end of her life she would go to God with empty hands. She understood that all was accomplished in union with God.
St Therese seems to put holiness of life within the reach of all Christians.
1. You ask me for a method of attaining perfection. I know of Love – and Love only! Our hearts are made for it alone. Sometimes I endeavour to find some other word for love; but in a land of exile words which have a beginning and an end are quite unable to render adequately the emotions of the soul, and so we must keep to the one simple word – Love.
2. I desire neither death nor life. Were Our Lord to offer me my choice, I would not choose. I only will what he wills, and I am pleased with whatever he does.
3. You know well that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, or even at their difficulty, as at the love with which we do them.
4. For me, prayer is an uplifting of the heart, a glance towards Heaven, a cry of gratitude and of love in times of sorrow as well as of joy. It is something noble, something supernatural, which expands the soul and unites it to God.
5. It seems to me that if our sacrifices take Jesus captive, our joys make him prisoner too. All that is needed to attain this is that, instead of giving ourselves over to selfish happiness, we offer to our Spouse the little joys he scatters in our path to charm our hearts and draw them towards him.
6. Remember that our sweet Jesus is there in the Tabernacle expressly for you and you alone. Remember that he burns with the desire to enter your heart.
7. As soon as I am aware of them [distractions], I pray for those people the thought of whom is diverting my attention, and in this way they reap benefits from my distractions.
8. Far from resembling those heroic souls who from their childhood use fast and scourge and chain to discipline the flesh, I made my mortifications consist simply in checking my self-will, keeping back an impatient answer, rendering a small service in a quiet way, and a hundred other similar things.
9. When my state of spiritual aridity is such that not a single good thought will come, I repeat very slowly, the ‘Our Father’ and the ‘Hail Mary’, which suffice to console me, and provide divine food for my soul.
10. The remembrance of my faults humbles me, and helps me never to rely upon my own strength, which is mere weakness.
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.
Mass in Evesham
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
Priests have been instructed that they should not multiply the number of Masses at this time for Sundays when there is no necessity. 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 if there will be sufficient volunteers at the Mass At present Holy Mass is celebrated between Evesham and Broadway every day and three times for Sunday..
First Holy Communion
Please pray for six children who will receive Holy Communion for the first time on 14th March..
Leaving the Church
A “one way” system is in operation. Please leave the church by following this system at the end of Mass.
James Mc Garrigle RIP
Reception: Friday 5th March 5.00pm. Requiem Mass: Saturday 6th March 11.00am. These liturgies are subject to Covid restrictions and therefore live streamed but not open to the public.
Track and Trace Slip
(This may be used in Broadway and Evesham
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