Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed!  Jesus is clear in his words to Saint Thomas.

Times and intentions for Holy Mass

Public Masses are indicated in bold print. (Evesham Masses in the Parish centre)

 (E)= Evesham  (B)= Broadway

Sat 10th     4.00pm(B)     The Hardimnan Family

Sun 11th    8.45am(E)      People of the Parish

                    10.00am(E)      Paul Parkinson

Holy Mass will not be celebrated publicly or live streamed  during  this week

Third Sunday of Easter

Sat 17th     4.00pm(B)     Peter Duffill & Family

Sun 18th    8.45am(E)      People of the Parish

                    10.00am(E)      Concettina & Giuseppe Giubba

Confessions.

Confessions after Mass 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 lunteer should. Contact Dominique in Broadway or in Evesham email your contact details to:

[email protected]We need as many volunteers as possible.

Private Prayer in Broadway:

Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday  Friday 10;00-11.00am

Evesham Food Bank

Please phone 07721559387 in order to discover how and when to take any contributions

Catechism points and themes

Easter 2 (numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 448, 641-646: appearances of the risen Christ
CCC 1084-1089: sanctifying presence of the risen Christ in the liturgy
CCC 2177-2178, 1342: the Sunday Eucharist
CCC 654-655, 1988: our new birth in the Resurrection of Christ
CCC 976-983, 1441-1442: “I believe in the forgiveness of sins”
CCC 949-953, 1329, 1342, 2624, 2790: communion in spiritual goods

Please pray

For the sick and housebound of our parishes

Of your charity

Pray for, the repose of the souls of HRH The Prince Philip  Linda Barbara Shorey  and  all who have died in recent days and       Horace Ditch Sisto De Vizio Michael Luby  Sheila Evans William H. Lyon Tom Evans Catherine Reay whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.

From Fr Christopher

Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed!  Jesus is clear in his words to Saint Thomas.  On the other hand, he accepts the doubts of Thomas, allows Thomas to touch Him and continues to be the friend of Thomas.

There are so many ways in which we could be closer to our Lord Jesus.  We cannot do everything at once.  Like Thomas, we must accept our defects and also acknowledge them before the Lord.

The first reading today is from the Acts of the Apostles and the basic teaching is this:  The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and they had everything in common.

We also know that this ideal state did not last for long before some began to withdraw from it or even to misuse it.  There are still religious communities today which try to live this way.  Most of us, however, share our goods with the causes that we find to be good.  Sometimes it is good to reflect that God shares Himself with both the good and the evil.  God gives to all.

The second reading is from the First Letter of Saint John.  The words that might touch us deeply today are these:  “The love of God is this, that we keep his commandments.”  Today so many people reject any kind of commandment, any kind of imposition from without.  If we ever want to know God, we must be open to allowing Him into our hearts.  God always brings commandments of one type or another.  If there are no commandments, then we are deluding ourselves about God.

Today’s Gospel is from Saint John.  Jesus has just been raised from the dead.  Now Jesus begins to appear to several of his followers.  He appears to His disciples and gives them the Holy Spirit.  This Gospel relates to us that Thomas was not present and would not believe the testimony of those who were.  This Thomas is hard headed.  So are so many of us today.  We find it difficult to accept the testimony of others, especially if we have doubts about what they are saying.  We want to see and touch and decide on our own and not just believe because someone else told me so.  This lack of faith has always been present, both within the Church and outside the Church.

Our Christian faith is handed down by others.  We come to know Christ, normally, from the testimony of others.  We can accept the New Testament writing about Christ, but all of them are the testimony of others. This first week of the Resurrection, we place our lives and our faith in the hands of others and ask that they may learn and we may learn:  all for the glory of God.

The Sunday after Easter is the day Our Lord chose to fulfil the promise of a complete remission of sins and all reparation due, thus returning the soul to the purity of its Baptismal state as declared by St. John-Paul II and successive Popes.  Therefore at 3pm.I would suggest that in our homes we bless and venerate the image of Divine Mercy. Please say the chaplet together and make a spiritual act of adoration.(Of course there will be plenty of churches where it will be possible to join in the devotions being live streamed). You will need to have attended Mass on Sunday or another day of them week because of the Covid restrictions and been to confession during the Novena period or shortly afterwards in addition to praying the Novena which started on Good Friday. For those devotees who would prefer to stay at home during the special dispensation period currently in force, you can instead obtain the same graces by live-streaming Mass and there will be Divine Mercy services in selected churches across the UK and Ireland which you can choose to take part in via https://www.churchservices.tv/timetable/  Check out this site and scroll down to services around 3pm. for a selection. 

For Information about the Novena go to: https://centrefordivinemercy.org/novena where you will also find guidance on fulfilling the devotion at home.

Regarding the requirement to go to confession, Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics staying at home to ask God for forgiveness and then to go to confession when they feel able.  Pope Francis said to speak to God, as he is your father, and tell him your sins…Promise him: ‘Later I will confess, but forgive me now.’ And immediately you will return to the grace of God.

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Cardinal Vincent Nichols led the Catholic community on  Friday in mourning the death of Prince Philip at the age of 99.

The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said on  April 9:

“At this moment of sadness and loss I pray for the repose of the soul of Prince Philip, Her Majesty the Queen’s faithful and loyal husband. I pray for the Queen and all of the Royal Family.”

“How much we will miss Prince Philip’s presence and character, so full of life and vigour. He has been an example of steadfast loyalty and duty cheerfully given. May he rest in peace.”

After issuing the statement, the Archbishop of Westminster announced that he would celebrate a live-streamed Mass at Westminster Cathedral, London, on April 10 for the repose of the prince’s soul.

Holy Mass will be offered in Evesham and Broadway for the repose of the soul of Prince Philip when opportunity permits.

Thanks

Our thanks are due to all who assist throughout the year in so many ways (liturgical, administration, volunteers, “doing what needs to be done)” to ensure the continued life of our parishes.

Facebook

The funding we have received  for the church  in Evesham 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/

Thanks

Many thanks for the Easter Offering and for the  cards and gifts which have been sent to me

Fr Christopher

Gift Aid Envelopes (Evesham)

Envelopes will be available for collection before all Masses on 9th 10th 11th April. Forms to sign up for Gift Aid and standing Order forms will also be available

Gift Aid

As the end of the tax year is approaching, please can we ask Gift Aid donors to notify us of any changes of address since last April. Please also let us know if you are no longer a tax payer, or do not pay enough tax to cover your donations

Many thanks to the parishioners who use the Gift Aid scheme. New donors are always welcome. Any parishioners who pay tax can gift aid their donations, which provide a valuable source of income for the parish at no cost to the donors.
Giving can be through the use of envelopes or a monthly standing order, and all that is needed is a name, address and signature. All details are confidential.

If anyone is interested or has any questions relating to Gift Aid, please ask us or speak to Father Christopher.

Sally Morgan (Evesham )

Dominique Hardiman ( Broadway )

Broadway Information

Gift Aid (Broadway)

Gift aid envelopes are available as you leave the church on Saturday. Many thanks for your continued support

Flower Rota

This will be available from April 17th.

Track and Trace Slip

(This may be used in Broadway and Evesham

Name:

Contact Number:

Size of Group

Date attended

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