Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away

Times and intentions for Holy Mass

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

 (E)= Evesham  (B)= Broadway

Sat 17th     4.00pm(B)      Andy & Family                   

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

                    10.00am(E)      Audrey Burslem

Mon 19th   10.00am(E)     Maureen Shaw    

Tues 20th 10.00am(B)       Holy Souls

Wed 21st  10.00am(E)      Lawrence William Stanley

St Anselm

Thur 22nd 10.00am(B)     Neal Coleman

Fri 23rd     10.00am(E)     Christine Armstrong                            

Solemnity of Saint George

Sat 24th    10.00am(E)      John & Gerry Pallett

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Sat 24th     4.00pm(B)     Private intention

Sun 25th    8.45am(E)      People of the Parish

                    10.00am(E)        Concettina , Giuseppe &

                                             Vittorio 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 Wednesday   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 3 (numbers indicate paragraph number):

CCC 1346-1347: the Eucharist and the experience of the disciples at Emmaus
CCC 642-644, 857, 995-996: the apostles and disciples as witnesses of the Resurrection
CCC 102, 601, 426-429, 2763: Christ the key to interpreting all Scripture
CCC 519, 662, 1137: Christ, our Advocate in heaven

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  Alan Cox  Andy Barker and all who have died in recent days and May Shirley Atilio Vettraino John McNulty William H. Lyon    William Beaumont Albright Brigid Daly Beatrice Marron whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.

From Fr Christopher

In the scripture readings for today we read: “Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away,” and “I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin.”

We can ask why there is so much focus on sin on this Third Sunday of Easter?  Perhaps because the Gospel today tells us “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”

At times we can wonder if our world even believes in sin anymore.  There is such a focus on the goodness of people even as we see our world slowly crumbling away around us because of all of the wars and hatreds and conflicts.

Jesus comes to be our Saviour, but so many today do not want a Saviour.  Instead, we want pleasure, money and the good time.  We should not be surprised that the world is a mess.  The world has always been a mess and that is why a Saviour came for us.  But salvation is never imposed on us.  Instead, we are invited to live our lives in the way our Saviour taught us and actually know the difference in our way of life.

Easter is about the death of Jesus and then His Resurrection.  Each of us is invited to share in that death and resurrection and to die to ourselves so that we can live in Christ Jesus and live the way that He lived.  His followers did not believe at first that He was raised from the dead.  Instead, they had fled from the whole situation and only after a few brave women began to visit the tomb did the word go out:  He is not there! 

We are invited in this time of Easter to deepen our faith in the risen Christ by renewing again the promises of our Baptism:  to die to self and to live in the Lord.  Words are easy and actions can be costly.  Once we actually understand and believe, however, that Christ is truly risen, then our lives can change.  There is no one else who has ever done this.  There is no one else who has invited us to share in the divine life.  There is no one else who promises to be with us always.

We can ask ourselves:  Can I truly preach forgiveness of sins?  Do I really trust that my own sins are forgiven?  Do I know that Christ died and then was raised to life and through this mystery , our whole world was changed forever?

Pope  Francis explained how the Church is a great school of prayer. As children, he said, we learn our first prayers on the laps of grandparents and parents, who also give their advice inspired by the Gospel. Later, the experience of faith and prayer is deepened through encounters with other witnesses and teachers of prayer, such as in the life of a parish and every Christian community which is marked by liturgical and community prayer.

Prayer and difficulties of life:

“The garment of faith is not starched, but develops with us.  It is not rigid, it grows, even through moments of crisis and resurrection. You cannot grow without moments of crisis, because crisis makes you grow.”

And the breath of faith is prayer: we grow in faith inasmuch as we learn to pray. After certain moments in life, we become aware that without faith we could not have made it through and that our strength was prayer. We realize that not only personal prayer, but also that of our brothers, sisters and the community, whom we requested, also accompanied and supported us.”

“In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus poses a dramatic question that always makes us reflect: When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”  Or,  will He only find organizations, like a group of ‘faith entrepreneurs,’ all well organised, doing charity and many things?” That, , is why Jesus insists on the “need to pray with perseverance without getting tired.” Hence, the lamp of faith will always be lit on earth as long as there is the oil of prayer.”   

The Pope said it is prayer that carries forward our prayer and our poor, weak, sinful life with certainty. Therefore, Christians should ask themselves whether they pray and how they pray. “Do I pray like a parrot or from the heart? Do I pray feeling part of the Church and praying for its needs, or do I pray a little according to my needs, letting my ideas become prayer,” the Pope asked. “This is pagan prayer, not Christian prayer,” he said.

“The essential task of the Church, then, is to pray and to teach how to pray, transmitting “the lamp of faith and the oil of prayer from generation to generation. Without the light of this lamp, he said evangelisation would not be possible and we would not be able to draw near and serve our brothers and sisters. “For this reason,” the Pope said, “the Church, as the house and school of communion, is the house and school of prayer.” 

Coming to Church and Parking cars..

A few changes have been introduced by the Government which impact on our coming to church. A new QR poster will be in place  during this week which I would encourage everyone to use where possible. Also in order to prevent bottlenecks could parishioners bring completed slips with them to church? Use either the ones which are available or the one on the bulletin.

Please do not park up against the “exi!” door in Evesham as this also creates difficulties for people exiting the building at the end of Mass

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/

Solemnity of Saint George

It is uncertain when Saint George was born and historians continue to debate to this day. However, his death date is estimated to be April 23 303 A.D.

An early piece of evidence  concerning  St George  is from Pope Gelasius  who claimed George was one of the saints “whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose actions are known only to God.”

George was born to a Gerontios and Polychronia, a Roman officer and a Greek native of Lydda. Both were Christians from noble families of the Anici and George, Georgios in the original Greek, was raised to follow their faith.When George was old enough, he was welcomed into Diocletian’s army. by his late 20’s, George became a Tribunus and served as an imperial guard for the Emperor at Nicomedia.

On February 24, 303 A.D., Diocletian, who hated Christians, announced that every Christian the army passed would be arrested and every other soldier should offer a sacrifice to the Roman gods.

George refused to abide by the order and told Diocletian, who was angry but greatly valued his friendship with George’s father.

However, Diocletian ordered George’s execution. In preparation for his death, George gave his money to the poor and was sent for several torture sessions. He was lacerated on a wheel of swords and required resuscitation three times, but still George did not turn from God.

On April 23, 303 A.D., George was decapitated before Nicomedia’s outer wall. His body was sent to Lydda for burial

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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