Catholics across the globe are encouraged to dedicate the Marian month of May to praying for an end to the pandemic
Times and intentions for Holy Mass
Public Masses are indicated in bold print. (Evesham Masses in the Parish centre)
(E)= Evesham (B)= Broadway
Sat 1st 4.00pm(B) People of the Parish
Sun 2nd 8.45am(E) Kenneth Creswell
10.00am(E) Robert & Christopher Ashton
Mon 3rd 10.00am(E) Raffaelina Lococo
Sts Philip & James
Tues 4th 10.00am(B) Gerard McGarrigle
The English Martyrs
Wed 5th No public Mass
Thur 6th 10.00am(B) Sheila Berry
Fri 7th 11.00am(E) Robert Gyorgy
Sat 8th 10.00am(E) Mary Stanley
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Sat 8th 4.00pm(B) Ints of the Barker Family
Sun 9th 8.45am(E) People of the Parish
10.00am(E) Private intention(Fam)
Confessions after Mass or please contact the presbytery
Please note the change of time for Friday Mass for this week only.
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.
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 5 (numbers indicate paragraph number):
CCC 2746-2751: Christ’s prayer at the Last Supper
CCC 736, 737, 755, 787, 1108, 1988, 2074: Christ is the vine, we are the branches
CCC 953, 1822-1829: charity
For the sick and housebound of our parishes
Of your charity
Pray for, the repose of the souls of Alan Cox Andy Barker and all who have died in recent days and Margaret Mumford Pere Henri Du Halgouet whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
From Fr Christopher
Pope Francis invites Catholics and Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Catholics across the globe are encouraged to dedicate the Marian month of May to praying for an end to the pandemic. The initiative, behind which the Pope has thrown his support, involves 30 Marian Shrines from various parts of the world. It takes place under the theme “The whole Church was fervently praying to God,” which recalls a verse in the Book of Acts (12:5).
The Pontifical Council for the new Evangelisation noted: “The initiative will involve all the Shrines of the world in a special way, so that they might encourage the faithful, families, and communities to recite the Rosary to pray for an end to the pandemic,”.
Pope Francis will opened the Marian month of prayer on 1 May with a Rosary broadcast across Vatican Media’s platforms.
Each day will see Vatican News broadcast the recitation of the Rosary at 6.00pm (5.00pm in the UK) from the various Shrines taking part in the initiative. The Pope will also close the initiative on 31 May with another specially-broadcast Rosary.
End to the pandemic This dedication of May to pandemic-related prayer recalls a similar occurrence during the first wave in March 2020.
Pope Francis led the world in prayer during that confusing and difficult time, celebrating a live-streamed, daily Mass in the Casa Santa Marta.
After more than a year, and with the world still in the grips of the pandemic, the Pope and the Church around the world are once again leading the way in imploring God for an end to the suffering which so many people are forced to bear.
The National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham has been selected to begin the month of prayer on Saturday 1st May . The recitation of the rosary will be live streamed from Walsingham to the Vatican television Centre so that Pope Francis can join in live. The Walsingham Intention is for those who have died from the pandemic across the world.
Mgr Philip Moger, the Shrine Rector, said: “We are delighted and privileged that the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham has been chosen to be part of the Holy Father’s global rosary initiative this May. We invite you to join us online on Saturday May 1.”
The shrine authorities in Walsingham are hoping to broadcast a live stream from the Vatican of Pope Francis from 5pm but this is yet to be confirmed.EWTN will oversee the broadcast and it can be watched on the Shrine’s livestream at: www.youtube.com/WalsinghamCatholicTV, www.walsingham.org.uk, www.churchservices.tv/walsingham, www.ewtn.co.uk.
May also marks a month-long Rosary Mission with the theme: Rosary Stronghold with the Holy Family linked to the Walsingham Shrine.
There will be a nightly online Rosary at 8pm which will be led from various shrines and parishes throughout the UK. In addition there will be three National Days of Prayer.
Monday 24th May , the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church – a Rosary Day of Prayer to pray for schools, youth associations, groups, young people and for families.
Sunday 30th May , Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, the National Rosary Relay Rally throughout the Dioceses of England, Wales and Scotland. Bishops and dioceses across the country will take part with Monday 31st May , Feast of the Visitation – Bishop John Keenan will host a Crowning Rosary online at 8pm.
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord Thursday 13th May
Times of Holy Mass
Evesham: 10:00am and 7.00pm
A few thoughts on the Sacraments
The Sacraments of First Confession First Holy Communion, Confirmation and indeed Holy Baptism must be understood and indeed can only be understood within a life of Faith centred around prayer and the worship of God. This life of faith finds its focus in the participation at Holy Mass (at least on Sundays and Holy Days throughout our lives. Obviously this was impossible from March to July last year and for a short time last November, Clearly an on-going catechetical program was impossible during this period..
It is my hope that catechesis will begin in the autumn but it cannot do so until and unless we are back in to the habit of participating in Sunday Mass on a regular basis.
As a result of experience in recent years the preparation for both First Holy Communion and Confirmation will be extended over a longer period and the age for the reception of these sacraments raised. It is absolutely essential that the reception of the sacraments is not perceived as something which happens automatically or that it is merely a “process” which having been completed allows us to return to a way of behaviour apart from the normal life of faith which is expected in the Catholic Church.
First Holy Communion
On Sunday 6th June a few children from last year’s First Holy Communion group will receive the Blessed Sacrament for the first time in Broadway at 12.00noon.
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 “exit” door in Evesham as this also creates difficulties for people exiting the building at the end of Mass
Gift Aid (Evesham)
If any parishioners would like envelopes for the coming year or would like a record of their donations for the last tax year, please contact the parish Gift Aid organiser, Sally Morgan
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/
Need for Volunteers
Without our volunteers who have given of their time in this regard it would not have been possible to celebrate the Holy Mass with the participation of the people. Apart from the brief period of lockdown in Advent it has been possible to do so since July of 2020. We understand that this has required a great deal of commitment. It is particularly important that as many as possible make this commitment to our parishes, Please consider volunteering for this work. The more volunteers we have the easier it will be. Please give your name to James Doherty if you are willing to do this work. (Guiding parishioners to their seats and sanitising the building after Mass))
This is available at the door
Track and Trace Slip
(This may be used in Broadway and Evesham
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