We are not Christians because we go to Mass, but we go to Mass because we are Christians
Times and intentions for Holy Mass
Public Masses are indicated in bold print. (Evesham Masses in the Parish centre)
(E)= Evesham (B)= Broadway
Sat 5th 4.00pm(B) People of the Parish
Sun 6th 8.45am(E) Ints Sally & Richard Morgan
10.00am(E) Dominic & Elliot Armstrong
12.00noon(B) The First Communicants
Mon 7th 10.00am(E) Michael Devizio
Tues 8th 10.00am(B) Eleanor & James Hardiman
Wed 9th 10.00am(E) Josie Byrne
Thur 10th 10.00am(B) Josie Byrne
Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Fri 11th 10.00am(E) Josie Byrne
11.00am(B) Paul McNamee
Sat 12th 10.00am(E) Josie Byrne
The Immaculate Heart of Mary
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sat 12th 4.00pm(B) People of the Parish
Sun 13th 8.45am(E) Josie Byrne
10.00am(E) Carmelo Frascona
Confessions after Mass or please contact the presbytery
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
Corpus Christi (numbers indicate paragraph number)
CCC 790, 1003, 1322-1419: the Holy Eucharist
CCC 805, 950, 2181-2182, 2637, 2845: the Eucharist and the communion of believers
CCC 1212, 1275, 1436, 2837: the Eucharist as spiritual food
For the sick and housebound of our parishes
Of your charity
Pray for, the repose of the souls of Ray Scott and all who have died in recent days and James Samuel McMullan Eileen Mavis Spiers Marco Bille whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
From Fr Christopher
On the night before giving His life on the cross, Jesus instituted the Eucharist, the gift of his Body and Blood, in the form of bread and wine, as the perpetual Passover sacrifice for his followers. This was done in the context of what is traditionally called the Last Supper.
The Solemnity we celebrate this Sunday centres on the gift of the Body and Blood of the Lord, of which we partake in at Holy Mass until the Lord comes again in glory at the end of the ages.
Instituting the Eucharist at the time when the Jewish Passover lambs were being sacrificed, Jesus inaugurated the Christian Passover. As the ancient rite commemorated the freedom of God’s people from slavery in Egypt, so the Christian ritual recalls freedom from sin and death and the gift of new life being offered in and through Christ, who rose from the dead to bring eternal life.
While the celebration of the Lord’s Body and Blood has been taking place since the Last Supper and continues to be celebrated at every Holy Mass, the more formal feast of “Corpus Christi” has been observed since 1246, beginning in the diocese of Liege in Belgium. From the Middle Ages, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi was intended to affirm Catholic belief in the Real Presence of the Risen Christ in the consecrated bread and wine at Mass. The feast came to be accompanied with processions where the Blessed Sacrament, held in an elaborate monstrance, would be carried to “altars of repose,” for adoration by the faithful and Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament. Popular piety has certainly waned in many places since the late 1960’s. Nonetheless, in the best Catholic tradition, Holy Mass, wherever it is celebrated, remains the source and summit of belief and practice.
Firm belief in the Body and Blood Christ and regular reception of the Blessed Sacrament or Holy Communion is fundamental to Catholic doctrine, spirituality and growth in holiness. This is our inheritance. Let us joyfully embrace the gift of “finest wheat” which God offers us regularly, even every day.
The Protestants of the sixteenth century,( Zwingli, Calvin, Luther and others), taught that the Holy Eucharist was simply a symbol. The unbroken teaching of the Church is that we behold and receive in the Eucharist the Real Presence of the Risen Lord, who promised to be with us until the end of time. It is a great mystery yet at the same time a simple truth: God-is-with-us in a singular way in the Blessed Sacrament, both received at Holy Communion and adored in the tabernacle or exposed on the altar at Exposition and Benediction.
The Mass, Holy Eucharist, is the sacrifice or offering of the new covenant in the Blood of Christ. It is likewise the offering of the faithful, God’s people, united to Jesus in praise of the One God.
Saint Paul the Apostle preached that the entire life of a Christian is a prolongation of the Eucharist, as a spiritual sacrifice offered to God in union with Christ. For this reason, Saint Paul exhorted his hearers to offer themselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. This is the message for each of us today as well and the heart of our religion and worship, in spirit and in truth (see Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans, chapter 12, verse 1).
We should not come to Mass out of mere obligation, but because the Eucharistic celebration is an integral part of our life in Christ and our communion with others. The celebration and reception of the Eucharist should be our strength and joy, a commitment in faith and love that gives meaning to all our existence.
We are not Christians because we go to Mass, but we go to Mass because we are Christians, to celebrate God’s unbounded love for us and to participate in the action that followers of Christ have engaged in since the Lord walked among his own. At the conclusion of every Mass we are “sent forth,” to announce the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ, to the ends of the earth, by our words and especially by our deeds. As tabernacles of the Lord, by receiving His Body and Blood, we are commissioned with a special task that not everyone has embraced: to be “bearers of Christ,” to all people, until our final breath. Could there be a higher call?
Going out into the future
When the refurbishment of the church is completed in Evesham and we are once again using the church it will of course be necessary to ensure the ongoing maintenance of the building together with the “life” of the parish. I would ask everyone to give some thought as to how they might be involved in this importance aspect pf parish life. Some though not all of the areas involved will have to do with cleaning, the care of silver and brass (candlesticks, thuribles lamps etc.) The washing and ironing of altar linen(large and small) the ongoing care of the sacristy and care of the Cassocks and Cottas for the altar servers With regard to the liturgy, we shall be needing to gather those who can sing to participate in the “Schola Cantorum”. We shall need to have more people who are willing to read at Holy Mass and to serve at the altar.Although there will be several different options concerning financial contributions to the parish we shall still need to maintain the traditional (offertory collection).
First Holy Communion Group
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. Please do not park up against the “exit” door in Evesham.
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))
Thanks to all who have supported this rota copies available after Mass
Families in need in Broadway.
This is a CTIB initiative please see the leaflet and speak to Dominique
Track and Trace Slip
(This may be used in Broadway and Evesham
Size of Group