By His death Christ has opened a new path on which to walk, with access to eternal happiness in God’s Kingdom.
Times and intentions for Holy Mass
Public Masses are indicated in bold print. (Evesham Masses in the Parish centre)
(E)= Evesham (B)= Broadway
Sat 19th 4.00pm(B) Ints Andrew Marlborough
Sun 20th 8.45am(E) Ints Anne Evans
10.00am(E) People of the parish
Mon 21st 10.00am(E) Jess Reeves
St Aloysius Gonzaga
Tues 22nd 10.00am(B) Maureen Hardiman
Sts John Fisher & Thomas More
No Mass on Wednesday and Thursday
Fri 25th 10.00am(E) Errol Armstrong
Sat 26th 10.00am(E) Elizabeth & Wiliam Hutson
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sat 26th 4.00pm(B) Special Intention
Sun 27th 8.45am(E) People of the parish
10.00am(E) Recently dec’d Homesmith house
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
Sunday 12 (numbers indicate paragraph number)
CCC 423, 464-469: Jesus, true God and true ManCCC 1814-1816: faith as gift of God, and human responseCCC 671-672: maintaining faith in adversity
For the sick and housebound of our parishes
Of your charity
Pray for, the repose of the souls of Jeanne Patricia Locke and all who have died in recent days and David Nicklin Vincenzo Devizio Ellen Winifred O’Boyle William Mather (Bill) whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
From Fr Christopher
We might all agree that in daily life there are circumstances, events and realities that make us feel happy or joyful: holidays for example, or seeing old friends and family after a long absence. The enjoyment of good health, no major financial problems, peace in family or community. Such happiness, it is felt, brought on by one or several of these things in one’s life, brings contentment and overflows to others , by our words and deeds. At the same time, it is often easy to forget about God at such moments.
At other times we may feel we are drowning in what is often called, “bad luck,” be it ill health, insufficient money, arguments in family or community and the like . Even with the best of intentions, things may go wrong no matter what one does. At such times we might feel everything is working against us and we attribute it to God’s punishment for past or present wrongdoing or sins. At the same time we may actually more readily turn to God, almost as a last resort.We easily pass from one set of feelings to another.Our reliance on God’s grace can become ”on-again, off-again, in the blink of an eye.”
In the Scriptures we hear of God’s majesty and power Human weakness is contrasted with the strength of God, who can free from everything that burdens the heart. The point is not that God removes all that makes one sad, but gives the capacity to face life, the good and the bad, live it to the full and find meaning, even in setbacks and disappointments.
In this Sunday’s Gospel passage, it is night and the apostles are attempting to reach the other side of what was called the “Sea of Galilee” Our Lord , tired from the days work, sleeps in the fishing boat of his friends. Suddenly a storm arises on the lake and waves crash into the boat bringing with them such danger that the apostles wake their Lord and ask for his help. For our ancestors of biblical times, the sea or any large body of water was considered very mysterious, associated with chaos, the realm of evil and darkness, which only God could control. In some ways we too recognise the enormous power of the sea, its unpredictability and its power. The reading from the Book of Job speaks of the “proud waves of the sea,” and their need to be stilled.
The lesson from the Book of Job connects with the Gospel account of Jesus calming the waves. Christ demonstrated power over the mysterious sea and should be recognised as possessing authority that belongs to God. The disciples ask : “Who can this be that the wind and sea obey him?” The unspoken but obvious answer is that this is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Lord of the chaotic forces of the sea. Only God could calm the tumultuous sea, and if Christ is God, he possesses such powers. It is interesting to note, though, that Jesus performs his miracle in response to a petition. The prayer of the disciples moves Jesus to act in the way he did, to prevent the disciples from drowning but also to reveal something of his identity.
Awaking their Lord to alert him to impending danger, Jesus rapidly performs the miracle then asks his followers: “Why are you so terrified? Why are you lacking in faith?” At one level we are all called to have faith in good times and bad; pray to God when things go well and not so well. We can often forget do so when we are “happy,” in the worldly sense of health and wealth, peace and prosperity or “sad,” when beset by trials and distress . We need to give thanks to God and ask for help at all times.
Faith can fail when faced with serious dangers, threats, persecutions and the like. The question is ever-present: what happens when we are caught in storms? Do we have confidence in God or are we filled with fright? The Gospel texts and all Sacred Scripture is inviting us to put our trust in God and follow in the footsteps of Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Our existence may not be a bed of roses.Temptations and setbacks befall us all, yet that is no reason to despair of God’s mercy. We are to live and come to the end of our life with a sure hope that even in the darkest hours we were not left alone, for ever at our side was and is the Lord our God.
Today Saint Paul puts these beautiful words before us: “The love of Christ impels us,” that is, Christ’s love rules and controls our life. The Greek verb used by Saint Paul and usually translated as “impels,” literally means “to hold together, to sustain.” The love of Christ encircles us or keeps hold of us. Christ’s love then becomes the only motivation of our actions, our life’s inspiration. That means we are in Christ and a new creation has begun, hence all is new. By His death Christ has opened a new path on which to walk, with access to eternal happiness in God’s Kingdom.
Between 19th and 27th of June there will be celebrations to mark the fortieth anniversary of the first apparitions in Medjugorje. More information can be found via the website at www.marytv.tv
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).
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
Broadway Information Flower Rota Thanks to all who have supported this rota copies available after Mass
Families in need in Broadway.
This is a CTIB initiative which seeks to help those in great need as a result of the effects of the pandemic which are so often unseen (Job Loss, income loss etc) please see the leaflet and speak to Dominique.
The news on the Television and the Radio often refers to the plight of so many of the citizens of our country. This is an opportunity to help in Broadway.
Pleas pray for Andrew who has been ordained to the Diaconate today 19th June . Andrew was received into the Church here in Broadway and will be ordained for the Diocese of Plymouth. Please remember him in your prayers as he continues his journey to ordination as a priest.
Track and Trace Slip
(This may be used in Broadway and Evesham
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