The Gospel passage today concerns the rejection of Jesus by his own people.
Times and intentions for Holy Mass
Public Masses are indicated in bold print. (Evesham Masses in the Parish centre)
(E)= Evesham (B)= Broadway
Sat 3rd 4.00pm(B) Joan Kay
Sun 4th 8.45am(E) Winifred Shaw
10.00am(E) People of the parish
Mon 5th 10.00am(E) In Thanksfiving(SA)
Tues 6th 10.00am(B) Norman Francis
St Maria Goretti
Wed 7th 10.00am(E) Private intention(BM)
Thur 8th 10.00am(B) Kathryn Close
Fri 9th 10.00am(E) Paul Parkinson
Sat 10th 10.00am(E) Maura & David Jones
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sat 10th 4.00pm(B) Andy Barker
Sun 11th 8.45am(E) People of the parish
10.00am(E) Margaret & Frederick Siddle
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 14 (numbers indicate paragraph number)
CCCC 2581-2584: prophets and conversion of heart
CCC 436: Christ as prophet
CCC 162: perseverance in faith
CCC 268, 273, 1508: power is made perfect in weakness
For the sick and housebound of our parishes
Of your charity
Pray for, the repose of the souls of all who have died in recent days and Marjorie Ditch Mary Ann Lyon Winifred Pallett Margaret Maud Armstrong Giuseppina Speciale
Charles William Kilby whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
From Fr Christopher
The first reading for Mass this Sunday is from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel, who addressed the people of Israel while they were in forced exile, far from home, around the year 593 B.C. The prophet Ezekiel, as God’s messenger, spoke to the people of their stubbornness, rebellion, and refusal to listen to God.
The mission of the prophet Ezekiel was to awaken in the hearts of God’s people the need for getting back on the right path of God’s commands, especially embodied in the Ten Commandments, given to Moses on Mount Sinai hundreds of years earlier. Ezekiel prophesied not for his own benefit, of course, but for the good of God’s people, emphasising that God is in their midst and that he is the one true God, to be obeyed always. The reading acts as a backdrop for this Sunday’s Gospel message about the blindness of the people that Jesus encountered in his public ministry.
The Gospel passage today concerns the rejection of Jesus by his own people. In the Gospel of Saint Mark, there is a recurring theme of opposition to Jesus, culminating in the betrayal and crucifixion of the Lord. The teaching of Jesus ultimately incites the religious leaders to plot Jesus’ death. The leaders go so far as to attribute the deeds of Jesus to an alliance with Satan. Nothing, of course, could be farther from the truth.
Along with the religious elite, people of Jesus’ own town and among his relatives reject the miracles, teaching and ultimately Jesus himself. Despite their perplexity and hostility, Jesus nonetheless is the Son of God, endowed with wisdom and power from the Father, who sent his Son into the world as Redeemer of the human race. The humble human origins of Jesus, born not in wealth and luxury, are a stumbling block for the people. Not being the apparent disciple of a great master, Jesus was known by his relatives, but considered just “one of them,” without outstanding traits.
Jesus was in some ways a scandal to his relatives, and his home town failed to see the prophetic mission of Jesus and so rejected it. That did not stop Jesus, though, for we are told, “He made the rounds of the neighbouring villages instead.” To that we might add: and look what happened. The ends of the earth now know of the saving power of our God in Jesus Christ! Many still reject the message, but many adhere to it as well.
In the context of being rejected, Jesus cites a presumably already existing proverb: “No prophet is without honour except in his native place, among his own kindred, and in his own house.” “Familiarity breeds contempt,” as another proverb says. In any case, experience teaches that a prophetic voice is more likely to be heeded by those who are not so close to the prophet.
What is lacking on the people’s part is faith. Jesus does not lack the power to do what he does, but the people do not accept it as real. The lack of faith that he encountered “distressed” or “amazed” Jesus, the Gospel tells us. Unbelief is an obstacle to Jesus’ power because his miracles are signs and works of faith. He himself says that in various places: “your faith has made you well” (see Mark 5:34; also Matthew 9:22 and Luke 17:19). The Greek word used to express “made you well” or “has cured you” means to preserve and rescue from death, to keep one alive, but it can also mean spiritual salvation, which in any case is more important than physical cures.
Another way to think of the reality of having faith is this: confidence in Jesus, what we call faith, is a channel of restoration, which means being open to God’s action in one’s life. The power that Jesus possessed affects the cures described in the Gospels, as well as in our lives today. The power of Jesus is more easily put into action where faith exists. The faith of some people described in the Gospels enabled them to receive healing, just as a lack of faith easily thwarted the action of Jesus, as described in the Gospel passage for this Sunday.
May we possess the necessary faith, receptivity to the action of Jesus, in our daily lives. The Lord is ready and willing to assist us in our needs, great and small. Lord increase our faith!
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
Health and Safety
The details of our Ghealth and safety officer are at the hea of the bulletin. Please feel free to being to his attention anything which you notice which we may not have noticed.
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.
As well as the added care of the church during the present difficulties. We do need volunteers to care for the church as we go out into the future. Pleasee see Dominique Hardiman
Track and Trace Slip
(This may be used in Broadway and Evesham
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