We are always to look with hope to the Lord, who answers our call and is always near. As the Lord opens his hand to satisfy the deepest desires of the human heart
Times and intentions for Holy Mass
Public Masses are indicated in bold print. (Evesham Masses in the Parish centre)
(E)= Evesham (B)= Broadway
Sat 24th 4.00pm(B) Neal Coleman
Sun 25th 8.45am(E) People of the Parish
10.00am(E) John Albertini
Mon 26th 10.00am(E) Bill & Nancy Skelcher
Sts Joachim and Anne
Tues 27th 10.00am(B) Anne & George Pacey
Wed 28th 10.00am(E) James & Joseph Matthew
Thur 29th 10.00am(B) James McGarrigle
Fri 30th 10.00am(E) Salvatore & Vito Muratore
Sat 31st 10.00am(E) Marianne Hardacre
St Ignatius Loyola
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sat 31st 4.00pm(B) People of the Parish
Sun 1st 8.45am(E) Maria Dolores Corton
10.00am(E) Giovanni Devizio
Please remember The directions of the Archbishop concerning the cautious implementation of the regulations concerning Public worship
Confessions after Mass or please contact the presbytery
Private Prayer in Broadway:
Sunday Wednesday Friday 10;00-11.00am
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.
Evesham Food Bank
Please phone 07721559387 in order to discover how and when to take any contributions
Catechism points and themes
Sunday 17 (numbers indicate paragraph number)
CCC 1335: the miracle of the loaves and fishes prefigures the Eucharist
CCC 814-815, 949-959: sharing of gifts in the communion of the Church
For the sick and housebound of our parishes
Of your charity
Pray for, the repose of the souls of Violet Nicholls and Teresa Ashton and all who have died in recent days and for Anne Pacey Mary Elizabeth Wardell James Hardiman Moira Walsh Gerald T. O’Callaghan Ada Hurst
Bridget Thomas O’Sullivan O’Sullivan Family whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
From Fr Christopher
We are told in the Gospel today that Jesus “went up the mountain.” Which mountain, we do not actually know, but the crowds followed him on foot. The setting is outside Jerusalem, on the other side of the so-called Sea of Galilee.
After going up the mountain Jesus “sat down there with his disciples.”
Why did the crowds so readily follow Jesus? Presumably because “they saw the signs he was performing for the sick” (John 6:2). The people had already and repeatedly witnessed the wondrous deeds of Jesus, the miracles and cures performed over a period of time. As a result some wanted to be with this impressive and mysterious teacher and willingly sought him out.
Mention is made that “the Jewish feast of Passover was near” (John 6:4). Why might this be mentioned? In some Jewish traditions the long-awaited Messiah was expected to come at Passover time, in the spring, to distribute the heavenly manna, just as God had done through Moses in the wilderness centuries earlier. This would partly explain the crowd’s enthusiasm in the presence of Jesus, seeing in him the long-expected Messiah, with whom they wished to be.
“There was much grass in the place,” we are told in the Gospel, a likely references to Psalm 22(23), verse 2, “Fresh and green are the pasture where God gives me repose.” This could be an indication that Jesus who would miraculously feed the crowds, was also revealing himself as the good shepherd of God’s people, another trait of the Messiah.
Jesus has the people sit down, whereby they can more easily partake of the manna that he would give. Jesus then acts as would the head of a family or the host before a meal, taking barley loaves, giving thanks to God and distributing the bread. He does likewise with some dried fish. It is important to note that the initiative comes from Jesus, and as in all God’s saving deeds, taking place at God’s good pleasure as a gift from God, like all of life and everything that we have. We don’t earn or deserve God’s good gifts, but they come to us nonetheless.
At the sight of what takes place, and eating of the miraculously multiplied bread and fish, the people begin to say with some excitement: “This is undoubtedly the Prophet who is to come into the world” (John 6:14 and see also, Deuteronomy 18:15). The multiplication miracle is to be understood as a “sign” (an important word for Saint John the Evangelist), revealing the true identity of Jesus.
Saint John says that the people intend to make Jesus their king, the Messianic king, presumably even by force. As Jesus realised the intent of the people, we are told, “he fled back to the mountain alone” (verse 15). This means that Jesus went further up into the hill-side where he would be alone with his Father, in order to pray.
In the mind of the Evangelist, Jesus does not perform the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves out of pity for the crowd. Rather, he does it to make known who he is and to inaugurate the Kingdom of God and the salvation of the nations by the shedding of his blood. What is being called for then and now is faith in the one whom God has sent. Jesus appears to be merely human, but is in fact the Anointed of God and the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Some of the followers could accept this and others could not.
Looking at the other two Scripture readings for this Sunday, the first, from the Second Book of Kings, describes miraculous events attributed to Elisha, the successor of the prophet Elijah. As a spiritual leader Elisha was a man of God, given gifts by God and involved in every aspect of the life of the devout people he served in Israel. Today’s reading contains the phrase “Give it [that is, barley loaves and fresh grain] to the people to eat.” The narrative ends with the words, “when they had eaten, there was some left over, as the Lord had said.” This is to indicate that God had manifested his presence through Elisha, the prophet of great faith.
For Christians, the saving love of God, as well as God’s power and goodness, are now present among us in the risen Lord, Jesus Christ, who calls from us faith, to “believe in the one whom God has sent,” as the Gospel of Saint John expresses it (chapter 6, verse 29).
In the second reading at Mass this Sunday,St Paul exhorts his hearers to live their Christian faith in a manner “worthy of the calling you have received” (chapter 4, verse 1). In doing so, a basic attitude needs to include “humility and meekness” (verse 2), that is, realising where true strength lies, namely, in God’s gift to us, and not in our accomplishments apart from God. Jesus presents himself as a master who is “gentle and humble of heart” (Matthew 11:29) and his followers are to be so also, in a life-long effort and practice.
We are always to look with hope to the Lord, who answers our call and is always near. As the Lord opens his hand to satisfy the deepest desires of the human heart, we are to bless the Lord at all times, an important Biblical theme, especially in the Psalms, possessing grateful hearts for all that the Lord has done and still does for us.
The multiplication of the loaves and fish described in this Sunday’s Gospel passage reminds us of the Holy Eucharist, where we receive the “Bread of Life,” Jesus Christ, in Holy Communion. This Sacrament of the Church is no mere symbol, but the Real Presence of the Lord, under the form of bread and wine. Simple gifts become nourishment for our journey through life, until we partake fully of God’s life in the world to come, our heavenly homeland.
Solemnity of the Assumption 15th August
All things being equal this will be the first celebration of the Holy Mass in the renovated Church in Evesham.
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).
Health and Safety
The details of our health 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 Funeral Mass
for Violet Nicholls 3rd August 1.00pm
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.
The Transfiguration of the Lord(6th August)
This is the Feast if title in Broadway. Solemn Mass at 7.00pm
Track and Trace Slip
(This may be used in Broadway and Evesham
Size of Group Date attended