“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws that one.” Put another way: no one can go to Jesus, as the source of eternal life, unless he or she is invited by God’s grace.
Times and intentions for Holy Mass
Public Masses are indicated in bold print. (Evesham Masses in the Parish centre)
(E)= Evesham (B)= Broadway
Sat 7th 4.00pm(B) Henry Joseph Coleman
Sun 8th 8.45am(E) People of the Parish
10.00am(E) Teresa Ashton
Mon 9th 10.00am(E) Bernard Morgan
St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Tues 10th 10.00am(B) Mary McGarrigle
Wed 11th 10.00am(E) Elizabeth Devizio
Thur 12th 10.00am(B) Rev Robert Wingfield Digby
Fri 13th 10.00am(E) Michael & Charlotte Armstrong
Sat 14th 10.00am(E) Nicolo Barone
St Maximilian Kolbe
Solemnity of the Assumption
Sat 14th 4.00pm(B) IntsJosephine Picton
Sun 15th 8.45am(E) People of the Parish
10.00am(E) Alan Cox
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
The Assumption (numbers indicate paragraph number)
CCC 411, 966-971, 974-975, 2853: Mary, the New Eve, assumed into heaven
CCC 773, 829, 967, 972: Mary, eschatological icon of the Church
CCC 2673-2679: at prayer with Mary
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 Elena de Franco Fr. Matthew McGettrick ODC Eleanor Hardiman Samuel Young Carmela Devizio Edith Margaret Harrell Frank Saunders Melvyn Heath whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
From Fr Christopher
Jesus is the Bread of Life. The fact that Jesus claimed to be the heavenly bread indicated the extraordinary truth regarding his origin as the one “who came down from heaven.” This would have called to mind the manna in the desert at the time of Moses and the Exodus from Egypt, but in Jesus a new and superabundant form of bread from heaven occurred.
In biblical times a prophet could be called “bread from heaven,” in a spiritual and metaphorical sense, in as far as by his or her teaching and deeds he or she brought comfort and healing to God’s people. Jesus could call himself “bread from heaven” also, but now as the perfect fulfilment in being God’s Only-begotten Son and Saviour of the nations. Some of his hearers took offence at this as they did not yet perceive who Jesus really was.
People asked, “Is not this Jesus, whose father and mother we know?” The question is one of disbelief about Jesus’ greatness. They also asked: “How dare he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven?’” The word “now” is important here, since the people think they know that he has only come from Nazareth, so how dare he say his origin is in heaven?
To their objections Jesus does not answer directly. Instead he warns the people that their murmuring, grumbling and disbelief will not solve their difficulty. To understand the situation about Jesus and his origin they need divine enlightenment. They must be taught this by God and in turn humbly listen to God.
Jesus is emphatic about the situation: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws that one.” Put another way: no one can go to Jesus, as the source of eternal life, unless he or she is invited by God’s grace. To believe in Jesus as coming from God is in fact a gift of God. God’s grace is offered to all, but it is up to each person to answer God’s call or not.
The prophet Jeremiah, said something that Jesus would have known and may have had in mind. Jeremiah speaks God’s word in these terms: “With an eternal love I have loved you and have drawn you mercifully” (Jeremiah 38:3).
The idea of “being drawn” can imply some resistance on the part of the one being drawn and it can even mean to be dragged! That may not be the best image when thinking of God’s activity, but haven’t we all met people who seem to be going to God “kicking and screaming,” yet nonetheless going to God?
In another place, referring to his death upon the cross, Jesus says that he will draw all to himself (see John 12:32). This image seems to imply less kicking and screaming and an almost magnetic going to Jesus as he is being lifted high on the cross. All of this, of course, is language that falls short in the face of the reality of God’s action and grace in the lives of human beings. Human language we must use nonetheless in an approximation of expressing the wonderful mystery of God’s love for the human family, created in God’s image and likeness.
Jesus was clear in his teaching that the true bread from heaven comes from heaven and in addition gives life. Jesus is the bread and the life that we can all partake of and from whom we benefit. The manna in the wilderness could not prevent death: “Your ancestors ate manna in the desert, but they died,” Jesus says.
The Bread of Life, Jesus, given in the new dispensation, prevents death. “This is the bread that comes down from heaven, for a man to eat and never die, If anyone eats this bread he shall live forever.”
Obviously we are not talking about the mere prolongation of physical life, but of sharing in life after death, in heaven, where the Holy Trinity lives and reigns, along with all the angels and saints. In that life we hope to share for all eternity!
As Jesus affirms his being the bread of life to be eaten, we are to understand this as more than attaching oneself to Christ by a life of faith and love, as important as these are. We are also to be active participants in the sacramental life of the Church; that is, partaking of what we believe is the Body and Blood of Christ offered at every Mass. This sacramental eating is to be understood as a vital part of Christ giving life to the world.
In the Second reading we hear : “Be, then, imitators of God…and walk in love.” All of us need to become imitators of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We can even say that the Christian life is a life-long effort to imitate the Lord. With that in mind, we should never be discouraged by our failures to imitate the Lord well or give up trying. Believing we are God’s beloved children, then we trust God will provide the grace we need to be imitators of God. In his Incarnation, life and death, Jesus has wondrously expressed God’s love for us. All who follow Christ are being called every day to reproduce in their lives the pattern of the Divine Lord Jesus, and always ready to forgive even to the point of sacrificing oneself for the sake of the brothers and sisters. May this be our work and our joy.
There will a public open day on Saturday 21 August to mark the successful completion of the project to refurbish our church in Evesham and recognise the significant contribution made by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This will include guided tours of the church, unveiling of the Evesham Apple Tapestry and demonstrations by craftsmen involved in the restoration including a stonemason and a stained glass artist.
Entrance is free but current restrictions mean that numbers are limited. Tickets are available online from www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-church-of-the-immaculate-conception-st-Egwin-project-celebration-164959244541
The paintings behind the altars the Statues and the stations of the cross will need cleaning and restoration after the restoration of the fabric. When the estimates for these are known I would ask that individuals or groups “sponsor” these costs
These will need a good clean and polish and some will need repair. We are in need of cleaners and polishers. Please indicate yo Fr Christopher if you wish to be involved in this important work
Going out into the future
We need 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 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.
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.
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.
Track and Trace Slip
(This may be used in Broadway and Evesham
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