Times and intentions for Holy Mass
(E)= Evesham (B)= Broadway
Sat 2nd 4.00pm(B) Jean Duckworth
Sun 3rd 8.45am(E) Intentions Rob & Sue Mason
10.00am(E) Teresa Ashton
Mon 4th No Mass
St Francis of Assisi
Tues 5th 10.00am(B) People of the Parish
Wed 6th 10.00am(E) Carmelina & Antonio Devizio
Thur 7th 10.00am(B) Barbara Bostock
Our Lady of the Rosary
Fri 8th 10.00am(E) Maurice O’Shea
Sat 9th 10.00am(E) Alan Cox
Saint John Henry Newman
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sat 9th 4.00pm(B) Irene cava
Sun 10th 8.45am(E) People of the Parish
10.00am(E) The Cooke Family
Private Prayer in Broadway:
Sunday Wednesday Friday 10;00-11.00am
Confessions: Each day after Mass except Wednesday and on Saturday in Evesham from 9.00am to 9.45am
Those wishing to volunteer should. Contact Dominique in Broadway or in Evesham email your contact details to:
Evesham Food Bank
Please phone 07721559387 in order to discover how and when to take any contributions
Catechism points and themes
Sunday 27 (numbers indicate paragraph number)
CCC 1602-1617, 1643-1651, 2331-2336: conjugal fidelity
CCC 2331-2336: divorce
CCC 1832: fidelity, a fruit of Spirit
CCC 2044, 2147, 2156, 2223, 2787: the fidelity of the baptised
For the sick and housebound of our parishes
Of your charity
Pray for, the repose of the souls of Neville Heeks and all who have died in recent days and for Grace Reay
Hannah McAuliffe Victor Cravos Kenneth Higgott whose anniversary of death falls at about this time.
From Fr Christopher
Some Pharisees pose Jesus with a question about the legitimacy of divorce. Jesus responds by speaking of the design of God from the beginning, of the union of a man and a woman and the idea of permanence in marriage. It is a sacred bond between the couple, and not an experiment or a temporary thing.
The union of spouses, especially in the Sacrament of Matrimony, is to be understood as a covenant. God made a covenant with his people Israel, often described in the Bible with marital imagery and espousal love. God does not break his side of the covenant, even if beloved Israel does. The covenant between God and humanity is supremely sealed at the Incarnation, with the coming of Jesus and the establishment of a new covenant in the blood of Christ.
Marriage calls for sacrifice, dying to self and living for the other. The gift of a man and woman for each other demands time, patience, prayer and perseverance, but is a beautiful reality of the human race and obviously Jesus wishes to uphold its sacred bond.
Whether or not people accept what Jesus teaches depends on one thing: faith in God, “for whom and through whom everything exists,” as the Letter to the Hebrews expresses it. As Creator of everything in the world, especially humankind, God has the right to decide how His creation will work. Without a faith and trust in God, the Creator, there will be no clear understanding of “what God has united no human being must separate,” as Jesus says in the Gospel today.
When we think of the description of the creation of the world as recounted in the Book of Genesis, we recall that God is described there as first creating the land, water, light, plants and animals, then human beings as the “crown of creation.” God says to the first couple, “be fruitful and multiply.” The form for that to happen is to be in the union of man and woman, and not in some other way. Man and woman become one in such a union and what God has joined is not to be altered in some other fashion. Married couples cannot multiply alone, but in communion with each other, under the care of God. To give and take is built into the relationship of love and self-sacrifice and the biblical authors always extol this kind of mutuality, which has come to be called Holy Matrimony.
“Let us make man in our image and likeness,” said the Creator-God. This means that humans are to reflect the self-sacrificing love of God, albeit in a manner that cannot match what God does, but always striving to be like God nonetheless, in whose image and likeness humans are created.
United eternally in love and understanding, the Holy Trinity is the model that humans look to in the ongoing struggle to be for others and not lost in their own private world. Pope Francis said: “It takes work to make a marriage work”. Often there are dramas and often marriages fail.
Jesus speaks of hardness of heart or stubbornness as leading to the altering of earlier biblical notions of permanence in marriage. There are plenty of reasons to be discouraged along the way for the married. In every way of life, though, the challenge remains to go through the times of difficulty with the sure hope that God does not abandon his own, but pours forth grace on those in need. Everyone needs the help of God in our commitments. God always and everywhere assists us to live out the challenges of our respective vocations. We must be ready and willing to turn to the Lord and ask for help.
In Scriptures we are presented with the reality of matrimony as a challenge and the extension of married love radiating out to many others, including children, friends, and other relatives, be they married or single. As a sacrament, marriage is treasured, making spouses signs of unity before a society that so often replaces love with exploitation.
In a society and time when children accounted for almost nothing, Jesus is clear that everyone, the young and old, deserves respect and care from the human family. All persons are the fruit of love, deserving of love from womb to tomb, as it is said. On the other hand, for various reasons, many single parents are not so by choice, and they need to have a compassionate hand extended to them by all. The importance of extended family and parish community should be kept in mind here. Grandparents, aunts and uncles, Neighbours and friends of families often play a great part in the raising of healthy children. The Eucharist, Holy Mass, is likewise a sign of the unity of God with us. Though many, we form one body as believers in God and as committed followers of Jesus Christ. We ask God to increase our desire for unity, to give us the energy to be promoters of unity by our words and deeds. May our experience of the love of God in our daily lives encourage us on our journey to the house of God.
Times of Holy Mass
Fr Christopher had intended to reinstate the Sunday Evening Mass in Evesham and to restore the pre lockdown times. However, circumstances prevent this from happening for the moment as he is awaiting the scheduling of a surgical procedure which though a routine matter, will afterwards necessitate a short period of rest.
After being away for three weeks it will take a little time to celebrate the Masses which had been arranged during this period.
Holy Mass (1962 Missal) This celebration will be restored in October.
First Confession and Holy Communion in Evesham and Broadway
Information packs will be available shortly. This will be for those who are 8 years old(year 4 at school). This year I ask parents to read the documents very carefully before completing them. This must not be seen as a mere process. I would further remind everyone that if children go to Mass in other parishes, then the preparation must take place in those parishes and also if children go to the Polish Mass, the Polish priest will see to the preparation. Anyone asking for the preparation packs should already be coming to Sunday Mass and intending to continue to do so. Children who are older may also be prepared for the sacraments.
Hire the Hall in Evesham
Contact Kay Buckley;
077199926797email: [email protected]
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.
Going out into the future
I would ask everyone to give some thought as to how they might be involved in 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”. Readers and Altar servers
Volunteers are needed for church cleaning and for the care of the Brass
Please put names on the Rota.
Major work in Broadway
Some major work will been to be carried out on the church in Broadway-about which more in due course. Some recent inspections and tests with regard to electricity, fire health and safety and legionella have resulted in the need to bring our building up to scratch with regard to legal requirements. All of this work will require considerable financial commitment. This cannot be met by Fetes and jumble sales. The future of our parishes and churches depends on the commitment of the people who use them. Please remember this when reviewing your financial commitment to the parish.
Track and Trace Slip
(This may be used in Broadway and Evesham
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