7 March 2021
Sunday : Third Sunday of Lent
Contents: The Gospel Reflection
Notices (Including details of Live-Streamed Mass)
Reflections for the coming week
Gospel: John 2:13-25
Just before the Jewish Passover Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money changers sitting at their counters there. Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, cattle and sheep as well, scattered the money changers’ coins, knocked their tables over and said to the pigeon-sellers, “Take all this out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a market.” Then his disciples remembered the words of scripture: Zeal for your house will devour me. The Jews intervened and said, ‘What sign can you show us to justify what you have done?” Jesus answered, ‘Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this sanctuary: are you going to raise it up in three days? But he was speaking of the sanctuary that was his body, and when Jesus rose from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the words he had said.
During his stay in Jerusalem for the Passover many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he gave, but Jesus knew them all and did not trust himself to them; he never needed evidence about any man; he could tell what a man had in him.
Gospel Reflection : The House of Fraser – And John, and Anne. And……….
Our church, like the Temple in Jerusalem, is a house of God, as are our own homes, as we may have discovered during these Covid lockdown times. All have the potential and opportunity of being houses of prayer
Of course we can pray in many ways, and at many different levels, but we pray first by appreciating that we are in God’s presence, and can come to be with Him as we are. Then we can pray with our thoughts and our lips. But most of all we pray with our hearts. Unless our hearts are behind what we say or think, then our words are just sounds, no better than a ‘gong booming or a cymbal clashing’, as St Paul once said.
Our churches and our homes are also places where we draw close to others. In fact the quality of our prayer depends on the bond that exists between us. Although different, one from another, if we are united in heart and mind our prayer will be very powerful indeed.
But if we are not reconciled with another, our prayer will be like the singing of a choir in which some members are out of tune.
Lord Jesus, help us to make our church, and our house, a true house of prayer – and to be able to express that again together very soon!
We Remember In Our Prayers Julie Richardson and Bernard Mann whose Funerals were last week, Win Ward whose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s on Tuesday, 9th March, and Tommy McShane whose Funeral Service is at St. Teresa’s on Tuesday, 16th March. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
The National Census Day is almost upon us – March 21st. This survey of housing and population has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941. This may not be the most exciting thing we have to do this month, but it is very important. It is a record of one day in the life of our country, in this particular year, which will tell so much. Of course for statisticians and for historians of the future, including maybe descendants of ours who need to know more about their ancestors, the information will be invaluable. But there is a far more important reason for us to complete the Census ourselves. Information from it will help decide how services are planned and funded in our own local area.
Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete, for the first time, their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available upon request. For more information, visit census.gov. uk
The Live-Streamed Sunday Mass from St. Teresa’s is at 10 am during lockdown. Go to this website address, which you are on now, st-teresas-cleveleys.co.uk, and click on ‘Live Streaming’.
A Prayer That We Can All Say Together At The Time Of Communion At A LIve-Streamed Mass :
My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love you above all things,
and I long for you to be with me.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you,
and unite myself to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
CAFOD: (Repeated from last week)
For the last two weeks you will have read about Abdella’s story depicting the plight of many
vulnerable communities around the world.
This Lent let us walk alongside Abdella, and the millions of other people like him who do not have
access to safe drinking water. Sharon Jones, one of our parishioners, is also walking alongside
Abdella this Lent by challenging herself to walk 10,000 steps, every day, for 40 days. You can sponsor
Other ways you can donate are by going to cafod.org.uk/give or via text. Text LENT to 70460 to donate £10.
*If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text LENTNOINFO to 70460.
Alternatively cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day which includes a Lent Calendar and
prayer card, the ‘Walk for Water’ scheme where we can be involved with and for Abdella. If you wish
to donate using the envelope, you can always do so by putting it through the presbytery letter box.
As always Sue Ward will be collating the donations, as our parish CAFOD representative.
Please note : The CAFOD Lent Calendar 2021 gives us the good opportunity to reflect and pray
each day of Lent. It can also be found at cafod.org.uk/Pray/Lent Calendar, where you will also
be given the opportunity to download a Lent Calendar for Children, and a Lent Calendar for young adults.
ADVERT FOR A FAITH AND JUSTICE WORKER
Lancaster Diocese is looking for a part-time Faith and Justice worker and co-ordinator with the Commission Team to work throughout the Diocese to engage with parishes, schools and other institutions in order to advance the understanding of, and active engagement in Catholic Social Teaching and issues arising from it.
An informed and enthusiastic person is needed with good communication skills who is able to form positive relationships with groups at all levels and facilitate their growth.
You will need a good sense of humour, be able to manage your own time and have some administrative ability. Computer skills and the ability to drive are essential.
Salary approximately £8300 per annum. The closing date for applications is 22nd March 2021
Further details can be obtained from: Margaret McSherry
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Daily Reflections for this week
Each week Martin Bennett kindly sends us Daily Reflections which we print in this Newsletter. He has set up an online, weekly Scripture Group, which some from here have found helpful.If anyone would like to join the group please email him firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07931902346
Or if anyone would like more detailed information on this Sunday’s readings, please go to this link : https://www..mixcloud.com/talks_and_reflections/jesus-clears-the-way-between- god-and-us/
Monday (Thomas a Kempis)
Christ speaks: I must be your supreme and final end, if you desire true happiness. Refer all things to me, for it is I who have given all to you. From myself, as from a living mountain, both small and great, rich and poor alike draw the water of life; and they who willingly and freely serve me shall receive grace upon grace. But whoever desires to glory in anything outside me, or to delight in any personal good thing, will not be established in true joy, nor be uplifted in heart. Therefore, ascribe all to God, without whom man was nothing.
Scripture (2 Corinthians 6:14-17;7:1)
Do not harness yourselves in an uneven team with unbelievers; what can light and darkness have in common? The temple of God cannot compromise with false Gods, and that is what we are—the temple of the living God. We have God’s word for it: ‘I shall fix my home among them and live among them; I will be their God and they will be my people.’ Since these promises have been made to us, dear friends, we should wash ourselves clean of everything that pollutes either body or spirit, bringing our sanctification to completion in the fear of God.
Tuesday (Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh)
Worship to me means a relationship. I used not to be a believer, then one day I discovered God and immediately he appeared to me to be the supreme value and the total meaning of life, but at the same time a person. You cannot teach worship to someone who has not got a sense of the living God; you can teach them to act as if they believed, but it will not be the attitude which is real worship. One of the reasons why communal worship or private prayer seems to be so dead is that the act of worship, which takes place in the heart communing with God, is too often missing.
Scripture (Exodus 20:1-5,7-9)
Then God spoke all these words. He said, ‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt. You shall have no gods except me. You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven or on earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I am a jealous God and I punish the father’s fault in the children, but I show kindness to the thousands who love me and keep my commandments.. You shall not utter the name of the Lord your God top misuse it, for the Lord will not leave unpunished the one who utters his name to misuse it. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. For six days you shall but the seventh day is a Sabbath for the Lord your God.
Wednesday (Thomas Merton)
It is a law of man’s nature, written into his very essence, and just as much a part of him as the desire to build houses and cultivate the land and marry and have children and read books and sing songs, that he should want to stand together with others in order to acknowledge their common
dependence on God, their Father and Creator
Scripture (Psalm 62:5-12)
Rest in God alone, my soul! He is the source of my hope. He alone is my rock, my safety, my stronghold, so that I stand unwavering. In God is my safety and my glory, the rock of my strength. In God is my refuge; trust in him, you people, at all times. Pour out your hearts to him, God is a refuge for us. Ordinary people are a breath, important people an illusion; set both on the scales and they are lighter than a puff of wind. For God has said only one thing, only two do I know: that to God alone belongs power and to you, Lord, love.
Thursday (John Henry Newman)
I need you to teach me day by day, according to each day’s opportunities and needs.
Give me, O my Lord, that purity of conscience which alone can receive, which alone can improve your inspirations.
My ears are dull, so that I cannot hear your voice.
My eyes are dim, so that I cannot see your signs.
You alone can quicken my hearing and urge my sight and cleanse and renew my heart.
Teach me to sit at your feet and hear your word.
Scripture (Psalm 19:7-10)
The law of the Lord is perfect, it revives the soul. The rule of the Lord is to be trusted, it gives wisdom to the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, they gladden the heart. The command of the Lord is clear, it gives light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is holy, abiding for ever. The decrees of the Lord are truth and all of them just. They are more to be desired than gold, than the purest of gold and sweeter are they than honey.
Friday (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
The church is marked off from the world not by a special privilege, but by the gracious election and calling of God. “Say” and “do” do not mean the ordinary contrast between word and deed, but two different relations between man and God. The person who says ‘Lord, Lord’ is the one who puts forward a claim that he has said ‘it’; the doer is the person of humble obedience who builds their life on the grace of God. The person who says ‘Lord, Lord’ has either called themselves to Jesus without the Holy Spirit or has made out the call of Jesus as a personal privilege. But our doer of the will of God is called and endued with grace, they obey and follow. They understand their call not as a right, but as an act of God’s judgment and grace, as the will of God which alone they must obey.
Scripture (Philippians 2:13-16)
It is God who, for his own generous purpose, gives you the intention and the powers to act. Let your behaviour be free of murmuring and complaining so that you remain faultless and pure, unspoilt children of God surrounded by a deceitful and underhand brood, shining out among them like bright stars in the world, proffering to it the Word of life.