St Teresa & St John Southworth Churches, Cleveleys
Fr Chris Cousens—Phone: 853340
Rev Bernard Ward (Deacon) (Tel: 858346)
Enquiries for St John Southworth: Phone: 853340
4 April 2021
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 2343
Sunday : Easter Sunday
Contents: The Gospel Reflection
Reflections for the coming week
Gospel Reflection : Swear-In As A Witness
On Easter Day, no matter our own circumstances, we try to proclaim with overflowing joy that Jesus is risen, that Life is stronger than Death, and that in overcoming Death Jesus gathers us with him to be reconciled with God and with each other.
All our faith, all our prayers, all our deeds are summed up in this one day – Christ is risen indeed!
Normally we have the real opportunity to celebrate, to feast, to strengthen our ties with family and friends. Our parish family swells with guests, old friends and new visitors. But in our current circumstances things have to be still toned-down, in order to help keep others and ourselves safe. However, this weekend it is likely that there will be an opportunity in some way to reach out to another human being, even if we still feel caged in our own homes.
On this Easter Sunday we renew the vows which were made at our Baptism. We swear-in for ourselves that we are witnesses to God alive amongst us, and to the warmth and power of His love and peace.
So if you are fortunate enough to have some special food today, plain, milk or white, then just remember that those who languish in eggs will only be fully alive when they have broken out of their shells!
We Remember In Our Prayers George Cole whose Funeral Service is at St. Teresa’s on Thursday, 8th April, and three people whose Funeral Masses are all at St. Teresa’s – Peter McQuillen on Saturday, 10th April, Peter Cardew on Tuesday, 13th April, and Ged Harring on Wednesday, 14th April. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
Parish Planned Giving/ Gift Aid Envelopes : As the old ones now run out, boxes of envelopes for the coming new tax year will be available after Masses at both our churches this weekend (Easter). Thank you to the many people who use these envelopes each year including, very generously, during the times we have had to close this past year. Please will anyone who is paying tax but is not already using our ‘Gift Aid’ envelopes seriously consider it. The scheme really makes a difference to the incomes of our parishes. Steve will be at the back of church at St. Teresa’s, and Jane at St. John Southworth to help you, and to give out the new boxes of envelopes.
In Our Careful Journey Back To Some Normality, From This Weekend (3rd/4th April) The Times Of Masses For Sundays And Weekdays Are As Follows :
Sundays : St. Teresa’s : Saturday Vigil Mass 6.30 pm, Sunday 9.00 am and 10.30am
St. John Southworth : 5 pm
Weekdays : St. Teresa’s : Mondays and Fridays 9.30 am
St. John Southworth : Wednesdays 9.30 am
St.Teresa’s 100 Club Winners :
February : Anne McNamara £15, Janice Hinton £10, Jeanette Heys £5.
January : Anne Gooch £15, Maureen Thompson £10, Mary Holland £5
This is the time of year for 100 Club renewals and for new members. Please see Kathryn Brimelow for both. And our sincere thanks go to Kathryn for kindly continuing to organise our 100 Club for us.
Please Note : The Time Of The Weekly Live-Streamed Sunday Mass From St. Teresa’s Is Now 10.30 am
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (From the Easter Proclamation)
This is our Passover feast, when Christ, the true Lamb, is slain, whose blood consecrates the homes of all believers. This is the night when Christians everywhere, washed clean of sin, and freed from all defilement, are restored to grace and grow together in holiness. Father, how wonderful your care for us! How boundless your merciful love! To ransom a slave, you gave away your son. The power of this holy night dispels all evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy; it casts out hatred, brings us peace, and humbles earthly pride. Night truly blessed when heaven is wedded to earth and we are reconciled to God.
Scripture (Romans 6:3-11)
When we were baptised into Christ Jesus, we were baptised into his death. So by our baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glorious power, we too should begin living a new life; realising that our former self has been crucified with him, so that the self that belonged to sin should be destroyed and we should be freed from the slavery of sin. Now, the life that he leads is life with God. In the same way you must see yourselves as being dead to sin but alive for God in Jesus Christ.
Tuesday (Cardinal Basil Hume.)
New life has been given to us. We received it first at Baptism. That life made St. Paul say ‘I live now, not I, but Christ lives in me.’ Bold words but full of significance. We must not think of Christ rising from the dead and then leaving us to cope as best we can, to live as he taught us how. No, he remains with us, present always, unseen by the eyes and beyond the touch of the hand. Through our faith we come to realise more and more his presence within us and around us. Jesus Christ lives. We draw strength not from ourselves and our own resources but from faith and union with Jesus Christ.
Scripture (Ezekiel 36: 18-28)
The Lord says this: ‘I am going to display the holiness of my name which you have profaned among the nations. And the nations will know that I am Yahweh when in you I display my holiness before their eyes. I shall pour clean water over you and you shall be cleansed; I shall cleanse you of all your filth and of all your foul idols. I shall give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in you. I shall remove the heart of stone from your bodies and give you a heart of flesh instead. I shall put my spirit in you and make you keep my laws, and respect and practise my judgments.
Wednesday (Caryll Houselander)
I was in an underground train, a crowded train in which all sorts of people jostled together, sitting and strap-hanging – workers of every description going home at the end of the day. Quite suddenly I saw Christ in them all: living in them, dying in them, rejoicing in them, sorrowing in them. I came out into the street and walked for a long time in the crowds. It was the same here, on every side, in every passer-by – Christ.
Scripture (Mt 28:5-10)
The angel said to the women “There is no need for you to be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen as he said he would. Come and see the place where he lay, then go quickly and tell his disciples’ He has risen from the dead and now he is going before you to Galilee; it is there you will see him!’ Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell the disciples.”
Thursday (Sheila Cassidy)
We rush about, examining the discarded shroud, looking behind the bushes, completely ignoring the patient angel who says ‘ Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?’ The rising of Christ in the Spirit and in whatever form his new body took, his descent among the dead and his harrowing of hell are central to our faith. Even more important, and for me totally breath-taking, is the image of the wedding of earth with heaven, the union of frail human beings with their immortal,
Scripture (Isaiah 54:7-10)
I did forsake you for a brief moment, but in great compassion I shall take you back. In a flood of anger, for a moment, I hid my face from you. But in everlasting love I have taken pity on you, says the Lord, your redeemer. So now I swear never to be angry with you and never to rebuke you again. For the mountains may depart, the hills be shaken, but my faithful love will never leave you and my covenant of peace with you will never be shaken.
Friday (Angela of Foligno, 1502)
When you put a hot iron in the fire it assumes the very shape and nature of the fire itself: heat, colour, strength influence, for it surrenders itself whole and entire, and not in part, yet it keeps its own substance. Just so, when the perfect fire of divine love joins the soul to God and unites with him. It casts itself into God. When it is changed into God without losing its own substance, its whole existence is altered. Then this love makes itself almost entirely Divine.
Scripture ( Colossians 2:9-10,12)
In him in bodily form, lives divinity in all its fullness, and in him you, too, find your own fulfilment, in the one who is the head of every sovereign and ruling force. You have been buried with him by your baptism; by which, too, you have been raised up with him by your belief in the power of God who raised him from the dead.