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
23 May 2021
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Contents: Gospel Reflection
Reflections for the coming week
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘When the Advocate comes,
Whom I shall send to you from the Father,
The Spirit of truth who issues from the Father,
He will be my witness.
And you too will be witnesses,
Because you have been with me from the outset.
I still have many things to say to you
But they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes
He will lead you to the complete truth,
Since he will not be speaking as from himself
But will say only what he has learnt;
And he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me,
Since all he tells you
Will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
That is why I said:
All he tells you
Will be taken from what is mine.”
Gospel Reflection – Pentecost : The Farming Of Ideas And Resources
Christians adopted today’s Feast to commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit after the Ascension of Jesus. Originally Pentecost was an ancient celebration of the harvesting of wheat, and before Christ it also became the Jewish celebration, fifty days after Passover, for the giving of the Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai. Our Pentecost today celebrates the new Commandment of love, as preached in word and action by Jesus, and our empowerment by his Spirit to live that love in our daily lives.
Of course we are used to praying at our own harvest-time in this country. Once a banker and a builder in town asked that when the community prays for farmers it should also pray for those who support the whole agricultural community. Farming, they pointed out, does not exist in isolation, but is dependent on the services and support of many people.
In our age of fast communication, and meeting-places such as Zoom, we still recognise that no-one can survive in isolation – and recognising that leads to new hope. Life in general, and parish life in particular, is a complex web of services and support being brought together.
Today we invite God’s Spirit into the life of both our small and large communities, remembering that the gifts and talents given to each of us are for the common good of all. Today we also thank God that there are so many people whose gifts allow our own to flourish.
We Remember In Our Prayers Ann Walker whose Funeral Service is at St. Teresa’s this Wednesday, 26th May. We remember her and her family, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
A Big ‘Thank You‘ : Eamon, Ronnie and Martin Brady would like to thank parishioners for their prayers and Masses for their son-in-law, Ken Le Grice, throughout his long illness. Ken sadly died on Wednesday, 5th May. Thank you also for your prayers for Angela, and their sons James and Ben.
Information Received This Week, Through Our Own National And Diocesan Church Authorities, Regarding Some Covid Regulations Affecting Both Our Churches :
The use of face coverings, hand washing and social distancing remain legal requirements.
An Offertory Procession can now take place.
Communion in the hand is recommended. However, Communion on the tongue can take place, so long as those who wish to receive on the tongue wait until the end of the Communion line
and receive then. (Communion on the tongue exposes the minister’s hand, and increases the possibility of infection. The minister should sanitise their hands after distributing communion on the tongue).
Track and Trace remains in place, though on weekdays those visiting church can take personal responsibility for signing-in.
There is no change at the present time regarding congregational singing, Communion under both kinds, the sign of peace and the use of Holy Water stoups. These are still not allowed.
There is some flexibility in the assessment of the safe capacity of a church, with the possibility to drop to 1metre distancing. However, this depends on several mitigating circumstances, including good ventilation, an evaluation of the virus prevalence in the local area, local percentage of the population vaccinated, and any covid-19 variants of concern in the local area.
Baptisms can take place with up to 30 persons present.
Weddings can take place with up to 30 persons present. (The 30 includes the couple, but not anyone ‘working’ at the event.)
Funerals – Mourners can attend up to the church’s safe capacity. The 30 person rule is dropped. However, the safe number for Funerals may have to be lower than the safe number for Sundays.Thisis because those regularly attending Sunday Mass are well-familiar with the covid-security rules and lay-out of the church. Mourners are also likely to be greeting one another both inside and outside, especially if they have not seen each other for a long time.
The Mass Times At Our Two Churches Will Remain The Same Until The Next Government Review In June
Sundays : St. Teresa’s : Saturday Vigil Mass 6.30 pm, Sunday 9.00 am and 10.30am (live streamed)
St. John Southworth : 5 pm
Weekdays : St. Teresa’s : Mondays and Fridays 9.30 am
St. John Southworth : Wednesdays 9.30 am
Volunteers Needed At St. Teresa’s
The technology advances at St. Teresa’s Church, with respect to the video projector screen and the live streaming of Mass, are now at a stage where all that is needed for them to work is a few button presses. Unfortunately we need real people to push those buttons, and we cannot rely on Giles and Adam to be there all the time to do so. We therefore urgently need volunteers to go on a rota to push those buttons.
If you are interested in helping out, after having the appropriate training (being shown which buttons to press!), then please contact Adam either by phone, where you can leave a message, on 01253 423047, or email on email@example.com
We are so grateful to Adam and Giles for all the work they have been doing for months now, on the screen and live streaming respectively. It really has opened up a new ministry for our Parish family – to help people be with us, by sight and sound, who wouldn’t otherwise have been able to do so – and it has been very much appreciated. Please do seriously consider being part of this ministry and service.
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (Cardinal Newman)
The condescension of the blessed Spirit is as incomprehensible as that of the Son. He has ever been the secret presence of God within creation and the voice of truth in the hearts of all rational beings, tuningthem into harmony with the intimation of God’s law. He is especially called the “life giving” Spirit, being the inward light of the patriarchs and prophets, the grace abiding in the Christian soul, and Lord and ruler of the Church. Therefore, let us ever praise the Father Almighty, who is the first source of all perfection, in and together with his co-equal Son and Spirit.
Scripture (Acts 2:1-8)
When Pentecost day came around, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind, which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves. Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled and each one was bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language. ‘Surely’, they said, ‘All these men speaking are Galileans?’
Tuesday (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
We, too, are being driven back to first principles. Atonement and redemption, regeneration, the Holy Spirit, the love of our enemies, the cross and resurrection, life in Christ and Christian discipleship—all these things have become so problematic and so remote that we hardly dare speak of them. The day will come when people will be called again to utter the word of God with such power as will change and renew the world. It will be a new language which will horrify people, and yet overwhelm them with its power.
Scripture (Isaiah 61:1-2)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me for the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the news to the afflicted, to soothe the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, release to those in prison.
Wednesday (Fr. Richard Rohr)
When you no longer expect something from life, you are for all practical purposes an atheist. When you are no longer open to do something new, you might as well hang it up. The experience of the Spirit is an undeserved, unmerited becoming, a new whole greater than the sum of all the parts. It draws us out and beyond ourselves. It is radical grace. To walk in the Spirit is to allow yourself to be grabbed by God and taken into a much larger world of meaning.
Scripture (2 Timothy 1:6-7,13-14)
That is why I am reminding you now to fan into a flame the gift of God that you possess. God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but the spirit of power and love and self-control. Keep as your pattern the sound teaching you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. With the help of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, look after that thing given in trust.
Thursday (St. Teresa of Avila)
The prayer of quiet, then, is a little spark of the true love of Himself, which our Lord begins to enkindle in the soul; and his will is that the soul should understand what this love is by the joy it brings. This spark given of God, however slight it may be, causes a great crackling; it is the beginning of a great fire, which sends forth the flames of the most vehement love of God. What the soul has to do is nothing more than to be gentle and without noise. By noise I mean striving with the understanding in search of words and reflections whereby to give thanks for his grace, and gathering up the sins and imperfections to show that it does not deserve it.
Scripture (Titus 3:4-7)
When the kindness and love of God our Saviour for mankind were revealed, it was not because of anything we had done ourselves; it was for no reason except his own faithful love that he saved us through the washing by which the Holy Spirit gives us new birth and new life. For God abundantly poured out the Holy Spirit on us through Jesus Christ our Saviour, that by his grace we might be made right with God and come into possession of the eternal life we hope for.
Friday (Evelyn Underhill)
From the first to the last, the emphasis is to be on God and not on ourselves. Admiring delight, not cadging demands. Faithful and childlike dependence – a clinging to the Invisible, as the most real of all realities, in all the vicissitudes of life – not mere self-expression and self-fulfilment. Disinterested collaboration in the Whole, in God’s vast plan and purpose, not concentration on our own small affairs. Three kinds of generosity. Three kinds of self-forgetfulness. A confident reliance on the immense fact of His Presence, everywhere and at all times, pressing on the soul and the world by all sorts of paths and in all sorts of ways, pouring out on it His undivided love, and demanding undivided loyalty. We stand in a world completely penetrated by the living God. We are citizens of that world now; and our whole life is or should be and acknowledgement of this.
Scripture (Ephesians 4:2-7)
With all humility and gentleness and with patience, support each other in love. Take care to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one body, one Spirit just as one hope is the goal of your calling by God. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all, over all and within all. On each one of us God’s favour has been bestowed in whatever way Christ allotted it.