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
20 June 2021
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Contents: Gospel Reflection
Reflections for the coming week
With the coming of the evening, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind, they took him, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him. Then it began to blow a gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his head on the cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, ‘Master, do you not care? We are going down!’ And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Quiet now! Be calm!’ And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. Then he said to them, ‘Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?’ They were filled with awe and said to one another, ‘Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him.’
Gospel Reflection : Weathering The Storm
It is quite a few years ago now, but when a former local parish priest was celebrating his fortieth anniversary of Ordination at a packed, parish Mass, the preacher described him as ‘a man for all seasons’ – “the football season, the cricket season, and all-year-round golf!” We all laughed, quite loudly, because we knew him. And he laughed too, because he knew that we knew him!
Of course it is not just the sporting seasons that affect our mood swings but the seasons of our climate too, especially here in the northern hemisphere, from the bright and breezy to the dull and cloudy. Remember all those people who talked about suffering from S.A.D. in the winter.
In our own age a new creation theology has developed, focusing on the message of God expressed in the whole world of nature. We are strongly encouraged to be environmentally friendly, and rightly warned about our own part in dangerously increasing global warming.
In the Gospel story this Sunday Jesus weathers the storm at sea, but more importantly and more significantly he calms the anxieties, stresses and worries of his disciples. In fact, in our own day we could say that Jesus wants us to know we have the powers within our own actions to decrease the storms which threaten us, and our world of the very-near future.
And of course, if we take Him on board He will show us how to weather the emotional storms of life too – in the words of the old song, how to ‘accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative’. But then some of us are far too young to have even heard of Bing Crosby!?
We Remember In Our Prayers John Joyce whose Funeral was last week, Harriet Wardropwhose Funeral Service is in the chapel at Poulton New Cemetery on Monday, 21st June, and Dr.Max Romer whose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s on Thursday, 24th June. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
At the Sunday 10.30 am Mass at St.Teresa’s we have become used to having the projector screen as an aid to celebrating our Mass. Unfortunately we don’t have it to use this Sunday because Adam is away, and we don’t have anyone trained-up to use it. We desperately need volunteers to come forward and share the workload. Ideally it would be great if you had your own laptop, and understood the basics of presenting a Powerpoint Presentation, but this is not essential. If you would like to help please leave your name and contact details with Fr. Chris (Tel. 01253 853340, Deacon Bernard (Tel. 01253 858346) or email Adam at email@example.com
For Now The Mass Times At St. Teresa’s and St. John Southworth Remain The Same
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
Do Not Be Afraid
Storms of life – who of us hasn’t had them?
About exams and jobs, in marriage and friendships,
and our fears of things going wrong.
What sort of fear does God calm?
The fear of being rejected by people close to us,
or the fear of love being lost
or of losing God,
like when Jesus was asleep in the boat.
You might have had some experiences like that
where God somehow did save you –
a big relationship breaking up,
a marriage ending,
during illness or bereavement,
redundancy or unemployment –
surviving with some happiness even when money was low.
“The Lord is close to the broken-hearted.”
Maybe you knew that at tough times,
when you didn’t go under,
and you knew that God was there.
“Be not afraid, for I am with you.”
Donal Neary SJ
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (Cardinal Basil Hume)
In Old Testament times the people of God, his chosen people, meditated on him and on his intervention in their affairs. We can learn about God from Old Testament writings, but our knowledge and understanding is limited. Our capacity to understand is itself small. In any case, in the person of Jesus Christ, true God and true man, we have translated for us into human terms facts about God which otherwise we would not know. God has had pity on our limitations. He has spoken to us through his son, the image of the invisible God.
Scripture (John 14:8-11)
Philip said “Lord, show us the Father and then we shall be satisfied.” Jesus said “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father, so how can you say “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; What I say to you I do not speak of my own accord: it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his works. You must believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe it on the evidence of these works.”
Tuesday (Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh)
We may have understood a great deal about God from our own experience, from the experience of others, from the writings of the saints, from the teaching of the Church and from Scripture, but we must remember that he may at any time reveal himself in a way in which we have never perceived him, even within these general categories. God, at every stage, is for us partly known and partly unknown. He reveals himself, and thus far we know him, but we shall never know him completely, there will always be the divine mystery which we will never be able to penetrate.
Scripture (Romans 11:33-36)
How rich are the depths of God—how deep his wisdom and knowledge—and how impossible to penetrate his motives or understand his methods! Who could ever know the mind of the Lord? Who could ever be his counsellor? Who could ever give him anything or lend him anything? All that exists comes from him; Allis by him and for him. To him be glory for ever! Amen
Great prophets and saints have an intuition of God which is positive and concrete in the highest degree. Because, just touching the fringes of his being, they have seen that he is the plenitude of life and energy and joy. They have to pronounce that he transcends those limitations that we call personality, passion, change, materiality and the like. But when we come limping after and try to construct an intellectual or ‘enlightened’ religion, we take over these concepts and use them unchecked by any positive intuition, and the fatal pictures come in (an endless silent sea, an empty sky beyond all stars) and we reach at last a mere zero and worship a nonentity.
Scripture (Hebrews 1:1-3)
At many moments in the past and by many means, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets; but in our time, the final days, he has spoken to us in the person of his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things and through whom he made the ages. He is the reflection of God’s glory and bears the impress of God’s own being, sustaining all things by his powerful command.
Thursday (St. Irenaeus)
For it has been clearly demonstrated that the Word that exists from the beginning with God, by whom all things were made, who was also present with the human race at all times, this Word has in these last times, according to the time appointed by the Father, been united to his own workmanship and has been made possible in man.
Scripture (Mark 4:36-41)
When they were out at sea it began to blow a great gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his head on the cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him ‘Master, do you not care? We are lost!’ And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea ’Quiet now! Be calm!’ And the wind dropped, and there followed a great calm. Then he said to them ’Why are you so frightened? Have you still no faith?’ They were overcome with awe and said to one another ’Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him.’
Friday (Julian of Norwich)
In his love without beginning he made us, in the same love he protects us, and never allows us to be hurt in a way which would lessen our joy. When judgment is given and we are brought up above, then we shall see clearly in God the secrets now hidden from us. In that day not one of us will want to say, ‘Lord, if it had been done this way, it would have been well done.’ But we shall all say with one voice, ‘Lord, blessed may you be. For it is so, and it is well. And now we see truly all things are done as it was ordained before anything was made.’
Scripture (Job 38: 1-2,4,8-12)
Then from the heart of the tempest Yahweh gave Job his answer. He said:’Who is this obscuring my designs with his empty-headed words? Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundations? Tell me, since you are so well informed! Who pent up the sea behind closed doors when it leapt tumultuous from the womb, when I wrapped it in a robe of mist and made black clouds its swaddling bands; when I marked the bounds it was not to cross and made it fast with a bolted gate? Have you ever in your life given orders to the morning or sent the dawn to its post?