t Teresa & St John Southworth Churches, Cleveleys
Fr Chris Cousens—Phone: 853340
Rev Bernard Ward (Deacon) (Tel: 858346)
Enquiries for St John Southworth: Phone: 853340
11 July 2021
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Contents: Gospel Reflection
Reflections for the coming week
Jesus summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, ‘Do not take a spare tunic.’ And he said to them, ‘If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set off to preach repentance, and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.
Gospel Reflection : ‘Sent Out’ – If Only That Somebody May Be Saved By The Bell
One day I rang a doorbell
In a casual sort of way.
It was not a formal visit,
And there wasn’t much to say.
I can’t remember what I said –
It matters not I guess –
But I found a heart in hunger,
A soul in some distress.
He said I came from Heaven,
And I’ve often wondered why;
He said I’d called to see him
When no other help came by.
It meant so little to me
To knock at a neighbour’s door,
But it meant the world to him,
God’s world, His peace, and more.
We Remember In Our Prayers Philip Mateley whose Funeral was last week, Rita Fraser whose Funeral Service is at Lytham Crematorium on Monday, 12th July, and Phyllis Richardson whose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s on Thursday, 22nd July. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
This Sunday Is Sea Sunday when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Many of us have never stopped to consider how important seafarers are to our own standard of living. Without them we would not have most of the items we use in our everyday lives. Many of these seafarers are unable to practice their Faith due to long periods away from home, whilst others can be denied basic rights and working conditions that we take for granted. The special collection which is taken this Sunday is our opportunity to support the work of the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church in the United Kingdom. This annual collection is absolutely vital to enable AoS to continue its work with seafarers. Please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers. Thank you. For more information on the work of AoS please visit their website at www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk
We Welcome Into The Family Of The Church Marnie Leia Aplin whose Baptism took place at St. Teresa’s last Sunday, and Lyra Rose Bowd whose Baptism is at St. Teresa’s this Sunday.
100 Club Winners For June : David Brimelow £15, Veronica Brady £10, Frances O’Mara £5
Family Prayer Resources for Summer : CAFOD, the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development in this country, are kindly offering a prayer focus for each week of the summer holidays, with some simple ideas designed to help parents explore faith with their children, in solidarity with our global family. This will be available from mid- July at https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources
Sent Out In Pairs
In the centre of our lives,
of every day and week,
in work and in the home,
we live in a circle of relationships.
We know that problems are diminished
and burdens lightened,
by sharing them with another.
Decisions come more easily when we talk them over,
suffering is lessened by the comfort of someone else.
And whenever we meet
in the name of Jesus,
in the name of love,
in the name of justice,
He is with us.
To preach His word,
He sent His disciples in pairs,
for we do not live our faith alone.
Like a river gathers its fullness
from the smaller rivers flowing into it,
we grow in faith from the faith of others.
In prayer together,
in sharing struggles of faith,
in helping another in sorrow,
in gathering together to work for justice –
whether in pairs or larger groups –
we are engaged in the work of Jesus,
the one who worked with and sent others
on his work of God.
Donal Neary S.J.
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (Henri Nouwen)
Do you really want to be converted? Are you willing to be transformed? You have to trust the inner voice that shows you the way. You know that inner voice—you turn to it often. But after you have heard with clarity what you are to do, you start raising questions, fabricating objections and seeking everyone else’s opinion. Then you become entangled in countless, often contradictory thoughts, feelings and ideas and lose touch with the God in you. And you end up dependent on all the people you have gathered around you. Only by tending constantly to the inner voice can you be converted to a new life of freedom and joy.
Scripture (Mark 6:7-13)
Jesus summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing with them except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, “Do not take a spare tunic.” And he said to them “ If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you, as you walk away shake the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.” So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.
Everyone has noticed how hard it is to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us. We “have all we want” is a terrible saying when “all” does not include God. We find God an interruption. Now God, who has made us, knows what we are and that our happiness lies in him. Yet we will not seek him as long as he leaves us any other resort where it can be plausibly looked for. While what we call ’our own life’ remains agreeable, we will not surrender it to him.
Scripture (Deuteronomy 6:10-12)
When Yahweh has brought you into the country which he swore to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that he would give you, with great and prosperous cities you have not built, with houses full of good things you have not provided, with wells you have not dug, with vineyards and olive trees you have not planted, and then, when you have eaten as much as you want, be careful not to forget Yahweh who brought you out of Egypt.
Wednesday (John Henry Newman)
It is one great peculiarity of the Christian character to be dependent. People of the world indeed, in proportion as they are active and enterprising, boast of their independence and are proud of having obligations to no one. But it is the Christian’s excellence to be diligent and watchful, to work and persevere, yet to be in spirit dependent. To be willing to serve and to rejoice in the permission to do so; to be content to view one’s self in a subordinate place; to love to sit in the dust.
Scripture ( 2Cor. 12:7-10)
My grace is enough for you: for power is at full strength in weakness. It is, then, about my weakness that I am happiest of all to boast, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me; and that is when I am glad of weaknesses, insults, constraints, persecutions and distress for Christ’s sake. For it is when I am weak that I am strong.
Thursday (Cardinal Basil Hume)
Hints on holiness: remain a little person. By this I mean to remain small in my own estimate of myself. To be unimportant whatever the position I hold or talents I have. It is to remember that only one thing matters, and that is what God thinks about me. To be high in his regard is the highest ambition any person can have. Smile at yourself, your spiritual incompetence. Have a sense of humour. It does not matter if others take you seriously; God will. Keep on trying. That is your part. Success? That is God’s gift.
Scripture: (Jr. 9:22-23)
Yahweh says this, ‘Let the sage not boast of wisdom, nor the valiant of valour, nor the wealthy of riches! But let anyone who wants to boast, boast of this: of understanding and knowing me. For I am Yahweh, who acts with faithful love, justice, and uprightness on earth; yes, these are what please me’ Yahweh declares.
Friday (1st Epistle of Clement)
Anyone who paid you a visit affirmed the quality and steadfastness of your faith. With humility and total lack of arrogance, at the service of others, rather than demanding attention, and gladly giving rather than receiving, you were well satisfied with all that Christ provided, attended carefully to his words, treasuring them in your hearts and keeping his sufferings before your eyes. In this way a deep and rich peace was granted to everyone and a full outpouring of the Holy Spirit came upon all. Holiness was your intent as you stretched out your hands to Almighty God.
Scripture (Phillipians 4:11-12)
I have learned to manage with whatever I have. I know how to live modestly, and I know how to live luxuriously too: in every way now I have mastered the secret of all conditions: full stomach and empty stomach, plenty and poverty. There is nothing I cannot do in the One who strengthens me.