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
5 September 2021
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : The 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
Contents: Gospel Reflection
Reflections for the coming week
Gospel Reflection : Precious Gifts
The gift of hearing is a precious gift, but it is only with the heart that we can hear rightly. The cry of a needy person may reach our ears, but unless it reaches our heart too we will not feel the person’s pain, and it is unlikely that we will respond.
And the gift of speech is a precious gift, but again it is only with the heart that we can speak rightly. For our words to ring true they must come from the heart. If they only come from the lips, they will have a hollow sound and will have little effect. They will be like a wind that ruffles the surface of the water but leaves the depths untouched. But words that come from the heart can enter the heart.
We Remember In Our Prayers Frances (Frankie) Tillotson whose Funeral is at Carleton Crematorium this Tuesday, 7th September, at 2 pm. We remember her and her family, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
We Welcome Into The Family Of The Church Theodora Anne Sewell whose Baptism takes place this Sunday.
We Also Welcome The Staff And Children Back To St. Teresa’s Primary School This Monday As our Headteacher, Mrs. Lynsey Ankers, writes, “We can’t wait to get back to school and start the new term, but we are mindful that as a community we continue to face a number of challenges as Covid restrictions and measures ease in society. By working together, I know we will overcome any difficulties that come or way, building back stronger, and keeping the St. Teresa’s family as safe as we possibly can”.
August 100 Club Winners : Peter Bradley £15, Jo Devine £10, Jeff Woods £5
The Annual Pilgrimage to the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes at Cleator is on Sunday, 12th September, with Mass starting at 3 pm, followed by the Blessing of the Sick.”The principal celebrant and preacher is Bishop Paul Swarbrick.
Our theme this year is taken from the Litany of Our Lady ‘Our Lady, help of the sick – pray for us’. It really needs no explanation! We are aware that the situation as regards Covid is still a changing one; and also that many people may not feel safe coming to a large gathering. But we still wish to go ahead –to pray for our world; to recall those who have died; and to show our faith in the future.
We regret that we cannot provide the hospitality, in the form of refreshments that we normally would. We would ask people to bring their own.
Our hope is that the weather will allow us to celebrate mass outside. And we expect that infection levels etc will not cause us to cancel the Pilgrimage. But if we feel constrained to do so, for whatever reason, we will give as much notice as possible.
As well as having a beautiful replica of the Lourdes grotto, we also have in the grounds of the shrine at Cleator statues of the Cure of Ars and St Therese of Lisieux. The pilgrimage will be an opportunity not only to honour Mary the Mother of God, but also these two great saints, and to ask their intercession for healing and consolation.
Deputy Diocesan Schools Commissioner
The Diocese of Lancaster is seeking to recruit a Deputy Diocesan Schools Commissioner who, under the governance of the Trustees, the oversight of the Episcopal Vicar for Education and Formation and the guidance of the Diocesan Schools Commissioner, will support the development and implementation of its strategic plans for education. This will include leading the roll-out of the Diocesan academisation programme and assisting in the delivery of the Church’s mission in education.
· The role is full time, 35 hours per week (Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00pm), with the ability to
locate and work flexibly according to the needs of the service.
· We are offering a competitive salary and pension package with 25 days holiday.
· The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and there will be a 12 month probationary period.
· A full information pack regarding this role and details of how to apply are available from
telephone 01524 841190.
Closing date: 12 noon on Wednesday 15th September 2021. Interview to
be held on Wednesday 22nd September 2021.
COP26 is the annual UN climate conference. A ‘COP’ means ‘conference of parties’
COP26 will be the largest gathering of world leaders ever to take place on British soil. The COP location is in Glasgow and takes place between 1-12th November 2021. Discussions at COP26 are likely to focus on whether commitments made by countries to cut emissions will be enough to halt dangerous temperature rises and get the world on track to reaching ‘net zero’ as soon as possible.
What can I do to tackle the climate crisis ahead of COP26?
During the coming weeks we will be giving suggestions for change. We would welcome your thoughts. There will be a suggestion box on the table at the back of church.
Pope Francis introduced the ‘Season of Creation’ 1st September – 4th October, stating that it is “a season of increased prayer and effort on behalf of our common home, the earth.” With this in mind, let us say this prayer taken from the Pope’s encyclical letter, Laudato Si. This prayer is for Christians to pray for inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel of Jesus.
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love for all creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good,
advance the weak and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord seize us with your power and light, help us to
protect all life, to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your kingdom of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you.
Monday (Martin Luther King)
In a real sense ours is a great time in which to be alive.
Therefore I am not yet discouraged about the future. Granted that the easy going optimism of yesterday is impossible. Granted that we face a world crisis which often leaves us standing amid the surging murmur of life’s restless sea. But every crisis has both its dangers and its opportunities. Each can spell either salvation or doom. In a dark, confused world the spirit of God may yet reign supreme.
Scripture (Isaiah 35:3-8)
Strengthen then all weary hands, steady all trembling knees and say to the faint hearted, ‘Be strong! Do not be afraid. Here is your God, vengeance is coming, divine retribution; he is coming to save you. The eyes of the blind will be opened, the ears of the deaf
unsealed, then the lame will leap like a deer and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy; for water will gush in the desert and streams in the wasteland, the parched ground will become a marsh and thirsty lands springs of water; and through it will run a road for them, and a highway which will be called the sacred way.
Tuesday (Daniel O’Leary, ‘An Astonishing Secret’)
We receive Holy Communion to really become the bread and wine, allowing them to transform our very being into the presence of God. And then, fully reflecting our baptismal ordination as priests/priestesses and prophetesses/prophets to continue consecrating, through our senses and very existence, every moment, action, experience of each day and night.
The silent, sacramental moment after receiving Holy Communion is the precious, timeless space when we touch and feel the mystery of love, when we open ourselves completely to the personal and universal presence of grace when, inextricably linked with our Tremendous Lover, we become intimately aware that we are already that. May the Holy Spirit clarify our hearts and minds to really grasp these truths and live by their blessed presence in our communities
Scripture (Colossians 1:9-14)
That is why we ask that you should reach the fullest knowledge of his will, growing in knowledge of God, fortified, in accordance with his glorious strength, with all power always to persevere and endure, giving thanks with joy to the Father, who has made you able to share the lot of God’s holy people and with them to inherit the light. Because that is what he has done. It is he who has rescued us from the ruling force of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son that he loves, and in him we enjoy our freedom, the forgiveness of sin.
Wednesday (Bede Griffiths)
When historical events are seen to reveal the ultimate significance of life, then myth and history meet. Such are the birth, the resurrection and the ascension. They are historical events, yet they are symbols of the ultimate Reality, of the eternal mystery manifest in space and time, of the deliverance from sin and death, of our ascent to the divine. At this point,
history becomes wholly meaningful. We discover our real nature and know ourselves as children of God. The divine and the human meet “without separation and without confusion.”
Scripture (1Peter 1:3-4,10-12)
Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ and into a heritage that can never be spoilt or soiled and never fade away. This salvation was the subject of the search and investigation of the prophets who spoke of the grace you were to receive; searching out the time and circumstances for which the spirit of Christ, bearing witness in them, was revealing the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow them.
Thursday (2nd Vatican Council, ‘The Church Today)
For God’s Word, by whom all things were made, was himself made flesh so that as perfect man he might save all people and sum up all things in himself. The Lord is the goal of human history, the focal point of the longings of history and of civilisation, the centre of the human race, the joy of every heart, and the answer to all its yearnings.
Scripture (Ephesians 3:8-10)
I have been entrusted with the special grace, of proclaiming to the gentiles the unfathomable treasure of Christ and of throwing light on the inner workings of the mystery kept hidden through all the ages in God, the creator of everything. The purpose of this was, that now, through the church, the principalities and ruling forces should learn how many-sided God’s wisdom is, according to the plan which he had formed from all eternity in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Friday (Metropolitan Anthony)
Prayer is the search for God, encounter with God, and going beyond this encounter in communion. Thus it is an activity, a state, and also a situation; a situation both with respect to God and to the created world. It arises from the awareness that the world in which we live is not simply imprisoned in the two categories of time and space, a world in which we meet only the surface of things. Prayer is born of the discovery that the world has depths; that we are not only surrounded by visible things but that we are also immersed in and penetrated by invisible things. And this invisible world is both the presence of God, the supreme, sublime reality, and our own deepest truth.
Scripture (Psalm 34:3-4,15, 17-18)
Proclaim with me the greatness of God, let us acclaim his name together. I seek the Lord and he answers me, frees me from all my fears. The eyes of the Lord are on the upright, his ear turned to their cry. They cry in anguish and the Lord hears and rescues them from their troubles. The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, he helps those whose spirit is crushed.