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
12 September 2021
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : The 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Contents: Gospel Reflection
Reflections for the coming week
Scripture Reflection : “To have a green thought in a green shade”
In the second Reading today, St. James talks about doing ‘a good act’, what perhaps we used to call ‘a good deed’. He is linking faith and action, and the fact that you can’t have one without the other. In his words on faith in action Pope Francis frequently refers to ‘the cry of the earth’ and ‘the cry of the poor’. A good work in our present day really does involve the world in which we live!
The truth is that we are all intended to be people who love creation. This week perhaps try this – take a walk in a park, however small, or just look at the land which surrounds your house. Try to experience the world as if you have never seen it before : how much green there is, and all different shades; how tall some trees are, and how small some plants are; how many different colours there are amongst the flowers that are waiting for the autumn break. We all need to keep up our love of creation to make us strong in our care for creation. We tend to care for what we love!
Maybe we can use fresh eyes when we look at the care of the poor, the marginalised and those least able to help themselves. Do our attitudes and actions reflect our Christian values? Most of the negatives of climate change affect the very poor with drought, and storms, and fire and flooding.
What can I do? Individually we can only do a little, – maybe recycling, avoiding waste of food or use of plastic – but, together, a little means a lot.
We Remember In Our Prayers Frances (Frankie) Tillotson whose Funeral was last week. We remember her, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
The Special Collection This Weekend Is For the Catholic Education Service. What we generously give supports those in our Diocese who support us, with all our Primary and Secondary Schools, and Sixth Form Colleges, which are themselves at the heart of our Catholic life in any given area.
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.
5th Cleveleys Rainbows, Brownies and Guides have spaces for new members age 4-14 years. Our new term starts in September. If anyone is interested in this good news, please contact Kathryn Brimelow on 07522 146571. We thank Kathryn for this, who says “We are also recruiting new leaders”. So if anyone would like to consider helping this much-appreciated group, please phone Kathryn too.
COP26 – The Eyes of the World are on Us.
COP26 – The annual UN Climate Conference takes place 1-12th Nov’ in Glasgow. We are all being urged to do what we can to tackle the climate crisis. To this end, we are in the process of organising a meeting with our MP Paul Maynard, to talk about how Britain can play a leading role in making sure we plan to recover from the pandemic in a way which includes everyone and cares for our common home.
We urge you to write your questions/ideas down and place them in the box on the table at the back of church or post into the presbytery.
As Christians, we are being asked to pray in the lead up to the summit. It is a time to renew our relationship with God our Creator and with all creation as we join together in prayer:
We give thanks for all God has made
repent for the damage we have caused
and commit ourselves to take action
to protect the earth – our common home.
Thinking God’s Way
Jesus died at the hands of violent people.
His disciples might have tried to save him,
or told him to live in such a way that
no harm would come to him.
But, God’s way was the way of love,
the type of love that is proved in hardship,
the type of love that is only understood in God.
Illness for many years may seem just a tragic waste,
but we also might see that within the illness
was a strength that was life-giving to many,
and through it a deep love and faith was born,
even in times of hardship and frustration
for the person who was ill, and their carers.
God’s way is not to see illness,
disability or confusion, failure or mistakes,
as a waste, but as a way to love;
for in the fragility of life we discover
some of the deepest truths of human life.
God sees no waste in life
for in everything love can grow and God can be found.
And that was the way for Jesus who said
that the son of Man was to suffer grievously,
be put to death, and on the third day to rise again.
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (John Henry Newman)
Christ takes you at your word, so to speak; he offers to make you different.
He says, “I will take away from you your heart of stone, the love of this world and its pleasures, if you will submit to my discipline.” Here we draw back; No; we cannot bear to lose the love of the world, to part with our present desires and tastes; we cannot consent to be changed. After all, we are well satisfied at the bottom of our hearts to remain as we are, only we want our conscience taken out of the way.
Scripture (John 21:18)
Peter was hurt when Jesus asked him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and said ‘Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him ‘Feed my sheep. In all truth I tell you, when you were young you put on your own belt and walked where you liked; but when you grow old you will stretch out your hands and somebody else will take you where you would rather not go.’ In these words he indicated the kind of death by which Peter would give glory to God. After this he said, ‘Follow me.’
Tuesday (Cardinal Basil Hume)
Humility is central to the Christian life; it is facing the truth about who God is, and the truth of who I am. Humility in another is a very beautiful thing to see; but the attempt to become humble is painful indeed. It hurts to be criticised, to be misunderstood, to be written off. None of us enjoys walking that way. Our Lord must have felt like this at the end of his life. Everybody had turned against him. They were going to execute him; they were insulting him. We know that this moment of failure was God’s moment of success. Oddly enough, I believe that for some of us it is when we realise how little we are regarded by others that we begin to realise how highly we are esteemed by God. Whenever I feel inadequate or a failure, God can enter into my life and bring his success.
Scripture (Ps. 119: 85, 92-96)
The arrogant have dug pitfalls for me in defiance of your Law. True to your faithful love, give me life, and I shall keep the instructions you have laid down. Had your Law not been my delight, I would have perished in my misery. I shall never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life. I am yours, save me, for I seek your precepts, for by them you have given me life. I am yours, save me, for I seek your precepts. The wicked may hope to destroy me, but all my thoughts of your instructions. I have seen that all perfection is finite, but your commandment has no limit.
Wednesday (Henri Nouwen)
In answer to Jesus’ question “Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?”, it is not easy to distinguish between doing what we are called to do and doing what we want to do. True action leads us to the fulfilment of our vocation. Whatever our position in life, the question is not “What do I most want?” but “What is my vocation?”. The most prestigious position in society can be an expression of obedience to our call as well as a sign of our
refusal to hear that call, and the least prestigious position, too, can be a response to our vocation as well as a way to avoid it. If our actions flow from our call, we are in fact drinking our cup, bit by bit. The sorrows of our lives will no longer paralyze us, nor will our joys make us lose our perspective.
Scripture (1 John 2:3-6)
In this way we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says, ‘I know him’ without keeping his commandments, is a liar and truth has no place in him. But anyone who does obey what he ahs said, in such a one God’s love truly reaches its perfection. We can be sure that we are one in God only when the one who claims to be living in him is living the same kind of life that Christ lived.
Thursday (Letters from a Russian monk)
St. Anthony said: ‘When I was visiting an abbot, a virgin came to the old man and said “Abba, I spend my life fasting; I eat once a week and study the Old and New Testaments every day.” The old man answered “Have poverty and plenty become a matter of indifference to you?” “No”, she said. “Disgrace and praise?” “No”, she said. “Enemies and friends?” “No”, she said. Then the old man said “Go and work, you have achieved nothing.” She had studied the Holy Scripture, but had not understood the essence of what it taught.
Scripture (Mark 8:31-35)
Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Man was destined to suffer grievously and to be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and to be put to death, and after three days rise again. And he said all this quite openly. The, taking him aside, Peter tried to rebuke him. But, turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said ‘Get behind me, Satan! You’re not thinking as God thinks, but as human beings do. He called his disciples and the people to him and said ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me.’
Friday (Evelyn Underhill)
The spiritual life requires a definite plan of life: and courage in sticking to the plan, not merely for days or weeks, but for years. New mental and emotional habits must be formed, all our interests re-arranged in new proportion round a new centre. This is something which cannot be hurried; but unless we take it seriously, can be infinitely delayed. Many people suggest by their behaviour that God is of far less importance than their morning paper or early cup of tea. The life of co-operation with Him must begin with a full and practical acceptance of the truth that God alone matters. We must be prepared for the fact that even on small and personal levels this will cost a good deal; frequently thwarting our inclinations and demanding real sacrifice.
Scripture Isaiah 50:4-7)
The Lord has given me a disciples tongue, for me to know how to give a word of comfort to the weary. Morning by morning he makes my ear alert to listen like a disciple. The Lord has opened my ear, and I have not resisted, I have not turned away.