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
19 September 2021
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : The 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Contents: Beatitudes for Parents
Reflections for the coming week
Beatitudes For Parents
Blessed are parents who make their peace with mud and spilt milk, for such is the kingdom of childhood.
Blessed are parents who refuse to compare their children with others, for each is precious.
Blessed are parents who have learnt to laugh, for laughter is nourishment in a child’s world.
Blessed are parents who can say ‘No’ without anger, for comforting to the child is the security of a firm but loving decision.
Blessed are parents who accept the awkwardness of their growing children, for then they let each grow at their own speed.
Blessed are parents who are teachable and adaptable, for knowledge and flexibility bring understanding and love.
Blessed are parents who love their children in the midst of their own worries and problems, for a generous love is the greatest gift of all.
We Welcome Into The Family of The Church Gabriel Thomas Asplin, whose Baptism takes place this Sunday.
We Congratulate The Eleven Children Who Received Holy Communion For The First Time this Saturday, 18th September, along with their parents and families, and our school staff. This was a special celebration, not least because due to the Covid epidemic it has been such a long wait, (two years since the last First Communions) before we could come together to celebrate this event which normally takes place each May. A huge ‘thank you’ is due to those who made it all possible – the families of the children, and the children themselves, and Sue who coordinated and led the First Communion Programme, along with Anne, Bernadette, Clare and Laura who also kindly supported the children throughout their preparation. Next year, God willing, it will be the turn of those who are of Primary School Year 4 age, and anyone older, and that age group each year following. This Monday, 20th September those who made their First Communion on Saturday will be attending the 9.30 am Parish Mass at St. Teresa’s, along with Year 5 from our school.
This Weekend We Celebrate Home Mission Sunday The Home Mission Office exists to help the Catholic Church throughout England and Wales to share the joy of the Gospel. Please consider contributing to the annual special collection we have to take this weekend. The money received from this collection ensures that the Catholic Faith Centre is resourced, and is able to respond to those who have their own questions about the Catholic Faith.
Churches-Together-In-Cleveleys : For some years now all the churches in Cleveleys have organised a special annual event, with a Talk given by an invited speaker. Last year’s event was yet another which had to be cancelled because of Covid. But this year’s is now going ahead, with the Rev. Sam Cheesman as the main speaker. Sam used to be the curate at All Saints church in Cleveleys, and is now chaplain to the BIshop of Blackburn. He, Sam, was always a good friend to us at St. Teresa’s, attending our weekly Ministers’ Prayer Group in the presbytery here. We know him to be an excellent speaker. Please seriously consider attending this event on Wednesday, 29th September, 7 pm at Cleveleys Baptist Church, which is a very welcoming place to meet, and is on St. George’s Avenue just near St. Teresa’s church.
COP26 – The Eyes of the World are on Us.
The ecumenical ‘Season of Creation’ (1st Sept – 4th Oct) is dedicated to prayer and action for the protection of our world. Pope Francis reminds us that our earth was here before us and has been given to us freely, not to exploit, but TO CARE FOR. We need to REIMAGINE our common home – a precious gift given to us by God, not just for ourselves, but for the world’s poorest people and for those generations still to come.
Let us give thanks for the gift of God’s creation – a gift we are invited to enjoy together.
THE GREAT BIG GREEN WEEK 18TH – 26TH Sept’
The G.B.G.W. will be the largest event for climate and nature ever seen in the UK. Thousands of events around the country will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces. Following on from this, Sue Ward, as your CAFOD rep, has secured a meeting with our MP Paul Maynard on Friday, 24th Sept’. At this meeting she will be asking the questions/ideas you have submitted via the suggestion box in church, or by contacting her direct on Tel: 858346.
To Be First With God
first in class,
first in sport.
the favourite in the family,
the favourite of the teacher or boss at work,
to be thought of highly.
And that was the way with the disciples
when they argued
about which of them was the greatest.
Maybe they argued about who was Jesus’ favourite,
or who was the leader of the group,
or wanted to be seen as the closest to Him
by those who looked up to Jesus.
We like to be liked, and praised and shown appreciation;
we like to be looked up to.
Some would like to be a celebrity.
But the eyes of Jesus fell on a child
to say something about who was the greatest.
When they all wondered how to be popular in the eyes of God,
Jesus took a little child,
and told us that when you welcome a child
you welcome God.
In fact to be first in the eyes of God
is to be first in service, the service of others, including the least,
for Jesus, the ‘Son of man’ came
not to be served but to serve.
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (St. Teresa of Avila)
Unless you are careful, praise from others may harm you greatly, for when once it begins it never ceases, and generally ends in running you down afterwards. This usually takes the form of telling you that you are more holy than others and suchlike flattering speeches. For the love of God, I implore you never to find your peace in such speeches, for you might come to believe them, or to think you had done all you need and that your work was finished. Remember how the world treated the Lord Jesus Christ, yet how it extolled him on Palm Sunday! Always struggle in your heart against these dangerous flatteries, then you will go forth with deeper humility.
Scripture (Hebrews 12:2-3)
Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection: for the sake of the joy which lay ahead of him, he endured the cross, disregarding the shame of it, and has taken his seat at the right of God’s throne. Think of the way he persevered against such opposition from sinners and then you will not lose heart and come to grief.
Tuesday (Jean Vanier)
The essential for all people with authority is that they are servants before they are bosses. People who assume responsibility to prove something, because they tend to be dominating and controlling, because they need to see themselves at the top or because they are looking for privilege or prestige, will always exercise their responsibility badly. They must first want to be servants. People who want to serve the community and others are worth more, even if they are shy and lack the ability to command, than people who are ‘capable’ but bound up in themselves.
Scripture (Mark 9:33-37)
They came to Capernaum, and when he got into the house he asked them ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because on the road they had been arguing about which one of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said ‘ If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child whom he set among them and embraced, and he said to them ‘Anyone who welcomes a little child such as this in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me, welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’
Wednesday (Thomas a Kempis)
(Christ speaking to the disciple): Is it so hard for you, who are dust and nothingness, to subject yourself to man for God’s sake, when I, the Almighty and most high, who created all things from nothing, humbly subjected myself to man for your sake? I became the humblest and least of all men, that you might overcome your pride through my humility. Learn to obey, you who are but dust; learn to humble yourself and to bow
yourself beneath the feet of all. Learn to curb your desires and yield yourself to complete obedience.
Scripture (Isaiah 52:15-53:4)
They shall see something never told, and witness something never heard before: “Who could believe what we have heard, and to whom has the power of the Lord been revealed?” Without beauty, without majesty we saw him, no looks to attract our eyes; a thing despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering; he was despised and we took no account of him. And yet ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the
sorrows he carried.
Thursday (Thomas Merton)
Spiritual consolations and very obvious virtues are supposed to be the sign that one has worked loyally in the service of God. Little do we realise the meaning of spiritual poverty, of emptiness, of desolation, of total abandonment in the mystical life. Contemplative experience is not arrived at by the accumulation of grandiose thoughts and visions or by the
practice of heroic mortifications. It is a pure gift of God which we can never, by any action of ours, make ourselves fully and strictly worthy. We are given signs of God’s goodness which enable us to trust in him more, to be more faithful in our friendship with him. These should normally grow up as the fruits of contemplation. But do not be surprised if contemplation springs out of pure emptiness, in poverty, dereliction and spiritual night.
Scripture (Philippians 2:3-8)
Out of humility of mind, everyone should give preference to others, everyone pursuing not selfish interests but those of others. Make your own the mind of Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God did not count equality with God something to be grasped. But he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming as human beings are; and being in every way like a human being, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross.
Friday (Fr. Austin Smith, CP)
If Jesus died in the cause of certain values, if those values are the roots of my believing, then the nature of my relationship to the execution and death of Jesus is vital. There is a distinctive significance of his trial, execution and death. In the last analysis, I am suggesting that a contemplation and
understanding of his suffering lead me to questions about his values, and, consequently, about my relationship with those values. It is the death of someone which leads one to question the nature, the quality and the depth of one’s relationship with that person. If that person is a God who suffers, then I would think I have to struggle with a very profound
definition of God.
Scripture (Wisdom 2:12-15, 17-20)
The godless say ‘Let us lay traps for the upright man, since he annoys us and opposes our way of life, reproaches us for our sins against the Law and accuses of sins against our upbringing. He claims to have knowledge of God and calls himself a child of the Lord. We see him as a reproof to our way of thinking, for his kind of life is not like other people’s and his ways are quite different. Let us see if what he says is true and test him to see what sort of end he will have; let us test him with cruelty and torture and thus explore this gentleness of his and put his patience to the test. Let us condemn him to a shameful death since God will rescue him—or so he claims.’