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
26 September 2021
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : The 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Contents: Scripture Reflection
Reflections for the coming week
Scripture Reflection : Remembered In The Mind Of God
What we give to others is received into the hands and heart of God, and is never forgotten. The good we try to do and say – all is remembered by God : –
Help to a fellow student in school or college, a word of encouragement to an older person, listening when someone needs our time, – all remembered in the mind of God.
Hours of being a loving parent or child, love and care in your family, time given to a friend in need, the ordinary kindness of every day, – all remembered in the mind of God.
Creating jobs, giving employment, talking and working for peace, getting involved in the neighbourhood and parish, doing even little things to ensure that “our common home” will survive and truly be a “home” for everyone, and for all God’s wonderful creation – all remembered in the mind of God.
The ways we help others to make sense of faith, and trust enough to pray, in the bad times as well as the good – all remembered in the mind of God.
There Is A Special Collection This Weekend : For Our Bishop’s Administration Fund. As you may have realised, at this time of year we have many of the annual special collections we have to take in order to support different aspects and organisations in our Catholic Church. All these, including our own Bishop, rely upon our charity in order that they continue to support us. There is no money coming from any other source except us. It is a ‘hard ask’ of us, especially when the collections seem to come so frequently, but please help with whatever you can.
This Wednesday 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.
CAFOD FAMILY FAST : This year’s harvest-time Family Fast Day, organised by CAFOD, is next Friday, 1st October, which happens to be the annual Feast Day of St.Teresa. CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, is the charity supported by the Catholic Church in England and Wales, which has become so highly respected and appreciated throughout the world.
Perhaps it is important to know it’s origins. It all began with a single, first Family Fast Day in 1960 organised by concerned, Catholic parishioners in this country. Jacqueline Stuyt and four friends wanted to help a project tackling malnutrition among children in Dominica. Children were quite simply dying of starvation. The group printed 600,000 copies of a simple leaflet announcing the Family Fast, which asked people to “go without so that others might have”, and they sent copies to all Catholic parishes and Religious communities in England and Wales. The women expected to raise about £500 – £1000. In fact they raised £6,673, the equivalent of about £96,000, and the initiative was so successful that they repeated the Family Fast in Lent. 1961, and raised £27,000. The following year the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales created CAFOD to continue Jaqueline’s, and the other women’s, good work. Their legacy will live on every day with every person helped by CAFOD’s life-changing work all over the developing world. CAFOD’s core intention and practice is the same as the original founders of Family Fast. For example, if people are dying of starvation then, not only is it our duty to feed them, but also to support them with equipment and expertise to develop food growth themselves.
For this year’s Family Fast Day, CAFOD has told us : “Our local experts are now helping people all over the world to adapt to climate change and protect our common home. By donating to CAFOD this year you can help communities already affected by the worst impacts of the climate crisis”. For those with a box of parish envelopes for each Sunday collection, you can donate by using the marked ‘Family Fast’ envelope for October 3rd, or by the CAFOD envelope which is at the back of church. You can also donate online through the CAFOD website (just search cafod.org.uk), or you can give easily via text. Text CAFOD10 to 70580 to donate £10, or choose to give any whole amount between £1 and £20 by texting CAFOD, followed by the amount you would like to donate, to 70580. If you would like to give but do not wish to receive marketing communications text CAFODNOINFO to 70580.
Family Fast Day Prayer 2021
Walk beside us, Lord,
in the cool of the day,
in the garden you have created
as our common home.
Walk beside us , Lord,
as the cries of the forest
pierce the dawn,
and flames rip through
our common home.
Grant us courage, Lord,
as we walk beside all those
who struggle to protect
our common home,
Grant us hope, Lord,
and the vision to walk dark paths
in the light of a single sunbeam.
Grant us grace, Lord,
to put the flourishing of all people
and the wonder of creation
at the heart of all we do,
as we strive to be guardians
of our common home.
St. Francis of Assisi – pray for us.
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (Carlo Carretto)
That evening I had seen an old man trembling with cold. I thought of the night and I knew that I, too, would shiver. The little charity that was in me made me think that I had best give him my spare blanket. When I left the village, the blankets were still on the jeep. To have resisted love, not to have been capable of accepting the demand of this love is so serious that it creates an obstacle between me and God. What is the good of defending the truth, of fighting over dogma, of saying the Divine Office well, of sharing the Eucharist, if one is not impelled by love?
Scripture (Matthew 21:28-32)
Jesus said to the chief priests and elders, “A man said to his first son, ‘Go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not go,’ but later thought better of it and went. The man then went and said the same thing to his second son who answered, ‘Certainly, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the father’s will?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said, “I tell you solemnly, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the Kingdom of God before you.”
Tuesday (Cardinal Newman)
While we think of Christ, let us not forget to be up and doing. Let us beware of indulging a mere barren faith and love, which dreams instead of working and is fastidious when it should be hardy. This is only spiritual childhood in another form; for the Holy Spirit is the author of active good works, and leads to the observance of all lowly deeds of ordinary obedience as the most pleasing sacrifice to God.
Scripture (Micah 6:6-8)
With what shall I enter Yahweh’s presence and bow down before God All-high? Shall I enter with burnt offerings, with calves one year old? Shall I offer my eldest son for my wrong doing? “You have already been told what is right and what Yahweh wants of you. Only this; to do what is right, to love loyalty and to walk humbly with your God.”
Wednesday (Charles Peguy)
A salvation that was not free, that did not come from a free person, could not in any way be attractive to me. How do you expect me to be interested in that kind of thing? Does one care to be loved by slaves? In my creation which is endued with life, I wanted something better, I wanted something more. When you once have known what it is to be loved freely, submission no longer has any taste. All the prostrations, all the submission in the world are not equal in value to the beautiful straight soaring up of one single invocation from a love that is free.
Scripture (1John 3:18-24)
Children, our love must be not just words or mere talk, but something active and genuine. This will be the proof that we belong to the truth and it will convince us in his presence even if our own feelings condemn us, that God is greater than our feelings and knows all things. My dear friends, if our own
feelings do not condemn us, we can be fearless before God
because we keep his commandments and do what is acceptable to him. Whoever keeps his commandments remains in God and God in him.
Thursday (Brother Lawrence)
We must, during all our labour and in all else we do, even in our reading and writing, holy though both may be – I say more, even during our formal devotions, and spoken prayers – pause for some short moment, to worship God in the depth of our heart. Since you know that God is present before you whatever you are doing, that he is at the depth and centre of your soul, why not then pause from time to time at least from that which occupies you outwardly, even from your spoken prayers, to worship him inwardly. All these acts of worship must arise from faith, and the belief that in truth God is in our hearts; that we must worship him, love him and serve him in spirit and in truth.
Scripture (Luke 18:10-14)
A Pharisee and a tax-collector went up to the Temple to pray. The Pharisee stood there and said this prayer to himself, “ I thank you Lord that I am not grasping, unjust, adulterous like everyone else, especially like this tax-collector here. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes on all I get.” The tax-collector stood some distance away , not daring even to raise his eyes to heaven; but he beat his breast and said, God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” This man, I tell you went home again, justified; the other did not.
Friday (Caryll Houselander)
In life there are many secret resurrections. In our sin, we are the tombs in which Christ lies dead, but at the first movement of sorrow for sin he rises from the dead in us, the life of the world is renewed by our sorrow. It is not just the poor sinner licking his wounds and limping on, crippled by the past; it is Christ risen, alive, whole. There is no place he will not come: prisons, hospitals, schools, camps, cathedrals and little tin churches; he comes to them all.
Scripture (Galatians 2:16, 19-20)
We have learned that someone is reckoned as upright not by practising the Law but by faith in Jesus Christ; and we, too, came to believe in Christ Jesus so as to be reckoned as upright by faith in Christ, not by practising the Law: since no human can be found upright by keeping the Law. I have been crucified with Christ and yet I am alive; yet it is no longer I , but Christ living in me. The life that I am now living, subject to the limitations of human nature, I am living in faith, faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.