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
3 October 2021
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
received with thanksSunday : The 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Reflections for the coming week
Gospel : Mark 10:2-16
People were bringing little children to Jesus, for him to touch them. The disciples turned them away, but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ Then he put his arms round them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing.
Scripture Reflection : Live In Love
The right to life is the first and foundational human right. The gospel and our Church value human life from its beginnings to its end, which includes of course all the years in between.
The valuing of life was behind the Church’s traditional commitment to health care, to hospitals and hospices over the centuries, when otherwise medical care would not have been provided. Even pilgrims on their journeys found hospices along the way to care for physical illness.
That care can be seen in our personal care of the sick at all times of life, and in our commitment to the teachings of Jesus in different areas of conflict regarding life issues. How we speak of life, how we vote for our politicians in this area of right to life, and how we give good care to our own bodies and minds, are all part of our care for life.
But it also reaches into our care for all creation. That is because we are all ‘stewards’ of creation, given the joyful task by God to care for all creation – our world, our common home.
CAFOD A big thank you to those who are returning their Family Fast envelopes this weekend. CAFOD, our own country’s Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, is well known, not only for coming to the aid of people because of some emergency crisis, as in floods and earthquakes, but also for its great support in helping people to support themselves and develop the means to eradicate hunger, disease and poverty. This is becoming more and more urgent in the context of world climate change. Your generosity will be very much appreciated. Of course if you are not returning the Family Fast envelope this weekend, you can bring it to Mass next weekend, or any other time, or post it through the presbytery letter box. It will all go to this year’s Family Fast Appeal.
A Creation Celebration Next weekend at both our churches, and at all Masses, we are celebrating a Creation Mass, to give thanks for the gift of creation, and pray for our common home.
Climate change is already ruining the work we do to fight poverty and live better lives. That is why this Celebration Mass is a CAFOD initiative, and well-supported by them. Of course we have already made huge progress on climate change, and scientists and politicians know more than ever before what needs to be done by all of us. But things are urgent now. Next weekend’s Creation Celebration Mass will bring our communities together for mutual support, and be a reminder that none of us can ignore this biggest issue of our time. In fact by our celebration we will be joining a global Catholic family campaigning for change, and hoping and praying for the strength and the will to make it happen.
ST. Teresa’s Nursery, which supports children from both our parishes, and of which we are very proud, has asked that we publish this important notice for us :
“Do you have a child in the family who is 3 or 4 years old, and ready to start Nursery? We would love to welcome you to take a look around, or have a virtual tour, as we have places now in our newly refurbished St. Teresa’s Nursery. We offer 15 hours free childcare per week. Please contact St. Teresa’s Nursery, Tel. 01253 852457.
100 Club Winners for September : Maureen Thompson £15, Isabel Rose-Quirie £10, Shirley Westray £5
The Way of Love For All
Jeesus had a way with children,
a welcome for them, a love for them,
and saw in them
some of the qualities of openness to God
The innocence of children and their weakness
touch the strings of love in our hearts.
If we are people of love, and true followers of Jesus,
we will want the best for our children.
We want happiness and love for them,
good health and meaning in their lives.
We want them to find friends.
We want to spare them the hardships of life,
and when we cannot
we want to give them a light to guide them
in what will be the pain of life we all share.
We hope also to give them a way through
the inevitable difficulties of love and of growth
which they will find as they make their way through life.
Can we give them the way of Jesus?
He had a way with children because he is the Way to God
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (A New Catechism)
The truth of our being taken up into the flux and reflux of divine life is beyond what our mind can grasp and our words express. But it does not reduce us to nothingness. God made us in his image so that the personal consciousness which we received from his love should never be lost but should continually develop, among our family today. The mystery of God is not a mystery of isolation but of fellowship, creativity, knowledge, love, outpouring and receiving, and that is why we are what we are. Human life is the possibility of cooperating with what God is: love.
Scripture (Ecclesiasticus 17:1-3,6-8)
The Lord fashioned human beings from the earth, he gave them authority over everything on earth. He clothed them in strength, like himself, and made them in his own image. He made them a tongue, eyes and ears and gave them a heart to think with. He put his own light in their hearts to show them the magnificence of his works.
Tuesday (Pierrre Teilhard de Chardin)
Love is the most universal, the most tremendous and the most mysterious of the cosmic forces. We are conscious of it, but all we ask of it is to amuse us, or not to harm us. Is it truly possible for mankind to live and grow without asking itself how much truth and energy it is losing by neglecting its incredible power of love? Human love is distinct from all other love because its warm and penetrating light is marvellously enriched. No longer only directed to material fertility; but an unbounded and continuous possibility of contact through spirit. If only mankind would turn and see the reality of the universe shining in the spirit and through the flesh.
Scripture (Genesis 2: 18-24)
God said ‘It is not good that man should be alone. I shall make him a helper. So from the soil, God fashioned all the wild animals and all the birds of heaven. The man gave names to all, but no suitable helper was found for him. Then God made the man fall into a deep sleep. And while he was asleep, he took one of his ribs and closed up his flesh forthwith. God fashioned the rib into a woman and the man said, ‘This one at last is bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh.’
Wednesday (Carlo Carretto)
Woman completes man, and man woman. Love fulfils them, introduces them to the divine stream of charity, forces them to become open, transforms them. When a parent gazes into the eyes of their child, they will, if they look carefully, see the mystery of the infinite, of the unfathomable, the ungraspable. For an instant we have shared in God’s creative joy and have touched the infinite. Whenever love is lived to the full, we feel we are touching God.
Scripture (Mark 10:4-8)
The Pharisees said to Jesus ‘Moses allowed us to draw up a writ of dismissal in cases of divorce.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘It was because you were so hard hearted that he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation he made them male and female. This is why a man leaves his father and mother, and the two become one flesh. They are no longer two, therefore, but one flesh. So then, what God has united, human beings must not divide.
Thursday (Thomas Merton)
I became more and more conscious of the necessity of a vital faith, and of the total unreality and insubstantiality of the dead, selfish rationalism which had been freezing my mind and will. That summer I was to become conscious of the fact that the only way to live was to live in a world that was charged with the presence and reality of God. At this point it was still, for me, more an intellectual realisation than anything else: and it had not yet struck down to the roots of my will. The life of the soul is not knowledge, it is love, since love is the act by which we are formally united to the end of all our strivings—by which we become one with God.
Scripture (Psalm 8:1,3-6)
God, our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the world! I look up at your heavens, shaped by your fingers, at the moon and the stars you set firm—what are human beings that you spare a thought for them, or the children of Adam that you care for them? Yet you have made us little less than a god, you have crowned us with glory and beauty, you have made us lord of the works of your hands.
Friday (Timothy Radcliffe, OP)
We are hemmed in, impeded from full communion with other people by so many things. The night before he died, Jesus gathered together his friends to celebrate the Last Supper. At that meal we see both communion and all that destroys it. This was the meal of their love, but also of its failure. The disciples fled. They were overcome with fear. Judas sold him. Peter denied him. Christ was betrayed, suffered and died. Christ embraced in that Last Super everything that could destroy communion. His resurrection was the triumph over all these limitations. All humans, deep down, aspire to this unlimited communion. The Gospel is the invitation to begin to live, here and now, this communion of the resurrection. It destroys the hatred in our hearts, the hostilities in our families. It can transform those structures that make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
Scripture (Ephesians 3:16-19)
In the abundance of his glory may he, through his Spirit, help your inner self to grow strong, so that Christ may live in your heart through faith, and then, planted in love and built on love, with all God’s holy people you will have the strength to grasp the breadth and the length, the height and the depth; so that, knowing the love of Christ which is beyond all knowledge, you may be filled with the utter fullness of God.