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
10 October 2021
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : The 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Contents: Scripture reflection
Reflections for the coming week
Scripture Reflection : Push Yourself Forward 0r Just Push Yourself?
What we remember most in anyone’s life is not so much their wealth, or even what they have achieved, but the love in which they have lived.
Jesus is remembered more for his death out of love for people than for any great achievements. He painted no great picture, but showed us we are all God’s work of art, and the world in which we live is his gift, to be cared for by us all working together. He wrote no music, but shared the song of God’s love. He wrote no great book, but his words of comfort and love are written through all our joys and sorrows. He has shown us what we are all capable of when we live together in the light and love of God.
Having special places more than others – ‘sitting on the right and left’ of Jesus when he gets to heaven, which is what two of his apostles asked for – that is language which Jesus never used. To live and grow, to suffer and struggle to love ourselves and others, and the gifts he has given us – that is the way to glory in the sight of God, and that is the only glory worth our effort.
We Remember In Our Prayers Alan Andrews whose Funeral is at Carleton Crematorium on Friday, 22nd October. We remember him and his family, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they rest in God’s peace.
We Welcome Into the Family of the Church Tilly Ellen May and Travis Peter May whose Baptisms took place last week, and Ruby Ellen Killeen whose Baptism is this Sunday.
A Creation Celebration This 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. This 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.
We are very grateful indeed to Sue Ward, our CAFOD parish representative, for all the work she has done to organise our Creation Celebration Masses, and for including the children and their teachers in our parish families. Each class/year group in St. Teresa’s Primary School has produced the framed posters, with their words, which you will see at the top end of the church. Please do walk down and have a look. They are wonderful, so appropriate!
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.
Pope Francis introduced the ‘Season of Creation’ 1st September – 4thOctober, 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.
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (Julian of Norwich)
This is the cause why we are not at rest in heart and soul: that we seek rest in things that are so little that there is no rest in them, and we do not know our God who is all mighty, all wise and all good. For he is true rest. No soul can have rest until it finds created things are empty. When the soul gives up all for love, so that it can have him that is all, then it finds true rest. God, of your goodness, give me yourself, for you are enough for me.
Scripture (Mark 10:17-22)
A man ran up to Jesus and fell on his knees before him “Good teacher,” he asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus answered “You know the commandments.” “Teacher,” he declared, “All these I have kept since I was a boy.” Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. Jesus said to his disciples “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
Tuesday (Metropolitan Anthony)
There are passages of the gospel which make our hearts burn, which give light to our intelligence and shake up our will. These passages reveal the points where God and his image in us already coincide, the stage we have already reached, perhaps only momentarily, fleetingly, in becoming what we are called to be. We should note these passages carefully. They are the points at which God’s image is already present in us. And from these beginnings we can strive to continue our transformation into the person we feel we want and ought to be. We must be faithful to these revelations.
Scripture (Philippians 3:8-10)
Because of the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord, I count everything else as loss. For him, I have accepted the loss of all other things, and look on them as filth if only I can gain Christ and be given a place in him, with the uprightness I have gained, not from the Law but through faith in Christ, an uprightness from God, based on faith, that I may come to know him and the power of his resurrection.
Wednesday (Meister Eckhart)
Whoever possesses God in their being, has him in a divine manner, and he shines out to them in all things; for them all things taste of God and in all things it is God’s image that they see. God is always radiant in them; they are inwardly detached from the world and are in-formed by the loving presence of their God. If someone loves something passionately with all their might, so that nothing else pleases them or touches their heart, and they desire that alone and nothing else, then certainly, whatever they are doing or are setting out to do, the object of their love will never be extinguished in them, but they will find his image in all things.
Scripture (Wisdom 7:1,5-11)
I, too am mortal like everyone else, a descendant of the first man formed from the earth. No king has known any other beginning of life. And so I prayed and understanding was given me. I esteemed her more than sceptres and thrones; compared with her I held riches as nothing. Compared with her, all gold is a pinch of sand. I loved her more than health or beauty. In her company, all good things came to me, and at her hands, incalculable wealth.
Thursday (St. John of the Cross)
The Word, the Son of God, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, is hidden in essence and in presence in the inmost being of the soul. That soul, therefore, that will find Him, must go out from all things in will and affection, and all things must be to it as if they existed not. Do not rest, therefore, on what your senses can embrace; never seek to satisfy yourself with what you understand of God, but rather with what you do not
understand; and never rest on the love of, and delight in, that which you can understand and feel, but rather on that which is beyond your understanding and feeling.
Scripture (1 Cor. 2:11-16)
Nobody knows the qualities of God except the Spirit of God. Now, the Spirit we have received is not the spirit of the world but God’s own Spirit, so that we can understand the lavish gifts God has given us. And these are what we speak of, not in the terms learned from human philosophy, but in terms learned from the Spirit. The natural person has no room for the gifts of God’s Spirit; to him they are folly.
Friday (St. Ignatius of Loyola)
The first point is to remember, pondering with deep affection, how much God has done for me, how much he has given me of what he possesses and, further, how according to his divine plan, it is the Lord’s wish to give me himself. Then I shall reflect within myself and consider what, if I were to respond as a reasonable person, I ought for my part to offer and give him, that is to say, all that I possess and myself as well, saying, as one making a gift with heartfelt love:
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my
understanding and my entire will—all that I have and
call my own. You gave it all to me, to you I return it.
Everything is yours, dispose of it entirely according to your will.
Give me only the love of you, together with your love and grace
for that is enough for me.
Scripture (Mt. 13:44-46)
The Kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off in his joy, sells everything he owns and buys the field. Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he finds one of great value he goes and sells
everything he owns and buys it.