Parish Bulletin 31st October 2021

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

31 October 2021


Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433              

Sunday  : All Saints

Contents:  ​Gospel


Reflections for the coming week

GospelMatthew 5:1-12

Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples.  Then he began to speak.  This is what he taught them:

“How happy are the poor in spirit;

Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Happy the gentle;

They shall have the earth for their heritage.

Happy those who mourn:

They shall be comforted.

Happy those who hunger and thirst for what his right:

They shall be satisfied.

Happy the merciful:

They shall have mercy shown to them.

Happy the pure in heart:

And they shall see God.

Happy the peacemakers:

They shall be called sons of God.

Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right:

There is the kingdom of heaven.

Gospel Reflection : God’s Work of Art

We are all different, all unique, all God’s work of art.

We remember today all our saints, all the human race who have reached God. Each person, man or woman, young or old, mirrors something of the face of God.

And there is a common thread which unites us all : our need for love and community, for home and acceptance, for respect and forgiveness; and the need to love : the desire to make this world a better place, to create with God a world of justice, love and peace.

Because the world is full of people, it is “charged with the grandeur of God”. We look at everyone and listen to them, and see and hear in them the glory of God.

 The Feast of All Saints honours us all, living and dead. The Feast celebrates those gone before us, and proclaims with love that the finest thread among us is that we are children of God, friends of Jesus Christ and the place where God’s glory dwells now.

We Remember In Our Prayers  Therese Clements whose Funeral Mass is at St.Teresa’s this Monday, 1st November. We remember her and her family, and all those whose anniversaries are at  this time. May they be in God’s peace.

We Welcome Into The Family of The Church   Kainen Kirkham whose Baptism took place on Friday, and Charles Henrik Orwin whose Baptism is this Sunday.

Sick and Retired Priests :  This weekend at all Masses there is the annual special collection we are asked to take in order to support the sick and retired priests of our own Diocese.

A Timely Observation and Message From The Chair of St. Teresa’s Parish Council

Today we celebrate All Saints Day, a celebration which honours not only the Saints of the past whom we know about, but also the Saints of today, the Saints who quietly work behind the scenes to help spread the word of God and those Saints who are yet to hear and respond to the calling of Jesus.

St Teresa’s parish community needs it’s Saints to step forward, particularly in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic. Over the coming weeks we will be asking for volunteers to help with a number of tasks within our church community. 

Are you so sure that the irritating noise that seems to haunt you is not Jesus whispering in your ear to step forward and follow him?

Two Groups  Which Meet In St. Teresa’s Parish Hall  have started up again :

The ‘ Knit and Natter’ Group meets on Wednesdays at 2 pm.

The ‘ Keep Fit and Dance’ Group also meets on Wednesdays at 2 pm (in a different part of the Hall).

Both Groups will especially suit the ‘seniors’ amongst us, but everyone will be made very welcome. Please enter St. Teresa’s Parish Hall by the main door, which is on the other side of the building from St. George’s Avenue. 

A Prayer For The Cop 26 Climate Talks

Loving God,

We praise your name with all you have created.

You are present in the whole universe,

and in the smallest creatures.

We acknowledge the responsibilities you have placed upon us

as stewards of your creation.

May the Holy Spirit inspire all the political leaders at COP26 as they

seek to embrace the changes needed to foster a more sustainable society.

Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions

for the poorest and most vulnerable,

and commit their nations to the care of Our Common Home.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (Cardinal Newman)

A person who is religious is so morning noon and night. Their religion is a mould in which their thought, words and actions are cast, all forming part of one and the same whole. They see God in all things; every course of action is directed towards those spiritual objects which God has revealed to them; every occurrence of the day, every event, every person met with, all news, are measured by the standard of God’s will. Knowing that they are in God’s presence, they are continually led to address him reverently.

Scripture (1 Peter 1:13-17)

Your minds, then, must be sober and ready for action: put all your hope in the grace brought to you by the revelation of Jesus Christ. Do not allow yourselves to be shaped by the passions of your old ignorance, but as obedient children, be yourselves holy in all your activity, after the model of the Holy One who calls us, since scripture says, ‘Be holy for I am holy.’ And if you address as Father him who judges without favouritism according to individual deeds, live out the time of your exile here in reverent ways.

Tuesday (Fr. Michael Ivens, SJ)

In the Contemplation to Attain Love, the Creator/creature relationship is proposed with explicit reference to the things, events and situations of the everyday world. As God gives himself in love through all things, the totality of the self, everything we call our own, every element of our experience has as its context a certain vision, a perception of the world in which the love of God is so sensed in everything that nothing can come as an interference between God and his creature because everything is a means of encounter and union.

Scripture (Mark 12:28-34)

One of the scribes who had listened to them debating appreciated that Jesus had given a good answer and put a further question to him, ‘Which is the greatest of all the commandments?’ Jesus replied,  ‘Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one, only Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, wiht all your mind and with all your strength. The second is you must love your neighbour as yourself.’ The scribe said to him, ‘Well spoken, master; what you have said is true. This is far more important than burnt offering or sacrifice.’ Jesus, seeing how wisely he had spoken, said, ‘You are not far from the Kingdom of God.’

Wednesday (Edward le Joly: Mother Teresa)

When she came to Cambridge to receive an honorary Doctorate in Divinity, Mother went to the convent around midday. People came to meet her. A reporter asked her,” What made you start your work, what inspired you and kept you going during so many years?” Mother answered, “Jesus.” The reporter looked disappointed; he must have expected long explanations. For Mother, one word sufficed to sum up her whole life, to explain her faith, her enterprise, courage, love, devotion, single-mindedness: Jesus. Everything was due to him, every effort and sacrifice made for him

Scripture (Ecclesiasticus 1:12-16,18)

The fear of the Lord gladdens the heart, giving happiness, joy and long life. For those who fear the Lord, all will end well: on their dying day they will be blessed. The basis if wisdom is to fear the Lord; she was created with the faithful in their mother’s womb; she has made her home in mankind, an age-old foundation, and to their descendants she will faithfully cling. The fullness of Creation is to fear the Lord; she intoxicates them with her fruits. The crown of Wisdom is to fear the Lord.

Thursday (Thomas Merton)

God touches us with a touch that is emptiness and empties us. He moves us with a simplicity that simplifies us, All variety, all complexity, all paradox, all multiplicity cease. Nothing more is desired. Nothing more is wanting. Our only sorrow, if sorrow be possible at all, is that we ourselves still live outside God. A supernatural instinct teaches us that the function of this abyss of freedom that has been opened out in our midst is to draw us utterly out of our own selfhood and into its own immensity of liberty and joy.

Scripture (James 1:21-25)

Humbly welcome the Word which has been planted in you and can save your souls. But you must do what the word tells you and not just listen to it and deceive your selves. Anyone who listens to the Word and takes no action is like someone who looks at their own features in the mirror and once they have seen what they look like, go off immediately and forget it. But anyone who looks at the perfect law of freedom and keeps it – not listening and forgetting, but putting it into practice – will be blessed in every undertaking.

Friday  (1st Epistle of Clement)

Let us contemplate God with our mind and with the eyes of our soul gaze on his patient purpose. Let us observe how close God is, and that none of our thoughts, none of the inner debates we have, escape his attention. Awe and respect for the Lord is a beautiful thing, a real bonus, bringing salvation to all who live with that attitude, with a pure mind and holy lifestyle. For God is a searcher of thoughts and desires. We have his breath in us.

Scripture (Deuteronomy 4:32-33) 

Put this question to ages past, from when God created the human race on earth: was there ever a word so majestic, from one end of heaven to the other? Was anything like it ever heard? Hence, grasp this today and meditate on it carefully: Yahweh is the true God, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other. Keep his commandments as I give them to you today, so that your children after you may prosper.

Martin Bennett

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