Parish Bulletin 7th November 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

7 November 2021


Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

Sunday  : 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Contents:  ​Gospel


Reflections for the coming week

GospelMark 12:38-44

In his teaching Jesus said, ‘Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes, to be greeted obsequiously in the market squares, to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets; these are the men who swallow the property of widows, while making a show of lengthy prayers.  The more severe will be the sentence they receive.’

He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the treasury and many of the rich put in a great deal.  A poor widow came and put in two small coins, the equivalent of a penny.  Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘I tell you solemnly, this poor widow has put more in than all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have all put in money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in everything she possessed all she had to live on.’

Gospel Reflection :   Never Too Poor To Give

Poverty is not just those frightening times we have real financial problems, but also includes the times in our lives when we are weak and discouraged, and feel we have little to give.

After failing an exam, losing a job, finding out we are ill, when love has gone wrong, or our children or parents don’t turn out as we would like, or a loved one has died, we may really feel that we have little to offer.

As Jesus praised the woman for her contribution in the temple, he showed us what God our Father is like. He sees the intentions of the heart, and values whatever we can offer.

Like the snow melting into the Wyre from the hills, and every small flake becoming part of the river which flows into the sea, so all we give from the heart becomes part of the great love of God.

We are never too poor to give, for what matters is the gift of the heart, the gift of ourselves. It’s just that many of us need others for support when, rather than give, life seems to have taken everything away. That is why we Christians believe in community, and have community worship.

We Remember In Our Prayers  Therese Clements whose Funeral was last week, and Irene Bradshaw whose Funeral Service is at Carleton Crematorium on Friday, 19th November. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they all be in God’s peace.

We Welcome Into The Family Of The Church  Harry Joseph Lowe whose Baptism takes place at St. Teresa’s church this Sunday, and Sonny Alfie Byrne-Fraser whose Baptism takes place at St. John Southworth church, also this Sunday.

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

The ‘ Knit and Natter’ Group meets on Wednesdays at 1 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. 

100 Club Winners For October

Catherine Redfern  £15,  Stan and Yvonne Rawcliffe  £10,  Sue Ward  £5

Another, Older,  Reflection On Giving

You give but little when you give of your possessions.

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

There are those who give little of the much which they have,

and they give it for recognition,

and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome.

And there are those who have little and give it all.

These are the believers in life and the bounty of life,

and their coffer is never empty.

Through the hands of such as these God speakes,

and from behind their eyes he smiles upon the earth.

Kahlil Gibran

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 (Metropolitan Anthony)

Unless the prayer you intend to offer to God is important and meaningful to you first, you will not be able to present it to the Lord. If you are inattentive to the words you pronounce, if your heart does not respond to them, or if your life is not turned in the same direction as your prayer, it will not reach out Godwards. Sothe first thing is to choose a prayer which you can say with all your mind, with all your heart and with all your will. You must understand this prayer, with all the richness and precision it possesses.

Scripture (Mark 12:41-44)

Jesus sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people and watched the people putting money onto the treasury, and many of the rich put in a great deal. A poor widow came and put in two small coins, the equivalent of a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “I tell you solemnly, this poor widow has put in more than all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have all put in money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.”

Tuesday (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

The life of discipleship can only be maintained so long as nothing is allowed to come between Christ and ourselves—neither the law, nor personal piety, nor even the world. The disciple only looks to his master. Thus the heart of the disciple must be set upon Christ alone. If the eye sees an object which is not there, the whole body is deceived. If the heart is devoted to the mirage of the world, to the creature instead of the 

creator, the disciple is lost.

Scripture (Psalm 119:140-148)

Your promise is well tested, your servant holds it dear. Weak and despised as I am, I do not forget your precepts. Your saving justice is fore ever just, and your Law is trustworthy. Though anguish and distress grip me, your commands are my delight. Your instructions are upright for ever, give me understanding and I shall live. I call with all my heart; answer me, Yahweh, and I will observe your judgements. I call to you; save me and I will keep your instructions. I am awake before dawn to cry for help, I put my hope in your word. My eyes are awake before each watch of the night, to ponder your promise.

Wednesday (Ignatius of Antioch)

Faith is the beginning and love is the end; and the union of the two together is God. All that makes for a soul’s perfection follows in their train. Whatever we do, then, let it be done as though he himself were dwelling within us, we being as it were his temples and he within us as their God. For, in fact, that is literally the case; and in proportion as we rightly love him, so it will become clear to our eyes.

Scripture (Colossians 3:16-17, 23-24)

Let the Word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you. Teach each other and advise each other, in all wisdom. With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns to God; and whatever you say or do let it be in the name of the Lord Jesus, in thanksgiving to God the Father through him. Whatever your work is, put your heart into it as done for the Lord and not for human beings, knowing that the Lord will repay you by making you heirs.

Thursday (Dorothy Day)

When I became a Catholic, it never occurred to me to question how much freedom I had or how much authority the Church had to limit that freedom …… I had reached the point where I wanted to obey. I was like the child who said, ‘Do I have to do what I want today?’ I was tired of following the 

devices and desires of my own heart, of doing what I wanted to do, which always seemed to lead me astray. Obedient to my conscience, I became a Catholic, was conditionally baptised and said “I do believe,” to all the great and solemn and beautiful truths proposed to me.

Scripture (Isaiah 26:3-4,7-9)

This is the plan decreed: you will guarantee peace, the peace 

entrusted to you. Trust in the Lord for ever, for he is a rock for ever. The path of the Upright One is honesty; you smooth the way of the upright. Following the path of your judgements, Lord, we set our hopes in you, your name, your memory are all our soul desires. At night, my soul longs for you and my spirit within me seeks you out.

Friday (St. John of the Cross)

In every soul, even that of the greatest sinner, God dwells, and is substantially present. The soul has greater communion with God which is most advanced in love, that is, whose will is most conformable to the will of God. For which cause, therefore, the more the soul clings to created things, relying on its own strength, by habit and inclination, the less it is disposed for this union, because it does not completely resign itself into the hands of God, that he may transform it supernaturally.

Scripture (1 Kings 17:11-15)

When Elijah arrived, there was a widow gathering sticks. He asked her for water to drink. She was on her way to fetch it when he called after her for a scrap of bread. ‘As the Lord your God lives,’ she said ‘I have no bread, only a handful of meal and a little oil. I am going to prepare it for myself and my son, then we shall die.’ But Elijah said to her ‘Do not be afraid, go and do as you have said; but first make a little scone of it for me, then make some for yourself and your son. For the Lord, the God of Israel, says this: Jar of meal shall not be spent, jug of oil shall not be emptied before the day when the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth. The woman went and did as Elijah told her, and they all ate. The meal was not spent and the jar not emptied, as the Lord had foretold.

Martin Bennett

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