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
14 November 2021
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reflections for the coming week
Reflection : In These Darker Nights Are We Switched On?
In many cities of the world you can visit the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is there that we remember the millions of ordinary people in whatever decade who died, courageously but tragically, in war.
Without in any way reducing the importance of those places of remembrance, perhaps in our churches, and other places of worship, we could also have a suitable plaque to the Unknown Saint – somewhere to remember the millions of ordinary people whose lives have also influenced us by their sometimes day to day courageous goodness. For we have all been influenced by such people from our earliest days.
Whoever they are, they have been a light for us, and the power of that light is love. It is in the Eucharist, our celebration of love, that the light is renewed and our light brightened – as a waterfall generates electricity, as love generates new life.
Take time on this Remembrance Sunday to be inspired by others, and especially by their bravery. Take time to refresh your spirit. Take time for prayer and wonder. Take time to be surprised by God in the November sunrise, in the evening’s winter peace, and in your own light, which also burns for others.
We Remember In Our Prayers Irene Bradshaw whose Funeral was last week, and Jim Cleary whose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s on Thursday, 25th November at 11 am. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
We Welcome Into The Family of The Church Fredrick Edward Cooper whose Baptism takes place this Sunday at St. Teresa’s.
JOB VACANCY : House Manager/Carer at St. Winifride’s House
An opportunity has arisen for an experienced person to provide care and support to the retired priests of St Winefride’s House, Bispham, Blackpool. FY2 0PA. We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated, reliable person with a friendly, caring and positive attitude to join the team.
The successful candidate would be responsible for the holistic care of the priests (currently 6 in number) and carry out basic day-to-day household tasks including cooking lunch for the priests. Salary to be arranged. Please contact Fr Peter Draper on 01772 725193 or email@example.com for more information or for an application form/job description/person spec. Arrangements can be made to have a look around.
The Daily Mass Times At Both Our Churches :–
Weekdays : St. Teresa’s : Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9.30 am
St. John Southworth : Wednesday 9.30 am
Sundays St. Teresa’s : Saturday (Vigil Mass) 6.30 pm, Sunday 9 am and 10.30 am (Live-Streamed)
St. John Southworth : Sunday 5 pm
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.
A Poem Frequently Used On Remembrance Sunday Is “In Flanders Fields”
This poem inspired the use of the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance. It was written in 1915 by John McCrae, a Canadian serving Officer and Doctor, shortly after losing a friend at Ypres, and after seeing poppies growing in battle-scarred fields. Sadly he himself died in January, 1918, ten months before the First World War ended.
As well as the poppy being a symbol of Remembrance for all those who have fallen in conflict, it is also a symbol of hope, including hope for a positive future and peaceful world. Since the foundation of the British Legion in 1921, our buying and wearing of the poppy has shown our support in our own day for the Armed Forces community, those currently serving, and ex-serving personnel and their families, including those whose lives have been so badly affected by conflict and war – and all for our sake.
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
John McCrae (1872-1918)
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (Fr. Richard Rohr)
Christ, the “image of the unseen God” is not a problem -solving Christ, not a denominational or cultural Christ, not a Christ domesticated by the churches. This Christ names in his life and person what matters, what Iasts and finally what is. He reveals the redemptive pattern of what we call the life and death of things and holds the meaning and value of our lives outside of ourselves. Because we no longer worship such a Christ, we are condemned to worship smaller stories. We try to replace him with colourised myths, strong worldly leaders, but none of them are big enough or real enough to give universal order and meaning.
Scripture (Hebrews 10:32-36 )
Remember the great challenges of the sufferings that you had to meet after you received the light, in the earlier days; sometimes by being yourselves publicly being exposed to humiliations and violence, and sometimes as associates of others who were treated in the same way. For you not only shared in the sufferings of those who were in prison, but you accepted with joy being stripped of your belongings, knowing that you owned something that was better and more lasting. Do not lose your fearlessness now, then, since the reward is so great. You will need perseverance if you are to do God’s will and gain what he has promised.
Tuesday (Oscar Romero)
History will not fail; God sustains it. That is why I say that insofar as historical projects attempt to reflect the eternal plan of God, to that extent they reflect the kingdom of God. The great task of Christians must be to absorb the spirit of God’s kingdom and, with souls filled with the kingdom of God, to work on the projects of history. It’s fine to be part of any group, as long as you are a Christian who carries the reflection of the kingdom of God and tries to establish it where you are working. My dear Christians, I have always told you that the true liberators of our people must come from the people of God.
Scripture (Psalm 1:1-5)
How blessed is anyone who rejects the advice of the wicked and does not take a stand in the path that sinners tread, nor a seat in company with cynics, but who delights in the law of the Lord and murmurs his law day and night. Such a one is like a tree planted near streams; it bears fruit in season and its leaves never wither, and every project succeeds. How different the wicked, how wicked. Just like chaff blown in the wind the wicked will not stand firm at the Judgement, nor sinners at the gathering of the upright.
Wednesday (St. Francis de Sales)
Let us, then, consider the inconstancy and uncertainty of success both in temporal and spiritual things, so that in the event of sudden circumstances, which from being quite new and unforeseen, might give a shock to our minds, we may not lose courage, nor suffer ourselves to be carried away by unevenness of temper amid the unevenness of things that happen to us. Rather, submitting to the guidance of the reason that God has implanted in us, and to his Providence, let us remain, firm constant and unchangeable in the resolution we have made to serve God steadfastly, boldly, and fervently.
Scripture (Psalm 16:5-11)
O Lord, it is you who are my portion and my cup; it is you yourself who are my prize. I keep the Lord ever in my sight: since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm. And so my heart rejoices and is glad; even my body shall rest in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead, nor let your beloved know decay. You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence, at your right hand happiness for ever.
When the author walks on to the stage, the play is over. God is going to invade alright: but what is the good of saying you are on his side when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and you have no choice anyway? This time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. This will not be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen. Now, today, is our chance to choose the right side.
Scripture (Mark13:24-27, 32)
But in those days, after the time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will come falling out of the sky and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send the angels to gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of the sky. But as for the day or the hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.
Friday (Cardinal Basil Hume)
There is so much to do, so much to face that we have become too absorbed in our own activity and not sufficiently concerned about God. The hustle and bustle of life can squeeze him out of our thoughts and very far from our desires. Words like ‘hope’, ‘expectation’ and ‘looking forward’, have, wrongly in my view, been stolen by the young from the old. These are words proper to the elderly, because by the very nature of things they now look forward to the vision of God. That vision is the fulfilment of all they have ever wanted. If such fulfilment does not come at the end of a life well spent, then the toils of life have been in vain. The joys and peace which we have known from time to time in a fitful fashion will be ours totally and for all time. We were made for that and that alone.
Scripture (1 Thess:5:1-2,4-5,9-11 )
About times and dates, there is no need to write to you for you are well aware in any case that the Day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night. But you do not live in the dark, that the Day should take you unawares like a thief. No, you are all children of the light and children of the day: we do not belong to light or to darkness, so we should not go on sleeping, as everyone else does, but stay wide awake and sober. God destined us not for his retribution, but to win salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that, awake or asleep, we should live united with him.