Parish Bulletin 26/12/2021

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

26 December 2021


Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433                

Sunday : Feast of Holy Family

Contents:  ​Gospel


Reflections for the coming week

Gospel Luke 2:41-52

Every year the parents of Jesus used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.  When he was twelve years old, they went up for the feast as usual.  When they were on their way hoke after the feast, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it. They assumed he was with the caravan, and it was only after a day’s journey that they went to look for him among their relations and acquaintances.  When they failed to find him they went back to Jerusalem looking for him everywhere.

Three days later they found him in the Temple, sitting among the doctors, listening to them, and asking them questions; and all those who heard him were astounded at his intelligence and his replies. They were overcome when they saw him, and his mother said to him, ‘My child, why have you done this to us?  See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you.’ ‘Why were you looking for me?’ he replied.   ‘Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father’s affairs?’  But they did not understand what he meant.

He then went down with them and came to Nazareth and lived under the authority.  His mother stored up all these things in her heart.  And Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God and men.

Gospel Reflection  :  Family, Don’t Hold Back

“One day Lord we will finally believe that you came, and still come, for all people – not just the ones we think are nice and respectable, but for all people, far away, next door, down our street and across the world; for people of all creeds and none, of every colour and language, in every time, before your birth and since, and to come.

Every year we must learn anew that we can’t keep you, or what you stand for,  toourselves. You are an infinite supply. Your love, your promise, your hope, your life forever, are enough for all. We can give you and your gifts away in abundance, and still receive the same. We lose nothing in sharing you.

Each year, beginning again this week, we are never alone, but always with you – someone born into a troubled family, for our troubled families.”

Welcome Lord Jesus!

We Remember In Our Prayers  Monica Delaney whose Funeral was last week, and Tom Gradwell who sadly died unexpectedly last Thursday, but whose Funeral arrangements, as this bulletin goes to print, have not yet been finalised. We remember Tom, and Monica, and pray for their families, and for all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

A Big Thank You :

1.  On behalf of everyone, to all those who prepared our churches for Christmas, through cleaning and arranging the flowers, the crib and the tree, and to those who supported our celebrations at St. Teresa’s by organising the large screen, and the music. It was all very much appreciated.

2.  From Fr. Chris C.,  Fr. Chris W. and Deacon Bernard, for all the cards, gifts and offerings you have so generously given them this Christmas, and for the wonderful atmosphere at all our Masses. At the same time we are aware that our celebration this year has been affected by the new Omicron Variant of the Covid Virus. To start with we didn’t know till the last minute what regulations we would have to follow, or even if we could use the church at all. And then, when we learnt we could celebrate without more limiting rules, but still acting responsibly, there was still the fear of the Virus’ fast transmission rate, which has meant that our feelings of uncertainty have remained. 

But amidst all the difficulties, including the weariness caused by our present long-lasting situation, we believe celebrating the Birth of Jesus can give us strength, and bring us hope. Whatever we have to face, we are strengthened by the fact that God loves us so much he sent his only Son to be with us in the world as it is. In every challenge and difficulty we place our hope in Him – and in Him at work through all the scientists and medical staff.

3. And finally a big thank you to the person who this last week kindly made a donation of£140 to St. Teresa’s Parish, ‘in loving memory of the Buens and Bostock families’.

First Holy Communion : At this point we are hoping to celebrate First Holy Communion at St. Teresa’s (but as always for both our parishes) on Sunday, 15th May 2022. This is for children aged from Year 4 (in Primary School) and upwards. We were hoping to have an Introductory Meeting for parents and children towards the end of February, but this may now depend on the Covid situation by then. We hopefully will be able to give more information in the new year.


Come, Lord Jesus!

I open my mind and heart to you.

And long for You to be born anew in me.

Help me to experience Your presence within me,

And to allow You to touch others through me.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Come and stay with my family and friends –

And all who are close to me.

Be near especially those who are burdened by

Sickness or sadness – set them free

By your love and care.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Bring peace to our world, especially in the war-torn areas

The Middle East and all places where hostility

Blocks your light from shining into all men and women’s


Come, Lord Jesus!

Please do not delay!

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (William Law)

Devotion signifies a life given or devoted to God. The devout person, therefore, is the one who lives no longer to their own will, but to the sole will of God, who considers God in everything, who serves God in everything. If self-denial be a part of salvation, all that would be saved must make it  a part of their ordinary life. The common life of a Christian is to be a constant course of humility in all its kinds. If poverty of spirit is necessary, it must be the spirit and temper of every day of our lives. If we are to follow Christ, it must be in our common way of spending every day.

Scripture (1 Cor. 9:16-17,19-23)

Preaching the gospel gives me nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion and I should be in trouble if I failed to do it. If I did it on my own initiative I would deserve a reward; but if I do it under compulsion I am simply accepting a task entrusted to me. What reward do I have, then? That in my preaching I offer the gospel free of charge to avoid using the rights which the gospel allows me. So though I was not a slave to any human being, I put myself in slavery to all people to win as many as I could. I accommodated myself to people in all kinds of different situations, so that by all possible means I might bring some to salvation.

Tuesday (A New Catechism)

From the very first words that Jesus speaks, the gospel describes him as a man completely taken up with the will of the Father. The inward unity between the Father and his only begotten Son who is God from God, now becomes manifest in a human life. To sum up Jesus’ personal “spirituality” in one word, one could say simply: the will of God. His “vocation” at the Jordan is a vocation to service. His preaching is God’s reign. His deepest prayer is: Thy will be done. It all comes to the same thing—perfect obedience. Man’s greatest glory, his own will, was identified by Jesus with the will of Another.

Scripture (1Jn. 2:3-6)

We can be sure that we know Jesus only by keeping his commandments. Anyone who says, ‘I know him’, and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, refusing to admit the truth. But when anyone does obey what he has said, God’s love comes to perfection in them. We can be sure that we are in God only when the one who claims to be living in him is living the same kind of life that Christ lived.

Wednesday (Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia)

Love is marked by humility; if we are to understand, forgive and serve others from the heart, our pride has to be healed and our humility must increase. Jesus told his disciples that in a world where power prevails, each tries to dominate the other, but “it shall not be so among you” (Mt 20:26). The inner logic of Christian love is not about importance and power; rather, “whoever would be first among you must be your slave” (Mt 20:27). In family life, the logic of domination and competition about who is the most intelligent or powerful destroys love. 

Scripture (Phil.2:3-9)

Nothing is to be done out of jealousy or vanity; instead, out of humility of mind everyone should give preference to others, everyone pursuing not selfish interests but those of others. Make your own the mind of Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, did not count equality with God something to be grasped. But he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming as human beings are; and being in every way like a human being, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross.

Thursday (Jean Vanier)

To enter into covenant is to discover that there are bonds between us and our God, that we are made to be his children and to live in his light. It is also to enter the heart of God and discover that we are made for our brothers and sisters and especially for the poorest who are without hope. Sometimes people don’t want to recognise ‘their people’ because that seems to bring terrible demands. It means becoming responsible for suffering and anguished people, responsible for recognising their cry and going beyond themselves for them. We have to grow in wisdom, in love and in humility to be better able to serve our people.

Scripture (Colossians 3:12-16)

As the chosen of God, then, the holy people whom he loves, you are to be clothed in heartfelt compassion, in generosity and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other; forgive each other. Over all these clothes, put on love, the perfect bond. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you wree called together in one body. Let the Word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you. Teach each other, and advise each other in all wisdom.

Friday (Henri Nouwen)

The Spirit within you will bear fruit of simplicity and goodness, modesty and joy, sobriety and gentleness. He will give you interior freedom and bring your love to perfection. He will make you into a new person. God’s Spirit will bring you to simplicity in an undivided dedication to Him and to your fellow creatures. He gives you no programme but the chance of turning yourself towards love hour by hour. Every day look at the way you are living in the light of God’s Word. Let it warm you when you are cold, encourage you when you are disappointed. You must not be only a hearer of the Word—you must bring it to fulfilment.

Scripture (Psalm 119:124-130)

Show your faithful love to your servant, teach me your judgements. Your servant am I; give me understanding and I shall know your instructions. Yes, I love your commandments more than gold, purest gold. Yes, I rule my life by your precepts, I hate all deceptive paths. Wonderful are your instructions, so I observe them. As your word unfolds it gives light, and even the simple understand.

Martin Bennett

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