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
2 January 2022
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : 2nd Sunday after Christmas
Reflections for the coming week
Gospel John 1:1-18
In the beginning was the Word:
The Word was with God
And the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things came to be,
Not one thing had its being but through him.
All that came to be had life in him
And that life was the light of men,
A light that shines in the dark,
A light that darkness could not overpower.
The word was the true light
That enlightens all men;
And he was coming into the world.
He was in the world
That had its being through him
And the world did not know him
He came to his own domain
And his own people did not accept him.
But to all who did accept him
He gave power to become children of God
To all who believe in the name of him
Who was born not out of human stock
Or urge of the flesh
Or will of man
But of God himself.
The word was made flesh,
He live among us,
And we saw his glory
The glory that is his as the only Son of the Father,
Full of grace and truth.
Gospel Reflection : Can We Afford To Turn The Big-Light On?
We have been living in a Season of lights – candle lights, Christmas lights, lights on our streets, even, for some, lights on our houses. As the Season is still with us, we can ask what light really enlightens our lives? What light do we live by?
This Sunday Jesus is presented as an image of the true light. His Good News shines light in our lives, and lets our light shine. We live by the light of Jesus by listening to his word in the Gospels, by living his examples of love, and by our prayer, our talking with him. As Pope Francis recommends : “Today, for example, try for 10 to 15 minutes to read a Gospel passage, picture what happens, and say something to Jesus. And nothing more. So your knowledge of Jesus will be bigger, and your hope will grow.”
We allow the light of Jesus shine in us by watching him in the Gospel, and trying to live his gospel of love as he spoke it in word and action. The word of God is not just a series of human words, but a Person who is the Son of God. We find his light by speaking to him in prayer.
Later in his ministry, Jesus will speak about letting our light shine. That is because the light from God that is within us is not just for ourselves but to be shared for others. We can switch on God’s light in any act of care or service we do for others – those close to us and those far away.
That is the light of Christmas. And when you think of it, if we can shine this light for a few days each year, why not for the rest of the year?
We Remember In Our Prayers Frances Edmondson whose Funeral is at St.Teresa’s on Monday, 17th January, at 1.30 pm, and Tom Gradwell whose Funeral is at St. Teresa’s on Friday, 21st January at 12.45 pm. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
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.
A Notice From St. Teresa’s Nursery, which supports children from both our parishes and our local community:
“Do you have a child in the family who is 3 or 4 years old, and ready for Nursery? We would love to welcome you to take a look around, or have a virtual tour, as we have places 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
The Feast of The Epiphany is next week, on January 6th, with the ‘Holy Day’ Mass times for both our churches as follows :
St. Teresa’s : Wednesday, January 5th at 6.30 pm (Vigil Mass), and Thursday, January 6th, at 9.30 am.
St. John Southworth : Thursday, January 6th at 6.30 pm.
Stamps Pat is very grateful for all the used stamps handed in for the MIssions over the Christmas period. If you have any more at home, these can be placed in the church porch. Thank you.
A Happier New Year
To All Our Readers!
Monday (Thomas a Kempis)
‘I will hear what the Lord God speaks within me.’ Blessed is the soul that hears the Lord speaking within it, and receives comfort from His Word. Blessed are the ears that hear the still, small voice of God, and disregard the whispers of the world. Blessed are the ears that listen to Truth teaching inwardly, and not to the voices of the world. Blessed are the eyes that are closed to outward things, but are open to inward things. Blessed are those who enter deeply into inner things, and daily prepare themselves to receive the secrets of heaven.
Scripture (Luke 2:10-12,18-19)
The angel said “Do not be afraid. Look, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people. Today in the town of David a saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” So the shepherds hurried away and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, lying in the manger. When they saw the childthey repeated what they had been told about him, and everyone who heard it was astonished at what the shepherds said to them. As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Tuesday (Dorothy Day)
The thrill of joy that stirred my heart when I came across spiritual truth and beauty never abated, never left me as I grew older. Natural goodness, natural beauty, brings joy and a lifting of the spirit, but it is not enough, it is not the same. The special emotions I am speaking of came only at hearing the word of God. It was as though each time I heard our Lord spoken of, a warm feeling of joy filled me. It was hearing of someone you love and who loves you.
Scripture (Numbers 6:22-27)
The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “This is how you are to bless the children of Israel. You shall say to them:
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace. This is how you are to call down my name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”
Wednesday (Evelyn Underhill)
The people of our time are helpless, distracted and rebellious, unable to interpret what is happening because they have lost this sure hold on the eternal; which gives to each life meaning and direction. I do not mean by this a slinking away from the actual to enjoy the eternal. I mean an acceptance and living out of the actual in the light of the eternal. This view of our situation fills us with a certain awed and humble gladness. It delivers us form all niggling fuss about ourselves, prevents us from feeling self-important about our own little spiritual adventures; and yet makes them worthwhile as part of one great spiritual adventure.
Scripture (Romans 16:25-27)
And now to him who can make you strong in accordance with the gospel that I preach and the proclamation of Jesus Christ in accordance with the mystery which for endless ages was kept secret but now, as the prophets wrote, is revealed, as the eternal God commanded, to be made known to all the nations so that they may obey in faith: to him, the only wise God, give glory through Jesus Christ for ever and ever. Amen.
Thursday (Thomas Merton)
The real mystery of Christian love is this power that the Person of the Word, in coming to us, has given us. The power of a direct and simple contact with Him. Hence, in love, we can, so to speak, experience in our own hearts, the intimate, personal secret of the Beloved. And Christ has granted us His friendship so that He may in this manner enter our hearts and dwell in them as a personal presence, not as an object, not as a “what” but as a “who.” Such is the mystery of the Word dwelling in us by virtue of His incarnation.
Scripture ((Ephesians 1:3-9)
Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ. Thus he chose us in Christ before the world was made to be holy and faultless before him in love, marking us out for himself beforehand, to be adopted children, through Jesus Christ. Such is the richness of grace he has showered on us in all wisdom and insight. He has let us know the mystery of his purpose.
Friday (A Carthusian)
In his infinitely wise love, God has foreseen that a world in which peace and anxiety, joy and sorrow, good and evil intermingle, will better procure his glory, which is his ultimate end. This plan is good, because it is his plan; and placing all our faith in its goodness, we partake in some measure in him who is its source and witness. Then we see things from a quite different angle. I say that we see: not that we understand. It is not necessary to understand. To understand is an act of the mind. To believe is an act which draws us into the activity of him in whom we believe is Infinite Wisdom, to believe is to participate in that Wisdom, and is therefore infinitely wise. That is why, for us, prayer and faith are such a stronghold against everything.
Scripture (1John: 1-4)
Something which has existed since the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have watched and touched with our own hands, the Word of life—this is our theme. That life was made visible; we saw it and are giving our testimony,
declaring to you the eternal life that was present to the Father and has been revealed to us. We are declaring to you what we have seen and heard, so that you too may share our life. Our life is shared with the
Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.