Parish Bulletin February 6th 2022

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

6 February 2022


Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433               

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Contents:  ​Gospel

Notices (including information about the First Holy Communion programme)

Reflections for the coming week

Gospel (Luke 5:1-11)

Jesus was standing one day by the lake of Gennesaret, with the crowd pressing round him listening to the Word of God, when he caught sight of two boats close to the bank.  The fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats – it was Simon’s – and asked him to put out a little from the shore.  Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.’  ‘Master,’ Simon replied ‘we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets.’  And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish their nets began to tear, so they signalled to their companions in the other boats to come and help them, when these came, they filled two boats to sinking point.

When Simon Peter saw this he fell at the knees of Jesus saying, ‘Leave me, Lord, I am a sinful man.’ For he and all his companions were completely overcome by the catch they had made: so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were Simon’s partners.  But Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid, from now on it is men you will catch.’  Then bringing their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.

Gospel Reflection  :  From Now On You Will Catch People

Caught by a smile in a crowded room, and you find the gathering is never the same. Caught by a loving touch, and you know you are not alone. Caught by good humour, and you know you can just be yourself.

We can be caught by the love of God for us, as shown in the words and deeds of Jesus, and our lives can be changed; like the friendship or a chance meeting that catches us unawares can change our lives.

We are caught by the compassion of God so that we know we are always loved, even when we cannot love ourselves. We are caught by God’s forgiveness and know that nothing of the past need catch us in nets of guilt. We are caught by the call of God, and we know that God wants to catch others through us.

We are invited, each of us, into his service, to be caught by the beauty, joy, challenge and freedom of his invitation. We can be his followers in his service, for he catches us to be his word and presence, compassion and love, in our world today.

Information About The First Holy Communion Programme

There is a meeting to introduce this year’s preparation for first Holy Communion, for both children and parents/guardians, on Monday, 21st February, 6.30pm in St Teresa’s church. This year First Holy Communion will be for children aged Year 4 in Primary School, and upwards, and will take place at St. Teresa’s church on Sunday 15th May. The meetings to prepare for this, for children and parents,  will begin on Sunday, 27th February after the 10.30 am Mass at St. Teresa’s.

Please Note : These First Holy Communion arrangements, as always, are also for children who are in other schools besides St. Teresa’s, who are Baptised and within the age group outlined above.

A Very Big Thank You :  As some will remember, for about nine years one of the groups who met in St. Teresa’s Parish Hall each week was the Wednesday Morning Bingo Group. This was begun for anyone in our local community who might appreciate a regular social gathering, including those who lived on their own, and became popular and much appreciated, as did the help of the volunteer team who ran it, which included one of our local town Councillors, Paul Galley. Like all other such groups in this country, these past two years their regular meetings were sorely disrupted by the Covid pandemic. Very sadly this group has now themselves decided to finish, and so we would like to thank them most sincerely for all that was achieved over the years. Furthermore, in finishing, the group has had to decide what to do with the remaining group funds, and we are very grateful indeed that they have decided to pass over £300 to St. Teresa’s Parish. This money will be used now for the continued running of the Hall, which has suffered these past two years because of Covid, and the great lack of income it has received. Thank you Wednesday Morning Bingo Group for your great thoughtfulness and kindness!

Volunteers For CAFOD :  A vital aspect of church is people being willing to share their talents, experience and energy. Could a resolution of yours this year be to volunteer for CAFOD? They have lots of different ways in which you can get involved, such as : –

*  In the parish  –  where you will be highlighting CAFOD’s work to support communities globally who are living with injustices and in poverty.

*  In local schools  –  where you will deliver assemblies and workshops about CAFOD’s work. No experience is necessary. Full support, resources and regular training are provided.

*  Coordinating volunteers –  to help CAFOD support, encourage and bring together a small group of volunteers.

If you would like to know more, please get in touch with Emma Nolan :  

A Current CAFOD Campaign  :   Recently CAFOD have been campaigning for new legislation which would hold UK companies accountable when they fail to prevent human rights and environmental abuses. Will you email your MP now, and ask them for a new law?

Around the world, communities who work with CAFOD are experiencing the impacts of climate change, human rights abuses and environmental destruction, linked in some cases to activities of some UK companies. This has to stop. Pope Francis himself calls on us to strengthen national and internatonal legislation to regulate the activities of extractive companies, and to ensure access to justice for those affected. “Let’s all play our part in this.”  If this new law is passed, it would have an incredibly positive effect on communities around the world; businesses who are profiting from abuses would be punished and stopped in their tracks, and they would pay compensation so the victims can live a dignified life. Please email your MP now and ask them to support this new law to end corporate abuse.

Let Your Light Shine

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,

but that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant,

gorgeous, talented and fabulous?”

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking

so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,

we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,

our presence automatically liberates others.

(From the inaugural speech of Nelson Mandela)

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (Bernard of Clairvaux)

First, see what measure God deserves to be loved by us, and how he deserves to be loved without measure. The love that is directed to God is directed to something immense, something infinite. God loves, whose greatness knows no bounds, whose wisdom cannot be counted, whose peace passes all understanding. My God, my helper, even though I cannot love you as much as I ought, I still cannot love you more than I am able. I shall be able to love you more only when you deign to love me more. 

Scripture (Psalm 138:2-6)

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart. I praise your love and your faithfulness; your promises surpass even your fame. You heard me when I called, and you gave new strength to my heart. All the kings of the earth give you thanks, Lord, when they hear the promises you make; they sing of the Lord’s ways, ‘Great is the glory of the Lord!’ Sublime as he is, the Lord looks on the humble.

Tuesday (Cardinal Newman)

Lord, I am abashed before you and abhor myself in your sight, I am not worthy of the least of your mercies; you have given me good gifts, and I have dishonoured them by my neglect or corrupt use of them. I sinned before you gave them and I have sinned since you gave them. Yet you renew your goodness to me every morning. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me praise his holy name.

Scripture (Isaiah 6:1-9)

I saw the Lord seated on his throne, his train filled the sanctuary. Above him stood seraphs, each with six wings. They shouted these words to each other: “Holy, holy, holy is Lord of hosts. His glory fills the whole earth.” Then I said ‘Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the king, the Lord of hosts.’ Then one of the seraphs flew to me and touched my mouth with a live coal taken from the altar, and said: ‘Look, this has touched your lips, your guilt has been removed and your sin forgiven.’ I then heard the voice of the Lord saying ‘ Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?’ And I said ‘Here I am, send me.’

Wednesday (Fr. Richard Rohr)

God’s love is total, unconditional, absolute and forever. That’s grace! And sometimes because we carry guilt and fear and burdens, we are not able to believe that God loves us. Biblically, that’s the greatest sin: not to believe the good news, not to accept the unconditional love of God. When we no longer believe God loves us, we can no longer love ourselves. We have to allow God to continually fill us. Then we find in our own lives the power to give love away.

Scripture (Ephesians 1:17-21)

May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him. May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, how rich is the glory of the heritage he offers among his holy people, and how extraordinarily great is the power that he has exercised for us believers; this accords with the strength of his power at work in Christ, the power which he exercised in raising him from the dead and enthroning him at his right hand, in heaven, far above any principality, ruling force, power or sovereignty. 

Thursday (Brother Lawrence)

The brother often deplores our blindness, and is always complaining that we are to be pitied for being satisfied with so little. God, he says, has boundless treasures to give us, and a moment’s sense of devotion is enough for us. We are blind who so bind the hands of God, and we stem the abundance of his grace. When he finds a soul imbued with living faith, into it he pours grace upon grace, a flowing stream, as it were, which, checked in its proper course, a finding a new outlet spreads wide with force, abundantly. Let us check it no more; let us return into ourselves, break down this dam, make open way for grace and make up for lost time.

Scripture (1 Chronicles 29:10-14)

Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the splendour, length of days and glory, everything in heaven and on earth is yours. Yours is the sovereignty, Lord; you are exalted, supreme above all. In your hand lie strength and power, and you bestow greatness and might on whomsoever you please. So now, our God, we give thanks to you and praise your majestic name, for who am I and what is my people, for us to be able to volunteer offerings like this? – since everything we have comes from you and we have given you only what you bestowed in the first place.

Friday (St. John of the Cross)

In the divine union the soul has a vision and foretaste of abundant and inestimable riches; it attains to the secrets of God, and to a strange knowledge of him. It is conscious of the awful power of God beyond all other power and might and drinks deeply of the wisdom of God. It feels itself filled with all good, emptied, and, above all, rejoices consciously in the inestimable banquet of love which confirms it in love.

Scripture (Luke 5:4-11)

When Jesus had finished speaking he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.’ Simon replied, ‘Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets.’ They netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear, so they signalled their companions in the other boat to come and help them; they filled both boats to sinking point. When Simon saw this, he fell on his knees saying ‘Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man.’ For he and all his companions were completely awestruck at the catch they had made. But Jesus said to Simon ‘Do not be afraid; from now on it is people you will be catching.’ They left everything and followed him.

Martin Bennett

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