Parish Bulletin 20th February 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

20 February 2022

http://www.st-teresas-church.co.uk

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com               

Sunday : Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Contents:  ​Gospel

Notices (including information about the First Holy Communion programme)

Reflections for the coming week

Gospel (Luke 6:27-38)

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly.  To the man who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek too; to the man who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from the man who robs you.  Treat others as you would like them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what thanks can you expect?  Even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks can you expect?  For even sinners do that much.  And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what thanks can you expect?  Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount.  Instead, love your enemies and do good, and lend without any hope of return.  You will have a great reward, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.

‘Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate.  Do not judge, and you will not be judged yourselves; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned.  Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap; because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.

Gospel Reflection :  Looking Beyond The Obvious

A tough message – to love people we find difficult, people who drive us mad, or worse still, people who have wronged us. And often the only motive is the motive Jesus gives – love others with the love of God, love others as God loves us.

God looks into the depths of everyone’s personality and sees there what he has made. Like an artist looks on a picture, or a photographer on a photo, and you see there both what you did, and what you tried to do. Like a parent looks on their child and sees in the child the gift of their life, and the love that goes beyond anything done or said, or not done and not said, by the child.

God looks on each of us and sees in us his creation. And what he sees and loves in Jesus, he sees and loves in us. His eyes shine with compassion, seeing beyond everything to the spark of life and light that shines in us all.

Can we see with the eyes of God, noticing and loving in everyone the child of God too?

We Remember In Our Prayers  Lynn Barlow whose Funeral is at  Park Crematorium, Lytham on Tuesday 1st March at 11.30 am, and Ray Hargreaves (Dorothea’s husband) whose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s on Saturday, 5th March 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.

Also Please Pray For Peace In Ukraine :  Cardinal Vincent Nichols has urged the Catholic community to pray for peace in Ukraine as Western nations warn that Russia could invade its neighbour at any time. Cardinal Nichols, President of the Bishop’s Conference in this country, asks us to pray to Saints Cyril and Methodius, the Patron Saints of Europe treasured by all Slavic peoples, that their prayers of protection might “save their beloved people from warfare and bloodshed”.

This Monday The First Holy Communion Programme Begins

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.

This Thursday There Is An Open Meeting To Further Discuss The Themes For The Worldwide Church Synod (Meeting) Which Takes Place In Rome Next Year.  Our meeting will take place next Thursday, 24th February at 7 pm in St. Teresa’s Church Sacristy, the large room through the door to the left of the altar/sanctuary. The church will be open.

Please take home with you the leaflet which is being given out as you come into church this weekend, but please too bring it with you to the meeting to help our discussion. Don’t worry if by any chance the dog, or cat, destroys it in the meantime! There will be more here.

The World Day Of Prayer 2022 Church Service  takes place on Friday, 4th March. Thornton-Cleveleys have joined with Fleetwood for this year’s Service, which is at St. Wulstan’s Church, Poulton Road, Fleetwood at 2 pm. All are very welcome.

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 :  

GIVING

There are those who give, but only on condition

that they receive something in return, and receive it immediately.

There are those who give on condition

that they receive something in return later on, and with a good profit.

And there are those who give

without expecting anything in return now or ever.

They scatter the seeds of the heart without looking for any harvest.

These are imitating the generosity of God,

who bestows his love on good people and bad,

and grants mercy to saints and sinners.

Daily Reflections for this week

 Monday (Rule of St. Benedict)

Just as there is an evil zeal of bitterness which separates from God, so 

there is a good zeal which separates from evil and leads to God and eternal life. Monks therefore should practise the zeal with most fervent love so that they ‘outdo one another in mutual respect’. Let them bear, with great patience, one another’s weaknesses, of body or of character; let them vie in paying obedience to one another; let them exercise brotherly charity with a pure love; let them fear God; let them put nothing at all before Christ, and may he bring us all together to life eternal.

Scripture (1Peter 1:13-17)

Your minds, then, must be sober and ready for action; put all your hope in the grace brought to you by the revelation of Jesus Christ. Do not allow yourselves to be shaped by the passions of your old ignorance but as obedient children, be yourselves holy in all your activity, after the model of the Holy One who calls us, since Scripture says, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’

Tuesday (Martin Luther King: Commandments for protesters in Birmingham, Alabama)

1.  Meditate daily on the teachings and the life of Jesus

2   Remember always that we seek justice and reconciliation – not victory

3   Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love

4   Pray daily to be used by God in order that all people might be free.

5   Sacrifice personal wishes so that all might be free.

6   Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.

7   Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world

8   Refrain form the violence of fist, tongue, or heart.

9.  Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.  

10 Follow the directions and movements of the captain on a demonstration.

Scripture (Luke 6:27-32)

But I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly. To anyone who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek as well; to anyone who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse them your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and do not ask for your property back from anyone who takes it. Treat others as you would like people to treat you. If you love those who love you, what credit can you expect? Even sinners love those who love them.

Wednesday (Carlo Carretto)

I must do what Jesus – who brought God’s love to earth and communicated it to us – would do in my position. I must remember that the opportunities I have to suffer, to pardon, to accept are treasures not to be lost. My life is worth living if I can learn to transform everything that happens to me into love, an imitation of Jesus: because love is for livingWhen I meet someone who has caused me great pain, I shall love them and in loving them I shall transform the evil done to me into good: because love is for living.When I have to live with people who do not see things the way I see them, who say they are enemies of my faith, I shall love them, and in loving them, I shall sow the seeds of future dialogue in my heart and theirs: because love is for living.

Scripture (1 John 4:7-12)

My dear friends, let us love each other, since love is from God and everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever fails to love does not know God, because God is love. This is the revelation of God’s love for us, that God sent his only Son into the world that we might have life through him. Love consists in this: it is not we who loved God, but God loved us and sent his only Son to expiate our sins. My dear friends, if God loved us so much, we tooshould love each other. No one has seen God, but as long as we love each other, God lives in us and his love comes to perfection in us.

Thursday (Paul Claudel)

Not one of our fellow humans, even if they wished, could fail us. In the most unfeeling miser, in the innermost being of the prostitute, in the foulest drunkard, is an immortal soul intent on keeping alive, but which, shut out from the light of day, worships in the night. I hear them speaking when we speak and weeping when I kneel to pray. I accept all this. I reach out to them all. There is not one that I do not need or cannot do without. There are many stars in the sky and their number is beyond my power to count, yet there is not one I do not need in order to praise God. There are many souls but there is not one with whom I am not in communion through this sacred spot in it that says: Our Father.

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 one another; forgive each other if one of you has a complaint against another. The Lord has forgiven you, now you must do the same. 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 were called together in one body. Let the Word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home in you.

Friday (from the Prayer of Therese Vanier)

That oppressed people and those who oppress them, may free each other;

That those who are handicapped and those who think they are not, may help each other; That those who need someone to listen may touch the hearts of those who are too busy; That the homeless may bring joy to those who open their doors reluctantly;  That the lonely may heal those who think they are self-sufficient; that the poor may melt the hearts of the rich; that the seekers for truth give life to those who are satisfied they have found it:  

that the unloved be allowed to unlock the hearts of those who cannot love;

that prisoners may find true freedom and liberate others from fear:  

that the hungry tear the veil from the eyes of those who do not hunger after justice; that those who live without hope cleanse the hearts of their brothers and sisters who are afraid to live;  that the weak confound the strong and save them; that violence be overtaken by compassion; that violence be absorbed by men and women of peace; that we may be healed:  

These things, good Lord, that we pray for, give us grace to labour for.  Amen 

Scripture (Luke 6:36-38)

Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge and you will not be judged; do not condemn and you will not be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap, because the standard you use will be the standard used for you.

Martin Bennett

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