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
8 May 2022
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : Fourth Sunday of Easter
Reflections for the coming week
Gospel: John: 10:27-30
“The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice;
I know them and they follow me.
I give them eternal life;
They will never be lost
And no one will ever steal them from me.
The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone,
And no one can steal from the Father.
The Father and I are one.”
Gospel Reflection : No One Can Steal Us From The Good Shepherd
We belong to him, as closely as the stone belongs to a rock, the water to a river, the scent to perfume, for without him we would be nothing.
We belong to him as the shadow belongs to the sun, as the taste belongs to the bread, as the reflection belongs to the light.
We belong to him as brothers and sisters belong to each other, finding our family roots in the family of God, and unique in our own personality.
We belong to him as a child to a parent, loved, united, but each our own person.
We belong to him, as earth belongs to heaven, as the son Jesus belongs to his Father, for he and the Father are one, so we are one with him.
And because he has been born and lived among us, the Word of God made flesh, he belongs to us, and we share his life, as he humbled himself to share our life.
We belong to him when we sit with him in prayer, or when we share his work, each in our own way, according to our talents and our call in life, to bring his kingdom to our world.
We Remember In Our Prayers Derek Gaskell whose Funeral Service is at Carleton Crematorium on Thursday, 12th May, at 11.45 am and Mary Morris whose Funeral is at St Teresa’s on Friday, 20th May at 11.15 am. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
We Also Keep In Our Prayers the thirteen children who will be celebrating their First Holy Communion at the 10.30 am Mass at St. Teresa’s on Sunday, 15th May.
WEDDING: We wish every blessing for Louise Acheson and Andrew Magee whose wedding took place this Saturday.
Everyone Is Invited To Celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in St.Teresa’s Parish Hall on Saturday, 21st May, 7-11pm. Please bring your own food and drink and celebrate with friends. The evening will include a quiz, a live DJ playing requests, a sing-a-long, fun games including ‘Bonkers Bingo’, and so much more in the way we have had our enjoyable Socials many times before. Why not ‘dress to impress’ – red, white or blue, or all three! Although the Parish Hall is the largest venue we have for this between the two parishes, tickets are limited, at £5 each. Please book as soon as you can, by phoning 07866 156333.
A Big Thank You for the £156.06 which was generously given in the SVP collection at St. Teresa’s last Sunday, along with a very generous donation from a single parishioner. All the money given is going to support local people who are in need.
The Paradox of Abundance : Over 800 million people go hungry each day. Yet the world produces over 4 billion tonnes of food and we only need 3.7 billion tonnes to feed everyone. From all this food produced, a third is wasted. Pope John Paul II called this “the paradox of abundance”. Clearly the global food system is not working.
But as Pope Francis said, “Each of us has a role to play in transforming food systems for the benefit of people and of the planet.” Let’s respond to his call. CAFOD’s new campaign is called ‘Fix the Food System’. Please see www.cafod.org.uk/food for more information, including an invitation for parishioners to learn about the impact of our food with CAFOD’s Fix the Food System : a 7- station journey resource.
St. Teresa’s Church Shop has now fully reopened and has plenty of stock, including cards, rosary beads, and First Communion gifts. The shop is open before and after every weekend Mass. Please feel free to browse. A big thank you to Chris L. and her helpers for this.
Blackpool Victoria Hospital : Fr. Andrew, the hard-working and much-appreciated CatholicChaplain at the hospital, who is also the parish priest at St. Kentigern’s, informs all the local priests each week of any developments which might affect us, and our loved-ones in hospital. This week he was very pleased to tell us that the latest revisions include an increase in the number of visitors allowed, with patients now allowed two visitors. There will also no longer be a requirement for any visitors to take a Covid lateral flow test before attending the hospital.
There is still some way to go until we return to ‘normal visiting’, but Fr. Andrew hopes that this information is helpful, and will bring some comfort to the friends and family members of those in hospital.
April 100 Club Winners: Alan Murphy £15, Bernadette Richardson £10, Mary Lyon £5
The Vocation To Love
The deepest wound of all is that which affects the heart,
the feeling that we have not been loved. that we are not precious to anyone.
Many people today are wounded at heart, but each of us can do something to heal their wounds.
We have hands that can make things, and minds that can understand things,
but above all we have hearts that can bring life.
We are not sterile people. We can give life to people who are inwardly broken.
We can show them that they are important, and so bring life to them.
Today, Good Shepherd Sunday, is also Vocations Sunday,
and all vocations are vocations to love.
Monday (Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh)
If you learn to use a prayer you have chosen at moments when you can give all your attention to the divine presence and offer God this prayer, gradually what happens is that the awareness of God grows within you to such an extent that whether you are with people, listening, speaking or whether you are alone working, this awareness is so strong that even if you are with people you will still be able to pray. We listen to people, we do our work, we read, we do what we are supposed to, and the pain of bereavement, the awareness of joy is with us incessantly. This should also be the sense of the presence of God.
Scripture (John 10:27-30)
Jesus said: “The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from me. The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone and no one can steal from the Father. The Father and I are one.”
Tuesday (St. Teresa of Avila)
What utter blindness to seek for happiness where it cannot be found. Lord, give us light! See! We need it more than did the man who was born blind, for he longed to se the light but could not, while we do not wish to see it. O true God of mine! How hard a thing I ask of you. No less than you should love those who do not love you: should open to those who do not knock – should cure those who wish to ail. You said that you came to seek sinners: these are the real sinners!
Scripture (Psalm 100: 1-3,5)
Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness, come into his presence with songs of joy. Know that he, the Lord, is God. He made us, we belong to him, his people, the flock of his sheepfold. Indeed, how good is the Lord, eternal his merciful love. He is faithful from age to age.
Wednesday (The Desert Fathers)
The presbyter of a church used to come to a hermit to consecrate the Eucharist for him. But someone else visited the hermit and told him evil things about the presbyter. The hermit would no longer let him in, so he went away. Then the hermit heard a voice saying, ‘Men have taken my judgment into their own hands.’ He saw a vision of a well of gold and a bucket of gold, and plenty of drinking water. He saw a leper emptying and refilling the bucket and he was thirsty but would not drink because it was a leper who had poured the water. Then the voice spoke a second time and said, ‘Why don’t you drink this water? What does it matter who draws it, for he only draws it and pours it out again.’ The hermit realised what the vision meant. He called the presbyter and had him consecrate the Eucharist as before.
Scripture (Acts 13:44-51)
The next Sabbath, almost the whole town assembled to hear the word of God. When they saw the crowds, the Jews, filled with jealousy, used blasphemies to contradict everything that Paul said. Then paul and Barnabas spoke out fearlessly. ‘We had to proclaim the word of God to you first, but since you have rejected it, since you do not think of yourselves as worthy of eternal life, here and now we turn to the pagans. It made the pagans very happy to hear this and they gave thanks to the Lord for this message. But the Jews stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas and expelled them from their territory.
Thursday (Carlo Carretto)
The will of God. That’s what rules the world, what converts the nations, what brings to life and brings triumph out of death. The will of God made Christ incarnate and demanded his sacrifice; this it was that founded the Church. And it is God’s will still to continue the work of redemption until the end of time. It will call people to enter one by one into the visible body of the Church when the time is ripe after having belonged to his invisible soul through their good intentions and good will.
Scripture (Ephesians 2:11-14,18-22)
Do not forget that there was a time when you who were pagans were separate from Christ and excluded form membership of Israel, aliens with no part in the covenants of the Promise and without God. But now in Christ Jesus, you who used to be so far off have been brought close by the blood of Christ. For he is the peace between us and has broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart. Through him, then, we both in the one Spirit have free access to the Father. So you are no longer aliens or foreign visitors; you are fellow citizens with the holy people of God and part of God’s household. And you, too, in him are being built up into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Friday (St. Francis of Assisi)
Our Father, from whom comes all good, may our knowledge of you become ever clearer that we may know the breadth of your blessings, the length of your promises, the height of your majesty, the depths of your judgments, so that you may rule in us through your grace and enable us to come to your kingdom, where there is an unclouded vision of you, a perfect love of you, a blessed companionship with you, an eternal enjoyment of you. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, that we may love you with our whole heart and we may love our neighbours as ourselves by drawing them with all our strength to your love.
Scripture (Daniel 7:13-14)
I was gazing into the visions of the night when I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, as it were a son of man. He came to the One most venerable and was lead into his presence. On him was conferred rule, honour and kingship, and all peoples, nations and languages became his servants. His rule is an everlasting rule which will never pass away, and his kingdom will never come to an end.