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
15 May 2022
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : Fifth Sunday of Easter
Reflections for the coming week
Gospel: John: 13:31-35
When Judas had gone Jesus said:
‘Now has the Son of Man been glorified,
And in him God has been glorified.
If God has been glorified in him,
God will in turn glorify him in himself,
And will glorify him very soon.
My little children,
I shall not be with you much longer.
I give you a new commandment:
Love one another;
Just as I have loved you,
you must also love one another.
By this love you have for one another,
Everyone will know that you are my discriples.
Gospel Reflection : Love One Another As I Have Loved You
It was one of those days. Things had gone wrong all day – some tensions at work, annoyance with people, criticism behind their backs. One of those days!
The words sometimes go through my mind on those occasions : “Love one another as I have loved you”. They don’t make it easier, but somehow it makes things look a bit different, and I think a bit more kindly of someone else.
Sometimes it’s the “love one another” that I remember, and that gets me. Why should I love him? Why should I care for her? They don’t seem to want to care for me. And I hear in the ear of the mind and the memory of the heart, the words of Jesus, “as I have loved you”.
‘Lord, your total love of me should be like a wave coming over me, refreshing, cooling me, and that gives me another chance, to cool off hot words, refresh tired judgements, and believe that as you love me you also love everyone.
So, thank you Lord for the words “Love one another as I have loved you”. They spur me on. cool me down, centre me and focus me on the gift of love and hope that is your gift to everyone.
We Remember In Our Prayers Derek Gaskell whose Funeral was last week 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 Welcome This Sunday And Congratulate the thirteen children who are receiving Holy Communion for the first time at the 10.30 am Mass. A very big thank you is due to the families, and our Parish Catechists, Clare ( our First Communion Programme Coordinator), with Anne, Bernadette, Maria, and Rachel, who have all supported the children so well throughout their preparation for this very special day. We also thank our Head Teacher and school staff for their support, and for arranging for the First Communion children, and all Key Stage Two pupils, to be with us at the Parish 9.30 am Mass on Monday morning, and then to celebrate in school afterwards.
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.
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 withCAFOD’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.
God Gives Us Power
God has given us the power
to create beauty,
to make another smile,
to be a healing presence in someone’s sorrows,
to bring justice to the oppressed,
to support those in difficulty,
to bring peace and joy to others,
to help those in need,
to laugh and enjoy life,
to forgive those who have hurt us,
and most of all, to love.
Monday (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
The bearers of Jesus’ word receive a final word of promise for their work. They are now Christ’s fellow workers and will be like him in all things. They are to meet those to whom they are sent as if they were Christ himself. When they are welcomed into a house, Christ enters with them. They are bearers of his presence. They bring with them the most precious gift in the world, the gift of Jesus Christ. And with him, they bring God the Father, and that means indeed forgiveness and salvation, life and bliss.
Scripture (John 14:15-20)
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. I shall ask the
Father and he will give you another Paraclete to be with you forever, the spirit of truth whom the world can never accept since it neither sees nor knows him; but you know him, because he is with you, he is in you. I shall not leave you orphans; I shall come to you. In a short time the world will no longer see me; but you will see that I live and you also will live. On that day, you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me and I in you.
Tuesday (Cardinal Basil Hume)
The baptised share Christ’s role as prophet. It means that Christians never shed responsibility for proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, in season and out of season, to those who hear and heed the Word and to those who reject it. It means as well that Christians have to interpret sensitively all human experience in the light of the Gospel so that through them, ordinary men and women can discover for themselves its deeper significance, bringing to the whole of society the truth that sets us free.
Scripture (Acts 14:21-27)
Having preached the Good News in that town and made a considerable number of disciples, they went back through Lystra, Iconium and Antioch. They put fresh heart into the disciples, encouraging them to persevere in the faith, saying, ‘We must all experience many hardships before we enter the Kingdom of God.’ They passed through Pisidia and Pamphylia. Then after proclaiming the word at Perga they went to Attalia, and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had originally been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. On their arrival they assembled the church and gave an account of all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith to the gentiles.
Wednesday (A New Catechism)
In Israel and on behalf of all mankind, our creator linked himself with our human destiny. This process was a very gradual one and did not proceed without reference to human development and circumstances. As Renckens says, “Attaching himself freely and almost imperceptibly to mankind on its pilgrimage, the divine travelling companion enters into the conversation as he finds it. He intervenes to give it a new direction. Then there is a new beginning whose effects are gradually but inexorably felt.”
Scripture (Ephesians 2:18-22)
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. You are built upon the foundations of the apostles and prophets, and Christ Jesus himself is the cornerstone. Every structure knit together in him grows into a holy temple in the Lord; and you, too, in him, are being built up into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Thursday (Thomas a Kempis)
The Disciple to Christ: The prophets can preach the word, but they cannot bestow the Spirit. They speak most eloquently, but if You are silent, they cannot fire the heart. They instruct in the letter, but You open the understanding. They set forth the mysteries, but You reveal the meaning of all secrets. They teach your commandments, but You help us to observe them. They point the way. But You grant us strength to follow it. You instruct and enlighten the heart. They water the seed; You make it fruitful. They proclaim the words, but You impart understanding to the mind.
Scripture (1 Cor.2: 12-15)
Now, the Spirit we have received is not the spirit of the world but God’s own Spirit, so that we may understand the lavish gifts God has given us. And these are what we speak of, not in the terms learned from human philosophy, but in terms learned from the Spirit, fitting spiritual language to spiritual things. The person who lives by human nature alone has no room for the gifts of God’s Spirit; he cannot recognise them, because their can only be assessed in the Spirit. For: ‘who has ever known the mind of the Lord? Who has ever been his adviser?’ But we are those who have the mind of Christ.
Friday (Jean Vanier)
By becoming flesh, the Word makes all things new: he brings a new vision of humanity, a new way of being. God is no longer revealed just in the heavens, but God is more particularly present in the earth, hidden in the earth of pain and poverty, and hidden in the earth of our own being. Mary lived this radical change at the moment of the Incarnation, when the Word became flesh. For her, God was not just in the Temple of Jerusalem and in the prophets’ words, but she found a new presence of God in the body of her child. This is a radically new path.
Scripture (Psalm 98:1-6)
Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has performed wonders, his saving power in his right hand and holy arm. The Lord has made known his saving power, revealed his salvation for the nations to see, mindful of his faithful love and constancy to the House of Israel. The whole world has seen the saving power of our God. Acclaim the Lord, all the earth, burst into shouts of joy! Play to the Lord on the harp, to the sound of instruments; to the sound of trumpet and horn, acclaim the presence of the king.