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
29 May 2022
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : Seventh Sunday of Easter
Reflections for the coming week
Gospel: John 17:20-26
Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: ‘Holy Father, I pray not only for these,
But for those also who through their words will believe in me. May they all be one.
Father, may they be one in us, as you are in me and I am in you,
So that the world may believe it was you who sent me.
I have given them the glory you gave to me, that they may be one as we are one.
With me in them and you in me, may they be so completely one that the world will realise that it was you who sent me and that I have loved them as much as you love me. Father,
I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they may always see the glory you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Father, Righteous One, the world has not known you, but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me. I have made your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them,
and so that I may be in them.’
Gospel Reflection : Jesus Prays For You
In the hours before Jesus’ death, you might wonder what was on his mind. Did he wonder about the success of his mission, or how his message would be spread? Maybe, or maybe not.
But we do know that he prayed for his friends. From the supper room, where he looked at his friends with love and sadness in his heart, he prayed for them, and assured them that he would always be with them in bread and wine, when they celebrated the meal which remembered him. And on the cross he looked on all his friends who stood at a distance. And he looked beyond his friends to all who down the ages would believe in him.
He prays for you now, as he prayed for you then – praying like a parent for a child, a grandparent for a grandchild, a friend for a friend.
Allow him to pray for you. Allow him to reach out to you in love, for real prayer teaches us to love one another. And join with his prayer for those you wish to pray for. “May they all be one.”
We Remember In Our Prayers Gwyneth Hooker whose Funeral Service is at the Crematorium in Lytham on Tuesday, 31st May at 3.30 pm. We remember her and herfamily, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
We Congratulate And Pray For Every Blessing for Rebecca and Phil Gooden who celebrate their Silver Wedding at the 10.30 am Mass this Sunday.
We Welcome Into The Family Of The Church Sophie Grace Feeney and Isla Rose Feeney whose Baptisms take place this Sunday at St.Teresa’s.
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.
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“Finding Jesus In The Eucharist, the Poor and Creation“, Saturday 4th June, 10 am – 3.30 pm at St. Wilfred’s Parish Centre, Chapel Street, Preston (five minutes walk from Preston Railway Station) – a day to consider joining. The Keynote Speaker is Fr. Eamonn Mulcahy (celebrating Mass at 12.15 pm). Tea and coffee are provided, but please bring your own lunch. After lunch there will be several short presentations. Please book via the link on lancasterfaithandjustice.co.uk For further details please contact Sue Gubric Idfjsue@gmail.com
This weekend there is the annual Special Collection for the work of the Catholic Media Office in this country.
Returning to Mass at Pentecost : An Invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales
“A beautiful hallmark of the Catholic Faith is the profound desire to take part in the Mass and share the Eucharist. We do so with deep gratitude and joy. The Eucharist gives us our identity. It enables us to worship Almighty God, to support each other on our journey of faith, and to be a visible sign of faith in the world. Attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is the greatest of all privileges, sometimes referred to as ‘the Sunday Obligation.’
“Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, until the present time, we have shared with you our judgement that the situation of the last two years has meant that the Sunday Obligation has been impeded, and has needed to be fulfilled in other ways. We thank God that this situation has now changed. The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the previous Covid measures. We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented many Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply.
“We understand that there will still be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday Obligation.
” Our Catholic people and parishes have benefitted during these difficult times from the online streaming of Mass and other Services. ‘Virtual viewing’ of Mass online does not fulfil the Sunday Obligation. However, it may be a source of continual spiritual comfort to those who cannot attend Mass in person, for example those who are elderly and sick, for whom the obligation does not apply. In this context, we gratefully recognise the ministry of those who administer Holy Communion to the elderly, sick and housebound.
“In the celebration of the Eucharist, Jesus entrusted to us the precious gift of himself. With humility, we glory in being a Eucharistic people for whom attendance at Mass is essential. Looking forward to the forthcoming Feast of Pentecost (next Sunday), we now invite all Catholics who have not yet done so to return to attending Mass in person, and journey in faith and worship with their fellow disciples.”
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (A Carthusian monk)
From time to time, God allows peace to well up from the soul and to pervade the nature of our senses. There is, as it were, a sudden uprising which makes us conscious of it. It is by faith that we perceive the divine Truth, and in particular the presence and action of God with us. Faith introduces us into another and higher world, that of God of which it is the light. Ask Jesus, then, to make this wonderful light shine more and more in our hearts—this light which, little by little, becomes love, and which is the true life.
Scripture (Psalm 33:13-15,18,20-22)
From heaven, the Lord looks down, he sees all the children of Adam. From the place where he sits he watches all who dwell on the earth; he alone moulds their hearts, he understands all they do. We are waiting for the Lord; he is our help and our shield, for in him our heart rejoices, in his holy name we trust. Lord, let your faithful love rest on us, as our hope has rested in you.
Tuesday (Fr. Thomas Keating)
The grace of the Ascension offers an incredible union, an invitation to unbounded life and love. This is the invitation to enter into the cosmic Christ – into his divine person, the Word of God, who has always been present in the world. This is the Christ who disappeared in his Ascension beyond the clouds, not into some geographical location, but into the heart of all creation. In particular, he has penetrated the very depths of our being, our separate-self sense has melted into his divine Person, and now we can act under the direct influence of his Spirit. Thus, even if we drink a cup of soup or walk down the street, it is the Christ living and acting in us, transforming the world down the street, it is Christ living and acting in us, transforming the world from within. This transformation appears in the guise of ordinary things – in the guise of our seemingly insignificant daily routine.
Scripture (Ephesians 1:17-19)
May the god of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of 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, what rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit and how infinitely great is the power he has exercised for us believers.
Wednesday (Fr. P Lallemant, SJ)
Without contemplation one will never make much progress in virtue, and will never be much use in helping the progress of others. One will never be quite free from imperfections, always being attached to earth and never rising above the feelings of nature. But with contemplation, one will do more, both for oneself and for others, in a month than one could do without it in ten years. Contemplation produces the very acts of sublime love of God and it perfects faith and all other virtues, lifting them to the highest degree to which it is possible to rise.
Scripture (Luke 24:46-53)
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this. ‘And now I am sending upon you what the Father has promised. Stay in the city, then, until you are clothed with the power from on high.’
Thursday (Fr. Richard Rohr)
As a people, we are afraid of silence. That’s our major barrier to prayer. I believe silence and words are related. Words that don’t come out of silence probably don’t say much. They are probably more unloading our own thoughts than a communicating. Yet words feed silence—that’s why we have the word of God. But that word doesn’t bear much fruit—it really doesn’t break open the heart of the Spirit—unless it’s tasted and chewed, unless it’s felt and suffered at a level beyond words. That running from silence is undoubtedly running from our souls, ourselves, and therefore, from God. If I had to advise on thing for spiritual growth, it would be silence.
Scripture (Lamentations 3:22-26)
Surely the Lord’s mercies are not over, his deeds of faithful love not exhausted; every morning they are renewed; great is his faithfulness! ‘The Lord is all I have,’ I say to myself, ‘and so I shall put my hope in him.’ The Lord is good to those who trust him, to all who search for him. It is good to wait in silence for the Lord to save.
Friday (Brother Lawrence)
When the mind has developed some bad habits of wandering and inattention, they are difficult to overcome and they draw us, in spite of ourselves, to earthly things. I do not advise you to do much talking at prayer, for much talking is often the occasion of wandering. Hold yourself before God, keeping in mind the presence of the Lord. If your mind wanders and withdraws at times do not be disturbed; the will must call it back quietly. One way to do this during the time of prayer is not to allow it to strive too much during the day. It must be kept strictly in the presence of God. Being accustomed to remember him from time to time, it will be easy to remain quiet during your prayers.
Since you have been raised up to be with Christ, you must look for the things that are above, where Christ is sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on things above, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed—and he is your life—you, too, will be revealed with him in glory.