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
19 June 2022
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : Corpus Christi
Reflections for the coming week
Gospel: Luke 9:11-12
Jesus made the crowds welcome and talked to them about the kingdom of God; and he cured those who were in need of healing.
It was late afternoon when the Twelve came to him and said, ‘Send the people away, and they can go to the villages and farms round about to find lodging and food; for we are in a lonely place here.’ He replied, ‘Give them something to eat yourselves.’ But they said, ‘We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we are to go ourselves and buy food for all these people.’ For there were about five thousand men. But he said to his disciples, ‘Get them to sit down in parties of about fifty.’ They did so and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven, and said the blessing over them; then he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute among the crowd. They all ate as much as they wanted, and when the scraps remaining were collected they filled twelve baskets.
Jesus eats with all sorts, including people who were looked down upon by others, like the apostle Matthew; and people who looked down upon themselves.
Jesus seems to be at his best when he is with people at their worst, as we can be at times. Like when you watch your child trying to walk, and falling; or anyone you see trying really hard to do something, or learn something. Your heart goes out to them in their efforts. You really love them at that moment, when they seem weakest, most vulnerable, and they think they are inadequate.
So often when we are down, we feel God is down on us. When we feel empty inside, we think God is far away. Trust him. He is present at the best of times and the worst of times. Trust him. Be present to him, as he is really present to you – in the Eucharist, in love, in every moment of every day.
We are told in the Gospel today that “Jesus made the crowds welcome and talked to them about the kingdom of God.” Because we are followers of Christ we too are welcomers of others, no matter who they are. Hospitality has been a hallmark of Christianity from the beginning. We are people who bring the kingdom of God to others by showing them what it looks like – through our kindness and compassion, our justice and peace. People today, especially young people, want to see Chritianity in action. They are looking for a believable and worthwhile Gospel.
We Remember In Our Prayers Mary Holland whose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s on Thursday, 30th June at 10 am, and Monica Acheson whose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s on Wednesday 6th July at 11.45 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 Into The Family Of The Church Grace Charlotte Walton whose Baptism takes place at St. John Southworth church this Sunday.
This Weekend There Is The Annual “Day for Life” Reflection And Special Collection. The focus this year is the care for the elderly. This theme was chosen because of the present teaching of Pope Francis on the topic, the tragic impact which COVID had on elderly people, the fact that elderly people are those most threatened by the possible legislation of Assisted Suicide, and that they are most affected by the curent health and social care crisis. We are invited to think again about the value and worth of older people in families, in parishes and in society, and to make practical choices to build bridges between the generations. In this way we will learn from the wisdom of the elderly and the different rhythm of their lives – “The arrogance of the time on the clock must be converted into the beauty of the rhythms of life.” (Pope Francis) The money from the special collection will support organisations which promote the case for the elderly in our society, as well as some practical projects such as Rachel’s Vineyard.
Cleveleys Churches Together warmly invite us to join together for an annual Summer Service. This takes place at Cleveleys Baptist Church (on St. Georges Avenue near St. Teresa’s Church) next Wednesday, 22nd June, at 7 pm. The Guest Speaker is Rev. Steve Haskett, a former curate at All Saints Church in Cleveleys.
Day of Renewal : There is a Day of Renewal next Saturday, 25th June , from 10 am to 4 pm, at St Clare’s Church, Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9HH (just across the road from the Hospital, but with plenty of parking around the church for those using the church). The theme of the Day is “The Good Shepherd”, and will be led by Fr. Pat Deegan, a Parish Priest of the Diocese of Salford, and Spiritual Director for the Northern Catholic Conference. The day starts with Mass at 10 am at St. Clare’s Church [Parish Hall]. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee are available. For further information please contact Christine Tel. 07745 009694 or Anette Tel. 07954 429333.
St. John Southworth Church are looking to recruit more Readers for the Sunday 5 pm Mass. If you can help at all please contact Heather at church or Fr. Chris.
St. Teresa’s Church is now open each day, from the time of the morning Mass until early evening.
A Prayer Before the Blessed Sacrament
Outside the church the noisy traffic flows past,
and people of all ages are on the move.
But I have left that world behind, and I am here before you Lord.
I do not exclude my brothers and sisters, I bring them with me,
for I know they are equally dear to you.
I have nothing, yet I know that because I have you Lord,
I have everything.
I close my mind and open my heart, and so I am at peace.
Here I experience my true worth, which consists,
not in my possessions or achievements,
but in knowing that I am loved by you.
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (Meister Eckhart)
Our Lord desires to dwell in and with his people. Go to your God and you shall be sanctified, joined and made one with him alone. For only in the sacrament shall you so truly find such grace that your bodily powers are so united and gathered together by the noble power of the physical presence of our Lord’s body that your mind and all your scattered senses are now united and gathered together and thus are raised up and properly offered to God. For we should be transformed into him and wholly united with him so that what is his becomes ours and all that is ours is his, our heart one heart with his and our body one body with his.
Scripture (John 6:53-57)
Jesus said, “In truth I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I in that person.
Let me make it quite clear that when Christians say that the Christ-life is in them, they do not mean something simply mental or moral. When they speak of being ‘in Christ’ or of Christ being ‘in them’, this is not simply a way of saying that they are thinking about Christ or copying him. They mean that Christ is actually operating through them; that the whole mass of Christians arethe physical organism through which Christ acts. It explains why this new life is spread not only by purely mental acts such as belief, but by bodily acts like Baptism and Holy Communion.
Scripture (Matthew 26:26-28)
Now as they were eating, Jesus took the bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to his disciples. ‘Take it and eat,’ he said, ‘This is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he handed it o them saying, ‘Drink from this, all of you, for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’
Wednesday (Fr. Kevin Kelly)
Whenever I deal with First Communion children, one key point I like to make is the richness of their response Amen’ when the priest holds up the host and says: ‘The Body of Christ’. The child’s ‘Amen’ (‘Yes, I believe’) is not just, ‘Yes, I am truly receiving Christ in this host.’ It is also saying, ‘Yes, I am the body of Christ.’ And it is saying, ‘Yes, we, all of us here sharing in this Eucharist, are the body of Christ.’ And it is saying, ‘Yes, all people, especially those in need, are the body of Christ.’ In a sense, in this act of committed faith, the child is ‘re-membering’ the body of Christ, that is, drawing together into unity the members of Christ’s body.
Scripture (1 Cor. 10:16-17)
The blessing cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ. The fact that there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body because we all have a share in this one loaf.
Thursday (Jean Vanier)
Jesus lives his authority in total communion with the Father, as a child of the Father. He never tried to prove who he was or what he could do. Everything he did or said was in union with the Father, in order to glorify the Father. Jesus exercises authority out of love. And now, Jesus’ followers are called to do everything in communion with Jesus. They will speak Jesus’ words. They will wash each other’s’ feet. They will communicate his love. They will be Jesus.
Scripture (John 17:18-19,21-23)
Jesus said, ‘As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world, and for their sake I consecrate myself so that they too may be consecrated in truth. May they all be one, just as, Father, you are in me and I am in you, so that they also may be in us, 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 perfected in unity that the world will recognise that it was you who sent me and that you have loved them as you loved me.
Friday (Thomas a Kempis)
Christ says to the disciple: I am the giver of holiness. I seek a pure heart and there I will dwell. Prepare and make ready for me a large upper room, and there I and my disciples will eat the Passover with you. Do whatever lies within your power and do it earnestly, not out of habit or necessity, but with awe and reverent love receive the Body of our Lord and God, who deigns to come to you. It is my invitation and my bidding: I will supply whatever is lacking in you. Come, therefore, and receive me. You come in order to be hallowed and united to me; that you may receive fresh grace, and be inspired anew to amendment of life. No less vigilance is required after Communion than devout preparation beforehand. For a constant vigilance after is the best preparation for receiving richer graces. Savour the presence of God, for you possess him. I am he to whom you should offer your whole self, that, set free from care, you may no longer live in yourself, but in me.
Scripture (Psalm 111:1-5,9-20)
I give thanks to God with all my heart in the meeting place of the just, and their assembly. Great are the deeds of the Lord, to be pondered by all who delight in them. Full of splendour and majesty his work, his justice stands firm for ever. He gives us a memorial of his deeds; the Lord is compassion and love. He gives food to those who fear him, he keeps his covenant ever in mind. He has sent deliverance to his people, and established his covenant for ever; holy and awesome is his name. His praise shall last for ever!