Parish bulletin 26th June 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

26 June 2022


Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

Sunday : 13th Sunday in Ordinary time

Contents:  ​Gospel


Reflections for the coming week

GospelLuke 9:51-62

As the time drew near for him to be taken up to Heaven, Jesus resolutely took the road for Jerusalem and sent messengers ahead of him.  These set out, and they went into a Samaritan village to make preparations for him, but the people would not receive him because he was making for Jerusalem.  Seeing this, the disciples James and John said, ‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?’  But he turned and rebuked them, and they went off to another village.

As they travelled along they met a man up to road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’  Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’  Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me,’ replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’  But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’

Another said, I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say goodbye to my people at home.’ Jesus said to him ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’

Gospel Reflection  :  Show Me The Path Of Life

In the Gospel today we are told that Jesus “resolutely took the road to Jerusalem.” It took real courage to go and face what he knew awaited him in Jerusalem. It was what he had spoken of before – his arrest, suffering and self-sacrificial death for us. In his Gospel Luke had earlier shown us Jesus struggling with his demons in the desert, tempting him to take an easier way.

Christianity today is no longer something we just absorb from society around us. It is a personal choice, a resolute decision : Do I believe in God? Do I believe in a daily way of life for us, as shown in the words and deeds of Jesus found in the Gospels? For some people faith is the outcome of a moment of truth, when they feel they can no longer live without better moral convictions.

On his way to Jerusalem a would-be disciple expresses a desire to follow Jesus. We could wonder about such people in our society today. Some  are curious to know more about Jesus and the ‘good news’ he preached, but seem to lack the self-confidence to talk to someone who might know, or respond to the invitation to a parish information meeting. There might always be left dangling that thought :  “I’d like to follow you, but….”

Jesus makes it clear that  the kingdom of God marches to a drumbeat that’s not recognised by this world. Personal conversion to Jesus and his way opens our eyes to a different world, and doesn’t seem to want us to return to what was before. “Once the han

is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom.” That sounds harsh, but what we are dealing with here is real commitment, and elsewhere Jesus asked the question – “Who can serve two Masters?”

Yes, we live in different times than yesterday’s Church, the Church of the fifties and sixties, when perhaps we took so much for granted without really thinking personally about it. In those days we could literally just ‘go along with the crowd.’ But we must be conscious of the fact that Jesus still attracts people, and there are still those from both outside and inside the Church who toy with the prospect of conversion to Christ. The three who encountered Jesus in our Gospel passage for today challenge us to listen to where our own lives are going, and maybe also to stop trying to make excuses!

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   Ella Grace Webster whose Baptism takes place at St. Teresa’s this Sunday.

Peter’s Pence This weekend there is a Special Collection for what is commonly and historically known as ‘Peter’s Pence’. For centuries Catholic Parishes in the world have taken a collection to support the work of organisation and leadership carried out in Rome, in the same way that we have to pay towards national and local government in the taxes and community charges that are demanded of us. Only, there is a big difference. ‘Peter’s Pence’ is not a tax but a request for a voluntary contribution.

The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, a Holyday of Obligation, is celebrated this week.  There is a choice of two Masses, one each for our two parishes, one during the day, and one in the evening to cater for those working :

St. Teresa’s  :  Tuesday, 28th June at 6.30 pm (Vigil Mass)

St. John Southworth  : Wednesday, 29th June at 9.30 pm (the day and time of the usual weekday Mass there)  

Please note : There is no 9.30 am Mass at St. Teresa’s this Thursday, 30th June. It is Mary Holland’s Funeral Mass at 10 am, and all are very welcome.

The Thornton and Cleveleys Friends of Trinity Hospice are very grateful for all those who attended their Coffee Morning last Saturday in St. Teresa’s Parish Hall, at which just over £600 was raised for our wonderful local Hospice in Bispham.

The Sacrament of Confirmation for both St. Teresa’s and St. John Southworth parishes will take place on Friday, 11th November, 7 pm at St. Teresa’s. This is for young people who will be in Year 8 in High School this September, and for anyone in the Years above. More information about the arrangements for preparation soon.

The Annual Lancaster Diocese Pilgrimage to Fernyhalgh takes place on Saturday 9th July. It begins with Mass at 11.00 am at St. Mary’s, Fernyhalgh (near Fulwood, Preston), followed by a Blessed Sacrament procession down the lanes to Ladyewell. Following that there will be a barbeque for all altar servers, in the grounds, prepared by Catholic Scouts from Preston.

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 Message from Jack Reagan, the Director of Castlerigg Manor, our Diocesan Youth Centre :  “Unfortunately the Castlerigg Open Day planned for July 17th has been postponed till later in the year. If you know of anyone who was planning to attend, please pass this message on. Thank you.”

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (Henri Nouwen)

How can we live in the world and not be destroyed by it? To live in the world and not belong to the world summarises the essence of the spiritual life. Hardly a day passes in our lives without our experience of inner or outer fears, anxieties and preoccupations. Still it is possible not to belong to these powers, not to build our dwelling place among them, but to choose the house of love as our home. This choice is made not just once and for all but by living a spiritual life, praying at all times and thus breathing God’s breath.

Scripture (Psalm 119:33-34, 42-47,51)

Teach me, Lord, the way of your will, and I will observe it. Give me understanding and I will observe your Law and keep it whole-heartedly. Give me an answer to the taunts against me, since I rely on your word. Do not deprive me of that faithful word since my hope lies in your judgments. I shall live in all freedom because I have sought your precepts. I shall speak of your instructions before kings and not be ashamed. Endlessly the arrogant have jeered at me but I have not swerved from your Law.

Tuesday (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

No one should be surprised at the difficulty of faith if there is some part of your life where you are consciously resisting or disobeying the command of Jesus. Is there some part of your life which you are refusing to surrender at his behest, some sinful passion, maybe, some hope, perhaps your ambition or your reason? It is now time to take the bull by the horns and say, ‘Only those who obey believe. You are trying to keep some part of your life under your control. Somewhere in your heart you are refusing to listen to his call.’ Only those who obey can believe, and only those who believe can obey.

Scripture (Luke 9:57-62)

They met a man who said to Jesus “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus answered ‘Foxes have their holes and birds have their nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ Another to who he said ‘Follow me’ replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’ But Jesus answered, ‘Let the dead bury the dead; your duty is to go and spread the kingdom of God.’ Another said ‘I will follow you, but first let me say goodbye to my people at home.’ Jesus said once the hand has been laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God.’

Wednesday (Oscar Romero)

A Christian’s authenticity is shown in those circumstances in which following the gospel supposes a multitude of ruptures with the tranquility of an order that has been set up against or apart from the gospel. It is much easier to keep on following the many easy lords set up as idols of the moment: money, power, prestige and so on. More than ever is there need for prayer united with a genuine will to be converted, prayer that out of intimacy with God cuts one off from the confused clamour of life’s shallow experiences, a will to be converted that is not afraid to lose prestige or privilege or to change a way of thinking when it is seen that Christ insists on a new way of thinking more in keeping with the gospel.

Scripture (John 17:13-19)

Jesus said to the Father, ‘I have passed your word on to them, and the world hated them, because they belong to the world no more than I belong to the world. I am not asking you to remove them from the world, but to protect them from evil. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth; your word is truth. 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 the truth.

Thursday (A Carthusian)

We want God, and so we love him, and we know the consequences and the conclusion.  We do not think enough of this, and when we do we soon forget it. This is the great reality that should hold the whole of our attention; and it is in the light of this truth that we should look at and appraise everything here below. It has always been our conviction that God was calling us to live this truth with particular intensity. The deep interior anguish which results from this conviction is reserved for those souls whom God is calling to a higher life. God keeps them almost continually aware of the sheer nothingness of all that is around them, in order to detach them form it, so that he may take possession of them more readily.

Scripture (Ecclesiasticus 51:15-18,20)

My foot has pursued a straight path, I have sought wisdom ever since my youth. By bowing my ear a little, I have received her, and have found much instruction. Thanks to her I have advanced; glory be to him who has given me wisdom! For I was determined to put her into practice, have earnestly pursued the good, and shall not be put to shame. I have directed my soul towards her, and in purity have found her; having my heart fixed on her from the outset, I shall never be deserted.

Friday (Carlo Carretto)

Faith is a new dimension at work in each of us, one which does not start from reason, one which, while not contradicting reason, surpasses it infinitely because it can reach God. Abraham is the ancestral head of all those whose lives enjoy this new dimension, who accept the risk and the consequences, who consider themselves to be exiles on earth, perpetual nomads, who are not satisfied with what they can see but look for the invisible God, who learn to find him everywhere and who obey him.

Scripture (1 John 2:3-6, 15-16In this way we come to know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says ‘I know him’ without keeping his commandments is a liar, and truth has no place in them. But anyone who does keep his word, in such a one God’s love truly reaches its perfection. This is the truth that we are in God. Whoever claims to remain in such a person must act as he acted. Do not love the world or what is in the world. If anyone does love the world, the love of the Father finds no place in them, because everything there is in the world – disordered desires of the body and of the eyes, pride in possessions – is not from the Father but is from the world.

Martin Bennett

One thought on “Parish bulletin 26th June 2022

  1. I suspect Mass on Wednesday, 29th June (the feast of SS Peter and Paul) at St. John Southworth will be at 9-30 am and NOT 9-30 pm.

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