Parish Bulletin Sunday 3rd July 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

3 July 2022


Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

Sunday : 14th Sunday in Ordinary time

Contents:  ​Gospel


Reflections for the coming week

GospelLuke 10:1-12

The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit.  He said to them, “The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so  ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest.  Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.  Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, “Peace be to this house!”  And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you.  Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house.  Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you.  Cure those in it who are sick, and say, “The kingdom of God is very near you.”  But whenever you enter a town and they do not make you welcome, go out into its streets  and say, “We wipe off the very dust of your town that clings to our feet, and leave it with you.  Yet be sure of this: the kingdom of God is very near.”  I tell you, that on that day it will not go as hard with Sodom as with that town.’

The seventy two came back rejoicing.  ‘Lord,’ they said ‘even the devils submit to us when we use your name.’  He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  Yes, I have given you power to tread underfoot serpents and scorpions and the whole strength of the enemy; nothing shall ever hurt you.  Yet do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you; rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven.’

Gospel Reflection  :  The Mission Of Every Follower Of Christ Is To Be A Peacemaker

Jesus needed disciples to do some of the ‘heavy lifting’, and share the good news of Jesus’ life and love along the road which lay ahead. That could very well be hard. “I am sending you out like lambs among wolves,” he warns them. He himself was the Lamb of God, whose self-sacrifice in his death and resurrection would show them how far love and forgiveness could go, and how all injustice could be faced. Jesus asks them to trust, and to take nothing with them except the promise that he would be with them. This was how the mission of the Church began. This is what the Church is all about : leading people to Jesus, and his way of living for others. It’s the heart of our faith. We are called not to hide our beliefs or keep them in low key, but to share with others the hope and joy of the Gospel, his Good News.

Many hands make work both light and joyful. It’s easier and more fun for two pairs of hands than just one to share food and clothing to the needy. The solitude and loneliness of the long-distance runner can be an obstacle in itself, and a burden to anyone trying to alleviate the pain of others. Pope Francis often refers to the church as a field-hospital. There is no end to the work of healing and ministering. 

“Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers.”  Some 83 million hungry and frightened people are wandering the face of the earth in the hope of finding a welcome. People who are generous with their time and talents are needed to step up and help address this critical situation. What is needed are hearts and souls imbued with love. In forming people to bring Jesus’ life and message to others, the lighting of a fire in them is more important than filling them up with theology or giving them degrees.  “Being Church means that we are to be God’s leaven in the midst of humanity. It means proclaiming and bringing God’s salvation into our world, which so often goes astray and needs to be encouraged, given hope and strengthened on the way. The Church must be a place of mercy, where everyone feels welcome, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.”  (Pope Francis – The Joy of the Gospel, paragraph 14)

We Remember In Our Prayers  Mary Holland whose Funeral was last week, 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.

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.”

Our Annual Mass in Honour of the Martyr Blessed Edward Bamber will take place at St. Winefride’s House, Low Moor Road, Bispham, FY2 0PA, on Thursday 14th July at 6.30 pm, followed by refreshments in the garden. All are very welcome.

Instruments Of The Lord

Lord make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is doubt, faith.

Where there is darkness, light.

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I might not so much

seek to be consoled, as to console;

to be understood as to understand;  to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

(St. Francis of Assisi)

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday  Human life through the centuries has been characterised by our  persistent efforts to remove evil from the earth. But the problem that has always hampered us has been our inability to conquer evil by our own power. This recalls an event immediately after Christ’s transfiguration. Jesus found his disciples who had desperately tried to cure a small boy, but the more they laboured to heal him, the more they realized their own inadequacies and the pathetic limitations of their power. When they were about to give up in despair, the Lord appeared on the scene and sent the demon from the boy. Jesus told the disciples their failure was due to their unbelief. They had tried to do by themselves what could be done only after they had so surrendered their natures to God that his strength flowed freely through them. (Martin Luther King)

Scripture (Isaiah 66:8-10, 12-13) Who ever heard of such a thing, who ever saw anything like this? Can a country be born in a day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? For Zion, scarcely in labour, has brought forth her children! Shall I, who bring to birth, close the womb, says your God. Rejoice with Jerusalem, be glad, all who love her! For the Lord says this: Look, I am going to send peace flowing over her like a river, like a stream in spate, the glory of the nations. You will be suckled, carried on her hip and fondled in her lap. As a mother comforts a child, so I shall comfort you.

Tuesday  Paul’s sentiments expressed [are that] God has graced you with the privilege not only of benefitting from Christ but also of participating in Christ.. Some people will dislike those who stop going to normal social functions that incorporate devotion to pagan deities, including the emperor. Some will dislike those who treat their slaves – or their masters – with a newfound respect. Some will dislike those who show a very un-Roman concern for the weakest members of a community. And so on. Although Paul did not believe that all members of the church should become travelling missionaries or public preachers, he firmly believed that they should all become the gospel. (from ‘Becoming the Gospel, M. J. Gorman)

Scripture (1 Thess. 5:5,9-10,14-18)You are all children of the light and   children of the day: we do not belong to the night or to darkness. God destined us, not for his retribution, but to win salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that, awake or asleep, we should still live united to him. Be at peace among yourselves. We urge you to admonish those who are undisciplined, encourage the apprehensive, support the weak and be patient with everyone. Always be joyful; pray constantly; and for all things, give thanks;  

Wednesday We should be able to recognise true and perfect love by whether or not someone has great hope and confidence in God, for there is nothing that testifies more clearly to perfect love than trust. We will truly find in God everything that we dare hope for in him, and a thousand times more. Just as we can never love God too much, neither can we have too much trust in him. Nothing we may do can ever be so appropriate as fully trusting in God. He has never ceased to work great things through those who have great trust in him. Love possesses not only trust but also true knowledge and unshakeable certainty. (Meister Eckhart)

Scripture (Luke 10:3, 8-9, 16-17)

Jesus said to the seventy-two he had appointed to go before him to all the towns and places he would visit, ‘Start off now, but look, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Take no purse with you, no haversack, no sandals. Whenever a town makes you welcome, eat what is put before you. Cure those in it who are sick and say, “The kingdom of God is very near to you.” Anyone who listens to you listens to me; anyone who rejects you rejects me.’ The seventy-two came back rejoicing. ‘Lord,’ they said, ‘even the devils submit to us when we use your name.’

Thursday At the very heart of the mission of Jesus, his casting out of evil in his world, both in cosmic and personal terms, was his own total self-giving. God became man, existed with, acted with and suffered with his world, to underline, on the one hand, the spiritual emptiness if such self-giving is not at the heart of the  building up of the kingdom and to exemplify, on the other, the wonder of a vision which has this self-giving as its basic demand. Indeed, it is the root of all hopefulness. It is a statement which articulates the belief that “things can be better, that things can be different.” In a despairing world this may appear totally unreal, but in a hopeful world it is the cry of authentic progress. (Fr. Austin Smith, CP)

Scripture (Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-16)

“For the Lord says this: Look, I myself shall take care of my flock and look after it. As a shepherd looks after his flock when he is with his scattered sheep, so shall I look after my sheep. I shall rescue them from wherever they have been scattered on the days of cloud and darkness. I myself shall pasture my sheep, I myself shall give them rest – declares the Lord. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the injured and make the sick strong. I shall watch over the fat and healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them.”

Friday  (Julian of Norwich)

As truly as God is our father, so just as truly is he our mother. In our father, God Almighty, we have our being; in our merciful mother we are remade and restored. Our fragmented lives are knit together and made perfect. God wills that we should understand that if we know him and love him and reverently fear him, we shall be at rest and be at peace. And we shall rejoice in all that he does. He did not say ‘You shall not be tempest-tossed, you shall not be work-weary, you shall not be discomforted.’ But he said, ‘You shall not be overcome.’ God wants us to heed these words so that we shall be always strong in trust, both in sorrow and joy.

Scripture (Micah 4:1-4) In the days to come, the mountains of the Temple of God will tower above the mountains, rise higher than the hills. Then peoples will stream to it, then many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the Temple of the God of Jacob, so that he may teach us his ways and we may walk in his paths. ‘He will judge between many peoples and arbitrate between mighty nations. They will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, there will be no more training for war.

Martin Bennett

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