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
10 July 2022
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : 15th Sunday in Ordinary time
Reflections for the coming week
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
There was a lawyer who, to disconcert Jesus, stood up and said to him, ‘Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all you mind, and your neighbour as yourself.’ ‘You have answered right,’ said Jesus, ‘do this and life is yours.’
But the man was anxious to justify himself and said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ Jesus replied, ‘A man was once on his way down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of brigands; they took all he had, beat him and then made off, leaving him half dead. Now a priest happened to be travelling down the same road, but when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite who came to the place saw him, and passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan traveller who came upon him was moved with compassion when he saw him. He went up and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. He then lifted him on to his on mount, carried him to the inn and looked after him. Next day, he took out two denarii and handed them to the innkeeper. “Look after him,” he said “and on my way back I will make good any extra expense you have.” Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fell into the brigands’ hands?’ ‘The one, who took pity on him’ he replied. Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do the same yourself.’
Gospel Reflection : Who IsThe Good Samaritan?
A lot can be learnt about people from the stories they tell. People who tell stories about children are letting us know how much they mean to them, and this can be a way of remembering them with love, even when that love includes worry sometimes.
We know Jesus by the kind of stories he told, and ‘The Good Samaritan’ was one of his best. Jesus could tell that story because, like the man who watched others pass by, he had felt rejection and neglect himself; and like the man who had been beaten up by thieves, he had been mistreated by people who wanted to kill him.
So, Jesus knows what it is like to be a victim of threatening opposition, or to wait for help and be passed by, or to need any sort of sympathy and be ignored. He knew what it was like to be bullied, or just to be left alone.
And Jesus knew what it was like to be helped, as the man in the ditch was helped. He remembered the care of Mary, his mother, and those who looked after him on his journeys. And he knew he would need help like that when he was brought to his death, even if it was just ‘to stay awake with him one hour’ as in the garden of Gethsemane.
And Jesus was also the type of person who helped, whose heart was moved with compassion for the whole human race, for you and for me, as was the heart of the Samaritan.
Jesus, who saves and calls us into his service, tells about being the helper and the helped, from the experiences of his own life. That is something of what Jesus was like, and still is – God of heaven and God of earth, but also our true friend.
We Remember In Our Prayers Monica Acheson whose Funeral was last week, and Kath Brothwood whose Funeral Mass is at St Teresa’s on Tuesday 19th July at 12 noon. 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 Edith May Jones whose Baptism takes place this Sunday at St. Teresa’s.
This Sunday Is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Some of us may have never considered how important seafarers are to our own standard of living. Without them we would not have most of the items we use in our everyday lives, and yet they often work in difficult, hazardous conditions, far away from home. In the last year more crews have been abandoned by their employers than ever before. Many are denied the right to leave their ships, for even a short break away from the relentless noise and pressure onboard. Many are reporting more stress and poorer mental health.
Stella Maris, formerly the Apostleship of the Sea, is the maritime agency of the Catholic Church. Its teams of chaplains, and voluntary workers who also go on board ships in dock, provide practical help and pastoral care to seafarers in the UK and around the world. They truly are ‘Good Samaritans’ to many, many people. By our prayers, and the special collection which is taken today, we too can stand alongside seafarers, so that they will always have a friend in port who they can turn to. Stella Maris is dependent on voluntary donations, so please give as generously as you can in the baskets provided for this annual collection. Along with parish envelopes, which many people have and use each week, Gift Aid envelopes for this collection are also provided at the back of church.
Beach Life 2022. Beach LIfe, a family event run in partnership with Scripture Union, is back again this year. The dates are Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th July, 2 pm – 4 pm on Cleveleys Plaza and the Beach. This year it’s great to have a wet weather alternative at Cleveleys Community Church.
Volunteers are needed to allow this event to thrive, and the organisers are looking for them to be involved in different ways :
1. A Set Up Team – the work of getting the venue ready.
2. An Event Team – running the activities which will be offered.
3. A Close Down Team – to pack away at the end of each day.
There is a meeting for all volunteers, or those who might be interested, on Tuesday 19th July, 7.30 pm at Cleveleys Baptist Church, St George’s Avenue (near St. Teresa’s). Everyone is welcome.
100 Club Winners for June :
Alexandra Miller £15; Chris Cousens £10; Andy Lester £5
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.
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.
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (Martin Buber)
There is something that can be found in one place. It is a great treasure which may be called the fulfilment of existence. This treasure can be found in the place where one stands. We strive to find – somewhere – what we are seeking. But there is nowhere else, apart from where we stand, that the treasure can be found. The situation which has been assigned to me as my fate, the things that happen to me day after day – these contain my essential task and such fulfilment of existence as is open to me. For it is here, where we stand, that we should try to make shine the light of the hidden divine life.
Scripture (Deuteronomy 30:11-14)
‘This Law which I am laying down for you today is neither obscure for you nor beyond your reach. It is not in heaven, so that you need to wonder, “Who will go up to heaven for us, so that we can hear and practise it?” Nor is it beyond the seas, so that you need to wonder, “Who will cross the seas and bring it back to us, so that we can hear and practise it?” No, the word is very near to you, it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to put into practice.’
Tuesday (St. Teresa of Avila)
When I see people very anxious to know what sort of prayer they practise, covering their faces and afraid to move or think, lest they should lose any slight tenderness and devotion they feel, I know how little they feel, I know how little they understand how to attain union with God. If you see someone sick whom you can relieve, have compassion on them; if they are in pain, feel it as if it were your own, and, when there is need, fast so that they may eat. This is the true union of our will with the will of God. If you possess fraternal charity, I assure you that you will attain the union I have described.
Scripture (Matthew 25:33-40)
The King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome, naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.” Then the upright will say, “Lord, when did we do these things?” And the King will answer, “In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of mine, you did it to me.”
Wednesday (John Main OSB)
Just as we can cut God down to our own size impose our identity on God, so we can do this with other people. Indeed, if we do it to God we inevitably do it to other people. This command comes to us from Christ himself: whoever loves God must also love his neighbour. We love both or neither. In prayer, we develop our capacity to turn our whole being towards the Other. We learn to let our neighbour be just as we learn to let God be. We learn not to manipulate our neighbour but rather to reverence them, to reverence their importance, the wonder of their being; in other words, we learn to love our neighbour.
Scripture (1John 4:11-13,16)
My dear friends, if God loved us so much, we too should love each other. No one has ever seen God, but as long as we love each other God remains in us and his love comes to perfection in us. This is the proof that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us a share in his Spirit. We have recognised for ourselves, and put our faith in, the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.
Thursday (Letters from a Russian Monk)
When our souls are subject to the passions such as conceit, vanity or anger we think that all people are blameworthy and no good. However, we have not been commanded to require love and justice from others, but it is our own duty to fulfil the commandments of love and to be just. In times of trouble go deep into Holy Scriptures and into prayer. Then you will experience peace and quiet in your soul.
Scripture (Psalm 119:1-6)
How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the Law of the Lord! Blessed are those who observe his instructions, who seek him with all their hearts, and, doing no evil, who walk in his ways. You lay down your precepts to be carefully kept. May my ways be steady in doing your will. Then I shall not be shamed, if my gaze is fixed on your commandments.
Friday (Brother Lawrence)
When, on occasion, he went a long time without thinking about God, he did not trouble himself, but after confessing his wretchedness to God, he returned to him with all the more confidence. He had reached the point, he said, where he thought only of God. When outward occupation called his mind a little from thinking on God, there would come to him from God’s part some reminder which invested his soul, giving it some stronger sense of God. He was even more at one with God in his common activities than when he turned from them for the formal activities of retreat.
Scripture (Mark 12:28-33)
One of the scribes who had been listening appreciated that Jesus had given a good answer and put this question to him, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ Jesus replied, ‘this is the first: Listen Israel, you must love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: you must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’ The scribe said to him, ‘Well spoken, Master. This is far more important than any burnt offering or sacrifice.’ Jesus, seeing how wisely he had spoken, said, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’