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
17 July 2022
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : 16th Sunday in Ordinary time
Reflections for the coming week
Gospel: Luke 10:38-42
Jesus came to a village, and a woman name Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, ‘Lord, do not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered, ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.’
Gospel Reflection : Gospel Reflection : The Better Part?
The central message of Chritianity is that Christ lives among us now, and is happy to make his home in our hearts if only we can find room to welcome him.
As we hear today, Jesus became the guest of close friends Martha and Mary. Like Abraham in our first Reading today, Martha rushed about to prepare the best for a guest she honoured and respected.
Unlike Abraham, however, she became so anxious about the practical side that she began to lose sight of the really important part of welcoming a guest – that of giving him her attention. Welcoming people may involve listening rather than busily ‘doing’, even when the things we are doing seem important.
It is a sobering thought, perhaps, that first and foremost Jesus does not need us to busy ourselves doing a lot of jobs we think might be useful. He wants us to welcome him with a young child’s enthusiasm – in our open prayer connection with him, to be happy in his presence, enjoying his company and learning from him through a loving relationship with him. Then we might have the strength we need to do the jobs all the better.
Time spent with God is like the time of Mary in the story, at the feet of Jesus. In the spaces of prayer love deepens in the heart; the warmth of God takes hold of the heart, and we are once again made whole. This is the time – spent with Jesus – when we can relax into the mystery of being loved, of being forgiven, of being called, and of being totally held in love, now and forever.
We Remember In Our Prayers Kath Brothwood whose Funeral Mass is at St Teresa’s on Tuesday 19th July at 12 noon. We remember her and her family, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
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.
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.
A Big Thank You to all those who contributed to last week’s Annual Sea Sunday special collection, which goes to the system of volunteer support for seafarers, whose role can be so difficult in these times. £233.56 was collected at St. Teresa’s and £38 at St.JohnSouthworth.
Apologies Last week the Mass in celebration of Blessed Edward Bamber, which was due to take place on Thursday at St. Winifride’s priests’ retirement home in Bispham, had to be cancelled at nearly the last minute because of a serious outbreak of Covid among the residents there. We tried to inform as many people as we could, among those who we know normally go to that
celebration, but we apologise to anyone who didn’t get the news and turned up. We are told that it is hoped the event will be rearranged to another date, and we will inform you when that happens.
A Mass To Mark The End of The School Year For St. Teresa’s School takes place in St. Teresa’s church this Monday, 18th July, at 2 pm. Everyone is welcome. Please note there is still a 9.30 am parish Mass on that day too.
There is a CAFOD Coffee Morning next Sunday, 24th July, in St. Teresa’s Parish Hall after both the 9 am and 10.30 am Masses. Whilst enjoying your drinks and biscuits, this will be a chance to discover and engage in facts about our food system, and the need to change it. We need a system that PUTS PEOPLE FIRST. The current food system is damaging people and the climate. With millions more people going hungry as a result of the pandemic and the Ukraine crisis, and the urgent need to reach net zero, it is critical that we rethink the way we produce, process, trade and consume food.
There will be an opportunity to take action to tackle our broken global food system by taking the simple step of signing a card to LIz Truss, or whoever will be the Foreign Secretary. We need to ensure that the UK Government implements its COP 26 commitments and backs agricultural systems that tackle the climate crisis, put local communities at the centre and protect the planet.
Help will be needed on the day, so if you can spare some time on the Sunday morning, please contact Sue Ward on 07889 532158 or 01253 858346
A PRAYER FOR FOOD JUSTICE
Lord Jesus, you understand what it is like to be hungry.
Teach us to have grateful and generous hearts.
Forgive us when we make selfish choices
Or remain silent in the face of injustice.
Lord Jesus, you welcomed all to your table.
May we recognise our interconnectedness,
With our common home and our global neighbours,
So all are invited to share the feast.
Lord Jesus, you come to us as bread and wine.
Fill us with your compassion.
Nourish us as we advocate for change,
And seek to make your Kingdom a reality in our world.
Monday (Fr. Richard Rohr)
We need to waste time with the Lord. This is the foundation of our prayer lives. You’re not being unproductive when you wait for God, when you listen for and wait for the Holy One. Our tradition gives us the Sabbath, a sense of sacred time in which to be, to listen, to be personal and not to “work at it.” The Sabbath idea is that at least one-seventh of your life needs to be fallow, useless, empty and expectant – person to person.
Scripture (Luke 10:38-42)
A woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a
sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha, who was distracted with all the serving, came to him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered, ‘Martha, Martha,’ he said, ‘you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part, and it is not to be taken from her.’
Tuesday (Cardinal Basil Hume)
I am speaking now to those whose daily energies are absorbed by family problems, their work, problematic living conditions and other difficulties. Set aside at least five minutes in the day in addition to morning and night prayers, just to be alone with God. Plan when and where to do this. It may have to be as you go to work; you may be able to find a quiet corner in the home; you may have to just go out and take a short walk on your own. You will recall how Our Lord slipped away from the crowds just to be alone. You must too.
Scripture (Psalm 84:1-5,10)
How lovely are your dwelling places, Lord. My whole being yearns and pines for his courts, my heart and body cry out for joy to the living God. How blessed are those who live in your house; they shall praise you continually. Blessed are those who find their strength in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. Better one day in your courts than a thousand at my own devices, to stand on the threshold of God’s house than to live in the tents of the wicked.
Wednesday (St. Oscar Romero).
We really live outside of ourselves. There are very few humans who truly live inside themselves and that is why there are so many problems… In each person’s heart, there is something like a small, intimate space, where God comes down to speak alone with that person. And this is where a person determines his or her own destiny, his or her own role in the world. If each of the people with so many problems were to enter at this moment this small space, and, once there, were to listen to the voice of the Lord which speaks in our conscience, how much could each one of us do to improve the environment, society, the family with whom we live?
Scripture (1 Kings 19:11-13)
Elijah was told, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ For at that moment the Lord was going by. A mighty hurricane split the mountains and shattered the rocks before God. But he was not in the hurricane. And after the hurricane, an earthquake. But he was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake, fire. But he was not in the fire. After the fire, a light murmuring sound. And when Elijah heard this he covered his face with his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.
Thursday (Thomas Merton).
City churches are sometimes quiet and peaceful solitudes, caves of silence where we can seek refuge from the intolerable arrogance of the business world. Places where we can kneel in silence. Houses of God filled with his presence. There, even when we don’t know how to pray, we can at least be still. Let there be a place, somewhere, where your mind can be idle, and forget its concerns, descend into silence and worship the Father. There should be a room, or some corner where no one will find you and disturb or notice you. Here you can loosen all the fine strings and strands of tension that bind you to the presence of others.
Scripture (Mark 6:42-47)
They all ate as much as they wanted. They collected twelve baskets of scraps of bread and pieces of fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand. And at once Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side near Bethsaida, while he himself sent the crowd away. After saying good bye to them, he went off into the hills to pray.
Friday (St. John of the Cross).
It must be remembered above all that if a soul is seeking after God, the Beloved is seeking it much more. The soul, therefore, considering that God is the chief doer in this matter, that it is He who guides it and leads it by the hand to where it cannot reach by itself, namely, unto supernatural things beyond the reach of the understanding, memory, and will, must take especial care to put no difficulties in the way of its guide.
Scripture (Matthew 6:32-33)
It is the pagans who set their hearts on all these material things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on God’s saving justice, and all these other things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself.