Parish Bulletin 25th July 2021

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

25 July 2021

http://www.st-teresas-church.co.uk

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 234

Contents:  ​Gospel Reflection

Notices 

Reflections for the coming week

Gospel

John 6:1-15

Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee – or of Tiberian and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick.  Jesus climbed the hillside, and sat down there with his disciples. It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover.

Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’  He only said this to test Philip; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do.  Philip answered, ‘Two hundred Denari would only buy enough to give them a small piece each.’  One of his disciples Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, ‘There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what was that between so many?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Make the people sit down.’  There was plenty of grass there, and as many as five thousand men sat down.  Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all who were sitting ready; he then did the same with the fish, giving out as much as was wanted.  When they had eaten enough he said to the disciples, ‘Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing gets wasted,’ So they picked them up, and filled twelve baskets with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves.  The people seeing this sign that he had given, said. ‘This really is the prophet who is to come into the world.’  Jesus, who could see they were about to come and take him by force and make him king, escaped back into the hills by himself.

Gospel Reflection : The love of God is a generous love, which asks us to make his generosity visible by the way we treat others

The generosity of Jesus is never exhausted. He is like the host or hostess who seems to prepare too much. He fed the crowd, and much was left over. The disciples collected the leftover fragments, and we might say that what was left over would be the bread of life for the world, for all time. Of course what Jesus gave to the crowds who came to him was himself, and that is what is given at every Mass.

But the Eucharist is not just eating, it is sharing. The people sat in groups, and maybe they shared with each other. They didn’t just come up and get a piece of bread or a fish. They ate together, and all had the same menu. Over the last eighteen months some of us came to realise that the Mass under Covid regulations in our churches lacked the personal touch and the sharing. That may certainly be true for those who could only be with us on-line, however much we appreciated the ability to do that.

We could wonder if the people in that big crowd with Jesus knew where the bread and fish actually came from. The bread and the fish, the food of the poor, was shared by that young boy. The boy could probably only have afforded enough for himself. Still, he gave it away!

This week we can of course give thanks for the bread of the Eucharist, but we can also be so grateful for all those who have helped people, in these hard times, who have really struggled to get food or afford it. Those ‘helpers’ have done a truly holy and miraculous thing themselves!

We Remember In Our Prayers  Phyllis Richardson whose Funeral was last week, Rita Lawson whose Funeral Service is at St. Teresa’s on Monday, 26th July at 10 am, and Terry Fielding (John’s wife), whose Funeral Mass is at St.Teresa’s on Monday, 2nd August, at 11 am. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

Ministers of the Word (Readers at Mass), please will you kindly collect your new readers list/rota from the back of church.

From this week the Daily Mass times are reverting back to how we had them in pre-Covidtimes. So  :

Weekdays  :  St. Teresa’s  :  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday   9.30 am

                      St. John Southworth : Wednesday  9.30 am

Sundays       St, Teresa;s  :  Saturday (Vigil Mass)  6.30 pm, Sunday 9 am, and 10.30 am (live-streamed)

                     St. John Southworth  Sunday  5pm

(Please note : because of Rita Lawson’s Funeral Service at 10 am this Monday (26th) there is no Mass that day)

He Fed The Crowd

A mother and small child stood in line for Holy Communion.

The child was too young for Communion

so just trailed by the hand,

and then looked up at the person distributing the Host

with a big open mouth.

And the gospel came alive

with the need of the people for food,

and hands open for the bread of life.

The image of this child, sometimes experienced for real in our churches,

is an image of the gospel,

as Jesus feeds the people in the crowd.

The gift of the bread of life is

about being open and being fed –

people hungry on their journey,

and hungry for sustenance in life.

What is it that Jesus gives that we need?

A meaning to life that is full,

a love that somehow gives fullness.

There is a lot of emptiness around :

superficial relationships, and the need for real love,

selfish fantasies, and the need of positive care for others,

various addictions, and the need for self-love.

And don’t we need to be like that child –

not afraid to be open,

wide and spontaneous.

Just that open mouth said more than all the words,

a gesture which symbolised how our world could be,

and should be, before our God.

Daily Reflections for this week

 Monday (Thomas Merton)

Everyone of us forms an idea of Christ that is limited and incomplete. It is cut according to our own measure. We tend to create for ourselves a Christ in our own image, a projection of our own aspirations, desires and ideals. We find in him what we want to find. We make him not only the incarnation of God but also the incarnation of the things we and our society and our part of society happen to live for .We read the Gospels not merely to get a picture or an idea of Christ but to enter in and pass through the words of revelation to establish, by faith, a vital contact with the Christ who dwells in our souls as God.

Scripture (John 6: 5-13)

Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip “Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?” He said this only to put Philip to the test; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do. Philip answered “Two hundred denarii would not buy them enough to give them a little piece each.” One of his 

disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said “Here is a small boy with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that among so many?” Jesus said to them “Make the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass and as many as five thousand men sat down. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks and distributed them to those who were sitting there. He then did the same with the fish, distributing as much as they wanted. The disciples fill twelve large baskets with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves.

Tuesday (Anthony de Mello, SJ)

(Note to self: remember this when you think you understand God)

An elephant was enjoying a leisurely dip in a jungle pool when a rat came up and insisted that the elephant get out. “I won’t,” said the elephant. “I insist you get out this minute,” said the rat. “Why?” asked the elephant. “Never mind why, just get out,” said the rat. The elephant, realising he would get no peace, finally lumbered out of the pool. “Now tell me why you wanted me to get out of the pool” he said. “I wanted to see if you were wearing my swimming trunks,” said the rat.

Scripture (Ecclesiasticus 18:4-7)

He has given no one the power to proclaim his works to the end, and who can fathom his magnificent deeds? Who can assess his magnificent strength and who can go further and tell of his mercies? Nothing can be added to them, nothing subtracted, it is impossible to fathom the marvels of the Lord. When someone finishes, they are only beginning, and when they stop they are as puzzled as ever.

Wednesday (Evelyn Underhill)

For the most part, of course, the presence and action of the great spiritual universe surrounding us is no more noticed by us than the pressure of air on our bodies, or the action of light. Our field of attention is not wide enough for that; our spiritual senses are not sufficiently alert. Most people work so hard developing their correspondence with the visible world, that their power of corresponding with the invisible is left in a rudimentary state. But when, for one reason or another, we begin to wake up a little bit, to lift the nose from the ground and notice that spiritual light, our horizon is widened, our experience is enormously enriched. For now we get an entirely new idea of what it is to be human. Our notions about life, our scale of values, begins to change, and then we do.

Scripture (Romans 11:33-36)

How great are God’s riches! How deep are his wisdom and knowledge! Who can explain his decisions? Who can understand his ways? As scripture says “ Who knows the mind of the Lord? Who is able to give him advice? Who has ever given him anything so that he had to pay it back?” For all things were created by him, and all things exist through him and for him. To God be glory for ever! Amen.

Thursday (A New Catechism)

The Eucharist seems really to be too lovely for our earthly existence—a foreign element in this world. And this is true in a certain sense. Something from the final glory is already among us. God is palpably close. The bread of angels is food on earth. Sacramentally, the profoundest desire of man on earth has already been realised in a certain way. In a word, something of a further stage, something heavenly, is already here.

Scripture (Colossians 1:15-18)

He is the image of the unseen God, the first born of all creation, for in him were created all things in heaven and on earth: everything visible and invisible, thrones, ruling forces, sovereignties, powers—all things were created through him and for him. He exists before all things, and in him all things hold together, and he is the head of the Body, that is, the Church.#

Friday (Carlo Carretto)

When I was only eighteen I entered the dark wood of sin. But then half way through life I was bathed in God’s light, a full searching light which penetrated every corner of my being and filtered through it like sun through the leaves of a forest. I feel immersed in God like a drop in the ocean, like a star in the immensity of night; like a lark in the summer sun or a fish in the sea. More: in God I feel like a child in its mother’s lap, and my finite freedom everywhere touches his being which wraps me round tenderly; my need to grow and expand and my thirst for fulfilment are sated every minute by his living presence.

Scripture (Psalm 106:1-5)

Alleluia! Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his faithful love is everlasting! Who can recount all the Lord’s triumphs, who can fully voice all his praise? How blessed are those who keep to what is just, whose conduct is always upright! Remember me, Yahweh, in your love for your people. Come near to me with your saving power, let me share the happiness of your chosen ones, let me share the joy of your people, the pride of your heritage. Our ancestors in Egypt never grasped the meaning of your wonders. They did not bear in mind your countless acts of love, but for the sake of his name he saved them to make known his mighty power.

Martin Bennett

Pastoral letter from Bishop Paul relating to Covid-19

COVID Regulations 

A message from Bishop Paul

Although most legal restrictions relating to the Covid pandemic are ending on Monday 19th July, a degree of caution is still needed where a large number of people gather in enclosed spaces, which of course, includes our churches.

Not only is the delta variant of the virus still spreading rapidly, it is also the case that those with supressed immune systems still need a degree of additional protection against the virus.

Whilst in broader society, there may well be those who will welcome 19th July with a complete abandonment of anti-Covid measures, we owe it to others to be prudent in what we do in our churches at this time.

With this in mind, and so that there is some uniformity of practise across our diocese, I would like the following to be adopted in our churches. Most of this is in the C.B.C.E.W. guidance.

General Guidance:

1.       Face coverings should still be worn by all those coming to a church service (exemptions for medical reasons excluded.). Those who do not wish to wear a covering should not be banned from entering, but they should be encouraged to sit a distance away from other people.

2.      Social distancing will not be mandatory in our churches; however larger churches might consider still keeping some social distancing in place. Alternatively, if you have a building that can keep a section for those who would feel safer and less vulnerable by maintaining socially distanced sitting, then you could do so.

3.      Hand sanitising will remain necessary as people arrive.

4.      The numbers for weddings, funerals and baptisms are limited by the capacity of each building.

5.      There is no longer a requirement to clean benches etc. between services; however, it will remain best practice to at least clean bench tops if there are two services on the same day. Frequently-touched surfaces, such as door handles should continue to be cleaned regularly.

Liturgical issues:

1.       Holy Communion (in the hand) should be restored to its traditional place and with a Communion procession (trying to accommodate those who wish to retain social distancing.) It is recommended that stewards are used to invite people to the Communion procession row by row.

2.      Communion on the tongue is permissible, and it should take place at the end of Communion, rather than after Mass, and the priests must use sanitiser after each communicant has presented themselves.

3.      Holy Communion under both kinds will not be re-introduced at this time.

4.      Singing can be restored, though you may need to consider if this works with face coverings. C.B.C.E.W. recommends a phased re-introduction of singing. Hymn books and service books can be used once in a day.

5.      The collection basket/plate should still not be passed around, though collectors may move around with baskets, as previously advised.

6.      The Procession of Gifts may be reinstated.

7.      The Gloria, Creed, Prayers of the Faithful and Second Reading should be re-introduced if any of these has been omitted. However, Mass should still not be unnecessarily long.

8.     A Sign of Peace involving contact with other persons should remain suspended.

9.      We need to wait a little longer before the re-introduction of holy water in the stoups.

10.  The dispersal of people immediately after Mass should be orderly.

Yours sincerely in Christ

+Paul Swarbrick

Bishop of Lancaster

Parish Bulletin 18th July 2021

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

18 July 2021

http://www.st-teresas-church.co.uk

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

                                      16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Contents:  ​Gospel Reflection

Notices 

Reflections for the coming week

Gospel

Mark 6:30-34

The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught.  Then he said to them, ‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’; for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat.  So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves.  But people saw them going, and many could guess where; and from every town they all hurried to take place on foot and reached it before them.  So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.

Gospel Reflection : Barnacle Bill

In earlier Space exploration, the rocket ‘Pathfinder’ and the buggy ‘Sojourner’ sent back photographs from the Red Planet that made us gasp, even though no Martians materialised! It was a journey into the unknown.

The scientists back on earth focused on a boulder which they called ‘Barnacle Bill’, because they were puzzled how it had become attached to the surface.

Perhaps the whole experiment can be interpreted as a parable of what is happening in the inner space of our conscious and subconscious minds.

With the Gospels as our pathfinders, and as we probe deeply into the recesses of our minds, we become aware of aspects of our personality which perhaps have been previously hidden.

It may make us gasp to find barnacles attached to our motivations in life, of which we have been quite unaware. Jesus took his disciples aside to reflect on their motives for following him into the unknown.

We Remember In Our Prayers  Rita Fraser whose Funeral was last week, Phyllis Richardson whose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s at 10.15 am on Thursday 22nd July, Rita Lawson whose Funeral Service is at St Teresa’s on Monday, 26th July at 10 am, and Terry Fielding (John’s wife) who sadly died this Saturday morning, after a short illness. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

The Special Collection This Weekend is the annual collection for the Good Shepherd Fund.

Family Prayer Resources for Summer :  CAFOD, the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development in this country, are kindly offering a prayer focus for each week of the summer holidays, with some simple ideas designed to help parents explore faith with their children, in solidarity with our global family. This will be available from mid- July at https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources

For this coming week the Mass Times for both our churches remain the same as we have had recently

Sundays :  St. Teresa’s  :  Saturday Vigil Mass 6.30 pm, Sunday 9.00 am and 10.30am (live streamed)

                   St. John Southworth : 5 pm

Weekdays : St. Teresa’s : Mondays and Fridays 9.30 am

                     St. John Southworth :  Wednesdays 9.30 am

Be Kind To Yourself

How hard we can be on the person closest to us –

that is, hard on ourselves.

We all need a bit of compassion for ourselves,

for our weaknesses, faults and failings.

We also need to be able to forgive ourselves.

We can be so hard on ourselves that we’re tough on everyone else.

Can we accept ourselves as the people we are?

That’s having compassion on ourselves.

We can be hard on ourselves at all ages,

For not being good enough,

failing to reach impossible standards,

for having feelings like jealousy or envy.

And regrets – everything you wanted to happen and it didn’t,

or maybe ways you let people down, even those closest to you.

Jesus was big on compassion. And we need it.

Look on our whole selves, not just on one side of ourselves.

If you have harmed people and they forgive you,

allow yourself to be forgiven,

and let the compassion of Jesus give you sympathy for yourself.

Accept yourself. Love yourself as you are,

not as you might have been, or might be,

for that is how God looks on you.

Daily Reflections for this week

 Monday (St. Teresa of Avila)

When you have received our Lord, since he really dwells within you, try to close the eyes of your body and open those of your soul; look into your heart I have told you, and shall tell you again and again, that if you accustom yourself to keep with him when you communicate, his coming will not be so hidden but that, in many ways, he will reveal himself in proportion to the desire you have of seeing him. If we care nothing for him, or busy ourselves about other and lower matters what would we have him do? Must he drag us by force to look at him and stay with him? He will not show himself openly except to those who desire him.

Scripture (Mark 6:30-34)

The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught, and he said to them ‘Come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’; for there were so many coming and going that there was no time for them even to eat. So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going and many recognised them; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.

Tuesday (Caryll Houselander)

There was one dazzling moment, upon Mount Tabor, when those apostles who were to see Christ in his dereliction, suddenly and briefly saw the radiance of his divinity: He was transfigured. The apostles knew Christ as a man, one in whose presence they were remarkably at ease; in that moment they saw his glory, the very garments that he wore burning with his beauty. That is God’s way with us, to hide and reveal himself at the same time; to show his desire for man’s love, making himself accessible, even ordinary, that he may come close, yet at the same time playing a game of hide and seek, saying, “seek and you shall find”. God does not force his secrets upon us; he does not force his love upon us.

Scripture (John 14:7-11)

Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, Have I been with you all this time and you still do not know me? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father, so how can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? What I say to you I do not speak of my own accord: it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his works. You must believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe it on the evidence of these works.

Wednesday (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

This is what we mean when we speak of Christ dwelling in our hearts. His life on earth is not finished yet, for he continues to live in the lives of his followers. Indeed, it is wrong to speak of the Christian life: we should rather speak of Christ living in us. Jesus Christ, incarnate, crucified and glorified has entered my life and taken charge. And where Christ lives, there the Father also lives, and both Father and Son through the Holy Spirit.

Scripture ( Galatians 2:20)

I have been crucified with Christ, and yet I am alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me. The life that I am now living, subject to the limitation of human nature, I am living in faith, faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.

Thursday (Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate)

[We must not ignore] the need for moments of quiet, solitude and silence before God. Quite the contrary. The presence of constantly new gadgets, the excitement of travel and an endless array of consumer goods at times leave no room for God’s voice to be heard. We are overwhelmed by words, by superficial pleasures and by an increasing din, filled not by joy but rather by the discontent of those whose lives have lost meaning. How can we fail to realize the need to stop this rat race and to recover the personal space needed to carry on a heartfelt dialogue with God? Finding that space may prove painful, but it is always fruitful. Sooner or later, we have to face our true selves and let the Lord enter.

Scripture (Jeremiah 23:2-4)

This, therefore, is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the shepherds who shepherd my people “You have scattered my flock, you have driven them away and not taken care of them. Right, I shall take care of you for your misdeeds, the Lord declares! But the remnant of my flock I myself shall gather from all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their folds; they will be fruitful and increase in numbers. For them, I shall raise up shepherds to shepherd them and pasture them. No fear, no terror for them anymore. Not one shall be lost, Yahweh declares!

Friday (Bede Griffiths)

Through all these years I thought I had been seeking God. The presence which had appeared to me beneath the forms of nature that day at school; the beauty I had found in the poets; the truth which philosophy had opened to me; and finally the revelation of Christianity; all these had seemed to be steps on my way, of ascent to God. Now I suddenly saw that all the time it was not I who had been seeking God, but God who had been seeking me. 

Scripture ( John 10: 14-16)

I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep. And there are other sheep that I have that are not of this fold, and I must lead these too. They too will listen to my voice, and there will be only one flock, one shepherd.

Martin Bennett

Parish Bulletin 11th July 2021

t Teresa & St John Southworth Churches, Cleveleys

Fr Chris Cousens—Phone: 853340

Rev Bernard Ward (Deacon) (Tel: 858346)

Enquiries for St John Southworth: Phone: 853340

11 July 2021

http://www.st-teresas-church.co.uk

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

 

Sunday :  15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Contents:     Gospel Reflection

Notices

Reflections for the coming week

Gospel

Mark 6:7-13

Jesus summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits.  And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses.  They were to wear sandals but, he added, ‘Do not take a spare tunic.’  And he said to them, ‘If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district.  And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.’  So they set off to preach repentance, and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.

Gospel Reflection :    ‘Sent Out’ – If Only That Somebody May Be Saved By The Bell

One day I rang a doorbell

In a casual sort of way.

It was not a formal visit,

And there wasn’t much to say.

I can’t remember what I said –

It matters not I guess –

But I  found a heart in hunger,

A soul in some distress.

He said I came from Heaven,

And I’ve often wondered why;

He said I’d called to see him

When no other help came by.

It meant so little to me

To knock at a neighbour’s door,

But it meant the world to him,

God’s world, His peace, and more.

We Remember In Our Prayers  Philip Mateley whose Funeral was last week, Rita Fraser whose Funeral Service is at Lytham Crematorium on Monday, 12th July, and Phyllis Richardson whose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s on Thursday, 22nd July. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

This Sunday Is Sea Sunday  when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Many of us have never stopped to consider 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. Many of these seafarers are unable to practice their Faith due to long periods away from home, whilst others can be denied basic rights and working conditions that we take for granted. The special collection which is taken this Sunday is our opportunity to support the work of the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church in the United Kingdom. This annual collection is absolutely vital to enable AoS to continue its work with seafarers.  Please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers. Thank you. For more information on the work of AoS please visit their website at www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk

We Welcome Into The Family Of The Church  Marnie Leia Aplin whose Baptism took place at St. Teresa’s last Sunday, and Lyra Rose Bowd whose Baptism is at St. Teresa’s this Sunday.

100 Club Winners For June  :  David Brimelow  £15,  Veronica Brady  £10,  Frances O’Mara  £5

Family Prayer Resources for Summer :  CAFOD, the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development in this country, are kindly offering a prayer focus for each week of the summer holidays, with some simple ideas designed to help parents explore faith with their children, in solidarity with our global family. This will be available from mid- July at https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources

Sent Out In Pairs

In the centre of our lives,

of every day and week,

in work and in the home,

we live in a circle of relationships.

We know that problems are diminished

and burdens lightened,

by sharing them with another.

Decisions come more easily when we talk them over,

suffering is lessened by the comfort of someone else.

And whenever we meet

in the name of Jesus,

in the name of love,

in the name of justice,

He is with us.

To preach His word,

He sent His disciples in pairs,

for we do not live our faith alone.

Like a river gathers its fullness

from the smaller rivers flowing into it,

we grow in faith from the faith of others.

In prayer together,

in sharing struggles of faith,

in helping another in sorrow,

in gathering together to work for justice –

whether in pairs or larger groups –

we are engaged in the work of Jesus,

the one who worked with and sent others

on his work of God.

Donal Neary S.J.

Daily Reflections for this week

 Monday (Henri Nouwen)

Do you really want to be converted? Are you willing to be transformed? You have to trust the inner voice that shows you the way. You know that inner voice—you turn to it often. But after you have heard with clarity what you are to do, you start raising questions, fabricating objections and seeking everyone else’s opinion. Then you become entangled in countless, often contradictory thoughts, feelings and ideas and lose touch with the God in you. And you end up dependent on all the people you have gathered around you. Only by tending constantly to the inner voice can you be converted to a new life of freedom and joy.

Scripture (Mark 6:7-13)

Jesus summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing with them except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, “Do not take a spare tunic.” And he said to them “ If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you, as you walk away shake the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.” So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.

Tuesday (C.S.Lewis)

Everyone has noticed how hard it is to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us. We “have all we want” is a terrible saying when “all” does not include God. We find God an interruption. Now God, who has made us, knows what we are and that our happiness lies in him. Yet we will not seek him as long as he leaves us any other resort where it can be plausibly looked for. While what we call ’our own life’ remains agreeable, we will not surrender it to him.

Scripture (Deuteronomy 6:10-12)

When Yahweh has brought you into the country which he swore to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that he would give you, with great and prosperous cities you have not built, with houses full of good things you have not provided, with wells you have not dug, with vineyards and olive trees you have not planted, and then, when you have eaten as much as you want, be careful not to forget Yahweh who brought you out of Egypt.

Wednesday (John Henry Newman)

It is one great peculiarity of the Christian character to be dependent. People of the world indeed, in proportion as they are active and enterprising, boast of their independence and are proud of having obligations to no one. But it is the Christian’s excellence to be diligent and watchful, to work and persevere, yet to be in spirit dependent. To be willing to serve and to rejoice in the permission to do so; to be content to view one’s self in a subordinate place; to love to sit in the dust.

Scripture ( 2Cor. 12:7-10)

My grace is enough for you: for power is at full strength in weakness. It is, then, about my weakness that I am happiest of all to boast, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me; and that is when I am glad of weaknesses, insults, constraints, persecutions and distress for Christ’s sake. For it is when I am weak that I am strong.

Thursday (Cardinal Basil Hume)

Hints on holiness: remain a little person. By this I mean to remain small in my own estimate of myself. To be unimportant whatever the position I hold or talents I have. It is to remember that only one thing matters, and that is what God thinks about me. To be high in his regard is the highest ambition any person can have. Smile at yourself, your spiritual incompetence. Have a sense of humour. It does not matter if others take you seriously; God will. Keep on trying. That is your part. Success? That is God’s gift.

Scripture: (Jr. 9:22-23)

Yahweh says this, ‘Let the sage not boast of wisdom, nor the valiant of valour, nor the wealthy of riches! But let anyone who wants to boast, boast of this: of understanding and knowing me. For I am Yahweh, who acts with faithful love, justice, and uprightness on earth; yes, these are what please me’ Yahweh declares.

Friday (1st Epistle of Clement)

Anyone who paid you a visit affirmed the quality and steadfastness of your faith. With humility and total lack of arrogance, at the service of others, rather than demanding attention, and gladly giving rather than receiving, you were well satisfied with all that Christ provided, attended carefully to his words, treasuring them in your hearts and keeping his sufferings before your eyes. In this way a deep and rich peace was granted to everyone and a full outpouring of the Holy Spirit came upon all. Holiness was your intent as you stretched out your hands to Almighty God.

Scripture (Phillipians 4:11-12)

I have learned to manage with whatever I have. I know how to live modestly, and I know how to live luxuriously too: in every way now I have mastered the secret of all conditions: full stomach and empty stomach, plenty and poverty. There is nothing I cannot do in the One who strengthens me.

Martin Bennett

Parish Bulletin 4th July 2021

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

4 July 2021

http://www.st-teresas-church.co.uk

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

Sunday :  14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Contents:     Gospel Reflection

Notices

Reflections for the coming week

Gospel

Mark 6:1-6

Jesus went to his home town and his disciples accompanied him.  With the coming of the Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue and most of them were astonished when they heard him.  They said, ‘Where did the man get all this?  What is the wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him?  This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon?  His sisters too, are they not here with us?’  And they would not accept him.  And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country among his own relations ad in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them.  He was amazed at their lack of faith.

Gospel Reflection :   A Shocking Situation?

To say Jesus is having a bit of trouble as he continues his ministry is a bit of an understatement! He has had public praise for his healings, and indeed for his teaching. Now the opposition is beginning, and it would continue for the next months until his death in Jerusalem. The shocking aspect of the opposition we hear about in today’s Gospel is that his own people were turning against him.

Jesus is in Nazareth where he has lived for about thirty years. His relatives and the people in general there knew he was ‘one of their own’. But that could be a sure way of putting someone down. He was so ordinary. They could not imagine where he got the wisdom and could do the miracles that nobody else could do.

And then it went further. They could not accept him, and Jesus felt ‘despised’, the word he uses in that famous quotation. Perhaps it isn’t too hard to imagine what it feels like to be despised in your own hometown, and family. But Jesus still wanted to help them, to be compassionate to them, so ‘he cured a few sick people’. Maybe they were the only ones to trust him, and he cured them not as a reward but because they had the courage to come close. Then he would move on to other towns and villages, often to be despised in them also.

Jesus comes among us today as one like us. He comes to us in our needs, and in our love which, when shared, can be so powerful in healing others too.

We Remember In Our Prayers  Philip Matley, whose Funeral Service is at Carleton Crematorium on Friday, 9th July, and Rita Fraser whose Funeral Service is also at Carleton Crematorium, on Monday, 12th July. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

Next Sunday Is Sea Sunday when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Many of us have never stopped to consider 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. Many of these seafarers are unable to practice their Faith due to long periods away from home, whilst others can be denied basic rights and working conditions that we take for granted. The special collection which is taken next Sunday is our opportunity to support the work of the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church in the United Kingdom. This annual collection is absolutely vital to enable AoS to continue its work with seafarers.  Please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers. Thank you. For more information on the work of AoS please visit their website at www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk

For Now The Mass Times At St. Teresa’s and St. John Southworth Remain The Same

Sundays :  St. Teresa’s  :  Saturday Vigil Mass 6.30 pm, Sunday 9.00 am and 10.30am (live streamed)

                   St. John Southworth : 5 pm

Weekdays : St. Teresa’s : Mondays and Fridays 9.30 am

                     St. John Southworth :  Wednesdays 9.30 am

What is this wisdom which has been given Him?

We can say about someone we know well :

‘Yes, he’s one of our own.’

‘One of our own’. That could be a sure way of saying we’re proud of him, but –

we won’t take him too seriously.

That is what they were saying about Jesus in Nazareth,

whilst others were saying something equally disturbing :

‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’

Small town boy with big dreams.

How could he have any wisdom. We know his ordinary family.

But that’s where he got much of his wisdom,

the wisdom each of us shares.

Wisdom comes through ordinary people.

We know we get some of our wisdom from our family.

We pick up wisdom with the homemade scones out of the oven.

That’s how it is.

‘One of our own.’

Maybe we’ve given more wisdom than we thought.

The wisdom of Jesus is never too complicated.

It’s things like ; if you want to be happy, see what you can give to others.

That’s how Jesus saw happiness.

He saw it at home, in Nazareth, and he saw it in heaven,

Places of love.

We are to live by the wisdom of love, even before other self-achieving wisdoms,

like the happiness that comes from getting straight A’s in exams,

or from our job, money, or physical appearance.

Real wisdom is to be in touch with love in your life,

and if you are in touch with love, you are in touch with Jesus.

Donal Neary SJ

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (Pope Francis)

It is curious that God’s revelation tells us that the fullness of humanity and of his­tory is realized in a city. We need to look at our cities with a contemplative gaze, a gaze of faith which sees God dwelling in their homes, in their streets and squares. God’s presence accompanies the sincere efforts of individuals and groups to find encouragement and meaning in their lives. … This presence must not be contrived but found, uncovered. God does not hide himself from those who seek him with a sincere heart, even though they do so tentatively, in a vague and haphazard manner.

Scripture (Isaiah 6:9-10)

And I said , ‘Here I am, send me.’ He said ‘Go and say to this people “Listen and listen, but never understand! Look and look, but never perceive! This people’s heart has grown coarse, their eyes dulled, they have shut their eyes tight to avoid using their eyes to see, their ears to hear, their heart to understand.”

Tuesday (Anthony de Mello)

A wealthy farmer burst into his home and cried out in an anguished voice, “Rebecca, there is a terrible story in town—the Messiah is here!” His wife replied “I think it’s wonderful. What’s so terrible about it?” The husband replied, “After all these years of sweat and toil, we are finally rich. We have a large herd of cattle, our barns are full of grain and our trees are laden with fruit. Now we will have to give it all away and follow him.”  His wife said, consolingly, “Calm down. The Lord our God is good. He knows how much we Jews have had to put up with. From the Pharaoh to Hitler, always somebody. But God found a way to deal with them all, didn’t he? Just have faith. He will find a way to deal with the Messiah too.”

Scripture (Ezekiel 2:2-5)

The spirit came into me and put me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. He said, ‘Son or man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to the rebels who have rebelled against me. They and their ancestors have been in revolt against me up to present day. Because they are stubborn and obstinate children, I am sending you to them to say, “The Lord God says this.” Whether they listen or not, this tribe of rebels will know there is a prophet among them.’

Wednesday (Thomas Merton)

Anyone whose intention is not pure is compelled by their own weakness and imprudence to pass judgement on the will of God before obeying it. They are not free to do the will of God with perfect generosity. They diminish their love and their obedience by making an adjustment between God’s will and their own and so, for them, the will of God comes to have a variety of values: richer when it is more pleasing, poorer when it offers less immediate satisfaction, valueless when it demands a sacrifice of their own selfish interests.

Scripture (Mark 6:1-6)

Leaving that district he went to his home town, and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters, too, they are not here with us?’ And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them ‘A prophet is despised only in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, except he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

Thursday (The Desert Fathers)

They said of a hermit that he went on fasting for seventy weeks, eating a meal only once a week. He asked God the meaning of a text of the holy Scriptures and God did not reveal it to him. So he said to himself, ‘I have worked hard and gained nothing. I will go to my brother and ask him.’ Just as he had shut the door on the way out an angel of the Lord was sent to him to say ’The seventy weeks of your fast have not brought you near to God, but now you are humbled and going to your brother, I have been sent to show you the meaning of the text.’

Scripture (Luke 20:45-47)

When all the people were listening, he said to the disciples, ‘Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes and love to be greeted respectfully in the market squares, to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets, who devour the property of widows, and for show offer long prayers.’

Friday (Meister Eckhart)

We should properly and completely train the mind in its orientation to God, so that our interior being is made divine. We must train ourselves not to seek or strive for our own interests in anything but rather to find and to grasp God in all things.

Scripture ( Psalm 119:10-16)

With all my heart I seek you, do not let me stray from your commandments. In my heart I treasure your promises, to avoid sinning against you. Blessed are you, Yahweh, teach me your will! With my lips I have repeated all the instructions you have given. In the way of your instructions lies my joy, a joy beyond all wealth. I will ponder your precepts and fix my gaze on your paths. I find my delight in your will, I do not forget your words.

Martin Bennett

Parish Bulletin 27th June 2021

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

27 June 2021

http://www.st-teresas-church.co.uk

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

Contents:  ​Gospel Reflection

Notices 

Reflections for the coming week

Gospel

Mark 5:21-43

When Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is desperately sick.  Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.’  Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.

While he was still speaking some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, “Your daughter is dead: why put the Master to any further trouble?’  But Jesus had overheard this remark of theirs and he said to the official, ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith.’ And he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.  So they came to the official’s house and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly.  He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and crying?  The child is not dead, but asleep’ But they laughed at him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child’s father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay.  And taking the child by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha, kum!’ Which means, ‘Little girl, I ​tell you to get up.’  The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old.  At this they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.

Gospel Reflection : No Love Wasted

Love is like a bridge between heaven and earth. When we try to love, to care for another, to look out for someone in need, to heal a rift, to rear or raise a family in love, then we are in the presence of God no matter what we think are our results.

Many a parent has spent years of effort in love, and not always felt as successful as she or he wanted to be. Many a teacher has cared for generations of children, and wonders what has been the fruit.

Husbands, wives, partners, parents, grandparents – lives lived in the effort to love. Friendship, community, caring professions – efforts to love, to care, to heal and to grow. Some may seem to be unsuccessful. Even selfishness can enter the field of love. And we all need to be loved ourselves, or we find it really hard to keep the effort going.

But God always sees the effort, and loves every bit of us – he has counted every hair on our head!  And even if worry and work have produced less hairs to count, on the bridge between heaven and earth, the bridge of love, no effort is lost, no kindness unnoticed, no healing word or action fruitless. No love is ever wasted. 

We Remember In Our Prayers Harriot Wardrop and Max Romer whose Funerals were last week. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

The Feast of Sts Peter and Paul, a Holiday of Obligation is celebrated this Tuesday, 29th June. The Mass times in our two churches in Cleveleys are :

      At St. Teresa’s,  6.30 pm on Monday, 28th June (Vigil Mass),  and 9.30 am on Tuesday, 29th June

      At St. John Southworth,  6.30 pm on Tuesday, 29th June.

For Now The Mass Times At St. Teresa’s and St. John Southworth Remain The Same

Sundays :  St. Teresa’s  :  Saturday Vigil Mass 6.30 pm, Sunday 9.00 am and 10.30am (live streamed)

                   St. John Southworth : 5 pm

Weekdays : St. Teresa’s : Mondays and Fridays 9.30 am

                     St. John Southworth :  Wednesdays 9.30 am

Walking Free In God

The girl in the Gospel today

is given new life and new power by Jesus.

She is to walk free.

His word is for us to do the same, to bring life to others.

Raising the dead – this story is untrue to the normal laws of our human lives.

For us it is more the promise of eternal life,

and the hope of Jesus to bring comfort to sorrow.

Jesus is giving a big example that he came to bring life :

Ways in which we have been helped in bad times;

Ways in which we find the right person at the right time.

Miracles are like kindnesses people do for each other

from their love, and care, and thoughtfulness.

Jesus brought life to a house of sorrow, but not by himself –

he brought Peter, and James and John;

and any time he wants to do the work of God,

he brings his followers, he brings you and me.

Be a life-giver,

the person who works those small miracles.

Then Christ works through you.

Then his words are in action and in reality.

Walk free in the love of God.

Donal Neary SJ

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (Fr. Richard Rohr)

You are created us in the image of God from the very beginning. So many of us carry a kind of unspoken assumption that something is very, very wrong with us, that we’re damaged, guilty, and unlovable. Stepping into our divinity—acknowledging and accepting our fundamental nobility—is the ultimate paradigm shift. Searching for and rediscovering the True Self is the essential task that will gradually open us to receiving and giving love to God, others, and ourselves, and thus to live truly just lives. 

St. Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335-c. 394) offered a beautiful, succinct, and useful definition of sin. Sin, he suggested, is a refusal to keep growing. 

Jesus revealed and accepted a paradox: human and divine are not separate, but one! For most of us, this seems just too good and too dangerous to be true. There is so much contrary evidence!

Scripture (Wisdom 1:13-15;2:23-24)

Death was not God’s doing, he takes no pleasure in destroying the living. To exist—for this he created all things. The creatures of the world have health in them, in them is no fatal poison, and Hades has no power over the world, for uprightness is immortal. For God created human beings to be immortal, he made them as an image of his own nature. Death came into the world through the Devil’s envy, as those who belong to him find to their cost.

Tuesday (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

With the loss of the God-like nature God had given him, man had forfeited the destiny of his being, which was to be like God. Since that day, the sons of Adam in their pride have striven to recover the divine image by their own efforts. The divine image, which God in his grace had given to man is lost. But God does not neglect his lost creature. He plans to recreate his image in man, to recover his first delight in his handiwork. The image of God has entered our midst, in the form of our fallen life. In the teachings and acts of Christ, in his life and death, the image of God is revealed. In him, the divine image has been recreated on earth.

Scripture (Romans 5:12,15,17)

It was through one man that sin came into the world, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race, because everyone has sinned. If death came to many through the offence of one man, how much greater an effect the grace of God has had, coming to so many and so plentifully as a free gift through the one man Jesus Christ. It was by one mans offence that death came to rule over all, but how much greater the reign in life of those who receive the fullness of grace and the gift of saving justice, through the one man, Jesus Christ.

 Wednesday (Julian of Norwich)

Full lovingly does our Lord hold us when it seems to us we are nearly forsaken and cast away because of our sin—and deservedly so. For our courteous Lord does not want his servants to fall into despair even when we fall into sin. For our falling does not stop him loving us. He sustains us secretly even when we are in sin. He touches us gently and shows us our sin by the kindly light of mercy and grace. His will is that we should be like him in wholeness.

Scripture (2Cor. 5:17-19,21)

So for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old order is gone and there is a new being for all to see. It is all God’s work; he reconciled us to himself through Christ and he gave us the ministry of reconciliation. I mean, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not holding anyone’s faults against them. For our sake he made the sinless one a victim of sin, so that in him we might become the uprightness of God.

Thursday (2nd. Vatican Council, ‘The Church Today’)

For God has called man and still calls him so that with our entire being we might be joined to Him in endless sharing of a divine life beyond all corruption. Christ won this victory when he rose to life, since by his death he freed us from death. Hence, for every thoughtful person a solidly established faith provides the answer to their anxiety about what the future holds.

Scripture (John 12:44-47)

Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I have come into the world as light to prevent anyone who believes in me from staying in the dark anymore. I have not come to judge the world but to save the world.

Friday (St. Teresa of Avila)

O Son of God, how is it that you can give us so much with your first word, ‘Our Father’? Besides humbling yourself by joining your petitions to ours and making yourself our brother, you give us in your Father’s name all that can be given, since you ask us him to make us his children, and your word cannot fail. Since he is our Father, he must bear with us however deeply we offend him, if like the prodigal son we return to him. He must pardon us, console us in our trials; maintain us in a way that becomes him who must needs be a better Father than an earthly parent. More than this, he makes us brothers and sisters, co-heirs with you. Behold, Lord, with your love and your humility, nothing can be an obstacle to you.

Scripture (Colossians 1:13-16,18-19)

It is he who has rescued us from the ruling force of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son that he loves, and in him we enjoy our freedom, the forgiveness of sin. He is the image of the unseen God, the first born of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth. He is the Beginning, the first born from the dead, so that he should be supreme in every way; because God wanted all fullness to be found in him.

Martin Bennett