Parish Bulletin Sunday 29th May 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

29 May 2022

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

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

Sunday : Seventh Sunday of Easter

Contents:  ​Gospel

Notices

Reflections for the coming week

GospelJohn 17:20-26

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:  Holy FatherI pray not only for these,

But for those also who through their words will believe in me.  May they all be one.

Father, may they be one in us, as you are in me and I am in you,

So that the world may believe it was you who sent me.

I have given them the glory you gave to me, that they may be one as we are one.

With me in them and you in me, may they be so completely one that the world will realise that it was you who sent me and that I have loved them as much as you love me. Father, 

I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they may always see the glory you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

Father, Righteous One, the world has not known you, but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me.  I have made your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them,

and so that I may be in them.’

Gospel Reflection  : Jesus Prays For You

In the hours before Jesus’ death, you might wonder what was on his mind. Did he wonder about the success of his mission, or how his message would be spread? Maybe, or maybe not.

But we do know that he prayed for his friends. From the supper room, where he looked at his friends with love and sadness in his heart, he prayed for them, and assured them that he would always be with them in bread and wine, when they celebrated the meal which remembered him. And on the cross he looked on all his friends who stood at a distance. And he looked beyond his friends to all who down the ages would believe in him.

He prays for you now, as he prayed for you then – praying like a parent for a child, a grandparent for a grandchild, a friend for a friend.

Allow him to pray for you. Allow him to reach out to you in love, for real prayer teaches us to love one another. And join with his prayer for those you wish to pray for. “May they all be one.”

We Remember In Our Prayers  Gwyneth Hooker whose Funeral Service is at the Crematorium in Lytham on Tuesday, 31st May at 3.30 pm. We remember her and herfamily, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

We Congratulate And Pray For Every Blessing  for Rebecca and Phil Gooden who celebrate their Silver Wedding at the 10.30 am Mass this Sunday.

We Welcome Into The Family Of The Church  Sophie Grace Feeney and Isla Rose Feeney whose Baptisms take place this Sunday at St.Teresa’s.

St. Teresa’s Church Shop has now fully reopened and has plenty of stock, including cards, rosary beads, and First Communion gifts. The shop is open before and after every weekend Mass. Please feel free to browse. A big thank you to Chris L. and her helpers for this.

The Universe Catholic Weekly has announced that they have launched a new online newspaper, with full support from their first subscriber, Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Order your Digital 4 weeks FREE trial supply by calling MIchelle on 0743 661 7650, or email : michellejones@universecatholicweekly.co.uk.

“Finding Jesus In The Eucharist, the Poor and Creation“,  Saturday 4th June, 10 am – 3.30 pm at St. Wilfred’s Parish Centre, Chapel Street, Preston (five minutes walk from Preston Railway Station) – a day to consider joining. The Keynote Speaker is Fr. Eamonn Mulcahy (celebrating Mass at 12.15 pm). Tea and coffee are provided, but please bring your own lunch. After lunch there will be several short presentations. Please book via the link on lancasterfaithandjustice.co.uk  For further details please contact Sue Gubric Idfjsue@gmail.com  

This weekend there is the annual Special Collection for the work of the Catholic Media Office in this country.

Returning to Mass at  Pentecost  :  An Invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales

“A beautiful hallmark of the Catholic Faith is the profound desire to take part in the Mass and share the Eucharist. We do so with deep gratitude and joy. The Eucharist gives us our identity. It enables us to worship Almighty God, to support each other on our journey of faith, and to be a visible sign of faith in the world. Attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is the greatest of all privileges, sometimes referred to as ‘the Sunday Obligation.’

“Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, until the present time, we have shared with you our judgement that the situation of the last two years has meant that the Sunday Obligation has been impeded, and has needed to be fulfilled in other ways. We thank God that this situation has now changed. The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the previous Covid measures. We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented many Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply.

“We understand that there will still be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday Obligation.

” Our Catholic people and parishes have benefitted during these difficult times from the online streaming of Mass and other Services. ‘Virtual viewing’ of Mass online does not fulfil the Sunday Obligation. However, it may be a source of continual spiritual comfort to those who cannot attend Mass in person, for example those who are elderly and sick, for whom the obligation does not apply. In this context, we gratefully recognise the ministry of those who administer Holy Communion to the elderly, sick and housebound.

“In the celebration of the Eucharist, Jesus entrusted to us the precious gift of himself. With humility, we glory in being a Eucharistic people for whom attendance at Mass is essential. Looking forward to the forthcoming Feast of Pentecost (next Sunday), we now invite all Catholics who have not yet done so to return to attending Mass in person, and journey in faith and worship with their fellow disciples.”

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (A Carthusian monk)

From time to time, God allows peace to well up from the soul and to pervade the nature of our senses. There is, as it were, a sudden uprising which makes us conscious of it. It is by faith that we perceive the divine Truth, and in particular the presence and action of God with us. Faith introduces us into another and higher world, that of God of which it is the light. Ask Jesus, then, to make this wonderful light shine more and more in our hearts—this light which, little by little, becomes love, and which is the true life.

Scripture (Psalm 33:13-15,18,20-22)

From heaven, the Lord looks down, he sees all the children of Adam. From the place where he sits he watches all who dwell on the earth; he alone moulds their hearts, he understands all they do. We are waiting for the Lord; he is our help and our shield, for in him our heart rejoices, in his holy name we trust. Lord, let your faithful love rest on us, as our hope has rested in you.

Tuesday (Fr. Thomas Keating)

The grace of the Ascension offers an incredible union, an invitation to unbounded life and love. This is the invitation to enter into the cosmic Christ – into his divine person, the Word of God, who has always been present in the world. This is the Christ who disappeared in his Ascension beyond the clouds, not into some geographical location, but into the heart of all creation. In particular, he has penetrated the very depths of our being, our separate-self sense has melted into his divine Person, and now we can act under the direct influence of his Spirit. Thus, even if we drink a cup of soup or walk down the street, it is the Christ living and acting in us, transforming the world down the street, it is Christ living and acting in us, transforming the world from within. This transformation appears in the guise of ordinary things – in the guise of our seemingly insignificant daily routine.

Scripture (Ephesians 1:17-19)

May the god of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him. May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, what rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit and how infinitely great is the power he has exercised for us believers.

Wednesday (Fr. P Lallemant, SJ)

Without contemplation one will never make much progress in virtue, and will never be much use in helping the progress of others. One will never be quite free from imperfections, always being attached to earth and never rising above the feelings of nature. But with contemplation, one will do more, both for oneself and for others, in a month than one could do without it in ten years. Contemplation produces the very acts of sublime love of God and it perfects faith and all other virtues, lifting them to the highest degree to which it is possible to rise.

Scripture (Luke 24:46-53)

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this. ‘And now I am sending upon you what the Father has promised. Stay in the city, then, until you are clothed with the power from on high.’

Thursday (Fr. Richard Rohr)

As a people, we are afraid of silence. That’s our major barrier to prayer. I believe silence and words are related. Words that don’t come out of silence probably don’t say much. They are probably more unloading our own thoughts than a communicating. Yet words feed silence—that’s why we have the word of God. But that word doesn’t bear much fruit—it really doesn’t break open the heart of the Spirit—unless it’s tasted and chewed, unless it’s felt and suffered at a level beyond words. That running from silence is undoubtedly running from our souls, ourselves, and therefore, from God. If I had to advise on thing for spiritual growth, it would be silence.

Scripture (Lamentations 3:22-26)

Surely the Lord’s mercies are not over, his deeds of faithful love not exhausted; every morning they are renewed; great is his faithfulness! ‘The Lord is all I have,’ I say to myself, ‘and so I shall put my hope in him.’ The Lord is good to those who trust him, to all who search for him. It is good to wait in silence for the Lord to save.

Friday (Brother Lawrence)

When the mind has developed some bad habits of wandering and inattention, they are difficult to overcome and they draw us, in spite of ourselves, to earthly things. I do not advise you to do much talking at prayer, for much talking is often the occasion of wandering. Hold yourself before God, keeping in mind the presence of the Lord. If your mind wanders and withdraws at times do not be disturbed; the will must call it back quietly. One way to do this during the time of prayer is not to allow it to strive too much during the day. It must be kept strictly in the presence of God. Being accustomed to remember him from time to time, it will be easy to remain quiet during your prayers.

Scripture(Col.3:1-4)

Since you have been raised up to be with Christ, you must look for the things that are above, where Christ is sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on things above, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed—and he is your life—you, too, will be revealed with him in glory.

Martin Bennett

Parish Bulletin 22nd May 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

15 May 2022

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

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

Sunday : Sixth Sunday of Easter

Contents:  ​Gospel

Notices

Reflections for the coming week

GospelJohn: 14:23-29

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘If anyone loves e he will keep my word,

And my Father will love him.

And we shall come to him

And make our home with him.

Those who do not love me do not keep my words.

And my word is not my own:

It is the word of the one who sent me.

I have said these things to you

While still with you;

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,

Whom the Father will send in my name,

Will teach you everything,

And remind you of all I have said to you.

Peace I bequeath to you,

My own peace I give you,

A peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.

Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

You heard me say:

I am going away, and shall return.

If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am Going to the Father,

For the Father is greater than I.

I have told you this now before it happens,

So that when it does happen you may believe.

Gospel Reflection  :  Eastertime is the promise of God’s peace, and the promise of today’s Gospel.

Sometimes people ask us to pray for them, or pray for people close to them. Praying for others is part of our Christian life, and in the Gospel today we see that Jesus is praying for his disciples, and for all who will believe through them.

He prays that we will always be with him. Love means wanting to be with someone, like spouses, family or friends. We need to give time to be with each other in ways that our relationships can flourish. It’s the same with our friendship with Jesus. Our moments of prayer bring us into his company. He is always there for us.

There are many ways of praying : silence, vocal, meditation and contemplation, praise and thanks, sorrow and frustration, and often asking for help, for ourselves or for others. It is a good thing to give some time each day to answer Jesus’ own prayer, that we be with him.

But Jesus also prays that others may believe through his disciples, and through each of us. Prayer can help this, making our hearts more loving and compassionate and accepting of others. And our helping of others in generosity and love can really nourish our prayer.

We Remember In Our Prayers  Mary Morris, whose Funeral was last week, and Gwyneth Hooker whose Funeral Service is at the Crematorium in Lytham on Tuesday, 31st May at 3.30 pm. 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 the Ascension of the Lord, a Holy Day of Obligation, is celebrated this Thursday, with the usual Holy Day Mass times in both our churches :  

St. Teresa’s :  Wednesday, 25th May, 6.30 pm (Vigil Mass), and Thursday 26th May, 9.30 am

St. John Southworth  :  Thursday, 26th May, 6.30 pm.

St. Teresa’s Church Shop has now fully reopened and has plenty of stock, including cards, rosary beads, and First Communion gifts. The shop is open before and after every weekend Mass. Please feel free to browse. A big thank you to Chris L. and her helpers for this.

The Universe Catholic Weekly has announced that they have launched a new online newspaper, with full support from their first subscriber, Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Order your Digital 4 weeks FREE trial supply by calling MIchelle on 0743 661 7650, or email : michellejones@universecatholicweekly.co.uk.

“Finding Jesus In The Eucharist, the Poor and Creation“,  Saturday 4th June, 10 am – 3.30 pm at St. Wilfred’s Parish Centre, Chapel Street, Preston (five minutes walk from Preston Railway Station) – a day to consider joining. The Keynote Speaker is Fr. Eamonn Mulcahy (celebrating Mass at 12.15 pm). Tea and coffee are provided, but please bring your own lunch. After lunch there will be several short presentations. Please book via the link on lancasterfaithandjustice.co.uk  For further details please contact Sue Gubric Idfjsue@gmail.com  

Signposts On The Footpath Of Peace

To be glad of life, because it gives you a chance to love,

to work, to play, to look up at the stars.

To despise nothing in the world except what is false and mean.

To be guided by what you admire and love,

rather than by what you hate.

To envy nothing that is your neighbour’s

except their kindness of heart and gentleness of manner.

To think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends,

and every day of Christ.

And to spend as much time as you can, with body and with spirit,

in God’s great out-of-doors :

These are little signposts on the footpath of peace.

Henry van Dyke

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (Meister Eckhart)

I was once asked: ‘Some people like to withdraw from company and prefer always to be alone. That is where they find peace, when they enter church. Is this the best thing?’ My answer was ‘No!’, and this is the reason. Those who are rightly disposed truly have God with them in all places: on the street, in any company, as well as in a church or a remote place. No one can obstruct such a person. Such a person bears God with them in all that they do and wherever they go, and it is God who acts through them. Thus we should be permeated with the sense of a divine presence and be in-formed with the form of our beloved God and be so established in him that we see his presence effortlessly.

Scripture (Wisdom 8:9-12)

I therefore determined to take wisdom to share my life, knowing that she would be my counsellor in prosperity and comfort me in cares and sorrow. Thanks to her, I shall be admired by the masses and honoured, though young, by the elders. I shall be reckoned shrewd as a judge, and the great will be amazed at me. They will wait on my silences, and pay attention when I speak.

Tuesday (Hans Kung)

The Hebrew word from which church is derived means ‘assembly’ (of God). Here the reference is to both the process of assembling and the assembled community. According to the New Testament, every individual local community is given what it needs for human salvation; the gospel to proclaim, baptism as a rite of initiation, the celebration of a meal in grateful remembrance, the various charisms and ministries. Thus every local church makes the whole church fully present; indeed, it may understand itself – in the language of the New Testament – as people of God, body of Christ and the building of the Spirit.

Scripture (Acts 15:23-26,28,32-35)

We here that some people coming from here, but acting without any authority from ourselves have disturbed you with their demands and have unsettled your minds; and so we have decided to delegates with our well-beloved Barnabas and Paul, who have committed their lives to the name of Jesus Christ. It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and ourselves not to impose any burdens on you beyond the essentials. 

After Judas and Silas had gone back, Paul and Barnabas stayed on in Antioch, and there with many others they taught and proclaimed the good news, the word of the Lord.

Wednesday (C.S.Lewis)

There are three things that spread the Christ-life to us: baptism, belief, and that mysterious action, the Eucharist. At least, those are the three ordinary methods…I cannot see myself see why these things should be the conductors of the new kind of life, but I can tell you why I believe it is so. I believe that Jesus was (and is) God. And it seems plain as a matter of history that he taught his followers that the new life was communicated in this way. In other words, I believe it on his authority.

Scripture (John 14:23-28)

Anyone who loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make a home in him. Anyone who does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not my own: it is the word of the Father who sent me. I have said these things to you while still with you: but the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you. Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. You heard me say: I am going away and shall return.

Thursday (John Main, OSB)

There is no renewal of the church despite all the energy expended on courses, meetings and reorganization if there is not also a radical renewal in spirit. Because of its depth and the nature of its mystery, this radical renewal is not in our own power to make happen. What we can do is prepare for the power that will do it. Our preparation is deepening openness and vulnerability to the power of God dwelling in us. This is prayer. Religious renewal boils down to a renewal in prayer.

Scripture (1 Cor. 2:7-8, 10-12)

It is of the mysterious wisdom of God that we talk, the wisdom that was hidden, which God predestined to be for our glory before the ages 

began. None of the rulers of the age recognised it; for if they had 

recognised it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; to us, though, God has given revelation through the Spirit, for the Spirit explores the depths of everything, even the depths of God. Now, the Spirit we have received is not the spirit of the world but God’s own Spirit, so that we may understand the lavish gifts God has given us.

Friday (Evelyn Underhill)

The coming of the Kingdom is perpetual. Again and again freshness, novelty, power from beyond the world, break in by unexpected paths, bringing unexpected change. Those who cling to tradition and fear all novelty in God’s relation with his world deny the creative activity of his Holy Spirit, and forget that what is now tradition was once innovation: that the real Christian is always a revolutionary, belongs to a new race, and has been given a new name and a new song.

Scripture (Romans 15: 16-18)

I was given grace to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the gentiles, dedicated to offer them the gospel of God so that they might become an acceptable offering, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. So, I can be proud, in Christ Jesus, of what I have done for God. Of course I can dare to speak only of the things which Christ has done through me to win the allegiance of the gentiles, using what I have said and done, by the power of the Spirit of God.

Martin Bennett

Parish Bulletin Sunday 15th May

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

15 May 2022

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

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

Sunday : Fifth Sunday of Easter

Contents:  ​Gospel

Notices

Reflections for the coming week

GospelJohn: 13:31-35

When Judas had gone Jesus said:

‘Now has the Son of Man been glorified,

And in him God has been glorified.

If God has been glorified in him,

God will in turn glorify him in himself,

And will glorify him very soon.

My little children,

I shall not be with you much longer.

I give you a new commandment:

Love one another;

Just as I have loved you,

you must also love one another.

By this love you have for one another,

Everyone will know that you are my discriples.

Gospel Reflection  :  Love One Another As I Have Loved You

It was one of those days. Things had gone wrong all day – some tensions at work, annoyance with people, criticism behind their backs. One of those days!

The words sometimes go through my mind on those occasions : “Love one another as I have loved you”. They don’t make it easier, but somehow it makes things look a bit different, and I think a bit more kindly of someone else.

Sometimes it’s the “love one another” that I remember, and that gets me. Why should I love him? Why should I care for her? They don’t seem to want to care for me. And I hear in the ear of the mind and the memory of the heart, the words of Jesus, “as I have loved you”.

‘Lord, your total love of me should be like a wave coming over me, refreshing, cooling me, and that gives me another chance, to cool off hot words, refresh tired judgements, and believe that as you love me you also love everyone.

So, thank you Lord for the words “Love one another as I have loved you”. They spur me on. cool me down, centre me and focus me on the gift of love and hope that is your gift to everyone.

We Remember In Our Prayers   Derek Gaskell whose Funeral was last week and Mary Morris whose Funeral is at St Teresa’s on Friday, 20th May at 11.15 am. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

We Welcome This Sunday And Congratulate the thirteen children who are receiving Holy Communion for the first time at the 10.30 am Mass.  A very big thank you is due to the families, and our Parish Catechists, Clare ( our First Communion Programme Coordinator), with Anne, Bernadette, Maria, and Rachel, who have all supported the children so well throughout their preparation for this very special day. We also thank our Head Teacher and school staff for their support, and for arranging for the First Communion children, and all Key Stage Two pupils, to be with us at the Parish 9.30 am Mass on Monday morning, and then to celebrate in school afterwards. 

Everyone Is Invited To Celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in St.Teresa’s Parish Hall on Saturday, 21st May, 7-11pm.  Please bring your own food and drink and celebrate with friends. The evening will include a quiz, a live DJ playing requests, a sing-a-long, fun games including ‘Bonkers Bingo’, and so much more in the way we have had our enjoyable Socials many times before. Why not ‘dress to impress’ – red, white or blue, or all three! Although the Parish Hall is the largest venue we have for this between the two parishes, tickets are limited, at £5 each. Please book as soon as you can, by phoning 07866 156333.

The Paradox of Abundance  :  Over 800 million people go hungry each day. Yet the world produces over 4 billion tonnes of food and we only need 3.7 billion tonnes to feed everyone. From all this food produced, a third is wasted. Pope John Paul II called this “the paradox of abundance”. Clearly the global food system is not working.

But as Pope Francis said, “Each of us has a role to play in transforming food systems for the benefit of people and of the planet.”  Let’s respond to his call. CAFOD’s new campaign is called ‘Fix the Food System’. Please see www.cafod.org.uk/food for more information, including an invitation for parishioners to learn about the impact of our food  withCAFOD’s Fix the Food System : a 7- station journey resource.

St. Teresa’s Church Shop has now fully reopened and has plenty of stock, including cards, rosary beads, and First Communion gifts. The shop is open before and after every weekend Mass. Please feel free to browse. A big thank you to Chris L. and her helpers for this.

God Gives Us Power

God has given us the power

to create beauty,

to make another smile,

to be a healing presence in someone’s sorrows,

to bring justice to the oppressed,

to support those in difficulty,

to bring peace and joy to others,

to help those in need,

to laugh and enjoy life,

to forgive those who have hurt us,

and most of all, to love.

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

The bearers of Jesus’ word receive a final word of promise for their work. They are now Christ’s fellow workers and will be like him in all things. They are to meet those to whom they are sent as if they were Christ himself. When they are welcomed into a house, Christ enters with them. They are bearers of his presence. They bring with them the most precious gift in the world, the gift of Jesus Christ. And with him, they bring God the Father, and that means indeed forgiveness and salvation, life and bliss.

Scripture (John 14:15-20)

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. I shall ask the 

Father and he will give you another Paraclete to be with you forever, the spirit of truth whom the world can never accept since it neither sees nor knows him; but you know him, because he is with you, he is in you. I shall not leave you orphans; I shall come to you. In a short time the world will no longer see me; but you will see that I live and you also will live. On that day, you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me and I in you.

Tuesday (Cardinal Basil Hume)

The baptised share Christ’s role as prophet. It means that Christians never shed responsibility for proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, in season and out of season, to those who hear and heed the Word and to those who reject it. It means as well that Christians have to interpret sensitively all human experience in the light of the Gospel so that through them, ordinary men and women can discover for themselves its deeper significance, bringing to the whole of society the truth that sets us free.

Scripture (Acts 14:21-27)

Having preached the Good News in that town and made a considerable number of disciples, they went back through Lystra, Iconium and Antioch. They put fresh heart into the disciples, encouraging them to persevere in the faith, saying, ‘We must all experience many hardships before we enter the Kingdom of God.’ They passed through Pisidia and Pamphylia. Then after proclaiming the word at Perga they went to Attalia, and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had originally been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now completed. On their arrival they assembled the church and gave an account of all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith to the gentiles.

Wednesday (A New Catechism)

In Israel and on behalf of all mankind, our creator linked himself with our human destiny. This process was a very gradual one and did not proceed without reference to human development and circumstances. As Renckens says, “Attaching himself freely and almost imperceptibly to mankind on its pilgrimage, the divine travelling companion enters into the conversation as he finds it. He intervenes to give it a new direction. Then there is a new beginning whose effects are gradually but inexorably felt.”

Scripture (Ephesians 2:18-22)

Through him, then, we both in the one Spirit have free access to the Father. So you are no longer aliens or foreign visitors; you are fellow citizens with the holy people of God and part of God’s household. You are built upon the foundations of the apostles and prophets, and Christ Jesus himself is the cornerstone. Every structure knit together in him grows into a holy temple in the Lord; and you, too, in him, are being built up into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Thursday (Thomas a Kempis)

The Disciple to Christ: The prophets can preach the word, but they cannot bestow the Spirit. They speak most eloquently, but if You are silent, they cannot fire the heart. They instruct in the letter, but You open the understanding. They set forth the mysteries, but You reveal the meaning of all secrets. They teach your commandments, but You help us to observe them. They point the way. But You grant us strength to follow it. You instruct and enlighten the heart. They water the seed; You make it fruitful. They proclaim the words, but You impart understanding to the mind.

Scripture (1 Cor.2: 12-15)

Now, the Spirit we have received is not the spirit of the world but God’s own Spirit, so that we may understand the lavish gifts God has given us. And these are what we speak of, not in the terms learned from human philosophy, but in terms learned from the Spirit, fitting spiritual language to spiritual things. The person who lives by human nature alone has no room for the gifts of God’s Spirit; he cannot recognise them, because their can only be assessed in the Spirit. For: ‘who has ever known the mind of the Lord? Who has ever been his adviser?’ But we are those who have the mind of Christ.

Friday (Jean Vanier)

By becoming flesh, the Word makes all things new: he brings a new vision of humanity, a new way of being. God is no longer revealed just in the heavens, but God is more particularly present in the earth, hidden in the earth of pain and poverty, and hidden in the earth of our own being. Mary lived this radical change at the moment of the Incarnation, when the Word became flesh. For her, God was not just in the Temple of Jerusalem and in the prophets’ words, but she found a new presence of God in the body of her child. This is a radically new path.

Scripture (Psalm 98:1-6)

Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has performed wonders, his saving power in his right hand and holy arm. The Lord has made known his saving power, revealed his salvation for the nations to see, mindful of his faithful love and constancy to the House of Israel. The whole world has seen the saving power of our God. Acclaim the Lord, all the earth, burst into shouts of joy! Play to the Lord on the harp, to the sound of instruments; to the sound of trumpet and horn, acclaim the presence of the king.

Martin Bennett

Parish Bulletin 8th May 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

8 May 2022

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

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

Sunday : Fourth Sunday of Easter

Contents:  ​Gospel

Notices

Reflections for the coming week

GospelJohn: 10:27-30

Jesus said:

“The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice;

I know them and they follow me.

I give them eternal life;

They will never be lost

And no one will ever steal them from me.

The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone,

And no one can steal from the Father.

The Father and I are one.”

Gospel Reflection  :  No One Can Steal Us From The Good Shepherd

We belong to him, as closely as the stone belongs to a rock, the water to a river, the scent to perfume, for without him we would be nothing.

We belong to him as the shadow belongs to the sun, as the taste belongs to the bread, as the reflection belongs to the light.

We belong to him as brothers and sisters belong to each other, finding our family roots in the family of God, and unique in our own personality.

We belong to him as a child to a parent, loved, united, but each our own person.

We belong to him, as earth belongs to heaven, as the son Jesus belongs to his Father, for he and the Father are one, so we are one with him.

And because he has been born and lived among us, the Word of God made flesh, he belongs to us, and we share his life, as he humbled himself to share our life.

We belong to him when we sit with him in prayer, or when we share his work, each in our own way, according to our talents and our call in life, to bring his kingdom to our world.

We Remember In Our Prayers   Derek Gaskell whose Funeral Service is at Carleton Crematorium on Thursday, 12th May, at 11.45 am and Mary Morris whose Funeral is at St Teresa’s on Friday, 20th May at 11.15 am. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

We Also Keep In Our Prayers the thirteen children who will be celebrating their First Holy Communion at the 10.30 am Mass at St. Teresa’s on Sunday, 15th May.

WEDDING: We wish every blessing for Louise Acheson and Andrew Magee whose wedding took place this Saturday.

Everyone Is Invited To Celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in St.Teresa’s Parish Hall on Saturday, 21st May, 7-11pm.  Please bring your own food and drink and celebrate with friends. The evening will include a quiz, a live DJ playing requests, a sing-a-long, fun games including ‘Bonkers Bingo’, and so much more in the way we have had our enjoyable Socials many times before. Why not ‘dress to impress’ – red, white or blue, or all three! Although the Parish Hall is the largest venue we have for this between the two parishes, tickets are limited, at £5 each. Please book as soon as you can, by phoning 07866 156333.

A Big Thank You  for the £156.06 which was generously given in the SVP collection at St. Teresa’s last Sunday, along with a very generous donation from a single parishioner. All the money given is going to support local people who are in need.

The Paradox of Abundance  :  Over 800 million people go hungry each day. Yet the world produces over 4 billion tonnes of food and we only need 3.7 billion tonnes to feed everyone. From all this food produced, a third is wasted. Pope John Paul II called this “the paradox of abundance”. Clearly the global food system is not working.

But as Pope Francis said, “Each of us has a role to play in transforming food systems for the benefit of people and of the planet.”  Let’s respond to his call. CAFOD’s new campaign is called ‘Fix the Food System’. Please see www.cafod.org.uk/food for more information, including an invitation for parishioners to learn about the impact of our food  with CAFOD’s Fix the Food System : a 7- station journey resource.

St. Teresa’s Church Shop has now fully reopened and has plenty of stock, including cards, rosary beads, and First Communion gifts. The shop is open before and after every weekend Mass. Please feel free to browse. A big thank you to Chris L. and her helpers for this.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital : Fr. Andrew, the hard-working and much-appreciated CatholicChaplain at the hospital, who is also the parish priest at St. Kentigern’s, informs all the local priests each week of any developments which might affect us, and our loved-ones in hospital.  This week he was very pleased to tell us that the latest revisions include an increase in the number of visitors allowed, with patients now allowed two visitors. There will also no longer be a requirement for any visitors to take a Covid lateral flow test before attending the hospital.

There is still some way to go until we return to ‘normal visiting’, but Fr. Andrew hopes that this information is helpful, and will bring some comfort to the friends and family members of those in hospital.

April 100 Club Winners: Alan Murphy   £15,  Bernadette Richardson   £10,  Mary Lyon   £5

The Vocation To Love

The deepest wound of all is that which affects the heart,

the feeling that we have not been loved. that we are not precious to anyone.

Many people today are wounded at heart, but each of us can do something to heal their wounds.

We have hands that can make things, and minds that can understand things,

but above all we have hearts that can bring life.

We are not sterile people. We can give life to people who are inwardly broken.

We can show them that they are important, and so bring life to them.

Today, Good Shepherd Sunday, is also Vocations Sunday,

and all vocations are vocations to love.

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh)

If you learn to use a prayer you have chosen at moments when you can give all your attention to the divine presence and offer God this prayer, gradually what happens is that the awareness of God grows within you to such an extent that whether you are with people, listening, speaking or whether you are alone working, this awareness is so strong that even if you are with people you will still be able to pray. We listen to people, we do our work, we read, we do what we are supposed to, and the pain of bereavement, the awareness of joy is with us incessantly. This should also be the sense of the presence of God.

Scripture (John 10:27-30)

Jesus said: “The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from me. The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone and no one can steal from the Father. The Father and I are one.”

Tuesday (St. Teresa of Avila)

What utter blindness to seek for happiness where it cannot be found. Lord, give us light! See! We need it more than did the man who was born blind, for he longed to se the light but could not, while we do not wish to see it. O true God of mine! How hard a thing I ask of you. No less than you should love those who do not love you: should open to those who do not knock – should cure those who wish to ail. You said that you came to seek sinners: these are the real sinners!

Scripture (Psalm 100: 1-3,5)

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness, come into his presence with songs of joy. Know that he, the Lord, is God. He made us, we belong to him, his people, the flock of his sheepfold. Indeed, how good is the Lord, eternal his merciful love. He is faithful from age to age.

Wednesday (The Desert Fathers)

The presbyter of a church used to come to a hermit to consecrate the Eucharist for him. But someone else visited the hermit and told him evil things about the presbyter. The hermit would no longer let him in, so he went away. Then the hermit heard a voice saying, ‘Men have taken my judgment into their own hands.’ He saw a vision of a well of gold and a bucket of gold, and plenty of drinking water. He saw a leper emptying and refilling the bucket and he was thirsty but would not drink because it was a leper who had poured the water. Then the voice spoke a second time and said, ‘Why don’t you drink this water? What does it matter who draws it, for he only draws it and pours it out again.’ The hermit realised what the vision meant. He called the presbyter and had him consecrate the Eucharist as before.

Scripture (Acts 13:44-51)

The next Sabbath, almost the whole town assembled to hear the word of God. When they saw the crowds, the Jews, filled with jealousy, used blasphemies to contradict everything that Paul said. Then paul and Barnabas spoke out fearlessly. ‘We had to proclaim the word of God to you first, but since you have rejected it, since you do not think of yourselves as worthy of eternal life, here and now we turn to the pagans. It made the pagans very happy to hear this and they gave thanks to the Lord for this message. But the Jews stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas and expelled them from their territory.

Thursday (Carlo Carretto)

The will of God. That’s what rules the world, what converts the nations, what brings to life and brings triumph out of death. The will of God made Christ incarnate and demanded his sacrifice; this it was that founded the Church. And it is God’s will still to continue the work of redemption until the end of time. It will call people to enter one by one into the visible body of the Church when the time is ripe after having belonged to his invisible soul through their good intentions and good will.

Scripture (Ephesians 2:11-14,18-22)

Do not forget that there was a time when you who were pagans were separate from Christ and excluded form membership of Israel, aliens with no part in the covenants of the Promise and without God. But now in Christ Jesus, you who used to be so far off have been brought close by the blood of Christ. For he is the peace between us and has broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart. Through him, then, we both in the one Spirit have free access to the Father. So you are no longer aliens or foreign visitors; you are fellow citizens with the holy people of God and part of God’s household. And you, too, in him are being built up into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Friday (St. Francis of Assisi)

Our Father, from whom comes all good, may our knowledge of you become ever clearer that we may know the breadth of your blessings, the length of your promises, the height of your majesty, the depths of your judgments, so that you may rule in us through your grace and enable us to come to your kingdom, where there is an unclouded vision of you, a perfect love of you, a blessed companionship with you, an eternal enjoyment of you. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, that we may love you with our whole heart and we may love our neighbours as ourselves by drawing them with all our strength to your love.

Scripture (Daniel 7:13-14)

I was gazing into the visions of the night when I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, as it were a son of man. He came to the One most venerable and was lead into his presence. On him was conferred rule, honour and kingship, and all peoples, nations and languages became his servants. His rule is an everlasting rule which will never pass away, and his kingdom will never come to an end.

Martin Bennett

Parish Bulletin Sunday 1st May 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

1 May 2022

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

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

Sunday : Third Sunday of Easter

Contents:  ​Gospel

Notices

Reflections for the coming week

GospelJohn: 21:1-14

Jesus showed himself again to the disciples.  It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this:  Simon Peter, Thomas, called theTwin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebededee and two more of his disciples were together.  Simon Peter said, I’m going fishing.’ They replied, ‘We’ll come with you.’  They went out and got into the boat but caught nothing that night.

It was light by now and there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus.  Jesus called out, ‘Have you caught anything, friends?’  And when they answered, ‘No’, he said, ‘Throw the net out to starboard and you’ll find something.’  So they dropped the net, and there were so many fish that they could not haul it in.  The disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord.’  At these words, ‘It is the Lord’, Simon Peter, who had practically nothing on, wrapped his cloak round him and jumped into the water.  The other disciples came on in the boat, towing the net and the fish; they were only about a hundred yards from land.

As soon as they came ashore they saw that there was some bread there, and a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it.  Jesus said, ‘bring some of the fish you have just caught.’  Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore, full of big fish, one hundred and fifty three of them; and in spite of there being so many the net was not broken.  Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’  None of the disciples was bold enough to ask, ‘Who are you?’; they knew quite well it was the Lord.  Jesus then stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish.  This was the third time that Jesus showed himself to the disciples after rising from the dead.

Gospel Reflection :  “It Is The Lord”

They watched from the boat and looked to the shore – an early dawn, maybe a mist till the sun got strong, and a figure in the mist.

It was Jesus, but they did not at first recognise him. Then they picked up some words from the shore, and it began to dawn. They knew him by his words of friendship and life, and later would know him in the bread of life.

“It is the Lord”.  This can be said when we are surprised by the peace of prayer, by the love of a friend, by the care shown us when we need care, by the truth that enlightens our minds and the life that gives a lift to our hearts, and the care we offer to others.

But it might not all be clear. We search for the light of God in the twilight of our doubt or the darkness of our pain. We search for the peace of God in the violence of bitterness, and in the guilt of our regrets. We search for the generosity of God for ourselves when the needs of our world are all around us.

And it is not always clear because if we search for God on our own we do not always find him. That is why we search for and ponder about God within our community, people who are trying to believe too; within a community of love, within a community of those who wish to create with Jesus a world of justice and peace, of forgiveness and reconciliation, of love and joy. 

“It is the Lord” who offers us the bread of life, and speaks the word of life, to give direction and nourishment to our journey.

We Remember In Our Prayers   David Kelly, Peter Birch and Mary Mathews whose funerals were last week, Derek Gaskell whose Funeral Service is at Carleton Crematorium on Thursday, 12th May, at 11.45 am and Mary Morris whose Funeral is at St Teresa’s on Friday, 20th May at 11.15 am. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

We Also Keep In Our Prayers the thirteen children who will be celebrating their First Holy Communion at the 10.30 am Mass at St. Teresa’s on Sunday, 15th May, and also for Louise Acheson and Andrew Magee whose Wedding takes place at St. Teresa’s next Saturday, 7th May.

Everyone Is Invited To Celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in St.Teresa’s Parish Hall on Saturday, 21st May, 7-11pm.  Please bring your own food and drink and celebrate with friends. The evening will include a quiz, a live DJ playing requests, a sing-a-long, fun games including ‘Bonkers Bingo’, and so much more in the way we have had our enjoyable Socials many times before. Why not ‘dress to impress’ – red, white or blue, or all three! Although the Parish Hall is the largest venue we have for this between the two parishes, tickets are limited, at £5 each. Please book as soon as you can, by phoning 07866 156333.

Believing In People

It can happen that we lose interest in people,

and even become blind to their strengths

when we discover their limitations.

During his final hours Jesus discovered the limitations of Peter

who, for his own safety, three times denied that he even knew him.

Yet Jesus did not write him off.

He continued to believe in him, and in time he came good.

Like Peter we can be weak human beings.

We need someone who can understand our weaknesses,

who realises that it may take time for us to overcome them,

and who doesn’t write us off because

we don’t produce the goods at once.

May we each be that kind of person for others.

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (Martin Luther King)

We need to recapture the gospel glow of the early Christians, who were non-conformists in the truest sense of the word and refused to shape their witness according to the mundane patterns of the world. Willingly they sacrificed fame, fortune, and life itself in behalf of a cause they knew to be right. Quantitatively small, they were qualitatively giants. Gradually, however, the church began to dilute the strong demands of the gospel and to conform to the ways of the world. And ever since, the church has been a weak and ineffectual trumpet, making uncertain sounds. If the church is to regain once more its power, message and authentic ring, it must conform only to the demands of the gospel.

Scripture (Acts 5: 25, 27-30,40-42)

When they had brought them in to face the Sanhedrin, the High Priest demanded an explanation. ‘We gave you a strong warning,’ he said, ‘not to preach in his name, and what have you done? You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching.’ In reply, Peter and the apostles said, ‘Obedience to God comes before obedience to men.’ They gave orders for them to be flogged and warned them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them. Everyday they went on ceaselessly teaching and proclaiming the Good News of Christ Jesus, both in the Temple and in private houses.

Tuesday(Brother Lawrence)

Let us begin in earnest and come back in full trust to this father of loving kindness. Let us renounce wholeheartedly all that is not of him. He deserves infinitely more. Let us think of him unceasingly. Let us put all our trust in him. I have no doubt we shall soon experience the full effects of doing so, and shall sense the abundance of that grace with which we can do all things.

Scripture (Isaiah 12:2-6)

Look, he is the God of my salvation: I shall have faith and not be afraid, for Yahweh is my strength and my song, he has been my salvation. Joyfully you will draw water from the springs of salvation and, that day, you will say, ‘Praise the Lord, invoke his name. Proclaim his deeds to the people, declare his name sublime. Sing of the Lord, for his works are majestic, make them known throughout the world. Cry and shout for joy, you who live in Zion, for the Holy One of Israel is among you in his greatness.

Wednesday (Dorothy Day)

Even if we read the Sunday gospel several times, God sends us a special message for our need. When we began Catholic Worker, we first thought of it as a headquarters for the paper, a place for round-table discussions, for ways of building up a new social order. But God has made it a place for the poor. So many come that it is impossible to give personal attention to each one; we can only give what we have, in the name of Jesus. Thank God for directing our vocation. We did not choose this work. He sent it to us. We will always, please God, be clambering around the rocks and briars, the barrenness, the fruitlessness of city life, in search of lost sheep.

Scripture (John 21:3-7)

Simon Peter said, ‘I’m going fishing.’ They replied,’ We’ll come with you.’ They got into the boat and went out, but caught nothing that night. When it was already light, there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not recognise that it was Jesus. Jesus called out, ‘Haven’t you caught anything, friends?’ And when they answered ‘No’ he said, ‘Throw the net out to starboard and you’ll find something.’ So they threw the net out and could not haul it in because of the quantity of fish. The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord,’

Thursday (Thomas Merton)

The saint seeks not his own glory, but the glory of God. And in order that God may be glorified in all things, the saint wishes nothing but to be a pure instrument of the divine will. They want simply to be a window through which God’s mercies shine on the world. And for this they strive to be holy. They strive to practise virtue heroically, not in order to be known as a virtuous and holy person, but in order that the goodness of God may never be obscured by any selfish act of theirs.

Scripture (Psalm 51:1-0-13)

God, create in me a pure heart, renew me with a steadfast spirit, do not thrust me away from your presence, do not take away from me your spirit of holiness. Give me back the joy of your salvation, and my tongue will acclaim your saving justice. Lord, open my lips and my mouth will declare your praise.

Friday (Teilhard de Chardin)

Theoretically, this transformation of love is possible. What paralyses life is failure to believe and failure to dare. The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.

Scripture (2 Cor. 4: 5-7)

It is not ourselves we are proclaiming, but Christ Jesus as the Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. It is God, who said ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ that has shone into our hearts to enlighten them with the knowledge of God’s glory, the glory on the face of Christ. But we hold this treasure in pots of earthenware, so that the immensity of the power is God’s and not our own.

Martin Bennett

Parish Bulletin Sunday 24th April 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

24 April 2022

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

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

Sunday : Second Sunday of Easter

Contents:  ​Gospel

Notices

Reflections for the coming week

Gospel: John: 20-19-31

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews.  Jesus came and stood among them.  He said to them, ‘Peace be with you,’ and showed them his hands and his side.  The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.

‘As the Father sent me,

So am I sending you.’

After saying this he breathed on them and said:

‘Receive the Holy Spirit.

For those whose sins you forgive

they are forgiven;

for those whose sins you retain,

they are retained.’

Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.  When the disciples said, ‘We have seen the Lord’, he answered, ‘unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’  Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them.  The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them.  ‘Peace be with you,’ he said.  Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side.  Doubt no longer but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’  Jesus said to him:

‘You believe because you can see me.

Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’

There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples sawm but they are not recorded in this book.  These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.

Gospel Reflection :  Is Your Post-Easter Sunday Life Going Swimmingly

Some people think that if you have enough faith, life will be plain sailing. This of course isn’t true.

The fact that you can swim does not mean that you have control over the sea. It doesn’t prevent you from getting knocked about. In the same way faith doesn’t shield us from the hard knocks of life or death.

What then does faith do? It enables us to live in a topsy-turvy world without getting completely lost or giving in to despair. It gives us bearings.

Just as swimmers trust  that if they don’t panic, and if they do a few simple things, then the power of the water will uphold them, so believers entrust their lives to a power greater than themselves, a power greater than us all.

This power is the life and love of Christ always with us, always wanting to hold us up by the peace of his presence. Faith is always linked with us having a very positive hope. 

We Remember In Our Prayers   Terese Fish whose funeral was last week, David Kelly whose Funeral Mass is at Teresa’s on Tuesday 26th April at 11 am, Peter Birch whose Funeral Mass is at St. John Southworth’s on Wednesday 27th April at 1.30 pm, and Mary Mathews whose Funeral Service is at St. Teresa’s on Thursday 28th April at 11.30 am, and Derek Gaskell whose Funeral Service is at Carleton Crematorium on Thursday, 12th May, at 11.45 am. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

We Welcome Into the Family of The Church  Connor Matthew Foster-O’Donnell whose Baptism takes place this Sunday.

Divine Mercy Sunday  is to be celebrated this Sunday, 24 April, at St. John’s church, Breck Road, Poulton at 2pm. It is an occasion for prayers and reflection on The Mercy of God. Please note that there will be no Mass, but the Service will include a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament, and opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation. “Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love, and the future to God’s providence”. (St. Augustine)

Please Note :  The daily Mass at St. Teresa’s this Tuesday, 26th  April is not at 9.30 am but at 11am, the Funeral Mass for David Kelly.

CAFOD have written to us in both our parishes concerning our recent generous donations to support all those suffering in the current crisis in Ukraine : ” Thank you so much for being there for our global family, in donating to our Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Our local Ukrainian aid workers and volunteers are already reaching families in need who have been forced to leave their homes due to the conflict, especially women and children. We are supporting our Caritas sister agencies to reach communities most in need inside Ukraine, and in neighbouring countries. Your donations are providing food, clean water, healthcare, and travel onto safe areas or into neighbouring countries. On behalf of the families you are reaching out to with kindness and compassion – THANK YOU”

God Gives Us Power

God has given us the power

to create beauty

to make another smile

to be a healing presence in someone’s sorrow

to bring justice to the oppressed,

to console those in difficulty

to bring peace and joy to others

to help those in need

to laugh and enjoy life

to do good and turn from evil,

to forgive those who have hurt us

and, most of all, to love.

Let us pray that God will continue to grace us with his love and mercy, and to spread that love to others during our journey.

                                                            Iris Perez

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (Fr. Michael Ivens, SJ)

We are concerned with paschal joy, the joy proper to Easter, the joy which springs from a still more fundamental grace, that of a faith and love that make the risen Christ, though invisible, the very core of the believer’s existence. The prime object of the paschal joy, then, is the here-and -now reality of the risen Christ. It consists in the transforming experience of a joy which is a union in that of the risen Christ himself. Flowing from Christ, this joy always moves a person to God’s service, a source of strength, energy and courage to participate in the work of the kingdom. In its fullness, paschal joy engages the whole person, penetrates everyday experience, but its authenticity must be measured in terms of strength and depth rather than emotional exhilaration.

Scripture (Acts 2:38,41-43,46-47)

Peter said to the crowd, ‘You must repent, and everyone of you must be baptised on the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the Holy Spirit. They accepted what he said and were baptised. That very day about three thousand were added to their number. They remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers. And everyone was filled with awe; the apostles worked many signs and miracles. Each day, with one heart, they regularly went to the Temple but met in their houses for the breaking of bread; they shared their food gladly and generously; they praised God and were looked up to by everyone. Day by day, the Lord added to their community those destined to be saved

Tuesday (Cardinal Newman)

To know God and Christ, in scripture language, seems to mean to live under the conviction of his presence who is, to our bodily eyes, unseen. It is, in fact, to have faith, but not faith as the heathen might have, but gospel faith. The gospel is a manifestation, and therefore addressed to the eyes of our mind. Faith is the same principle as before, but with the opportunity of acting through a more certain and satisfactory sense.

Scripture (John 20:24-29)

Thomas was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said, ‘We have seen the Lord,’ but he answered, ‘Unless I can see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe. Eight days later, the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you,’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving anymore but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘You believe because you can see me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’

Wednesday (C.S.Lewis)

The society into which the Christian is called at baptism is not a collective, but a Body. We are summoned at the outset to combine as creatures with our Creator, as mortals with immortal, as redeemed sinners with sinless Redeemer. His presence, the interaction between him and us, must always be the overwhelmingly dominant factor in the life we are to lead within the Body, and any conception of Christian fellowship which does not primarily mean fellowship with him is out of court. The sacrifice of selfish privacy which is daily demanded of us is daily repaid a hundredfold in the true growth of personality which the life of the Body encourages. 

Scripture (Ephesians 1:18-20,22-23)

May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, how rich is the glory of the heritage he offers among his holy people, and how extraordinarily great is the power he has exercised for us believers; this accords with the strength of his power at work in Christ, the power he exercised in raising him from the dead, and made him, as he is above all things, the head of the Church, which is his body, the glory of him who is filled, all in all.

Thursday (Oscar Romero)

Christ arisen has put in history’s womb the beginning of a new world. To come to Mass on Sunday is to immerse oneself in that beginning, which again becomes present and is celebrated on the altar at Mass. And we who go forth from Mass know we have proclaimed the death that saved the world and proclaimed the resurrection of Christ, who lives as hope. I can imagine someone saying, “So now he thinks he is a prophet!” No, it’s not that I think I’m a prophet, it’s that you and I are a prophetic people. Everyone baptised has received a share in Christ’s prophetic mission.

Scripture (Matthew 28: 16-20)

Meanwhile, the eleven set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him, they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the Father , and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And look, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’

Friday (2nd Vatican Council – “The Church”)

So it is that this messianic people, though it does not include all people and may more than once look like a small flock, is nonetheless a lasting and sure seed of unity, hope and salvation for the whole human race. Established by Christ as a fellowship of life, charity and truth, it is also used by him as an instrument of redemption for all, and is sent forth into the whole world as the light of the world and the salt of the earth.

Scripture (1 Peter 2:9)

You are a chosen race, a kingdom of priests, a holy nation, a people to be a personal possession to sing the praises of God who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Martin Bennett

Parish Bulletin Easter Sunday 17th April 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

17 April 2022

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

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

Sunday : Easter Sunday

Contents:  ​Gospel

Notices

Reflections for the coming week

Gospel: Luke 24:1-2

On the first day of the week, at the first sign of dawn, the women went to the tomb with the spices they had prepared.  They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but on entering discovered that the body of the Lord Jess was not there.  As they stood there not knowing what to think, two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side.  Terrified the women lowered their eyes.  But the two men said to them, ‘Why look among the dead for someone who is alive?  He is no here, he has risen.  Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee: that the Son of Man had to be handed over into the power of sinful men and be crucified, and rise again on the third day?’  And they remembered his words.

When the women returned from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the others. The women were Mary of Magdalen, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James.  The other women with them also told the apostles, but this story of theirs seemed pure nonsense, and they did not believe them.

Peter, however, went running to the tomb.  He bent down and saw the binding cloths, but nothing else; he then went back home, amazed at what had happened.

Easter Reflection 

Fake news was what they thought it was. News of a risen body after a torturous death that everyone knew about. Elsewhere in the Gospels we hear that the apostles at first refused to believe  what the women had discovered. It would take time to sink in, and then their world was never the same again.

For this they needed to remember what Jesus had said, that he would be put to death and rise on the third day. He said it so often that we might think they would have remembered and believed. Faith can so often take time. Faith is built on memory of the past, and the presence of Jesus with us now.

Our Easter celebration is a grace-filled joyful occasion. We look on it as the highlight of the Church’s year. It is remembered at every Mass, and at Funerals and Baptisms with the lighting of the Easter candle.

Quite simply, the resurrection of Jesus grounds our faith. It is what brings us through the worst of life, and makes even better the joy of life. His risen bdy is not limited by earthly space, and because of what we believe about Easter we can always sense and know the loving presence of Jesus at every moment of our lives. Easter is ‘in us’, and can work through us for others, till the end of time.

We Remember In Our Prayers   Teresa Nicholson and Mary Ciotkowski whose funerals were last weekTerese Fish whose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s on Thursday 21st April at 1 pm, David Kelly whose Funeral Mass is at Teresa’s on Tuesday 26th April at 11 am, Peter Birch whose Funeral Mass is at St. John Southworth’s on Wednesday 27th April at 1.30 pm, and Mary Mathews whose Funeral Service is at St. Teresa’s on Thursday 28th April at 11.30 am. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

Divine Mercy Sunday  is to be celebrated next Sunday at St. John’s church, Breck Road, Poulton at 2pm. It is an occasion for prayers and reflection on The Mercy of God. Please note that there will be no Mass, but the Service will include a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament, and opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation. “Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love, and the future to God’s providence”. (St. Augustine)

St Teresa’s 100 Club Winners March

Phil Gooden – £15​​John Dover – £10​​Carol Gregson – £5

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (From the Easter Proclamation)

This is our Passover feast, when Christ, the true Lamb, is slain, whose blood consecrates the homes of all believers. This is the night when Christians everywhere, washed clean of sin, and freed from all defilement, are restored to grace and grow together in holiness. Father, how wonderful your care for us! How boundless your merciful love! To ransom a slave, you gave away your son. The power of this holy night dispels all evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy; it casts out hatred, brings us peace, and humbles earthly pride. Night truly blessed when heaven is wedded to earth and we are reconciled to God.

Scripture (Romans 6:3-11)

When we were baptised into Christ Jesus, we were baptised into his death. So by our baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glorious power, we too should begin living a new life; realising that our former self has been crucified with him, so that the self that belonged to sin should be destroyed and we should be freed from the slavery of sin. Now, the life that he leads is life with God. In the same way you must see yourselves as being dead to sin but alive for God in Jesus Christ.

Tuesday (Cardinal Basil Hume.)

New life has been given to us. We received it first at Baptism. That life made St. Paul say ‘I live now, not I, but Christ lives in me.’ Bold words but full of significance. We must not think of Christ rising from the dead and then leaving us to cope as best we can, to live as he taught us how. No, he remains with us, present always, unseen by the eyes and beyond the touch of the hand. Through our faith we come to realise more and more his presence within us and around us. Jesus Christ lives. We draw strength not from ourselves and our own resources but from faith and union with Jesus Christ.

Scripture (Ezekiel 36: 18-28)

The Lord says this: ‘I am going to display the holiness of my name which you have profaned among the nations. And the nations will know that I am Yahweh when in you I display my holiness before their eyes. I shall pour clean water over you and you shall be cleansed; I shall cleanse you of all your filth and of all your foul idols. I shall give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in you. I shall remove the heart of stone from your bodies and give you a heart of flesh instead. I shall put my spirit in you and make you keep my laws, and respect and practise my judgments.

Wednesday (Caryll Houselander)

I was in an underground train, a crowded train in which all sorts of people jostled together, sitting and strap-hanging – workers of every description going home at the end of the day. Quite suddenly I saw Christ in them all: living in them, dying in them, rejoicing in them, sorrowing in them. I came out into the street and walked for a long time in the crowds. It was the same here, on every side, in every passer-by – Christ.

Scripture (Mt 28:5-10)

The angel said to the women “There is no need for you to be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen as he said he would. Come and see the place where he lay, then go quickly and tell his disciples’ He has risen from the dead and now he is going before you to Galilee; it is there you will see him!’ Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell the disciples.”

Thursday (Sheila Cassidy)

We rush about, examining the discarded shroud, looking behind the bushes, completely ignoring the patient angel who says ‘ Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?’ The rising of Christ in the Spirit and in whatever form his new body took, his descent among the dead and his harrowing of hell are central to our faith. Even more important, and for me totally breath-taking, is the image of the wedding of earth with heaven, the union of frail human beings with their immortal, 

unknowable God.

Scripture (Isaiah 54:7-10)

I did forsake you for a brief moment, but in great compassion I shall take you back. In a flood of anger, for a moment, I hid my face from you. But in everlasting love I have taken pity on you, says the Lord, your redeemer. So now I swear never to be angry with you and never to rebuke you again. For the mountains may depart, the hills be shaken, but my faithful love will never leave you and my covenant of peace with you will never be shaken.

Friday (Angela of Foligno, 1502)

When you put a hot iron in the fire it assumes the very shape and nature of the fire itself: heat, colour, strength influence, for it surrenders itself whole and entire, and not in part, yet it keeps its own substance. Just so, when the perfect fire of divine love joins the soul to God and unites with him. It casts itself into God. When it is changed into God without losing its own substance, its whole existence is altered. Then this love makes itself almost entirely Divine.

Scripture ( Colossians 2:9-10,12)

In him in bodily form, lives divinity in all its fullness, and in him you, too, find your own fulfilment, in the one who is the head of every sovereign and ruling force. You have been buried with him by your baptism; by which, too, you have been raised up with him by your belief in the power of God who raised him from the dead.

Martin Bennett

Parish Bulletin Sunday 10th April (Palm Sunday)

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 April 2022

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

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

Sunday : Palm/Passion Sunday

Contents:  ​Notices

Reflections for the coming week

Mark 11:1-10

When they drew near to Jerusalem,

To Bethphage and Bethany

At the Mount of Olives,

Jesus sent two of his disciples, and said to them,

‘Go into the village opposite you,

And immediately as you enter it

You will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever set;

Untie it and bring it.

If anyone says to you,

“Why are you doing this?” say,

“The Lord has need of it

And will send it back here immediately”

And they went away,

And found a colt tied at the door out in the open street,

And they untied it.

And those who stood there said to them,

“What are you doing, untying the colt?”

And they told them what Jesus had said;

And they let them go.

And they brought the colt to Jesus

And threw their garments on it;

And he sat upon it.

And many spread their garments on the road,

And others spread leafy branches

Which they had cut from the fields.

And those who went before

And those who followed cried out,

‘Hosanna!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Blessed is the kingdom of our Father David that is coming!

Hosanna in the highest!’

Mass Reflection :  Wholly Weak?

Like other creatures with whom we share this planet, we humans have an instinct for self-survival, which can lead us to display a strength and dominance over others which can be so inappropriate, and so often harmful. But, unlike other creatures, we also have a distinctive need for some common purpose in life, even to be of service to others.

For Christians, Holy Week recalls and celebrates specific events which radically altered the course of our human history. We believe God entered our time and world, in an unprecedented way, in Jesus. He gave us Jesus’ teachings and particular way of living as a model for our living. But living his way is sometimes not only a challenge but an affront to the way of living we may have grown used to.

On Palm Sunday we are encouraged to proclaim our praise to the Lord of life and not just to ourselves – to Jesus as the centre and meaning of our lives, and not just to our own interests or comforts. Strangely, we grow by serving something greater than ourselves. Our life expands in proportion to our becoming part of a life bigger than our own.

Perhaps the key to unlock the mystery of life, and of the Cross, is the fact that it is in our weakness and our woundedness, not in our power and strength, that we find our God. This Holy Week is for those who feel wholly weak too!

We Remember In Our Prayers  Jean Duffy whose Funeral was last week, Teresa Nicholson Whose Funeral Mass is at St Teresa’s on Wednesday 13th April at 11 am, Mary Ciotkowskiwhose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s on Thursday 14th April at 11 am, Terese Fish whose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s on Thursday 21st April at 1 pm, David Kelly whose Funeral Mass is at Teresa’s on Tuesday 26th April at 11 am, Peter Birch whose Funeral Mass is at St. John Southworth’s on Wednesday 27th April at 1.30 pm, and Mary Mathews whose Funeral Service is at St. Teresa’s on Thursday 28th April at 11.30 am. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

We Welcome Into The Family Of The Church  Francine Margaux Salutan whose Baptism takes place this Sunday at St. Teresa’s.

Stations of the Cross , with Benediction, are celebrated this Sunday at St. Teresa’s at 3 pm.

  

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES

(All at St. Teresa’s unless otherwise stated)

Maundy Thursday Mass – 6.30 pm

(After this Mass there will be an opportunity for the customary time for private prayer,

‘watching’ at the Altar of Repose, which will finish thirty minutes after the end of Mass)

Good Friday

Stations of the Cross – 11 am at St. John Southworth and St. Teresa’s

(At 12 noon there is a short Ecumenical Service, organised by all our Churches, outside the TSB bank in Cleveleys)

pm  The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

(This is the main Service of the day. The church is then closed until the Easter Vigil)

Holy Saturday  (Easter Vigil) –  6.30 pm.

Easter Sunday Masses  –  9 am and 10.30 am at St. Teresa’s

5.00 pm at St. John Southworth

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (Fr. Austin Smith, CP)

The suffering and dying of God is regarded as essential to reach the resurrection, to which we can’t get quickly enough. But this underpins not a theology of the resurrection but a superficial ideology of hope. Before outlining vast theologies of redemption, indeed before talking about the wonder of the Resurrection we should contemplate the absurdity of the death of Jesus. An open contemplation of the death of Jesus, leading to a mystical union with God, leads us to examine the depth of our assimilation of, and relationship to, the values of Jesus. It often seems that it is only at the death of someone that we come to understand, in any depth, our relationship with them.

Scripture (Psalm 42)

I thirst for God, the living God; when shall I go to see the face of God? I have no food but tears, day and night, as all day long I am taunted ‘Where is your God?’ I shall say to God ‘Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go around in mourning, harassed by the enemy?’ Hope in God! I will praise him still, my Saviour, my God. Send out your light and your truth, they shall be my guide, to lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.

Tuesday (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

When Jesus calls his disciples to follow him, it is closely associated with the prediction of his passion. He must suffer and be rejected. Had he only suffered, Jesus might still have been applauded as the Messiah. All the sympathy and admiration of the world might have been focused on his passion. It could have been viewed as a tragedy with its own intrinsic value, dignity and honour. But in the passion, Jesus is a rejected Messiah. His rejection robs the passion of its halo of glory. Suffering and rejection sum up the whole cross of Jesus. This notion has ceased to be intelligible to a Christianity which can no longer see any difference between an ordinary human life and a life committed to Christ.

Scripture (Mt. 27:39-44)

The passers-by jeered at him: “So you would destroy the Temple and in three days rebuild it! Then save yourself if you are God’s son and come down from the cross!” The chief priests and the scribes and elders mocked him in the same way “He saved others but he cannot save himself. Let him come down from the cross and we will believe in him. He has put his trust in God; now let God rescue him if he wants him” Even the bandits who were with him taunted him in the same way.

Wednesday (Martin Luther)

‘Discipleship is not limited to what you can comprehend. Plunge into the deep waters beyond your own comprehension. Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge. My comprehension transcends yours. Thus Abraham went forth from his father not knowing where he was going. He trusted himself to my knowledge and cared not for his own, and came to his journey’s end. Behold, that is the way of the cross. The road which is clean contrary to all that you choose or desire—that is the road you must take. To that I call you and in that you must be my disciple.’

Scripture (Ps. 22 )

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me. The words of my groaning do nothing to save me. My God, I call you by day but you do not answer, at night, but I find no respite. Yet you, the Holy One, in you our ancestors out their trust, they trusted you and you set them free. But I am a worm, not a man, scorn of mankind, contempt of the people; all who see me sneer and wag their heads, ‘He trusted himself to Yahweh, let Yahweh set him free!’ Do not hold aloof, for trouble is upon me, and no one to help me.

Thursday (Henri Nouwen)

“Can you drink the cup I shall drink?” pierced my heart like a sharp spear. I knew that taking this moment seriously would radically change our lives. It is the question that has the power to crack open a hardened heart and lay bare the tendons of the spiritual life. But why should we drink this cup? There is so much pain, so much anguish, so much violence. Wouldn’t it be easier to live normal lives with a minimum of pain and a maximum of pleasure? “Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?” Just letting that question sink in made me feel very uncomfortable. But I knew that I had to start living with it.

Scripture (Mark 10:35-39)

James and John said to Jesus, “We want you to do us a favour. Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left hand in glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup I shall drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I will be baptised?” 

They replied, “We can.”

Friday (Fr. Richard Rohr.)

The supreme irony of the whole crucifixion scene is this: He who was everything had everything taken away from him. Jesus was nailed to the cross, his arms nailed open. He is the eternal sign of God to humans, yet his arms were nailed open because he said in his life “I love you”. When you say this, you give the other power over you: power to destroy you and power to create you. Jesus spoke these words to his creation and we took him at his word. But God says “I love you anyway!” That is God’s great act of reconciliation. What hope!

Scripture (Hebrews 4:15-16, 5:7-9)

The high priest we have is not incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us, but has been put to the test in exactly the same way as ourselves, apart from sin. Let us, then, have no fear in approaching the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace when we are in need of help. During his life on earth, he offered up prayer and entreaty, with loud cries and with tears, to the one who had the power to save him from death, and, winning a hearing by his reverence, he learnt obedience, Son though he was, through his sufferings; when he had been perfected, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation.

Martin Bennett

St.Teresa’s Primary School Easter Activities

Dear Parents and friends of St Teresa’s, 

This year we would like to invite you to join us for our Easter Eggstravaganza day on Friday 8th April from 9.15am onwards. All money raised will go towards purchasing new reading for every year group.

You are invited to join your child/children in the Church Hall for the during the time stated below, where your child will sing a song and parade their bonnets (if in Key Stage 1). The rest of the time will be spent enjoying the various stalls that will be run by each year group.

 9.15 – 10.1510.15 – 11.15 12.45 – 1.451.45 –  2.45
Church Hall:Song, parade and gamesNURSERYRECEPTIONYEAR 1YEAR 2 YEAR 3YEAR 4YEAR 5YEAR 6

Children in Key Stage 1 are invited to create an Easter bonnet, to be brought in on the Easter Eggstravaganza day. Key Stage 2 Children are invited to create an Easter Egg and bring them in on Thursday 7th April so they can be displayed, viewed and judged at the Easter Eggstravaganza. Prizes will be awarded on the day for each year group. 

We are hoping that the day will be a wonderful mix and balance of entertainment, fun and fundraising. Throughout the day, children be completing Easter crafts and activities plus enjoying some Bouncy Castle time too!  We ask that a maximum of two adults attend each session per child. This will support the organisation of the day and ensure we meet health and safety regulations.  If you are unable to attend you can still support by offering a raffle prize or donating cakes to sell on the day. All contributions would be gratefully received. 

Children can bring money to school on the day so that they can join in the fun. 

In order for the day to run smoothly and for it to be a great success, we need as many volunteers as possible to help run the stalls. If you are able to volunteer an hour before or after your child’s allotted time in the Church Hall please let the school office know, or your child’s class teacher.  

I look forward to seeing you on the 8th April.

Best Wishes,

Lynsey Ankers

Parish Bulletin 3rd April 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 April 2022

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

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

Sunday : Fifth Sunday of Lent

Contents:  ​Gospel

Notices 

Gospel (John 8:1-11)

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.  At daybreak he appeared in the Temple again; and as all the people came to him, he sat down and began to teach them.

The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman along who had been caught committing adultery and making her stand there in full view of everybody, they said to Jesus, ‘Master, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery, and Moses has ordered us in the Law to condemn women like this to death by stoning. What have you to say?’  They asked him this as a test looking for something to use against him.  But Jesus bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger.  As they persisted with their question, he looked up and said, ‘If there is one of you who has not sinned, let them be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Then he bent down and wrote on the ground again.  When they heard this they went away one by one, beginning with the eldest, until Jesus was left alone with the woman, who remained standing there.  He looked up and said, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’  ‘No one, sir’ she replied.  ‘Neither do I condemn you,’ said Jesus, ‘go away, and don’t sin any more.’

Gospel Reflection :   ‘But Jesus Started Writing On The Ground With His Finger’

For centuries people have wondered and imagined what Jesus wrote when the crowd asked him to condemn the woman mentioned in the Gospel today. Whatever he wrote encouraged the woman to stay with him, and put some pressure on the accusers to move away.

Maybe he just doodled, or wrote nothing sensible. Or did he write, so that the woman could see – ‘Stay here, I am with you’. And the woman knew, like all of us can know when we are in trouble, that Jesus is on our side.

Or did he write so that the onlookers could see – ‘Change your hearts, be renewed; forgive in your hearts’.

Maybe he wrote what he later said – ‘I do not condemn you, sin no more’. And all knew they were in the presence of love, forgiveness and acceptance.

Some, like the woman herself, could take this, and stayed to get to know this Jesus. Others, like the accusers, went away, although maybe they came back later to get to know this Jesus too.

No matter what, we should know that he will stay with each of us – with forgiveness and acceptance all the days of our lives.

We Remember In Our Prayers  Jean Duffy whose Funeral Service is at Carleton Crematorium on Tuesday 5th April at 10 am, Teresa Nicholson whose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s on Wednesday, 13th April at 11 am, and Mary Ciotkowski whose Funeral Mass is also at St. Teresa’s on Thursday, 14th April 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.

We Welcome Into The Family Of The Church  Charlie Joseph Walton whose Baptism takes place this Sunday.

During Lent the Stations of the Cross, with Benediction, is celebrated at St. Teresa’s each Sunday at 3 pm.

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, the Beginning of Holy Week, which is the greatest week of our whole Church year.

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES

(All at St. Teresa’s unless otherwise stated)

Maundy Thursday Mass – 6.30 pm

(After this Mass there will be an opportunity for the customary time for private prayer,

‘watching’ at the Altar of Repose, which will finish thirty minutes after the end of Mass)

Good Friday

Stations of the Cross – 11 am at St. John Southworth and St. Teresa’s

(At 12 noon there is a short Ecumenical Service, organised by all our Churches, outside the TSB bank in Cleveleys)

pm  The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

(This is the main Service of the day. The church is then closed until the Easter Vigil)

Holy Saturday  (Easter Vigil) –  6.30 pm.

Easter Sunday Masses  –  9 am and 10.30 am at St. Teresa’s

5.30 pm at St. John Southworth

A Prayer For Ukraine

Lord of all people and all nations,

We lift before you the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia,

Each girl and boy, each woman and man, living in fear of what tomorrow might bring.

We long for a time you spoke of through the prophet Isaiah,

When weapons of war would be beaten into ploughshares,

When nation will no longer lift up sword against nation.

We cry out to you for peace.

Protect those who only desire and deserve to live in security and safety.

Comfort those who fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

Change the hearts of those set on violence and aggression.

Fill earthly leaders with great wisdom to find paths to peace.

Please Lord, come and have your way in your world.

May your will be done here, on earth as it is in heaven.

May your peace reign, now and always.  Amen