Parish Bulletin 24th October 2021

St Teresa & St John Southworth Churches, Cleveleys

Fr Chris Cousens—Phone: 853340

Rev Bernard Ward (Deacon) (Tel: 858346) 

Enquiries for St John Southworth: Phone: 853340

24 October 2021

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

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

Sunday : The 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Contents:  ​Gospel

Notices 

Reflections for the coming week

GospelMark 10:46.52

As Jesus left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus) a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road.  When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, Son of David, Jesus have pity on me.’  And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him here.’  So they called the blind man, ‘Courage,’ they said ‘get up, he is calling you.’  So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus.  Then Jesus spoke, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Rabbuni,’ the blind man said to him ‘Master let me see again.’  Jesus said to him,’ ‘Go, your faith saved you.’  And immediately his sight returned and he followed him along the road.

Gospel Reflection :   Let Me See Again

In the varied colours of the hills, the changing sound of the waves, the steady flow of rivers, let me see Lord God, your beauty, your peace, your eternity.

In the care of friendship, the love of family, the commitment of relationship, let me see, Lord God, your love, your care, your faithfulness.

In care for the poor, commitment to justice, in work for peace, let me see, Lord God, your passion, your care for the poor, your life born amongst us.

In joy and in laughter, may I see your joy. In suffering and mourning, let me see your cross. In forgiveness and in courage, let me see your resurrection.

Lord, let me see again.

We Remember In Our Prayers  Alan Andrews whose Funeral was last week, and Therese Clements whose Funeral Mass is at St Teresa’s on Monday 1st November, before burial in Leigh. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

Today Is World Mission Sunday  This weekend Pope Francis asks Catholics all over the world to join together at Mass to pray,celebrate and care for the whole family of the Church. A big part of our Church (40%) still needs our help to survive and grow to self-sufficiency. Through Missio (the same charity which organises the ‘red boxes’ in our homes for all-year-round donations), your prayers and donations will support the work of missionaries, and the young Churches, as they build schools, provide healthcare and share faith, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances, so that all may know God’s love and live a life of dignity. The money collected today will go in its entirety to support mission projects worldwide. And those struggling mission parishes will have organised 

the same special collection as we have today, to be sent off to support others – an amazing thought really.

Over the years so many people from our own land have been inspired by their love of God to go out and share the love of God. In their adopted countries many found poverty and lack of access to education and healthcare. Their mission changed from being purely spiritual to a living ministry based on helping with the day to day needs of their communities. They worked not just in the spiritual life of our faith but in education and healthcare. Thousands are educated each year in Christian schools, and thousands healed in Christian health centres. We remember them this weekend. Their love and commitment enrich our lives too.

Many parishes in this country, and certainly most towns, have returned-missionaries living within them – lay men and women who have given time in their lives volunteering in working with some charity abroad, and small communities of Religious women and men (Sisters, Brothers and Priests) who have returned home,

some of them after years abroad. They often find it very hard to settle back. Often they are forced to return due to failing health. They have so much to offer from another church, but they find it very hard to settle back as they have given so much of their lives to their ‘adopted’ country. We remember them too today. They are a reminder and encouragement  to us all in living out our mission in our locality and families.

COP 26 and CAFOD’S Help For Us To Support Its Good Outcome

We all should know that the attention of society is heading towards the United Nations climate talks taking place in Glasgow from 31st October to 12th November. Tackling the climate crisis is not only so important for our future but also for so many vulnerable communities right now. That is why CAFOD is inviting us to join them in praying for the success of the Conference, that world leaders will put the needs of marginalised communities around the world, those most affected by climate change, right at the heart of these climate talks. For more information please visit cafod.org.uk/cop26. The prayer which CAFOD has produced for us to use is on this Bulletin, and can also be found on the prayer card on the table in the porch as you come into church.

A Prayer For The Cop 26 Climate Talks

Loving God,

We praise your name with all you have created.

You are present in the whole universe,

and in the smallest creatures.

We acknowledge the responsibilities you have placed upon us

as stewards of your creation.

May the Holy Spirit inspire all the political leaders at COP26 as they

seek to embrace the changes needed to foster a more sustainable society.

Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions

for the poorest and most vulnerable,

and commit their nations to the care of Our Common Home.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium)

The evils of our world – and those of the Church – must not be excuses for diminishing our commitment and our fervour. Our faith is challenged to discern how wine can come from water and how wheat can grow in the midst of weeds. Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council, we are distressed by the troubles of our age and far from naive optimism; yet the fact that we are more realistic must not mean that we are any less trusting in the Spirit or less generous. If we start without confidence, we have already lost half the battle and we bury our talents. While painfully aware of our own frailties, we have to march on without giving in, keeping in mind what the Lord said to Saint Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9).

Scripture (Mark 10:46-52)

As he left Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When heard it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and cry out ‘Son of David, Jesus have pity on me.’ And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and said ‘Call him here.’ So they called the blind man over. ‘Courage’ they said, ‘get up; he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus. Then Jesus spoke, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him ‘Rabbuni, let me see again’ Jesus said to him ‘Go; your faith has saved you.’ And at once his sight returned and he followed him along the road.

Tuesday (Thomas a Kempis)

CHRIST: He who walks before me in truth, and constantly seeks me in simplicity of heart shall be protected against the assaults of evil; truth shall deliver him from his deceivers and from the slanders of the wicked. If truth set you free you are truly free and need care nothing for the vain words of men.

THE DISCIPLE: Lord, this is true. Let your truth be my teacher and my guard, and lead me to salvation in the end. Let it free me from every evil affection and lawless love, and I will walk before you in complete freedom of heart.

Scripture (Psalm 25:3-5,8-10)

Calling to you, none shall ever be put to shame, but shame is theirs who break faith. Direct me in your ways, Lord, and teach me your paths. Encourage me to walk in your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. Goodness and faithful love have been yours for ever, Yahweh, do not forget them. Judiciously he guides the humble, instructing the poor in his way. Kindness unfailing and constancy mark all his paths.

 Wednesday  (St Teresa of Avila)

How great is the good which God works in a soul when he gives it a disposition to pray in earnest, though it may not be so well prepared as it ought to be. If that soul perseveres in spite of sins, temptations and relapses, our Lord will bring it at last—I am certain of it—to the harbour of salvation, as he has brought me myself. He who gives himself to prayer is in possession of a great blessing , of which many saints have written glory be to God for it!

Scripture (Hebrews 2:14-15,17-28)

Since all the children share the same human nature, he too shared equally in it, so that by his death he could set aside him who hekd the power of death, namely the devil, and set free all those who had been held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death. It was essential that he should in this way be made 

completely like his brothers so that he could become a compassionate and trustworthy high priest for their relationship to God, able to expiate the sins of the people. For the suffering he himself passed through while being put to the test enables him to help others when they are being put to the test.

Thursday (Brother Lawrence)

He had been, he said, in enormous anguish of soul, believing certainly that he was lost. This anguish had lasted four years during which he had suffered much. Since then he had worried neither about Paradise nor Hell; all his life had been freedom and unbroken rejoicing. He placed his sins, he said, between God and himself as though to say to him that he deserved none of his favours. That did not prevent God from overwhelming him with them, and at times God took him as by the hand and led him before all the heavenly court to exhibit the wretch to whom he took pleasure to grant his grace.

Scripture (Jeremiah 31:7-9)

For the Lord says this: Shout with joy for Jacob! Hail the chief of nations! Proclaim! Praise!  Shout, ‘The Lord has saved his people, the remnant of Israel!’ Watch, I shall bring them back from the land of the North and gather them in form the ends of the earth. With them, the blind and the lame, women with child, women in labour, all together, a mighty throng will return here! They had left in tears, I will comfort them as I lead them back; I will guide them to streams of water, by a smooth path where they will not stumble. 

Friday (Fr. Richard Rohr)

St. Paul and the prophets have gone to an objective force, a bottomless well where joy is drawn and received in obedience. They know that joy is finally in entering into another, the Lord. Joy is the Lord. We are daringly commanded to love God and thereby be assured of an unfailing reservoir of true and profound joy. We see that the people listening to John the 

Baptist “were filled with expectation”. They were predisposed and ready for joy to reveal itself. I have come to realise that those who make space for joy, those who prefer nothing to joy, will most assuredly have it. We must not be afraid to announce it to who are sad and trapped. Now and then we must even announce it to ourselves. In this prison of now, in this cynical and sophisticated age, Christians must believe in joy.

Scripture (Romans 5:15, 17-18)

There is no comparison between the free gift and the offence. If death came to many through the offence of one man, how much greater the effect of grace of God has had, coming to so many and so plentifully as a free gift through the one man Jesus Christ! It was by one man’s offence that death came to reign over all, but how much greater the reign in life of those who receive the fullness of grace and the gift of saving justice, through the one man, Jesus Christ. One man’s good act has brought justification and life to all humanity.

Martin Bennett

Parish Bulletin Sunday 17th October 2021

St Teresa & St John Southworth Churches, Cleveleys

Fr Chris Cousens—Phone: 853340

Rev Bernard Ward (Deacon) (Tel: 858346) 

Enquiries for St John Southworth: Phone: 853340

17 October 2021

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

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433            

  The 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Contents:  ​Gospel

Notices 

Reflections for the coming week

GospelMark 20:35-45

James and John. the sons of Zebedee, approached Jesus.  ‘Master,’ they said to him ‘we want you to do us a favour.’  He said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?’  They said to him, ‘Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.’  ‘You do not know what you are asking’ Jesus said to them. ‘Can you drink the cup that I must drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I must be baptised?  They replied, ‘We can.’ Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I must drink you shall drink, and with the baptism with which I must be baptised you shall be baptised, but as for seats at my right hand or my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted.’

When the other ten heard this they began to feel indignant with James and John, so Jesus called to them and said to them, ‘You know that among the pagans their so-called rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you.  No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all.  For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’

Gospel Reflection :  Not To Be Served But To Serve

We all know people who are ambitious, and their ambitions for top jobs, money, possessions and respect take over. They would do a lot to be well-thought of. In the Gospel today Jesus challenges the ambition of James and John to be top of the group of Apostles, and he challenges the others in their anger at them.

Of course not all ambition is negative. St. Paul says in his first letter to the Corinthians, “be ambitious for the higher gifts”, and he lists how to be ambitious for love, that is ‘giving it’ not just ‘receiving it’.  When you think of it, Jesus himself was an ambitious man. He says, ‘I have come to serve not to be served’. This is his ambition fitting in with the mission in life given him by his Father.

We can see this in all that he did, including all that he suffered. He challenges James and John that the calling would be to live as he did, ‘to drink the cup he would drink’. To the others who were angry with James and John, Jesus gave the ambition which is the same for every follower of his, ‘you must be the slave to all’.

This is at the heart of our Christian life. Our faith leads us to the gospel of Jesus, to hear his word and let that word fill us, and then to move us out into the generous service of others. It is a vision of life well worth following, for the good of the world, and the good of Creation whose servants we are. 

We Remember In Our Prayers  Alice Aquilina whose Funeral Service is at St. Teresa’s  on Thursday 21st October, followed by burial at Fleetwood Cemetery, and Alan Andrews whose Funeral is at Carleton Crematorium on Friday, 22nd October.  We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

CAFOD Family Fast Collection – A Very BIg Thank You

Your great generosity in this annual collection is really appreciated. The total collection at both our churches was as follows :

St. Teresa’s  £927. 98,  St. John Southworth  £211.72,  and these figures do not include any money which people may have paid on line.

The amounts sent to CAFOD for the Family Fast this year are the highest we have on record. Considering too that the number of people attending church at the moment is less than two thirds of the number we were having in ‘normal times’, this is a magnificent achievement. The words really don’t seem enough, but – thank you very much indeed!!

Something Else To Care For And Repair

In 2023 our Church is holding a Synod in Rome, a meeting for people representing every part of the Roman Catholic Church, and not just those in authority. This will discuss everybody’s opinions about our Church, and make some decisions about how we should be, and how we can repair it where it needs repairing. This initiative of Pope Francis is a very important enterprise, in which we are all asked to be involved, and that starts now. Please listen carefully to the letter from Bishop Paul which he asks us to read at every Mass this weekend. The principal documentation from Rome can be freely accessed directly at www.synod.va/en.html

In Our Lives Right Now The Lord is Very Near

In the moments of life

when we need care beyond the ordinary,

and in the ordinary cares,

God is near in Jesus,

the light of the world.

In admitting our need for God

God is near.

In the moments of life

when others need God,

and approach us in their needs,

we feed them with the love

we find in Jesus, in his word and his deeds.

He came among us as

the Word made flesh.

We need God

in our cries to him.

We feed God to others

in our service of them –

the child who is helpless and nourished by love,

the quarrelling couple healed with forgiveness,

the lonely person enlivened by friendship,

all fed by God through us.

For God is so near

in the love and care of others.

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (Clement of Rome)

Christ belongs to the lowly of heart, and not to those who would exalt themselves over his flock. The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, the sceptre of God’s majesty, was in no pomp of pride and haughtiness—as it could so well have been—but in self-abasement. You see, dear friends, what an example we have been given. If the Lord humbled himself in this way, what ought we to do, who through him have come under the yoke of his grace.

Scripture (John 13-17)

When Jesus had washed their feet and put on his outer garments again he went back to the table. ‘Do you understand,’ he said ‘what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and rightly; so I am. If I, then, the Master and Lord have washed your feet, you must wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you. Now that you know this, blessed are you if you behave accordingly.’

Tuesday (Cardinal Basil Hume)

When we think of our lives in terms of service of God, we cannot, must not, neglect the second commandment. We have to love our neighbour as ourselves. Our spiritual lives are not ways of being comfortable, of finding peace and joy for ourselves only. Our striving for union with God is a personal and private matter no doubt. But the Gospel command to love other people is very clear. And this does not mean just having a vague sense of goodwill towards people. It involves not only wishing good things for other people, but helping them to obtain them. It will involve action.

Scripture (Mark 10:35-39, 41-45)

James and John said to Jesus ‘ Allow us to sit one at your right and one at your left in your glory.’ Jesus said’ You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup I shall drink, or be baptised with the baptism I shall be baptised with?’ They replied ‘We can.’ The other ten began to be indignant with James and John, so Jesus said ‘ You know that among the gentiles those they call rulers lord it over them. Among you this must not happen. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant. For the Son of man himself came not to be served but to serve, and gave his life for the ransom of many.’

Wednesday (Henri Nouwen)

When Jesus asked James and John if they could drink the cup he would drink, they had not the faintest idea of what they were saying when they said yes. They hardly understood who Jesus was. They heard about being a servant instead of being a master, about seeking the last place instead of the first, about giving up their lives instead of controlling other people’s lives. Each time they had to make a choice again. Did they want to follow the way of Jesus or look for someone else who would give them the power they desired? Drinking the cup is not a heroic act with a nice reward It is an act of selfless love, an act of immense trust, an act of surrender to a God who will give what we need when we need it.

Scripture (Titus 3:3-4)

Remind them to be ready to good at every opportunity; not to go slandering other people but to be peaceable and always polite to people of all kinds. When the kindness and love of God our saviour were revealed, it was not because of any upright action we had done ourselves; it was for no reason except his own faithful love that he saved us, by means of the cleansing waters of rebirth and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which was so generously poured over us through Jesus Christ our Saviour; so that, justified by his grace, we should become heirs in hope of eternal life.

Thursday (Martin Luther King)

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgement. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?

Scripture (Philippians 2:1-7)

Nothing is to be done out of jealousy or vanity; instead, out of humility of mind everyone should give preference to others, everyone pursuing not selfish interests, but those of others. Make your own the mind of Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God did not count equality with God something to be grasped. But he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming as human beings are.

Friday (Jean Vanier)

A community is only a community when the majority of its members is making the transition from ‘the community for myself’ to ‘myself for the community’, when each person’s heart is opening to all the others, without any exception. A community is a place where everyone—or, let’s be realistic, the majority! – is emerging from the shadows of egocentricity to the light of real love. Love is not a sentimental or a passing emotion. It is listening to others, being concerned for them and feeling empathy with them. It means answering their call and their deepest needs. It means feeling and suffering with them. It means wanting others to fulfil themselves, according to God’s plan and in service to other people.

Scripture (Isaiah 53: 6-7,10-11)

We had all gone astray like sheep, each taking his own way, and Yahweh brought the acts of rebellion of all of us to bear on him. Ill-treated and afflicted, he never opened his mouth. It was the Lord’s good pleasure to crush him with pain. If he gives his life as a sin-offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his life. After the ordeal he has endured, he will see the light and be content. By his knowledge, the upright one, my servant, will 

justify many by taking their guilt on himself

Martin Bennett

Parish Bulletin 10th October 2021

St Teresa & St John Southworth Churches, Cleveleys

Fr Chris Cousens—Phone: 853340

Rev Bernard Ward (Deacon) (Tel: 858346) 

Enquiries for St John Southworth: Phone: 853340

10 October 2021

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

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433           

Sunday : The 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Contents:  ​Scripture reflection

Notices 

Reflections for the coming week

Scripture Reflection : Push Yourself Forward 0r Just Push Yourself?

What we remember most in anyone’s life is not so much their wealth,  or even what they have achieved,  but the love in which they have lived.

Jesus is remembered more for his death out of love for people than for any great achievements. He painted no great picture, but showed us we are all God’s work of art, and the world in which we live is his gift, to be cared for by us all working together. He wrote no music, but shared the song of God’s love. He wrote no great book, but his words of comfort and love are written through all our joys and sorrows. He has shown us what we are all capable of when we live together in the light and love of God.

Having special places more than others – ‘sitting on the right and left’ of Jesus when he gets to heaven, which is what two of his apostles asked for – that is language which Jesus never used. To live and grow, to suffer and struggle to love ourselves and others, and the gifts he has given us – that is the way to glory in the sight of God, and that is the only glory worth our effort.  

We Remember In Our Prayers  Alan Andrews whose Funeral is at Carleton Crematorium on Friday, 22nd October. We remember him and his family, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they rest in God’s peace.

We Welcome Into the Family of the Church  Tilly Ellen May and Travis Peter May whose Baptisms took place last week, and Ruby Ellen Killeen whose Baptism is this Sunday.

A Creation Celebration   This weekend at both our churches, and at all Masses, we are celebrating a Creation Mass, to give thanks for the gift of creation, and pray for our common home.

Climate change is already ruining the work we do to fight poverty and live better lives. That is why this Celebration Mass is a CAFOD initiative, and well-supported by them. Of course we have already made huge progress on climate change, and scientists and politicians know more than ever before what needs to be done by all of us. But things are urgent now. This weekend’s Creation Celebration Mass will bring our communities together for mutual support, and be a reminder that  none of us can ignore this biggest issue of our time. In fact by our celebration we will be joining a global Catholic family campaigning for change, and hoping  and praying for the strength and the will to make it happen.

We are very grateful indeed to Sue Ward, our CAFOD parish representative, for all the work she has done to organise our Creation Celebration Masses, and for including the children and their teachers in our parish families. Each class/year group in St. Teresa’s Primary School has produced the framed posters, with their words,  which you will see at the top end of the church. Please do walk down and have a look. They are wonderful, so appropriate!

St. Teresa’s Nursery,  which supports children from both our parishes, and of which we are very proud, has asked that we publish this important notice for us :

“Do you have a child in the family who is 3 or 4 years old, and ready to start Nursery? We would love to welcome you to take a look around, or have a virtual tour, as we have places now in our newly refurbished St. Teresa’s Nursery. We offer 15 hours free childcare per week. Please contact St. Teresa’s Nursery, Tel. 01253 852457.

Pope Francis introduced the ‘Season of Creation’ 1st September – 4thOctober, stating that it is “a season of increased prayer and effort on behalf of our common home, the earth.” With this in mind, let us say this prayer  taken from the Pope’s encyclical letter, Laudato Si. This prayer is for Christians to pray for inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel of Jesus.

God of love, show us our place in this world

as channels of your love for all creatures of this earth,

for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.

Enlighten those who possess power and money

that they may avoid the sin of indifference,

that they may love the common good,

advance the weak and care for this world in which we live.

The poor and the earth are crying out.

O Lord seize us with your power and light, help us to

protect all life, to prepare for a better future,

for the coming of your kingdom of justice, peace, love and beauty.

Praise be to you.

Amen

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (Julian of Norwich)

This is the cause why we are not at rest in heart and soul: that we seek rest in things that are so little that there is no rest in them, and we do not know our God who is all mighty, all wise and all good. For he is true rest. No soul can have rest until it finds created things are empty. When the soul gives up all for love, so that it can have him that is all, then it finds true rest. God, of your goodness, give me yourself, for you are enough for me.

Scripture (Mark 10:17-22)

A man ran up to Jesus and fell on his knees before him “Good teacher,” he asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” 

Jesus answered “You know the commandments.” “Teacher,” he declared, “All these I have kept since I was a boy.” Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. Jesus said to his disciples “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Tuesday (Metropolitan Anthony)

There are passages of the gospel which make our hearts burn, which give light to our intelligence and shake up our will. These passages reveal the points where God and his image in us already coincide, the stage we have already reached, perhaps only momentarily, fleetingly, in becoming what we are called to be. We should note these passages carefully. They are the points at which God’s image is already present in us. And from these beginnings we can strive to continue our transformation into the person we feel we want and ought to be. We must be faithful to these revelations.

Scripture (Philippians 3:8-10)

Because of the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord, I count everything else as loss. For him, I have accepted the loss of all other things, and look on them as filth if only I can gain Christ and be given a place in him, with the uprightness I have gained, not from the Law but through faith in Christ, an uprightness from God, based on faith, that I may come to know him and the power of his resurrection.

Wednesday (Meister Eckhart)

Whoever possesses God in their being, has him in a divine manner, and he shines out to them in all things; for them all things taste of God and in all things it is God’s image that they see. God is always radiant in them; they are inwardly detached from the world and are in-formed by the loving presence of their God. If someone loves something passionately with all their might, so that nothing else pleases them or touches their heart, and they desire that alone and nothing else, then certainly, whatever they are doing or are setting out to do, the object of their love will never be extinguished in them, but they will find his image in all things.

Scripture (Wisdom 7:1,5-11)

I, too am mortal like everyone else, a descendant of the first man formed from the earth. No king has known any other beginning of life. And so I prayed and understanding was given me. I esteemed her more than sceptres and thrones; compared with her I held riches as nothing. Compared with her, all gold is a pinch of sand. I loved her more than health or beauty. In her company, all good things came to me, and at her hands, incalculable wealth.

Thursday (St. John of the Cross)

The Word, the Son of God, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, is hidden in essence and in presence in the inmost being of the soul. That soul, therefore, that will find Him, must go out from all things in will and affection, and all things must be to it as if they existed not. Do not rest, therefore, on what your senses can embrace; never seek to satisfy yourself with what you understand of God, but rather with what you do not 

understand; and never rest on the love of, and delight in, that which you can understand and feel, but rather on that which is beyond your understanding and feeling.

Scripture (1 Cor. 2:11-16)

Nobody knows the qualities of God except the Spirit of God. Now, the Spirit we have received is not the spirit of the world but God’s own Spirit, so that we can 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. The natural person has no room for the gifts of God’s Spirit; to him they are folly.

Friday (St. Ignatius of Loyola)

The first point is to remember, pondering with deep affection, how much God has done for me, how much he has given me of what he possesses and, further, how according to his divine plan, it is the Lord’s wish to give me himself. Then I shall reflect within myself and consider what, if I were to respond as a reasonable person, I ought for my part to offer and give him, that is to say, all that I possess and myself as well, saying, as one making a gift with heartfelt love:

​Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my ​

​understanding and my entire will—all that I have and 

​call my own. You gave it all to me, to you I return it. ​

​Everything is yours, dispose of it entirely according to your will. 

Give me only the love of you, together with your love and grace 

for that is enough for me.

Scripture (Mt. 13:44-46)

The Kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off in his joy, sells everything he owns and buys the field. Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he finds one of great value he goes and sells 

everything he owns and buys it.

Martin Bennett

Environment meeting with Paul Maynard MP

Members of St Teresa’s discussing environmental issues

The photograph above shows Cathie & Ian Newton, Sue Ward(CAFOD rep), & Deacon Bernard Ward, all from St. Teresa’s Parish in Cleveleys, at their meeting with local MP Mr Paul Maynard. This meeting was to highlight the urgency of CAFOD’s campaign with regards to all the international, national and local issues that the climate crisis raises.
The one hour meeting concluded with a positive and pro-active response from the MP Paul Maynard. He promised to put pressure on the government to ensure 2030 targets were met for reducing carbon emissions. We also discussed issues closer to home such as building on Green land/Brown land/Green belt and all that implies. We felt encouraged by Paul’s enthusiasm and support, not just for CAFOD but for the wider issues relevant to COP26.

Parish Bulletin 3rd October 2021

St Teresa & St John Southworth Churches, Cleveleys

Fr Chris Cousens—Phone: 853340

Rev Bernard Ward (Deacon) (Tel: 858346) 

Enquiries for St John Southworth: Phone: 853340

3 October 2021

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

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433               

received with thanksSunday : The 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Contents:  ​Gospel

Notices 

Reflections for the coming week

Gospel : Mark 10:2-16

People were bringing little children to Jesus, for him to touch them.  The disciples turned them away, but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.  I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’  Then he put his arms round them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing.

Scripture Reflection : Live In Love

The right to life is the first and foundational human right. The gospel and our Church value human life from its beginnings to its end, which includes of course all the years in between.

The valuing of life was behind the Church’s traditional commitment to health care, to hospitals and hospices over the centuries, when otherwise medical care would not have been provided. Even pilgrims on their journeys found hospices along the way to care for physical illness.

That care can be seen in our personal care of the sick at all times of life, and in our commitment to the teachings of Jesus in different areas of conflict regarding life issues. How we speak of life, how we vote for our politicians in this area of right to life, and how we give good care to our own bodies and minds, are all part of our care for life.

But it also reaches into our care for all creation. That is because we are all ‘stewards’ of creation, given the joyful task by God to care for all creation – our world, our common home.

CAFOD   A big thank you to those who are returning their Family Fast envelopes this weekend. CAFOD, our own country’s Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, is well known, not only for coming to the aid of people because of some emergency crisis, as in floods and earthquakes, but also for its great support in helping people to support themselves and develop the means to eradicate hunger, disease and poverty. This is becoming more and more urgent in the context of world climate change. Your generosity will be very much appreciated. Of course if you are not returning the Family Fast envelope this weekend, you can bring it to Mass next weekend, or any other time, or post it through the presbytery letter box. It will all go to this year’s Family Fast Appeal.

A Creation Celebration   Next weekend at both our churches, and at all Masses, we are celebrating a Creation Mass, to give thanks for the gift of creation, and pray for our common home.

Climate change is already ruining the work we do to fight poverty and live better lives. That is why this Celebration Mass is a CAFOD initiative, and well-supported by them. Of course we have already made huge progress on climate change, and scientists and politicians know more than ever before what needs to be done by all of us. But things are urgent now. Next weekend’s Creation Celebration Mass will bring our communities together for mutual support, and be a reminder that  none of us can ignore this biggest issue of our time. In fact by our celebration we will be joining a global Catholic family campaigning for change, and hoping  and praying for the strength and the will to make it happen.

ST. Teresa’s Nursery,  which supports children from both our parishes, and of which we are very proud, has asked that we publish this important notice for us :

“Do you have a child in the family who is 3 or 4 years old, and ready to start Nursery? We would love to welcome you to take a look around, or have a virtual tour, as we have places now in our newly refurbished St. Teresa’s Nursery. We offer 15 hours free childcare per week. Please contact St. Teresa’s Nursery, Tel. 01253 852457.

100 Club Winners for September  :  Maureen Thompson £15,  Isabel Rose-Quirie £10,  Shirley Westray  £5

The Way of Love For All

Jeesus had a way with children,

a welcome for them, a love for them,

and saw in them

some of the qualities of openness to God

The innocence of children and their weakness

touch the strings of love in our hearts.

If we are people of love, and true followers of Jesus,

we will want the best for our children.

We want happiness and love for them,

good health and meaning in their lives.

We want them to find friends.

We want to spare them the hardships of life,

and when we cannot

we want to give them a light to guide them

in what will be the pain of life we all share.

We hope also to give them a way through

the inevitable difficulties of love and of growth

which they will find as they make their way through life.

Can we give them the way of Jesus?

He had a way with children because he is the Way to God

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (A New Catechism)

The truth of our being taken up into the flux and reflux of divine life is beyond what our mind can grasp and our words express. But it does not reduce us to nothingness. God made us in his image so that the personal consciousness which we received from his love should never be lost but should continually develop, among our family today. The mystery of God is not a mystery of isolation but of fellowship, creativity, knowledge, love, outpouring and receiving, and that is why we are what we are. Human life is the possibility of cooperating with what God is: love.

Scripture (Ecclesiasticus 17:1-3,6-8)

The Lord fashioned human beings from the earth, he gave them authority over everything on earth. He clothed them in strength, like himself, and made them in his own image. He made them a tongue, eyes and ears and gave them a heart to think with. He put his own light in their hearts to show them the magnificence of his works.

Tuesday (Pierrre Teilhard de Chardin)

Love is the most universal, the most tremendous and the most mysterious of the cosmic forces. We are conscious of it, but all we ask of it is to amuse us, or not to harm us. Is it truly possible for mankind to live and grow without asking itself how much truth and energy it is losing by neglecting its incredible power of love? Human love is distinct from all other love because its warm and penetrating light is marvellously enriched. No longer only directed to material fertility; but an unbounded and continuous possibility of contact through spirit. If only mankind would turn and see the reality of the universe shining in the spirit and through the flesh.

Scripture (Genesis 2: 18-24)

God said ‘It is not good that man should be alone. I shall make him a helper. So from the soil, God fashioned all the wild animals and all the birds of heaven. The man gave names to all, but no suitable helper was found for him. Then God made the man fall into a deep sleep. And while he was asleep, he took one of his ribs and closed up his flesh forthwith. God fashioned the rib into a woman and the man said, ‘This one at last is bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh.’

Wednesday (Carlo Carretto)

Woman completes man, and man woman. Love fulfils them, introduces them to the divine stream of charity, forces them to become open, transforms them. When a parent gazes into the eyes of their child, they will, if they look carefully, see the mystery of the infinite, of the unfathomable, the ungraspable. For an instant we have shared in God’s creative joy and have touched the infinite. Whenever love is lived to the full, we feel we are touching God.

Scripture (Mark 10:4-8)

The Pharisees said to Jesus ‘Moses allowed us to draw up a writ of dismissal in cases of divorce.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘It was because you were so hard hearted that he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation he made them male and female. This is why a man leaves his father and mother, and the two become one flesh.  They are no longer two, therefore, but one flesh. So then, what God has united, human beings must not divide.

Thursday (Thomas Merton)

I became more and more conscious of the necessity of a vital faith, and of the total unreality and insubstantiality of the dead, selfish rationalism which had been freezing my mind and will. That summer I was to become conscious of the fact that the only way to live was to live in a world that was charged with the presence and reality of God. At this point it was still, for me, more an intellectual realisation than anything else: and it had not yet struck down to the roots of my will. The life of the soul is not knowledge, it is love, since love is the act by which we are formally united to the end of all our strivings—by which we become one with God.

Scripture (Psalm 8:1,3-6)

God, our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the world! I look up at your heavens, shaped by your fingers, at the moon and the stars you set firm—what are human beings that you spare a thought for them, or the children of Adam that you care for them? Yet you have made us little less than a god, you have crowned us with glory and beauty, you have made us lord of the works of your hands.

Friday (Timothy Radcliffe, OP)

We are hemmed in, impeded from full communion with other people by so many things. The night before he died, Jesus gathered together his friends to celebrate the Last Supper. At that meal we see both communion and all that destroys it. This was the meal of their love, but also of its failure. The disciples fled. They were overcome with fear. Judas sold him. Peter denied him. Christ was betrayed, suffered and died. Christ embraced in that Last Super everything that could destroy communion. His resurrection was the triumph over all these limitations. All humans, deep down, aspire to this unlimited communion. The Gospel is the invitation to begin to live, here and now, this communion of the resurrection. It destroys the hatred in our hearts, the hostilities in our families. It can transform those structures that make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

Scripture (Ephesians 3:16-19)

In the abundance of his glory may he, through his Spirit, help your inner self to grow strong, so that Christ may live in your heart through faith, and then, planted in love and built on love, with all God’s holy people you will have the strength to grasp the breadth and the length, the height and the depth; so that, knowing the love of Christ which is beyond all knowledge, you may be filled with the utter fullness of God.

Martin Bennett

Parish Bulletin 26th September 2021

St Teresa & St John Southworth Churches, Cleveleys

Fr Chris Cousens—Phone: 853340

Rev Bernard Ward (Deacon) (Tel: 858346)

Enquiries for St John Southworth: Phone: 853340

26 September 2021

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

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433

Sunday :  The 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Contents:     Scripture Reflection

Notices

Reflections for the coming week

Scripture Reflection  :  Remembered In The Mind Of God  

What we give to others is received into the hands and heart of God, and is never forgotten. The good we try to do and say – all is remembered by God  : –

Help to a fellow student in school or college, a word of encouragement to an older person, listening when someone needs our time, – all remembered in the mind of God.

Hours of being a loving parent or child, love and care in your family, time given to a friend in need, the ordinary kindness of every day, – all remembered in the mind of God.

Creating jobs, giving employment, talking and working for peace, getting involved in the neighbourhood and parish, doing even little things to ensure that “our common home” will survive and truly be a “home” for everyone, and for all God’s wonderful creation – all remembered in the mind of God.

The ways we help others to make sense of faith, and trust enough to pray, in the bad times as well as the good – all remembered in the mind of God.

There Is A Special Collection This Weekend  :  For Our Bishop’s Administration Fund.  As you may have realised, at this time of year we have many of the annual special collections we have to take in order to support different aspects and organisations in our Catholic Church. All these, including our own Bishop, rely upon our charity in order that they  continue to support us. There is no money coming from any other source except us. It is a ‘hard ask’ of us, especially when the collections seem to come so frequently, but please help with whatever you can.

This Wednesday Churches-Together-In-Cleveleys :  For some years now all the churches in Cleveleys have organised a special annual event, with a Talk given by an invited speaker. Last year’s event was yet another which had to be cancelled because of Covid. But this year’s is now going ahead, with the Rev. Sam Cheesman as the main speaker. Sam used to be the curate at All Saints church in Cleveleys, and is now chaplain to the BIshop of Blackburn. He, Sam, was always a good friend to us at St. Teresa’s, attending our weekly Ministers’ Prayer Group in the presbytery here. We know him to be an excellent speaker. Please seriously consider attending this event on Wednesday, 29th September, 7 pm at Cleveleys Baptist Church, which is a very welcoming place to meet, and is on St. George’s Avenue just near St. Teresa’s church.

CAFOD FAMILY FAST  :  This year’s harvest-time Family Fast Day, organised by CAFOD, is next Friday, 1st October, which happens to be the annual Feast Day of St.Teresa. CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, is the charity supported by the Catholic Church in England and Wales, which has become so highly respected and appreciated throughout the world.

Perhaps it is important to know it’s origins. It all began with a single, first Family Fast Day in 1960 organised by concerned, Catholic parishioners in this country. Jacqueline Stuyt and four friends wanted to help a project tackling malnutrition among children in Dominica. Children were quite simply dying of starvation. The group printed 600,000 copies of a simple leaflet announcing the Family Fast, which asked people to “go without so that others might have”, and they sent copies to all Catholic parishes and Religious communities in England and Wales. The women expected to raise about £500 – £1000. In fact they raised £6,673, the equivalent of about £96,000, and the initiative was so successful that they repeated the Family Fast in Lent. 1961, and raised £27,000. The following year the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales created CAFOD to continue Jaqueline’s, and the other women’s, good work. Their legacy will live on every day with every person helped by CAFOD’s  life-changing work all over the developing world. CAFOD’s core intention and practice is the same as the original founders of Family Fast. For example, if people are dying of starvation then, not only is it our duty to feed them, but also to support them with equipment and expertise to develop food growth themselves.

For this year’s Family Fast Day, CAFOD has told us : “Our local experts are now helping people all over the world to adapt to climate change and protect our common home. By donating to CAFOD this year you can help communities already affected by the worst impacts of the climate crisis”.  For those with a box of parish envelopes for each Sunday collection, you can donate by using the marked ‘Family Fast’ envelope for October 3rd, or by the CAFOD envelope which is at the back of church. You can also donate online through the CAFOD website (just search cafod.org.uk), or you can give easily via text.  Text CAFOD10 to 70580 to donate £10, or choose to give any whole amount between £1 and £20 by texting CAFOD, followed by the amount you would like to donate, to 70580. If you would like to give but do not wish to receive marketing communications text CAFODNOINFO to 70580. 

Family Fast Day Prayer 2021

Walk beside us, Lord,

in the cool of the day,

in the garden you have created

as our common home.

Walk beside us , Lord,

as the cries of the forest

pierce the dawn,

and flames rip through

our common home.

Grant us courage, Lord,

as we walk beside all those

who struggle to protect

our common home,

Grant us hope, Lord,

and the vision to walk dark paths

in the light of a single sunbeam.

Grant us grace, Lord,

to put the flourishing of all people

and the wonder of creation

at the heart of all we do,

as we strive to be guardians

of our common home.

St. Francis of Assisi – pray for us.

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (Carlo Carretto)

That evening I had seen an old man trembling with cold. I thought of the night and I knew that I, too, would shiver. The little charity that was in me made me think that I had best give him my spare blanket. When I left the village, the blankets were still on the jeep. To have resisted love, not to have been capable of accepting the demand of this love is so serious that it creates an obstacle between me and God. What is the good of defending the truth, of fighting over dogma, of saying the Divine Office well, of sharing the Eucharist, if one is not impelled by love?

Scripture (Matthew 21:28-32)

Jesus said to the chief priests and elders, “A man said to his first son, ‘Go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not go,’ but later thought better of it and went. The man then went and said the same thing to his second son who answered, ‘Certainly, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the father’s will?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said, “I tell you solemnly, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the Kingdom of God before you.”

Tuesday (Cardinal Newman)

While we think of Christ, let us not forget to be up and doing. Let us beware of indulging a mere barren faith and love, which dreams instead of working and is fastidious when it should be hardy. This is only spiritual childhood in another form; for the Holy Spirit is the author of active good works, and leads to the observance of all lowly deeds of ordinary obedience as the most pleasing sacrifice to God.

Scripture (Micah 6:6-8)

With what shall I enter Yahweh’s presence and bow down before God All-high? Shall I enter with burnt offerings, with calves one year old? Shall I offer my eldest son for my wrong doing? “You have already been told what is right and what Yahweh wants of you. Only this; to do what is right, to love loyalty and to walk humbly with your God.”

Wednesday (Charles Peguy)

God speaks:

A salvation that was not free, that did not come from a free person, could not in any way be attractive to me. How do you expect me to be interested in that kind of thing? Does one care to be loved by slaves? In my creation which is endued with life, I wanted something better, I wanted something more. When you once have known what it is to be loved freely, submission no longer has any taste. All the prostrations, all the submission in the world are not equal in value to the beautiful straight soaring up of one single invocation from a love that is free.

Scripture (1John 3:18-24)

Children, our love must be not just words or mere talk, but something active and genuine. This will be the proof that we belong to the truth and it will convince us in his presence even if our own feelings condemn us, that God is greater than our feelings and knows all things. My dear friends, if our own

feelings do not condemn us, we can be fearless before God

because we keep his commandments and do what is acceptable to him. Whoever keeps his commandments remains in God and God in him.

Thursday (Brother Lawrence)

We must, during all our labour and in all else we do, even in our reading and writing, holy though both may be – I say more, even during our formal devotions, and spoken prayers – pause for some short moment, to worship God in the depth of our heart. Since you know that God is present before you whatever you are doing, that he is at the depth and centre of your soul, why not then pause from time to time at least from that which occupies you outwardly, even from your spoken prayers, to worship him inwardly. All these acts of worship must arise from faith, and the belief that in truth God is in our hearts; that we must worship him, love him and serve him in spirit and in truth.

Scripture (Luke 18:10-14)

A Pharisee and a tax-collector went up to the Temple to pray. The Pharisee stood there and said this prayer to himself, “ I thank you Lord that I am not grasping, unjust, adulterous like everyone else, especially like this tax-collector here. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes on all I get.” The tax-collector stood some distance away , not daring even to raise his eyes to heaven; but he beat his breast and said, God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” This man, I tell you went home again, justified; the other did not.

Friday (Caryll Houselander)

In life there are many secret resurrections. In our sin, we are the tombs in which Christ lies dead, but at the first movement of sorrow for sin he rises from the dead in us, the life of the world is renewed by our sorrow. It is not just the poor sinner licking his wounds and limping on, crippled by the past; it is Christ risen, alive, whole. There is no place he will not come: prisons, hospitals, schools, camps, cathedrals and little tin churches; he comes to them all.

Scripture (Galatians 2:16, 19-20)

We have learned that someone is reckoned as upright not by practising the Law but by faith in Jesus Christ; and we, too, came to believe in Christ Jesus so as to be reckoned as upright by faith in Christ, not by practising the Law: since no human can be found upright by keeping the Law. I have been crucified with Christ and yet I am alive; yet it is no longer I , but Christ living in me. The life that I am now living, subject to the limitations of human nature, I am living in faith, faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.

Martin Bennett

Parish Bulletin 19.09.2021

St Teresa & St John Southworth Churches, Cleveleys

Fr Chris Cousens—Phone: 853340

Rev Bernard Ward (Deacon) (Tel: 858346) 

Enquiries for St John Southworth: Phone: 853340

19 September 2021

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

Email: st.teresas.cleveleys@gmail.com

Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433               

Sunday  : The 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Contents:  ​Beatitudes for Parents

Notices 

Reflections for the coming week

Beatitudes For Parents

Blessed are parents who make their peace with mud and spilt milk, for such is the kingdom of childhood.

Blessed are parents who refuse to compare their children with others, for each is precious.

Blessed are parents who have learnt to laugh, for laughter is nourishment in a child’s world.

Blessed are parents who can say ‘No’ without anger, for comforting to the child is the security of a firm but loving decision.

Blessed are parents who accept the awkwardness of their growing children, for then they let each grow at their own speed.

Blessed are parents who are teachable and adaptable, for knowledge and flexibility bring understanding  and love.

Blessed are parents who love their children in the midst of their own worries and problems, for a generous love is the greatest gift of all.

We Welcome Into The Family of The Church  Gabriel Thomas Asplin, whose Baptism takes place this Sunday.

We Congratulate The Eleven Children Who Received Holy Communion For The First Time  this Saturday, 18th September, along with their parents and families, and our school staff. This was a special celebration, not least because due to the Covid epidemic it has been such a long wait, (two years since the last First Communions) before we could come together to celebrate this event which normally takes place each May. A huge ‘thank you’ is due to those who made it all possible – the families of the children, and the children themselves, and Sue who coordinated and led the First Communion Programme, along with Anne, Bernadette, Clare and Laura who also kindly supported the children throughout their preparation. Next year, God willing, it will be the turn of those who are of Primary School Year 4 age, and anyone older, and that age group each year following. This Monday, 20th September those who made their First Communion on Saturday will be attending the 9.30 am Parish Mass at St. Teresa’s, along with Year 5 from our school.

This Weekend We Celebrate Home Mission Sunday  The Home Mission Office exists to help the Catholic Church throughout England and Wales to share the joy of the Gospel. Please consider contributing to the annual special collection we have to take this weekend. The money received from this collection ensures that the Catholic Faith Centre is resourced, and is able to respond to those who have their own questions about the Catholic Faith.

Churches-Together-In-Cleveleys :  For some years now all the churches in Cleveleys have organised a special annual event, with a Talk given by an invited speaker. Last year’s event was yet another which had to be cancelled because of Covid. But this year’s is now going ahead, with the Rev. Sam Cheesman as the main speaker. Sam used to be the curate at All Saints church in Cleveleys, and is now chaplain to the BIshop of Blackburn. He, Sam, was always a good friend to us at St. Teresa’s, attending our weekly Ministers’ Prayer Group in the presbytery here. We know him to be an excellent speaker. Please seriously consider attending this event on Wednesday, 29th September, 7 pm at Cleveleys Baptist Church, which is a very welcoming place to meet, and is on St. George’s Avenue just near St. Teresa’s church.

COP26 – The Eyes of the World are on Us.

The ecumenical ‘Season of Creation’ (1st Sept – 4th Oct) is dedicated to prayer and action for the protection of our world.  Pope Francis reminds us that our earth was here before us and has been given to us freely, not to exploit, but TO CARE FOR.  We need to REIMAGINE our common home – a precious gift given to us by God, not just for ourselves, but for the world’s poorest people and for those generations still to come.

Let us give thanks for the gift of God’s creation – a gift we are invited to enjoy together.

THE GREAT BIG GREEN WEEK 18TH – 26TH Sept’

The G.B.G.W. will be the largest event for climate and nature ever seen in the UK.  Thousands of events around the country will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces.  Following on from this, Sue Ward, as your CAFOD rep, has secured a meeting with our MP Paul Maynard on Friday, 24th Sept’.  At this meeting she will be asking the questions/ideas you have submitted via the suggestion box in church, or by contacting her direct on Tel: 858346.

To Be First With God

To be first is a very human desire in many of us  :

first in class,

first in sport.

the favourite in the family,

the favourite of the teacher or boss at work,

to be thought of highly.

And that was the way with the disciples

when they argued

about which of them was the greatest.

Maybe they argued about who was Jesus’ favourite,

or who was the leader of the group,

or wanted to be seen as the closest to Him

by those who looked up to Jesus.

We like to be liked, and praised and shown appreciation;

we like to be looked up to.

Some would like to be a celebrity.

But the eyes of Jesus fell on a child

to say something about who was the greatest.

When they all wondered how to be popular in the eyes of God,

Jesus took a little child,

and told us that when you welcome a child

you welcome God.

In fact to be first in the eyes of God

is to be first in service, the service of others, including the least,

for Jesus, the ‘Son of man’ came

not to be served but to serve.

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (St. Teresa of Avila)

Unless you are careful, praise from others may harm you greatly, for when once it begins it never ceases, and generally ends in running you down afterwards. This usually takes the form of telling you that you are more holy than others and suchlike flattering speeches. For the love of God, I implore you never to find your peace in such speeches, for you might come to believe them, or to think you had done all you need and that your work was finished. Remember how the world treated the Lord Jesus Christ, yet how it extolled him on Palm Sunday! Always struggle in your heart against these dangerous flatteries, then you will go forth with deeper humility.

Scripture (Hebrews 12:2-3)

Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection: for the sake of the joy which lay ahead of him, he endured the cross, disregarding the shame of it, and has taken his seat at the right of God’s throne. Think of the way he persevered against such opposition from sinners and then you will not lose heart and come to grief.

Tuesday (Jean Vanier)

The essential for all people with authority is that they are servants before they are bosses. People who assume responsibility to prove something, because they tend to be dominating and controlling, because they need to see themselves at the top or because they are looking for privilege or prestige, will always exercise their responsibility badly. They must first want to be servants. People who want to serve the community and others are worth more, even if they are shy and lack the ability to command, than people who are ‘capable’ but bound up in themselves.

Scripture (Mark 9:33-37)

They came to Capernaum, and when he got into the house he asked them ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because on the road they had been arguing about which one of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said ‘ If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child whom he set among them and embraced, and he said to them ‘Anyone who welcomes a little child such as this in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me, welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’

Wednesday (Thomas a Kempis)

(Christ speaking to the disciple): Is it so hard for you, who are dust and nothingness, to subject yourself to man for God’s sake, when I, the Almighty and most high, who created all things from nothing, humbly subjected myself to man for your sake? I became the humblest and least of all men, that you might overcome your pride through my humility. Learn to obey, you who are but dust; learn to humble yourself and to bow 

yourself beneath the feet of all. Learn to curb your desires and yield yourself to complete obedience.

Scripture (Isaiah 52:15-53:4)

They shall see something never told, and witness something never heard before: “Who could believe what we have heard, and to whom has the power of the Lord been revealed?” Without beauty, without majesty we saw him, no looks to attract our eyes; a thing despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering; he was despised and we took no account of him. And yet ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the 

sorrows he carried.

Thursday (Thomas Merton)

Spiritual consolations and very obvious virtues are supposed to be the sign that one has worked loyally in the service of God. Little do we realise the meaning of spiritual poverty, of emptiness, of desolation, of total abandonment in the mystical life. Contemplative experience is not arrived at by the accumulation of grandiose thoughts and visions or by the 

practice of heroic mortifications.  It is a pure gift of God which we can never, by any action of ours, make ourselves fully and strictly worthy. We are given signs of God’s goodness which enable us to trust in him more, to be more faithful in our friendship with him. These should normally grow up as the fruits of contemplation. But do not be surprised if contemplation springs out of pure emptiness, in poverty, dereliction and spiritual night.

Scripture (Philippians 2:3-8)

Out of humility of mind, everyone should give preference to others, everyone pursuing not selfish interests but those of others. Make your own the mind of Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God did not count equality with God something to be grasped. But he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming as human beings are; and being in every way like a human being, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross.

Friday (Fr. Austin Smith, CP)

If Jesus died in the cause of certain values, if those values are the roots of my believing, then the nature of my relationship to the execution and death of Jesus is vital. There is a distinctive significance of his trial, execution and death. In the last analysis, I am suggesting that a contemplation and 

understanding of his suffering lead me to questions about his values, and, consequently, about my relationship with those values. It is the death of someone which leads one to question the nature, the quality and the depth of one’s relationship with that person.  If that person is a God who suffers, then I would think I have to struggle with a very profound 

definition of God.

Scripture (Wisdom 2:12-15, 17-20)

The godless say ‘Let us lay traps for the upright man, since he annoys us and opposes our way of life, reproaches us for our sins against the Law and accuses of sins against our upbringing. He claims to have knowledge of God and calls himself a child of the Lord. We see him as a reproof to our way of thinking, for his kind of life is not like other people’s and his ways are quite different. Let us see if what he says is true and test him to see what sort of end he will have; let us test him with cruelty and torture and thus explore this gentleness of his and put his patience to the test. Let us condemn him to a shameful death since God will rescue him—or so he claims.’

Martin Bennett

Private meeting with Paul Maynard

“COP26 – The annual UN Climate Conference takes place 1-12th Nov’ in Glasgow.  We are all being urged to do what we can to tackle the climate crisis.  To this end, we are in the process of organising a meeting with our MP Paul Maynard, to talk about how Britain can play a leading role in making sure we plan to recover from the pandemic in a way which includes everyone and cares for our common home.”

Just to say that Sue Ward has successfully arranged a private meeting between Paul Maynard and the Cleveleys church communities for this coming Friday the 24th September at 1.30pm.If you are able to represent our parish please contact Sue on 01253 858346 or 07889 532158 for further details 

Parish Bulletin 12th September 2021

St Teresa & St John Southworth Churches, Cleveleys

Fr Chris Cousens—Phone: 853340

Rev Bernard Ward (Deacon) (Tel: 858346) 

Enquiries for St John Southworth: Phone: 853340

12 September 2021

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Sunday : The 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Contents:  ​Gospel Reflection

Notices 

Reflections for the coming week

Scripture Reflection  :  “To have a green thought in a green shade”

 In the second Reading today, St. James talks about doing ‘a good act’, what perhaps we used to call ‘a good deed’. He is linking faith and action, and the fact that you can’t have one without the other.  In his words on faith in action Pope Francis frequently refers to ‘the cry of the earth’ and ‘the cry of the poor’. A good work in our present day really does involve the world in which we live!

The truth is that we are all intended to be people who love creation. This week perhaps try this – take a walk in a park, however small, or just look at the land which surrounds your house. Try to experience the world as if you have never seen it before  :  how much green there is, and all different shades; how tall some trees are, and how small some plants are; how many different colours there are amongst the flowers that are waiting for the autumn break. We all need to keep up our love of creation to make us strong in our care for creation. We tend to care for what we love!

Maybe we can use fresh eyes when we look at the care of the poor, the marginalised and those least able to help themselves. Do our attitudes and actions reflect our Christian values? Most of the negatives of climate change affect the very poor with drought, and storms, and fire and flooding.

What can I do? Individually we can only do a little, –  maybe recycling, avoiding waste of food or use of plastic  –  but, together, a little means a lot.

We Remember In Our Prayers  Frances (Frankie) Tillotson whose Funeral was last week. We remember her, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

The Special Collection This Weekend Is For the Catholic Education Service. What we generously give supports those in our Diocese who support us, with all our Primary and Secondary Schools, and Sixth Form Colleges, which are themselves at the heart of our Catholic life in any given area.

Deputy Diocesan Schools Commissioner

The Diocese of Lancaster is seeking to recruit a Deputy Diocesan Schools Commissioner who, under the governance of the Trustees, the oversight of the Episcopal Vicar for Education and Formation and the guidance of the Diocesan Schools Commissioner, will support the development and implementation of its strategic plans for education. This will include leading the roll-out of the Diocesan academisation programme and assisting in the delivery of the Church’s mission in education. 

· The role is full time, 35 hours per week (Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00pm), with the ability to 

locate and work flexibly according to the needs of the service. 

· We are offering a competitive salary and pension package with 25 days holiday. 

· The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and there will be a 12 month probationary period. 

· A full information pack regarding this role and details of how to apply are available from 

hew@lancasterrcdiocese.org.uk and on our website at http://www.lancaster-diocese-education.org.uk or 

telephone 01524 841190. 

Closing date: 12 noon on Wednesday 15th September 2021. Interview to

be held on Wednesday 22nd September 2021.

5th Cleveleys Rainbows, Brownies and Guides   have spaces for new members age 4-14 years. Our new term starts in September. If anyone is interested in this good news, please contact Kathryn Brimelow on 07522 146571. We thank Kathryn for this, who says “We are also recruiting new leaders”. So if anyone would like to consider helping this much-appreciated group, please phone Kathryn too.

COP26 – The Eyes of the World are on Us.

COP26 – The annual UN Climate Conference takes place 1-12th Nov’ in Glasgow.  We are all being urged to do what we can to tackle the climate crisis.  To this end, we are in the process of organising a meeting with our MP Paul Maynard, to talk about how Britain can play a leading role in making sure we plan to recover from the pandemic in a way which includes everyone and cares for our common home.

We urge you to write your questions/ideas down and place them in the box on the table at the back of church or post into the presbytery.

As Christians, we are being asked to pray in the lead up to the summit.  It is a time to renew our relationship with God our Creator and with all creation as we join together in prayer:

We give thanks for all God has made

repent for the damage we have caused

and commit ourselves to take action

to protect the earth – our common home.

Thinking God’s Way

Jesus died at the hands of violent people.

His disciples might have tried to save him,

or told him to live in such a way that

no harm would come to him.

But, God’s way was the way of love,

the type of love that is proved in hardship,

the type of love that is only understood in God.

Illness for many years may seem just a tragic waste,

but we also might see that within the illness

was a strength that was life-giving to many,

and through it a deep love and faith was born,

even in times of hardship and frustration

for the person who was ill, and their carers.

God’s way is not to see illness,

disability or confusion, failure or mistakes,

as a waste, but as a way to love;

for in the fragility of life we discover

some of the deepest truths of human life.

God sees no waste in life

for in everything love can grow and God can be found.

And that was the way for Jesus who said

that the son of Man was to suffer grievously,

be put to death, and on the third day to rise again.

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (John Henry Newman)

Christ takes you at your word, so to speak; he offers to make you different. 

He says, “I will take away from you your heart of stone, the love of this world and its pleasures, if you will submit to my discipline.” Here we draw back; No; we cannot bear to lose the love of the world, to part with our present desires and tastes; we cannot consent to be changed. After all, we are well satisfied at the bottom of our hearts to remain as we are, only we want our conscience taken out of the way.

Scripture (John 21:18)

Peter was hurt when Jesus asked him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and said ‘Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him ‘Feed my sheep. In all truth I tell you, when you were young you put on your own belt and walked where you liked; but when you grow old you will stretch out your hands and somebody else will take you where you would rather not go.’ In these words he indicated the kind of death by which Peter would give glory to God. After this he said, ‘Follow me.’

Tuesday (Cardinal Basil Hume)

Humility is central to the Christian life; it is facing the truth about who God is, and the truth of who I am. Humility in another is a very beautiful thing to see; but the attempt to become humble is painful indeed. It hurts to be criticised, to be misunderstood, to be written off. None of us enjoys walking that way. Our Lord must have felt like this at the end of his life. Everybody had turned against him. They were going to execute him; they were insulting him. We know that this moment of failure was God’s moment of success. Oddly enough, I believe that for some of us it is when we realise how little we are regarded by others that we begin to realise how highly we are esteemed by God. Whenever I feel inadequate or a failure, God can enter into my life and bring his success.

Scripture (Ps. 119: 85, 92-96)

The arrogant have dug pitfalls for me in defiance of your Law. True to your faithful love, give me life, and I shall keep the instructions you have laid down. Had your Law not been my delight, I would have perished in my misery. I shall never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life. I am yours, save me, for I seek your precepts, for by them you have given me life. I am yours, save me, for I seek your precepts. The wicked may hope to destroy me, but all my thoughts of your instructions. I have seen that all perfection is finite, but your commandment has no limit.

Wednesday (Henri Nouwen)

In answer to Jesus’ question “Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?”, it is not easy to distinguish between doing what we are called to do and doing what we want to do. True action leads us to the fulfilment of our vocation. Whatever our position in life, the question is not “What do I most want?” but “What is my vocation?”. The most prestigious position in society can be an expression of obedience to our call as well as a sign of our

refusal to hear that call, and the least prestigious position, too, can be a response to our vocation as well as a way to avoid it. If our actions flow from our call, we are in fact drinking our cup, bit by bit. The sorrows of our lives will no longer paralyze us, nor will our joys make us lose our perspective.

Scripture (1 John 2:3-6)

In this way we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says, ‘I know him’ without keeping his commandments, is a liar and truth has no place in him. But anyone who does obey what he ahs said, in such a one God’s love truly reaches its perfection. We can be sure that we are one in God only when the one who claims to be living in him is living the same kind of life that Christ lived.

Thursday (Letters from a Russian monk)

St. Anthony said: ‘When I was visiting an abbot, a virgin came to the old man and said “Abba, I spend my life fasting; I eat once a week and study the Old and New Testaments every day.” The old man answered “Have poverty and plenty become a matter of indifference to you?” “No”, she said. “Disgrace and praise?” “No”, she said. “Enemies and friends?” “No”, she said. Then the old man said “Go and work, you have achieved nothing.” She had studied the Holy Scripture, but had not understood the essence of what it taught. 

Scripture (Mark 8:31-35)

Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Man was destined to suffer grievously and to be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and to be put to death, and after three days rise again. And he said all this quite openly. The, taking him aside, Peter tried to rebuke him. But, turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said ‘Get behind me, Satan! You’re not thinking as God thinks, but as human beings do. He called his disciples and the people to him and said ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me.’

Friday (Evelyn Underhill)

The spiritual life requires a definite plan of life: and courage in sticking to the plan, not merely for days or weeks, but for years. New mental and emotional habits must be formed, all our interests re-arranged in new proportion round a new centre. This is something which cannot be hurried; but unless we take it seriously, can be infinitely delayed. Many people suggest by their behaviour that God is of far less importance than their morning paper or early cup of tea. The life of co-operation with Him must begin with a full and practical acceptance of the truth that God alone matters. We must be prepared for the fact that even on small and personal levels this will cost a good deal; frequently thwarting our inclinations and demanding real sacrifice.

Scripture Isaiah 50:4-7)

The Lord has given me a disciples tongue, for me to know how to give a word of comfort to the weary. Morning by morning he makes my ear alert to listen like a disciple. The Lord has opened my ear, and I have not resisted, I have not turned away. 

Martin Bennett