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
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : The 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Reflections for the coming week
Gospel: Mark 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
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.