Parish Newsletter 7th February 2021

Sunday  : Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Contents:  ​The Gospel Reflection

Notices  (Including details of Live-Streamed Mass)

Reflections for the coming week

Gospel: Mark 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew.  Now Simon’s mother-in-law had gone to bed with fever, and they told him about her straightaway.  He went to her, took her by the hand and helped her up, and the fever left her and she began to wait on them.  That evening after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils. The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another; he also cast out many devils, but he would not allow them to speak, because they knew who he was.

In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there.  Simon and his companions set out in search of him, and when they found him they said, ‘Everybody is looking for you.’  He answered, ‘Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring country towns, so that I can preach there too, because that is why I came.’  And he went all through Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out devils.

Gospel Reflection :  “Open 24 Hours”

Reading the Gospel for this Sunday we may be reminded that Jesus had a very busy life. And yet elsewhere in the Scriptures we are told that to do the work he had been given it was essential for him to find a “lonely place and pray”..

Some of us have a lot of things to do. “Open 24 Hours” is the sign people expect to see on more than garage forecourts. And yet we can find a ‘lonely place’ elsewhere, as we may have done  

during lockdown, or will do again during this coming season of Lent. The ‘lonely place’ is not necessarily far away, or for those who live alone. We can find a place to pray within ourselves, in the room of our own hearts. It is there that plans are hatched and our hopes fostered, and where our real self resides.

This room is with us at all times. We carry it around wherever we are. We could make it a place where we can go, by putting aside some time of our own choosing.. Then with others we might find a wonderful discovery – that that place is not a lonely place at all, but occupied by the God of love who dwells in us all.

Notices

We Remember In Our Prayers  Gerard Brimelow and Marion Broxton whose Funerals were last week, Rita Cullen whose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s on Thursday, 18th February, Betty Walsh whose Funeral is at Carleton Crematorium on Monday 22nd February, and Anita Aisbitt whose Funeral is also at Carleton Crematorium on Friday, 26th February. We remember them and their families, and continue to remember Bishop Patrick O’Donaghue, the former Bishop of our Diocese, who died on 24th January. May they all rest in God’s peace. NB. There is a statement of appreciation for Bishop Patrick printed in this Newsletter.

St. Teresa’s 100 Club Winners For January :  

Gerard Brimelow, £15, Rachel Brimelow, £10, Pat Murray, £5

The 10 am Live-Stream Mass From St. Teresa’s

Very sincere apologies for the technical fault last Sunday which made the Mass impossible to follow because of the sound. It was a problem we didn’t know about at the time, until so many people contacted us after the Mass, many thinking the fault was on their equipment, and so had kept trying for ages until they rightly gave up. It must have been so annoying! The fault was from our website, and we now hope that after a lot of testing and change, everything will be alright this Sunday. We thank Giles for his explanation and apology which he put on our website after the event last Sunday. You will find it in the News/Blog section, under the title “Update on the Live Streaming Mass for 31st January 2021”.

To join the live-streamed Mass this Sunday, which is now at 10 am, and will be throughout the lock-down, please search for the new website name st-teresas-cleveleys.co.uk That will take you to the “Welcome” page of the website. On the right at the top of that page you will see “Live-streaming”. Click on that and you will be taken to a picture of the Last Supper.. At the bottom of that are the words “Watch now”, which you can click on to when you want to join the Sunday, 10 am Mass, or even Masses that have already been recorded.

A Prayer That We Can All Say Together At The Time Of Communion At A LIve-Streamed Mass :

My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. 

I love you above all things, 

and I long for you to be with me. 

Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, 

come spiritually into my heart. 

I embrace you, 

and unite myself to you. 

Never permit me to be separated from you. 

Amen

Media Statement from the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster.

Bishop Patrick O’Donoghue, Fifth Bishop of Lancaster. RIP.

It is with great sadness that Bishop Paul Swarbrick and the Diocese of Lancaster acknowledge the death of Bishop Patrick O’Donoghue, who served as the fifth Bishop of our Diocese from July 4th, 2001 until his retirement on 1st May 2009. Since his retirement he lived near to his family in County Cork, still actively involved in the mission of the local church there. His family had a continuous and loyal place in his heart throughout his life and we send to them our prayers and condolences as well as our gratitude for bringing to us a man strong in faith and compassionate in spirit as our Bishop. 

Bishop Patrick was born in Mourneabbey, County Cork, on 4th May 1934, the middle child of five children born to Daniel and Sheila O’Donoghue. His education was received at the Patrician Academy in Cork, then continued when he moved to England in 1959 at the age of 25. His formation as a priest began at Osterley House then on to Allen Hall seminary in London. He was ordained as priest of the Westminster Diocese in 1967. In his life as a priest, Bishop Patrick served in a variety of responsibilities including being Rector of Allen Hall seminary and as Administrator of Westminster Cathedral. In 1993 he was ordained Bishop by Cardinal Hume and served as an auxiliary Bishop in West London before being installed as the fifth Bishop of Lancaster in 2001.

As Bishop of Lancaster, he chose the words “blessed are the poor” as the motto for his Crest of office. The choice of these words helps us as a diocese remember this essential part of his ministry as our Bishop. Many people will remember the sale of the previous Bishop’s House in Lancaster, with some of the proceeds going to support the work of charities which assist the poor. We also recall his outreach and voiced concern following the Morecambe Bay Cockle Pickers tragedy in 2004 when at least twenty-one migrant people were drowned. Within the life of the Diocese, he guided us through several “Fit for Mission?” reviews, the fruit of them still informing the life of the Diocese today. 

Bishop Patrick was always a man of the people, but never afraid to gently speak the truth as he best understood it, even when it might bring him difficulty or ridicule. In November 2020, his family published a tribute to him called “Life Stories: Bishop Padraig O’Donoghue”. In there he has the following words about his life which speak with clarity of the man he was, and the life he lived: 

“I would wish to be remembered by my parishioners and fellow priests as a man of great faith, as a man who was not afraid to ‘upset the apple cart’. As a Bishop it was my responsibility to guide parishioners on the path to God. If I were asked what I view as my greatest legacy in life, then I would have to say that it was my work in establishing ‘The Passage’ in central London, the capital’s largest voluntary sector day centre for homeless and vulnerable people. I viewed myself as a simple priest who had a great desire to help my fellow man, to try to make a difference in people’s lives.” 

In prayer we commend his life and his eternal soul to Almighty God. 

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord,

Let perpetual light shine upon him 

May he rest in peace. Amen.

Daily Reflections for this week

 Monday (Viktor Frankl)

One time we were at work in a trench. The dawn was grey around us; grey the snow in the pale light of dawn; grey the rags in which my fellow prisoners were clad, and grey their faces. I was struggling to find the reason for my sufferings, my slow dying. In a last violent protest against the hopelessness of imminent death, I sensed my spirit piercing through the enveloping gloom. I felt it transcend that hopeless, meaningless world, and from somewhere I heard a victorious “Yes!” to my question of the existence of an ultimate purpose. In spite of all the enforced physical and mental primitiveness of the life in a concentration camp, it was possible for spiritual life to deepen.

Scripture (Rom 8:35-39)

Can anything cut us off from the love of Christ—can hardships or distress or persecution, or lack of food or clothing, or threats or violence? No; we come through all these things triumphantly victorious, by the power of him who loved us. For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nothing already in existence and nothing still to come, nor any power, nor the heights or the depths, nor any created thing whatever will be able to come between us and the love of God, known to us in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Tuesday (Martin Luther King Jnr.)

My experience with God had given me a new strength and trust. I knew now that God is able to give us the interior resources to face the storms and problems of life. Let this affirmation be our ringing cry. It will give our tired feet new strength as we continue our forward stride toward the city of 

freedom. When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a great benign Power in the universe whose name is God, and he is able to make a way out of no-way, and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.

Scripture (Ps. 40:10-12,16-17)

I have not kept your saving justice locked in the depths of my heart but have spoken of your constancy and saving help. I have made no secret of your faithful and steadfast love in the great assembly. For troubles surround me until they are beyond number; my sins have overtaken me; I cannot see my way. They outnumber the hairs of my head, and my heart fails me. But joy and happiness in you to all who seek you! Let them ceaselessly cry ’Great is Yahweh’ who lve your saving power. Poor and needy as I am, the Lord has me in mind. You, my helper, my Saviour, my God, do not delay. 

Wednesday (Henri Nouwen)

We tend to divide our past into good things to remember with gratitude and painful things to accept or regret. This way of thinking, which at first glance seems quite natural, prevents us from allowing our whole past to be the source from which we live our future. It locks us into a self-involved focus on our gain or comfort. If God is to be found in our hard times, then all of life can open us to God’s work among us. As we come to God with our hurts—honestly not superficially—something life-changing can begin slowly to happen. We discover how God is the one who invites us to healing. We realise that any dance of celebration must weave both the sorrows and the blessings into a joyful step.

Scripture (Philippians 4:4-7)

Always be joyful, then, in the Lord; I repeat, be joyful. Let your good sense be obvious to everybody. The Lord is near. Never worry about anything, but tell God all your desires of every kind in prayer and petition shot through with gratitude, and the peace of God which is beyond our understanding will guard your hearts and thoughts in Christ Jesus.

Thursday (Thomas Cullinan, OSB)

I think that staying power is a quality we need very badly. People seem to lack long-term courage, that creative patience—not apathy, but the sort of patience that knows how to go on and on until the end appears—to hang on to the vision until it is possible to be creative with it, and not to give up one’s vision just because the thing seems hopeless. The New Testament writers had a word for it: “hypomene”. It meant “patient endurance,” the ability to be poised to do what needed doing even though all the going seemed to be against one. And that staying power calls on deep spiritual resources, on a deep peace within ourselves.

Scripture (Ps. 22:1-2,19, 22-25)

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? The words of my groaning do nothing to save me. My God, I call by day but you do not answer, at night, but I find no respite. Yahweh, do not hold aloof! My strength, come quickly to my help. I shall proclaim your name to my brothers, praise you in full assembly. For he has not despised nor disregarded the poverty of the poor, has not turned away his face, but has listened to the cry for help. 

Friday (Fr. Richard Rohr.)

Rising and dying are closely related. Despair, I suspect, is another kind of dying and another kind of pain. It is not so much the loss of persons as the loss of ideals, visions and plans. The crash of images is experienced as a death of the spirit, as a loss of hope, as a darkness almost too much to bear. Until we walk with this despair, we will not know that our hope was hope in ourselves, in our successes, in ourpower to make a difference, in our image of what perfection and wholeness should be. Until we walk with this despair, we will never uncover the hope on the other side of human achievement. Until we allow the crash and crush of our images we will never discover the real life beyond what only seems like death.

Scripture (Mk. 1:32-38)

That evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils. The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were sick with diseases of on kind or another; he also drove out many devils. In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and went to a lonely place and prayed there. Simon and his companions set out in search of him, and when they found him said “Everybody is looking for you.” He answered “ Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring towns, so that I can proclaim the message there too, because this is why I came.”

Martin Bennet

Parish Pastoral Council

I’m pleased to say that after almost a year St. Teresa’s Parish Pastoral Council ‘met’ up again last night using the Zoom facility. Obviously lots has been happening to change our original plans but we are determined to do what we can and when we can to offer up ways of enriching Parish life.

The minutes of the meeting will be published soon.
Adam

Chairman of St. Teresa’s Parish Pastoral Council

Aiming for Easter: the website

So what kind of things are we hoping to have in place by Easter for the website?

Firstly we need to try and cut out any glitches as we go along so it’s important you use the website and report anything you don’t think is right. 

We hope to have ‘buttons’ you can press which will let you know what is happening in the church and it’s groups that week and also know what is going on socially in the parish hall. 

I think it would be nice to have prayer reminders on the news page of events happening on a daily basis such as funerals, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays etc with a picture of the people involved and maybe even a little bio about the people involved so that we might feel more connected to the people we are praying for. 

It might also be useful to have reminders of specific events appear on the website and in your emails such as “Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm tonight”.

For this to happen you must go to the bottom of the news posts page and put your email in the box inviting you to have news posts sent to your email: then press the button marked “yes please”.

The possibilities are immense but we must learn to walk before we can run – but by Easter? Who knows!

DO NOT BE AFRAID TO USE THE “CONTACT US” BUTTON. We value any ideas or comments and will reply to you. God bless you all. 

Adam

Parish Newsletter 31st January 2021

Sunday : Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Contents:   The Gospel Reflection

Notices  (Including details of Live-Streamed Mass)

Reflections for the coming week

Gospel: Mark 1:21-28

Jesus and his followers went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the sabbath came Jesus went to the synagogue and began to teach.  And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.

In their synagogue just then there was a man possessed by an unclean spirit, and it shouted, ‘what do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’  But Jesus said sharply, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’  And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him.  The people were so astonished that they started asking each other what it all meant.  ‘Here is a teaching that is new’ they said ‘and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.’  And his reputation rapidly spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.

Gospel Reflection : Switch On- And Still Save It

In earlier times in our part of the world, the Feast celebrated on February 2nd, the Presentation of the Lord, marked the end of the Christmas season, forty days after Christmas Day itself. When we think of the infant Jesus being presented in the Temple by his parents, we are reminded of what we celebrated to end the old year and begin the new – our God, the Light of the World. Of course we associate the light at Christmas not just with what we put on the tree, but with the star of Bethlehem – a dazzling sign, yet also high and distant.

This week we reflect on the fact that Jesus the LIght of the World, when presented in the Temple, was placed in human arms, and given over to human hands. The Light of the World is to shine in us, and through us. 

Notices

PLEASE NOTE :  The live-streamed Mass this Sunday, and every Sunday during lock-down, is at 10 am NOT 10.30

We Remember In Our Prayers  Keith Hemmings, whose Funeral was last week, Gerard Brimelow whose Funeral is at St. Teresa’s on Tuesday, 2nd February , Marion Broxton whose Funeral is at Carleton Crematorium on Friday 5th February, and Rita Cullen whose Funeral is at St. Teresa’s on Thursday,18th February. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.

ST. TERESA’S CHANGE OF WEBSITE AND LIVE-STREAMING DETAILS FOR THE SUNDAY MASS AT 10 AM

Thanks to the kindness and hard work (still in progress!) of Giles and Adam, we now have a new website with all kinds of information about the parishes of St. Teresa and St. John Southworth. To access it please use the new address :  st-teresas-cleveleys.co.uk. Please note that this website address looks very similar to the old one, in that the old one had the word ‘church’ in it and not ‘cleveleys’ as the new one does, (without “church”) Your computor, laptot, iPad or tablet can also see that they are similar and, in trying to be helpful, may assume you want the old address and try to take you there. Do not let it! Make sure that what you see typed in your internet search is exactly what it says above for the new website.

To join the live-streamed Mass this Sunday , which is now at 10 am, and will be throughout the lock-down, please search for the new website name st-teresas-cleveleys.co.uk That will take you to the “Welcome” page of the website. On the right at the top of that page you will see “Live-streaming”. Click on that and you will be taken to a picture of the Last Supper.. At the bottom of that are the words “Watch now”, which you can click on to when you want to join the Sunday, 10 am Mass, or even Masses that have already been recorded.

A Prayer That We Can All Say Together At The Time Of Communion At A LIve-Streamed Mass :

My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. 

I love you above all things, 

and I long for you to be with me. 

Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, 

come spiritually into my heart. 

I embrace you, 

and unite myself to you. 

Never permit me to be separated from you. 

Amen

Daily Reflections for this week

Monday (A New Catechism)

The gospels have a word for the unassuming and unquestionable majesty of Jesus. The word is “authority”. We must not think of the “authority” of his personality as a dignified aloofness or an equable mildness: let us forget for a moment the pink and white plaster statues, and think of Jesus’ sharpness as he drove out the demons. We should not be doing justice to his “authority” if we only saw in him a great pastor and preacher. The gospels point to something else: the event of the coming of the kingdom. He perfects all that went before him with words more enduring than heaven and earth, which must pass away. God reigns definitively through him. This is what gives him his authority: the unique and final coming of God’s infinite lordship and revelation.

Scripture (Mark 1:21-27)

He went into the synagogue and began to teach. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority. And at once there was a man with an unclean spirit, and he shouted “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked it saying “Be quiet! Come out of him!” And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him. The people were so astonished they said “Here is a teaching that is new, and with authority behind it. He even gives orders to unclean spirits and they obey him.”

Tuesday (1st Epistle of Clement)

Through Christ we see God’s face as in a mirror, spotless, exalted. Through Christ the eyes of our heart have been opened. Through Christ our dim and clouded understanding unfolds like a flower towards the light. Through Christ the Lord of the Universe willed that we should taste knowledge of eternity. For he is the very brilliance of the rays that shine from God’s majesty.

Scripture (John 1:1-2, 14)

In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Word was made flesh and lived among us, and we saw his glory, the glory that he has from the Father as only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Wednesday (Martin Buber)

The reality of the holy can only be grasped from the standpoint of the mystery. Then one sees that the holy is not a segregated, isolated sphere of Being, but signifies the realm open to all spheres. The face of the holy has not turned away from but towards the profane; it does not want to hover over the profane but to take it up into itself. The contradictions between the spheres of the holy and the profane exist only in the subjectivity of man who has not yet attained to spiritual unity and is unable, with his limited understanding, to mediate between the two.

Scripture (Deuteronomy 18:15-19)

Moses said “This is exactly what you asked Yahweh your God to do—at Horeb on the day of the Assembly. When you said ‘Never let me hear the voice of Yahweh my God or see the great fire again, or I shall die.’ Then Yahweh said to me ‘What they have said is well said. From their own brothers I shall raise up a prophet like yourself; I shall put my words into his mouth and he will tell them everything I command him.”

Thursday (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium)

Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades. This is a very real danger for believers too.

The integrity of the Gospel message must not be deformed. What is more, each truth is better understood when related to the harmonious totality of the Christian message. (p33) Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who saves us, to see God in others and to go forth from ourselves to seek the good of others. Under no circumstance can this invitation be obscured! 

Scripture (Col. 1:15-16, 18-19)

He is the image of the unseen God, the first-born of all creation, for in him were created all things in heaven and on earth; everything visible and everything invisible. He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, so that he should be supreme in every way; because God wanted all fullness to be found in him.

Friday (Caryll Houselander)

The supreme expression on earth of the rhythmic law of God is the Liturgy. The whole cycle, from birth to death, from death to resurrection, moves through the Liturgy. It expresses every passion, every emotion, every experience of the human heart. It is the song of the whole world; but it is also much more: it is the love-song of Christ in us, the voice of the mystical Body of Christ lifted up to God. All our inarticulate longing and adoration, all our stammered, incoherent love, set in the tremendous metre of the Liturgy and lifted up on the voice of Christ to our heavenly Father.

Scripture (Ephesians 3:17-21)

May Christ live in your hearts 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 knowledge, you may be filled with the utter fullness of God. Glory be to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; glory be to him from generation to generation in the Church and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.

Martin Bennett

Update on the Live Streaming Mass for 31st Jan 2021

Apologies for the sound quality issues today, I want to point out that this was a technical problem with the new streaming service and not anything Fr Chris did!

I would ask for your patience and prayers as we introduce these new technologies, unfortunately it is inevitable that there will be issues along the way. This is because we are moving a long way technically but without the dedicated resources that a commercial project would have. The issue today has already been identified and we will ensure that it does not happen again.

In the medium term we will get to a solid and technically competent service capability this year as both Adam and I are determined to deliver a fit for purpose solution for St Teresa’s too use in the years ahead.

On the positive side, we have been able to deliver a live Mass each Sunday since last November 2020 and have upgraded this to a new website with live streaming capability in January 2021. More will follow.

Regards Giles

Aiming for Easter

So where do we go from here?

At the moment we are in lockdown and our churches are closed in an effort to reduce the number of people coming into contact with Coronavirus and its potential consequences. The main focus therefore is to look for and plan for a time when we can reopen our churches with a view to celebrating the Sacrifice of the Mass in all its fullness. 

WE ARE AIMING FOR EASTER !

Whether that actually happens is obviously a debatable point. In the meantime, we have to try and make the best of what we have as we try and embrace the message God gives us and commands us each week to “Go in peace, glorifying the lord by your life”. 
Adam

The meaning of ‘Subscription’

Just a note to those of you who worry about scams etc. When you click on the news page of the new website that you would like new posts from St Teresa’s to go direct to your emails, you are asked to “confirm your Subscription”.

This is ‘computer-talk’ and subscription only means that you wish to be informed of new posts from the St Teresa’s Cleveleys website. 

It does NOT mean you have to subscribe any money or worldly goods to anyone. 

Adam

Welcome to our new website

So, this is our new website! We hope that you like it and when it is fully functional it is somewhere you will visit often. This page is designed to convey news of what is happening in the various parish groups and and in the parish community as a whole. Since not a lot is happening this week I’ll just bombard you with practice posts to help get the hang of this mighty tool.