Hello all,

Good morning! The Lord is Risen, indeed. Alleluia!

Today, we remember two perhaps lesser-known Saints of the Church – St  Peter Chanel and St Louis de Montfort.

St Peter Chanel was born in France in 1803 and became a Priest then a Missionary to the Pacific Islands and was martyred there for his faith in Christ on 28th April 1841. Five months after his death, the whole island where he lived and died embraced the Christian faith.   He is Patron of Oceania.

St Louis de Montfort was born in 1673 and was a French Priest.  He is the founder of the Sisters of Divine Wisdom and he wrote the spiritual classic “True Devotion to Mary” to help foster a deep love for Our Lady and her special prayer, the Holy Rosary. He died in 1716 and was Canonised in 1947.

The Gospel Reading of the Week is: Luke 24:13-35.

The journey to Emmaus; “And the disciples told what had happened on the road, and how He (Jesus) had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.” Lk 24:35

Once again today I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions and will remember you all at Mass today.

Here is another Eastertide tip for the 3rd Week!

Give thanks to God for the gift of water every time you go to use the tap! (Keep washing those hands!)

Our prayers today:

An appropriate morning prayer for the Book of Hours (written in 1514) as we begin another day.

God be in my head and in my understanding;

God be in mine eyes, and in my looking;

God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;

God be in my heart, and in my thinking;

God be at mine end, and at my departing.  Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Patron of our Archdiocese and our MAC, Health of the Sick and Comforter of the Afflicted, Pray for us. Amen.

 St Peter Chanel, Pray for us.  Amen.

St Louis de Montfort, Pray for us.  Amen.

 Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray for us. Amen.

St Thomas More, Pray for us. Amen.

St Peter, Pray for us. Amen.

St Bede the Venerable, Pray for us, Amen.

St Augustine of Canterbury, Pray for us.  Amen.

St Luke, Beloved Physician (Doctor) and companion of St Paul the Apostle, Patron of Doctors and Healthcare professionals, Pray for us. Amen.

St Jude Thaddeus, Patron of impossible or difficult circumstances, Pray for us.  Amen.

 St Raphael, Archangel, God’s healing Angel, Pray for us.  Amen.

Our scripture reading today comes from St John’s Gospel. (John 6:35)

Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of Life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

This verse is taken from the 6th Chapter of St John’s Gospel and speaks to us about Jesus being the Bread of Life.  If we turn to Jesus He promises that He will be all that we need to keep us going.  In these days, let us ask the Lord to feed, guide and strengthen us as we journey onwards.  He loves us, He has good plans for us, He can turn darkness into light and sadness into hope and His faithfulness will keep us going.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes




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