Good morning!

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Today is the feast day of St Catherine of Siena.  She is Patron of many areas, but in particular she is one of the Patron Saints of Nurses.  She was born in 1347 and died aged 33 years in 1380. Here is some information about her from Catholic.org.

https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=9

Rosary prayer-time, a spiritual bouquet of heavenly roses:

Just wanted to let you know that every Wednesday evening each week at 7.30pm-8pm, me and my Rosary Group from St Peter’s Parish Bromsgrove pray the Rosary in our homes for the needs of the world and intentions about the Coronavirus pandemic.

You are welcome to join in yourself at home if you wish. This week we are praying the Joyful Mysteries.

You can pray the whole set of Five Mysteries, just one Hail Mary or offer your own prayers and thoughts during this time.

By offering our Hail Mary prayers we give Our Lady a beautiful heavenly rose with each one.

Our focus and intentions are to ask Our Blessed Lady in Heaven, Health of the Sick, Comforter of the Afflicted to join her prayers with ours as we petition our loving God to help, guide and support us during these days of suffering and trial.

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!

Perhaps you might like to light a special candle at family meal times which reminds us that Jesus is the Light of the World and give thanks to God for the gift of each other as we come together to eat.

Our prayers for today:

Our first prayer is inspired by a prayer by St Catherine of Siena:

Loving God,

You promise to be The Way, The Truth and The Life. 

You are a Light for our path and Your Holy Spirit leads us in all Truth.

You make a way when there is no way.

You provide the means for us such as we could never have imagined.

We thank You for all the glimmers of hope and occasions of love,

peace and goodwill we see all around us in these times.

Help us during these days of anxiety and trial to trust more firmly in Your goodness.

May we lose ourselves in Your Mercy,

shown most powerfully by Jesus your Son,

through His death on the Cross and in His glorious Resurrection.

In Jesus’  Name we pray.  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 Catherine of Siena, Patron of Nurses, 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 Matthew’s Gospel. (Matthew 11:28-30)

These wonderful words of Jesus are still as relevant to our life today as they were to His first hearers, especially as we remember all those in our prayers who are carrying heavy burdens at this time of global pandemic. Whatever we face, we can know that our Loving God walks alongside us and helps to carry our burdens for us, so we, in turn, can help others to carry theirs.

Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

 Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

 

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