Good morning all!

There is so much happening in our spiritual lift today!

First Friday:

We honour the Sacred Heart of Jesus today as it is the First Friday of the month. Jesus’ Heart of love reminds us of God’s unfailing and all encompassing love for every member of the human family on earth.

Month of May:

It is also the Month of Our Blessed Lady, Mary the Mother of Jesus and our spiritual Mother also.  It is traditional to pray the Rosary (Mary’s Rose Garden) during this Month.  We honour her in this special prayer because it leads us always to Jesus and strengthens our worship and adoration of God to whom all praise and glory is due.

Today’s Rosary Mysteries:

Today, because it’s Friday, we are encouraged to pray the Sorrowful Mysteries as we contemplate Our Lord’s Passion and Death.

For every day this month, I will include one of the many Titles of Our Lady taken from the Litany of Loreto  and ask her motherly prayers for us and the world as we continue in our own personal exiles in lockdown!

Today’s Title of Our Lady:

Mother of Christ, Pray for us.

Here is the entire Litany of Loreto prayer here.

https://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=329

Friday 1st May is also the feast of St Joseph the Worker here is a video and some information from Catholic.org

https://www.catholic.org/news/saints/story.php?id=45979

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.

Our prayers for today:

Ahead of Good Shepherd Sunday this coming Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Easter, let us remember our Seminarians, Priests and Deacons who are currently training and who are preparing for Ordination and Priestly Ministry. During this time of pandemic, may we pray for our Priests and Deacons who are also on the frontline ministering to the sick and the dying.

Here is a prayer from the Archdiocese of Birmingham for Vocations.

Lord Jesus,

Send labourers into Your harvest.

Inspire, in the hearts of Your people,

Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.

Bless our families with a spirit of generosity. 

may those whom You call to the Priesthood and Religious Life,

have the courage to give themselves to Your Church as co-operators in Your work. 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 John Vianney, Patron of Priests, 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 Joseph, Patron of Workers, 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 the Book of Psalms: Psalm 117 is the shortest Psalm with only two verses, yet it is one filled with God’s praises.  Today, let us praise and thank our Loving God for all His blessings to us!

“Praise the Lord, all you Nations! Extol Him, all you Peoples!  For great is His steadfast love towards us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever.  Praise the Lord!” Psalm 117

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

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