Hello everyone, good morning to you.

I hope that your week has gone well for you and your families.  As we approach the weekend once more and also our Half Term break, I hope that you will have a safe, relaxing and restful time.  May it be a time of renewal and refreshment for you. May the Lord in His love bless you and keep you safe and well.

Welcome to Friday’s Spiritual Lift for the last time this Half Term! May it bless and encourage you as you read, ponder and pray.

Season of Lent begins:

Next week we begin the Holy Season of Lent. Ash Wednesday will be on 17th February and St Chad’s Cathedral will be live streaming a special Mass at 09.30am for Ash Wednesday for Schools, children and families across the Archdiocese. (Please see the link for St Chad’s Cathedral for more details which is included in the Sunday/weekend Masses live links streamed online.)

Links for live streamed Holy Mass online: (Weekend/Sunday Mass):
As these days of lockdown continue, here are the links for the live streamed Holy Mass online for you.  We are blessed in these days to have the gift of the Internet and online worship which can still be accessed at any time.  To help support and nourish your faith in these days, here are the details of the links for you once again this week so you may search for Holy Mass online where you will be able to access Mass in English, Polish and Malayalam.  May they be a source of comfort and blessing for you.

 May the Patron of the Internet, Saint Isidore of Seville, Saint Clare, Patron of all things televisual and Saint Gabriel the Archangel, Patron of Communications and Messages pray for us.

Local Mass live stream:

Mount Carmel Live Streamed Mass Sundays at 4.30pm Every Sunday at 4.30pm Mass will be live-streamed in Mount Carmel Church—Church is closed for this Mass Link www.eventcast.uk/live   (Please note: type the link into the browser on your computer, do not use a search engine)

St Chad’s Cathedral – Birmingham – Roman Catholic

St Chad’s Cathedral – Birmingham – Roman Catholic

SNOW AND ICE AROUND THE CATHEDRAL While there is snow on the ground, we urge you to consider the wisdom of coming to the Cathedral for Mass. The Cathedral Car Park and Shadwell Street are treacherous underfoot for people and vehicles.

www.stchadscathedral.org.uk

 

Parishes with Live Streams | Birmingham Diocesan Trust (birminghamdiocese.org.uk) 

 Holy Mass in Polish – Mass-online.orgMass-online.org (mass-online.org) 

 Holy Mass in Tamil & Malayalam – Mass-online.orgMass-online.org (mass-online.org) 

 Our Lady of Good Counsel – Archdiocese of Birmingham Ethnic Chaplaincies, Eparchies and Missions 

Month of February: Prayer and preparation for Lent-Holy Eucharist and Sacred Passion of the Lord.

The Month of February takes us into the Season of Lent.  This year, Ash Wednesday will be on February 17th. Traditionally, February is dedicated to the spiritual preparation for Lent by focusing and meditating upon the precious gift of the Lord’s Body and Blood and the Holy Eucharist and His many Sufferings and Death in His Sacred Passion.

A beautiful prayer we can pray every day of February and going into the Season of Lent to help us is the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  This prayer is traditionally prayed at the Hour of Mercy which is 3pm every day, and is the time when Jesus died on the Cross.  More information about this devotion can be found here in the link below and how to pray it.

How to Recite the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy | The Divine Mercy

How to Recite the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy

How to Recite the ChapletThe Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary Rosary beads of five decades. The Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and followed by a closing prayer.1. Make the Sign of the CrossIn the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.2. Optional Opening PrayersSt.

www.thedivinemercy.org

You can pray this Chaplet on a set of ordinary Rosary beads, and it is traditional for each of the five sets of beads as we pray the prayers to either remember:

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary: 

(The Agony in the Garden; The Scourging at the pillar; The Crowning with thorns; The Carrying of the Cross; The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus) 

or The Five Sacred Wounds of Jesus: 

(His pierced Hands and Feet and Heart/Side.) 

Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet reminds us of God’s wonderful and deep love for us because in John 3:16 NRSV Catholic Edition we read, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

God’s love and mercy is deep and everlasting.  During this month of February, let us draw closer to our loving God and thank Him for all that He is as we seek to grow in our love and faith.

Weekly Scripture Verse:

Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from the Book of Psalms. (Psalm 40:4a)  This verse is taken from the New Revised Standard Version of the Scriptures (NRSV) Catholic Edition.  Let us give thanks to the Lord for the precious gift of His Word, the Bible.  May it guide and strengthen us in these days. Be encouraged as our God speaks to us. May these words help us as we begin another day and week in Lockdown.

“Happy, are those who make the Lord their trust.” 

Cycle of Prayer and the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions:

We continue our journey of faith into Ordinary Time – Winter and here is some more information about the Prayer Cycle from now until the beginning of the Season of Lent which will begin on 17th February with Ash Wednesday.  I also include a link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for the month for February from Missio.  www.missio.org.uk   We ask for the prayers of Saint Josephine Bakhita during this month also in union with this intention.

Pope Francis – Prayer Intention February 2020 – Missio

Pope Francis – Prayer Intention February 2020 – Missio

In February, we pray Pope Francis’ prayer intention for migrant brothers and sisters who are victims of criminal trafficking be heard and answered.

missio.org.uk

During Ordinary Time (Winter) up to the Season of Lent, we are encouraged to pray for some new prayer intentions at this time of year with the whole Church.

More details are here for you to access from the Liturgy Office website.

Liturgical Calendar Cycle of Prayer (liturgyoffice.org.uk)

Our prayer this month: Prayers taken from the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Your dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world. Amen.

For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.  Amen.

Weekly School Community Prayers:

Every week I shall be offering intercessory prayers when I access daily Mass online for each of the MAC School Communities.  Every day this week I shall be holding in prayer before the Lord, all the Staff, Pupils, Families and Governors/Directors who belong to: Saint Augustine’s Catholic High School.

Daily special candle offered for all MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Spring Term 1- January-February 2021.

As we have come to the end of our Half Term, let us give thanks to God for all that has passed and surrender all into His loving Hands for His safekeeping.  As we journey onwards, let us continue to place all our prayers and petitions into Our Lady’s hands.

A special candle continues to burn again for us all in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes and the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  May they keep us all safe and well in these days of trial perplexity and confusion. May your days and weeks go well for you, your pupils, and their families in these days within all the School Communities in our MAC.

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.

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us.  Amen

Daily Scripture:

Our daily scripture reading today comes from The Book of the Psalms (Psalm 32:7) Quotation taken from the New revised Standard Version (NRSV) Catholic Bible.

“You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.”

Our prayers for today: 

Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions and will remember you and your prayer intentions at daily Mass online.

Let us ask…..

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us.  Amen.

Our Lady of Consolation, pray for us.  Amen.

Mary the Mother of Jesus, Mother of the Church, pray for us.  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.

 Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Beauty of Carmel, 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.

St Catherine of Siena, Patron of Nurses, pray for us.  Amen.

St Camillus of Lellis, Patron of the Sick, pray for us. Amen.

St Sebastian, patron of the sick and plagues of disease, pray for us.  Amen. 

St John Henry Newman, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessed Dominic Barberi, pray for us.  Amen.

St Faustina Kowalska, Apostle of Divine Mercy, pray for us.  Amen.

St Josephine Bakhita, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

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