Our weekly scripture to ponder this week comes from: St Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. (Philippians 4:13) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

“There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength.”

Today we remember Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.  Here is some more information all about her and a video from www.catholic.org.


We also remember the many Benedictine Saints who are members of the Order of St Benedict of Nursia. There are so many to remember but all are celebrated in Heaven with the Lord God and all the other Saints and Angels. Today we shall remember especially Saint Benedict who founded the Order; Saint Bede the Venerable; Saint Gregory the Great, Pope, who sent Saint Augustine of Canterbury to bring the Good News of Jesus to Britain’s shores in the year 597; Saint Boniface; Saint Anselm; Saint Wulstan, Bishop of Worcester in the 11th Century; Saint Dunstan; Saint Gertrude the Great, Patron of the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

November is the special month dedicated to praying for the Holy Souls, the faithful departed, our deceased loved ones, friends, and neighbours. It is also the month of Remembrance.  

During this month of November, let us pause and remember to pray for all those who have died and especially during these past few months in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Let us remember all those who have lost their lives due to COVID19, in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and in all countries of the world, especially Brazil, India and the United States of America.   May the Lord grant them eternal rest, light and peace within His Heavenly Kingdom and give comfort and help to their loved ones in these days.

Our prayer this month:

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace.  Amen.

Special Scripture reading for the Month of November:

Every day during this month I am sharing a scripture which we can pray about and reflect upon as we bring before the Lord our deceased loved ones and those whom we know who have died.  Today’s Scripture comes from: The Book of Psalms. (Psalm 102:13,14) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

“As a father has compassion on his sons, the Lord has pity on those who fear him; for he knows of what we are made, he remembers that we are dust.” 

Daily special candle offered for MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Autumn Term 2- November-December 2020.

As we continue to journey forth into a new Half Term and as we live in these uncertain and trying days both here in our school Communities and in our day to day lives in our families, neighbourhoods and wider communities, let us continue to place all our prayers and petitions into Our Lady’s hands.   Every day this week and throughout the whole of this Half Term, a special candle will burn again for us all in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes.  May she keep us all safe and well under her protective mantle.  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.

Update during the 2nd National Lockdown in England for collective worship in our Churches. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel are currently organising the following times of private individual prayer during these days when public worship has been suspended once again.

On Saturday and Sunday at 11am there is Eucharistic Adoration and silent prayer before Our Lord Jesus in the Monstrance displayed on the Altar in church.

On Sunday at 4.30pm each week, Father Tony is live streaming Mass at this time.  

For further details about these prayer opportunities please do check the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Website for more information.

Additionally, your local Catholic Parish may be offering similar services and prayer times.  Please do check their Websites too for further details.

Our daily scripture reading today comes from: The Second Letter of St John (2 John verse 6) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

“To love is to live according to his commandments: this is the commandment which you have heard since the beginning, to live a life of love.”

Our prayers for today: 

Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions.

During this month of November – our prayer each day is taken from the Liturgy of the Office for the Dead.

Remember Lord, those who have died and have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith, especially those for whom we now pray: 

(….pause here to call to mind those for whom you wish to pray and offer to God….)

May these and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Special prayer for the Holy Souls which can be said on Fridays:  It is a special prayer by St Gertrude the Great: Every time it is prayed, traditionally 1,000 souls are released from Purgatory into eternal happiness in Heaven with God.

Eternal Father, I offer you 

the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity 

of your Divine Son, Our Lord Jesus,

in union with all the Holy Masses said throughout the world today,

for the Holy Souls in Purgatory,

for sinners everywhere,

for sinners in the universal Church,

for those in my home

and within my family.  Amen.

Let us ask…..

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 Gertrude the Great, intercessor for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, pray for us.  Amen.

 St Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us.  Amen.

 Holy Men and Women of the Benedictine Order, pray for us.  Amen.

 All Holy Men and Women, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes


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