Hello everyone, good morning to you all.

At the start of another week, let us ask God the Holy Spirit to bless, guide and encourage us as we start afresh.  Whatever we face this week, may we know that the Lord walks beside us and underneath us are His everlasting gentle arms of love holding us safely.

Welcome to Monday’s Spiritual Lift. May it be a source of blessing and encouragement for you today.

Today, on 8th February, which is also the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, the Church commemorates the World Day of Prayer for victims of modern slavery and against human trafficking. 

This is an appalling crime of our modern age.  All of humanity has a special and inherent dignity for we are all made by God and in His own image and likeness.  All people are precious, and we are all brothers and sisters together in one human and global family.  To help us on this day of prayer, here is some more information about this important day including ways to pray and raise awareness.

The International Day of Prayer and Awareness against human trafficking (preghieracontrotratta.org)

Today we also remember two more Saints of the Church. Saint Josephine Bakhita and Saint Jerome Emiliani.

Saint Josephine Bakhita. Here is some information about her from www.catholic.org  She was born in Darfur, Sudan and was herself sold as a slave.  She later came to faith in the Lord Jesus.  She was baptised and became a Religious Sister. She is one of the Patron Saints of Slaves.

St. Josephine Bakhita – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

St. Josephine Bakhita – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

Saint Josephine Margaret Bakhita was born around 1869 in the village of Olgossa in the Darfur region of Sudan. She was a member of the Daju people and her uncle was a tribal chief. Due to her family lineage, she grew up happy and relatively prosperous, saying that as a child, she did not know …

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Saint Jerome Emiliani. Here is some information about Saint Jerome from www.catholic.org

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St. Jerome Emiliani – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

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.

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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 fof 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.

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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 continue on our journey through this Half Term, as we live in these uncertain and trying days both here in our school Communities 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.

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 St Mark’s Gospel (Mark 6:50b) Quotation taken from the New revised Standard Version (NRSV) Catholic Bible.

May these wonderful words from Jesus, taken from our scripture verse today, bring you comfort and strength if you are struggling with things today and finding life straining and difficult.  Our God knows all that we need, and He will help us. May we ask Him to support us today and always.

“But immediately he (Jesus) spoke to them (the disciples) and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

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.

St Jerome Emiliani, pray for us. Amen.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

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