Good morning everyone!  Hope you are all well.

Welcome to today’s spiritual lift! Once again, there is much happening in it today.  May it bless and encourage you in your faith journey with the Lord.

Today we remember Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher.

Special blessings and good wishes go today to all the Staff, pupils and families who belong to St Thomas More Catholic First School!    Happy Patronal Feast Day to you all!

Here is video with more information about these courageous men who witnessed bravely to their Catholic faith and gave their lives for Christ. A video from ‘Discovering our Catholic Saints.’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQeRBDFcOHo

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Day 4 of the daily prayer:

A special Novena began on Friday 19th June in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  Today we are on day 4.

Here is some more information and a short prayer about Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

https://www.catholicsstrivingforholiness.org/a-short-daily-prayer-to-mary-mother-of-perpetual-help/

Here is a link to a chaplet which can be prayed on ordinary Rosary beads.

https://www.catholicdoors.com/prayers/chaplets/chap10.htm

Special candle offered for all those in our School Communities. Monday Teams:

Today a special candle burns for you in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes.  May she keep you all safe and well under her protective mantle.  May your day go well for you, your pupils and their families in these days.

Easing of the lockdown – Places of Worship: Key information for you:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel will now be open for individual private prayers.  Church will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.30am-12.30am for private prayer ONLY.  On Saturday evenings, from 5-7pm, there is Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Eucharistic Adoration for private prayer with the Lord.  Numbers are limited to 14 persons to assist with Social Distancing.   As yet, we do not have a date when public services or Mass is able to be celebrated.  We look forward to the day when this is possible once again.

Special prayers for our young people:

During these days, let us pray for our young people in Year 3 and 4, 7 and 8 who were due to receive their First Holy Communion and Confirmation this month.  May we continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers as we look forward to the time in hope when we will be able to celebrate these important Sacraments in their lives and in the life of our faith communities.

June is traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

This Divine Heart, full of love and mercy, is the ultimate expression of God’s love for all people.  Jesus’ Heart is represented with His Heart pierced, as it was when He died on the cross, the soldier used his spear to check that Jesus had died. It is surrounded by a Crown of Thorns which reminds us of Jesus’ suffering and death and our wrongdoing which wounds the Heart of God when we choose to go our own ways rather than God’s.  It has burning flames coming from it which reminds us that God’s Heart burns with deepest, tenderest love for every person and it also the fire of His Holy Spirit.  At the top of the Heart, there is a Cross, which reminds us that the cross is at the heart of Jesus and this was the means by which we might be saved and God’s love expressed most fully.

Today’s Special characteristic of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

Heart of Jesus, obedient unto death, death on the Cross, have mercy on us.  Amen.

Month of June – Sacred Heart of Jesus

Every week I will include a special prayer to Our Lord Jesus whose Sacred Heart beats with love for each one of us.

Our prayer to Jesus this week: A prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by St John Henry (Cardinal) Newman.

O most tender and gentle Lord Jesus,

when will my heart have a portion of Your perfections?

When will my hard and stony heart,

my proud heart, my unbelieving,

my impure heart, my narrow, selfish heart,

be melted and conformed to Yours?

O teach me so to contemplate You

that I may become like You,

and to love You sincerely and simply

as You have loved me.  Amen

June is also dedicated to the Holy Spirit. 

The Holy Spirit is our source of life, grace, mercy and power from the Heart of God Himself.  His power helps us to live as God wants.  He helps us to pray, to love God and others, especially those whom we find difficult to get on with and those who have hurt us in some way.  He is our Helper, Sustainer and Friend. May we turn to Him and ask for His help in these days.  Every day we will be doing some heavenly gardening as we discover the many characteristics, gifts, fruits, attributes and symbols of the Holy Spirit.

Here is today’s:

Holy Spirit, Spirit of Grace and Prayer, descend upon us! Amen.

Our scripture reading today comes from: The Book of Psalms: (Psalm 31: 1-3)

In You, O Lord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame;  In your righteousness deliver me.  Incline Your ear to me; rescue me speedily.  Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.  You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for Your Name’s sake lead me and guide me.”

Our prayers for today:  Here is a prayer written by St Thomas More taken from the Daily Prayers.org Website. You can find more here:

https://www.daily-prayers.org/angels-and-saints/prayers-of-saint-thomas-more/

Holy martyr for the Church, you used your talents
to bring God’s love and mercy to earth. Yet you
realized that human fame and glory were
momentary and fleeting.

In your practice of law, you understood and were
loyal first to God’s eternal law spoken through the
successors of the Apostles. While a servant of
the king, you were a servant to the Church first.

Help me to see that loyalty to God’s laws must be
the first part of my ties and responsibilities with
others. Strengthen me to seek out what the
Church teaches. Give me the wisdom to make the
right choice, and the fortitude to carry it out. This
I ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

During this lovely month of June, I will include some prayers to the Holy Spirit too.

Here today are some prayers and verses from the beautiful Litany of the Holy Spirit with which we can make our own special prayer to God the Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit, pour into us the treasures of Your Graces.  Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in You.  Amen.

Come Holy Spirit and fill the hearts of all Your people! 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, 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.

Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher, Martyrs, pray for us.  Amen.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us.  Amen.

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

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

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