Hello everyone, good morning!

Welcome to today’s spiritual lift! May it bless and encourage you.

Today we remember the Birthday of St John the Baptist.

Here is some information and a video from Catholic.org all about St John the Baptist’s Birthday, which we celebrate today.

https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=152

 Additionally. Here is some information about St John the Baptist from the Catholic News Agency (CNA)

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/st-john-the-baptist-515

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Day 6 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 6.

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. Wednesday 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: Updated Information.

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.

Other Churches within our Catholic Deanery (Kidderminster) will also be open for individual private prayer.

For further information do check their websites. Basic information is as follows:

Sacred Heart & St Catherine of Alexandria Church, Droitwich-

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am-12Noon

Saint Ambrose Church, Kidderminster –

Tuesday and Friday 2.30pm-4pm

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.

Rosary prayer-time, a spiritual bouquet of heavenly roses:

It’s Wednesday again and I extend my invitation for you to join with me and St Peter’s Parish Rosary Group as we come together this evening to pray the Rosary in our homes from 7.30-8pm.  You are most welcome to join us in spirit and prayer.  You can pray the whole set of Mysteries, just one Hail Mary or offer your own prayers and thoughts during this time.

Last week we prayed together the Glorious Mysteries.  This week we will be praying again the Joyful Mysteries as we do this in rotation according to the sequence of the Mysteries as the connect with all the events in the Life of Jesus and Mary.  Let us remember that however we choose to pray, whether it is the full Rosary of 4 Mysteries, just one set of one of the Mysteries or simply a Hail Mary, our own prayers or thoughts, our loving God hears us and He works all things to our good.

May we continue to place ourselves in His hands during these days and ask for His help and strength. Our focus and intentions are to ask Our Blessed Lady in Heaven, Health of the Sick, Comforter of the Afflicted to join her prayers with ours as we petition our loving God to help, guide and support us during these days of trial and anxiety.

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, our life and resurrection, 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, renewing the face of the earth, descend upon us! Amen.

Our scripture reading today comes from: The Book of Psalms. (Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15)

This is a beautiful Psalm and is a favourite one for many people.  It reminds us of God’s complete knowledge, love and care for us.  As God, He knew us before we were born and He knows us through and through, yet loves us with a deep, tender, nurturing love.

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You discern my thoughts from far away.  You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For it was You who formed my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are Your works, that  I know very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.”

 Our prayers for today: 

I include today the prayer called the ‘Benedictus’ or the ‘Song of Zechariah’.  This is so appropriate for the Feast of the Birth of St John the Baptist!  Once Zechariah had regained the power of speech that was taken away from him for his unbelief before the conception of his son, John, promised him by the Lord, (Cf. Luke 1:5-24), Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy over John the Baptist, the Herald of the King, the forerunner of the Messiah, Jesus.   John is the last of the Old Testament prophets who foretold the coming of the Messiah, the Christ, the Chosen One of Israel. This prayer or Canticle is traditionally prayed as part of the Divine Office and is said or sung at Morning Prayer. You can find this prayer of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist in Luke’s Gospel. (Luke 1:67-80)

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel!

He has visited His people and redeemed them.

He has raised up for us a mighty saviour

in the House of David, His servant,

as He promised by the lips of holy men,

those who were His prophets from of old.

A saviour who would free us from our foes,

from the hands of all who hate us.

So His love for our fathers is fulfilled

and His holy Covenant remembered.

He swore to Abraham, our father to grant us,

that free from fear, and saved from the hands of our foes,

we might serve Him in holiness and justice

All the days of our life in His presence.

As for you, little child,

you shall be called a prophet of God, the Most High.

You shall go ahead of the Lord

to prepare His ways before Him.

To make known to His people their salvation

through forgiveness of all their sins,

the loving kindness of the heart of our God

who visits us like the dawn from on high.

He will give light to those in darkness,

those who dwell in the shadow of death,

and guide us into the way of peace.  Amen.

Then say a Glory Be to the Father…..

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, please enlighten us with Your Divine Inspirations. 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.

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

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

St John the Baptist, 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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