Good morning everyone, hope you are all well.
Welcome to today’s spiritual lift! Blessings to you all on this Thursday. May the Lord be especially close to those who are finding these days anxious and testing ones and give you His peace.
Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Day 7 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 7.
Here is some more information and a short prayer about Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Here is a link to a chaplet which can be prayed on ordinary Rosary beads.
Special candle offered for all those in our School Communities. Thursday 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.
Keeping Jesus company in the Blessed Sacrament – Holy Hour for Coronavirus Pandemic this evening from 7-8pm.
As it is Thursday today, once again this evening, I will be holding my Holy Hour with the Lord online in the Blessed Sacrament. Once more, you are most welcome to join in with me if you are able between 7-8pm. Please do consider joining in yourself at home if you can, even if it is only for a few moments to offer a prayer or thought during 7-8pm. (i) We continue to hold up in prayer those who are sick, suffering and those who have died. (ii) We pray for those who care for them, their friends and families. (iii)We pray for those who suffer also in mind and spirit and ask that they may receive the help and support they need from the Lord and His Church on earth and those dedicated to care for them in the Medical profession. (iv) We pray that pupils, teachers and their families, customers, shop workers and businesses be kept safe and well as the lockdown restrictions begin to ease. (v) May people be caring and mindful of others as they remember to observe social distancing and safety guidelines. (vi) We give thanks for the hard work and perseverance of our Scientists and Medical Researchers as they work to find a vaccine and medicine to defeat and destroy Coronavirus. May the Lord continue to bless their endeavours and grant them success.
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment Thine. Amen.
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, desire of the eternal hills, 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, Spiritual Comforter, descend upon us! Amen.
Our scripture reading today comes from: St Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. (Phil 4:4-7) NRSV
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say. Rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Our prayers for today: Here is a special prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus written by St Gertrude.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Fountain of Eternal Life, Your Heart is a glowing furnace of Love!
You are my Refuge and my Sanctuary.
Let my heart be united with Yours.
Let my will be conformed to Your Divine Will in all things. 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, lead us along the way of salvation. 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 Gertrude, 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.