Good morning everyone! Hope you are all well.
Welcome to Monday’s spiritual lift! Once again, there is so much happening in it today. May it bless and encourage you in your faith journey with the Lord.
Yesterday was the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, ‘Princes of the Apostles’ and the Church.
Here is some more information about them from the Catholic Website CCTN “Discovering our Saints.” on YouTube.
Sending special prayers and good wishes for a lovely Feast Day to the Staff, pupils and families who belong to the St Peter’s First School Community today! May the prayers of St Peter go with you all.
The Church honours these two heroes of the early Christian Church, Saints Peter and Paul. They are known as the ‘Princes of the Apostles’, and showed great love and courage in proclaiming the Good News. They were strong and fearless unto death, by both dying as martyrs (Greek for ‘witnesses’), they were bold in telling others about Jesus and the new life He brings through His Life, Death and Resurrection. Tradition has it that Peter was crucified upside down and Paul was beheaded. They both died in Rome, around CE/AD 65-68 under the cruel Roman Emperor, Nero.
Peter was the first Bishop of Rome and the First Pope as Jesus said that on Peter, He would build His Church and Jesus called Peter His “Rock.” Even though His ‘rock’ would later deny knowing Jesus three times. Jesus forgave Peter and gave him another chance to love and serve Him. Following the day of Pentecost when He and the other Apostles received the promised Gift of the Holy Spirit, Peter preached some powerful homilies which enabled over 3,000 people in one day come to faith in Christ. Peter wrote 2 Letters in the New Testament as well, as he was the Shepherd of the Flock of Christ to the Church.
Paul, originally Saul of Tarsus, was a devout Pharisee who persecuted the early Church believers before meeting Jesus face to face on the road to Damascus. He was baptised and changed his name to Paul. He was a Missionary and preacher who wrote 13 Letters to the different Christian communities and churches which form the bulk of most of the New Testament. He was known as the “Apostle to the Gentiles” because he took the Good News of Jesus to the known non-Jewish world. Both Peter and Paul were founders of the Church of Rome.
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.
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
Collective worship is set to resume again in England ONLY from 4th July. Here is a link from Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster outlining his response to this.
More details and further guidance in light of Churches being made COVID secure and Social Distancing measures to be applied for each Catholic Diocese will be published soon.
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, delight of all the Saints, 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 for the Novena by Donal Neary, SJ. Taken from the beautiful Novena prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus from the Sacred Heart Messenger in June 2005.
(Messenger Publications Dublin, Ireland www.messenger.ie)
Your Sacred Heart is always open in love to each of us
and especially when we are suffering.
To all who come to you seeking your help,
You show your compassion and your healing power.
You care for us when we are lost,
sympathise with us in loneliness,
and comfort us in mourning;
You are closest to us when we are weakest.
You reach out Your hand to us when we stumble
and have most need of Your help.
I ask You to listen to my prayer during this Novena, and grant what I ask.
(Make your petition now.)
But if what I ask is not for my own good or that of others,
grant me always what is best, that I may build up
Your kingdom of love in our world. 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, Source of Living Water, descend upon us! Amen.
Our scripture reading today comes from: The Book of Psalms: (Psalm 34:7-8) NRSV
“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear (respect and honour) Him, and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in Him.”
Our prayers for today:
Saint Peter, pray for us. Amen.
Saint Paul, pray for us. 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, grant us the merit of all Virtues. 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 Margaret Mary Alacoque, Saint of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 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.