Hello everyone, good morning to you!

Welcome to Thursday’s Spiritual lift! May it bless and encourage you in your relationship with the Lord.

We remember today the Memorial of Our Lady of Aberdeen.

Today may the prayers of Our Blessed Lady accompany staff, pupils and families in our MAC community of Schools who are Scottish or who have family members and ancestral roots originating from Scotland.

Our Lady of Aberdeen, pray for us.  Amen

St Andrew, Apostle, pray for us.  Amen

 We also remember St Augustine Zhao Rong and his Companions.

St Augustine Zhao Rong and his Companions were Martyrs (witnesses to faith in Christ) who belonged to a group of 119 fellow Catholics who were persecuted and martyred for their faith in Jesus in China during the years of 1638 up until 1930.  Pope St John Paul II canonised them all on 1st October 2000.

Special Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Day 3: (7th-16th July)

Today we continue praying the Novena (9 days of prayer) in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  Today, we are on Day 3 of the Novena.

May Our Blessed Mother help us and bless us with her prayers during these times and in our days.  May we remember in our prayers this week, the Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Redditch, it’s priests and people and the staff, pupils and families who belong to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic First School!

Here is some information all about this beautiful prayer to Our Blessed Mother Mary.


Here are the prayers said in the daily Novena prayer:

Prayers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Novena- (7th-16th July)  This prayer has NEVER BEEN KNOWN TO FAIL!

O Most Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendour of Heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity: (here mention your request/intention)

O Star of the Sea, help me and show me that you are my Mother.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech thee, from the bottom of my heart to comfort me in this necessity; there is none that can withstand thy power.  O show me in this that thou art my Mother.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (X3)

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in thy hands (X3)

Thanksgiving – It is suggested to offer (X3) Our Father’s, (X3) Hail Mary’s and (X3) Glory Be’s in thanksgiving.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Beauty of Carmel, pray for us.  Amen.

Here is a link to the Catholic.org website where you can find some extra prayers.


The Month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus and the Love of God for us and towards us.

Traditionally, in the Church during the Month of July, we remember and honour the Precious Blood of Jesus and we give thanks for the eternal and unconditional love that our God has for each one of us.

We can honour Jesus’ love and think about how He suffered for us in the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.   With each of these particular Mysteries of the Rosary, we remember Jesus’ Agony in the Garden; His scourging at the pillar; His crowning with thorns; His carrying of the Cross and His Crucifixion and Death.

We can show our love for God by thanking Him for His great love and by showing love, kindness and respect to others as we are all brothers and sisters together.

Month of July – Precious Blood and the Love of God for us:

“God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not perish but may have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

We can see God’s love in the beauty of creation, our loved ones, family and friends, the good things we enjoy in our lives, our blessings and all we have.  In the Sacraments of the Church and especially in the Eucharist, at Mass, we remember the Lord’s love in dying for us on the Cross and the offering of His life for our salvation.  Inspired by the love of God, we too should love one another.  How might we show our love for God and for others today?

The Gift of Love:

Over the next few days as we continue our journey into July, I will be including a verse from the wonderful chapter all about Love, in St Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 13: 4-8a.

”And now faith, hope and love remain, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor 13:13.) NRSV

Here is today’s.   From 1 Corinthians 13:5:

Love does not insist on its own way.

Month of July – God’s wonderful Love:

Every week I will include a special scripture reading all about God’s Love.  Here is this week’s scripture for reading and meditating upon. This week’s Scripture comes from:  St John’s Gospel, Chapter 13 verse 34. NRSV

Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this will everyone know that you are My Disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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 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.

Keeping Jesus company in the Blessed Sacrament – Holy Hour for Coronavirus Pandemic this evening from


As today is Thursday, once again, I will be holding my Holy Hour with the Lord online in the Blessed Sacrament this evening.  As before, 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.

Tonight let us remember before the Lord those who are struggling in these days and who carry heavy burdens because of the pandemic.  Let us remember those parts of our world where the virus is quickly spreading and is causing great suffering.  As the situation around the world with Coronavirus continues to worsen, let us remember to pray especially for the people of India, Russia, Latin America, particularly Brazil, the United States and Australia.

(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 pray for those businesses which have yet to reopen or which had to close down again and we remember all those whose job futures are uncertain, those who have lost their jobs and those who are currently furloughed.

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment Thine. Amen.

Our prayers for today: 

Over the next few days, I’m going to be using the beautiful and inspiring words from the wonderful prayer book and hymnal from the Bible – The Book of the Psalms.  Jesus Himself would have prayed these throughout His life as He made them a part of His own prayers and hymns to God.  Let’s do the same!

Here is today’s:

I love You, O Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer,

my God, my Rock in whom I take refuge,

my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

For this I will extol You, O Lord, among the nations,

and sing praises to Your Name.   Amen.    Taken from Psalm 18:1-2, 49. NRSV

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.

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 John Henry Newman, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessed Dominic Barberi, pray for us.  Amen.

St Augustine Zhao Rong and his Companions, pray for us.  Amen.

Our daily scripture reading today comes from: St Matthew’s Gospel. (Matt:10:7) NRSV

The reading is taken from a passage in St Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus sends out the 12 disciples to begin His ministry among the towns and villages of the people of Israel proclaiming God’s Kingdom. May it inspire us in these days to go out with joy in whatever setting we find ourselves and serve the Lord with all our hearts and help to bring His Kingdom here on earth.

Jesus said, ‘As you go, proclaim the good news. “The Kingdom of Heaven has come near.” ‘

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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