Good morning everyone, hello and I hope you are well today.
As we approach the weekend once more, may the Lord in His love bless us and keep us safe as we spend time with our families. May you have a restful and relaxing couple of days.
Welcome to our Spiritual Lift for Friday.
Our weekly Scripture reading for your inspiration and encouragement.
“The angel of the Lord is encamped around those who revere him, to rescue them. Taste and see that the Lord is good. He is happy who seeks refuge in him.”
Prayer Focus – June- Month of 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.
Solemnity of the Sacred Heart:
Today is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Tomorrow, we honour Our Blessed Lady’s Immaculate Heart.
Live Streamed Mass from St Chad’s Cathedral. – Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Here is the link for St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham which will be live streaming a special Mass in honour of the Sacred Heart, and this is also for the children of the Archdiocese, their schools and their families. This is being live streamed from 9.30am and is recorded for later viewing if you are unable to access the Mass as it goes out live.
Especially today, let us make this prayer ours:
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You! Immaculate Heart of Mary, be our refuge and protection!
Here is a lovely prayer to the Sacred Heart from www.catholic.org
Here are some special Novena prayers (9 days of Prayers) in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus from www.mycatholic.life
Our Prayer to Jesus this week:
You will not fail me.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your Love for me.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, may Your Kingdom come.
Links for live streamed Holy Mass online: (Weekend/Sunday Mass):
Once again, here are the links for the live streamed Holy Mass online for you. We are blessed in these days to have the gift of the Internet and online worship which can still be accessed at any time. To help support and nourish your faith in these days, here are the details of the links for you once again this week so you may search for Holy Mass online where you will be able to access Mass in English, Polish and Malayalam. May they be a source of comfort and blessing for you.
May the Patron of the Internet, Saint Isidore of Seville, Saint Clare, Patron of all things televisual and Saint Gabriel the Archangel, Patron of Communications and Messages pray for us.
Online Masses this weekend: Local Mass live stream:
Mount Carmel Live Streamed Mass Sundays at 4.30pm Every Sunday at 4.30pm Mass will be live-streamed in Mount Carmel Church—Church is closed for this Mass Link www.eventcast.uk/live (Please note: type the link into the browser on your computer, do not use a search engine)
Month of June – Ordinary Time – The Angelus:
In honour of our Blessed Lady, we now continue to say the Angelus all through the year until next Easter. This is a beautiful prayer which is traditionally said every day at 6am, 12noon and 6pm.
It helps us to remember that Jesus Our Lord was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb and this great news was given to Mary through the message of the Angel Gabriel to her. Here is a link to this lovely prayer which honours the Son of God becoming human for us in His Incarnation from Our Catholic Prayers.
We are now in Ordinary Time- Summer:
The special colour is green and this reminds us of the springing up of new life and growth which we can see in creation and nature all around and we have received in our hearts, minds and souls because of the joy and victory of Easter and the promised Gift of the Holy Spirit which we have received.
The Year of Saint Joseph continues!
Here is the information from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales with more details about the Year of Saint Joseph.
Here are some special prayers we can say during the Year of Saint Joseph. These are from www.ourcatholicprayers.com
Saint Joseph, pray for us! Amen.
Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions: June:
Here is the link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for the Month of June from Missio. www.missio.org.uk
Cycle of Prayer – Liturgy Office:
As we are now in Ordinary Time – Summer, here is the link to the fantastic information from the Liturgy Office.
Weekly School Community Prayers:
Every week I shall be offering intercessory prayers for each of the MAC School Communities. Every day this week I shall be holding in prayer before the Lord, all the Staff, Pupils, Families and Governors/Directors who belong to the schools within: Holy Family Catholic MAC of Schools.
Daily special candle offered for all MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Summer Term 2- June-July 2021
We are now into Summer Term 2 as we are in the Month of June. Let us continue to ask Our Blessed Lady for help and place all our prayers and petitions into her Immaculate Heart where she will offer them to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
A special candle continues to burn again for us all in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes and the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. May they keep us all safe and well in these extraordinary and unprecedented days. May your days and weeks go well for you, your pupils, and their families who live and work 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.
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us. Amen
Our daily scripture reading today comes from theProphet Hosea in the Old Testament. (Hosea 11:4) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.
“The Lord says (about Israel – his people), ‘I led them with reins of kindness, with leading-strings of love. I was like someone who lifts an infant close against his cheek, stooping down to him, I gave him his food.’ “
Our prayers for today:
Today, I will be keeping a special prayer candle burning for you and will remember you and your prayer intentions before the Lord.
Let us ask…..
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us. Amen.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Amen.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us. Amen.
Our Lady, Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us. Amen.
Our Lady of Consolation, pray for us. Amen.
Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us. 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, Beauty of Carmel, 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 Camillus of Lellis, Patron of the Sick, pray for us. Amen.
St Sebastian, patron of the sick and plagues of disease, pray for us. Amen.
St John Henry Newman, pray for us. Amen.
Blessed Dominic Barberi, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.