Good morning everyone and I hope you are well today.  I hope that your week has gone well for you and you have had an enriching and productive week.

As we approach the weekend once more, may you have a safe and relaxing time with your families and may the Lord in His love keep you and your loved ones safe in these days. We especially ask Our Blessed Lady to continue to cover us all in her protective mantle of love.

Welcome to our Spiritual Lift for Friday.

Special Holy Spirit Novena from tomorrow: 15th May-23rd May 2021

With today being Friday, I am posting these details for you today so you can begin the special Novena to the Holy Spirit which begins tomorrow.

This special Novena (Nine Days of Prayer) was the first ever Novena that was prayed by Our Lady and the Apostles in the Upper Room in Jerusalem as they waited for the promised Gift of the Holy Spirit.  Every year between Ascension and Pentecost, the Church traditionally begins to pray in preparation for this wonderful feast – the coming of the Holy Spirit and the Birthday of the Church.  More details about this beautiful prayer here from

Here are some lovely traditional prayers from the Church Liturgy Office.

Here is a special collection of prayers on a PDF from the Liturgy Office as well which runs from the Solemnity of the Ascension to Pentecost Sunday.

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   (Please note: type the link into the browser on your computer, do not use a search engine)

St Chad’s Cathedral – Birmingham – Roman Catholic

Parishes with Live Streams | Birmingham Diocesan Trust ( 

Holy Mass in Polish – ( 

Holy Mass in Tamil & Malayalam – ( 

Our Lady of Good Counsel – Archdiocese of Birmingham Ethnic Chaplaincies, Eparchies and Missions 

Today we remember Saint Matthias. Saint Matthias was the person who replaced Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.  Saint Matthias was chosen by the Holy Spirit to become the 12th Apostle and complete the unity of the men whom Jesus had personally chosen to continue His work on earth. Here is some more information about him

Prayer focus: Month of May:

During the Month of May we remember and honour our Lady, Mary the Mother of Jesus.  We especially honour her by saying the Rosary, which is her special prayer and is the prayer most dear to her heart.

Our Lady, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.  Amen.

Rosary Mystery for today: Month of May:

Our Rosary Mysteries today are the Sorrowful Mysteries.  

Once again, we unite all our sorrows, worries and trials to those of Our Lord Jesus and remember His love for us in choosing to give His life for us on the Cross with all its pains and torments.  May we ask Our Lady, Mary, the Mother of Sorrows to pray for us today in all we face that’s hard and difficult.

Month of May: Weekly Prayer:

Our special prayer this week to Our Lady: The Memorare. 

This prayer may be attributed to St Bernard.  It is a beautiful prayer of trust in Our Lady’s Motherly Love and Maternal help.  As we ask her for help, she will offer our prayers to the Lord. 

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, 

that never was it known 

that anyone who fled to your protection, 

implored your help or sought your intercession 

was left unaided. 

Inspired by this confidence,  

I fly to you, 

O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; 

to you do I come, before you I stand, 

sinful and sorrowful. 

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, 

despise not my petitions,  

but in your mercy, hear and answer me.  Amen. 

Prayer for the Month of May and Eastertide:

In honour of our Blessed Lady, the usual prayer every day of the ‘Angelus’ is replaced with the Regina Coeli’ or Queen of Heaven.

Prayer source taken from:

Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia.
For He, whom thou wast worthy to bear. Alleluia.
Has risen as He said. Alleluia.
Pray for us to God. Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
R. Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.

Let us pray
O God, Who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, hast been pleased to give joy to the whole world, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Season of Easter: Week 6:

We are now in the sixth week of the joyful Easter Season.  We are an Easter People and ‘Alleluia’ is our song! During these weeks of Easter (7 weeks in total) we celebrate the victorious and glorious rising of the Lord Jesus from death in His triumphant Resurrection that took place on Easter Sunday and we join in with the cries of hope and joy as we hear, ‘He is not here! He is Risen!’ 

Weekly Scripture Verse: For the 6th Week of Easter:

Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from the First Letter of Saint John. (1 John 4:7) These verses are taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible Edition. Let us give thanks to the Lord for the precious gift of His Word, the Bible.  May it guide and strengthen us in these days. Be encouraged!

“My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.

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.

Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (

Here are some special prayers we can say during the Year of Saint Joseph.  These are from

Prayers to St. Joseph: To the Most Loving of Fathers (

Saint Joseph, pray for us! Amen.

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions: May:

Here is the link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for the Month of May from Missio.

Cycle of Prayer – Liturgy Office:

We are now in the joyful Easter Season. Here is the updated information about the cycle of prayer from now until the Feast of Pentecost, here is the link for the Liturgy Office website with more details of this Season’s Prayer Intentions for Eastertide.

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: Saint Peter’s Catholic First School.

Daily special candle offered for all MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Summer Term 1- April – May 2021

As we have now begun our new Half Term let us continue to place all our prayers and petitions into Our Lady’s hands.

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

Daily Scripture:

Our daily scripture reading today comes from the Book of the Psalms. (Psalm 46:1) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.

“All peoples, clap your hands, cry to God with shouts of joy! For the Lord, the Most-High, we must fear, great King over all the earth!”

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.

Our Lady of Consolation, pray for us.  Amen.

Our Lady of Fatima, 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.

St Matthias, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes











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