Hello everyone, good morning and I hope that your week has gone well for you.  As we approach the weekend once more, may the Lord in His love bless you and your families as you spend special time together.  May you have a safe and refreshing couple of days.

For the final time this week, our scripture comes from the Book of Psalms. (Psalm 97:1) The verses come from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

“Sing a new song to the LORD for he has worked wonders.  His right hand and holy arm have brought salvation.” 

Welcome to Friday’s Spiritual Lift.  May it be of inspiration and blessing to you.

Today we remember Saint Teresa of Avila (Teresa of Jesus). Here is some information about her from www.catholic.org.

St. Teresa of Avila – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

St. Teresa of Avila – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

Teresa of Avila was born Teresa Ali Fatim Corella Sanchez de Capeda y Ahumada in Avila, Spain. Less than twenty years before Teresa was born in 1515, Columbus opened up the Western Hemisphere to European colonization. Two years after she was born, Luther started the Protestant Reformation. Out of …


October – The Month of the Rosary and of Our Blessed Lady:  

During this month of October we focus upon the Holy Rosary.  We are encouraged to think about Our Lady as we dedicate this month to Her as Queen of the Holy Rosary.  This month is a beautiful way to offer our prayers to Our Blessed Lady and say Her special prayer, which is the dearest to Her heart, the Rosary.

During this special month, let’s make a special effort to pick up our Rosary beads again and begin praying this beautiful prayer.

Our Rosary Mysteries today are the Sorrowful Mysteries.

As today is Friday, it is when we especially remember the sufferings and death of Our Lord Jesus. Whatever sorrows, fears, worries or trials we are going through, let us place all our hope and trust in our loving Lord and God who, in the Person of Jesus, walks beside us every day and knows what it is like to have difficulties.  Let us offer all that is in our lives today to Our Blessed Mother Mary and she will offer all our prayers to our Lord for Him to answer as He wills.

The Sorrowful Mysteries are:

The Agony of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, The Scourging of Jesus, The crowning of Jesus with thorns, The carrying of the Cross, The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus on Calvary.

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions – October:  Here is the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for October:

 Pope’s prayer intention – October 2021 – Missio

 Our MAC Prayer: 

Our Lady of the Magnificat, Mary the Mother of Jesus, pray for us.  Amen.

 We continue to be in Ordinary Time- Autumn:

The special colour is green, and this reminds us of the beauty of the earth and the gathering in of the harvest and giving thanks to God for all His many blessings and gifts to us. 

 Cycle of Prayer – Liturgy Office:

As we are now in Ordinary Time – Autumn, here is the link to the fantastic information from the Liturgy Office.


Cycle of Prayer | Ordinary Time: Autumn (liturgyoffice.org.uk)

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 (cbcew.org.uk)

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

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

 Here are some special prayers from Daily Prayers.org which are all in honour of Saint Joseph.  Some prayers have been written by Pope Francis. 

 Prayer to St Joseph | DAILY PRAYERS (daily-prayers.org)

Our daily scripture reading today comes from: St John’s Gospel (John 14:6,7) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible. 

“Jesus said, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.  If you know me, you know my Father too.  From this moment, you know him and have seen him.'” 

Here are some special prayers written by St Teresa of Avila (of Jesus) from the Daily Prayers webpage.

Teresa of Avila Prayers | DAILY PRAYERS (daily-prayers.org)

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…..

Our Lady of the Magnificat, pray for us.  Amen. 

Our Lady of Sorrows, Mother and Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us.  Amen. 

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, 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, 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 Joseph, 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 Teresa of Avila (Teresa of Jesus) pray for us.  Amen. 

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

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