Good morning everyone and I hope you are all well. 

Welcome to Friday’s Spiritual Lift for today.  This will be the final one of the Summer Term and this Academic Year.  

Daily Spiritual Lift – continuation into Autumn Term 2021.

As we look back and reflect upon what has been a trying and difficult year let us give thanks to our good and loving God for all His blessings and graces that He has showered upon us, our school communities, our families and friends.  Although it has not been without its heartaches, sadness and loss, we have a hope that is brighter and stronger than the dark and weak times.  Our Lord is the God of all hope, who comforts us and cares for us even when things are tough.  Once again, this Academic Year, it has been my privilege to serve you as I have written these Spiritual Lifts for you every day with the awesome guidance of the Holy Spirit. Going into the next Academic I hope to continue to encourage and support you as we move into the new Academic Year. I pray you have been blessed with these emails and reflections every day. All glory to God, for His words do not return to Him empty, but just like the rainfall brings seed for the sowing and bread for the eating, (cf. Isaiah 55:10,11) so will His words of grace and love bring fresh growth and nourishment for us. 

Summer Break 2021:

As we go our separate ways into the summer break, let us remember that in the arms of our loving God, our Heavenly Father, we are always together as one family of brothers and sisters.  May we all have a safe, restful and blessed holiday time and a good summer.  

May the prayers of our Patron Saints accompany us and in the Lord’s love and mercy, may we be kept under His wings of protection until we meet again in the Autumn Term.   September will always have its own challenges, but with the prayers of Our Lady to help us, the Patron Saints of our School Communities and as we live and move and have our being in our loving and ever-wise God and Lord, we will accomplish great things. 

Here are our special verses from God’s Word for today and for the rest of this week.  Our verses this week come from The Book of Psalms. (Psalm 123:8)

“Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 123:8

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. 

Special greetings go out to the Staff, pupils and families who belong to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel First School Community today! 

Also feast day greetings go out to the wider Community of faith, priests and people who belong to the Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Redditch and all who are consecrated to Our Lady of Carmel, who wear the Brown Scapular associated with her and all who belong to Religious and Lay Carmelite Orders and Communities. 

May you all have a happy Feast Day and may the prayers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Holy Men and Women who are some of the Carmelite Saints accompany you all today and always! 

St Catherine of Siena, pray for us.  Amen. 

St Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.  Amen. 

St Teresa of Avila, pray for us.  Amen 

St John of the Cross, pray for us.  Amen. 

St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, pray for us.  Amen. 

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, pray for us.  Amen 

Day 9 of the Novena.  May Our Blessed Mother help us and bless us with her prayers during these times and in our days.  May we continue to remember in our prayers this week, once more we pray for the Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Redditch, its 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- (8th-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 website where you can find some extra prayers.  

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 

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 as we remember His final journey to Calvary where He died, as we join in with the prayers and meditations of the 14 Stations of the Cross.  We also call to mind His sufferings and all that happened to Jesus before He went to the Cross 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.   

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? 

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.   

In praise of God’s great love for us: Verses from the Psalms – The Prayer Book and Hymnal of the Bible:

Every day this month I am going to share a verse with you from one of the most wonderful Psalms. Psalm 135 is a litany of praise to our good, holy and loving God. Today we recap with verse 12. Let us thank our loving God for His word and His great love for us, which, like a perfect circle has no end.

“With his arm outstretched, with power in his hand, his great love is without end.” Psalm 135:12

Month of July – 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.

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: July:

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

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.

Cycle of Prayer | Ordinary Time: Summer – Liturgy Office

Prayer. O God, our past and future hope, to you a thousand years are like yesterday, come and gone. Teach us to see the world through your eyes, to recognise the faults of the past, and, however dimly, to see the future with hope. Let us seek out the places of hurt where we can offer your love and compassion. Find the places of darkness and despair where your mercy can bring light and comfort.

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 Augustine’s Catholic High School.

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 the Book of Psalms. (Psalm 115:12,13) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.

“How can I repay the LORD for his goodness to me? The cup of salvation I will raise, I will call on the LORD’s name.” 

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

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, 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.

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 de Lellis, Patron of the sick and those who work in hospital

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.

Miss Downes






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