Hello everyone, good morning.  I hope your week has gone well for you.  As we approach the weekend once more, may the Lord in His love bless you and keep you and your loved ones safe and well as you spend quality time together.  May it be a restful and relaxing time.

Weekly Scripture Verse:

For the last time this week, here again are our verses of scripture for this week for your inspiration and encouragement.  Our verses come from the Book of Psalms.

(Psalm 27:7) They are from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

“The LORD is my strength and my shield: in him my heart trusts.  I was helped, my heart rejoices and I praise him with my song.”

Welcome to our Spiritual Lift for Friday.

Today we remember Saints Robert Bellarmine and Hildegard of Bingen.  Here is some more information about them from www.catholic.org.uk

Robert Bellarmine, the saint who defended the Church with charity – Christian Saints & Heroes – News – Catholic Online

St. Hildegard of Bingen – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

The Catholic Week:

Did you know that each day of the week has a special meaning attached to it and a special theme for prayer?

On Fridays we honour and remember the Sacred Passion of Our Lord Jesus.  Jesus died on the Cross on Good Friday and as such Friday has been, from that time in the Church to be a day designated as a day of prayer and fasting as we give something up in memory of Jesus’ sacrifice for us. We can pray the Stations of the Cross in a special way today or the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.  We can also pause at 3pm as this is the Hour of Mercy when Jesus died and honour the unconditional and everlasting love of God towards us by praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. 

Here is some more information about this from fisheaters.com.

The Catholic Day, Week and Month (fisheaters.com)

Our prayers for the day as we ponder these themes:

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world. Amen.

Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly Beloved Son, 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.  Amen.

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.  Amen.

September is traditionally dedicated to The Holy Cross of Jesus, Our Lady of Sorrows and Care of the earth and creation.   

During this month, we see the Liturgical colour -Green -on our prayer tables/spaces and shelves in our classrooms and around school.  We reflect upon God’s goodness to us in creation and especially as we gather in the Harvest, and we thank God for the many blessings we receive day by day from Him.  

Prayer and Reflection for Creation:

From 1st September until 4th October (The Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) this special season of prayer, reflection and thanksgiving for creation will continue. 

Pope Francis encourages us to treat the earth, each other and our planet home with the greatest respect and do all we can to protect and preserve them in his 2nd Encyclical Letter, ‘Laudato Si’ published in 2015, with the subtitle, “On care for our common home.”  If you can, find a copy of this wonderful book and read it slowly and prayerfully. 

During September, we honour the Holy Cross of Jesus.  We give thanks for the love of God which was shown so clearly in the gift of Jesus Christ His Son, our Lord, through His Life, Death and Resurrection.  We also honour Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows which she experienced throughout her lifetime.

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions – September:

Here is the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for the month of September.

Pope’s prayer intention – September 2021 – Missio

Our MAC Prayer: 

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

We are now 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)

Cycle of Prayer | Ordinary Time: Autumn – Liturgy Office

The Harvest, the Fruits of Human Work, and the Reverent Use of Creation. especially on World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation (1 September) and on last Sunday in September or whenever Harvest Festivals are held.



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)

Saint Joseph, pray for us! Amen.

Our daily scripture reading today comes from Saint John’s Gospel. (John 19:17-19) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.

“They then took charge of Jesus, and, carrying his own cross he went out of the city to the place of the skull, or, as it was called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified him with two others, one on either side with Jesus in the middle.”

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 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 Hildegard of Bingen, pray for us.  Amen.

St Robert Bellarmine, pray for us.  Amen. 

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes




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