Good morning everyone. I hope you are well today and have enjoyed an enriching and productive week with many exciting opportunities for you as the new Half Term has begun.

As we approach the weekend once more, may the Lord in His love grant you a safe, relaxing, refreshing and restful time as you spend time with your families.

Welcome to our Spiritual Lift for Friday.

Today we remember the Patron Saint of England, Saint George.  Here is a video and some more information about him fromwww.catholic.org.

https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=280

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)

St Chad’s Cathedral – Birmingham – Roman Catholic

Parishes with Live Streams | Birmingham Diocesan Trust (birminghamdiocese.org.uk) 

Holy Mass in Polish – Mass-online.orgMass-online.org (mass-online.org) 

Holy Mass in Tamil & Malayalam – Mass-online.orgMass-online.org (mass-online.org) 

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

Season of Easter:

We are now in the third week of the wonderful 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 3rd Week of Easter:

Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray this week comes from St Luke’s Gospel. (Luke 24:5b-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!

“Why look among the dead for someone who is alive? He is not here; he has risen. Remember what He told you when He was still in Galilee; that the Son of Man had to be handed over to the power of sinful men and be crucified, and rise again on the third day?”

Prayer focus: Month of April:

During the Month of April, we traditionally remember the life-giving work of the Third Member of the Blessed Trinity – the Holy Spirit of God.

Let us make this special prayer to God and ask Him to fill us with the powerful love, tenderness and mercy of His Holy Spirit.

Here is a beautiful prayer we can say every day to ask God for more of the Gift of His Spirit. Come, Holy Spirit, come and fill our hearts!

Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy.

Prayer by Saint Augustine of Hippo.

Here are some more special prayers to the Holy Spirit for this month from Catholic.org www.catholic.org.

https://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=336

Prayer for the Month of April 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: https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/regina-coeli.html

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.

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)

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions: For April:

Here is the link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for the Month of April from Missio.www.missio.org.uk

https://missio.org.uk/category/prayer/prayer-intentions/

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.

https://www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Calendar/Cycle/EasterCP.shtml

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.

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 Psalms. (Psalm 117:1) Quotation is taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible Version.

“Alleluia! Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end. “

Our prayers for today: 

Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions 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.

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 George, Patron of England, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

 

 

 

 

 

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