Hello everyone, good morning and I hope you are well on this new day.

As we approach the weekend once more, may the Lord in His love bless you and your loved ones as you relax and recharge after another busy week.  May you have a safe and refreshing time together.

Welcome to Friday’s Spiritual Lift for today.

First Friday – Sacred Heart of Jesus:

Today, is the First Friday of the Month and we remember the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The love of God was shown so powerfully in the Life and Death of Our loving Lord, Jesus Christ and here are some traditional prayers in honour of His lovely, gentle Sacred Heart, filled full of love and mercy for us.

Prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus | Traditional Catholic Prayers ​

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in you!

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 

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.  

We offer all that is troubling and difficult in our lives and for those we know who are sick or who have died. May we unite our trials and sufferings to the sorrows of our Lord Jesus in His sufferings and death for us.  Let us offer all our needs to Our Lady in these Mysteries today and ask her to pray for us.

Month of May: 

Our special prayer this week to Our Lady: ‘The Salve Regina’ or ‘Hail Holy Queen.’   

This is a timely prayer that Catholics throughout the centuries have prayed to Our Lady.  It is usually prayed immediately after the Rosary, and it is one of the Anthems to Our Lady that is prayed or sung after the last prayer Office of the Day, ‘Compline’ or ‘Night Prayer.’ This is the ‘Prayer of the Church’ prayed by Monks, Nuns, Priests and Lay people. 

Hail, Holy Queen, 

Mother of Mercy. 

Hail our life,  

our sweetness and our hope! 

To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; 

to thee do we send up our sighs,  

mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. 

Turn then, O most gracious advocate,  

thine eyes of mercy towards us, 

And after this, our exile,  

show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. 

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. 

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, 

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.  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: 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.

Season of Easter:

We are now in the fifth 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 5th Week of Easter:

Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from Saint John’s Gospel. (John 15:5) 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!

Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches.  Whoever remains in me, with me in him (them) bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing.”

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.

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. www.missio.org.uk

https://missio.org.uk/popes-prayer-intention-may-2021/

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: Our Lady of Mount Carmel 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 Saint John’s Gospel. (John 10:27) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.

Jesus said, “The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from me.”

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…..

O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us and help us Lord! Amen.

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.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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