Good morning everyone, hello and I hope you are well today.

May the Lord by His Holy Spirit guide and inspire you as you begin a new week.  May it be filled with wonderful opportunities and exciting possibilities! This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

“The LORD is my light and my help; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life, before whom shall I shrink?” Psalm 26:1

Welcome to our Spiritual Lift for Monday.  May it bless and encourage you today.

Special Holy Spirit Novena from 15th May-23rd May 2021

Today it is Day 3 of the Special Novena of prayer to God, the Holy Spirit.

This special Novena (Nine Days of Prayer) was the first ever Novena that was prayed by Our Lady and the Apostles in the Upper Room in Jerusalem as they waited for the promised Gift of the Holy Spirit.  Every year between Ascension and Pentecost, the Church traditionally begins to pray in preparation for this wonderful feast – the coming of the Holy Spirit and the Birthday of the Church.  More details about this beautiful prayer here from

Here are some lovely traditional prayers from the Church Liturgy Office.

Here is a special collection of prayers on a PDF from the Liturgy Office as well which we will continue to pray until Pentecost Sunday.

Recorded Mass from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish – YouTube:

Every Monday, I will include a special link to Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Parish YouTube Channel.  This contains all the recordings of the live streamed Masses that take place at 4.30pm online on Sunday afternoons.  These are available for anyone who missed the live streaming on Sunday and especially pupils or Staff in school who would like to view again or for the first time to support with RE, Collective Worship and Weekly/Daily Prayer.

The online Masses can be found at this channel:

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 Joyful Mysteries.

May we with happiness and joy in these Mysteries offer all that is good and lovely and beautiful in our lives to the joys of Our Lady.  We are reminded in these Mysteries of the happy and joyful times she shared with Our Lord Jesus and her husband St Joseph in the Holy Family at Nazareth.  May she rejoice with us and bless us as we go into our new day and week ahead.

Month of May: Weekly Prayer:

Our special prayer this week to Our Lady: Our prayer this week is called the ‘Sub tuum praesidum’.

This is a special prayer offered to our Lady, and can be of particular comfort in these days.

We fly to your protection, 

O Holy Mother of God. 

Despise not our petitions in our necessities, 

but deliver us from all dangers, 

O glorious and blessed Virgin Mary.  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:

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: Week 7:

We are now in the seventh and final 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 have been celebrating the victorious and glorious rising of the Lord Jesus from death in His triumphant Resurrection that took place on Easter Sunday.  We have joined in with the cries of hope and joy as we hear, ‘He is not here! He is Risen!’

We count down the days this week towards the glorious Solemnity of the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the Birthday of the Church! During this week we pray, ‘Come, Holy Spirit!’

Weekly Scripture Verse: For the 7th Week of Easter:

Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from Saint John’s Gospel. (John 17:17-19) 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 prayed to the Father, “As you have sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world, and for their sake I consecrate myself so that they too may be consecrated in truth.”

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: May:

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

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.

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 Bede’s Catholic Middle 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 16:33) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.

Jesus said, “I have told you all this so that you may find peace in me.  In the world you will have trouble, but be brave: I have conquered the world.”

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…..

Come, Holy Spirit! Come, O Comforter and make your home in us! Amen.

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us.  Amen.

Our Lady of Consolation, pray for us.  Amen.

Our Lady of Fatima, 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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