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! Rejoice in the blessings of a new day! Our verses this week come from the Book of Psalms. (Psalm 32:12a)
“They are happy, whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own.”
Welcome to Monday’s Spiritual Lift for today.
Today we remember Saint Aloysius Gonzaga. Here is some information about him from www.catholic.org. There is a video to watch about him too. Saint Aloysius died whilst caring for those who were suffering and dying during the time of plague. In these continuing days and this time of pandemic and rising cases let us ask Saint Aloysius to pray for us and for all the countries in the world who are struggling with the effects of Coronavirus. We especially ask his prayers for the people of India and Brazil at this time.
We continue to honour Our Lord’s Sacred Heart as we journey through the Month of June.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This Divine Heart, full of love and mercy, is the ultimate expression of God’s love for all people. Jesus’ Heart is represented with His Heart pierced, as it was when He died on the cross, the soldier used his spear to check that Jesus had died. It is surrounded by a Crown of Thorns which reminds us of Jesus’ suffering and death and our wrongdoing which wounds the Heart of God when we choose to go our own ways rather than God’s. It has burning flames coming from it which reminds us that God’s Heart burns with deepest, tenderest love for every person and it also the fire of His Holy Spirit. At the top of the Heart, there is a Cross, which reminds us that the cross is at the heart of Jesus and this was the means by which we might be saved and God’s love expressed most fully.
Let us continue to say this special prayer every day this week in honour of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You! Immaculate Heart of Mary, be our refuge and protection!
Here is a lovely prayer to the Sacred Heart from www.catholic.org
Here are some special Novena prayers (9 days of Prayers) in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This prayer along with many others can bless you as your journey through this week. Please click on the link above to find more special Prayers to Our Lord.
Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus attributed to St Margaret Mary Alacoque:
Heart of Jesus, save me.
Heart of my Creator, perfect me.
Heart of my Saviour, deliver me.
Heart of my Judge forgive me.
heart of my Father, govern me.
heart of my Spouse, love me.
heart of my Master, teach me.
Heart of my King, crown me.
Heart of my Benefactor enrich me.
heart of my Pastor, defend me.
Heart of my Friend, embrace me.
Heart of my Infant Jesus, draw me.
Heart of Jesus dying on the Cross, pray for me.
Heart of Jesus, great in all Your states, please give Yourself to me.
Let me, my Lord, give all myself to You.
O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in You! Amen.
Recorded Mass from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish – YouTube:
As today is Monday, I have included the special link to Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Parish YouTube Channel again for you. If you haven’t accessed this before, the link leads you to view 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXiKn_dZJr_JGuV0CIwnqkQ.
Month of June – 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.
Here are some special prayers we can say during the Year of Saint Joseph. These are from www.ourcatholicprayers.com
Saint Joseph, pray for us! Amen.
Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions: June:
Here is the link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for the Month of June from Missio. www.missio.org.uk
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: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic First 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 Letter to the Hebrews. (Heb.4:12a-13) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.
“The word of God is something alive and active: No created thing can hide from him; everything is uncovered and open to the eyes of the one to whom we must give account of ourselves.”
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…..
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us. Amen.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on 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.
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 Aloysius Gonzaga, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.