Hello everyone, good morning to you!

Hope you are well as we start another week.  May this new week be one of excitement, growth and opportunity for you in your home and family and as your work and learn within your School Communities.

May the Lord guide and encourage you by His Spirit in all that you will be involved with today.  Blessings to you all!

Welcome to our Spiritual Lift on this Monday!

Today we remember that it is the feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle. Here is some information about this feast from www.catholicculture.org

You can read all about Saint Paul and how he met the Lord Jesus, and his life’s direction and name changed that day on the road to Damascus, (modern day Syria) in these verses from Scripture. Acts 9:1-22andActs 22:3-16. He is known as the Apostle to the Gentiles.

Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle – January 25, 2019 – Liturgical Calendar | Catholic Culture

Here is some more information all about Saint Paul’s Conversion and a video too from www.catholic.org

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Today is also the final day in the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity.  

If you haven’t had a chance to access this year’s prayers and resources for this special week of prayer, here is the link once more. Information and prayers are from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021 (ctbi.org.uk)

This special week was inspired by the prayer of Jesus Himself as He prayed on the night before His suffering and Death. (John 17:20, 21.)  

May the prayers of Saint Paul the Apostle accompany us today, and, in the days, weeks and months ahead as we seek unity and communion with each other as brothers and sisters of the same Heavenly Father.

This special prayer from the holy lips of the Lord Jesus, reveals His heart for us – that we as believers in Him, we may all be united in one heart and purpose.

Jesus prayed, “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also, on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.  As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20,21

Weekly Scripture Verse:

Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from the First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians. (1 Cor 2:9) This verse is taken from the New Revised Standard Version of the Scriptures (NRSV) Catholic 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 as our God speaks to us. May these words help us as we begin another week in lockdown.

“It is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him.'”

Cycle of Prayer and the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions:

We are now into Ordinary Time – Winter and here is some more information about the Prayer Cycle from now until the beginning of the Season of Lent.  I also include a link to the Holy Father Pope Francis’ Special Prayer Intentions for this month from Missio.  www.missio.org.uk

Prayer Intentions Archives – Missio

During Ordinary Time (Winter) up to the Season of Lent, we are encouraged to pray for some new prayer intentions at this time of year with the whole Church.

More details are here for you to access from the Liturgy Office website.

Liturgical Calendar Cycle of Prayer (liturgyoffice.org.uk)

Month of January.

During the month of January, we focus on the Holy Childhood of Jesus and the Names and Titles of Jesus.   

During this month we can offer special prayers to the Infant Jesus.  It is one of the mysteries of our faith that our powerful and eternal God chose to be born as a Man for us here on earth and Jesus was found in human form as a little baby who had to grow as the years went by, just as we do.

He became like us in all things except sin.  As an infant, Jesus was little, helpless and weak for He wanted to be with us as He is our Immanuel, God-With-Us.  Whatever we face today and going forward into this New Year, Jesus is with and walks beside us, sometimes carrying us gently in His loving arms when we are unable to stand.

Our prayer this month: 

To the Divine Infant of Prague, Our Lord Jesus.  Please see the link below.

Infant Jesus of Prague Novena Prayer – Prayers – Catholic Online

Infant Jesus of Prague Novena Prayer – Prayers – Catholic Online

O Jesus, Who has said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened,” through the intercession of Mary, Your Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted. (Make your request) O Jesus, Who has said, “All that you ask of the …



Our Name and Title of Jesus for today:

Jesus, the Living Water

Weekly School Community Prayers:

Every week I shall be offering intercessory prayers when I access daily Mass online for each of the School Communities and MAC Schools starting today.  Every day this week I shall be holding in prayer before the Lord, all the Staff, Pupils, Families and Governors/Directors who belong to: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic First School.

Daily special candle offered for all MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Spring Term 1- January-February 2021.

As we continue on our journey into this Half Term, as we live in these uncertain and trying days both here in our school Communities in our day to day lives in our families, neighbourhoods and wider communities, let us continue to place all our prayers and petitions into Our Lady’s hands.

Every day this week and throughout this Term, a special candle will continue 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 days of trial perplexity and confusion. May your days and weeks go well for you, your pupils, and their families in these days 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 Mark’s Gospel- (Mark 16:15) Quotation taken from the New revised Standard Version (NRSV) Catholic Bible.

“Jesus said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the Good News, to the whole creation.’ “

Our prayers for today: 

Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions and will remember you and your prayer intentions at daily Mass online.

Let us ask…..

Lord Jesus Christ, Our Divine Infant King, have mercy on us and help us.  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.

St Paul, Apostle, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

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