Hello everyone, good morning and I hope you are well today.

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

Our Scripture for this week comes from Saint Matthew’s Gospel. (Matt. 11:28-30) Our verses this week come from the CTS New Catholic Bible. They are some very special words from Jesus to us for this new week ahead.

“Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.  Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.”

Today we remember Saint Francis of Assisi. Here is some information about him from www.catholic.org.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, was so inspired by the life, prayers and faithful witness to Jesus by Saint Francis, that he chose Francis when he was elected Pope and Francis became his special Papal name.

St. Francis of Assisi – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

October – the Month of the Holy Rosary and Our Blessed Lady:  

During this month of October we focus upon the Holy Rosary.  We are encouraged to think about Our Lady as we dedicate this month to Her as Queen of the Holy Rosary.  On 7th October we will remember the special Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This month is a beautiful way to offer our prayers to Our Blessed Lady and say Her special prayer, which is the dearest to Her heart, the Rosary.   

During this special month, let’s make a special effort to pick up our Rosary beads again and begin praying this beautiful prayer.  

Our Rosary Mysteries today are the Joyful Mysteries.  

We remember the joyful and happy times which Jesus, Mary and Joseph shared together in our five Mysteries today.  Let us give thanks to our loving God for all the blessings He has given us and offer to Our Blessed Lady, Our Mother in Heaven all our joys today.  May we join our prayers with hers today.

The Joyful Mysteries are:

The Annunciation; The Visitation; The Birth of Jesus; The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple; The finding of Jesus in the Temple after three days of being lost.

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions – October:  Here is the Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for October:

Pope’s prayer intention – October 2021 – Missio

Our MAC Prayer: 

Our Lady of the Magnificat, Mary the Mother of Jesus, pray for us.  Amen.

We continue to be in Ordinary Time- Autumn:

The special colour is green, and this reminds us of the beauty of the earth and the gathering in of the harvest and giving thanks to God for all His many blessings and gifts to us. 

Cycle of Prayer – Liturgy Office:

As we are now in Ordinary Time – Autumn, here is the link to the fantastic information from the Liturgy Office.

Cycle of Prayer | Ordinary Time: Autumn (liturgyoffice.org.uk)

Cycle of Prayer | Ordinary Time: Autumn – Liturgy Office

The Harvest, the Fruits of Human Work, and the Reverent Use of Creation. especially on World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation (1 September) and on last Sunday in September or whenever Harvest Festivals are held.


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)

Here are some special prayers from Daily Prayers.org which are all in honour of Saint Joseph.  Some prayers have been written by Pope Francis. 

Prayer to St Joseph | DAILY PRAYERS (daily-prayers.org)

Our daily scripture reading today comes from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. (Gal. 6:18) Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, my brothers and sisters.  Amen. “

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…..

Our Lady of the Magnificat, pray for us.  Amen. 

Our Lady of Sorrows, Mother and Comforter of the Afflicted, 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, 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 Joseph, 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 Francis of Assisi, pray for us.  Amen. 

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes



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