Hello everyone, good morning to you.
For your inspiration and encouragement here is our weekly Scripture verse again for you. 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 our Spiritual Lift for Tuesday. May it be a source of blessing and encouragement for you today as you journey with the Lord.
Today we remember Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher.
Special blessings and good wishes go today to all the Staff, pupils and families who belong to St Thomas More Catholic First School!
Happy Patronal Feast Day to you all! Here are some videos with more information about these courageous men who witnessed bravely to their Catholic faith and gave their lives for Christ. More information from www.catholic.org.
Saint Thomas More:
Saint John Fisher:
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.
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.
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 are the words of Jesus which come from Saint Matthew’s Gospel. (Matthew 7:13,14) These verses form part of the great Sermon on the Mount given by Jesus at the very start of His earthly ministry. The Verse quotation is from the CTS New Catholic Bible version.
“Enter by the narrow gate, since the road that leads to perdition is wide and spacious, and many take it; but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Our prayers for today:
Here is a prayer written by St Thomas More taken from the Daily Prayers.org Website. You can find more here:
Holy martyr for the Church, you used your talents
to bring God’s love and mercy to earth. Yet you
realized that human fame and glory were
momentary and fleeting.
In your practice of law, you understood and were
loyal first to God’s eternal law spoken through the
successors of the Apostles. While a servant of
the king, you were a servant to the Church first.
Help me to see that loyalty to God’s laws must be
the first part of my ties and responsibilities with
others. Strengthen me to seek out what the
Church teaches. Give me the wisdom to make the
right choice, and the fortitude to carry it out. This
I ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
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 Thomas More and St John Fisher, pray for us. Amen.
Blessings to you all on this day.