Hello everyone, good morning.  I hope that your week is going well for you so far.

Welcome to Wednesday’s Spiritual Lift.

Today we remember two Saints.  Saint Hilary of Poitiers and Saint Kentigern or Mungo, as he is known. 

Saint Hilary of Poitiers: Here is some information about him and a video to watch as well from www.catholic.org.uk

St. Hilary of Poitiers – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

Saint Kentigern (Mungo): Here is some information about him.  St Kentigern also known as Mungo lived as a hermit near Glasgow.  A very happy feast day today for all who are Scottish or who have Scottish ancestry and who come from Glasgow City or the Glasgow area of Scotland. May the prayers of St Kentigern go with you today.

St. Kentigern Mungo – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

Daily Candle for Teams in school today.

A special candle will be offered today for all involved with the Wednesday Teams working and learning in our School Communities- Pupils, Staff and their families.

Our ‘candle’ prayer this week: Taken from the Book of the Psalms (Psalm 18:28)

“It is you who light my lamp; 

the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.”


Weekly Scripture Verse:

Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray for this week comes from the Second Letter of St Paul to the Christians in Corinth (2 Corinthians 4:18) 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.

“…we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.”

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

Our Name and Title of Jesus for today:

Jesus, our Rock of refuge

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 these prayer intentions with the whole Church.  Here they are for this time of year:

More details can be found here from the Liturgy Office website.

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

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: Saint Thomas More Catholic First School.

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

As we begin a new calendar year and journey into a new 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 the whole of the Spring Term 1, 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

Our daily scripture reading today comes from Saint Mark’s Gospel. (Mark 1:35) Quotation taken from the New revised Standard Version (NRSV) Catholic Bible.

This verse reminds us that Jesus too needed some much-needed time out in prayer and reflection as He chose to go somewhere quiet so He could spend quality time with His Heavenly Father.  Jesus is our model to help us with our own personal walk with the Lord.

So, what about us?  In these days, what if we chose to take some much-needed time out with the Lord as well? Might this be possible for us? Is there a special place where we can retreat to and take time out at and spend time with the Lord, even if it’s for a short time? How might this make a difference to our day?

“In the morning, while it was still dark, he (Jesus) got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.”

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 Hilary of Poitiers, pray for us.  Amen

St Kentigern (Mungo) pray for us.  Amen.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes






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