Hello everyone.  Hope your week has gone well for you.  May the Lord in His love bless your weekend and may it be a restful and refreshing one.

Welcome to our Spiritual Lift on this Friday.

Our weekly scripture to ponder this week comes from: The Letter to the Hebrews. (Heb:12:2) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

“Let us not lose sight of Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection: for the sake of the joy which was still in the future, he endured the cross, disregarding the shamefulness of it and from now on has taken his place at the right of God’s Throne.”

Season of Advent 2020:

This coming Sunday, 29th November, it will be the First Sunday of Advent and the start of the joyful and hopeful Season of Advent.  

A lovely tradition within the Church is to pray and reflect on the Family Tree of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Saviour.  It is called a‘ Jesse Tree’ and with prayers, scripture readings and reflections, along with symbols relating to each day of the devotion these are hung on a tree throughout December and the Season of Advent.

The ‘tree’ can be either a paper one, the main Christmas Tree in the family room or a special little tree, made from evergreens for this use.

It is called a‘ Jesse Tree’ because Jesse was the father of King David, and Jesus is related to King David because He is of the Family Line and House of David through St Joseph.  This was part of the Lord’s plan for our redemption and salvation through Jesus.  St Joseph, foster-father and guardian of Jesus and Husband of Mary, Our Lady, was of the Family Line of David, which is why Jesus was born in Bethlehem because David’s Line originated here.  Here is some information about this devotion and tradition in the link below.

Every day during Advent, I will post this link for you so you can pray, reflect, and make your own Jesse Tree.  We shall also have some new daily reflections and a prayer focus beginning next week.


Tomorrow, it will be the Feast Day of Saint Catherine Laboure. We will remember her today as we are here in School. Here is some information about her from www.catholic.org.


In 1830, Our Lady appeared to St Catherine in her convent Chapel and asked her to make a special medal which would become known as the “Miraculous Medal.” Today, many millions of Catholics wear this special Medal around their necks for this shows their love and devotion to Our Lady.   Wearing it reminds us that we are her special children and we remember her Immaculate Conception with the words around the rim of the medal, “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” and that Our Lady, as the Mother of God is a powerful intercessor before God.  She is the Mother of Jesus Our Lord, but she is also our Mother whom we can turn to whenever we need help and support.  She will indeed pray for us to God and help us in all our necessities.

Month of November:

November is the special month dedicated to praying for the Holy Souls, the faithful departed, our deceased loved ones, friends, and neighbours. It is also the month of Remembrance.  

During this month of November, let us pause and remember to pray for all those who have died and especially during these past few months in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Let us remember all those who have lost their lives due to COVID19, in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and in all countries of the world.  May the Lord grant them eternal rest, light and peace within His Heavenly Kingdom and give comfort and help to their loved ones in these days.

Our prayer this month:

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace.  Amen.

Special Scripture reading for the Month of November:

Every day during this month I am sharing a scripture which we can pray about and reflect upon as we bring before the Lord our deceased loved ones and those whom we know who have died.  Today’s Scripture comes from: The Book of Psalms (Psalm 42:2,3) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

“Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is thirsting for you, my God.  My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life; when can I enter and see the face of God?”

Daily special candle offered for MAC Staff, pupils and their families – Autumn Term 2- November-December 2020.

As we continue to journey forth into a new Half Term and as we live in these uncertain and trying days both here in our school Communities and 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 this Half Term, a special candle will burn again for us all in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes.  May she keep us all safe and well under her protective mantle.  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.

Our daily scripture reading today comes from: The Book of the Apocalypse (Revelation) 21:1,2) Quotation taken from the CTS New Catholic Bible.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, and the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven, as beautiful as a bride all dressed for her husband.”

Our prayers for today: 

Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions.

During this month of November – our prayer each day is taken from the Liturgy of the Office for the Dead.

Remember Lord, those who have died and have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith, especially those for whom we now pray: 

(….pause here to call to mind those for whom you wish to pray and offer to God….)

May these and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

This prayer is taken from the Jesus, Mary and Joseph Novena Manual from the Confraternity of the Precious Blood of Jesus, written by Father Stedman.  Here is another traditional prayer for the Holy Souls this week:

Good Jesus, Whose Loving Heart was ever troubled by the sorrows of others, look with pity on the souls of our dear ones in Purgatory.  O You who “loved Your Own”, hear our cry for mercy, and grant that those whom You called from our homes and hearts , may soon enjoy everlasting rest in the home of Thy Love in Heaven. Amen.

Let us ask…..

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.

All Holy Men and Women, pray for us.  Amen

St Gertrude the Great, intercessor for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, pray for us.  Amen.

St Catherine Laboure, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes



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