Hello everyone, good morning to you.

Welcome to Tuesday’s Spiritual Lift.

Happy New Year 2021! A new beginning.
Happy New Year to you in 2021 for your School Communities; Pupils, Staff, Governors/Directors/Families of all who belong to our school communities.

As we seek to start afresh, may the Lord in His love bless and guide us every day of this New Year.  May the gracious inspiration and leading of the Holy Spirit light up our paths for He gives us enough light for each of our steps, as we move into the new challenges and exciting opportunities which lie ahead of us.

National Lockdown #3 Spring Term 1: Daily Spiritual Lifts ongoing daily support and Chaplaincy Ministry.

With the announcement by the Prime Minister last evening that we shall be going into tighter measures with another National Lockdown with schools having to close once again from today except for our most vulnerable children and children of Key-Workers, the need for drawing upon the strength which the Lord alone provides is greater than ever.

In these uncertain days and times let us be reminded of these words from St Teresa of Avila: “Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you, all things pass, God never changes. Patience achieves all it strives for. Whoever has God lacks nothing, for God alone suffices.”

Let us give thanks for the grace and favour of our Loving God who has made a way that we can come together again every day even though we be separated by restrictions for we all belong to our MAC Families of Schools and Communities and the Lord is Lord of all.  In the days, weeks and months that follow, let us journey together again every day as we come together.  I will endeavour to make sure that in these days, more than ever, the daily Spiritual Lifts will continue. May the Lord equip you as every day arrives for us.

May we place ourselves in the hands of our loving God and draw closer to Our Lord Jesus who is The Way, The Truth and The Life as we begin our New Year.  On 1st January it was the feast of Our Lady, Mary the Mother of God, so let us ask for her prayers too for our school communities and every day as we walk hand in hand with the Lord in these days and times.

Our scripture verse for us to ponder and pray as we begin another New Year and School Term as we step into Spring Term 1. Our verse quotation comes from the Book of Joshua in the Old Testament. (Joshua 1:9) It 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.

The Lord says, “I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Today we remember Saint John Neumann. Here is some information about him from www.catholic.org.

St. John Neumann – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

The 12 Days of Christmas: 

Today is the 12th Day of Christmas.  We sing the popular festive song at this time of year and say that today, ‘Our True Love’ has given us ’12 Drummers Drumming.’ Do we really know the meaning of these verses?  Here is a link which helps to explain the hidden Catholic meaning of this festive song.

The History of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ :: Catholic News Agency

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 for our salvation 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 Immanuel, God is with us.

Following the cycle of the Liturgical Year and the Cycle of prayer link here:

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

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: The Book of Ecclesiasticus (Eccl. 39:16) Quotation taken from the New revised Standard Version (NRSV) Catholic Bible.

“All the works of the Lord are very good, and whatever He commands will be done at the appointed time.”

Our prayers for today: 

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

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 John Neumann, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes




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