Various inspiring and heart warming items and pictures to reflect on:

Fratelli Tutti (full version) - In The Pope's latest encyclical, fraternity and social friendship are the ways the Pontiff indicates to build a better, more just and peaceful world, with the contribution of all: people and institutions. With an emphatic confirmation of a ‘no’ to war and to globalized indifference. 

Short summary version

Long summary version

 

Sunday 18th October is World Mission Sunday.  Missio, the Holy Father’s charity for world mission, helps Churches too poor or too young to support themselves.  Your support will make a difference to struggling communities throughout the world and help missionaries work alongside communities that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief.  You can donate through the website missio.org.uk.


Justice & Peace Commission - Prepare the Future: Taking the Common Good Seriously. You are invited to join Christine Allen, Director of CAFOD who will be giving a talk on Zoom on Saturday 10 October, 2020 at 10:00am – 12 noon including small group discussions to identify local actions.  Registration to receive the link is on the Liverpool J&P website jp.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk

 

 


The Redemptorists have started a new newsletter initiative on the theme of 'Pilgrimage'. Subscribers to the newsletter will receive a series of emails which reflect on several different Pilgrimage routes - the Camino de Santiago, the Via Dolorosa, the Malvern Hills and more. Each email will contain interesting stories, opportunity for reflection and points of inspiration, to inspire us, to reflect on ourselves, our intentions and the world around us and to take us on a spiritual journey of discovery.

Click on the image above to sign up for the emails.

 

Archbishop Malcolm invites us to pray together with him through these times:
God Our Father,
each person is precious to You.
You are the Giver of life.
Have mercy on us and protect us at this time,
as the coronavirus threatens health and life.
You are an ever-present Helper in time of trouble.
Watch over those who are suffering,
give strength to those who are aiding the sick
and give courage to all in this time of anxiety.
We ask this of you in the name of your Son,
Jesus Christ.
Amen.


 


At this time

Dear Lord,
At this time of pandemic,
Let us foster respect and solidarity with others, especially those who are weak or poor.
Let us remain calm and ignore unsubstantiated rumours.
Let us take advantage of living together as a family.
Let us attend to moments of prayer.
Let us cultivate responsibility, patience and hope. Amen.

Prayer adapted from a radio message from Rodolfo Valenzuela Núñez, Bishop of La Verapaz, GuatemalaLord of life and love



Lord of life and love,
as we give thanks for times past,
grant us courage to embrace the present
and grace to share the future.
In memory of loved ones dear,
kindle their flame to shine in the dark
and light the path ahead.
Show the way that leads to life
as we cherish days gone by
and inspire us with the touch of love
that faith and hope live on.

Annabel Shilson-Thomas

 Pope Francis’s Prayer Intention for July:

‘The family ought to be protected. It faces many dangers: the fast pace of life, stress…..
Sometimes, parents forget to play with their children. The Church needs to encourage families and stay at their side, helping them to discover ways that allow them to overcome all of these difficulties.
Let us pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance; and especially, that they may be protected by the State.‘ 

 

It is the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour on 27th June. The Redemptorists have created an online Home Novena Service for people to follow who would like to spend some time in prayer, uniting thenselves with people throughout the world.

St Mary's CHS Governing Body recently expressed their thanks to all the staff of St Mary's for the fantastic work they have been doing during these difficult times to support the young people of our community. I'm sure this expression of thanks is well deserved by ALL the schools in the Deanery:


Morning Prayer for a School Community

God our loving Father
we gather together this morning
but it’s not the same: many of us are not here
and there is distance between those who are –
not the distance of fear or mistrust,
but the distance of care, of thoughtfulness,
the distance that will help us to stop the virus from spreading.

We pray for friends and classmates who are at home.
We know we will see them again in real life
and value their real presence even more, the gift of friendship.
Help us to ‘see’ more clearly what is important,
the good things we had perhaps overlooked,
the small details of everyday life,
graced with your presence.

 We pray for a better world to come out of this –
more grateful for the people who do the ordinary jobs,
more just in the way people are treated, more caring for the vulnerable.
We pray for a world which is more determined
to look after the earth, our common home;
a world that will live wisely, think deeply,
love generously.

We make all our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen

Raymond Friel

 

 

 

Let nothing disturb you,

Let nothing frighten you,

All things are passing away:

God never changes.

Patience obtains all things

Whoever has God lacks nothing;

God alone suffices.

St Teresa of Avila

Listen to a Boyce and Stanley arrangement of this prayer

 

This beautiful prayer was written by an Italian priest who is self-isolating at the moment and very sadly lost his own brother a few days ago to Covid-19...


 
I'm staying at home, Lord!


 
I'm staying at home, Lord!
And today, I realise, you taught me this,
remaining obedient to the Father,
for thirty years in the house of Nazareth,
waiting for the great mission.

 
I stay at home, Lord,
and in Joseph's studio, your keeper and mine,
I learn to work, to obey,
to round the corners of my life
and prepare you a work of art.

 
I'm staying at home, Lord!
And I know that I am not alone
because Mary, like any mother,
is in the next room,
doing chores and preparing lunch for all of us,
God's family.

 
I'm staying at home, Lord!
And I do it responsibly
for my own good,
for the health of my city,
for my loved ones,
and for the good of my brother,
whom you have put beside me,
asking me to take care of him in the garden of life.

 
I'm staying at home, Lord!
And in the silence of Nazareth,
I pledge to pray, to read, study, meditate,
be useful for small jobs,
in order to make our home more beautiful and more welcoming.

 
I'm staying at home, Lord!
And in the morning,
I thank you for the new day you give me,
trying not to spoil it
and welcome it with wonder,
as a gift and an Easter surprise.

 
I'm staying at home, Lord!
And at noon I will receive the greeting of the angel,
I will make myself useful for love,
in communion with you who have made you flesh to live among us;
and, tired of the journey, thirsty,
I will meet you at Jacob's well,
and thirsty for love on the Cross.

 
I'm staying at home, Lord!
And if the evening takes me melancholy,
I will invoke you like the disciples of Emmaus:
stay with us, the evening has arrived and the sun sets.

 
I'm staying at home, Lord!
And in the night,
in communion of prayer with the many sick,
the lonely and all the caregivers,
I will wait for the dawn
to sing your mercy again
and tell everyone that,
in the storms, you have been my refuge.

 
I'm staying at home, Lord!
And I don't feel alone and abandoned,
because you told me:
I'm with you every day.
yes, and especially in these days of confusion, O Lord,
in which, if my presence is not necessary,
I will reach everyone, only with the wings of prayer.

 
Amen
 

 

Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Centre down.
 
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
 
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
 
–Lynn Ungar 11/03/20