On the feast of St. Augustine, this Wednesday 27th May at 7p.m. Archbishop John will be live streaming May Devotions and a Scripture Rosary of the Mysteries of Light from the Cathedral. Please join him if you can via the Cathedral website.
.... lit for special intentions, with a prayer. Please let me know if you would like me to light a candle for your family, your birthday, wedding anniversary, for someone who is sick, in hospital or has to self-isolate. Please contact me by ‘phone, text, email or via the parish WhatsApp group.
The novena in honour of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all Novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian. We have begun our Novena. These are the prayers we shall pray each day:
Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit
On my knees I before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of your love. You are the Strength and light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.
Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into Heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable thing of this world and aspire after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
We shall each day focus on one of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, followed by a prayer. Our Father.... Hail Mary....... Once followed by Glory Be to the Father...... seven times – the Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts.
Thank you for your prayers and spiritual support for families and parishioners who have had loved ones called to Eternal Glory.
We have two funerals pending:
Glynys Mary Marsh – Funeral will take place on Friday 29th May. Requiem Mass at 10a.m. Marlene Rozario – Funeral will take place on Monday 1st June. Requiem Mass at 10a.m.
We offer our sympathy and prayers to the de Silva family. Rohan de Silva age 71 was called to Eternal Life last Sunday in Australia. Please pray for him, hid funeral will take place this Friday in Australia. We bless his sister Carmen, Nihal and all the family in the days to come.
May They Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory. Our loved ones, those who have die in these past weeks, those whose anniversaries occur at this time. We remember Daniel Patrick Carrol and Phyllis Donnely. We shall keep them in prayer and light candles for them on behalf of our parish family.
We have many parishioners who are sick and housebound – we bless each of them and keep them in our prayer. We are also aware that some of our parishioners must self-isolate as they have contracted COVID-19, Coronavirus. You are in our prayers and we wish you a speedy recovery. We also have parishioners young and old who must self-isolate for three months. Be assured you are wrapped in our prayers and if you need a chat or a blessing over the ‘phone I am more than willing to support you. We remind everyone that we are on WhatsApp, if you wish to join.
We pray for all elderly people, especially those who are ill or housebound. We also send a blessing to the bedsides of those in hospital. For those facing operations, receiving treatment for cancer, those suffering or recovering from Covid-19 – you are remembered every day in our Masses and Rosary.
We ask Our Lady and St. Teresa to intercede for all the Sick and Housebound. May our prayers and those of the parish family, see them on the road to recovery. We keep in our prayers Irene Matthews, Jean Lue, Ms Ruba Santiapillai, Baby Alexander Lynch, Joseph Lunn, Erika Geddes, Barry Falcon, Denise Waaldjk, Lena McBride and Valerie Somerset. We keep those who care for them and all key workers in prayer, with our gratitude.
GRACIOUS and LOVING FATHER hear our prayers for all our doctors, nurses and all on the frontline fighting this Coronavirus. Strengthen them in body and soul, watch over them as they minister to all who are fighting this virus, that takes the lives of young and old. We ask you to bless our hospital chaplains and ask your blessing and protection for all who are in our Nursing and Senior Citizens Homes – AMEN.