26TH MAY 2019


Dear Parishioners,

This week in Eastertide we celebrate the feast of Our Lord’s Ascension into heaven. The Bishops of England and Wales have reinstated this feast as a holy day of obligation so that it comes nine days before Pentecost. This is its original position so that it allows for the first ‘Novena’: nine days of praying for the gift of the Holy Spirit to be renewed in our lives. Below is a prayer that we could pray during this time between the two feasts.

Holy Spirit, third Person of the Blessed Trinity, Spirit of truth, love and holiness, proceeding from the Father and the Son, and equal to Them in all things, I adore You and love You with all my heart. Dearest Holy Spirit, confiding in your deep, personal love for me, I am making this novena for the following request, if it should be Your holy Will to grant it: (mention your request). Teach me, Divine Spirit, to know and seek my last end; grant me the holy fear of God; grant me true contrition and patience. Do not let me fall into sin. Give me an increase of faith, hope, and charity, and bring forth in my soul all the virtues proper to my state of life. Make me a faithful disciple of Jesus and an obedient child of the Church and of Immaculate Mary, my Blessed Mother. Give me efficacious grace sufficient to keep the commandments and to receive the sacraments worthily. Give me the four Cardinal Virtues, Your Seven Gifts and Your Nine Fruit in my life. Raise me to perfection in the state of life to which You have called me and lead me through a happy death to everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

                                                            Fr Martin