St. Mary's Catholic Federation

St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

Learning, Playing and Growing together in the Love of Jesus


Weekly Reflection


Lord Jesus, as I call on you today I realise that I often come asking for favours. Today I'd like just to be in Your presence.
Let my heart respond to Your Love.


There are very few people who realise what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves into his hands,
and let themselves be formed by his grace. (Saint Ignatius)
I ask for the grace to trust myself totally to God's love.


At this moment Lord I turn my thoughts to You.
I will leave aside my chores and preoccupations.
I will take rest and refreshment in Your presence Lord.

The Word of God                       Mark 6:53-56

When Jesus and the disciples had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • St Mark’s gospel is full of movement! Several times already we have come across the phrase ‘they crossed over’. Crossing over, for us, can mean leaving something behind, in order to be with Jesus. It demands a readiness to risk, to step away      from the familiar and comfortable, and follow Jesus to some new situation. A good prayer each morning is to ask, ‘Lord, where are we going today?’
  • The people ‘recognised him’. Lord, where will I recognise You today? Give me eyes to see You in the poor, the despised, the wretched of the earth.
  • Like the people in this Gospel passage, many people today have a great hunger for, and need of, healing. Let us pray for openness to the Holy Spirit so that, through us, Christ can continue to heal people in our world.


Jesus, You speak to me through the words of the Gospels.
Through an openness to the Holy Spirit may I have the courage to respond to Your call today.
Teach me to recognise Your hand at work in my daily living.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


Pope's Prayer Intention for 2019

Pope Francis has a monthly prayer intention for each month, each with a short video.

This month's intention is:  

Universal – Victims

For a generous welcome to the victims of human trafficking, enforced prostitution, and violence..

Please click on the link to view the monthly prayer intention: