Lent


LENT

Traditionally, Lent was a time when those preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil, went into a heightened period of training through Prayer, Fasting & Charity. Although a challenging time, it was also a rich and fruitful period, when faith was nourished and love practiced.For us, Lent should be no different. Through Prayer, Fasting and Charity, we are being called to rekindle our faith, and to show it to others through our love.

PRAYER

“There is nothing more worthwhile than to pray to God and to converse with him, for prayer unites us with God…in contemplating God our soul is illuminated by him.” (St. John Chrysostom) Set a few minutes aside each day of Lent, to spend with the Lord.

FASTING

“These 40 days should be given over to fasting which means, not simply a reduction in our food, but the elimination of our evil habits.” (St Leo the Great) Friday 10th March is Cafod Family Fast Day

CHARITY

“What you do yourself, will be done to you; what you give, will be given to you; as you judge, so you will be judged; as you show kindness, so it will be shown to you. Your portion will be weighed out for you in your own scales.” (St Clement 1) Join us on Sunday 19th March for a sponsored walk taking in the three churches of the Parish: St Wilfrid’s, Our Lady’s & St Bede’s. (Approx.10 miles) Departing St Bede’s at 12.30pm. All money raised to Cafod. Pick up a sponsor form from the church office.

RECONCILIATION

“The special feature of Easter it that it is the occasion when the whole Church rejoices over the forgiveness of sin…All of us must strive hard and so on Easter day no one should remain bound by the vices of his former nature.” (St Leo the Great) As well as Saturday Confessions, the following Reconciliation Services are planned; an opportunity for families to come together, with the opportunity for individual Confession:

Thursday 30th March 7.00pm ~ Our Lady’s

Friday 7th April 7.00pm ~ St Bede’s

Tuesday 11th April 7.00pm ~ St Wilfrid’s

CHURCHES TOGETHER ~ Will be holding a Lent Lunch on Saturdays beginning on the 4th March St Helens, Witton 12.00pm – 1.00pm. Proceeds to Christian Aid. All Welcome.

HEROES OF FAITH ~ Join us this Lent to be strengthened & inspired by the lives of the Saints. In this the Centenary Year, we are going to begin our films with the story of Fatima – Our Lady appearing to three young children. This film is based on the memoirs of one of the children, Sr. Lucia, & can be seen at St Wilfrid’s on Thursday 9th March 7.30pm. Other films will include: St Francis of Assisi, Mother Teresa, The Gospel of St John. Dates & venues to be announced.

LENTEN HOUSE MASSES

Please speak to Fr. Paul if you would like Mass celebrated in your own home this Lent.

RESOURCES & AIDS FOR LENT

There are many excellent web sites, these are just a few:

www.justice-and-peace.org.uk

www.acnuk.org

www.cafod.org.uk

www.marysmeals.org

www.retrak.org


WEEKLY PROGRAMME:

SUNDAY

4.15pm – 5.15pm ~ Holy Hour with Benediction (St Wilfrid’s)

MONDAY

8.50am ~ Exposition & Morning Prayer (St Wilfrid’s)

7.30pm ~ St Wilfrid’s Prayer Group (Church)

TUESDAY

8.50am ~ Exposition & Morning Prayer (St Bede’s)

12.30pm ~ Stations of the Cross (St Wilfrid’s)

7.30pm ~ St Bede’s Prayer Group (Church)

WEDNESDAY

8.50am ~ Exposition & Morning Prayer (Our Lady’s)

7.00pm ~ Mass / Service (St Wilfrid’s)

7.30pm ~ Seminar of Hope (St Wilfrid’s)

THURSDAY

8.50am ~ Exposition & Morning Prayer (St Wilfrid’s)

FRIDAY

8.50am ~ Exposition & Morning Prayer (St Wilfrid’s)

7.00pm ~ Stations of the Cross (Our Lady’s)

7.00pm ~ Stations of the Cross (St. Bede’s)

SATURDAY

11.00am – 11.50am ~ Exposition (St Wilfrid’s)

12.30pm ~ Stations of the Cross (St. Wilfrid’s)

Daily Masses as normal