Lent is what you do
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of 40 days to Easter
Lent is a time for prayer, fasting and almsgiving. You are asked to do something that will bring you closer to God and his people. You can either give up or take on something.
To help extra people attend Mass, the early morning Mass is being moved to 7.30am.
There is an evening Mass at 7.30pm in the Cathedral on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evening, starting this Thursday.
On Fridays there will be a lunchtime Mass at 1.05pm.
Each of the seven Fridays during Lent the parish is organizing the following events:
Fair Trade Friday- March 11th
We will have a Fair Trade coffee morning in aid of Trócaire‘s Lenten Campaign in the Social Services Centre after the 10 am Mass. The coffee morning will be sponsored by Marshall‘s Supermarket.
Lunchtime Retreat- March 18th
Friday Fast- March 25th
‘Fool's for Christ'- April 1st
Forgiveness Friday- April 8th
Family Prayer- April 15th
Outdoor Way of the Cross- April 22nd
Other things to consider ....
- Trócaire boxes are available in all parish churches. This Lent Trócaire invites us to support the people of Confianza, Honduras, who have been forced off their land. Check out www.trocaire.org. Congratulations to the students from our secondary schools who took part in the 2FM fast on Friday.
- To focus our attention on the importance of the Word of God during Lent, beside the ambo in church a candle will be lit. This reminds us that the Word of God is something ‘alive and active'. ‗Walk with Me‘ booklets will also be on sale on Ash Wednesday in our churches.
- Pope Benedict's reflection for Lent is available at http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/lent/documents/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20101104_lent-2011_en.html
So, let's get started this week ............
Masses on Ash Wednesday
Cathedral 7.30am, 10am, 7.30pm
St. Paul's 9.15am
Blessed Ashes will be available for people to take home to family members after these Masses.