Lent is a time for spiritual discipline, denying ourselves so we know what to value about how God made us. As well as the usual times for prayer, there are the following opportunities to study and pray. Do support them and reap spiritual rewards.
Ash Wednesday, 22nd February The first day of Lent when we are to be at Mass, during which we have a cross marked on our foreheads with ash to remind ourselves that one day we will die and return to the dust of the earth. It’s a powerful beginning of Lent. There will be Masses at 9.30am and 7.30pm at St Mary’s and at 12.15pm at the Good Shepherd.
Stations of the Cross will be at St Mary’s on Wednesdays from 1st March at 3.30pm. During this beautiful service we spend 45 minutes pondering the 14 pictures in Church of the last moments before the Lord’s life.
We’re all encouraged to make a Confession of sin during Lent and you can do this by speaking to one of the priests and arranging a time.
Each week we will have a Sunday Study Study Session on the sort of things people give up during Lent. The classes begin on Sunday 26th February and they happen each week at 11.15pm. We will look in turn at Food and drink; Technology, TV and computer games; Phones and social media; Money; Words.
On Tuesdays at the Good Shepherd Midday Prayer will be said at 12noon before the 12.15pm Mass. This extra devotion helps us to consider the glory of God before He comes to us in the Mass.
On Tuesdays at St Mary’s there will be a five part Study Group on the first letter of St John from the New Testament. They are from 8.15pm to 9pm in at St Mary’s. This beautiful letter reflects on a personal and love-filled relationship with God.