Lent in three minutes

Bishop Barron on Lent

LENT. There were magnificent congregations in both parishes on Ash Wednesday, so thank you for your good example. Of course, Ash Wednesday is one of the two days of fasting and abstinence left in the Church’s calendar (the other being Good Friday).

However, Friday of the coming first full week is always set aside as a day of fasting for the work of CAFOD and Pope Francis has also called for a worldwide day of prayer for peace on the same day. Let us make it a special day and remember if you want an extra challenge, we always have a 7.00am Mass on weekdays and St Mary’s has one on the  Fridays of Lent as wel

MAGNIFICAT—Holy Week supplement priced £2.00, available in the porch. With the Magnificat-Holy Week supplement you can journey each day of Holy Week. It has wonderful reflections, aids to prayer and all the readings and prayers for all the Holy Week services

Lent is a time for Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving 


Why not pray a new psalm each morning? 
Or have a daily prayer intention for your household?

Suggestions of things you can do for Lent

Busted Halo has come up with a list of 25 suggestions, why not take a look and see if you are inspired. Click here


One suggestion is a photo challenge - find out more by clicking here

The Jesuit Refugee Service is inviting people to join them this Lent as they accompany those they serve.  They will be providing daily e-mails to support our Lenten observations of Fasting, Alms and Prayer.

For more details and to sign up visit http://www.jrsuk.net/lent/

CAFOD Lenten Fast day

This year CAFOD's Lenten Fast day will beneift the people of Zimbabwe.  The Lenten fast day  officially takes place on the 23rd of February, however, you can donate between Shrove Tuesday 13 February and Saturday 12 May. During this time money donated will be matched by the UK Government.

A Lenten Challenge




Saturday 17 February 10:30am-3:30pm

Lenten Reflection Day‘The Poetry of the Psalms leading us deeper into the Mystery of Easter’-led by Sr. Annie Lunney SMG, and on

Thursday 22 February 10:30am-3:30pm

How to be a Catholic in the 21st Century’ – led by Fr Chris Thomas. Lunch is included (Donations welcome).


At St Mary's on Saturday 17 March at 12noon followed by lunch in St Mary's parish hall.

Transport will be provided where required; further details will be given nearer the time.




Click on the image above to access a Lenten Resource to enrich your Lenten journey.

CAFOD Lenten Family Fast Day

This year's Lenten fast day will take place on  Friday 23rd February. Your donations this year will make double the difference. For every £1 you give to CAFOD between 13th Feb and 12th May, the UK Government will also give £1—up to a total of £5 million.

Readers Session:

Fr Charles Randall has been asked to lead a session for Pastoral Area readers on Saturday 3rd March 9.30am to 11.30am in the Romero Room at Our Lady of the Assumption in Gateacre. This is for all existing readers and all those who have come on board in recent times. Fr Charles will explore the importance of the ministry as well as give plenty of practical support. This session is open to readers throughout the pastoral area.

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