LENT

 

Lent, which runs from Ash Wednesday to holy Thursday, is a penitential season of prayer, self-denial and helping others.  It is also a time of preparation for Baptism.

 

The whole Church prepares for Easter with those who are to be baptised at the Easter Vigil.  Preparation rites for these candidates occur regularly through Lent.

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) also holds a special place in Lent.

 

It enables us to turn away from sin and celebrate Easter like new-born children of God.

 

Reconciliation is available each Saturday morning in the Reconciliation Chapel where penitents celebrate the Sacrament either face to face with the Priest or behind the screen.

 

About a week before Easter we celebrate reconciliation communally with a Liturgy of the Word followed by the opportunity for individual confessions to one of the Priests present.

 

Booklets explaining the different rites are available.  For further information contact the Parish Office.

 

Church decorations and music are kept simple in liturgies celebrated during Lent, in keeping with the reflective spirit of the season.