As a community of disciples, our Lenten Journey began on Ash Wednesday when we began our 40 days of preparation for celebrating the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.
As Pope Francis has said:
Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Since he was elected Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has continually emphasized the infinite mercy of a God who never tires of inviting us to come back. Throughout his teachings, the Holy Father has put forth the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a gift that permits each one of us to encounter the mercy of God in a personal and profound way.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a Sacrament of healing. When I go to confession, it is in order to be healed, to heal my soul, to heal my heart and to be healed of some wrongdoing.
Pope Francis stresses that forgiveness of our sins is not something that we can give ourselves. In confession, we ask forgiveness from Jesus.
Forgiveness is not the fruit of our own efforts but rather a gift; it is a gift of the Holy Spirit who fills us with the wellspring of mercy and of grace that flows unceasingly from the open heart of the Crucified and Risen Christ.
Opportunities for the Sacrament
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9.15 – 10.00am
Every Friday: 6.30 – 7.00pm
Fridays of Lent
Traditionally Friday has been a special day for Catholics as we recall the Passion of Christ and this Lent we are offering the following to assist us on our Lenten Journey.
Sacrament of Reconciliation 6.30pm
Mass of Reconciliation 7.00pm
Stations of the Cross 7.30pm
Lent is an excellent time to undertake a Retreat and we invite you to consider an Ignatian Spirituality Lenten Retreat that aims to help you get to know and love Jesus Christ better, in order to live a deeper and more authentic Christian life of service.
The course is available online at http://www.lentretreat.uk but for those who are interested but do not have access to the internet, we will provide the material. We would also like to offer the opportunity for those who wish to meet weekly as a group – Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm.
On Saturday 3rd March we have invited Fr Peter Griffiths SJ to lead our Morning Lenten Retreat.
Fr Peter will invite us to reflect on two areas:
Sacrament of Reconciliation – he will give a brief presentation and then a Question and Answer session. It is a great opportunity to reflect on our attitude to this Sacrament and share questions we may have.
‘Laudato Si’ – Lent provides an ideal opportunity to reflect on how we are caring for our ‘common home’.
The Retreat starts at 10.00am, we celebrate Mass at 12.00 and then enjoy a shared lunch together.
All are warmly invited to attend.
You may also like to read the Lenten Message of Pope Francis