Keeping Lent Holy

Lent 2018

Ash Wednesday, 14th February to Maundy Thursday, 29th March 2018

People often don’t look forward to Lent. Childhood memories of giving up sweets or sitting through weekly Stations of the Cross come immediately to mind. Words like “sacrifice,” “discipline,” and “self denial” are often used in ways that suggest that Lent is something to be endured rather than a time of grace and spiritual growth.

Have you ever thought of Lent as a yearly second chance? Each year the Church gives us six weeks to take a long, loving look at our lives to see if our values and priorities are in line with God’s desires for us. Since most of us find that we’ve wandered from God’s path, Lent becomes that second chance, to “return to God with our whole heart.”

Prayer and Reflection:

Faith-sharing Groups

‘We adore you O Christ and we praise – The Gift of the Eucharist’ is intended as preparation for the National Eucharistic Congress in September, a milestone in the life of the Church. The six themed sessions aim to help us grow in love for Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Books costing £3.00 are available from the paper stand.

The following groups will be meeting. All are welcome to join any group.
Gabriella Olaniran’s Group meets on Tuesdays at 10:00am-11:30am
Sister Ann Heaney’s Group meets on Wednesdays at 10.30am-Noon
Irena Henderson’s Group meets on Wednesdays at 7:15-8:15pm
Contact the parish office (020 8340 3394) to join a group.

Ecumenical Stations of the Cross

Friday 23rd February – St Peter in Chains (followed by CAFOD Frugal Supper)
Friday 2nd March – Holy Innocents, Hornsey
Friday 9th March – Holy Trinity, Stroud Green
Friday 16th March – St Paul’s (Harringay)
Friday 23rd March – St Mary with St George (Hornsey)
At 7:30pm. This is a wonderful way to worship with our fellow Christian churches in the area as well as a traditional Lenten devotion.

Lectio Divina

All are invited to join the Sisters of Sion to pray and meditate with the scriptures each Thursday at 4pm during Lent at 63 Mount View Road.

Holy Trinity Taizé Services

Sundays in Lent, 6pm – 18th Feb, 18th Mar & 22nd April.

Lenten Devotions in Music, Art and Word

Readings, images, reflections and music on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. Tuesdays at 8:15 pm at Holy Trinity Church, Granville Road, N4. 20th February Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. 27th February Jesus is scourged. 6th March Jesus is crowned with thorns. 13th March Jesus carries his Cross. 20th March Jesus dies on the Cross.

Holy Trinity Taizé Services

Sundays in Lent, 6pm – 18th Feb, 18th Mar & 22nd April.

Journey through Lent with Mark’s Gospel with Sr Anne Walsh OP

Dates: 22th Feb, 8th and 22nd Mar from 7:30-9:00pm at Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation: £5. Registration is required. Email: livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk or leave a message at 020 7931 6078.

Reading the Bible in Lent

While we fast our bodies, Lent is also a time to feast the mind and spirit. There are many guides to Lenten reading and prayer, in print, online and for phone apps. A traditional choice and one of the best is the Bible. You will find suggestions on how to start here.

Useful Websites for Lent

Pray as you go http://pray-as-you-go.org offers a daily prayer session for use on portable MP3 players wherever and whenever you find time – at home, work, school, college or while travelling. There is a new session for each working day and one for the weekend

The Word On Fire is Father Robert Barron’s webpage, full of great information about the Catholic faith: sermons, talks, reflections, video clips etc.: www.wordonfire.org

Confessions (Sacrament of Reconciliation)

Every Saturday 9.30am to 10.00am and 6.00pm to 6.20pm.
More dates will be advertised in the newsletter closer to Easter.

Lenten Alms

The Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal

The Cardinal has asked that all families make a donation of Lenten Alms towards the Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal which supports projects that focus on the three areas of marriage and family life, the evangelisation of youth and social outreach to those in need and living on the margins.

Parishes, schools, catholic organisations and groups in the diocese can apply for funding if they have new or interesting projects that fall within one of the three areas.

Donations can be placed in the wall safe marked ‘Cardinal’s Appeal’ and leaflets and donation envelopes will be available from the 1st Sunday of Lent

CAFOD

Lent Family Fast Day – Friday 23rd February 2018. Please help us raise money to lift the world’s poorest people out of poverty. On Family Fast Day, as we pray and fast, we bring to mind all God’s children. We remind ourselves that as God’s family, we are all connected – when one child goes hungry, we all go hungry. Donation envelopes will be available with the newsletters the weekend before.

Confirmation Charity Project

The Charity adopted by the Confirmation Group this year is Toilet Twinning helping those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy. You can support them by coming to their coffee mornings after the Sunday morning Masses at the end of the month or by placing your donation in the wall safe marked “Confirmation Project” at the back of the church .

Other Suggestions

• Attend Mass during the week or visit the Church for private prayer
• Visit the church with your child on your way home after school
• Pray the Stations of the Cross – in church, online, or join the joint Ecumenical Stations
• Avail yourself of the Sacrament of reconciliation or confession
• Join us for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after 9am Mass on Saturday
• Pray individually or as a family at home each day
• Pray for peace in our troubled world.
• Fast on all the Fridays of Lent and donate the money to CAFOD or a charity of your choice
• You could volunteer to give one hour of your time to some church activity, eg. Cleaning the church, so many odd and not-so-odd jobs need doing!
• Volunteer for a parish ministry, – reader, choir or organisation: eg. Soup Run, Legion of May, Ascent Group. Your help would be much appreciated.
• Encourage a person who has been away from the Church to come along with you.

The list is not exhaustive — just a few suggestions to get you thinking. But don’t just leave them as thoughts!