St Alban’s Catholic Church
Lent: 14th February - 1st April 2018
Lent at St Alban's
Lent Events Calendar
What is Lent?
The Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on 14th February.
Lent is a very special and spiritual time for Christians as we prepare for Jesus' Passion, Death, and Resurrection.
Lent in Three Minutes
This new video explains the significance of prayer, fasting and giving during the season of Lent.
It also looks at how we can make the most of repentance and renewal during our Lenten journey.
Where is Lent in the Bible?
Father Mike Schmitz explains why Catholics observe the season of Lent and describes how it can make a big difference in our lives.
Lent 2018 Calendar
2018 Lenten Message of Pope Francis
Pope Francis calls on all of us to experience Lent anew with joy. Read the full text of his message.
Prayer during Lent
Lent is a time of spiritual renewal. Through prayer we can deepen our relationship with God. There are many ways to pray during Lent. Here are just a few ideas to renew or reinvigorate your prayer life this Lent.
• Lent reflection journal - download this free prayer journal to engage fully with the Sunday Gospel readings during Lent.
• One Prayer a Day for Lent - short prayers for each day during the Lenten season.
• The Penitential Psalms are often said during Lent. They remind us of the importance of asking God for His mercy.
• The Ignatian Workout for Lent Retreat is based on the book of the same title by Tim Muldoon.
• If you haven't received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for some time, this useful leaflet, produced in 2014, may help.
• Reflections through the lens of Justice and Mercy is a collection of weekly contemplations.
• CAFOD Prayers of Intercession - Short Sunday prayers on global justice and poverty.
Having a friendship with God this Lent
William Barry, S.J., talks about the opportunity to develop our relationship with God during Lent.
The Way of The Cross
The devotion of The Way of The Cross (or 'The Stations of The Cross') leads us through fourteen events of Jesus' Passion and Death. At each station we reflect prayerfully upon Jesus' suffering, Death, and Resurrection. We use the visual image of each Station to reflect on Christ's love for us.
If you are unfamiliar with this powerful Lenten devotion, The National Justice and Peace Network have produced this very helpful booklet.
'Pray as you Go' has created an audio, which we can listen to at each Station of the Cross.
This little booklet can be used to help children pray The Way of The Cross.
Music for Lent on Spotify
There are many interesting playlists for Lent on Spotify. Here are a few to get you started:
Arts and Faith this Lent
Arts & Faith: Lent, provide a short video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures throughout Lent, the Triduum and Easter Sunday. Use these to take a new look at familiar stories during the season of Lent.
Lenten Books in the Parish Library
Why not borrow one of these books from the Parish Library? Thank you to Silvia for the suggested titles.
• "Through Lent with Blessed Ramon Lull" by S. Purcell [Category Liturgy, Spine Number 16]
• "An introduction to Lent and Eastertime" by G Huck [Category Liturgy, Spine Number 17]
• "His Cross and our praying the Stations" by B. Moore [Category Liturgy, Spine Number 31]
• "The Stations of the Cross with J. Paul II" by J. Champlin [Category Liturgy, Spine Number 32]
• "Easter Triduum" [Category Liturgy, Spine Number 39]
• "Re-treat your family to Lent" by S. De Gidio [Category Liturgy, Spine Number 48]
• "My God why? A book of daily prayers for Lent based on Psalm 22" by A. W. Mead [Category Liturgy, Spine Number 52]
• "A woman's way of the cross" by S. Hunter [Category Liturgy, Spine Number 55]
• "The way of the Cross for peacemakers and those who seek justice" by A. Dove [Category Liturgy, Spine Number 57]
• "To know Jesus Christ: reflections for Lent" by D. J. Mullins [Category Liturgy, Spine Number 61]
• "Breaking through to God: the way of the Cross" by L. Boros [Category Liturgy, Spine Number 68]
• "The way of the Cross in the words of Scriptures" by Canon J. B. Davies [Category Liturgy, Spine Number 79]
• "Stations of the Cross (stations for vocations)" by G. Humphries [Category Liturgy, Spine Number 80]
• "Lent and Holy Week" by V. Ryan [Category Liturgy, Spine Number 86]
• "Lent for busy people" by S. Brown [Category Liturgy, Spine Number 87]
• "A feast for Lent" by D Smith [Category Liturgy]
You will find additional titles in the online catalogue. Even better, pop into the Library and have a look!
Giving Something Up for Lent?
Many of us will remember giving up sweets for Lent when we were children and how it felt like a sacrifice!
Fasting and Abstinence During Lent
To fast means to do without food. It is not a diet! Instead, its purpose is to serve as a penance or sacrifice - for the purpose of strengthening us. When we get hungry, we have a hightened sense of awareness and a feeling of alertness. By fasting we clarify our thinking and feelings as we prepare to pray more deeply.
We abstain from meat - that means we do not eat meat - on Ash Wednesday and every Friday in Lent. This is an act of penance that helps us grow in freedom to make much bigger sacrifices. It also places us in solidarity with the many people around the world who are hungry.
• A reflection on Lenten Fasting
• Cooking as prayer and ideas for Lenten meals.
• Meatless receipes to prepare this Lent.
• 'Lenten Potluck' - the Diocese of Manchester staff have produced a booklet of meatless recipes for Lent.
During Lent we are asked to give Alms. This typically involves giving money but we should also consider ways in which we can give freely our time and talents. Almsgiving is a form of prayer because it is "giving to God" - and not mere philanthropy. It is a form of fasting because it demands sacrificial giving.
• After 12noon Mass each Friday during Lent, a Lenten Lunch of homemade soup will be served in the Parish Centre. Proceeds raised from the Lent Lunches will be Aid To The Church In Need.
• Get children involved in giving Alms with this simple activity.
• CAFOD Lent Appeal. If you donate to CAFOD's Lent Appeal between 13th February and 12th May 2018, each pound you give will be matched by the UK Government (up to a total of £5m) to help feed malnourished children.
Holy Week (this year from Palm Sunday on 25th March to Easter Sunday on 1st April) is a scared time of prayer at the end of Lent. It is a time of great anticipation when we focus on Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem; his gift of the Eucharist; and his Passion, death, and Resurrection.
Passion (Palm) Sunday begins the holiest week of the Church year. During Holy Week we have the Triduum. This single feast, the Paschal Mystery, is celebrated over three days - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil) and forms the holiest days of the entire liturgical year.
"Beginning with the Easter Triduum as its source of light, the new age of the Resurrection fills the whole liturgical year with its brilliance. Gradually, on either side of this source, the year is transfigured by the liturgy" (Catechism of the Catholic Church).
Free Resources For Holy Week
• Devotions and three minute retreats for Holy Week
• Preparing for Holy Thursday
• Preparing for Good Friday
• Preparing for the Easter Vigil
• Celebrating Holy Week with children.
Additional Resources for Lent
• A list of various activities that can be carried out each day by a family during Lent.
• Download a Lenten App for your mobile device from this range of resources.
• Half way through Lent is a good time to take stock of your progress through the Lenten Season.
We hope your Lent is a time of preparation for the glory of Easter
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