This page will have a variety of resources produced in the Diocese and parish for your use during Lent.
Churches together in Hitchin Lent prayers
A reminder that our `Wednesday at 6.00 Lent prayers’ continue until the 31st March.
The Zoom joining instructions each week are as follows
Meeting ID: 840 7866 6759
Telephone: 0203 051 2874
You are all welcome to join this time of ecumenical fellowship.
Stations of the Cross
You can book to visit the church for private prayer during Lent. You can make an appointment to come to the church for private prayer during Lent on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am-2.30pm. Please ring Cheryl on 01462 459126 to book a 30 min slot. You will come in via the parish office entrance at
the back of the church car park.
Packs of Stations of the Cross are available for your personal use from the porch.
For those who want an online experience Ann Milner is recording a number of sets of Stations which will feature below.
Lent Week 1
Click here for video Stations Lent Week 1
For an audio file click here Stations Lent Week 1 audio
Lent Week 2
Click here for video Stations Lent Week 2
For an audio file click here Stations Lent Week 2 audio
For a printed sheet click here 2021 Stations Set 2 Handout v2
Lent Week 3
Click here for video Stations Lent Week 3
For an audio file click here Stations Lent Week 3 audio
For a printed sheet click here 2021 Stations Set 3 Handout
Lent Week 4
Click here for video Stations Lent Week 4
For an audio file click here Stations Lent Week 4 audio
For a printed sheet click here 2021 Stations Set 4 Handout
Lent Week 5
The Vatican website gives a short account of the history of the Stations
of the Cross, stating that three saints of the Middle Ages (Saint
Bernard of Clairvaux Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Bonaventure)
prepared the ground on which the devout practice was to develop. They
were not always in the form that we are now used to, for example
historians record at least four episodes chosen as the «First Station ».
The liturgy that we now know today was first recorded in Spain in the
first half of the seventeenth century. So the liturgy has varied over
the ages and today we pray a set of stations from The Scriptural
Stations of the Crosscreated by members of the Anglican Church of the
Redeemer, Jacksonville in the US.
Click here for video Stations Lent Week 5
For an audio file click here Stations Lent Week 5 audio
For a printed sheet click here 2021 Stations Set 5 Handout
Lent Week 6
Click here for video Stations Lent Week 6
For an audio file click here Stations Lent Week 6 audio
For a printed sheet click here 2021 Stations Set 6 CAFOD Handout
‘Let Us Dream’ Lenten Retreat
Young Caritas Westminster have organised a retreat for young people aged 18-35 to break open the
themes discussed in Pope Francis’ ‘Let Us Dream’ this Lent. Retreatants will attend three online
sessions and receive a pack including a copy of the book and a notebook for their reflections.. There is
also an opportunity for 1:1 accompaniment. Sessions take place between 18.30 and 19.45 on 23rd
February, 9th and 23rd March. Please book at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/young-caritas-let-usdream-lenten-retreat-tickets-138923194013.
Lenten talks: What would Pope Francis do?
To mark the eighth anniversary of Pope Francis’ election, the Edinburgh Jesuit Centre will be hosting a series of talks each Tuesday in Lent, by prominent Catholic voices exploring the teaching of Pope Francis. Speakers will be: Austen Ivereigh, Sr Imelda Poole MBE, James Martin SJ, Christopher Lamb, Dr Lorna Gold and Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ. See further details below:
Tuesday 2 March 7.30pm
Sr Imelda Poole MBE on Refugees and Migration
Tuesday 9 March 7.30pm
James Martin SJ on LGBTQ+ Ministry
Tuesday 16 March 7.30pm
Christopher Lamb on Church Hierarchy
Tuesday 23 March 7.30pm
Dr Lorna Gold on Pope Francis on the Environment
Tuesday 30 March 7.30pm
Gemma Simmonds CJ on Women in the Church
Zoom Login Information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2365092814 or Meeting ID: 236 509 2814
The talks will also be streaming to Facebook Live. View by typing Edinburgh Jesuit Centre into Facebook
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Passage 40 years of service to homeless people. To mark 40 years of service to homeless people this Lent we have produced 40 reflections for Lent each marking a year of service and reflecting on the needs of homeless people today. If you would like to share in our Lenten journey please contact Andrew Hollingsworth email@example.com tel. 020 75921886. We plan to distribute all materials electronically in the interests of being both environmentally aware and saving costs. If you do not have access to the internet we can send print friendly versions to a friend or relative by email.
These challenging times have inspired examples of remarkable creativity across our diocese, and fresh expressions of faith formation within our parish communities. In this spirit we are delighted to offer a fresh and innovative resource for your parishioners and small community participants for their journey through Lent 2021.
During Lent last year, Fr Richard Nesbitt, parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima, White City, found inspiration to write a series of 15 poems on the themes of Our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection. Through the Friends of the Holy Land charity, a number of people in the Holy Land were then approached to offer their reflections on the Scriptures for Holy Week, the poems and their own personal experiences.
The result is Holy Week Voices from the Holy Land, a prayerful and timely resource. In summary, the book contains:
· Forewords by Cardinal Vincent Nichols (Founder Patron of Friends of the Holy Land) and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury.
· 15 chapters each featuring a poem, Scripture, a reflection from a Holy Land ‘Voice’, a prayer and questions for group reflection or individual meditation as well as a biography of the contributor.
· Stations of the Cross during a Time of Pandemic, first prayed at Our Lady of Fatima in Lent 2020.
· An invitation to share the reader’s own poem or reflection on Simon of Cyrene.
As with previous seasonal resources, Holy Week Voices from the Holy Land can be used for individual meditation as well as group reflection and faith-sharing. Groups will find a suggested path through the book during Lent and Easter, but it is flexible enough to respond well to particular circumstances (in terms of meeting frequency and online/offline gatherings).
The proceeds of this book (priced at £7.99 plus postage and packaging) will go to the Friends of the Holy Land to aid their work with the neediest of our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. As with those closer to home, our brothers and sisters there have suffered dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic, including economically with the cessation of pilgrimages and tourism and the resulting loss of income.
So, welcome to the journey.
Fr Chris Vipers, Director of the Agency for Evangelisation
Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal 2021
Cardinal Nichols thanks you for your generous support for the Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal, especially throughout 2020 and the unprecedented events of the year. Your donations help fund initiatives in parishes, schools and charities in four mission areas that are more critically needed than ever, as the Church supports those in need through the pandemic. Marriage and Family Life: enriching and supporting marriages, the essential building block of society and the Church. This service has given additional counselling and support to couples facing challenges of sharing home and work-life space with each other and their children, and also gave guidance to engaged couples whose marriage plans were thwarted. Youth and Evangelisation: supporting young people, the future of the Church, as they grow in their relationship with God and deepen their Catholic faith. As we emerge from the pandemic these services will be looking for more ways to engage our young people who have missed opportunities to engage in their faith and in the life of the Church. Caritas Westminster: putting our faith into action by serving poor, lonely and marginalised people. Education Service: supporting schools as they play an increasingly vital role in society. Over the past year, many of our schools have become true community hubs, witnessing to God’s love for all. This year, the Cardinal is asking us to think about families who are struggling to put food on the table. Sadly, poverty is deepening across our Diocese and as people have lost their jobs and livelihoods, the need for foodbanks and supermarket vouchers has accelerated. The number of foodbanks throughout the Diocese quadrupled in 2021! Through your generosity we’re continuing to provide food for those people most in need, and finding ways to meet their basic needs. Please take a donation leaflet as you leave Mass today. You can use the envelope to make your donation or by using the QR code which you can scan with a phone camera to make your donation online. Or visit CardinalsLentenAppeal.org.uk. Thank you for your generosity.
A resource for use in your home on Ash Wednesday following the advice of Cardinal Vincent Nichols to stay at home this Ash Wednesday.
As Catholics around the world gather for Mass and prayer services on Ash Wednesday, we are bonded by the physical and spiritual connection we share as followers of Jesus. Use the resources on the page with the link below to further your knowledge and appreciation of the sacred rituals of Ash Wednesday.