Lent 2019

Lent is a time of spiritual preparation for the great celebration of the Resurrection of Christ at Easter.

The season lasts 40 days reflecting Christ’s time in the wilderness, and concludes with the dramatic events of Holy Week. During this time, all Christians are called to a profound reflection and a deep examination of their spiritual lives.

The three traditional practices of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Prayer

More time given to prayer during Lent will draw us closer to the Lord.

Fasting

Fasting is not just about developing self-control. It is often an aid to prayer, as the pangs of hunger remind us of our hunger for God. The prophet Isaiah insists that fasting with action is needed.

The kind of fasting I want is this: Remove the chains of oppression and the yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free. Share your food with the hungry and open your homes to the homeless poor. Give clothes to those who have nothing to wear, and do not refuse to help your own relatives.” (Isaiah 58 6 – 7)

Fasting should be linked to concern for those who are forced to fast by their poverty, those who suffer from injustice and those who are in need for any reason.

Almsgiving

It is a sign of care for those in need and an expression of gratitude for all that God has given to us. Works of charity and the promotion of justice are integral elements of the Christian way of life which is begun at Baptism.

Opportunities for prayer

SUNDAY MASS 6.15pm (Saturday Vigil), 8.30am (said), 9.45am (Family), 11.15am (Solemn), 5.30pm (Folk)

WEEKDAY MASS 9:30AM

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Monday—Friday 9.00-9.30am Saturday 5.15—6.00pm

CONFESSIONS Saturday 5.15—6.00pm

STATIONS OF THE CROSS Fridays in Lent at 10.00am (after the 9.30am Mass)

HOLY ROSARY After the Morning Mass each weekday (except Friday)

Almsgiving at St George’s

Supporting the foodbank and outreach to the homeless by the Franciscan Friars of the renewal in East London.

One of the apostolic missions undertaken by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal is to serve the materially poor, most especially the destitute and homeless. By living in poor neighbourhoods, running homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and youth programs, friars strive to fulfil the command of the gospel and their Holy Father St. Francis to live among the poor, providing for their physical and spiritual needs.

Lent small groups

Rejoice and be Glad is the name the diocesan faith-sharing resource for this Lent. This begins on Tuesday 12th March after the morning Mass and then at the same time for the next 5 consecutive Tuesdays.

Venue for the meetings: the Café-Bar.

There will be booklets available for you to follow the course. All welcome!

Other dates:

St Joseph’s Day Tuesday 19th March, Mass at 9.30am
The Annunciation Monday 25th March, Mass at 9.30am
Mothering Sunday Sunday 31st March, Masses at the usual Sunday times

HOLY WEEK 2019

Palm Sunday 14th April
Maundy Thursday 18th April
Good Friday 19th April
Holy Saturday 20th April
Easter Sunday 21st April

Join us in prayer:

Lord God,
through Lent open our eyes to see
all the right and wrong that we have done.
Help us in our loving of one another,
to make good decisions,
to be strong and not give up.
Stir us, strengthen us,
teach and inspire us to both learn and live the Gospel
with generosity and joy, imagination and courage
for the sake of your world and in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

More information are available in the Parish leaflet Lent 2019.