St Alban’s Catholic Church

Macclesfield

Lent: 1st March - 15th April 2017

Lent at St Alban's

Lent Events Calendar


Ash Wednesday 1st March
Ashes distributed at all Masses
9:15am St Alban's School
1pm Macc Hospital
7pm St Alban's


Stations of the Cross
4pm each Sunday in Church


Exposition
10am-10:15am after weekday morning Mass
11am-11:50am Saturday


Lent Home Groups
Starts 11th March & for 4wks
Download details


Lent Lunches
Each Friday after 12noon Mass

Welcome!

Make Lent 2017 a memorable journey

What is Lent?

The Season of Lent is a special time to strengthen our spirit and nourish our souls as we prepare for Jesus' Passion, Death, and Resurrection. We begin Lent with Ash Wednesday, a day of fast and abstinence; this year, Ash Wednesday falls on 1st March.

The 40 days of Lent leads us up to Jesus' crucifixion and subsequent resurrection. Lent finishes on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday, which this year means Lent ends on Saturday 15th April.




Frequently asked questions about Lent

Find the answers to your commonly asked questions about Lent in this useful summary.

The following video answers questions about Lent in a light-hearted way:




Lent 2017 Calendar




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 start or reinvigorate your prayer life this Lent.

• "Living Lent Daily" - sign up for daily emails giving readings, reflections and prayers.

The Penitential Psalms are often said during Lent. They remind us of the importance of asking God for His mercy.

• No matter how busy you are you can still say daily short prayers during each day of Lent.

The Ignatian Workout for Lent is made up of prayers, reflections and suggested actions for every week throughout Lent.

• If you haven't received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for some time, this useful leaflet, produced in 2014, may help.

• The 2017 Lenten Reflection Guide has been formed out of the discussions that took place during the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference in Rome in April 2016.


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, you may find this guide useful. The National Justice and Peace Network have also produced this very helpful booklet.

CAFOD's Lent 2017 Stations of the Cross Prayer is written as a reflection on the daily lives of our brothers and sisters in Zambia.

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.


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!


Fasting During Lent

Throughout Lent we make use of fasting and prayer to bring us closer to the Lord. Fasting from meat each Friday throughout Lent frees us and helps us to "acquire a mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart." (CCC 2043).

• A reflection on Lenten Fasting

Cooking as prayer and ideas for Lenten meals.

Meatless meals for Friday's during Lent.

• 'Lenten Potluck' - the Diocese of Manchester staff have produced a booklet of meatless recipes for Lent.

• A simple reflection on fasting during Lent.


Alms Giving

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.


Holy Week

Holy Week (this year from April 9th to April 16th) 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).


Watch a two minute introductory video to Holy Week:




Free Resources 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

• "The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift". Read Pope Francis' message for Lent 2017.

• Print this simple 2017 Family Lent Calendar, which suggests daily activities to carry out during your journey through the Season of 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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