This Wednesday marks the beginning of a busy Lent in the parish. I shall be celebrating Mass in prison during the day. The parish Mass with the imposition of the ashes will be held in church at 7pm. This year’s Lent charity will be Aid to the Church in Need. Next Sunday a representative of that charity will attend Mass to speak about the work they are doing in war torn countries.
This Lent we are also running three courses which may be of interest to you. On Ash Wednesday this year’s confirmation class begins following the Mass at 7pm. As ever we open up these classes to anyone interested in having a refresher course on the faith. We shall be using the Evangelium course and all are welcome.
On Saturday mornings our first communion candidates meet from 11am-11:45am. We have a lovely group again this year and we will be following Dora Nash’s course ‘Jesus comes to me.’ The course is still open to any child aged 7+ who has not been prepared for holy communion. The confirmations and first communions take place on July 16th when Mgr. Newton will be the celebrant at Mass. It is the same day as our summer BBQ so it should be a great celebration for all. Keep it free!
And finally, as far as study courses go, we have something new for 2017. Lay members of our parish will be leading a discipleship class; meeting together to explore Sherry Weddell’s book ‘Forming intentional disciples’. The course will begin on 8th March and then run in tandem with the confirmation course – the two groups meeting together for devotions prior to discussion. One of our church wardens, Geoffrey Ravenhill, is kindly heading up this venture. I am excited about it.
And as far as the liturgy goes we shall again be celebrating the Asperges Me prior to each Sunday Mass and singing the Lent Prose during the distribution of communion. Stations of the Cross replace Evensong on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm and we will use a variety of meditations as we journey towards the cross. Confessions are every Wednesday from 6pm-7pm and by appointment. Let us make this the best Lent ever for our parish.