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LENT 2021 :17th FEBRUARY 2021 - 2nd April 2021


LENT is a transition time, a time to look honestly at our journey of faith as we walk with Jesus to the cross.
Jesus’s wilderness experience was a pivotal moment in his journey and his extended period of temptation was a profound time, which would determine how he would move forward. Jesus
faced himself, and his willingness to stay true to God’s path.
• How can we allow this Lent period to be a time of looking honestly at our journey of faith and our willingness to say YES to God?
• During this week, take some time to reflect upon the things that fill your heart.
• Does your heart belong to God, or are you easily led by other distractions.
• In what ways is Jesus your bread of life?
 
ASH WEDNESDAY 17th Feb , a day of fasting and abstinence.The ashes will be distributed during the Masses offered at 9.15am and 6.30pm. I wish you all have a blessed and prayerful Season of Lent

Fasting
and Abstinence: fasting is a form of Penance. Catholics between 18 and 60 are obliged to Fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Catholics who have reached the age of 14 are obliged to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent.

Lenten ConfessionsEvery Friday - from 6.30pm. During Holy Week – Monday, 29th March from 6.30pm.

Stations of the Cross:
  • in the church -> We shall pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday after the evening Mass.
  • via Zoom -> every Friday from 8.30pm. Meeting ID: 7578777461; Passcode: 20212021

Lenten Retreat via Zoom: Every Tuesday from 8pm. Wild Beasts and Angels: [Mark 1:12-15] Meeting ID: 7578777461; Passcode: 20212021 Settling: The Lord Jesus teaches us about his and our relationship with God the Father. This week offers starting points for opening myself to God with me and God for me. Suggestions of how to build a practice of prayer through this ‘wilderness’ experience of a retreat. Guidance on settling into a quiet place before God and living with inevitable distractions. For more information, please click the web link of the Diocesan Spirituality Commission: http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/followme

Knowing Jesus: Jesuit Lent Online Retreat 2021 Walk with the Jesuits through Lent and Easter and really come to understand and love Jesus. They will ponder Gospel stories, reflect on their meaning and see how startlingly relevant Jesus is to living a truly human life in the 21st Century. Follow the retreat online, and sign up to an online group (places limited): https://www.onlineprayer.net/


1st Sunday : 21st February 2021

We have started the Lent in this year, in spite of the Pandemic, in a meaningful way. On the Shrove Tuesday , more than 40 families have gathered via zoom and spent the evening in prayer, singing chants and eating pancakes. Please find a few photos of our people’ pancake and its preparation. On Ash Wednesday, we were able to see many people in the church and we had to send many families back due to lack of space in the church. in the coming weeks, we may have similar situations. Please come on time, wear face mask, sanitize your hands and keep always sufficient distance between people. The church will be very cold at times because on the opened windows and doors. Please wear enough warm clothes when coming to the church. In this Season of Lent I pray that the Lord God “give us a new heart and put a new spirit in us” [cf. Eze 36:26]. Fr Antony

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