The Season of Lent, 2016
Wednesday 10th February 2016 is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of the Season of Lent.
An ambitious programme of events that will take place in the parish this Lenten Season has been developed to assist us in our spiritual journey towards the great days of Holy Week and Easter, when we commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Click here to read The Holy Father’s message for Lent.
Archbishop of George Stack has recorded his message for Lent. You can listen to it here.
In ‘Misericordiae Vultus’, the Holy Father’s Bull establishing the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis says:
“The Season of Lent during this Jubilee Year of Mercy should also be lived more intensely
as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy. How many pages of
Sacred Scripture are appropriate for meditation during the weeks of Lent to help
us rediscover the merciful face of the Eternal Father! We can repeat the words of
the prophet Micah and make them our own: ‘You, O Lord, are a God who takes away iniquity
and pardons sins, who does not hold your anger forever, but are pleased to show mercy.
You, Lord, will return to us and have pity on your people. You will trample down
our sins and toss them into the depths of the sea.’ (cf. Micah 7:19-
The pages of the prophet Isaiah can also be meditated upon concretely during this season of prayer, fasting and works of charity: ‘Is not this the fast that I choose: to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke?’
The initiative ‘24 Hours for the Lord’, to be celebrated on the Friday and Saturday preceding the fourth week of Lent, should be implemented in every diocese. So many people, including young people, are returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives. Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the centre once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace.”
Misericordiae Vultus 15
“When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
Traditionally, Catholics have abstained from eating meat on Fridays. This practice,
whilst expected to be performed during the course of the whole year, is particularly
relevant during the Season of Lent, as we prepare ourselves to re-
May these forty days be a positive time of prayer and fasting for us all. Leave behind the negative view of Lent, instead use it as an opportunity to grow in your faith and ultimately closer to Christ.
If you intend on giving something up for Lent, do not give it up for a selfish or personal reasons. One shouldn't give up chocolate, sweets and cake in order to lose some weight, ready for the summer months. Give up something difficult, a bad habit, which may ultimately go afterwards, bad drinking habits, snacking, and gossiping. These more difficult challenges will serve you and your fellow human beings in a more positive way.
The opportunity the Holy Church is giving us during Lent is a great time to practice our faith. The normal means of practicing our faith will still go on, Sunday and daily Mass, personal prayer, Adoration, each assisting us through this spiritual journey. We have all these readily available to us, so please use them to your advantage.
May our journey through Lent be a positive experience for us all.