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February 28, 2019

Dear Friends,

As Christians prepare for Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent on 6th March, I hope and pray that each of you will take the opportunities seriously. At the very least, see Lent as an opportunity to strengthen simple habits of faith.

Pray in the morning and evening, and set aside five minutes every day to be quiet in the Lord’s presence. Go to confession and receive the Holy Communion frequently.

Lent is a penitential season leading up to...

January 23, 2018

Today as I write this I am sitting amongst a very mixed group of people.

They are young and old, fat, thin, some well educated and some who seem to have problems following very simple instructions. Some are arriving early, others arrive puffing and late. Some are well dressed, others look like they have slept all night in their clothes.

This is a group of people who are dealing with complex issues. They are talking about sex, theft, violence, fraud and bene...

February 20, 2017

What will you be giving up during Lent? What will you be taking on?

The three traditional ‘Pillars’ of Lenten observance are Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. These are the traditional disciplines recommended to Christians.

Prayer: More time given to prayer during Lent should draw us closer to the Lord. We might pray especially for the grace to live out our baptismal promises more fully. We might pray for the elect who will be baptized at Easter and support the...

March 3, 2016

Dear Friends,

 

The time has now come in the Church year for the solemn observance of the great central act of history, the redemption of the human race by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. In the Traditional Rite, the beginning of the forty days of penance is marked with the austere symbol of ashes which is used in the liturgy. The use of ashes is a survival from an ancient rite according to which converted sinners submitted themselves to canonical penance....

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