nb Parish Lent Liturgies leaflet not produced in Covid-19 lockdown 2021. 2020 message is below from Fr. Philip: Welcome happy fast of Lent. Lent is time. Forty days of time for
God. Time when we can look at our lives and see how we can return
to a right relationship with Him. Time is given to all of us. How
we use it, is the question. Listening and reflecting on the Word of
God is a sure way of growing in his grace ... I hope you will all take as full a part as possible in
the Lenten programme so that we can all be renewed in the Easter
Collect for 1st Sunday of Lent: Grant,
Almighty God, through the yearly observances of holy Lent, that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
2021 - March
2021 Mass readings, antiphon, Gloria, Creed, Gospel Acclamation
& Psalm, with a practical application to the Gospel. | Homilies
from Fr. Philip
for Lent 2021: The Jesuit's online retreat
(which Sunday Worship
Daily Service on BBC Radio 4 also take inspiration from
during Lent 2021)
A short meditation for Lent 2021: ‘The Green Cross’
by Canon David Annear (pdf)
of The Cross | Photos of
'Stations of The Cross' in Penzance Catholic Church
Stations of the Cross from Plymouth Cathedral,19th Feb 2021
if isolating at home listen
to 1st Sunday of Lent Sunday
Mass (edit 37 mins) Penzance, 21st Feb 2021
Pope Francis: Lent message
2021 pdf | Lent
messages full index | His Guide to Lent in a 'Time'
article - What you should give up, his different idea
for fasting (2015)
Video - parts 4 & 5 of our 2020 Lent
CaFE course, 'Let it Be Done Unto Me According To Your Word'.
Bishop Robert Barron's
Lent Reflections 2021 - time with Christ in the Gospel - and the Word on Fire community.
Caritas Plymouth Lent resources
- podcasts, links and ideas for reflection, with a focus on Catholic Social Teaching.
Mary's Way of The
Cross Meditations + alternative
CAFOD Lent Calendar
Lent Ever a free email program to guide you on a 40-day journey to become
the best version of yourself, making this a truly life-changing Lent.
Homilies from our library
for the Triduum during Covid-19 restrictions on singing, from choir and musicians at our church.
Parousia: The Bible and the Mass. A
Lent 2021 journey through scripture, hosted by Scott Hahn to uncover why all God’s action, in creation & redemption, is ordered to the Mass.
More LENT external links are below ~ Lent
Are you giving something up for Lent?
Please consider donating any
‘savings’ you make to:
1. The Catholic Children’s Society Plymouth, make a difference to local vulnerable children and
families, visit website
2. "Mary's Meals" It costs just £15.90 to feed a child at school
for a year!
Francis: Make room for God, not a love of wealth, to find your place in Heaven. Without making room for God’s word in their heart, people will never be able to welcome and love all human life. The word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable. The text of the message is based on the parable of Dives and Lazarus in Luke: 16: 19-31. The parable calls for sincere conversion, and it provides a key to understanding what we need to do in order to attain true happiness and eternal life.
‘But now, now – it is the Lord who
speaks – come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping,
mourning. Let your hearts be broken, not your garments torn, turn
to the Lord your God again, for he is all tenderness and
compassion, slow to anger, rich in graciousness, and ready to
relent.' (from 1st reading of Ash
Wednesday - in full see Joel 2:12 - 18)
“Take heed that you
do not make fasting to consist only in abstinence from meats. True
fasting is to refrain from vice. Shred to pieces all your unjust
contracts. Pardon your neighbours. Forgive them their trespasses.”
Do you hunger to know God more, to grow in his holiness, and to
live the abundant life of grace he offers you? ~ Basil the Great - Fasting on Wikipedia
& on Catholic
"Lord Jesus, our Saviour, let us now come to you: Our hearts
are cold; Lord, warm them with your selfless love. Our hearts are
sinful; cleanse them with your precious blood. Our hearts are weak;
strengthen them with your joyous Spirit. Our hearts are empty; fill
them with your divine presence. Lord Jesus, our hearts are yours;
possess them always and only for yourself." ~ St.
Comment from a 2007 Lenten Zenit
Scripture, the Church Fathers, and Tradition invite us to live Lent
with a spirit of interior conversion, made concrete in three
things: fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. As the Catechism of the
Catholic Church no. 1434 says: "Express conversion in relation to
oneself, to God, and to others." No. 1438 of the Catechism goes on
to say: "The seasons and days of penance in the course of the
liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death of
the Lord) are intense moments of the Church's penitential practice.
These times are particularly appropriate for spiritual exercises,
penitential liturgies, pilgrimages as signs of penance, voluntary
self-denial such as fasting and almsgiving, and fraternal sharing
(charitable and missionary works)." Vatican
- From an Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, meaning,
"spring," the time of the lengthening of the days. Lent is one of
the seasons of the church year and is the forty-day period
beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy Saturday (the day
before Easter). The period is actually 46 days, but since Sundays
are feast days and to be celebrated, they are not included in the
count. Lent is intended to be a period of preparation and penitence
marked by fasting and meditation. Lent is widely associated with
denial -- "giving something up for Lent." and it can also be seen
as a time of "doing something" and also coming closer to God. Lent
is definitely a time for self-examination and a time to grow
spiritually through prayer.
- The Liturgical colour used in the season of Lent is
Purple which signifies penitence and preparation. The origins of
the custom of covering the statues in purple for the last two weeks
of the season go back to the 9th century and help remind us that
this is a special time of the year, and at the same time to focus
our attention through the events of Holy Week on to Christ’s work
- Ash Wednesday (Day of Ashes)
- The Wednesday marking the beginning of the season of
Lent, usually observed with a period of fasting and spiritual
preparation. A day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In the Ash Wednesday liturgy, the priest makes a sign of the cross
with ashes on a person's forehead as a mark of their mortality
saying "Remember (man) that you are dust, and to dust you shall
return." or "Turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel"
["good-news"] ) The ashes are burned palms saved from the previous
year's Palm Sunday celebration.
- Palm Sunday
- The Sunday before Easter, where Jesus' final and
triumphal entry into Jerusalem is observed. The Gospel of passion
of Our Lord is read. Real palm branches or crosses made from palms
(or both) are blessed and distributed to the congregation usually
after a short procession. I Palm Sunday palms are saved and later
burned to make the ashes for the next year's Ash Wednesday
The week preceding Easter -- the last week in Lent. Holy
Week is the most important period of the church year, observed with
many special services, beginning with Palm Sunday and concluding on
Holy Saturday. Holy Week includes Maundy Thursday and Good
- Maundy Thursday
- Thursday in Holy Week; the name is from a corruption of
the Old English word for "commandment" in Christ's commandment
given in John 13:34: "A new commandment I give you, that you love
one another." The word "command" was originally spelled
"commaundment" and was shortened to "Maundy" through careless
enunciation. The command is closely tied to another "commaund"
given by Jesus at the same time:"Do this in remembrance of me."
Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) was the day on which the first
Lord's Supper, the Last Supper, was celebrated with the 12
Disciples. Maundy Thursday services often include "stripping the
altar" (removing all items including hangings) and in some
parishes, foot washing (see John 13:5).
- The day in Holy Week in which we remember Christ's
arrest, passion, crucifixion, and death on a cross. It is unclear
where the name "Good Friday" originated. Some have said it is a
corruption of "God's Friday," Others say it is called "Good"
because of the great benefits given to humanity by Christ's death
- He was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our
iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with
his stripes we are healed. ~ Isaiah 53:5
- Holy Saturday
- Lighting the "First Fire"
- Paschal Candle
- From the Hebrew word Pesach, meaning Passover. A
large candle on a tall holder, placed in a prominent position on
the left side of the sanctuary. The candle is lit from the first
fire kindled at the Holy Saturday Mass and then throughout the
Easter season, also during baptisms, weddings, and
festival that commemorates the resurrection of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the third day after he was crucified. It is called Easter
Day but has come to be called Easter Sunday by the media, most
laity, and some clergy, all of whom ought to know better! Easter is
a movable feast, which means it does not always fall on the same
day each year. Easter is always the first Sunday after the full
moon following the vernal equinox (first day of Spring). By this
calculation, Easter could occur anytime from March 22, to April 25.
The length of Epiphany and the Season after Pentecost, as well as
the dates of Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Ascension Day, Pentecost,
and Trinity Sunday are all determined by the date of Easter. Easter
is also a Church season, spanning the 50 days (six Sundays) after
Easter, to Ascension Day.
"Peace is the gift of Christ, which he obtained for us
with the sacrifice of the Cross. To achieve it effectively it is
necessary to climb with the divine Teacher up to Calvary. And who
can guide us better in this ascent than Mary who, as she stood at
the foot of the Cross, was given to us as our mother through the
faithful apostle, St John." ~ Pope John Paul II (Palm Sunday,
"Through a tree we were made debtors to God; so through a
tree we have our debt cancelled." ~ Irenaeus
n.b. Divine Mercy
Novena commences on Good Friday
When Is Lent? ~ Lent is the season of penance and
prayer before Easter. Answer:
Lent starts every year on
Ash Wednesday which always falls 46 days before Holy
Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.
Ash Wednesday falls on February 10th 2016, and
Holy Saturday falls on March 26th, 2016. While Lent is a 40-day
period of fasting and prayer,
there are 46 days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday (inclusive).
For an explanation see How
Are the 40 Days of Lent Calculated? | http://catholicism.about.com/od/holydaysandholidays/f/When-Is-Lent.htm
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2020 NOTES TO AID UPDATING POST C19
& Holy Week Liturgies and Parish
activities 2020 pdf, available in print in
course, ‘LET IT BE DONE UNTO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD’
How Mary helps us to be filled with God. An inspirational 5 session exploration of Mary, past and present. Input from famous experts plus engaging testimonies, and filmed on location in places such as the Holy Land, Lourdes, Montserrat and Ephesus. There is also an accompanying book available.
Lent Groups will meet: St Ives at Tim & Gerri’s on Mondays, 4.30 p.m. (phone to let them know 795012);
Penzance in the Parish Hall on Tuesdays at 10.45 a.m. for 11, and at 7.30 p.m.;
Hayle are welcome at any of the above
Frugal Lunches 2020: with CTIPA Churches Together in
take place in venues below at 12.00 - 1.15pm.
Proceeds go to CAFOD or Christian Aid. Poster
Chapel Street Methodist Church;
07th March: Penzance Catholic
Church, Rosevean Road.;
14th March: St. Pol de
Leon, C/E, Paul;
21st March: High Street Methodist Church.;
28th March: YMCA and
Quakers, Alverton Road.;
04th April: Methodist
Chapel, Fore Street, Madron
Wednesdays 12 - 1. 30 pm in Phillack Church Hall. £3
(from 4th March.) Homemade soup and roll, with tea/coffee, £2 per person. Proceeds go to charity agreed by
STATIONS OF THE
CROSS 2020: on Fridays
during Lent - All welcome to any of them.
in St Ives at
in Hayle, at 10.30 a.m. (after Mass).;
in Penzance at 2 p.m.