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LENTEN PROGRAMME 2020


MASS TIMES DURING LENT

Sunday: Vigil (Saturday) 6.30pm: 10.00am: 12 noon

Weekdays: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10.00am

Wednesday & Friday: 7.30pm

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

7.15pm Wednesday

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION DURING LENT

Tuesday: Before and after 10.00am Mass

Saturday: 5.45-6.15pm

INDIAN CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

Way of the Cross Friday evenings during Lent

28th February to 3rd March (incl) from 6.00-7.00pm

CTS BOOKLETS


A selection of LENTEN FOCUSED CTS BOOKLETS is available at back of church. Please place money in wall slot beside CTS stand. Thank you.

ST ALOYSIUS P.S.


The Primary 4 First Holy Communion prayer service/ parents meeting will take place this Thursday 5 March at 6.30pm, in St Patrick’s Church.

CHILDREN FOR CHRIST


The Children For Christ prayer group will meet this afternoon 4-5pm. The group meets on the 1st Sunday of each month. All children aged 8-18 are welcome to join. Parents of any new children are asked to come early for registration.

Matthew 19:14 – Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

POPE FRANCIS MESSAGE FOR LENT


IN HIS MESSAGE FOR LENT 2020, POPE FRANCIS points to the paschal mystery – the mystery of Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection – as the basis of conversion. The Message bears the title “We implore you on behalf of Christ: be reconciled to God”, a quote from St Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians.

An invitation to relationship with God: This kerygma [fundamental proclamation of the Gospel message] sums up the mystery of a love ‘so real, so true, so concrete, that it invites us to a relationship of openness and fruitful dialogue’ (Christus vivit, 117)”, the Pope writes. “Whoever believes this message rejects the lie that our life is ours to do as we will”.

Pope Francis says that during this season of Lent, he wants to invite the faithful to fix their eyes on the crucified Lord, and allow ourselves “to be saved over and over again”. “Jesus’ Pasch is not a past event; rather, through the power of the Holy Spirit it is ever present, enabling us to see and touch with faith the flesh of Christ in those who suffer”.

The importance of prayer: The Holy Father emphasizes the importance of prayer during Lent, as a means of responding to God’s love, “which always precedes and sustains us”. We are also called to hear and respond to the Word of Jesus, in order to experience “the mercy He freely gives us”.

God is always engaged in a “dialogue of salvation with us”, despite our weaknesses and failings, the Pope says. This desire to save us “led the Father to burden His Son with the weight of our sins, thus, in the expression of Pope Benedict XVI, ‘turning of God against Himself’ (Deus caritas est, 12)”.

A commitment to building a better world: “Putting the paschal mystery at the centre of our lives means feeling compassion towards the wounds of the crucified Christ present in the many innocent victims of wars, in attacks on life, from that of the unborn to that of the elderly, and various forms of violence”. This means being personally committed to and involved in “the building of a better world”, the Pope says. In commending charitable giving, the Pope notes the meeting he has convened for the end of March “with young economists, entrepreneurs and change-makers, with the aim of shaping a more just and inclusive economy”.

Pope Francis concludes his message with a prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary “that our Lenten celebration will open our hearts to hear God’s call to be reconciled to Himself, to fix our gaze on the paschal mystery, and to be converted to an open and sincere dialogue with Him”.

ST.VINCENT DE PAUL


ST VINCENT DE PAUL (ST. PATRICK’S, LISBURN) would like to thank parishioners for all the kind donations, toys and food on our Christmas Appeal. These have gone a long way in helping our Community. Thanks again.

If anyone is in need please do not hesitate to contact us. Volunteers are always welcome.

FIRST FRIDAY WEEK


The sick and housebound will be attended this week.

Offertory Collections


Weekending 23rd February- £2.341.69.

Sick & Retired Priests Collection: £1,136.09

Thank you for your generosity.

Children’s Comfort Corner


A Children’s Comfort Corner has been set up in the side porch; if a child needs to be taken out of Mass

For a few minutes, a selection of books and toys, suitable for 5 years and under, is now located in that area.

The beginning of Lent…


The beginning of Lent, a time of fasting and abstinence, a time to renew our lives: –

Lord, be my strength as I take on the challenges of this new Lent. Give me a willing heart so I may keep Lent faithfully. I ask you to bless me and to be my encouragement.

In your goodness help me in these first days to turn me heart to you in a spirit iof penance.

Grant me a steadfast focus as I seek to pleae you, a resolve to overcome my faults, precious time in my life, a time to grow in your friendship.

I know you will be my strength. Amen.

Recently Deceased


May Lenaghan


Months Mind


Una Connor


Anniversaries


Mary McDonald: Francis Edmund Crossey: Paddy &Jimmy Wright: Kathleen Loughran: Arthur O’Reilly: Dolly & Paddy Hughes: Jim Blevins: Mary McCann: Elizabeth Catney: Agnes McConville: Patrick, John & Frank Hughes: Neil Hickey: Kathleen Close: Michael Lagan: Joseph McCorry (Snr)


May they rest in peace.