Thursday, 11 January 2018

A day to help prepare
for Lent and Easter

Winter is turning to Spring … Lent begins on Ash Wednesday on 14 February 2018 (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Patrick Comerford

I know we are all still trying to get back to normal after the demands and expectations that come with Christmas, New Year and Epiphany.

But winter is soon going to turn to spring. Easter comes early this year, and Ash Wednesday is only a month away, on 14 February.

The next day of training and continuing education for clergy and readers in these dioceses is on Monday week, 22 January 2018, and, appropriately, we are looking at resources for Lent and Easter.

These include ideas for Ash Wednesday, for Bible studies or for parish-tailored Lenten study groups, and how to encourage some appropriate Lenten practices.

We shall look too at the Lectionary themes, appropriate hymns for Lent, and especially at Holy Week (25 to 31 March), including ideas for Palm Sunday, Mandy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.

Some of us may also have questions about how to handle the days that crop up in Lent, such as Mothering Sunday (11 March), Saint Patrick’s Day (17 March), and the Annunciation, which is transferred this year from 25 March to 9 April.

The day comes in two separate packages:

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: open to all. The Rectory, Church Street, Askeaton, Co Limerick. Tea and coffee provided, please bring sandwiches.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: designed for Readers and NSMs who find they cannot make the day-time programme. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

Please let me know which session you intend to attend.

Future dates:

12 February: Interfaith Day in Limerick.

12 March: Living and sustaining a life of prayer (Askeaton).

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