Programme for Lent 2021
Dear Friends in Christ,
As Ash Wednesday approaches, and the Holy Season of Lent begins once again, we are alll very much aware of the events of the past year and how the World-wide Pandemic has affected every household and community. We have expereinced three lockdowns over the past eleven months. Many have lost their lives to Covid-19, many have been sick. A whole new world-order has emerged. The one ray of light on the horizon is the vaccine. Slowly and gradually many are now reciving the vaccine for protection against this terrible disease. Perhaps the past year has helped us to focus our attention on God. During The Holy Season of Lent the Church gives us the opportunity to focus our minds, and really enter into the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ. These next several weeks will help us to prepare for the greatest event of human history; that at a moment in time Jesus Christ, truly God and truly man, was able to triumph over sin and death. We are invited to share in this mystery, and especially during this Lenten Season.
I would ask every single parishioner to seriously think about your commitment in faith, especially in light of the Pandemic. Ask youselves the important questions of whether you have been true to your faith; to the commitment in faith; to the practice of faith; to the sharing of faith with your family; to personal prayer; to stewardship; to works of charity. I truly believe the Church now has the greatest challenge in the life of faith due to the Pandemic; this is now a universal issue, and perhaps this Lenten Season will give us those opportunities to address all these issues.
The disciplines of Prayer, Fasting & Alms Giving are key to the Holy Season. How we respond to these is personal. Why not make an extra special effort this year to really enter the spirit of Lent? Whatever you decided to do is between you and Almighty God. Please don’t let the Holy Season of Lent pass you by and ignore opportunity to get closer to the Lord.
May God Bless You All during this Holy Lenten Season
TIMES OF MASSES & SERVICES DURING LENT
ASH WEDNESDAY: With Distribution of the Ashes at all Masses
St. Edmund’s 10.00am Please make a very special
St. Edmund’s 12.15pm to attend one of the Masses.
St. Edmund’s 8.00pm Day of Fasting & Abstinence
St. Edmund’s 6.00pm. (Saturday Vigil Mass)
St. Edmund’s 9.00am. Parish Mass
St. Edmund’s 11.00am. Parish Family Mass
St. Edmund’s 5.00pm. Stations / Exposition / Benediction
St. Edmund’s Mass 10.00am Try to attend an extra mass during Lent
Followed by Holy Hour / Exposition
St. Edmund’s Mass 10.00am
St. Edmund’s Mass 10.00am Followed by Holy Hour / Exposition
St. Edmund’s Mass 10.00am
FRIDAY Fridays are now Fast Days! No meat today
St. Edmund’s Mass 10.00am Followed by Holy Hour /
Stations of the Cross/ Exposition
St. Edmund’s Mass 10.00am. Preceded by Morning Prayer at 9.45
St. Edmund’s 11.00am Confessions in the Church.
St. Edmund’s 6.00pm Vigil Mass for Sunday
St. Edmund’s 9.00am Parish Mass St. Edmund’s 11.00am Parish Family Mass
LENTEN DIARY 2021
17th Feb Ash Wednesday. 3 Masses. See Newsletter.
Day of Fasting and Abstinence
21st Feb Rite of Election. RCIA Candidate
26th Feb CAFOD Lenten Family Fast Day / Cafod Envelope
5th March Women’s World Day of Prayer
14th March Laetare Sunday / Mothering Sunday /
19th March Consecration to St. Joseph (Year of St. Joseph)
28th March BRITISH SUMMERTIME BEGINS. Clocks forward
HOLY WEEK 2021 BEGINS
28th March Passion Sunday / Palm Sunday.
30th March Parish Penitential Service
31st March Chrism Mass, Brentwood Cathedral, 11.00am
1st April Triduum Begins. Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8.00pm
2nd April Good Friday. Passion of Our Lord 3.00pm
3rd April Holy Saturday/ Easter Vigil, 8.00pm
4th April Easter Sunday / The Resurrection of the Lord
2 Masses: 9.00am & 11.00am at St. Edmund’s
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
This year on our Journey of Faith, one member from the community has decided to go forward to the Reception of the Easter Sacraments. Steven Bullock will be Baptised, Confirmed, and receive the Holy Eucharist. Please keep him in your prayers over this Lenten Season. These final weeks of instruction will help to prepare her for the Joy of the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday Evening 3rd April 2021.