The Holy Season of Lent 2022

St. Edmund of Canterbury &

St. Thomas More, Loughton

Parish Lenten Programme for 2022

Dear Friends in Jesus Christ,https://tse4.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.l0lFAdx3rbOulTCZgxwtKwAAAA&pid=Api&P=0&w=208&h=167

We are about to embark upon our Holy Season of Lent once again. As the Covid restrictions were lifted last week, it is hoped that many people will be able to get back to some semblance of normality once again.  Lent is a Penitential Season, and some may feel that over the past two years we have been doing our penance during the various lock-downs. But this Lent will give us the opportunity to focus our attention on the spiritual aspect of our lives. Lent is that season of preparation to celebrate the greatest event in the whole history of the creation; that at a moment in time, Jesus Christ, truly God and truly man, triumphed over sin and death for the salvation of the whole of humanity. He continues to invite us to share in the Paschal Mystery. Every time we attend Holy Mass that ‘Saving action’ is made real! We are invited to share His life, and Lent will be a wonderful opportunity to really make a deep commitment in faith to the Lord.

The three disciplines of Prayer, Fasting & Almsgiving are at the heart of the Lenten Season. How we respond to these is very personal. Whatever we decide to do is between ourselves and Almighty God. But I do encourage all of our parishioners to enter into the full spirit of the season. You may like to take on something extra during Lent, e.g. Reading a Chapter of the Bible each day; spending additional time in private prayer; doing some spiritual reading – there are plenty of spiritual books in our library. Attending an additional Mass during the week; or praying the Rosary each day; or attending the Stations of the Cross devotions; or making a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament. The decision is yours, but please don’t Lent pass you by without doing something!  https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.tncsFmMmWhiNtFa38yjihAHaGl&pid=Api&P=0&w=216&h=192

Practical Prayer guide & actions to take during Lent

  1. Make a serious Act of Contrition and Repentance of your sins before or during these 40 days of Lenten Journey, in order to be at peace with God. The Word of God says in 1 John 1:9, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness’.

Also, – make peace with whomever that has offended you or you have offended. Matthew 6:14 says ‘For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.’

  1. Endeavour to live a holy life during and after this Lenten period. Make holiness your watch word
  1. Be charitable; visit the less privileged, sick & housebound, provide weekly to the Foodbank.
  1. Render selfless services to God and support your parish & community; help with parish projects. Join the Altar Society, Volunteer to become a Catechist, Volunteer to become a Uniform Group Leader.
  1. Spread the Gospel of Jesus anywhere you find yourself through your word, actions and lifestyle. Become a Living Gospel of Christ.
  1. After this 40 days of prayer, believe that God has answered your prayers. God assured us in Numbers 14:28 that He will do to us whatever he hears us say.
  1. Equip yourself with the Word of God by reading your Bible daily. This will keep you in tune spiritually. Pray Lectio Divina or Spiritual Reading (there are many spiritual books in our Library). 
  1. Never go back to your past life. Continue to live as a son or daughter of God 

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TIMES OF MASSES & SERVICES DURING LENT

ASH WEDNESDAY: With Distribution of the Ashes at all Masses

St. Edmund’s       9.00am  Please make a very special

St. Edmund’s   12.15pm to attend one of the Masses.  

St. Edmund’s     7.30pm Day of Fasting & Abstinence 

SUNDAY MASSES

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

MONDAY

St. Edmund’s        Mass 10.00am Try to attend an extra mass during Lent

  Followed by Holy Hour / Exposition

TUESDAY

St. Edmund’s        Mass 10.00am  

WEDNESDAY

St. Edmund’s        Mass 10.00am   Followed by Holy Hour / Exposition  

THURSDAY

St. Edmund’s        Mass 10.00am  

FRIDAY   Fridays are now Fast Days! No meat today

St. Edmund’s       Mass 10.00am    

             10.30am   Followed by Holy Hour / 

     Stations of the Cross/ Exposition

SATURDAY   

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

SUNDAY MASSES

St. Edmund’s   9.00am   Parish Mass

St. Edmund’s           11.00am   Parish Family Mass

St. Edmund’s 5.00pm. Stations / Exposition / Benediction

LENTEN DIARY 2022 

  2nd March Ash Wednesday.  3 Masses.  See Newsletter. 

Day of Fasting and Abstinence

  4th March Women’s World Day of Prayer

  5th March Diocesan Meeting on the Synod. Brentwood

  6th March Rite of Election.  2 RCIA Candidates – Cathedral

11th March CAFOD Lenten Family Fast Day / Cafod Envelopes

19th March Conclusion of the Year of St Joseph

19th March Children’s First Reconciliations 10am & 11am 

27th March BRITISH SUMMERTIME BEGINS. Clocks forward

27th March Laetare Sunday / Mothering Sunday /

27th March First Holy Communion Children leading 11am Mass

HOLY WEEK 2022 BEGINS

10th April Passion Sunday / Palm Sunday. 

12th April Parish Penitential Service 7.30pm

13th April   Chrism Mass, Brentwood Cathedral, 11.00am

SACRED TRIDUUM

14th  April Triduum Begins. Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8.00pm

15th  April Good Friday. Passion of Our Lord 3.00pm

16th  April Holy Saturday/ Easter Vigil, 7.30pm

17th  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, two members from the community have decided to go forward to the Reception of the Easter Sacraments. Mark Shelton & Neil MacKinnon will be Baptised, Confirmed, and receive the Holy Eucharist. Please keep them in your prayers over this Lenten Season. These final weeks of instruction will help to prepare them for the Joy of the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday Evening 16th April 2022 at 7.30pm,

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