Bulletin 18 February 2024

WHY LENT?

For the Christian believer, Lent is the time of preparation for Easter and it commemorates the forty days which, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spent fasting in the desert before beginning His public ministry where He endured temptation. During Lent – through prayer, penance (including participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession), acts of charity and self-denial – we are called to renewal of our Christian life in preparation for Easter. Prayer The Stations of the Cross, a devotional commemoration of Christ’s carrying the Cross and of His execution, are often observed. As well as giving something up it is becoming more common to take something up as well and this may include taking time to volunteer, or spending more time in prayer. Fasting and Penance Penance is an essential part of the lives of all Christ’s faithful. It arises from the Lord’s call to conversation and repentance. Christians undertake penance: in memory of the Passion and death of Jesus; as a sharing in

Christ’s suffering; as an expression of inner conversion; as a form of reparation for sin. Charity Traditionally during Lent many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence, the money saved from this can be donated to charity, for example, contributing to their Trócaire box.

The Meaning of ‘Lent’

The English word ‘Lent’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Lencten, meaning ‘Spring’. In other languages the word comes from the Latin, Quadragesima – a period of 40 days. In the Christian tradition the forty days is understood to refer to a time of intense prayer and preparation; we remember the biblical stories of Noah and the flood of 40 days (today’s first reading), the forty years the Israelites spent wandering in the wilderness and Christ’s forty day fast in the desert in preparation for his earthly ministry.

Shrines

The Parish Assembly (PA) has decided to replace the two damaged candelabras at the back of the church, ie the shrines of St Anthony and St Joseph. The new units will consist of live candles. The new candelabras will be given to us free of charge provided we buy the candles from the supplier. These candles are more expensive, so the recommended offering per candle will be 50 cent. A huge thanks is due to Sharon and Maeve from the PA for the extensive research they have done leading to this change.

Thanks to Rose and her colleagues for a great Shrove Tuesday get-together after Mass last Tuesday. The pancakes were delicious!

Recent Deaths

The deaths have occurred of Nora Madden, Curragh Rd and Br André Hunt, Presentation Community. May they rest in peace.