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1st Sunday of Lent

The Good News of the Covenant

We began our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday. This first Sunday of Lent now leads us immediately into Jesus’s own journey into the desert in prayer, fasting, and to face temptation.

The First Reading reminds us of the journey of God’s chosen people. Here God establishes his Covenant with Noah and all his descendants, and with the whole of creation. Never again will God destroy the earth with a flood. He leaves a bow in the sky to confirm this.

St Peter (Second Reading) links the few people Noah saved ‘by water’ to ourselves. We are saved through the baptism that Christ won for us by his death and resurrection.

The Gospel gives a short account of Jesus being tempted in the desert. He emerges ready to proclaim his message: ‘The kingdom of God is close at hand’.

The Psalm reflects the message of hope that is contained in all the readings. The Lord’s ways are faithfulness and love.

May we take heart from the scriptures as we begin our Lenten journey, ready to follow the Lord’s ways, and eager to learn his paths.

(With thanks to St Beuno's Outreach)

ARTWORK
(Click on the links for more information)

Christ in the Desert

Ivan Kramskoi (1872)

Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

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Pope Francis has asked for 2024 to be a Year of Prayer, as preparation for the Jubilee Year of the Church in 2025. During this year we are invited to promote individual prayer and community prayer. Lent is an ideal Season of Hope to open our hearts and our parishes to be servants of Jesus, a time of Prayer and Praise.

We walk these 40 days of Lent as family, as a journey of grace and hope and look to him for Grace and new direction. Pace yourself with patient love. Jesus' way of the cross is walked in weakness and need. We are pilgrims of hope, open to the prayer the Holy Spirit stirs in us.

May the days of Lent wash away our iniquity, cleanse us from our sins and lead us to the joyful celebration of Holy Week and Easter.

Click here for the brochure of Lent to help celebrate the season well and watch for weekly announcements in the bulletin for varied celebrations.

You are a pilgrim of Hope. Have a prayerful and blessed Lent.

Fr John

Weekly Online Groups

Throughout Lent, the Ignatian Spirituality Centre at St Aloysius, Garnethill, is delighted to offer a limited number of online sharing groups at different days and times of the week.

To see the full list of options, and if you wish to take part in an online group, then please visit this page.

Click the button below to see the booklet we will be using for our reflections.

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Mass and Confession Times

Sunday Masses
St. Mary’s - Sat Vigil Mass 5pm; 10am
St. Joseph’s - 12 Noon
Weekday Mass
St. Mary’s - Monday – Friday 9.30am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
St. Mary’s - Saturday 4.15 - 4.45pm
(Please note that the Confession box is the one next to sacristy)
St. Joseph’s - Sunday 11.45am

Pope Francis' February Prayer Intention

For The Terminally Ill

Let us pray that the sick who are in the final stages of life, and their families, receive the necessary medical and human care and accompaniment.

 

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