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The Season of Lent – Message from Fr Jude

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Dear parishioners, visitors and friends,

This Wednesday we celebrate Ash Wednesday, the start of the season of Lent, in preparation for the celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.

In the early Church, public sinners were invited to perform public penance with prayer, fasting and acts of charity so that on Holy Thursday they were welcomed back into the community. The community journeyed with these sinners supporting them with fasting and prayer.

Over the past number of years, especially these last five years as the Royal Commission did its work, as a Church community in Australia we have been exposed to the most devastating stories of a large number of people who have suffered sexual abuse at the hand of priests, religious and lay people; those who had the duty to respect and protect our vulnerable children.

Lent is another opportunity for us as a Catholic community to pray in support of all victims of sex abuse, and their families. As we meditate on the sufferings of Jesus, we associate with the pain endured by these brothers and sisters. We pray in hope that God may help these victims of sex abuse find within themselves a space of healing.

Some laws have already been passed and both as Church and as parish community we are becoming more aware of the need to protect those who are vulnerable in our community. Perhaps one the ‘acts of charity’ that we can perform this Lent is to offer both support to victims of abuse, and also to continue discovering how better to offer protection to children and vulnerable adults in our midst.

Thank you,

Fr Jude

 

To make this Lent a more meaningful time, consider taking part in any of the following available at our Parish:

The Way of the Cross: During Lent, time to reflect on the Stations of the Cross will be every Friday from this Fri 16 Feb at 7:30pm in the Church.

Project Compassion: Project Compassion promotes peace by pursuing justice. Please take home a Project Compassion box and/or a set of envelopes available in the Narthex this weekend and return by Holy Thursday.

Paulist Missionary Sponsorship: For $5 per month, you can help with the wellbeing and education of children in Pakistan, Peru and the Philippines. Brochures available this weekend.

 

 

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The Season of Lent

In a couple of weeks Lent will begin. It is an opportunity to reflect. Perhaps rather than denying ourselves the shallow, superficial things we should search out our most profound desires, to learn who we really are and what we really want. The struggle of the spiritual life is often not our will against God’s will, but our own will struggling with its divided self. Lent is an opportunity for formation of the heart. If we are merciful to others, we must have a strong and steadfast heart, open to God bringing love along the road to our brothers and sisters; one which realizes our poverty and gives ourselves freely to others.

Burning of Ashes: Before Lent begins, palms and olive branches from the previous year’s Palm Sunday are burnt to create the ashes used on Palm Sunday. We are invited to bring our dried palms and olive branches to any of the following Masses on this Fri 09 Feb: 9:00am at St James Primary, 11:40am at St Clare’s Primary (130 Marquands Road, Truganina) and 1:30pm at St Francis Primary (45 Fairview Parade, Tarneit).

Ash Wednesday: The Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on Wed 14 Feb. It is a day of fasting and abstinence. Masses are 9:00am at St James Primary, 10:30am at St Francis Primary,(45 Fairview Parade, Tarneit), Noon at St Clare’s Primary (130 Marquands Road, Truganina) and 7:30pm at St James Church with the distribution of Ashes at all Masses.

The Way of the Cross: During Lent, time to reflect on the Stations of the Cross will be every Friday from Fri 16 Feb at 7:30pm in the Church.

Project Compassion: Project Compassion promotes peace by pursuing justice. Please take home a Project Compassion box and/or a set of envelopes available in the Narthex from this weekend and return by Holy Thursday.

Paulist Missionary Sponsorship: For $5 per month, you can help with the wellbeing and education of children in Pakistan, Peru and the Philippines. Brochures available from this weekend.

Did You Know?: Lent is the liturgical season of 40 days which begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with the celebration of the Paschal Mystery (Easter Triduum). The day before Ash Wednesday is called Shrove Tuesday and the tradition is to use up all your eggs, fats, and milk so that fasting can begin on Ash Wednesday. The ashes are a reminder that God’s forgiveness is real. The forty days of Lent relates to the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for public ministry. Sundays are not included in the count because every Sunday is a little Easter.

 

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