Taste and See Mass in Lent Sunday 12th March

Welcome to our Taste and Se Mass in Lent. We will be joined by our Bishop John Arnold for Mass and he has kindly consented to lead the adults in their input and we will have a children’s programme. Mass starts at 3.30pm followed by our input. Then we will have our potluck dinner. So you are invited to bring something along to share at this meal. Also you are welcome to bring donations for our food & clothes bank and we will pass these on to the Brothers of Charity. We look forward to seeing you there.


Greeting for Ash Wednesday

Fr Duncan wrote at the beginning of our Lenten Journey towards Easter:

The Jewish Hasidic tradition teaches that everyone should have two pockets in their coats with two slips of paper.

One slip says: “I am only dust and ashes.”  

The other “For me the whole universe was created.”  

Sometimes we need to remember that first slip of paper, as we have done and will do tonight as we come to be marked with the ashes of repentance, and sometimes we also need to remember the second – to remember that we have been adopted by God in Christ – that through him God forgives us – and calls us his “Beloved” – everything has been made out of love for us.

“I am only dust and ashes” These ashes are a reminder of who we are. The Bible tells us that we came from the dust and to the dust we shall return. The first human was formed out of the dust of the earth by God and then God breathed life into that dust. That is a powerful image.  One that is meant to remind us that without the breath or Spirit of God moving in us, we are just like these ashes: lifeless – worthless.These ashes are also a sign of repentance. They are a way of showing on the outside what is happening on the inside. We are truly sorry for our sins. Lent is a time when we are called to repent and change our ways.

“For me the whole universe was created”The mark of the cross is a mark of ownership. These ashes tonight remind us that we are Christ’s – that he died so that we might live.It is also significant that we use palm branches to make these ashes.  The palms are a symbol of victory.  By making the ashes from the palms of Palm Sunday we are reminded, if we truly repent, that Christ will be victorious in us.


Lenten Programme for Young People

 “Lent, a holistic preparation”  Workshop, meditation, reconciliation and mass.  A programme for young people on Saturdays of Lent 2017, 3pm – 6pm  at the Schoenstatt Shrine, Kearsley

 4th March: grace to grow

11th March: grace of freedom and learning

18th March: grace to love-covenant-candlelight

25th March: stations of grace in life  

1st April

Concluding with Pizza Evening, visit to the Shrine and personal time at the Schoenstatt Centre (Click here for details)