Monday, 2 March 2009

Repent ...

'... Repent, and believe the Good News.' (Mark 1:15)

In the closing words of Sunday's Gospel reading Jesus urges us to repent of our sins; a reminder to us that when we sin we are damaging our relationship with God.

This theme echoes the words used by our Bishop, Kieran in his pastoral letter which we heard the previous Sunday.

'There are forty days of Lent. There is time to think, to prepare and to make time for this precious opportunity to refresh our relationship with God, the one we call our Father.'

Let us look at the Sacrament of Confession anew in our preparation for the Great Feast of Easter.

Times for Confession in the parish:

Saturdays: 10.30 am - 11.30 am

5.00 pm - 6.00 pm

After each Mass on the first Sunday of every month.

And at call.

Lenten Reconciliation Service: Tuesday 31st March at 7.30 pm here at St Ann's.

1 comment:

Flick Saunders said...

Lent certainly is a time for reflection and probably only since spending time in front of the Blessed Sacrament and praying the Stations of the Cross have I taken the whole aspect of self denial, alms giving etc to heart. As a child we were always encouraged to 'give something up' and compared our efforts with each other as some sort of game really.

Only recently I read that we often regard the aspect of self denial as some form of personal spring cleaning successful or not through our own efforts - only then to read, that we can only achieve our goal through the continual help of Our Lord - so rather than us doing something for God, He in fact is the 'doer' for us and only with His help will we achieve our Lenten observance. This is probably obvious to you all but I needed to read that!