What is Lent?

Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It’s a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter.

During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms and practising self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ’s will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began a new life in Christ.

Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God’s gifts—not only through the distribution of money but also through sharing our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: “Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).

In Lent, the baptised are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptised through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.

Parish news about Lent

Get the most out of Holy Week

Get the most out of Holy Week

We are now well into Holy Week and there is a lot going on in the parish to help you celebrate this important season in the church's year. https://youtu.be/qdrPhxqRP9I Attend Confession If you have still to attend confession during Lent then Canon Alan is hearing...

Results of Easter Raffle

Results of Easter Raffle

Congratulations to the winners of the Parish Easter raffle which was drawn after Mass on Sunday the 10th of April. We have raised the grand total of £338 towards parish funds. The list of people to thank is long. Firstly many thanks to Kerry for organising the raffle....

Book in for Holy Week

Book in for Holy Week

During Holy Week we will reconfigure our seating arrangements and be able to welcome 90 people to Mass. It is essential that you book in through our Eventbrite booking system as if you have not booked in we will not be able to accommodate you in the Church. We are...

Novena to St Joseph

Novena to St Joseph

Starting on the 10th of March, we begin a Novena to St Joseph, culminating in his Feast Day on the 19th of March. Pope Francis has declared this year the Year of St Joseph, and praying the Novena is one of the suggestions given by Bishop Terry to commemorate this...

Bishop’s Pastoral Letter for the First Sunday of Lent

Bishop’s Pastoral Letter for the First Sunday of Lent

This weekend we heard the letter from Bishop Terry for the First Sunday of Lent. If you missed it you can watch a video or read the text of the letter. https://youtu.be/24h36X5UsVE Pastoral Letter Of Terence Patrick Drainey, Bishop of Middlesbrough Dear Sisters and...

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday the 17th of February is Ash Wednesday. Marking the start of Lent, we will have two Masses where Ashes will be distributed. Ashes will be distributed differently this year as part of the changes made due to the COVID pandemic. After the usual prayers of...

Prepare for the Easter Triduum Livestreams

Prepare for the Easter Triduum Livestreams

We are celebrating Holy Week and Easter in a very unusual way this year. In order to help you take part in the Mass and services you can download and print the following documents: Order of MassDownload Mass of the Lord's Supper ReadingsDownload...

Prepare for Mass this weekend

Prepare for Mass this weekend

Mass will be live streamed on out Youtube Channel this weekend. Click here to get to the live streams. Make sure you get on the stream in good time as there may be issues accessing the website just before Mass due to the number of people trying to access. Today we...

Bishops Confirm Dispensation From Easter Duties

Bishops Confirm Dispensation From Easter Duties

In their letter of March 18, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said: “In these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. “This is, without doubt, the teaching of the...

More News and Information

Read the May edition of the Catholic Voice

The May edition of the Catholic Voice newspaper is now available to pick up at the back of the church. There is also an online electronic edition which you can get to by clicking the image below. For the eagle-eyed among you you may have noticed a small article about...

The National Office for Vocations saying Thank you to our priests

We are all called, we all have a vocation.

Do not be afraid to become fully alive, fully yourself.

Reflecting on Vocations in our Diocese

Canon Alan reflected on the state of play of Vocations in our Diocese as he completes a year in the role as Director of Vocations. It is clear that in our Diocese there is a need for raising the profile of a vocation in the religious life. The Diocese currently has...

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for 2022 World Day of Vocations

The fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally known as Vocations Sunday or Good Shepherd Sunday as, in today’s gospel reading, Jesus says, ‘I am the Good Shepherd: the good shepherd is the one who lays down his life for his sheep’. Pope Francis has released his message...

The parish hosts the fantastic Charity Concert

We were fortunate to present a Charity Concert in aid of the Parish funds on the 24th of April 2022. The audience was thoroughly entertained by a varied diet of Music sung by our Parishioner Megan Moffitt and guitarist John Forsythe MBE. Taking works from classical...

Charity Concert this afternoon

Remember our Charity Concert this afternoon! The perfect way to end your Easter week. St Therese of Lisieux is excited to present Soprano, Megan Moffitt and Classical Guitarist John Forsyth MBE, performing, “Music for a While”. Their programme includes works by...

How to use our new contactless donation system

Those parishioners who have been able to attend Mass over the Easter season may have seen our new Contactless donation device at the back of Church. This system does not replace our existing forms of donation such as in the collection basket or via standing order, but...

New Contactless and Online Donation

The Parish has teamed up with Dona to offer the ability to donate to the parish using contactless and online donations. Since our Virgin MyDonate site went offline last year we have not been able to take online donations, we now have a new way of allowing our virtual...

Get the most out of Holy Week

We are now well into Holy Week and there is a lot going on in the parish to help you celebrate this important season in the church's year. https://youtu.be/qdrPhxqRP9I Attend Confession If you have still to attend confession during Lent then Canon Alan is hearing...

Results of Easter Raffle

Congratulations to the winners of the Parish Easter raffle which was drawn after Mass on Sunday the 10th of April. We have raised the grand total of £338 towards parish funds. The list of people to thank is long. Firstly many thanks to Kerry for organising the raffle....

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