There are many excellent resources to help us pray in Lent.  Please see below for a variety of Lenten talks, retreats, services and devotions which we encourage you to participate in.  It’s never too late to start!  Children's Liturgy Online has ideas and activities for children and young people.

CLICK HERE to watch Bishop David OAKLEY’s VIDEO Lenten Message for 2021.

Knowing Jesus

Online retreat from the Glasgow Jesuits with free daily emails from Ash Wednesday, 17 February to the First Sunday of Easter, 11 April.

The themes will link with the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service.  All the information is set out at https://www.onlineprayer.net/ 

If you'd like to share your prayer time with others in the Pastoral Area, Joanna Hale is offering a weekday Zoom (Monday to Friday) for this at 7:40am for 7:45am - 8:15am and will add a weekly reflection if participants would like them.  You are welcome to come as frequently or infrequently as you are able.  We will use the structure and material given for personal prayer with a brief opportunity, for those who wish, to mention any thing that they'd like to share with the group.

Click here to sign-up for these sessions.

Journeying with Jesus with Fr Denis McBride

Seven weekly biblical themes for reflection.

Christine Cornwell is offering a weekly Zoom on Tuesdays from 10:30am to 11:30am from 23 February to 6 April.  Please sign-up by 15 February so we can be sure to have enough books (£5 each).  Click here to sign-up for these sessions.

A Retreat for Lent with Fr Matt Blake OCD

Now is the favourable time, this is the day of salvation.

1Cor 6:2

Five Wednesday talks on 24 February and 3, 10, 17 and 24 March with weekly reflections posted on our website. The talks will take place at 10am in the morning and be repeated again at 8pm in the evening.

Reflection 1 - Mountains and Deserts

Reflection 2 - Temple of God

Reflection 3 - Love and Light

Join for free via Kensington's live stream or on You Tube at “Kensington Carmelite Church”.

Lenten Retreat - “Be Drawn to Christ”

From earliest times Christianity has celebrated its sensitivity to the redemptive work of Christ in its liturgy.  Lent calls us to renew the gift of baptism into Christ’s death so as to live anew by the power of his resurrection.  For 40 days and nights we imitate Jesus’ desert experience.

“Be Drawn to Christ” is being led by the Carmelite Priory in Oxford and runs from 17 February to 24 March.  It is an invitation to engage your faith journey Wednesdays from 5pm to 6pm.  Whether you may have shrugged off, or never much committed yourself to, a regular time of praying meditatively – why not let this mini-series accompany that inner emptiness, call it dis-ease within, that desires God.

Click here for more information and to register for the retreat.

Echoes of God: Journeying with the Word of God

David McLoughlin invites you to join him on a journey through the whole Bible in this wonderful seven week course: Exodus, Genesis, Prophets, Wisdom, Psalms, Gospels, and Paul and the Letters.

All the materials are available via this link

“Living Christian Faith – Lenten Conversations”

This year Knock Shrine will host a series of online discussions to help engage Christians during Lent, under the title ‘Living Christian Faith – Lenten Conversations’.

What nurtures our faith and what challenges it today?

Where do we find hope and joy in our lives?

How can our faith build mental strength, wellbeing and resilience?

How has the Covid pandemic impacted upon our faith? 

These are just some of the questions that will be explored over the six weeks of Lent.  Chaired by Father Eamonn Conway DD, Priest in Tuam Diocese and Professor of Theology at Mary Immaculate College, the conversations will explore a different theme each week and guest speakers will discuss some of the important questions we all face in living out our faith.

The talks will be streamed at 8:30pm every Thursday during Lent on www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live.

Lockdown Lent Resources

How will you take up the challenge of Lent this year?  From five minute reflections to weekend retreats, our Diocesan Pastoral Ministry Office has found something for everyone - click here for details