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I am delighted to be back in our parish family this weekend. My time away was very fruitful and gave me an opportunity to spend some time with my family in Poland, particularly my parents and siblings. Thank you for your prayer support in my absence.

I was very pleased to see that the ‘Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible’ series has been organised for our parish during Lent. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday 26th February. Let us use this blessed time to reflect on the state of our spiritual life and prepare well for Easter.

Ash Wednesday is a day of abstinence and fasting with an opportunity to attend Mass. We invite you to join in our prayer. It is a tradition that on Fridays in Lent we reflect on Jesus’ Passion by following the Stations of the Cross, we gather in our church at 7:00pm for this devotion. And, of course, during this time we also remember the less fortunate than ourselves by supporting Project Compassion.

Good Friday is also a day of abstinence and fasting.

SPECIAL PRAYER

Eternal God,

In wisdom and love
you created our earth
to sustain us and give us life.
We turn to you now
in faith, hope and love,
asking you to look with favour
on our fire-ravaged and drought-stricken land,
on our starving and
displaced animals,
on our failing crops and burning
farms, towns and forests.
Strengthen, sustain and give new heart
to our farmers
and to all who are affected by drought;
be with those who support them.
Strengthen and comfort the victims of the fires,
those who have lost family, friends, property and stock.
Protect our volunteer firefighters and all members of essential services.

Amen