Here are some of the events and programmes organised for Lent 2021
Clonard Monastery, Belfast: Lent at Clonard
Every Monday night during Lent at 7.30 pm you are invited to a series of reflections on the six statements of Jesus from Matthew’s gospel, chapter 25:34-40. The reflections take the format of a Redemporist mission and will be coordinated by Fr Brendan Kearne C.Ss.R. They can be viewed on the Clonard webcam: https://www.clonard.com/web-cam
Global Catholic Climate Movement
Lent is not simply a time for giving up things: while fasting plays a crucial role in our ecological conversion, Lent offers something more. Join with #LaudatoSiLent to be part of a global community committed to concrete change that reduces our ecological footprint and inspires our brothers and sisters to join this ecological conversion. Structured around their #LaudatoSiLent calendar, take a ‘journey of hope’ on a daily basis. Download the calendar at https://laudatosilent.org
Walking with Jesus along the Via Dolorosa – Lenten Programme of Prayer
This is a five session programme that includes a Gospel Reading, Reflective Prayer and Scriptural Rosary. The resource has been designed by the Living Church Office of the Diocese of Down and Connor to be used in a variety of ways and this is outlined in the attached leader’s guide. See Walking with Jesus
The following is a selection of links to a wide range of resources that you may find helpful as we seek to support each other in this season of Lent. Commencing on Ash Wednesday (17th February), our churches will continue to be closed and our schools will be teaching most children at a distance. But we can still support each other as we enter this holy season of conversion and renewal.
You will find a wide range of resources at ArmaghPrays. These will include a prayer service for Ash Wednesday at Home, with scripture reading, prayers of the faithful and an opportunity to make Lenten promises. The link also includes an invitation to symbolically mark – both personally and as a family – the importance of this moment. We encourage you to share these resources widely in the coming days.
Trócaire’s Lenten campaign for 2021 tells the stories of two families in South Sudan whose lives have been impacted by conflict. Awut and Ajak are shining examples of resilience, friendship and solidarity. This Lent we hear not only about the enormous challenges they have faced, but also about how they support each other through these challenges.
Mission Together, based in England, also produces a wide range of resources which can be used at home – very useful if you are teaching remotely.
CAFOD, the development agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has developed resources to help young people to pray, learn and fundraise in Lent. They are asking schools to Walk for Water. Your sponsored walks and other fundraising will help people like Abdella in Ethiopia who walks ten hours a day for water.
Finally, RE Sources has brought together a collection of resources which can supplement what has been listed above.