As you will see Mother Eileen has written extensively about our Lenten offering this year. I do hope you will be able to join us on our Lenten retreat or catch up with our ‘The bible explained’ session of our Facebook page. Don’t forget our additional weekday mass on Friday at 12noon. After mass we will be sitting down to a simple lunch of bread and soup.
Gentlemen please keep the evening of Thursday 3 March at 7.45pm free. We are meeting at the Crown and Anchor on the High Road for a pub quiz and the inauguration of our new men’s group.
Lent begins next week, on Ash Wednesday. It would be good to mark the beginning of this time of preparation for Easter by joining us at one of our two services of Mass and Ashing on that day. At the beginning of our Ash Wednesday services we are invited to the observance of a holy Lent, ‘By self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word’. They’re habits we might like to think about developing further during Lent, in the hope that we can continue with at least some of them after Easter, so they become second nature – good habits. This doesn’t have to be a miserable experience – it can be joyful and liberating. But we need to prepare in advance and consider what we plan to do, not leave it until Lent has begun!
This Sunday – Stewardship Sunday – we are encouraging people to think about their habits of almsgiving – how much they give to the church and to other charities. After two years of Covid restrictions, and with the current state of our economy, this has not been an easy time for many of us. Sadly Church finances have also taken a hit and we now need to try to get back onto a more even keel. Please look out for information packs in church giving details of our situation, and reminding us of all that we share together as members of our St Nick’s community.
This bulletin also gives details of our forthcoming Lenten activities – do order the Nouwen book now if you’d like to take part in this ‘Retreat’. Henri Nouwen is one of the great contemporary spiritual masters and in this book two parish priests explore his writings ‘Engaging Life’s Big Questions’.
With every blessing