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Lent Resources

As we return to busyness, some of us might regret the silence and time we had during lockdown.  Other people have been busier than ever trying to cope through the last two years.  Give yourself the gift of time with God this year.  Our Lenten resources are organised according to how much time you have.  5 mins a day?  Check out a video on our online prayer course, or find the space for a daily snippet of Scripture.  15 mins or more?  Sign up for the Jesuit daily retreat, or walk 10,000 steps for Cafod.  One evening a week?  Join a reflection group, such as the Churches Together Lent Course, The Poet’s Gospel, or Sr Hycinthe and the Dominican sisters as they explore Finding Hope in Scripture.  If you have a whole day or even a weekend, take the time for a retreat in your own home.  Have a look through our resources, and find one that will give you a challenge through these holy weeks of Lent.  

Activities marked with ** will work well for families.

 

 

Preparing for Lent

Before we start carving out time for prayer and reflection through Lent, there are ways that we can live Lent 24/7.  The Church gives us ancient practices of fasting, alms giving and penance.  Go meat free (on Fridays if not the whole time) and give Lent a different flavour to the rest of the year.  Create a Lenten prayer space somewhere in your home.  Give alms generously – find a new charity that makes your heart sing, but don’t forget your local parish!  Change your environment – maybe bring some religious images into prominence, or fast from fresh flowers.  The deeper our Lenten observance, the more heart-felt our Easter celebration will be.

Don’t give anything up for Lent!  A great challenge from Fr Casey, Franciscan friar

*Create a Lenten prayer space in your home https://www.buildfaith.org/creating-lenten-prayer-space-home/*

Limit your anxiety with a social media fast this Lent.

Cook something new!  Discover new meat-free and traditional Lenten recipes.

Read Ascension Press’s excellent guide on how to confess like an adult 

 

Choosing a Lenten Practice

5 minutes a day

Watch a video or read a snippet from our diocesan 6 week prayer course: Pathways of Prayer.  If you’ve never quite managed to get a regular prayer habit, or would like to go deeper in prayer, this Lent could be the opportunity for you.  Can be self-guided, or would be perfect as a parish reflection group.  

Dynamic Catholic have fantastic resources suitable for sharing with someone who hasn’t returned to Mass or who has stepped away from their faith for a while.

Receive a “daily jolt and micro challenge” from the Busted Halo crew

Receive a daily reflection from Bishop Robert Barron, Word on Fire ministries

*Listen to some music:*

 

 

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15 minutes or more

Read/watch something

Be inspired by the eventful life of Iñigo of Loyola, later known as Ignatius. It is 500 years since he converted to Christ yet his story still has the power to move us. Daily scripture, art and reflections with the Jesuits in Scotland. https://www.onlineprayer.net/ignatius/

Movie night: a wide selection of movies to suit each week of Lent, with accompanying podcast from Father Peter Malone MSC.

Read something new: a whole selection of excellent titles from the Daughters of St Paul

Go deeper in your spiritual life with the GodCalls resource from the National Office for Vocation

*Prayer and reflection resources about Lent and much more from Missio.*

 

Listen to something

Pray as you go – Lent Retreat 2022. You’ll also find rosary reflections and much else here.

Read the Bible in a year with Fr Matt Schmitz’s podcasts.  Unlike any other Bible podcast, Ascension’s Bible in a Year podcast follows a reading plan inspired by The Great Adventure Bible Timeline, a ground-breaking approach to understanding salvation history developed by renowned Catholic Bible scholar Jeff Cavins. With this podcast, you won’t just read the Bible in a year … you’ll finally understand how all the pieces of the Bible fit together to tell an amazing story that continues in your life today!

The Way of the Cross: Praying the Psalms with Jesus: free Audio from Ascension Press.  Experience the way of the cross as you never have before. Rather than meditating about Christ’s journey to the cross, pray with him.

 

Prayer ideas

Walk with Jesus along the Stations of the Cross: choose a contemporary video version, Saint Pope John Paul II’s Scriptural Stationsor read Fr Denis McBride’s beautiful reflections,  *Here are printable stations of the cross for children.*

*Resurrection Eggs – a wonderful way of exploring the Easter story with children* http://lifeyourway.net/diy-ressurection-eggs-easter-story-book-printables/

 

 

Get active

*Lovely family activities for Lent: and a whole range of craft and prayer ideas from Catholic Icing.*

*Support Cafod, get fit and put yourself in someone else’s shoes with the Cafod Walk Against Hunger Can you walk 200k in 40 days?*

*Join the Busted Halo Lent Insta challenge” Share a photo a day on topics such as Ashes, Community and Old Friends*

If you want to get stuck in with a social action project this Lent, get in touch with Caritas Northampton, and find a range of projects at the national Caritas website https://www.csan.org.uk/guidance/

*Wonderful printable colouring sheets for children and adults alike – not free, but worth it.* Available as a church pack to be distributed to all the families in a congregation.

 

 

One evening a week 

Join an existing group, or even use the material for online sessions for your parish:

8 brand new sessions introducing teenagers to Scripture from the people behind Bible Timeline

Faith in Action.  Explore Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis’s teaching on Catholic social action through the work of five Catholic charities who work for justice in the world.  5 evenings through Lent online from the London Jesuit Centre.

Try the Echoes of God course written by David McLoughlin and produced by the God Who Speaks campaign. Explore how the Old and New Testaments echo each other in their preparation for, and arrival of, Jesus. 

 

A whole day (or even a weekend)

The London Jesuit Centre are offering 2 Saturday retreats, one online and one in person.

Online week of accompanied prayer from the Sisters of the Christian Retreat.  If you’ve never had the chance to experience spiritual direction before, this would be a wonderful beginning.

A Lenten in-person retreat in the beautiful setting of Worth Abbey.