Saturday 9 March 2019

Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2019

Full details of Masses, Confessions, the Parish Lent Project, Saturday Talks for Lent, Musical Oratories and more can be found in the Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2019 booklet. Copies of the booklet are also available from the back of church.

In addition to the usual times of Masses and confessions, there will be Stations of the Cross every Friday at 5:30pm during Lent, and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturdays from 10:30 until Benediction at 6pm.

There are three musical oratories this Lent. The first will take place on Wednesday 13 March at 6:30pm, and will include reflections for Lent, accompanied by Gregorian Chant sung by the Fathers and Brothers of the Oratory. The Parish choir will sing hymns and motets to accompany readings for Lent on Wednesday 27 March at 6:30pm.

The Oratory choir directed by Matthew Martin will sing selections from Victoria's Tenebrae responsories on 12 April at 8pm.

Saturday Talks for Lent: The Last Week

Talk 1

During Holy Week, when the Gospel accounts of the last week of Christ’s life, passion and death are read, there is never enough time to look into all the details, scriptural references, and rich symbolic meaning contained in the text. This Lent, we are making time to do just that. Join us each week, beginning 16 March as we explore the most important week in human history. The series begins with ‘This is your hour, and the rule of darkness’. Christ’s ‘hour’ did not take place by chance. It was prophesied centuries before. The death of Jesus of Nazareth took place at a Passover festival like no other. But this is a real historical event — when exactly did it take place? Can we use science and the biblical evidence to date the year of the Crucifixion? Once we know when Christ died, we can begin to see all of the messages that his death sent to a Jewish audience.

Talks begin at 11am in Parish Centre. Cafe Neri open before each talk from 10:30.

Lent Project: St Luigi Scrosoppi Sorgsentrum


In response to the words of St Luigi, the centre ‘takes care of the young the Lord has entrusted to you as the apple of his eye’, of those who ‘have no voice and those who are treated unjustly,’ that they ‘may know that they are heard, defended and helped’.

St Luigi’s is the umbrella organisation for a number of programmes aimed at empowering children and youth and encompassing many aspects of care and pastoral work in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. It is a refuge where disadvantaged children and youth can come to play, learn and receive good nutrition and healthcare in a safe, secure and loving environment.

St Luigi’s offers children a safe haven from the world in which they live so that they can grow up believing that beauty and goodness can outstrip the harshness of their daily lives. At the Centre the child comes first — a child who can discover his talents and skills, strengths and weaknesses and ways in which to grow.

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