Tuesday (30th March) 12:00 noon - Midday Prayer - St. Christopher's Maundy Thursday (1st April) 10:00 am - Procession of Oils & Foot Washing - St. Mary's 7:00 pm - Foot Washing - St. Christopher's
Good Friday (2nd April) 8:00 am Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday with Mass of the presanctified and Veneration of the Cross. - St. Mary's 10:00 am- Good Friday Reflection - St. Christopher's 3:00 pm - Stations of the Cross - St. Mary's
Easter Saturday (3rd April) 7:00 pm Lighting of the new fire, re-affirming our baptismal vows, celebrating the first eucharist of Easter - Lighting of Pascal Candles - St. Christopher's
Easter Sunday (4th April) 8.00 amSung Mass - St Mary's 10.00 amSung Mass - St Christopher's
St Mary's is located at 68 Church Street, Maitland and St Christopher's is at 92 Gillies Street, Rutherford.
A LENTEN DISCIPLINE Some suggestions from Keble College Chapel, Oxford, after the Lenten Tradition of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) During Lent we traditionally take on spiritual disciplines that help us draw closer to God. We hope that you might find one or more of these practices helpful in your journey through Lent.
FASTING This Lent let go of the inessential to hold fast to what is essential: if you abstain from food of some sort, ask what you hunger for. Or fast from speed to embrace slowness; fast from indifference to awaken to wonder; fast from negativity to find the good within.
DISCIPLINE You might choose not to let something go, but to take something on: devote yourself to a discipline, exercise, or prayer: reading scripture, attending Mass in the Lady Chapel during the week, asking the priest to hear your confession as you seek reconciliation and healing – that will help you connect with God, creator, redeemer, and sustainer of all that is life-giving in you.
PRAYER Each Lent we pray, ‘Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, O Lord.’ Ask for a new heart to know and love God. Pray that each day God will break your heart open – to forgiveness, to peace, to the needs of the world God so loves.
SERVICE This Lent take the risk of asking God to work out his purpose for your life, offering yourself anew to be used in God’s service. Ask God to be God and pray, ‘Here am I, Lord, send me.’
INTENTION Whatever practice you choose, he intentional, be mindful. Be truly present to the grace of this season, which allows us to rediscover what is essential to the abundant life for which God has created us.