Advent marks the beginning of a new Church year. It is a time of waiting and expectancy which leads into Christmas. Advent calls us to a new beginning. It gives us an opportunity to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas. While things like the shopping, the gifts and Santa have to be thought about so too should the fact that we have Christmas because Christ was born in the stable in Bethlehem. God thought us important enough to send his Son to our world. Let us reflect on that fact. Let us try and use these Advent days to deepen our relationship with God. Let us make it a time of prayer for ourselves and our families. Let us prepare a way for the Lord into our hearts and homes.
Thanks to Helen, our sacristan for the lovely photos
My Lenten Promise
Have you decided what effort you are going to make for Lent this year?
Here are some ideas that may help you decide.
Our Lenten promises should try to focus on three things:
1. Praying – maybe a little extra than you do already
2. Sacrifice – maybe giving up or taking up something that is hard to do
3. Alms-giving – maybe putting money in your Trócaire box, or helping someone who does not have as much as you have.
There are leaf templates available in both churches. Please take one and write your Lenten promise anonymously on the leaf. This leaf can then be placed in the sacred space prepared in the church for Lent.
This template is available for you to print and prepare here.