Pastor's Desk: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 18th February 2012 in Pastor's Desk

Temperance Sunday

The last Sunday before we begin the season of Lent is a dedicated day of prayer for temperance. There is no doubt that the effects of drinking excessively have become a burden on our health system and our relationship with alcohol needs addressing. While people are starting to drink alcohol at a younger age than before we should not think that the problem lies only with the young. The harmless glass of wine with the evening meal can very quickly become a bottle of wine a night. Lent offers us the opportunity to re-establish our control of our drinking lifestyle. Abstaining from alcohol for Lent has a long tradition. Why not take the challenge this Lent? It will be good for the soul and your bodily health will appreciate it too.

Our own local Pioneer Council remind us that one can take a temporary pledge for the season of Lent and if anyone wishes to do so, they can leave their name with one of the priests and it will be passed on to the Pioneers to contact you.

Ideas for Lent

The focus for all of us is now turning very much towards the season of Lent which begins on Wednesday with the wearing of Ashes. This period of 40 days is one that offers us a chance to renew and refresh our faith, our commitment and the way we look at life itself. That is a very powerful thing indeed. The question for each of us then is: how will we do this? Here are some ideas.

  • Attend daily 10am Mass
  • Attend 7.30pm evening Mass on the Fridays of Lent
  • Attend Monday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10.30am - 7.00pm
  • Come to the Lenten Talks on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in the church beginning 29th Feb
  • Give up alcohol and cigarettes or sweets, etc.
  • Take on some voluntary work
  • Set some time aside each day to pray by yourself or as a family
  • Give to a charity, e.g. TROCAIRE
  • Join us for Night Prayer of the Church on Mondays at 7pm during Benediction and after evening Mass on Fridays of Lent

The Lord says to each of us “REPENT” which literally means, “Turn your life around”. Let us all take the opportunity given to us this Lent.

Fr. Eoin

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