Due to coronavirus measures in place during 2021, please note that Lent and Easter masses, services and events at St Paul’s Church are subject to change. Please keep up date by reading the regular weekly parish post and newsletter.

CBCEW advice on Holy Week Masses -> CBCEW Celebrating Holy Week 2021

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  1. Lent introduction -> Lent
  2. St Paul’s Parish: -> Lent, -> Easter
  3. St Alban’s Parish: -> Lent, -> Easter

Lent 2021

Touching on Lent being the season for truth-telling and repentance. Vinita Hampton Wright asks, “Is 40 days’ time enough for us to know our truth and speak it? Is Lent long enough for our slow understanding; is it deep enough for our bottomless want?” The good news is-yes! It is enough. You can see more by going online to view the video talk -> https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/liturgical-year/lent/perspectives-on-lent/videos/is-lent-enough/

Devotional Daily Readings, Prayers, and Reflections for Lent ->  https://newsletters.christianity.com/direct-easter-lent-prayer-devotional/

The Pope’s message for Lent 2021: -> Lent: a Time for Renewing Faith, Hope and Love

St Paul’s Parish – Lent 2021

Below are the various parish activities over Lent.

First week of Lent

Second week of Lent

  • Sunday Mass, Sun 28th Feb, 10am: In person by booking and streamed over Facebook Live 

Third week of Lent       

  • Sunday Mass, Sun 7th Mar, 10am: In person by booking and streamed over Facebook Live 
  • Lent activity, Tues 9th Mar, 7pm: using Zoom, a talk and faith sharing hour ‘Faith in Later Years and Changing Times’. Led by Ros Stuart-Buttle. Zoom details available from the parish office.

Fourth week of Lent

  • Sunday Mass, Sun 14th Mar, 10am: In person by booking and streamed over Facebook Live
  • Lent activity, Tues 16th Mar, 7pm: using Zoom, a talk and faith sharing hour “The Way of the Cross: Reflection on selected scenes from the Stations of Cross”. Led by Jacqui Feely. Zoom details available from the parish office. Part one, continued next week

Fifth week of Lent

  • Sunday Mass, Sat 20th Mar, 10am: In person by booking and streamed over Facebook Live.
  • Lent activity, Tues 23rd Mar, 7pm: using Zoom, a talk and faith sharing hour “The Way of the Cross: Reflection on selected scenes from the Stations of Cross”. Led by Jacqui Feely. Zoom details available from the parish office. Part two, continued from last week.

St Paul’s Parish – Holy Week and Easter 2021

“Lent in lockdown” greenery: To celebrate “Lent in lockdown” you may wish to display greenery around your porch or front door over Holy Week. All Holy Week services (apart from the Fotgiveness service) can be attended in person or virtually via Facebook; the parish office will take seats bookings from Mon 22nd March.

  • Palm Sunday / Passion Sunday, Sun 28th Mar, 10am: In person by booking and streamed over Facebook Live. Please collect a small palm crosses on entering church (you can also book to attend from Mon 22nd March). For those joining the Mass on Facebook Live you may wish to use your palm cross from a previous year.
  • Lent Penitential / Forgiveness Mass, Tues 30th March, 7.30pm: you can join us via online Zoom. Zoom details available from the parish office. Please have a cross and candle to hand (if possible); Father Peter will invite parishioners to light their candles in unison. You may find this Examination of Conscience document useful during this Mass or for private reflection -> Examination of Conscience.
  • Maundy Thursday, Thurs 1st April, 8pm. In person by booking and streamed over Facebook Live. Mass will include Eucharistic Ministers recommitment. Due to Covid-19 precautionary measures there will be no “washing of the feet” and no period of reflection and prayer afterwards at St Paul’s. You are invited to join the St Alban’s congregation for reflection and prayer over their steaming service.
  • Good Friday, Fri 2nd Apr, 3pm. In person by booking and streamed over Facebook Live. Due to Covid-19 precautionary measures the veneration of cross will be a simple bow to the cross before communion, and then exit from church.
  • Holy Saturday / Easter Vigil, Sat 3rd Apr, 8pm. In person by booking and streamed over Facebook Live  Due to Covid-19 precautionary measures the procession arrangements will be simplified; however palms will be distributed.
  • Easter Sunday, Sun 4th Apr, 10am. In person by booking and streamed over Facebook Live.

St Alban’s Parish – Lent 2021

Additional information on Lent and its meaning can be found -> St Alban’s web site

  • The year of St Joseph: To celebrate the life of St Joseph, the father of Jesus, and husband of Mary, we take this as the theme for this year’s Lenten reflections. For more details and to express interest please send e-mail to: eventstalban@gmail.com
  • CAFOD Walk for Water, 20th Feb: Nathaniel Johnston and Jerome Johnston were walking for St. Alban’s Parish in support of CAFOD – 10,000 steps a day, every day for 40 days. See St Alban’s website and the St Alban’s newsletter for sponsorship details.
  • Stations of the Cross, 21st Feb to 21st Mar inclusive: Will take place by Zoom each Sunday afternoon at 4.00pm during Lent (Not on Palm Sunday).   Zoom link available by e-mailing vinthomas@hotmail.co.uk
  • Healing service, Sunday 28th Feb 2021: This will take place after the 9.30am Mass and will be live streamed. The coffee morning on that day will be at 11.00am after the healing Mass has concluded. Email Anna Hughes on aga_hughes@lineone.net for the Zoom link
  • Zoup Lenten lunches, Fridays in Lent: Mass at 12 noon on Live Stream only, followed by Zoom meeting at 1.15pm to share a fasting lunch together in our own homes with savings to be donated to Cafod. Soup recipes will be available on the parish website, and in the weekly newsletter. Drinking soup from a mug will reduce your chances of spilling it on your laptop/tablet/phone and will be easier whilst you are on Zoom! Zoom link available from Anna Hughes aga_hughes@lineone.net
  • Virtual Parish Pilgrimage to Golgotha & Day of Recollection, Saturday 20th Mar: Day of Recollection, to include a virtual pilgrimage to Golgotha (TBC) on Zoom. Open to all parishioners. Ministers of Word & Eucharist & RCIA candidates particularly welcome. Further details to follow on the St Alban’s web site.
  • Passover Meal, Saturday 27th March: On Zoom. You are invited to experience a Christian Passover meal on Zoom led by Fr. Peter. Everyone will provide their own food and drink in their own home and follow well known traditions of a Passover meal. Help is available regarding requirements and recipes.  If you would like to join in please contact Fran by email: frances@wilbrahamf.plus.com

St Alban’s Parish – Holy Week and Easter 2021

Click here for information on Easter activities at St Alban’s Macclesfield -> St Alban’s web site

[2 April 2021]