Lent, Holy Week and Easter

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.

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

Lent 2023

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 2023: -> Our Lenten Journey is Synodal

Guidance and relections from the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales -> CBCEW Lent

St Paul’s Parish – Lent 2023

Activities and events at St Paul’s are listed in this Living Lent leaflet -> Lent 2023 Leaflet v3.2.

St Paul’s Parish – Holy Week and Easter 2023

Easter services and Masses are listed on this poster -> Facebook Notice Post Holy Week Easter Apr 2023 v2 (also on our parish Facebook page). The pictures drawn by those attending St Paul’s Primary School are on the church noticeboard and are in this collage -> Collage of Easter pictures v1

The Parish’s Easter cards distributed to the Sunday mass congregation on Palm Sunday are -> St Pauls Holy Week and Easter card 2023 Ruairi v5 and -> St Pauls Holy Week and Easter card 2023 Madison v5 

All Holy Week services can be attended in person or virtually via Facebook Live.

Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday)

  • St Paul’s Church, Sunday 2nd April at 10am: Sunday morning Mass celebrates the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem, and the start of Passiontide. Please collect a small palm crosses on entering church. For those joining the Mass on Facebook Live you may wish to use your palm cross from a previous year.

Penitential Masses

  • St Paul’s Church, Tuesday 4th April at 7.30pm: A Mass of reconciliation and reflection.

Maundy Thursday

  • St Paul’s Church, Thursday 6th April at 8pm: At the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, we are invited to eat and drink at the Lord’s table, and know too that we are called to lives of service to our brothers and sisters. At this Mass, the Chrism Oils used in Baptism, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick are presented. This Mass includes the ritual washing of feet, and the recommissioning of Eucharistic Ministers. And then the Adoration of the Faithful before the Blessed Sacrament, ending at 10:00pm with the Night Prayer.

Good Friday

  • St Paul’s Church, Friday 7th April, at 3pm: The Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion and Death.

The Easter Vigil

  • St Paul’s Church, Saturday 8th April, at 8pm.
    In the darkness, the new light shines as Christ is risen.

Easter Sunday Morning

  • St Paul’s Church, Sunday 9th April, at 10am.
    Parish Family Mass for Easter.

St Alban’s Parish – Lent 2023

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

St Alban’s Parish – Holy Week and Easter 2023

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

[24 Mar 23]