2018 Lent Events W/B 18Th Feb

2018 Lent Events W/B 18Th Feb

2018 Lent events w/b 18th Feb

Sunday 25th February and all Sundays during Lent: Holy Hour, 3.45pm St Mary’s Church


Starting Tues 20th FebPreparing for Mission - Life in the Spirit Seminars Tuesday evenings during Lent.Clifton Cathedral is hosting Life in the Spirit seminars for 5 Tuesday evenings starting Tues 20th Feb, 7.30pm. A great way to help us all prepare for mission. Speakers: Mgr David Oakley of Oscott Seminary, David Payne and Jenny Baker of Café, Fr Richard McKay from our diocese and Fr Chris Thomas from the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Info: 07815 751556 ;

Starting Tues 20th FebMISSION IN THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH FROM EARLIEST TIMES TO THE 16TH CENTURY An opportunity to listen to Dr Giles Mercer give four fascinating talks throughout Lent. The talks will draw parallels with the Church's mission today. The talks are progressive but feel free to just attend the dates that are convenient. Tuesdays 20th & 27th February Tuesdays 6th & 13th March 6.30pm (following 6pm Mass) St Alphege’s Church, Oldfield Lane, BATH, BA2 3NR 01225 332202

Wednesday 21st Feb and every Wednesday during Lent: Stations of the Cross, St Mary’s Church,

6.00-6.30pm. Everyone is very welcome to attend the Stations of the Cross which help us to prepare spiritually for Easter. If anyone would like to lead or co-lead them, please sign the list at the back of Church. John Desmond has various books etc. to use with the service or feel free to use your own. He will be present at the 'Stations' to support you. Also, we hope to have a children's and a Keralan 'Stations'. Please contact John Desmond (01225 312905 / 07553022059) for further information.

Fri 23rd FebruaryCAFOD Family Fast Day Collection on Sunday 25th February. This means donations made between 13 February (Shrove Tuesday) and 12 May will be matched by the UK Government, up to a total value of £5m. Funds raised during this period will need to be sent to CAFOD by 1 July 2018.

Sat 24th Feb Parish Retreat LET THE LIGHT IN FOR LENT 9.30AM All are welcome!

Continuing our exploration of our Faith and Bishop Declan’s vision for A Future Full of Hope. Mass at 9.30am in Parish Centre. Finishing with a shared lunch at 1pm. (Please bring some food to share.)

Opportunities to talk and share with others. Time to reflect and pray.

Why should we Pray, Fast, Give Alms in Lent?

Jesus sent the apostles to “make disciples”. What does that mean for us? For St Mary’s?

Fr Jeremy and Matt Hemson explain. We hope you can come. You don’t need to have come to the previous retreat. To help us plan (but not essential) let Charlotte in the Parish Office know you’re coming. Please tell Fr Jeremy or Charlotte if you can help serve drinks on the day EITHER Tel 01225 314114 OR Email:

Thurs 1st MarchBishop Declan is to celebrate Liturgies of Reconciliation during the Season of Lent at five venues across the diocese. Our closest liturgy will be on Thurs 1 March, 7.00pm at St John’s, Bath. He is, once again, inviting our diocesan community to gather with him in celebration of God's merciful love as part of our Lenten journey, and indeed, this Year of Mission. There will be priests available at each venue to celebrate Sacramental reconciliation.

Friday 2nd MarchMalayalam Lent Retreat in the Parish Centre, 5.00-9.00pm.


10am-3.30pm, Apex City of Bath Hotel New Conference Centre.

1200+ Catholics regularly attend Mass around Bath. St John’s, working with our parishes, has arranged a special day for us to get together. In response to Pope Francis’ call to renewal and Bishop Declan’s vision A Future Full of Hope. Led by Michelle Moran, a leading lay missionary, personally appointed by Pope Francis to work on new structures for renewal and mission in the Church. Along with our Parish Retreat, this is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our Faith in Lent and to meet fellow Catholics. The day is ticketed. Tickets are subsidised and include coffee, a light lunch and tea and cake. (Cost: £10, students £5). Available after Masses or phone Deirdre 01225 872110. All are welcome; if the cost hard for you, please speak to Fr Jeremy or Parish Office. Tickets also available online (fees apply)

Strengthening our Bath Catholic Community during Bishop Declan’s Year of Mission.

Thursday 8th March: Lent Lunch @ St Mary’s Parish Centre, Burlington Street. Noon.

Thursday 15th March: Lent Lunch @ Christ Church Mews, Julian Road. Noon.

Aim: to build ecumenical links with our neighbours at Christ Church and raise money for those in need. Donations are made at the end of the meal (homemade soup and rolls) and are split 50/50 between the two churches for their chosen charities. Please contact the Parish Office if you would be able to help with the St Mary's Lent Lunch: purchasing ingredients, preparing food, serving the food, making hot drinks, washing up, laying and clearing tables during courses.

All are welcome to simply come, talk and eat together.

Sun 11th March:First Holy Communion Enrolment Mass, 10.30am. We have 28 candidates this year who will all be coming with their families.

Tuesday 13th MarchCommunity Houses of Prayer - CHOP Invitation for everyone to join a local CHOP on Tuesday 13th March at 7.45pm to pray with other Christians for their local area. There are 25 CHOPs all meeting in the Bath area at the same time in different community venues praying for God’s blessing and for social needs. Join and find the nearest one to you. Phone 01225 461509 or email Instagram @bathchop,

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TUESDAY 27th MARCHTHE PASSION THROUGH PAINTINGS A talk by Dr Giles Mercer exploring The Passion through paintings from the National Gallery with meditations and discussions of how different artists have brought to light different aspects. ST ALPHEGE'S CHURCH, BATH, BA2 3NS. 6.00pm Mass, 6.30pm Refreshments, 6.45pm Talk commences 01225 332202


prayers for Lent


Please bring any of the following items to Mass and leave them at the back of the church:

•Backpack/school bag

•Spoon (preferably metal)

•Exercise book/notepad

•Pencils / pens / crayons




•Pencil Case

•Shorts/skirt & t-shirt, or dress age 4-12

•Flip flops or sandals in children’s sizes

•Small ball (e.g. tennis ball)

•Soap (hard, individually wrapped)

•Toothbrush (new)

•Toothpaste (new)

•Towel - guest or hand size

Mary’s Meals provides one good meal to some of the world’s poorest children every school day. £13.90 feeds a child for a year and each backpack we send contains equipment to help a child learn at school. You can buy a book “The Shed that fed a Million Children” written by founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, after 10.30am Mass for £4.50