The Parish Word: 29 February and 1 March

  • Take 20 Minutes in the course of each day to pray. (Can be divided into shorter ‘prayerbites’ of a few minutes to suit your daily routines. A conscious effort to use traffic jams, bus and bank queues, waiting rooms as prayer spaces)
  • Attend daily Mass. If not possible, go on one other day of the week other than Sunday. (Evening Mass in Ballinora at 7.30pm)
  • Go to the Sacrament of Confession or a Reconciliation Service even once during Lent.
  • Read a passage of Scripture each day or visit a website like Catholicireland.net for the Mass Reading of the day or download the ‘Universalis’ app for laptop or phone.
  • Pray the Stations of the Cross maybe on a Friday during Lent. Follow the journey of Jesus; his tormentors, his supporters.
  • Try to say some simple common prayer together as a family each night.
  • Read the life-story of a Saint who appeals to you (the Confirmation Candidates should be experts on Saints for their new names!)
  • Take on a person to visit at home, in nursing home or hospital.
  • Support the poor. Donate to Trócaire, Penny Dinners, Vincent do Paul. Better still offer your services, maybe in a Charity Shop, or Marymount.
  • Organise a charity event – a coffee morning maybe, for a good cause.
  • When Lent is over, make sure to continue your effort….