April 02, 2021

Resources for Holy Week 2021

New Resources for Lent (17 February-3 April) from Mercies & Other Sources

Resources for Holy Week
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Ali Roach rsm: The Cross of Christ

Ali Roach rsm (ISMAPNG) was the Grassroots Ministry contributor to MGP Segment Three, Theme Four ‘Presence to Self & Others’. Sr Ali retold the Stations of the Cross from the experiences of 14 clients of the homeless ministry in which she was working when she prepared her presentation.
She introduces these Stations saying ‘All of my clients have carried the Cross of Christ...’

Download the presentation
in English (A4), (USLetter);
en español (A4), (USLetter)

Way of the Cross United in Solidarity with the People of Myanmar

On the morning of February 1, the military of Myanmar initiated a coup and started deposing the country's democratically elected leaders. Since then, over 500 people have been killed as pro-democracy protests have swept over the country.

The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, partners in ministry with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, has produced this Way of the Cross.

Click  here to pray in solidarity with the people of Myanmar. 

Virtual Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas are among the co-sponsors of this Maryknoll Way of the Cross to be held online on Good Friday, 2 April at 12 noon Eastern Time. Click here to find the time and date for your local areaClick here to register via Zoom or watch live on YouTube

The script is also available for use by those unable to attend. Download it here.

Praying Holy Week

St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre, Wales, has prepared ‘Praying Holy Week' 2021’. The theme is ‘From his Passion to this day, Jesus, the Compassionate One, suffers with us’. The booklet of prayers, poems and images is free to download and print (PDF) or, if preferred, there is also a single page version to read online or download

The Passion According to John
Chapters 18 & 19
Presenter: Professor Mary Coloe pbvm

Tuesday, 30 March from 7-8pm.

Poetry for Holy Week and Easter

Mary Wickham rsm (ISMAPNG) has composed two poems for this Holy Week and Easter: Finding Eucharist and Kneeling at Easter.

The poems which can be downloaded are linked to this item

Threshold for Hope

An Online Gathering with gifted and creative singer, facilitator and spiritual director, Deirdre Ni Chinneide on 30 March at 8pm, coming from the Aran Islands on the west coast of Ireland, into your own home.
Click here to find the date and time in your local area.

This is a free event.

Download the flyer

Watch it here

Hope Springs: Spirituality for Lent 2021

On 9 March, Elizabeth Davis rsm gave an online presentation for Galilee Spirituality Centre, Ireland, on the theme ‘Metanoia: Return to God, to Earth, to One Another and to Self’. The presentation was recorded and is available, together with the PowerPoint slides and Gathering Prayer, for viewing on the Galilee Centre website.

View the presentation here

Resources for Lent

Online Lenten Retreat facilitated by Desmond O'Murchu

As part of their Lenten Journey series, a Scottish laity group has organised a one day online retreat on Saturday, 27 March from 10:00am - 3:00pm (London time). Click here to find out the day and time in your local area

Download the flyer

There is no cost to participate but a small donation, if possible, would be welcome.

To register, please email slaitynetwork@gmail.com

A series of evening webinars given by biblical scholar, Father Henry Wansbrough, a Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey,.

Dates: 10, 17, 24 March. Cost: Free.
Time: 7.45pm to 9.15pm (London time).

Find out the time and date for your local area here for the first session. It will be the same time for the following sessions.

Book on eventbrite

A Lent retreat of seven sessions with Margaret Silf.

‘We have all come through a year like no other in living memory, and now we have arrived in a new year, carrying all the hopes and dreams of a new beginning, but also the many fears and troubles of the year just passed. The season of Lent gives us a heaven-sent opportunity to reflect prayerfully on our recent experience and the difficulties and the possibilities it has set before us.’

Organised by the Religious Formation Conference USA and led by Dr. Chrissy Zaker from CTU Chicago.

‘In the middle of this winter’s darkness and social distance, in a period of Lenten renewal, we might find it hard to recognize God in our midst. Refining our skills of theological reflection is one critical way to attune our hearts to God’s presence.’

Date: 3 March. Time: 1pm (central) Find out the time and date for your local area here

The webinar is free. Registration is required. Further information and registration details are here

Laudato Si' Lent 2021: A Journey of Hope.

A journey of ecological conversion through Reflection, Repentance and Renewal from the Global Catholic Climate Movement via weekly fasting themes.

Find out more here

Sandhurst Diocese Lent 2021 leaflets

These leaflets for each week of Lent, Palm Sunday and Easter invite reflection on excerpts from Pope Francis’ book, ‘Let us Dream’ together with insights and suggestions for action. Free to download.

Find out more here

Arts & Faith: Lent

Enter into a visual prayer experience this Lent with Arts & Faith: Lent. Use the video commentaries to take a new look at this season of spiritual renewal through the lens of sacred art.

Find out more here

Mercy Meatless Mondays

Everyone in the Mercy community is invited to participate in Mercy Meatless Mondays throughout Lent. By choosing vegetarian options for two days each week, instead of just on Fridays as is traditional for many Catholics, we commit ourselves to a healthier planet. The Lenten edition of the resource includes 14 delicious, meatless recipes submitted by Mercy Earth Challenge participants.

Messages to: Marianne Comfort - Mercy Americas Justice Coordinator for Earth, Antiracism, Women

Lenten Talks by Australian Biblical Scholars

Each week during Lent this group of accomplished guides: Mark O’Brien op, Mary Reaburn nds, Chris Monaghan cp, Mary Coloe pbvm, will work together to explore the readings for the week.

Live and free on zoom

7:00-8:00pm AEDT
Find out the time & date each week for your local area here

Registrations are welcomed at any time during the series and videos will be made available on the site in the week after the live event.

Knowing Jesus: Lenten Retreat

‘Walk with us through Lent and Easter and really come to understand and love Jesus. We will ponder Gospel stories, reflect on their meaning and see how startlingly relevant Jesus is to living a truly human life in the 21st Century.
This retreat, produced in Scotland by the Society of Jesus is open to all throughout the world.’

Available online without charge

Resources from CAFOD

CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development UK) has once again produced downloadable Lenten reflections and prayers including an interactive Lent calendar and Stations of the Cross, as well as Lent resources for children and Lent resources for young people.

Women in the Shadows - a Lent Study Course on Exploitation of Girls and Women

Lynda Dearlove rsm MBE, Director of women@thewell is among those interviewed in this free online course shining a light on the suffering of marginalised women. While focussed on the exploitation of women in the UK, the modern slavery and exploitative situations addressed are widely applicable.

Lenten Reflection Guide 2021: Brothers and Sisters All

The annual Maryknoll Lenten Reflection Guide this year focusses on Pope Francis' Fratelli Tutti (‘Brothers and Sisters All’) in which Pope Francis models a sort of Lenten-style of “examination” of the challenges and social sins facing our world.

The Guide is available without charge for download in English and en español

Find out more here

Spiritual Reflections for Lent. Theme: The Beatitudes

Eight Sisters and Associates of the Institute of the Americas have been invited to reflect on the Beatitudes and how we can incorporate each into our own Lenten journeys. There will be additional reflections published for Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday and Easter.

You can subscribe at this link to receive these reflections

Lenten Talks: What Would Pope Francis Do?

To mark the eighth anniversary of Pope Francis' election, the Edinburgh Jesuit Centre will be hosting a series of talks, live and free each Tuesday in Lent, by prominent Catholic voices exploring the teaching of Pope Francis on various topics.
Speakers will be: Austen Ivereigh, Imelda Poole ibvm MBE, James Martin sj, Christopher Lamb, Dr Lorna Gold and Gemma Simmonds cj.

Time: 730-830pm UK Time commencing 23 February
Find out the time & date each week for your local area here
Zoom Login Information: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2365092814 or
Meeting ID: 236 509 2814

These talks will also be streamed on Facebook Live

Find out more here

Messages to: Edinburgh Jesuit Centre

Centering Prayer program at Mercy Center Burlingame

13 February, 9:00-12noon. Live on zoom
Find out the time & date for your local area here

Details are here. Cost: By donation

Mercy Center is also offering an Ash Wednesday Reflection and 6-Session Lenten Art Project
Cost and registration details are here

Messages to: Mary A. DuQuaine-Mercy Center Director

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