Lent 2017

Daily Lenten Prayer:
Today Lord, I choose life,
I choose your love and the challenge to live it and share it,
I choose hope, even in moments of darkness,
I choose faith, accepting you as Lord and God,
I choose to let go of some part of my burdens,
day by day handing them over to you,
I choose to take hold of your strength and power ever more deeply in my life.
May this truly be for me a time of new life, of change, challenge and growth.
May I come to Easter with a heart open to dying with you
and rising to your new life, day by day.  Amen

(Irish Catholic Bishops Conference, Resources for Lent 2017)

Talks & Reflections
Unfolding Mystery is a series of talks in Mount Merrion Parish & Clonskeagh Parish held during Lent. Click here for details of the programme including the list of speakers.



A DIY Retreat for busy people.
Something Different for Lent 2017
– Is a DIY Retreat for Busy People. This a Lenten retreat with a difference – You are the retreat leader, you set your own pace and work around your own lifestyle and schedule. The Focus this Lent is to – Be the Love you want to see in our World!
Costing you nothing but your time. You follow your daily routine but do things in a more thoughtful & reflective way. Download the Retreat Booklet here: 2017-Lenten-Retreat-Booklet-CCPC.
Credit: Clondalkin Village Parish and Evangelisation & Ecumenism – Archdiocese of Dublin

Hearing, Happening, Hoping – Lent 2017 (Archdiocese of Dublin)
Hearing, Happening, Hoping is a resource based on the Gospel readings for each Sunday during Lent. It aims to help us to listen more deeply to the Sunday Gospel and reflect on where we see this Gospel happening in our lives and in the world around us. It is a very simple and easy-to-use method which can be led by anyone. It invites people to share from their own experience. There is a one page handout for each Sunday to guide a group through this way of reading the Scriptures. Each session ends with a time for prayer and looking forward in hope. People can simply gather in a small group to use this resource to share on God’s Word. Some parishes have decided to make them available for people to take home with them after Mass by leaving them at the back of the Church or including them with the Sunday newsletter. Whatever way you decide to use them we hope that they will help you to attend to the Word of God more deeply during Lent. With every good wish for your Lenten initiatives: Jane Mellett (Dublin) Sr. Marie McNamara & Maureen Kelly (Killaloe), Seamus O’ Connell & Jessie Rogers (Maynooth), Philip Carder (Armagh). If you have any queries please get in touch: jane.mellett@dublindiocese.ie  . As always, we would love to hear your feedback.

Carmelite Online Retreat for Lent 2017
Prepare for Easter with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. A Lenten journey inward with the young Carmelite nun who was canonized in 2016. If you sign up for this retreat, you will receive a weekly email containing:
* an inspirational reading about the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday and texts from St. Elizabeth
* three practical suggestions for everyday life
* short daily texts for meditation for each weekday
* a short audio summary for the week
If you would like to participate, click on the link below

Best Lent Ever – Dynamic Catholic
This is a  FREE, video-based email program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly. From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, Matthew will help you identify what stands between you and happiness . . . and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever? Sign up here.