As you begin to prepare for Lent, let us share with you some of the messages and activities that may inspire your Lenten journey.  Select the hyperlinks to read the various messages.

Pope Benedict’s Message for Lent 2012.

His Holiness has issued a message for Lent titled “Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works” (Heb 10:24). The three central messages to his message are:

  • Responsibility towards our brothers and sisters
  • The gift of reciprocity
  • Walking together in holiness

This is a timely reminder of what we are all called to do —that is, to be in communion with one another.

Share Lent Campaign: Message of Encouragement from the CCCB President, Archbishop Richard Smith

Archbishop Smith, in his capacity as CCCB President, has issued a message of encouragement for participation in the Share Lent Campaign.  Development and Peace has also released information kits to participate in the Share Lent Campaign/ThinkFast Campaign.These are wonderful campaigns, and will help your youth/young adults experience the beatitudes and corporal works of mercy in a tangible way.

There are other opportunities in which your youth/young adults can serve in their community during Lent and year-round.  There is always a need for volunteers at various homeless shelters and food banks, hospitals, senior centres and so on… We are being called to serve our community. How will we respond?

Youth Mannafest Prayer Festival/Lent Retreat

Friday March 30th-April 1st, 2012: St. Francis Xavier High School in Edmonton. We are encouraging young adults to participate in this advent as their 2012 Lent Retreat. Celebrant: Rev. Paul Moret. Archbishop Smith will be present at on Saturday evening, in conjunction with the WYD@Home celebrations. Several priests will be available for reconciliation throughout Mannafest.

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Have a Blessed Lent!