The season of Lent is a Catholic Liturgical Season consisting of forty days of fasting, prayer, and penitence beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding at sundown on Holy Thursday. The official liturgical colour for the season of Lent is violet.
Message from our Parish Priests
Dear brother and sister parishioners,
The peace of the Lord be with you.
Lent has arrived. Are we ready for this season of soul searching, of discipline, of conversion? Lent is different from the other seasons of the Church year - at Advent we focus on the Second Coming of Jesus and prepare to celebrate his first; at Christmas we celebrate Jesus’s birth in his first coming; Easter brings us to the rejoicing of the Resurrection, the Ascension, and the sending of the Holy Spirit; in Ordinary Time we celebrate the everyday life of Jesus, his teaching and his acts.
In all of this the focus is on Jesus but at Lent the focus, as it were, is on us. Not that we forget the Lord - we remember his love which should spur us on to conversion. But the focus is on us and all we need to do to be more faithful to the Lord, to be better members of his body, to be purified to celebrate the Easter feasts. (See overleaf for more on this.)
The parish will be having a number of activities during this season and we urge you to take part whenever possible, particularly, of course at Sunday Mass.
Meanwhile, let us go forward together in faith, hope and love, on the path ahead of us - the path that leads to life!
Msgr. Michael de Verteuil and Fr. Matthew Ragbir
Parish Lenten Activities
Parish Lenten Retreat
Encountering The Healing Jesus
Facing our brokenness with Jesus
Facilitated by Fr. Matthew Ragbir and Mrs. Alicia Hoyte
13th -17th March
Beginning with Praise and worship.
Not being live streamed
St. Francis, Sangre Grande
Fridays: 5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
St. Vincent, Matura
1st Friday Adoration, 5:30p.m.
Stations of the Cross
Join us on Fridays during Lent for Stations of the Cross.
Sangre Grande: 6:30p.m
Come Worship the Lord
A time of praise and worship before the Blessed Sacrament Ending off with Mass
With visiting Worship Leaders, Come Experience a time of healing and benediction.
No other Masses in the Parish this Weekend.
Sunday 19th March 2023
10:00 - 1:30p.m.
Lunch is provided after Mass.
Coalmine - Sunday 26th March 3:00p.m. - 4:30p.m.
Vega de Oropouche - Sunday 26th March 5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Sangre Grande - Thursday 30th March 4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Matura - Friday 31st March 4:00p.m. - 5:30p.m.
Lenten Gospel Reflections
Sign up to receive DAILY MEDITATIONS from Bishop Robert Barron.
Spend your time with Christ in the Gospel this Lent alongside Bishop Barron and the Word on Fire community.
The Ascenion Lenten Companion
God wants to give you more. How will you respond this Lent?
Has your relationship with God grown stale? Has it lost its spark? Are you plagued by a particular sin? Something you can’t shake? Are you just tired from the day-to-day grind of your life? These all show that God wants to give you more. And this Lent can be when God gives it to you.
Fr. Mark Toups, an experienced spiritual director, leads readers inward to invite the Lord to heal those areas where they need it most. He follows the same format that tens of thousands enjoyed in Advent with his popular Rejoice! journals. Readers will receive daily guidance as well as supplemental videos, to help enter more deeply into Lent and remain focused throughout the season.
Dynamic Catholic: Best Lent Ever!
It's not what you give up this Lent
It's Who You Become
YOU’VE ALREADY EXPERIENCED YOUR MOST AUTHENTIC SELF…YOU JUST MIGHT NOT KNOW IT.
You may not have had a name for it at the time, but any moment in your life where you chose to be kind, generous, selfless, patient, or express any other form of goodness…that was a Holy Moment. And you experienced the real you.
You are more than the worst thing that has ever happened to you. You are more than the worst thing you have ever done. You are more than your greatest accomplishments and talents too.
The real you is revealed every time you collaborate with God to create a Holy Moment.
And the real you is amazing. He knows God deeply. She loves her family patiently. The real you fills the world with undeniable goodness.
You’ve caught glimpses of that person before. Now it’s time to start living every day at the real you.
I’m Ready! Sign Up Now!
Pray as You Go
Pray as you go is a daily prayer session, designed for use on portable devices, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc.
A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend. It is not a 'Thought for the Day', a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer. It is founded in Ignatian Spirituality and uses the imagination to enter more deeply into prayer.
Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.