Lenten Calendar Part II

Lenten Calendar Part II


Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
18TH MARCH
4TH SUN OF LENT

Has the God revealed in Jesus made His home in you?
Jn 3 : 14-21
19TH MARCH
PRAY FOR THOSE APPEARING FOR EXAMS
ST.JOSEPH, HUSBAND OF MARY
Though Joseph could have done the right thing and shamed Mary by publicly divorcing her, he went  beyond the letter of the law and did the loving thing, which was also the right thing.
Mt 1:16,18-24
20TH MARCH
LET GO OF ANY OLD ENMITY
The miracle calls each of us to give up the blindness of our heart and the lameness of our mind and the paralysis of our spirit and to focus on the positive of God’s unconditional healing and love made visible in Jesus       

Jn 5 : 1-3, 5-16
21ST MARCH
TIME FOR YOUR NEIGHBOUR
HELP WITH SHOPPING, PAYING BILLS
The now will determine the later, the present will determine the future.



Jn 5 : 17 - 30
22ND MARCH
THANKSGIVING
GIVE THANKS FOR ALL YOUR FRIENDS
There is no middle ground and if one is not willing to live the kind of life that Jesus invites us to as His disciples, then one is a non-believer.

Jn 5 : 31-47
23RD MARCH
FASTING
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
BE STILL AND LISTEN TO GOD FOR  5-10 MINS
The way to be able to find God in all things and all things in God is to be open and receptive and let God be God.

Jn 7 : 1-2, 10, 25-30
24TH MARCH
VISIT A SICK RELATIVE/ FRIEND
Jesus cannot be captured by concepts, words or images. Yet, this does not mean that we cannot know him as intimately as we want to. He reveals himself to each of us according to the level of openness we possess.
Jn 7 : 40-52
25TH MARCH
5TH SUN OF LENT
LOVE GOD
ATTEND MASS
WATCH A LENTEN MOVIE
Like Jesus, unless we die to our selfish ambitions and our desires to have more, God cannot make all things new. The newness that God brings in Jesus needs our active co-operation and collaboration. It needs us to keep saying “Yes”.
Jn 12 : 20-33
26TH MARCH
PRAYER DAY
PRAY FOR THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH
Jesus condemns no one, not even those who condemn. How about you?






Jn 8 : 1-11
27TH MARCH
FORGIVENESS
FORGIVE CO-WORKERS OR GROUP MEMBERS
THOSE IN AUTHORITY
Even as He is crucified, the very ones who crucify him realize that what they have done is nailed love incarnate to the cross. This love accepts, forgives and continues to love even from the cross.
Jn 8 : 21-30
28TH MARCH
TIME FOR YOUR NEIGHBOUR
HELP WITH HOUSEWORK
Freedom is possible only through the Son who alone can make free because he is the Truth. In order to receive this freedom one must be able to recognize the truth of who Jesus is.


Jn 8 : 31-42
29TH MARCH
THANKSGIVING - GIVE THANKS FOR YOUR PARENTS
Our stereotypes and closed minds result in missing out on the revelation God continues to make to us. In our understanding of who God is or how God reveals Himself, it is important to note that with our finite minds, we will never be able to totally fathom the depths of this mystery.
Jn 8 : 51-59
30TH MARCH
FASTING
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
BE STILL AND LISTEN TO GOD FOR  5-10 MINS
The good works of Jesus are continued when one speaks an enhancing word or performs a loving action. There are visible in selfless service and forgiveness. They are visible when love is made real.
Jn 10 : 31-42
31ST MARCH
VISIT YOUR GRANDPARENTS, SPEND TIME WITH THEM
When we witness evil overpowering good or fear overtaking love, then it seems that we have upset God’s will. However, these “victories’ are only temporary as was the victory of the ones who crucified Jesus. In the final race, it is always God who wins and it is always love that overcomes.
Jn 11 : 45-56
1ST  APRIL
PALM SUNDAY
LOVE GOD
ATTEND MASS
PREPARE FOR HOLY WEEK
Jesus "emptied himself" totally and in so doing, became filled with the Spirit of his Father.  He clung to nothing; he let go of everything. Do we have the courage to do likewise?

Mk 14:1-15:47
2ND  APRIL
PRAYER DAY
PRAY FOR YOUR
SPECIAL NEEDS
PARISH CONFESSIONS 5PM ONWARDS IN THE SCHOOL SHED
We can decide to respond like Mary because we are convinced and have experienced the unconditional love of God ourselves, or we can be like Judas who focus on our own selfish interests and so miss out on the beauty and reality of unconditional love.
Jn 12: 1-11
3RD APRIL
FORGIVENESS - FORGIVE YOURSELF FOR ANY  WEAKNESS
PARISH CONFESSIONS
There are times when things do not go the way we plan. We are tempted to throw in the towel like Judas and Peter. However, the challenge is even at times like these to continue to trust and believe that though we may not fully understand why things happen the way they do, God is still in control and will never let anything happen to us that is not for our good and for his glory.
Jn 13: 21-33, 36-38
4TH APRIL
TIME FOR YOUR NEIGHBOUR
HELP WITH EASTER SPRING CLEANING
PARISH CONFESSIONS
Jesus is fully aware of who it is that will betray him. God is not taken by surprise in the betrayal that leads to crucifixion; it goes according to the divine plan expressed in Scripture. But this does not relieve the burden of human responsibility. God is fully sovereign, humanity is fully responsible.
Mt 26: 14-25
5TH  APRIL
MAUNDY THURSDAY
Celebration of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30 pm
Jesus gives a “New Commandment”. He challenges us to love as he loved, expecting nothing in return and till the very end.

Jn 13 : 1-15
6TH APRIL
GOOD FRIDAY
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
FASTING/ ABSTINENCE
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 6pm
Greater love no one has than this; to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.

Jn 18 : 1- 19, 42
7TH  APRIL
HOLY SATURDAY
EASTER VIGIL
Mk 16:1-7
He is Raised!!! Alleluia!!!
8TH  APRIL
EASTER SUNDAY
TRADITIONAL LENTEN DISCIPLINES
Fasting and abstinence: Catholics of age 14 and older, abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent. In addition on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Catholics from Age 18 to 59 fast, limiting themselves to one full meal and 2 smaller meals, each day. Prayer: Catholics are encouraged to pray more often during Lent, especially with scripture. Lent is an ideal time to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation, in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. Almsgiving: Moved by the sacrifice of Christ, many Christians combine almsgiving with fasting, giving to the poor the money they saved by eating, drinking or buying less, as they rely more upon God’s abundant grace.