Lent

Lent is a special time in our Catholic calendar in which we spare a thought for those who may be less fortunate than ourselves. This year we gathered together to join in a ‘Lenten Pilgrimage’ to take time out to think about others and t say special prayers for them.

Gather

We gathered together in the library to think about the journey we are about to take.

Listen

At each station, we listen to a CAFOD prayer and thought about the key messages within. We then thought about how these prayers resonate within our own hearts and we thought about how we could follow in God’s footsteps taking forth the message.

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You journey with us

Compassionate God
You journey with us in all that we do
already present in the people that we meet
and at work in the good they and we choose to do.

Bless the people of….
May their hands and hearts be committed
to bringing hope to those in despair
food to those who are hungry
water to those who thirst
wisdom to those who desire the truth
and justice to those who are oppressed.

Grant that we may share these tasks
as we walk along side our sisters and brothers
Bless us that we may recognise you
in the day to day struggles of all
as we seek to live your life to the full.

Respond

After listening to each prayer, we responded in different ways saying a quiet prayer to ourselves and thinking about the messages within each prayer.

Feed the Hungry

Matthew 25:35-40
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.’

There are people around the world who do not have enough food to eat every day. God asks us to help those who are hungry.

Take a spoon of rice and as you pour it into the basket say a prayer for those who are hungry.

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Go Forth

We gathered back together to reflect on the pilgrimage and journey we had been on together. We each took away a prayer card and wrote down a prayer with a message of hope for those who need it.

‘We will say a prayer each night for those who go to bed hungry.’
Amen