Preparing for the season of Lent

Now is the time to plan what we’ll do during Lent to deepen our devotion and love of God


The word Lent derives from the Middle English word lenten, meaning springtime – the time of lengthening days. There is biblical support for doing penance, in both the Old and New Testaments. The season of Lent builds on this biblical support, but like all Catholic liturgical seasons, it developed over time. In its early three-week form, Lent was the period of intense spiritual and liturgical preparation for catechumens before they were baptized at Easter. Many members of the community imitated this time of preparation with the catechumens.

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Bishop Robert Byrne C.O

On Monday 4th February 2019, the Vatican announced Bishop Robert's translation from Birmingham Archdiocese, where he has served as and auxiliary bishop since 2014, to the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. He will be the 14th bishop of that See.  Bishop Robert will...

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University Chaplaincy

Father Dominic celebrated Mass on the Bournemouth University and Arts University campus on Monday 21 January at the Chaplaincy centre in the Talbot Building, where he was joined by Sister Marta, Brother Andrew and members of the University Catholic...

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Long Expected – Not Disappointed

Just in time for Christmas, the long-awaited Communion Rails have been installed in our church. They are the work of local craftsman, Richard Burchell of Burchmore Joinery at Ferndown, who was very pleased to be asked to do some traditional work.The rails are made of...

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SVP Festive Tea Party

The SVP Festive Tea party held last week was a great success. Over 30 guests turned up representing all ages from young children to the elderly, fit and not so fit. There was an abundance of food, music and games which included: pass the parcel, a quiz, and a raffle....

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Br Andrew Ordained a Deacon

On Friday, 9th November, we were very happy to welcome Bishop Philip to our church, to ordain Brother Andrew to the diaconate. The liturgy was the mass for the feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica.A goodly number of parishioners turned out on what was a...

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