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Lent and Eastertide 2018

The Time of Lent and Easter is a time when the Church ‘God’s People’ remembers Jesus Christ’s Suffering, Death, Resurrection, Ascension and Gift of the Holy Spirit. By remembering with special ceremonies at this time of year, Catholic Christians seek to make present and real today God’s love and concern for all people shown in Jesus.

In Lent, a traditional period of 40 days preparation for Easter, we seek to ‘re-focus’ on what is really important in life. This is sometimes through ‘giving up something’ or ‘doing something extra’ so as to help us see more clearly, and to celebrate the gifts we have and also to enter more fully into the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter.

 In Holy Week we celebrate what is known as the ‘Easter Triduum’ - three very special ceremonies which really form one great act of worship. The first of these is Holy Thursday Evening ‘The Mass of the Lord’s Supper’ in which we remember Jesus’ Last Supper, when he gave the gift of himself in the Eucharist, Holy Communion, in which God’s People receive Jesus’ life, and share in the Blessings of that life, death and resurrection. Then on ‘Good Friday’ we remember Jesus’ Death on the Cross, and finally at the ‘Easter Vigil’ late on Holy Saturday Evening we remember Jesus’ Resurrection.

Towards the end of Eastertide, we remember Jesus’ Ascension, and then on the last Sunday of Eastertide, Pentecost or ‘Whit’ Sunday we celebrate the Gift of the Holy Spirit, the life of Jesus made part of his people. This calls to mind for Christians that all we have ‘remembered’ at Eastertide is part of us, and that in our lives we can make God’s Way present, real and alive today. As we remember, and take part in, all that Jesus did, we are encouraged to make real those values today.
 
In addition to our Regular Services, these are the special Services planned for Lent and Eastertide:

Ash Wednesday 14th February 2018
Masses, with the Blessing and distribution of Ashes, will be at the following Times in our Churches:
Our Lady’s: 12.noon
St. Saviour’s: 7.00pm

Friday 16th February 2018
Stations of the Cross, 7.00pm at Our Lady’s Church

Friday 23rd February 2018
Stations of the Cross, 7.00pm at St Saviour’s Church
 
Friday 2nd March 2018

Stations of the Cross, 7.00pm at Our Lady’s Church

Friday 9th March 2018
Stations of the Cross, 7.00pm at St Saviour’s Church

 

Monday 12th March 2018
Penance Service at 7.00pm with the opportunity for individual celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) at St Columba’s Church, Plas Newton Lane, Chester CH2 1SA

Thursday, 15th March 2018
Penance Service at 7.00pm in Our Lady’s Church with the opportunity for individual celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

Friday 16th March 2018
Stations of the Cross, 7.00pm at Our Lady’s Church

Friday 23rd March 2018
Stations of the Cross, 7.00pm at St Saviour’s Church

Passion (Palm) Sunday: 25th March 2018
Masses with Blessing of Palm Branches at the usual Sunday Mass Times across our Four Churches

Wednesday 28th 2018
Diocese of Shrewsbury Chrism Mass, 7.00pm at the Cathedral in Shrewsbury. Please contact the LPA Office if anyone from our local Parishes would like to attend

Holy Thursday:  29th March 2018
The Mass of the Lord's Supper will take place at the following times in our Churches:
St. Mary’s: 7.00pm with Watching at the Altar of Repose until 10.30pm
Our Lady’s: 7.30pm with Watching at the Altar of Repose until 10.00pm

Good Friday: 30th March 2018
Services will take place at the following times in our Churches:
St. Saviour’s: Solemn Liturgy of the Passion at 3.00pm
St. Mary’s: Children’s Stations of the Cross at 10.00am, Solemn Liturgy of the Passion at 3.00pm
Our Lady’s: Solemn Liturgy of the Passion at 3.00pm, Stations of the Cross at 7.00pm

Also on Good Friday the ‘Christians Together in the Port’ Walk of Witness takes place, starting with a Service at 10.30am at ‘Christchurch Oasis’ Worcester Street, Ellesmere Port

Holy Saturday:  31st March 2018
The Easter Vigil Mass will take place at the following times in our Churches:
St. Saviour’s: 8.00pm
Our Lady’s: 8.30pm

Easter Sunday: 1st April 2018
Easter Day Masses will take place at the following times in our Churches:
St. Saviour’s: 11.00am
St. Mary’s: 9.00am
Our Lady’s: 11.00am
St. Bernard’s: 9.00am

Also on Easter Sunday Morning the Ellesmere Port Churches Together Sunrise Service takes place, at 7.30am in front of Trinity Methodist Church, Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port

Second Sunday of Easter, 8th April 2018
Divine Mercy Devotions, 1.30pm to 6.00pm in St Mary’s Church (Full Programme to follow)

Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, Thursday 10th May 2018
Mass will take place at the following times in our Churches:
St. Saviour’s: 7.00pm
St. Mary’s: 9.15am
Our Lady’s: 12.noon

Pentecost Sunday 20th May 2018
Masses at the usual Sunday Mass Times across our Four Churches

After Pentecost Eastertide finishes, but then the following special days occur:

Feast of the Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi): Sunday, 3rd June 2018
Masses at the usual Sunday Mass Times across our Four Churches

Feast of Ss. Peter & Paul: Friday 29th June 2018
Mass will take place at the following times in our Churches:
St. Saviour’s: 7.00pm
St. Mary’s: 9.15am
Our Lady’s: 12.noon

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Wednesday, 15th August 2018
Mass will take place at the following times in our Churches:
St. Saviour’s: 7.00pm
St. Mary’s: 9.15am
Our Lady’s: 12.noon

Feast of All Saints: Thursday, 1st November 2018
Mass will take place at the following times in our Churches:
St. Saviour’s: 7.00pm
St. Mary’s: 9.15am
Our Lady’s: 12.noon

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed: Friday, 2nd November 2018
Whilst not a 'Holyday of Obligation' this is a Day when many like to come to Church to remember Family and Friends who have died. Times of Masses will be notified closer the time