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Lent and Eastertide 2017

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 1st March 2017
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 3rd March 2017
Stations of the Cross, 7.00pm at Our Lady’s Church

Monday 6th March 2017
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

Monday, 6th March 2017
Film Night, 7.00pm at St Mary’s Stanley Hall – Happy are we?

Monday, 13th March 2017
Film Night, 7.00pm at St Mary’s Stanley Hall – Pivotal Players – St Francis of Assisi

Friday 17th March 2017
Stations of the Cross, 7.00pm at Our Lady’s Church

Monday, 20th March 2017 Film Night, 7.00pm at St Mary’s Stanley Hall – Pivotal Players – St Catherine of Sienna

Monday, 27th March 2017 Film Night, 7.00pm at St Mary’s Stanley Hall – Pivotal Players – St Thomas Aquinas

Friday 31st March 2017
Stations of the Cross, 7.00pm at Our Lady’s Church

Monday, 3rd April 2017
Film Night, 7.00pm at St Mary’s Stanley Hall – Catholicism – Christ & the Church

Tuesday, 4th April 2017
Penance Service at 7.00pm in Our Lady’s Church with the opportunity for individual celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

Passion (Palm) Sunday: 20th March 2017
Masses with Blessing of Palm Branches at the usual Sunday Mass Times across our Four Churches

Wednesday 12th April 2017
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: 13th April 2017
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: 14th April 2017
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: 15th April 2017
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: 16th April 2017
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, 23rd April 2017
Divine Mercy Devotions, 1.30pm to 6.00pm in St Mary’s Church (Full Programme to follow)

Feast of the Ascension of the Lord Sunday 28th May 2017
Masses at the usual Sunday Mass Times across our Four Churches

Pentecost Sunday 4th May 2017
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, 18th June 2017
Masses at the usual Sunday Mass Times across our Four Churches

Feast of Ss. Peter & Paul: Wednesday 29th June 2017
Mass will take place at the following times in our Churches:
St. Saviour’s: 7.00pm
St. Mary’s: 9.15am
Our Lady’s: 10.00am

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Tuesday, 14th August 2017
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: Wednesday, 1st November 2017
Feast of Ss. Peter & Paul: Wednesday 29th June 2017

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: Thursday, 2nd November 2017
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