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Lent and Eastertide 2019

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 ‘refocus’ 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 and events planned for Lent and Eastertide:

Ash Wednesday 6th March 2019
Masses, with the Blessing and distribution of Ashes, will be at the following Times in our Churches:
St Mary’s: 9.15am
Our Lady’s: 12.noon
St. Saviour’s: 7.00pm

Friday 8th March 2019
Stations of the Cross, 7.00pm at Our Lady’s Church

Sunday 10th March 2019
Holy Hour and Evening Prayer, 4.30pm at Our Lady’s Church

Wednesday 13th March 2019
Diocesan ‘Called to Holiness, Gifted for Mission’ Talks, 7.00pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre

Friday 15th March 2019
Stations of the Cross, 7.00pm at St Saviour’s Church

Friday 15th March 2019
Global Healing ‘Laudato Si’ Video & Discussion, 7.30pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre

Sunday 17th March 2019
Holy Hour and Evening Prayer, 4.30pm at Our Lady’s Church

Wednesday 20th March 2019
Diocesan ‘Called to Holiness, Gifted for Mission’ Talks, 7.00pm at St Columba’s Parish Centre, Plas Newton Lane, Chester CH2 1PL

Friday 22nd March 2019
Stations of the Cross, 7.00pm at Our Lady’s Church

Sunday 24th March 2019
Holy Hour and Evening Prayer, 4.30pm at Our Lady’s Church

Wednesday 27th March 2019
Diocesan ‘Called to Holiness, Gifted for Mission’ Talks, 7.00pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre

Thursday. 28th March 2019
Chester & Ellesmere Port Deanery Penance Service at 7.00pm with the opportunity for individual celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) at St Saviour’s Church

Friday 29th March 2019
Stations of the Cross, 7.00pm at St Saviour’s Church

Friday 29th March 2019
Global Healing ‘Laudato Si’ Video & Discussion, 7.30pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre

Sunday 31st March 2019
Holy Hour and Evening Prayer, 4.30pm at Our Lady’s Church

Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Diocesan ‘Called to Holiness, Gifted for Mission’ Talks, 7.00pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre

Thursday 4th April 2019
Chester & Ellesmere Port Deanery 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

Friday 5th April 2019
Stations of the Cross, 7.00pm at Our Lady’s Church

Friday 5th April 2019
Global Healing ‘Laudato Si’ Video & Discussion, 7.30pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre

Tuesday 9th April 2019
Chester & Ellesmere Port Deanery Penance Service at 7.00pm with the opportunity for individual celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) at St Werburgh’s Church, Grosvenor Park Road, Chester CH1 1QJ
 
Friday 12th April 2019
Stations of the Cross, 7.00pm at St Saviour’s Church

Passion (Palm) Sunday: 14th April 2019
Masses with Blessing of Palm Branches at the usual Sunday Mass Times across our Four Churches

Wednesday 17th April 2019
Ellesmere Port Schools Procession, 9.30am from Our Lady’s Primary School concluding with Mass at Our Lady’s Church at 10.30am

Wednesday 17th April 2019
Diocese of Shrewsbury Chrism Mass, 7.00pm at St Anthony’s Church, Woodhouse Park, Wythenshawe. Please contact the LPA Office if anyone from our local Parishes would like to attend

Holy Thursday:  18th April 2019
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 10.00pm
Our Lady’s: 7.30pm with Watching at the Altar of Repose until 10.30pm

Good Friday: 19th April 2019
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:  20th April 2019
Blessing of Easter Food for the Polish & Slovak Communities at Our Lady’s Church at 2.30pm
Our Lady’s: 8.30pm

Holy Saturday:  20th April 2019
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 2019
Easter Day Masses will take place at the following times in our Churches:
St. Mary’s: 9.00am
St. Bernard’s: 9.00am
St. Saviour’s: 11.00am
Our Lady’s: 11.00am

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, 28th April 2019
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 30th May 2019
Mass will take place at the following times in our Churches:
St. Saviour’s: 7.00pm, Vigil on Wednesday, 29th May
St. Mary’s: 9.15am Day
Our Lady’s: 12.noon Day
Our Lady’s: 7.00pm Day

Pentecost Sunday 9th June 2019
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, 23rd June 2019
Masses at the usual Sunday Mass Times across our Four Churches

Feast of Ss. Peter & Paul: Sunday 30th June 2019
Masses at the usual Sunday Mass Times across our Four Churches

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Thursday, 15th August 2019
Mass will take place at the following times in our Churches:
St. Saviour’s: 7.00pm, Vigil on Wednesday, 14th August
St. Mary’s: 9.15am Day
Our Lady’s: 12.noon Day
Our Lady’s: 7.00pm Day

Feast of All Saints: Friday, 1st November 2019
Mass will take place at the following times in our Churches:
St. Saviour’s: 7.00pm, Vigil on Thursday, 31st October
St. Mary’s: 9.15am Day
Our Lady’s: 12.noon Day
Our Lady’s: 7.00pm Day

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed: Saturday, 2nd November 2019
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