Lent

JRS changes lives
CSAN, or Caritas Social Action Network, in which we are taking part, has launched the Lent Campaign: Changes Lives! This post was taken from the JRS UK community blog http://jrsuk.blogspot.co.uk/Here are some of our JRS volunteers voices on how JRS helps change lives of those marginalised.By encouraging refugee women to manage their stress and to focus on their health and wellbeing; by praying together   By enabling people to develop their own voice    ...
Where you are is the only place to begin.This retreat is open to anyone who wishes to:• explore deeper connections between believing and living• discover different ways of praying • experience a deeper, personal relationship with God • find help when it is difficult to pray.You are welcome whether you are a member of a church community or have no particular affiliation. The retreat is open and ecumenical. No previous experience is necessary.In order to help with the expenses of...
Students at Wimbledon College have raised more than £3,000 to support the work of Cancer Research UK. Most of it was generated over the six weeks of Lent but they are continuing to collect funds for the charity.One student in particular went to extreme lengths to raise money for Cancer Research UK. 16-year-old Luke Higgins shaved his head, thereby generating over £800 through his efforts. “I did it because I thought by doing something extreme, I would raise more money for such...
The Faith Matters Lenten talks are taking place in Westminster each Thursday evening. On Thursday 20 March, Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ will speak on the topic: The Church is Feminine. Dr Helen Costigane SHCJ will be the speaker on 27 March, asking: 'The Church of the Poor'?.  Faith Matters will conclude on Thursday 3 April with 'The Church in the midst of a secular culture’ by Bishop John Sherrington, Auxiliary of Westminster.The Faith Matters talks are held at Vaughan House,...
This evening's Faith Matters Lent Lecture in Westminster will be given by Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ (pictured). It is titled The Church is Feminine.Dr Simmonds is a sister of the Congregation of Jesus. After a career in teaching she worked as chaplain in the University of Cambridge and at Heythrop College, University of London, where she also co-ordinated student support services. She spent a period studying and working among women and street children in Brazil before becoming a volunteer on the...
The Lauriston Jesuit Centre’s Lenten season of talks begins in Edinburgh on Wednesday 19 March and is called The Mace Series. Its theme is Beyond the Referendum - Values for the New Scotland and the topics for the four weeks are the four values inscribed on the Mace that is in the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber.The Mace is constructed of Scottish silver with an inlaid band of gold panned from Scottish rivers.  The gold band is intended to symbolise the marriage of the...
The Jesuit Institute in South Africa (a Region of the British Province) has published a book of reflections that link the season of Lent with South Africans’ experience of liberation and address more broadly Pope Francis’ call for the Church to actively participate in political life. Last November, Pope Francis said: “Responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” This is being felt particularly keenly in South Africa which today is on the...
The Lent 2014 Lecture Series at the Centre for Eastern Christianity, Heythrop College, will focus on the Eastern Catholic Tradition Today, considering perspectives ranging from Albania to Antioch and Greece to Ukraine. The speaker for the first two lectures in the series will be Revd Dr Robin Gibbons, Research Fellow at the Centre for Eastern Christianity at Heythrop, whose topics will be 'The Eastern Greek Catholic Tradition and Heritage' (Wednesday 22 January) and 'The Eastern Greek Catholic...