Lent is the 40-day season of preparation for the Paschal Triduum (Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday). The word “Lent” comes from the same root as the Angelo-Saxon word “lengthen”. It was a word for springtime when the daytime lengthens rapidly. Therefore, Lent is in essence the Church’s springtime.
We are encouraged to look at this period of Lent as a journey. Lent reminds us that this is the season to turn away from our worldly distractions and journey home to God. This should be a time of inner reflection, and at the end of the Lenten journey, we should expect to find ourselves at a different place spiritually than when we started. At the end of our Lenten journey, if we have truly humbled and submitted ourselves to the Lord, the grace of God working in our lives should have conformed us more perfectly to the image of Christ, who is, himself, the image and likeness of God the Father.
“By the solemn forty days of Lent, the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert.” CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 540
In order to assist us on our Lenten journey and to provide an opportunity for fellowship, the diocese publishes a Lenten Program book each year that includes daily reflections from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday for personal reflection in addition to longer-form Sunday Scripture reflections, readings, responsorial psalms, prayers and reflection questions that are traditionally part of group Lenten programs. The book also includes beautiful artwork from the Masters with accompanying artwork reflections.
The Lenten Program book is accompanied by a Triple CD resource that includes responsorial psalms songs recorded especially for the program as well as audio narrations of the Sunday Scripture readings and reflections.
The diocese’s Lenten Program continue to grow in popularity each year with 20,000 copies sold throughout Australia and increasingly around the world. The books and CD’s are also given for free to thousands of inmates in prisons throughout Australia as an outreach program.
The books go on sale around December/January each year. You can subscribe below to our Lenten Program mailing list and we will send you an email and links to purchase the books and CD’s when they go on sale.
You can also download samples of previous year’s books below.
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Comfort—Lenten Program 2021 on sale now!
We are now taking orders for Comfort—Lenten Program 2021. Comfort is a 76-page full colour book (240x170mm) containing short daily reflections (from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday) and longer-form Sunday reflections, questions and prayer—perfect for Lenten groups and individual devotional reading. Comfort is accompanied by a Triple CD Resource that includes six beautiful responsorial psalms and audio narrations of the Scripture and Sunday reflections. Get in early for Lent before they all sell out. Bulk pricing starts from only $5 per copy!
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Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.