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The tradition of group prayer and reflection during Lent will be enhanced this year with the distribution of a free Lenten booklet to parishes, schools and communities in the Adelaide Archdiocese.

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Produced by the Office for Renewing Parishes in collaboration with the Office for Worship, the Lenten reflection booklet follows the distribution of more than 3000 Advent reflection booklets in late 2017.

Deacon Tim Grauel, director of the Office for Renewing parishes, said the Advent initiative had been very well received. In addition to a high demand for copies, there had been very positive feedback about its content.

“People were saying they thought it was great – simple, short, easy-to-read and free,” he said.

The A5 full-colour 20-page Lenten booklet features brief reflections for Ash Wednesday (February 14) and the five Sundays in Lent. It also includes the Eight Gospel Characteristics of a Healthy, Vibrant, Renewing Parish and each parish, school and community has been invited to give expression to them.

Called Renewing through Lent – Season of Grace, the booklet can be used to run a Lenten reflection group or distributed to housebound people or those not strongly connected to the worship community. Parishes have been invited to share booklets with their local parish school but it is also available electronically for school communities.

In the opening pages, Lent is described as a “season of grace, a time for deepening our commitment to renewing”.

“The real architect of renewing is the Holy Spirit, who invites us to be builders of the world God wants by becoming the Church God wants,” it continues. “As a pilgrim people on the move, we are each called to be ever renewing.”

Contact your local parish or school for a copy or email renewing@adelaide.catholic.org.au

 

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