As the Church fasts, so does the church fast

Carmel bulletin, 12 March 2017 When arriving at Mass last Sunday, one of young parishioners observed that the church looked very bare. Perhaps you noticed this as well.  It may have been the lack of flowers or banners.  It may have been that there was less music within the Mass than what you’re used to. … Continue reading As the Church fasts, so does the church fast

Reflecting the Penitential Nature of Lent

Carmel Bulletin, 22 February 2015 Hopefully things look and feel a bit different at Mass this weekend than they did last weekend. The large banners have come down and the plants and flowers are all gone.  There may be less music, and instruments should only be used to accompany singing, as opposed to being used for … Continue reading Reflecting the Penitential Nature of Lent

19/2/12 – Lent and the Apostle’s Creed

This Wednesday the Church enters once again into the season of Lent.  During the season of Lent, the catechumens (those preparing to belong to the Church) enter into the final period of purification and enlightenment.  The journey of these elect during Lent is marked by more intense spiritual preparation, interior reflection and penance. For those … Continue reading 19/2/12 – Lent and the Apostle’s Creed

10/2/08 – “Giving Up” During Lent

What did you give up for Lent? It’s a common question at the beginning of this liturgical season. Yet sometimes we can become preoccupied for forty days about what we won’t do again until Easter. This doesn’t mean that we should not abstain from things of our choosing during Lent. We must, however, do so … Continue reading 10/2/08 – “Giving Up” During Lent