Pope Francis has published his Message for Lent 23.


A calendar for Lent 23

ICN Resources article for Lent 2023 with links to sites.

  • Ellen Teague
  • Feb 20th, 2023

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Enlarging the Space of our Tent’: Small Group Faith-sharing Resource 

This Lent 2023 booklet was written by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ and Colette Joyce from the Westminster Justice and Peace Commission for the Agency for Evangelisation. The resource consists of five 60-90 minute sessions, each focusing on a theme covered by Justice and Peace, including poverty and homelessness, racial justice, care of creation, migrants and refugees, and peace. Each session explores the theme in the light of a piece of Scripture from the coming Sunday (beginning with the Second Sunday of Lent and finishing with Palm Sunday), prayer, a reflection on experience from a local example in Westminster diocese, and questions to support group sharing. 

Download from: https://rcdow.org.uk/evangelisation/mission-and-discipleship/small-communities/

CAFOD’s online Lent calendar 2023

Join CAFOD to journey through Lent with the global family:https://cafod.org.uk/pray/lent-calendar

CAFOD Lent family prayer resources:https://cafod.org.uk/pray/prayer-resources/lent-family-prayer-ideas

Eco Lent Resource for kids ‘What a wonderful world’

Sign up for daily Lent reflections straight to your inbox

Free from: https://sunhatsandwellieboots.com/2023/02/eco-lent-resource-for-kids-what.html

Ignatian Solidarity Network daily reflections- Finding God in the Chaos

Catholic Mobilising Network Lent Reflections

See: https://catholicsmobilizing.org/lent-2023

A Short History of Happiness: Lent to Easter

A Lent Resource 2023 written by Australian Columban Fr Charles Rue. Every year, Earth’s ecological and human social systems evolve, raising new situations. During Lent, Christians around the globe ask themselves: What is God asking of me this year? The resource offers individuals and groups a short introduction to happiness, through scriptural texts about creation, and the human journey. See: www.columban.org.au/media-and-publications/multimedia/videos/educational-resources/what-is-god-asking-of-me-during-lent-this-year

Kevin Mayhew Resources:

Wild Lent: Discovering God Through Creation by Rachel Summers

The author is a Forest School Practitioner and runs forest school sessions. The activities in Wild Lent include:

• Things to do when it’s sunny or raining

• Things to do with others

• Short and easy things to make and do

• Things to do in the early morning

• Things to do on the move

£8.99 at www.kevinmayhew.com/collections/lent-easter/products/wild-lent

Reflections on the Water

Forty Days of Praying and Pondering Through Lent

Barbara Glasson

In these reflections for Lent, Barbara Glasson leads through 40 days, focusing on the theme of water: its power, potential, terror and gentleness, providing a deep well of daily prayer and meditation. Covering issues both domestic and international, Barbara seeks to centre Lenten reflections on the water that both gives life and which challenges us to live for justice.

As Barbara herself says: ‘Our relationship with water is primal: all life depends on the abundance of a fresh, clean water supply. And yet so many live with drought, thirst and wilderness. In these reflections, I hope you will come to understand the power and beauty of water, and how it relates to the transformative, sustaining power of prayer.’

£7.99 at www.kevinmayhew.com/products/reflections-on-the-water

Resources from Redemptorists


Sr Miriam James Heidland, Solt 

Illustrated by Valerie Delgado


A guided Lent journal for prayer & mediation. It offers a “healing journey” with Sr Miriam James Heidland, SOLT. In this beautiful guided journal for prayer and meditation, Sr. Miriam invites you to meet the tenderness of God’s mercy, the power of his love, and the restoration of your heart and life as you practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Restore features stunning original art by Valerie Delgado of Pax. Valerie along with daily meditations on a passage from scripture, reflection questions, guided prayer, and space for journaling and notetaking.

See: www.rpbooks.co.uk/restore

Journeying with Jesus – A Companion’s Guide

Fr Denis McBride


A spiritual programme of study for those who want to journey side by side with our Lord during Lent, either individually or in small groups. We begin our journey in the wilderness and finally sit with him at the table before accompanying him to the cross. The main purpose of the book is to encourage the reader to think about Jesus’ journey and their own. How can the story of Jesus throw light on your own?

See: www.rpbooks.co.uk/journeying-with-jesus-companions-guide

Lent and Easter Resources Catalogue:

Pray and reflect with St Clare this Lent

This Lenten season, Franciscan Media presents a daily email series inspired by the life and legacy of St Clare. Sign up to learn more about St Clare and receive daily messages of inspiration and hope, reflections on how St Clare’s holiness can remind us to focus on God today, brief prayers, and videos to enhance your Lenten practices.

Sign up for free at: https://info.franciscanmedia.org/en-us/lent-reflection-sign-up


( Please also check the ICN Listings Page – we are receiving details of more events each day.)

Irish chaplaincy online Lent Retreat
6-10 March
Daily zoom at 9.30am with a reflection and different speakers each day
contact eddie.gilmore@Irishchaplaincy.org.uk

LENT PROGRAM ON CLIMATE CHANGE and the things that give us joy 
At Our Lady of Victories Parish Hall, 235a Kensington High Street, London W8 6SA on Thursdays during March – 

9 March 7-8pm: What are the things that give you joy? What things stand in the way? 

16 March 7-8pm: Showing the Letter Part 1, followed by reflections and telling your story. 

23 March 7-8pm: Showing the Letter Part 2, followed by invitation to a journey forward. 

30 March 7-8pm: The world is better with you in it. How can we use our talents?

Parish newsletter at: www.ourladyofvictories.net/newsletter

Ash Wednesday Witness

Pax Christi England and Wales and Christian CND are hosting an online Ash Wednesday Witness, lamenting the UK’s involvement in war and the supply of arms and, as we approach the anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, praying for a ceasefire and peace rather than the escalation our political leaders seem to be encouraging. 
The event begins on 22 February at 7pm on Zoom and you can register to attend here:

Pax Christi Merseyside is inviting all members and supporters in the North West to join them at St. Luke’s, Liverpool (the Bombed out Church) at 11.45am. From St. Luke’s, there will be a procession to the Town Hall and the group will be calling on the Government to sign up to the UN Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons. For more information contact Jan Harper on janharper1@yahoo.co.uk

Pax Christi Lent Reflections on the Icon of Peace

From Wednesday 1st March, Pax Christi will be hosting five weekly online reflections on the Icon of Peace. Starting at 7pm on Zoom, each week we will focus on one image from the icon and pray for a conflict situation in one part of the world.
You can register for one or all of the reflections here:
or email admin@paxchristi.org.uk for more details

Lenten Journey 2023 ‘The Common Good’

Scottish Laity Network

Thursday 23 February: Catholic Social Teaching and the Common Good

Companion ~ Mulumebet Assefa Kassa

Thursday 2 March: Creation and the Common Good

Companion ~ David Coleman

Thursday 9 March: Gender and the Common Good

Companion ~ Tina Beattie

Thursday 16 March: Politics and the Common Good

Companion ~ Philippa Whitford

Thursday 23 March: Synodality and the Common Good

Companion ~ Birgit Weiler

Thursday 30 March: Liturgy and the Common Good

Companion ~ Tom O’Loughlin

To register for these events please use this link: https://forms.gle/uwnKfFp8pjJVPuEq7

TROCAIRE has a new program suitable for young people.

My name is Laura and I am the Development Education officer at Trocaire.

I would like to share The Tree of Justice with you, Trócaire’s latest education resource. This is the first year of a three-year learning journey on justice, and this year the resource explores what global justice means by focusing on Somalia, Guatemala and Palestine. The resource is intended for use in the Primary, Post-Primary and youth sectors. This is the first year we have adopted this new digital platform and we plan to develop this over the coming years to make it more interactive and innovative. 

Please do share these with any teachers you might know and encourage them to use the materials. They are intended for use at any time throughout the academic year.


Dermot Cowhey DA in Limerick Diocese kindly sent me this poem TAKE TIME

Take time …

Take time to think,

It is a source of power…

Take time to play,

It is the secret of perpetual youth…

Take time to read,

It is the fountain of wisdom…

Take time to pray,

It is the greatest power on earth…

Take time to love and be loved,

It is a God given privilege…

Take time to be friendly,

It is the road to happiness…

Take time to laugh,

It is the music of the soul…

Take time to give,

It is too short a day to be selfish…

Take time to work,

It is the price of success…

Take time to do charity,

It is the key to heaven…

Take time!

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