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Monday, 13 February 2017 23:03

Useful Lent 2017 resources

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stations of cross earth2These free resources offer reflections, prayers and discussion points for children and adults on themes such as ecology, peace and nonviolence to help make the 2017 season of Lent meaningful (1 March to 15 April 2017).

Start by reading Pope Francis' message for Lent 2017, ‘The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift’.

Lenten Carbon Fast Calendars from the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW or CLRI(NSW)

pdf Download the coloured 2017 Lenten Carbon Fast Calendar (201 KB) .

pdf Download the black and white 2017 Lenten Carbon Fast Calendar (187 KB) .


A Journey with Gospel Nonviolence

Download 'A Journey with Gospel Nonviolence', a 2017 Lenten Reflection Guide from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. 


The Grace of Earth

This resource consists of six weekly Lenten Reflections related to the Gospel readings which focus on six aspects of Earth's life support systems: Atmosphere, Oceans, Fresh Water, Land, Plant Life, Animal Life.

Download 'The Grace of Earth' from the Columban Mission Institute for the use of schools, parish groups, social justice groups, ecumenical groups and for other discussion purposes.


The Stations of the Forests

This booklet (and DVD) follows the format of The Stations of the Cross, lamenting the stages in the death of part of God’s Creation. It incorporates issues related to rainforest destruction: extractive industries, loss of biodiversity and climate change.

Download the booklet 'The Stations of the Forests'.


Contemporary Way of the Cross from the Australian Redemptorists

The Way of the Cross is a mini-pilgrimage through the events that covered the final hours of Jesus’ life on earth. This devotion is not to lead people to dwell on the physical suffering of Jesus, but rather to encourage them to enter into the love and openness of Jesus’ life, to which his suffering and death give witness.

Download any of the two renderings of the Way of the Cross from the Australian Redemptorists.


Compilation of Lenten resources on Mercy World

Mercy World, the online publication of Mercy International Association (MIA), has collated a number of Lenten resources from all over the world for reading, listening, viewing, praying and reflection.

View the list of MIA Lenten resources for 2017 here.


A Journey Through Lent (daily reflections)

Jesuit Communications, publisher of Madonna magazine and its online partner pray.com.au, is releasing a personal Lenten journey for people interested in exploring a deeper relationship with Jesus.

'A Journey through Lent' is a series sent through a daily email that allows people to take their own personal journey with Jesus. It speaks particularly to people who are struggling, and raises questions that people often ask of God in difficult times: Why do bad things happen? Why do people suffer? Where is justice to be found?

Sign up for free to receive the daily emails at http://www.pray.com.au/home/subscribe.html.

Or, by adding the reflections as a calendar on your computer or mobile device (Android and Apple) you can receive a daily reminder. 

Click here to add the daily reflections to your phone or desktop calendar.


Xt3 Lent Calendar

The Lent calendar is a Catholic resource suited for youth groups, parishes, high schools or to be used for your own individual Lenten journey. Each day you will be provided with a Lent or Easter themed multimedia feature including reflective podcasts, animated videos, apologetics and more. The calendar also includes the Gospel readings, a scripture quote, and a small act of penance that you may choose to add to your Lenten promises.

The App is FREE and available on your iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Search for "Xt3 Lent" in the Google Play store or the App store. The first feature will be available on Ash Wednesday, 1 March 2017.

Visit www.xt3.com/lent.


Lenten Lectio Divina with the Australian Bishops

Each week, the Bishops will provide their unique insight into what strikes them about the upcoming Sunday Gospel reading as well as considering what the reading teaches us and what it might mean for our lives. These reflections are part of the Lenten lectio divina offering prepared by the Diocese of Broken Bay.

Lectio divina is a form of meditative, prayerful, reading of the Scriptures that calls us to look closely at our personal faith life. In doing so, it humbles us before God, and inclines us to find the grace we need to reform our lives.

Join the Australian Bishops Lenten lectio divina here.


Online retreats and prayers with Ignatian spirituality

Online retreats, reflections, prayers and videos are available using Ignatian spirituality to help us in this season of repentance and renewal.

Browse the full list from http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/lent.


Trócaire's Lent 2017 education resources

Trócaire, an Irish Catholic charity, offers educational resources that focus on climate change, climate justice and climate for Early Years to Post-Primary classrooms, as well as Youth groups/programmes.

Resources include a website which is suitable for both smartboard and projector use, and multiple downloadable resources for teachers and students, plus short films, animations, competitions and other activities.

Download education resources from Trócaire.


CAFOD Lent 2017 resource for primary schools

The UK-based Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) offers a Lent 2017 resource kit which tell the story of Florence from Zambia and one little fish in the pond that she set up with support from our partner. Resources include an animation, assembly, Lent calendar, A-Z of fundraising ideas and a guide to Zambia.

Download the CAFOD Lent 2017 kit.