The Lenten Season

The season of Lent is a period of forty days which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. On Ash Wednesday, we begin this time of reflection by receiving the blessed Ashes during Mass and observing a day of fasting which reminds us of our dependence on our loving God.

Lent is a time of reflecting on our lives as Christians, a time for each of us to renew our relationship with God through prayer, good works and fasting. These practices involve a personal commitment to acts of self-sacrifice and kindness and are a practical way for Christians to commit to a prayerful attitude, an intention for renewal of heart and a desire to follow Christ more closely.

The Liturgy during Lenten Masses mirrors this time of reflection with more solemn music, an absence of flowers on the sanctuary and the omittance of the Gloria and the Alleluia from the Gospel Acclamation and other hymns or prayers. Sacred silence is welcome as we take the time to listen prayerfully to the scriptures, seeking conversion of heart and renewal in our lived faith.

Throughout Lent, the Gospels remind us of God’s continued mercy and compassion and we are encouraged to encounter this in the Sacrament of Reconciliation which is celebrated after every Saturday morning Mass and before every weekend Mass.

Ash Wednesday Masses: 22 February, 2023

9.00 AMSt Dominic’s Church, Innaloo
11.30 AM St Dominic’s Church Innaloo
2.00 PMOur Lady of Good Counsel Church, Karrinyup
7.00 PMSt Dominic’s Church, Innaloo

Stations of the Cross will be held each Friday evening during Lent:

6.00 PMOur Lady of Good Counsel Church, Karrinyup
7.00 PMSt Dominic’s Church, Innaloo

A weekly Lenten Discussion Group will be held during Lent in St Dominic’s Parish Hall, commencing at 10.00 AM on Thursday, 2 March.