Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. Lent 2015 begins on Ash Wednesday 18 February, and lasts until Holy Thursday 2 April. Download Caritas Lenten resources below.
The theme for the Lent 2015 Appeal is Light a Fire in the Heart of the World, taken from Pope Francis' letter Evangelii Gaudium (click name at left to read) which asks us to be witnesses at all times and in all places to the joy and hope of the Gospel.
The Lent Appeal is run by Caritas on behalf of New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops to support our work of charity and justice for the world's poorest – in New Zealand and overseas.
Resources have been prepared for parishes, schools, small groups and the wider community and are availalbe below. Links to the 2014 and 2013 resources remain to the right.
The Caritas prayers for each of the six weeks of Lent are downloadable below as the Prayer of the Faithful. They are available as a Word document for inserting into parish bulletins or other resources.
Reflection and activities for children for the six Sundays of Lent.
If you are speaking about Lent after Communion or in a reflection after the Gospel, the notes for speaking will assist you. Please feel free to adapt for your purposes.
This slide show can be used during Mass.
This document gives guidelines for parish newsletters as well as receipting information
Detailed instructions on how to process donations either in the form of direct deposites or parish cheques.
LENTEN REFLECTION PROGRAMME
For more information about the Lent Appeal and use of the resources, or to order printed copies, please email Caritas or freephone 0800 22 10 22.