Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. Lent 2014 began on Ash Wednesday 5 March, and lasted until Easter Sunday on 20 April.
The theme for the Lent 2014 Appeal was Open up a Horizon of Hope, taken from Pope Francis' Inauguration Homily, where he said:
Today too, amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others. To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope; it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds; it is to bring the warmth of hope!
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.
School resources were sent in early December 2013 and are available online here.
Parish resources were posted in mid February and are available online here.
Our Lenten Reflection Programme for 2014 is available below in five different languages. English copies of it were posted to parishes in the last week of January. The Māori, Tongan, Samoan and Tokelauan versions were sent to parishes in the second week of February. To get a printed copy of any of these please contact our office on 0800 22 10 22.