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Holy Cross Parish goes Into the Wilderness

Our Lord Jesus, taught His Disciples, and teaches us through the scriptures:
“Ask and you shall receive.”

St. Mary of the Cross Mackillop once said:
“Never see a need without doing something about it.”

St. John of the Cross tells us:
“Seek in reading and thou shalt find in meditation.”

These short, yet powerful messages, are the catalyst for our newest Holy Cross Resource: ‘Into the Wilderness.’

After the success and feedback given by many about the parish’s advent resource, “Prepare A Way!” in addition to countless requests from parishioners for a supplementary edition for the season of Lent, we are proud to be able to launch “Into the Wilderness – A 40 Day Prayer Guide to keep a Holy Lent.”

“Into the Wilderness” is a resource which is designed to accompany you each day throughout Lent, into the Sacred Triduum and into the Solemnity of Easter. This is as an added opportunity to give a short period of time daily, to focus on the messages given to us through scripture and a way for self-assessment of our own actions, failings, and desire for reparation for our sins through meditation, prayer, and daily actions.

Just as our Lord entered the Wilderness when he began his ministry, we are also invited to journey with him in the wilderness throughout this holy season and to bring to the front of our mind and heart, ways for us to spiritually prepare for the Sacred Triduum and to fittingly honour our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.

This parish resource is also specially designed to compliment the many in-parish activities which will be available throughout Lent. These Daily Actions are listed each day to highlight how you can complete a Lenten action within the parish. This may include attending a weekday Mass, Stations of the Cross or the Sacrament of Penance (Confession). Other corporal works of mercy such as praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, the Faithful Departed and all forgotten souls, is suggested each week to remember those who have died in the hopes that they will in turn pray for us upon, through the mercy of God, reaching heaven.

Please collect your copy from the church or download an online version from the parish website. We hope that through the assistance of this new parish resource, you will be able to delve deeper into this Holy season. After 2 years of isolation, lockdowns, and restrictions, it is hoped this resource will draw you and your families into a time of prayer and drive a sense of unity with others from across the parish in togetherness and active involvement in the Masses, Liturgies and ceremonies which are available to us all who wish to take part.

Through this season, may we seek and find the needs of others within our community through prayer and meditation as we go into the Wilderness with our Lord.