Topics:  bishop robert mcguckin, catholic, church, lent, toowoomba

Bishop spreads Lenten message around the diocese and world

TOOWOOMBA'S Catholic Bishop Robert McGuckin has used the popular video sharing website, YouTube, to spread his Lenten message.

Yesterday, Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the 40 days of Lent; a time traditionally used for Christians to prepare for Easter.

Bishop McGuckin said Lent was an important time for many Catholics to reflect and repent.

This year he is inviting people to join him in the Vatican initiative, Fridays in Lent.

"Make your Fridays during Lent a special time of penance," he said.

"In modern Australia, traditionally the days of abstinence have been Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

"However, this year, we are looking at making Fridays in Lent a day of abstinence, prayer and compassion."

Traditionally, Catholics have given up something for Lent to reflect the sacrifices made by Jesus.

Bishop of the Toowoomba Diocese, Robert McGuckin.
Bishop of the Toowoomba Diocese, Robert McGuckin. Bev Lacey

"It is good to give up something and use the money you have saved to donate to Project Compassion," Bishop McGuckin said.

"In the past, I have seen families give up television for Lent, or others try to make the kids give up the computer."

What Is Lent?

  •  Lent is the penitential season of about 40 days set aside by the church in order for the faithful to prepare for the celebration of the Lord's death and resurrection.
  •  Church members prepare by offering penance, praying, fasting and almsgiving.
  •  Good Friday is on March 29, 2013


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