Being in the right head-space and heart-space for Lent is really important. With Ash Wednesday around the corner, we look at the key to starting Lent right so that it can be a spiritually rich time for us. We've also put together a one-stop Q&A guide to Lent to answer all of your questions (including: are Sundays included?) about this season of grace. Joe Doolan shares five stories of forgiveness between friends, family and neighbours, challenging us to reflect on what it means to 'forgive our debtors' and become 'ambassadors of forgiveness'. And if you're looking for a spiritual book to read throughout Lent, we've lined up 25 recommendations for you.
Pope Francis has also declared Ash Wednesday as a day of fasting for peace in Ukraine. In Melbourne, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli will celebrate the 1pm Ash Wednesday Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral with Bishop Mykola Bychok CSsR, Eparch for Ukrainians in Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania. The Mass will be livestreamed and broadcast to Community Channel C31 (channel 44 on digital TV).
This year marks a few anniversaries, including the recently celebrated centenary of the Knights of the Southern Cross at St Clement of Rome Parish in Bulleen. We also look at the 200th anniversary of Catholic Mission, an agency dedicated to supporting missionaries around the world – all thanks to the creative vision of laywoman and soon-to-be-saint Pauline Jaricot.
Finally, we speak with Vocations Director Fr Jerome Santamaria, who shares how his pursuit of further studies in law eventually led to a journey towards the priesthood. And we hear the wonderful story of Liam, whose experience of lockdown actually led him on a journey back to the Catholic faith.