Lenten Events 2019

Ash Wednesday

This Wednesday 6 March marks the beginning of Lent. There will be Mass and the distribution of ashes in Hornby at 9am and Kirkby Lonsdale at 6.30pm. This is a day of Fasting and Abstinence for the Church. Catholics all over the world will strive to fast: to give up at least one meal in the day, or to eat significantly less; and to abstain: avoid eating meat for the whole day.

Lenten Devotions


Before the weekend Masses during Lent there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, ending just before Mass, so that those who choose can have some time of silent adoration: On Saturday in Caton from 5.30pm; on Sunday in Kirkby Lonsdale from 8.30am; in Hornby from 10.30am. This is an opportunity for a short period of silent prayer in the presence of Jesus on our altars in the Blessed Sacrament. You may wish to think about the following; it may be of help:

Being present seeking enlightenment: use the Mass sheet to mull over slowly the readings and ask God what He is seeking to say to you.

Being present expressing need: bring to your minds and hearts those persons or situations which are dear to you; hold them before Jesus present on the altar; ‘lay them at His feet’ expressing your need.

Being present in silence: simply ‘be there’ in silence and enter into the moment of sharing a place and a time with Jesus, who gradually enters into your time and place.

Please keep silence when you come into Church.


Stations of the cross Kirkby Lonsdale

Every Friday of Lent, beginning on Friday 8 March, the Stations of the Cross will be prayed in St Joseph’s at 7pm ending in time to join for ecumenical Compline (night prayer) in St Mary’s C of E church in Kirkby Lonsdale.

Silent Prayer at Caton

Bishop Paul, in his Lent Pastoral Letter, encourages us to find a few minutes to pray silently in Church during Lent. Our Hornby and Kirkby Lonsdale churches are open through the day, but Caton is generally closed. Throughout Lent, Our Lady Immaculate will be open from about 5 pm until about 7 pm each Tuesday, even when there is no scheduled Mass, to enable you to come in and enjoy a few minutes or a coupe of hours of silent prayer. 

Ecumenical Events


‘The New Testament’, by Luke Timothy Johnson. Two Lent Groups will work through the book across five weeks, meeting at 3 Montbegon in Hornby at 4 pm on Monday afternoons starting 11 March, or meeting at Station House in Arkholme at 7.30 pm on Wednesday evenings starting 13 March. Guest speaker Monday 15 April 7.30 pm Saint Margaret’s, Hornby, is Fr Richard Taylor of Boarbank Hall Catholic retreat centre in Grange. Fr Richard studied at Louvain and in Jerusalem before teaching at Ushaw College, at Durham University, and in Rome, specialising in scripture and ecumenism.

Kirkby Lonsdale:

The ‘York Course’ meetings will take place every Tuesday of Lent, beginning on Tuesday 12 march, from 7pm – 8pm.

Churches Together in Caton and Brookhouse

Lent meetings take place every Tuesday of Lent beginning on Tuesday 12 March, from 7.30pm in Caton Baptist church. 

This year’s theme is “The Word from the Cross” and you’ll find details of each event in the calendar.

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. It is the time when the whole Church prepares to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ. The period of Lent lasts for forty days. This is in imitation of Christ who fasted for forty days just before He began His preaching. Furthermore, the number 40 is very symbolic for the Jews. We attach meaning to some numbers; for example the number 13 is considered to be unlucky. The Jews also attached meaning to some numbers. No 4 communicated the idea of totality and wholeness. Any multiples of 4, such as 40 or 4000, simply emphasised the understanding of totality.

After the People of Israel escaped from Egypt, they wandered in the desert for 40 years before they reached the Promised Land. In that time they relied totally on God who provided water and food on a daily basis. They had no security and comforts. This was to show them how completely they must trust God. The 40 years is symbolic as well as real. It gets across the message that their need of God was total. Jesus similarly went into the wilderness and fasted for 40 days, in imitation of Israel’s 40 years in the desert. Again, it shows that His trust and obedience to the Father is total.

Now the Church is asked to fast every year for 40 days. We give up comforts and securities and we take on extra prayers and works of charity. This is our way of going into the desert. It is our way of expressing our total need and trust in God alone. When we put our trust in things of the earth, they bind us to earth. When we put our trust in God in Heaven, He binds us to heaven.