Hundreds of Catholic women from Scotshead to Cochrane will converge on the Roseau Cathedral later today, signaling the start of the 2011 South-Western Vicariate Lenten Retreat and will intensify activities among Catholics of the Vicariate for the 2011 Lenten season over the next 3 weeks.
Chairman of the South-Western Vicariate Council, Fr Vanty Auguiste says the retreats will be on a Vicariate level in three segments for women, men and youth.
He said during that time, the faithful will continue reflection on the 2010 Synod theme, “Disciples on mission gifted and called.”
“The emphasis will be on God’s call to be priest, to be prophet and to be king,” Fr. Vanty explained. “This theme will be further explored in the context of a call to worship, a call to good Christian family life, a call to service, a call to healing and a call to evangelize. The South Western Vicariate Lenten Retreat targets women, men and youth from Scotshead to Cochrane in the parishes of Our Lady of Fair Haven, St. Alphonsus, Our Lady of Fatima, St. Luke and St. Mark.”
The Women’s Retreat at the Roseau Cathedral will be the first session of the Lenten Retreat. The Retreat Masters will be Monsigneur Reginald La Fleur and Monsigneur Eustace Thomas.
The men’s retreat will be held from April 4th to 8th at the Church of Our Lady of Fatima. His Lordship Bishop Gabriel Malzaire will preach for the five nights. Fr Jayson Grell will witness to the young people of the vicariate the week of April 11th to 15th at the St Alphonsus Church.
Retreat sessions will begin each night at 6.30 with the Holy Rosary.
Lent in the Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year from Ash Wednesday to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, repentance, almsgiving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.