The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development


Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in preparation for Easter.

Each year the Lent Appeal is run by Caritas on behalf of New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops to support our work of charity and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable around the world, including in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Lent 2019 theme – “Living Our Lives with Love” – is taken from “Gaudete et Exsultate – Rejoice and Exult” by Pope Francis. The main ideas for the Lent theme are prayerfully discerned from the Lent Gospel readings using a Lectio Divina method at the annual Caritas staff retreat. Those key thoughts are then distilled and brought together at a further specialist staff day of prayer and reflection.

For 2019 the key themes that emerged were new beginnings, patience, compassion, mercy and love. “Living Our Lives with Love” highlights the call to let love permeate all that we do.

Resources and the Lenten Reflection Programmes are prepared each year for parishes, schools, small groups and the wider community and will be available through our resources filter page are uploaded to this page, see below:

For Lent 2019 resources:

To be uploaded shortly, please contact us if you have any queries.


For Lent 2018 resources:

Liturgical Resources

Guidance Notes

Lent Speaking Notes

Lent Speaking Slides

Lent Theme Reflection Slides

Lenten Reflection Programme - English

Lenten Reflection Programme - Māori

Lenten Reflection Programme - Samoan

Lenten Reflection Programme - Tongan


For more information about the Lent Appeal and use of the resources, or to order printed copies, please email us or freephone 0800 22 10 22.

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