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 the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference (NZCBC) to support our work of charity and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable around the world, including in Aotearoa New Zealand.
During Lent, New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops invite us to provide for the needs of the poor through the work of Caritas. Money raised through the Bishops’ Lent Appeal helps to fund both development and emergency relief work around the world. Each year, Caritas develops resources for parishes and communities to guide reflection and prayer throughout the six weeks of Lent.
The theme for Lent 2020 is “Renewed by the Spirit” – taken from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate – Rejoice and Exult. This theme reminds us of the call to encounter God and allow him to guide us, giving us the strength to live out our journey of faith and invite others to join us on our way.
Resources and the Lenten Reflection Programmes (LRPs) are prepared each year for parishes, schools, small groups and the wider community. Links for digital versions of each resource are available below or can be found through our Resources page. Printed copies of the LRPs can be ordered online; for printed copies of other resources, please contact us.
Lent 2020 Resources:
Lent 2020 Resource Kit - Includes:
- Notes for Speaking
- Notes for Parish Newsletters
- Liturgical Resources:
- Ideas for helping focus on the meaning of Lent
- Prayers of the Faithful
- Instructions for counting Lent Donations
- LRP Order Form