Lent retreat with Fr Parys

A mini-Lent retreat entitled Encountering Jesus begins on Friday at St Kentigern’s Church, Barnton, Edinburgh.

It is led by Fr Bart Parys, a Divine Word Missionary based in Ireland and it will help you draw closer to Jesus in Lent.

He said: "This weekend retreat will help you enter into - or renew - a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and experience the love of God the Father.

"We will explore inspirational Gospel stories about people encountering Christ.

"There will be space for for private prayer in silence, time for fellowship and an opportunity to listen to testimonies and participate in the Eucharist. I look forward to welcoming you."

Encountering Jesus begins on Friday 24 March 7:30pm - 8:30pm. It continues on Sat 25 Mar from 10:00am to 3:00pm before concluding on Sunday 26 Mar 9:30am - 11:00am. All dates at St Kentigern's Church in Parkgrove Avenue, Barnton, Edinburgh. No registration required, simply turn up to any or all of the dates.

EVENT: Couples invited to pray and reflect at online retreat

We're inviting married and engaged couples for a time of prayer and reflection at a special St Valentine's Day mini-retreat.

There will be two excellent short talks specially prepared by Canon John Udris, spiritual director at St Mary's College, Oscott (seminary for the Archdiocese of Birmingham).

The event is organised by the Archdiocesan Commission for Marriage and Family Life, led by Fr Jeremy Milne. He said: "In these times of lockdown stress we are offering couples an opportunity at Valentine's to come together before the Lord to reflect on and, hopefully, appreciate anew the gift and blessing of marriage and the strength that it brings.

"We also want to encourage couples to see their marriage as a call from God to shine his light and share his love in the world, so much needed at this time in history."

Couples' Retreat, Sat 13 Feb, 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Zoom). Register at bit.ly/CouplesRetreat2021 (free event).