Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and charity in preparation for Easter. Shrove Tuesday (28 February) marks the day before Lent begins and is traditionally associated with pancakes, cooked and eaten to use up luxury ingredients before the fast. Lent begins next week and colleagues and students may wish to attend services and related activities.

The first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday (1 March), is a day of repentance when ash is placed on Christians’ foreheads as a reminder of our mortality and sorrow for sinfulness. There will be two service to mark the start of Lent to which everyone is welcome:

Wednesday 1 March 08.30 – 08.50 am Holy Communion (Church of England) in the Chaplaincy Quiet Room – all welcome

Wednesday 1 March 12.45 – 13.15 pm Roman Catholic Mass with the Imposition of Ashes in the Chaplaincy Quiet Room – all welcome


Observing Lent in the Chaplaincy:

Tuesdays at 12.45 to 13.15: Roman Catholic Mass on 07, 14, 21 and 28 March, and 04 and 11 April – all welcome

Wednesdays at 12.35 to 13.00 Holy Communion (Church of England) on 08, 15, 22 and 29 March, and 05 and 12 April.


The Chaplaincy’s regular events will continue throughout Lent. These are:

Tuesdays at 08.15 – Morning prayer with Gill Smart

Wednesdays at 13.15 – Meditation and Stories with Stephen Lingwood


Lent Courses in Bolton town centre:

Thursdays at 13.00 to 13.45 (lunch available from 12.30)
“What on Earth is the Church for?”
Lent reflections Series run by Christians Together in Bolton Town Centre, held in the Parish Hall at Bolton Parish Church, Silverwell Street, BL1 1PS. Five sessions starting on Thursday 9 March.

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