The Messenger

St George the Martyr, Goodwood

March, 2023

Dear Friend

WELCOME TO LENT. One of the customary hymns of Lent is “Forty Days and Forty Nights,” a good way to remember that we have forty days in Lent. But the original Western Lent was six weeks, giving forty-two days, but as we never fast on Sunday, the day of the Lord’s resurrection, as that is always a day of celebration, that gave only thirty-six days of fasting, which St Gregory the Great describes as “the tithe of the year,” as one tenth of the number of days in the year.

Not long afterwards, however, perhaps by Gregory himself, the four days preceding the first Sunday were added to the fast to bring the number of days to exactly forty, the length of the fast kept by Our Lord Himself, as well as by the prophets Moses and Elijah. In the Eastern rites, Great Lent begins on the Monday of the First Week, two days before the Western Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday has the dramatic imposition of ashes as part of its liturgy, ashes made from the dried palms of last year’s palm crosses. The blessing and imposition of ashes was originally a rite for those who were assigned to do penance publicly during Lent for grave or notorious sins. The extension of this custom to all the faithful began in the later part of the 10th century, and was solidified by the end of the 11th, when Pope Urban II prescribed it at the Council of Benevento in 1091. The rite of “expelling” the public penitents from the church on Ash Wednesday, and receiving them back on Maundy Thursday, gradually faded from use.

I encourage you to consider how you should keep your Lent. Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are the pointers on how you can discipline yourself. They are important guides to help us. Great sins start with small faults that become habitual, and so also small disciplines become great virtues that help a Christian life.

Organ Works

We have now signed the contract for the repairs to the organ. As a result, parts of the organ will be out of action over the next few months as they are taken away for repairs. Do try and remember to give to support these important refurbishments.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday morning in Lent at 8 am.

Lenten Appeal

Our Lenten Appeal once again supports the Diocese of Aipo Rongo in PNG. Sets of envelopes are available at the back of the church. Each set contains an envelope for each Sunday in Lent, plus one for the Good Friday appeal for the church in Jerusalem.

Annual Vestry

The annual Vestry will be on Sunday 26 March. Nomination forms for parish council and warden are available at the back of the church.

Lenten Reading

There are two twentieth century classics for this year’s Lenten Reading – “Mere Christianity” by CS Lewis and “Celebration of Discipline: the Path to Spiritual Growth” by Richard Foster. Pricing and copies are at the back of the church.

Mothering Sunday – 19 March

Mothering, or Refreshment Sunday, is the fourth Sunday of Lent, the traditional turning point. On this day we usually bless and give out pieces of simnel cake, a type of fruit cake, for our earthly mothers and in remembrance of the gifts of Mother Church. The vestments of the day are pink, instead of Lenten purple, to indicate a lightening of the Lenten discipline on the day. After this Sunday we enter the second part of Lent, Passiontide, when the pictures are veiled in purple and shrine lights removed, to concentrate the devotion on the way of the cross.

Magdalene Centre Food

The Magdalene Centre is looking for some extra support to keep up with increased demands on their emergency assistance service. In January this year they saw 50% more clients than in January last year. Unfortunately, they are seeing increased need as the cost of living continues to climb. In particular, they are especially short on baked beans, cereal, milk, tinned tuna, 2 min noodles, tinned fruit, and soap.

Chant App

For those of you using apps on your computers, a new app for chants has been developed, called Neumz. Its full range is only available if you pay for the app, but it has some good chants for the offices of the Roman rite. My thanks to Fr Nicholas Rundle for drawing this to my attention.

God Bless

Fr Scott

“Lenten practices of giving up pleasures are good reminders that the purpose of life is not pleasure. The purpose of life is to attain to perfect life, all truth and undying ecstatic love – which is the definition of God. In pursuing that goal, we find happiness.”

Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Lenten Reflection

The Great Fast is once more almost upon us, and soon once again the Gates of Repentance will be opened unto us. The Holy Fathers teach us that Lent is the tithe of the year which we offer to the Lord, as first fruits and as a sin offering to God. And as Abba Dorotheos exclaims: “Blessed, O brethren, is he who preserves himself well in these holy days as he should. For though it might happen that being human we sin out of infirmity or negligence, still God has given these holy days in order that, striving with heedfulness and humility, we take care of ourselves and repent for all of our sins, and we will be cleansed of the sins we committed during the whole year.”

All too often, however, we allow these holy days to pass us by, neglecting the great spiritual opportunity which God in His mercy has granted to us. And it is precisely an opportunity—not an outward or arbitrary obligation, not some sort of debt which we must grudgingly pay to God, but rather a gift that He has given to us for our own spiritual benefit and for the health and salvation of our own souls. The resurrection which we all seek in Pascha must begin even now, in the Lenten springtime of our souls. We must sow now in order that we might have something to reap, and not be as those foolish virgins who were turned away on the night of the marriage feast.

Thankfully, the Holy Church has given us many tools and aids for this task, and many weapons for the spiritual battle which we are about to wage. Fasting, prayer, the beautiful Church services, alms-giving and spiritual reading, all of these can so often soften even the heart most hardened by long and habitual sin. And in the commemoration of the departed, one of the hallmarks of the Lenten season, so many of these virtues are yoked together: prayer for our departed loved ones, almsgiving on behalf of their souls, the church services offered up for their benefit and for the comfort of those who remain behind on this earth. Added to these is a great and inestimable benefit to ourselves: the continual reminder of and meditation upon death, which is a foundation of all virtue and a bulwark against every sin. Indeed, the monk Hesychios tells us that “no one who has the memory of death can ever sin.” The more we call to remembrance those who have departed from this life, the more we dedicate our time and our struggle to their benefit, even so will we more and more realize the vanity and emptiness of all the worldly trinkets and empty pleasures which occupy so much of our attention throughout the year. Our eyes will be opened to the riches of grace which we possess so abundantly in our faith, both now in this world as well as in the age to come.



Sunday Services

8.00 am    Mass

10.00 am    Solemn Sung Mass

Weekday Services

Monday                     Fr Scott’s Day Off

Tuesday    10.00 am   Mass,

followed by gardening

Wednesday 8.00 am   Angelus & Mass

Thursday  12 noon    Angelus &Mass

Friday         8.00 am    Angelus &

Stations of the Cross

8.30 am   Mass

Saturday     8.00 am   Angelus &Mass

Consider giving to the church; our bank details are

BSB 105033 account 151992640

Please put “offering” in the description if that is the purpose.


1       David, Bishop of Menevia, Patron of Wales, c601

         1       Ember Wednesday

         2       Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, Missionary, 672

         3       Ember Friday

         4       Ember Saturday

         5       LENT 2

         7       Perpetua and her Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 203

         8       Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, 1910

         8       John of God, Worker among the sick and poor, Spain, 1550

         8       Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, Priest, Poet, 1929

         9       Sister Emma SSA, Superior of the Society of the Sacred Advent, Queensland, 1939

       12       LENT 3

17       Patrick, Bishop of Armagh Missionary, Patron of Ireland, c460

       18       Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, Teacher of the Faith, 386

       19       LENT 4 – MOTHERING SUNDAY

20       Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, Bishop and missionary (d. 687) or 4th Sept.

21       Transitus of Benedict, Abbot of Monte Casino, Father of Western Monasticism, patron of Europe, c550

       21       Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1556

       22       JOSEPH OF NAZARETH (from 19)

       24       Paul Couturier, Ecumenist, 1953

       24       Walter Hilton of Thurgartan, Augustian Friar, Mystic, 1396

       24       Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, Martyr, 1980



       31       John Donne, Priest, Poet, 1631


         1       Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, Teacher of the Faith, 1872

         2       LENT 6 – PALM SUNDAY



8       EASTER EVE

9       EASTER DAY

16       EASTER 2

       17       The Annotine Easter 2022

       21       Anselm, Abbot of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher of the Faith, 1109

       23       GEORGE, MARTYR, PATRON SAINT, c304

24       The Seven Martyrs of the Melanesian Brotherhood, Solomon Islands, 2003

25       ANZAC DAY


       28       Peter Chanel, Religious, missionary in the South Pacific, Martyr, 1841

       29       Catherine of Siena, Mystic, Teacher, 1380

       30       EASTER 4



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