THE WORD: Father Kevin has pledged to pray for longer during Lent.
THE WORD: Father Kevin has pledged to pray for longer during Lent. Paul Braven

Christians a week into making sacrifices for Lent

MORE than 100 Christians will pledge to give something up, or do something different, during the period of Lent in Gladstone.

The annual tradition starts 40 days before Good Friday, which this year was last Wednesday.

Star of the Sea priest Father Kevin said the Lent service was the church's most popular ceremony for the year.

This year Father Kevin pledged to pray for longer.

"In previous years I've tried to give something up, and I'd tend to focus more on that rather than trying to be a better person," Fr Kevin said.

"One year I tried to give up coffee. That's not one of my proudest moments."

He said 75 people attended an afternoon ceremony and 60 were at the morning service last Wednesday, which was Ash Wednesday.

"I've always been a Catholic but I've been taking part consciously in Lent for 36 years," he said.

Father Kevin said the ceremony gave people a sense of "transformation".

"It's recognising the idea of giving that stuff up or doing that extra thing, it's all to recognise that at times we all get caught up in living our lives and we fail to be as good of disciples of Jesus Christ as we should be," Father Kevin said.