Throughout Lent parishioners fast and abstain (especially on Fridays) and perform works of mercy. Many opportunities for confession are given and taken up. On Ash Wednesday several Masses are offered with the distribution of the blessed ashes. The full Holy Week Triduum is keep at St Ethelbert’s Church (and also at Minster Abbey). A relic of the true cross is venerated in the evening of Good Friday. On Holy Saturday the Polish community come together for the their special Easter blessing of food. There is often a week of retreat or mission offered during this period.