This week during Lent, we focus on almsgiving. During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on "almsgiving," which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is "a witness to fraternal charity" and "a work of justice pleasing to God." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2462). In his Message for Lent 2015, Pope Francis asks us to reach out to those in need, "We can help by acts of charity, reaching out to both those near and far through the Church’s many charitable organizations. Lent is a favorable time for showing this concern for others by small yet concrete signs of our belonging to the one human family." How can you participate in almsgiving during Lent, it is very simple, you can contribute to the Rice Bowl program. Forty years ago, Catholics in the United States wanted to respond to famine in Africa. Could people who were hungry and starving be helped through Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving? The answer was yes and the help came in the form of a small cardboard box, marking the beginning of “Operation Rice Bowl.” Today, CRS Rice Bowl is a tradition for millions of Catholics in the U.S., who employ the Lenten pillars of praying, fasting and almsgiving to change the lives of others while enriching their own. So do your part, fill your rice bowl and return them to the parish office.
During Lent the St. Philomena School students have an opportunity to further their Lenten prayer by attending Stations of the Cross on Friday afternoons. Here are the dates:
Fri., March 31st- 2:15 PM- 6th grade leading
Fri., April 7th- 2:05 PM- 5th grade leading
Fri., April 14th (Good Friday) - 10:45 AM- 8th grade leading
Our Lenten Rosary is Fri., March 24th at 2:15PM, hosting by 3rd & 6th grades.
Please join us for our weekly school Masses on Fridays during Lent at 8:45.