This weekend, as we celebrate the Third Sunday of Lent, we are reminded that during the special and sacred time of Lent ~ our preparation for Easter ~ the Church asks us to pay particular attention to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Our almsgiving might be in the form of financial support to a favorite organization (Catholic Relief Services, BUURR, Heifer Project, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice Care Plus, etc, etc). But it may also be in the form of giving specific items to those in need in our local communities.
This weekend, we will continue to collect food for those who visit the Berea Food Bank; and coats, blankets, socks, gloves, etc. for those who are offered warm hospitality at the Catholic Action Center.
Please don’t forget to check your pantries, closets and attics to see what you can donate to this effort. Or perhaps you can purchase and donate items from Walmart or Kroger’s or Penny’s (etc) to add to our parish collection!
We ask that you and your family reflect on these gifts and the importance of being aware of, and responding to, the needs of those who have so little and who are so vulnerable. Please be as generous as you can. Let’s make this a thoughtful, coordinated, whole parish Lenten offering.
This from the Berea Food Bank:
“This has been one heck of a winter! Can you imagine trying to stay warm AND being worried about feeding your family? The Food Bank helps Berea families (687 families in 2014) to have a meal on the table. We can not do this without you.
This week the Food Bank needs:
- Pancake Mix
- Canned Fruit
- Tuna and Salmon
Any donation, big or small helps your neighbors in need have something to eat. We are so grateful to the community members of Berea for helping us to help others.”
And again in the words of St. Francis of Assisi:
“Preach the Gospel always; when necessary, use words.”