St. John Fisher Lenten Almsgiving
Posted on Mar 02, 2017
Last Wednesday we began the season of Lent, forty days the church sets aside to help us deepen and strengthen our spiritual lives. We know that there are three important practices that merit our special focus during this time; prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
During the last several years, our parish has identified a particular project or charity where we direct our prayer and financial “sacrifices.”
This year our donations will be given to the “Pro Labore Dei” service project in Robbins. You may be aware that once each month, a group of our parishioners makes sandwiches and collects clothes and household items to bring to the courthouse in Robbins. After the guests have lunch they are invited to see if any of the donated items could be helpful to them and their families. The partnership we have developed with the project has helped scores of persons each month. The needs are many… the dollars are few.
Before the end of Lent, the founder of the Robbins project will be here to talk at the masses. In the meantime, we encourage you and your family to put out a soup bowl in your kitchen to collect loose change (or dollars) saved by giving up small treats during Lent. You can bring that donation to church any weekend or simply write a check at the end of Lent. Our school children will also be participating in the project. Together we can make a difference in the lives of persons who have so little.
Lent reminds us that we have been richly blessed in many ways. Let us continue to share those blessings during these important forty days.