The season of Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday. The schedule for the several celebrations of the Sacred Liturgy at which ashes will be blessed and distributed is in today’s bulletin. As well, we offer the beloved Lenten devotion of the Stations of the Cross on the Fridays of Lent. That schedule, too, is in today’s bulletin.
The three-fold disciplines of Lent are prayer, fasting and doing charitable works (almsgiving). The season of Lent asks us to increase these acts so that we might turn from sinful ways and learn, once more, the new life of Christ. These acts are not meant for Lent only, but are to be continued so that each of us can more fully embrace discipleship of Christ and the Mystery of His Cross and Resurrection.
For over forty years now, the bishops of our country — through their assistance agency Catholic Relief Services (CRS) – has invited us to participate in Operation Rice Bowl. This agency is one a very few that contributes 100% of donations to assistance to the poor and neglected. The CRS Board commits 75% to international relief and 25% remains in the local diocese for projects that help the needy.
I hope that you and your family will participate in Operation Rice Bowl this Lent. Materials are available at the doors of the church as you leave Mass today. For more information and additional resources visit crsricebowl.org.