ALMSGIVING for the good of our neighbor
The foundational call of Christians to charity is a frequent theme of the Gospels. 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).
This year’s Lenten Project is a Regional project. Each weekend during Lent, you are asked to contribute items requested by area charities. Project. At OLSH, the items can be brought to the Marian Room kitchen. At SSPP, boxes will be under the steps in the back of church Please do not donate food that is past the expiration date or that has been opened. Listed below is the schedule. Please help by sharing your blessings with those less fortunate.
SAVE YOUR SPARE CHANGE- COLLECTION FOR BABY BOTTLE” CHANGE FOR LIFE” CAMPAIGN BENEFITING LIFE FORWARD PREGNANCY CARE CENTER
PICK UP EMPTY BOTTLE WEEKEND OF MARCH 2/3-RETURN BOTTLE WITH DONATIONS ON PALM SUNDAY
Mar 9/10 – Tender Mercies-Deodorant, lotion, shaving cream, Q tips, disinfectant wipes, paper towels, plastic forks & spoons in bulk, air fresheners, laundry detergent/pods, dish soap, t-shirts (2X and larger) winter gloves, new twin sets, new towels
Mar. 16/17 – St. Joseph & Mary Magdalene Houses– toilet paper, coffee, creamer, laundry detergent, Men’s: winter gloves, underwear sz. 32-34, belts, spray deodorant, sample size shampoo, soap, toothpaste/brushes.
Mar 23/24 – St Vincent dePaul- (Donations will go to the SVdP at SSPP to assist those in our region) combs; 4 pk toilet paper; deodorant; paper towels; bar soap/body wash; dish soap; toothpaste/ soft toothbrush; laundry soap; cleaning spray
Mar 30/31 – Mercy Neighborhood Ministries-Canned Fruit, Canned Protein (stew, chicken breast, spam, Vienna sausages, corned beef hash, tuna, salmon), Combo meals (Canned Ravioli, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Spaghetti-Os) Sweet Cereal, (like Honey Nut Cheerios), Toilet Paper, Bar Soap, Small bottles of cooking oil, disposable razors, shaving cream, Dish washing liquid, small containers of detergent
Apr 6/7 – Bethany House –Individual snacks for our kids programs such as small boxes of raisins, granola bars, Capri Sun or High C juice boxes, applesauce cups, fruit cups, individual small bags of chips, pretzels, etc.; Bath towels and washcloths; twin size sheet sets; Kroger gift cards in $10,$15, $20 increments
Apr 13/14 –St Francis Seraph and St Joseph Inner-City Schools -Basic School supplies (Paper, copy paper, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, notebooks). Dry erase markers, 1/2” or 1” binders
HOLY WEEK- Elizabeth New Life Center-provide counseling and aid to pregnant women. Diapers, sizes 3,4 & 5; onesies; blankets; sheets; sleepers; bottles
For those who prefer, a cash donation may be made any Sunday. Place your donation in an envelope marked “Lenten Project” and place in the collection basket. Monetary donations will be given to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.