Lent is here and so there is still time to make a resolution. I recommend a few moments in which you ask the Lord to show you the one area of your life that needs attention. Don’t assume you know the answer. Ask the Lord and wait for him to give you an inspiration. You might be surprised.
The three traditional Lenten activities are: prayer, fasting and the giving of alms. If you use our Loaves and Fishes envelopes you can do two at the same time. Give up coffee for a week and use the proceeds to put in the envelope which traditionally is returned at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, the night we wash feet. The proceeds are used to help fund the diocesan soup kitchens.
In the Spirit of lent, I also ask that you consider making your gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal. So far 63 parish families have responded and our total is $35,895 towards our goal of $85,000. Right now we are at 42% of goal. It would be great if by Easter Sunday we were at goal. As I tell you every year, there is so much good that the Appeal does that anyone can find a reason to contribute. My motivation is the great work done by Catholic Charities of Fairfield County. They run our soup kitchens, provide housing for the homeless, and so much more.
Finally, consider coming to one of our Friday night bread and soup suppers. The soups are a meal in themselves and four members of our community will give witness talks: Fr. Gilbert on March 10th, Domenica Gioiella on March 24th, Judi Dennehy on March 31st and Dick Maiberger on April 7th. The evenings start at 6pm. The talk is at 7pm, followed by discussion and then we conclude with Evening Prayer and you are out by 8:30pm. It is a good way to improve your Lent.