Article from Parish Bulletin – The Arrow on February 26, 2017
It’s here! This Wednesday, March 1, is Ash Wednesday. While not a Holy Day of Obligation, many folks make the effort to attend Mass or one of the services offered to have their foreheads marked with ashes. As we hear the words, “turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel” we are reminded of the traditional Lenten practices that keep our hearts open and call us to imitate God’s love and mercy through almsgiving, fasting and prayer.
Next weekend, the first weekend of Lent, we begin our collective almsgiving as a parish. The Little Sisters of the Poor will be here to speak about their work locally with the elderly poor. They provide a home and care in a spirit of joy and dignity. There will be a second collection to assist the Sisters in their ministry.
The following week, we will be sharing information about Foundation for Children in Need. This organization is close to my heart as I have supported and sponsored children for the past twelve years. In January 2016, I traveled to India to experience firsthand the work of Dr. Geetha and Tom Chitta the founders of F.C.N. It was heartwarming and impressive to see what this saintly couple has done to care for the children there who are in need.
The vision of F.C.N is to provide opportunities for Catholic Communities in the U.S to reach out and bring hope to the poor and needy in rural villages in southern India. Dr. Geetha and Tom are asking for our prayers and generosity as they are breaking ground on another building to help expand their mission and services. Having been there to see and appreciate the work they do, and to witness the care and joy their mission brings to the children in need that they serve, I have agreed to make F.C.N part of our almsgiving during Lent this year.
So for the second week and following weeks of Lent, there will be brochures and Arrow articles regarding Foundation For Children in Need for your review. On the fifth Sunday of Lent, April 2, we will have a second collection for F.C.N. And, if you are so inclined, there will be information in the brochures to go further by sponsoring a student in need.
I invite you to also read the Arrow each week for other opportunities we will offer for almsgiving and service. These forty days Lent call us to change ourselves by making some sacrifice to change the lives of others, especially those most in need.
Plan to join us this Wednesday for Mass or services and receive your ashes! This year’s Path of Prayer (pdf Document) will also be available. Wishing you a grace-filled Lenten Season.
With you a Christian. For you a Priest.
Father Carl Morello