Lenten Devotion & 2nd Collections for March

by Fr. Rothell Price

COLLECTION FOR AID TO THE CHURCH IN CENTRAL and EASTERN EUROPE
Announcement Dates: February 24th & March 3rd  
Collection Dates: Ash Wednesday, March 6th

The need for participating in the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe may seem far removed from our day-to-day Catholic life. It is not! Our Catholic brothers and sisters in Central and Eastern Europe greatly need our help. The religious liberty and vitality we are working to hold on to in the U.S. is being lost in Central Europe and slowly recovering in Eastern Europe. Our financial ability to support the Gospel and pastoral mission of our parish churches is far ahead of what is possible elsewhere. I encourage you to willingly participate in the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe for their good and our own.
This collection supports the Church in 25 countries that are still struggling to recover from the aftermath of communist rule. Your support restores the Church and rebuilds the future in this region. Funds from this collection support pastoral care, catechesis, building renovations and seminary formation. Please be generous in your sacrificial gift to the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.

OPERATION RICE BOWL
Announcement Dates: February 24th & March 3rd  
Participation Dates: March 6th – April 21st

Operation Rice Bowl is a Lenten devotion of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) that runs from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. This annual Lenten devotion intentionally unites us with the Lord Jesus and the least of his brothers and sisters. The Rice Bowl devotion offers each of us the opportunity to practice the spiritual pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Through Operation Rice Bowl we advance in the way of Christian love as we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, visit the sick and care for the imprisoned (Matthew 25).

Each year the CRS Rice Bowl appears on our parish information tables and classrooms, beckoning us to do something for Jesus Christ and the least of His people. Each year I take mine home, read each side of the bowl as I put it together, and begin to place my daily offering in it. Every now and then I miss a day or two, but I am motivated to make up for those missed days before the next week begins.

I thank you for participating in the 2019 Operation Rice Bowl. I hope it is as special to you as it is to me to present your CRS Rice Bowl in church on Easter Sunday. Check out the downloadable CRS Rice Bowl apps on the bottom of the Rice Bowl at crsricebowl.org. Thank you for your Lenten devotion.

COLLECTION FOR THE BLACK & INDIAN MISSIONS
Announcement Dates: February 24th & March 3rd  
Collection Dates: March 9th & 10th  

The Black and Indian Missions Collection embodies the Church’s concern for evangelizing the Black and Indian people of the United States. The Catholic Church still has a great desire to reach the African American, Native American and Alaska Native communities. Your donation is used to support and strengthen evangelization efforts across our nation to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ as faithfully proclaimed by the Catholic Church. Your gracious participation in the Black and Indian Missions Collection allows our U.S. bishops to provide grants to dioceses across the country to operate schools, parishes and other missionary services that build the Body of Christ in Native American, Alaska Native and Black Catholic communities.

The Black and Indian Missions Collection secures good teachers, forms lay ministers and catechists, and encourages young African Americans and Native Americans to give their lives to the Lord as priests, brothers or sisters. In Alaska and the Arctic regions, your donation makes it possible for priests, deacons and catechists to reach remote communities that are cut off from the world. Please, make it possible for the Light of Jesus Christ to shine in Alaska, the Arctic and among African Americans in rural and urban North America. Give generously to this work of the Church. Thank you for participating in the Black and Indian Missions Collection.

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