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Almsgiving: What the Bible Says

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD,
and he will reward them for what they have done.
– Proverbs 19:17
In your bulletin this weekend is an almsgiving envelope. As in years past, our Lent Almsgiving offering will be given to the Society of St Vincent de Paul, to help them help those in need.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul operates
with the generosity of YOU.
Keep your almsgiving envelope somewhere you will notice it. Let it serve as a reminder that during Lent, we are asked to make a sacrifice of eating one small meal in place of a large one, and placing the difference of the cost into our almsgiving offering.
Your gift to the Society of St Vincent de Paul will help the poor to celebrate the grace of God’s love this Easter.


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Lent Almsgiving: What Is It?

Almsgiving is the gift of self. It is based on CHARITY, to love God and others as oneself. It is the action that leads us to see our fellow man, love them, listen to them, and give them our time, help, advice, money, shelter, company, and affection. To give alms is to be united to God in his poverty. Continue reading


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EVENTS THIS LENT – 2020

  • Cancelled: Confessions: Tuesday after the 8:00am Mass at St Mary, 4:30pm at St Joseph, Thursday 6:00pm at St Mary, Saturday after the 8:00am Mass at St Joseph, 3:00pm at St Joseph, First Sundays after the 8:00am Mass at St Mary
  • Cancelled: Stations of the Cross: Thursdays 7:30pm in Spanish at St Mary, Fridays 12:10pm in English at St Mary, 6:00pm at St Joseph
  • Cancelled: St Mary’s Fish Fry: Every Friday during Lent, from 5:00-7:00pm in the Holy Family Community Center
  • Cancelled: Men’s Group: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00pm at St Joseph
  • Cancelled: Make your own crucifix: March 12,19 and 26 in Holy Family Community Center (HFCC) at 6:30pm.
  • Pray On your own: St Joseph Novena STARTED but can catch up March 10-18, Prayer books and cards in church
  • Cancelled: St Joseph Feast Day: Pizza and Spaghetti at the Holy Familt Community Center (HFCC)
  • Cancelled: St Joseph Blessing: Blessing with St Joseph Healing Oil after every weekend Mass (4pm, 8am and 10:30am Mass) on the weekend of March 21 &22.
  • Cancelled: LOTW (Light of the World) Retreat: March 20-23 at St Thomas, in English
  • Cancelled: Be Reconciled: Wednesday, April 1, 8:30-10:30 am at St Mary, 10:30-11:45am at Presence St Joseph, Noon-1:30pm at St Joseph, 6:00-8:30pm at St Joseph, and 6:00-8:00pm at St Mary
  • LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Good Friday (April 10) following the Veneration of the Cross at St Mary

SAVE THE DATE • •  PAUL KOLESKY will return to St Joseph Church on April 21 & 22


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SAVE THE DATES • • • St Mary Fish Fry – Every Friday During Lent

St Mary Church will host a Fish Fry each Friday during Lent from 5:00-7:00pm at the Holy Family Community Center.
The menu will feature fish, potato, vegetables, a roll, beverage and dessert. The cost is $10.00 per person.
Our Fish Fry will be held on February 28, March 6, 13, 20 & 27, and April 3.
Bring your friends and join us for some great food and fellowship! Proceeds will benefit St Mary Church.