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"GIVE" - STA Lenten Theme for March 5th

Walking the Way of Christ This year the parish staff and I have chosen the following theme for Lent 2017: “Lent- an opportunity not to give up but to take on.” By this we mean a 40 Day walk with Christ during which time we make a deliberate effort to Give, Serve, Thank, Fast, Pray and Reflect in the manner of Jesus Christ.

Each week we will provide you with the week’s theme and suggestions on ways that you can follow that theme at home, at work, or at school. My prayer is that this Lent will bring us closer to the love of Christ expressed in our love for each other. Each weekend, we invite you to write down what acts of love and grace you "took up" the prior week. Hearts will be available in the back of the church before and after each Mass during Lent and will be displayed at Easter.

GIVE: When we give our ourselves by using the gifts God has given us to serve others, we are able to uniquely worship God. This week challenges you to explore your gifts and talents and then creatively use those to serve those around you.

Some suggestions on ways that you can give to those around you: • Think about what you usually spend your money on. Do you buy too many clothes? Spend too much on dinner out? Pick one type of expenditure that you’ll “fast” from during Lent, and then give the money you would usually spend to a local charity. • Take something on — 40 days of letter writing, 40 acts of kindness, 40 phone calls to the important people in your life. • Spend at least one weekend or evening volunteering during Lent. Serve a meal at your local soup kitchen. Visit the elderly. Stock shelves at a food pantry. • Make a commitment to fast from insensitive, cruel comments about others. • For the first time ever, the Archdiocese of Hartford is inviting people to fast from using cell phones on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday in an initiative called: “I Phone Fast!” Silencing our busy phones gives God a chance to call our hearts. Please consider including this practice in addition to fasting from food, almsgiving and prayer, which are traditional disciplines by which the Church observes Lent.

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