The 3 pillars of Lent are Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. Here are some suggestions.
Prayer: Attend daily Mass and receive the Eucharist, make a holy hour, participate in our Lenten Fridays which consists of 5:30 pm Mass, quiet prayer time from 6-6:30 pm and then pray the Stations of the Cross at 6:30 pm., set aside a special place and time for prayer and reflection, read scripture and reflect on its meaning for your life, use the parish library and pick up some spiritual reading, check out the FORMED website which will be coming to our parish for a year.
Fasting: Good Friday is a day of both fast and abstinence and all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Fasting consists of eating one full meal and 2 smaller meals that do not equal 1 full meal. Fasting is obligatory for everyone from the ages of 18-59. Abstinence consists of abstaining from meat and meat products for everyone from the age of 14 and beyond. Be sure to read ingredients!
Almsgiving: Each year we put out containers and information sheets on the ministry with whom we have partnered and to whom our lenten alms will be given. This year we have partnered with John Carroll University and our alms will be used to purchase water filters and medicine for people in poor, rural areas of the Honduras who have no access to clean water. The water they drink comes from a small, dirty stream filled parasite-causing bacteria which causes a multitude of illnesses which clean water could help eliminate. Residents are seen by a doctor, receive medicine and a water filter which consists of a filter, tube, gasket, manual drill set, filter cleaning syringe and bucket – water filters will last for 10 years. Use your container and put in spare change daily, eat simple meals and put in monies saved, put in monies saved from things you have given up for Lent – be creative! ALSO, if you are spring cleaning please remember that the Kenmore Free Store takes clean & clean, gently used clothing, toys, shoes, household items, linens, hats, belts, purses, small kitchen appliances and small pieces of furniture.