For Lent we have prepared a small electronic magazine, or zine for short, that you can view on our website under our Seasonal Events page (under the “About Us” tab). Filled with activities for the whole family, including a coloring page for children, meatless meals, things to try, and things to give. We hope you will enjoy our effort with the whole family!! Click here to view. or scan the QR code here:
In addition to offertory giving, there are many ways to give, including:
- Poor Box: You can give online via GiveCentral, put donations in the boxes near the Church entrance, or send a check in the mail. Poor Boxes during Lent will support: Crofton Christian Caring Council (Feb. 21 & Mar. 21); St. Gregory’s Parish in Baltimore (Feb. 28); My Sister’s Place (Mar. 7); Haiti Outreach (Mar. 14); Marian House (Mar. 28)
- Food Pantry: The Food Pantry accepts monetary gifts and donations of food. You can make financial donations through GiveCentral or by sending a check to the parish office (indicate that it’s for the Food Pantry). They also accept the following non-expired food items: Canned fruits and vegetables; Cereal or oatmeal; Spaghetti sauce and pasta; Macaroni and cheese; Soup; Canned chili, beef, stew, ravioli, spaghettios; Tuna or canned chicken; Box/bag of rice, noodle or potato side dishes.
PRAYER: Prayer is our conversation with God. It is through prayer that we find the strength to fast. It is through prayer that we develop a closer, more intimate relationship with God. This relationship makes us so grateful for the blessings he has bestowed upon us that we eagerly give to those less fortunate than us. The Church, in its wisdom, understands that prayer is essential to any action we Christians may undertake.
FAST & ABSTINENCE: Fasting is one of the most ancient actions linked to Lent. Fasting rules have changed through the ages, but throughout Church history fasting has been considered sacred. The prophet Isaiah insists that fasting without changing our behavior is not pleasing to God. Therefore, the goal of fasting is linked with prayer. The pangs of hunger remind us of our hunger for God, and prayer and fasting together brings us to what Lent is about - a deeper conversion.
- Fasting: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (Ages 18-59) - When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.
- Abstinence (from meat): Every Friday during Lent (Ages 14+)
- Am I excused from fasting and abstinence? Those that are excused from fast and abstinence outside the age limits include the physically or mentally ill including individuals suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes. Also excluded are pregnant or nursing women.
ALMSGIVING: Almsgiving is simply a response by us to God, a response that we have come to through prayer and fasting. It is an expression of our gratitude for all that God has given us, and a realization that in the Body of Christ, it is never just "me and God." Through prayer and fasting we come to a deeper understanding that the needs of all are the responsibility of all in the Body of Christ. Works of charity and the promotion of justice are integral elements of the Christian way of life we began when we were baptized.