Serving the Body of Christ by Supporting the Annual Appeal

Lent is a time for Catholics not only to pray for those in need but also to give alms and help alleviate the suffering of the poor.

Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving — these three practices form the heart of the Lenten season. In my own life, prayer and fasting are easier practices to adopt. Give something up for 40 days? Got it. Take on an extra spiritual practice? Check. I

 

’m not saying these two are easy, but I’ve understood their purpose for much longer.


Resources and encouragement abound for new and creative ways to immerse ourselves more deeply in prayer during this season of penance. And while it may be true that fasting requirements have been relaxed in both church law and daily practice in recent decades, one can still find pockets of a resurgence of the ascetic practice even amid a more secular world that is discovering the health and productivity benefits of intermittent fasting and Dry January.


Is there any question that almsgiving is the under-practiced, under-encouraged Lenten discipline when compared with prayer and fasting? We’ve rarely felt that we had extra money to give, so we more or less skipped over this one. As we strive to grow in our own practice of this Lenten discipline and we are certainly still growing, we are learning a lot.


Perhaps we might redouble our efforts to give alms this Lent and to reflect in greater depth on the spiritual benefits the practice can bring. Scripture is replete with instructions to give to the poor: “Almsgiving delivers from death and keeps one from entering into Darkness,” Tobit tells us. Sirach commands: “Do not grieve the hungry, nor anger the needy. Do not aggravate a heart already angry, nor delay giving to the needy. A beggar’s request, do not reject; do not turn your face away from the poor.” “Give alms,” Jesus tells us, and we will build up “inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.”


Charity and almsgiving should be part of regular Christian practice. But during Lent we are called to do more. Many are willing to increase their charitable giving in December, presumably for tax benefits. Should not our Lenten annual call to conversion inspire at least as much of an increase?
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, this year’s Annual Appeal initiative has become more crucial than ever. I would like to propose and encourage all of you to give to the Annual Appeal as your concrete ALMSGIVING this Lent.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, this year’s Annual Appeal initiative has become more crucial than ever. I would like to propose and encourage all of you to give to the Annual Appeal as your concrete ALMSGIVING this Lent.
The Annual Appeal is a primary source of funding of the Archdiocese of Newark to help sustain and expand ministries through:

Caring for the Poor and Vulnerable

  • Catholic Charities

  • Hospital and Prison Ministry

  • Ministry with Persons with Disabilities

  • Respect Life Office

  • Protecting God’s Children​

Proclaiming the Gospel

  • Ministry of Multi-Ethnic Communities

  • Office of the Evangelization

  • Office of Family Life

  • International Missions

  • Ministry with the Deaf

​Passing on the Faith

  • Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry

  • Catechetical Office

  • Campus Ministry and Affiliated Colleges and Universities

  • Catholic Schools

Forming Future Priests and supporting Retired Clergy

  • Continuing Formation of Priests

  • Seminarians’ Education

  • Priest Health Care

As stewards of God’s gifts, I ask you to grow in GENEROSITY by making a sacrificial gift through a pledge or a one-time donation. Furthermore, please support the needs of our archdiocese through your PRAYERS. You are also asked to share your gifts and talents by PARTICIPATING in parish or archdiocesan ministries.

 

You can mail directly to the archdiocese the Pledge envelopes which are available in the back of the church or you can visit our website www.iccmahwah.org and donate online. Don’t forget to carefully put “Immaculate Conception Parish in Mahwah” as your parish for us to be credited.

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