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Encounter Lent: CRS Rice Bowls

After the resurrection, when the disciples went forth in all directions, the Lord accompanied them. This is what happens as the result of a true encounter.” ~ Pope Francis

Dear families,

During Lent, our community will participate in CRS Rice Bowl, a faith-in-action program than invites us to encounter the needs of the world with the hope of the Resurrection.

We will reflect on how this encounter can be transformative. We will see how our Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving can respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to Share the Journey by supporting those worldwide who are forced to flee their homes and find safety or better opportunities.

As we prepare for this holy season, it is especially important to come together as a family and reflect on the crosses of hunger, poverty and war that our brothers and sisters forced to flee their homes carry. In so doing, we pledge to stand alongside these members of our human family, supporting them as the Gospel calls us to do.

Please consider these suggestions in your family’s Lenten plan:

  • Use your CRS rice bowl and Lenten Calendar as a daily guide to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving
  • Read the Stories of Hope and daily reflections to inspire your Lenten journey
  • Prepare simple, meatless meals on the Fridays of Lent to eat in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world
  • Visit crsricebowl.org to watch videos of the people and communities you support through your Lenten gifts to CRS Rice Bowl

We will collect your CRS Rice Bowls on Holy Thursday, so stay tuned to learn more.

Thank you for participating in CRS Rice Bowl with your family.

Sincerely,

Social Justice Commission

P.S. Did you know that CRS Rice Bowl has a web page specifically for families? Visit crsricebowl.org/families for activities that will help your family grow in our Catholic faith this Lenten season.

Help with Parish Upkeep/Heating

January has been miserable for everyone with snow and freezing temperatures.   It has also taken a toll on St. John’s budget with higher heating bills and more frequent snow plowing.  To those of you who have given extra for these two items we would like to say Thank You!

To specify donations for facility up-keep, you can use your church envelope marked for that or use your own envelope and simply note that it is for facility upkeep.

SE Linn Community Center Food Pantry Needs

Some new items that SE Linn is requesting are:

Macaroni & Cheese

Instant Rice

Brownie Mix

Regular need are:

Pancake Mix

Applesauce, in jars or individual size

Spaghetti sauce

Crackers – all varieties, including saltines and snack crackers

Peanut Butter – an item always high in demand

Jelly

Canned Soups

Low sodium canned goods

Peaches, canned or in individual serving size

Cereal – no cheerios please – Rice Krispies, others

Toilet Paper

Kleenex

Our Call to Share

The Our Call to Share Collection will be taken up in our parish on the weekend of September 22-23, 2018.  The combined collections for Fall include:  The Catholic University of America, The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Archdiocesan Hispanic Ministry, Black and Indian Missions, Catholic Home Missions, and World Missions.  Each parishioner will receive a brochure and offertory envelope in the mail.  On the envelope you may designate how you would like to have your contribution distributed.  Please be generous and remember these important efforts of the mission of the Church in your prayers.

Marshalltown Relief through Catholic Charities

Father Jack spoke in his homily this past weekend about the request made by Archbishop Jackels  to collect funds the weekend of August 12th for the town of  Marshalltown which was hit severely three weeks ago by a tornado.

The Archbishop realizes that this is a bad time of year with getting kids ready for school and college but there is never a good time to ask for monetary donations. He asks that you find in your heart to give something.

You may place your donation in envelope marked “Marshalltown Relief” or loose check in the collection please write in the Memo “Marshalltown Relief.

If you write a check please make it out to St. John’s we in turn will write out one check out to Catholic Charities.

This collection will be taken up at Offertory Time.

Thank you and God bless.

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