Dear Parish Family.
The Church reminds us during Lent of the need for almsgiving, which we are obligated to do as a matter of fraternal charity and justice. There are many ways to give, but I would like to highlight two particular initiatives in our local Church to provide help for the hungry. First is the Cardinal’s Appeal which reaches out to touch 100,000 people in a variety of programs. If you haven’t had the chance, I ask you to please be generous.
Last year in the United States, nearly 48 million people needed federal supplemental nutrition assistance, while millions more children received food assistance through other programs. In our own area, many families had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources. Next weekend we will collect food to go to three different food pantries located in Catholic parishes in areas of need in the Archdiocese. The truck will come to take the food away after the 7:30pm Mass on March 11th. Especially needed are cans of tuna, pasta, peanut butter and cereals. Thank you for your goodness.
I wish to remind everyone of the opportunities we have for confession in Lent. In addition to our regular confession times of Saturday from 4-5pm and Sunday from 7:00-730pm we have an additional hour on Wednesday from 7-8 during Lent. Please also know that every parish in the Archdiocese of Washington has confessions as well on Wednesday evenings.
Your servant in Christ,