The traditional foundation for Lenten practice rests on three supports: PRAYER–FASTING–ALMSGIVING. To assist families in the third of these supports, we again participate in LENTEN GOSPEL GIVING this year. Each week all members of the parish are asked to bring an item with them to Mass. Each item is chosen to reflect the readings of the day and the gifts will be donated to various needy causes. Click on the document link to the left for the complete list for this year. There will also be a reminder in the bulletin each week.
St. Robert's is responsible for providing the evening meal for the Bread and Roses hospitality house in Lawrence on the third Monday of every month. Food donations are brought to church on the weekend preceding. There will be two Bread & Roses weekends in Lent: March 15/16 and April 19/20 (that second one is Easter; stay tuned for details on drop off!). Look for the monthly announcement in the bulletin and in the online calendar for details, or for more information please contact Marian & David Magnan at email@example.com or Lisa Lattari at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Robert's is responsible for preparing and serving the evening meal at the Holly Street shelter on the third Sunday of every month. There will be two Sundays to serve during Lent this year—March 16 and April 20 (that April date is actually Easter Sunday but, yes, we are on to serve!). If you are interested in learning more about this service opportunity or signing up, please email email@example.com.
Our parish is scheduled to provide soup, sandwiches, and baked goods for the Lazarus House soup truck run on Sunday, March 23. Volunteers will make food at home and drop off at church when you come to Mass on the weekend of March 22/23. For more information or to sign up, email Dave Dlesk.
You can support local charity Neighbors in Need anytime during the year by dropping your non-perishable food donation into the bin in the vestibule of the church. During Lent, this is an easy way to put the works of mercy in action. Consider adding one item to your grocery list each week for Neighbors in Need or plan an activity with the kids to pick out all the items for one meal or to share one of your favority foods. The organization serves more than 500 families per week in food pantries located throughout Lawrence and Methuen. To learn more about Neighbors in Need, visit them online at www.needfood.org.
A Lenten tradition from Catholic Relief Services. Families are encouraged to pick up a rice bowl at church and choose to prepare simple meals during Lent, placing the money you save in the rice bowl. Rice bowls are returned to the parish on Holy Thursday. This year features Kenya, Guatemala, the Philippines, Malawi, Haiti, and the United States. Go to the CRS Rice Bowl website for reflections, prayers, family activities, stories from the regions the Rice Bowl supports, recipes and cooking videos. And don't forget to sign up for weekly email reflections and "Bring Life to Lent" by downloading the new Rice Bowl app!
Buying fair trade coffee is a tangible way we can put the values of our faith into action. It reminds us there are people behind all the things we consume. St. Robert's makes it easy to make the right choice by making fair trade coffee available for purchase to the parish community. Coffee (and, seasonally, cocoa) is available for sale in the Gathering Space on one weekend every month. Look for the announcement in the bulletin.
We will be planning a few offsite initiatives depending on interest and availability. If you are interested in staying informed about upcoming initiatives, please sign up for the Community Outreach Ministry email list by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.