“Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. Your every act should be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14
Almsgiving is one of the three pillars of Lenten practice (along with prayer and fasting). It is lived out through witness to charity and works of justice (CCC 2462). We are called throughout the year, but even more during Lent, to use our time, talent and treasure to lift up those in need. It is easy to see needs outside of our community in big cities and in small towns riddled with poverty and sometimes more difficult to see need right here in our own community. When the pandemic hit last March, it brought with it struggle, hurt and sorrow to many of our neighbors and friends. Many in our community lost jobs, struggled with depression and mental health issues, experienced the fear of not knowing how they would feed their families.
Family Sharing of Ozaukee County has a mission to alleviate hunger in Ozaukee County with dignity and compassion. Through the food pantry they feed up to 600 families each month.
Ways to help
This Lent, our St. Francis Borgia community will be collecting items to help support the efforts of Family Sharing. There will be bins located in the gathering space starting Ash Wednesday through Mar. 10.
Please consider donating the following items that are in much need at the pantry:
• Cream of Mushroom Soup
• Beef Soup
• Canned Corn
Family Sharing of Ozaukee County also runs an upscale retail store. The money raised through the store is used to help fund the food pantry. Please consider donating gently-used items. There will be a bin specifically for resale shop donations. Please visit their website for more information and ways you can donate and volunteer throughout the year.
I pray that this Lent God opens your heart to a mission of charity and compassion, remembering that we are called to do everything with love.
KC Kranich, Director of Youth Outreach (contact by email or 262-377-1070, ext. 351)