The Francis Effect:        Almsgiving—Local, Global                                  & Mission 

Live the Francis Effect thru Abundance
Lenten Almsgiving—The 3 Legged Stool
“In the poor and outcast we see Christ’s face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ.” -Pope Francis Lenten Message 2014
The Lenten Journey consists of the 3 pillars; Praying, Fasting and Almsgiving. We pray for those living in material, moral and spiritual poverty. We fast as a means of self-discipline, turning away from sin, focusing on God. We give alms accumulated from our fasting to help those we are praying for, for those living in poverty. (Pope Francis Lenten Message 2014) This year – Almsgiving is a 3-legged stool. Local, Global and Mission. Challenge yourself, challenge your family, to gain knowledge and awareness in all three legs. That is the Francis Effect— keep the stool standing. What you “give-up” is turned into “helping others”.

Locally with Habit for Humanity. Lenten banks available in Narthex. Globally with CRS Rice Bowl. Rice bowls available in Narthex. Mission with Food for the Poor & Fr. Tony Palazzolo: March 24 & 25th, 7:00 p.m.

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Lenten Almsgiving—The 3 Legged Stool

Local, Global & Mission 
Habitat for Humanity: Supports affordable housing in our community. Follow the
Habitat for Humanity Lenten calendar to reflect, pray and act on the need for decent, affordable housing. St. Patrick Catholic Community has co-sponsored 30 homes in our community. Habitat provides a “hand up” to family partners who work 400 hours of labor on the construction of their home and others’ homes. Habitat serves families earning between 30-60% of the area median income by providing 0% interest mortgage. Filling your Lenten Bank helps provide shelter for families in the Valley.


CRS- Rice Bowl: Supports Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official interna-

tional humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S. CRS assist poor and suffering people in 91 countries on the basis of need, without regard to race, religion or nationality. Rice Bowls and educational materials available in the Narthex. Go to to download CRS Bowl App. App includes:  Prayerful reflection for each day of Lent  Customizable tool to set Lenten sacrifice goal and track progress towards its achievement  Meatless recipes for Fridays during Lent  Stories and videos of people who benefit from prayers and almsgiving to CRS Rice Bowl


Food for the Poor: Supports international relief by feeding hundreds of thousand of people every day in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Christian relief programs and projects are helping children and the poorest of the poor by providing food, housing, health care, education, water projects, emergency relief and micro-enterprise assistance in the Caribbean and Latin America. Mission with Fr. Tony Palazzo: March 24th & 25th, 7:00—8:30 pm In the Church.


Challenge yourself—gain knowledge and awareness in the 3 legged stool. Live the Francis Effect thru abundance!

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