During the Lenten season we pray, fast, and give alms. The Lenten Season is a time of sacrifice almsgiving and prayer, in preparation for our renewal. (Read more about the events during Lent at St. Francis.)
2018 Lenten Theme:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, he has anointed me to bring glad tidings” (Lk 4: 18)
(Isaiah 52:7) (Romans 10:15)
Here we invite you to participate in our parish
Each week through bulletin articles we will learn about the great work done by the
Diocese of Kottapuram, India,
to assist families in time of need, to care for the elderly and the disabled, educate farm workers and help finance small cottage industries that help communities
to grow and prosper. Learn, pray and collect your monetary offerings from savings by preparing simpler meals or making other sacrifices for those living in harsh poverty conditions. Give in solidarity with those less fortunate.
Please return your cash and/or check contributions on Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018. Checks are payable to: St. Francis of Assisi, 2150 Frieze Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
Lenten Almsgiving for the Church in the Catholic Diocese of Kottapuram, India.
Working with beloved Bishop Rev. Dr. Joseph Karrikkassery, sends us his greetings stating, “Of the five program areas listed here, those most in need of your special prayers and attention are:
Workers, especially those physically and/or mentally challenged workers, because they are the most vulnerable group whom we are working with. It is our dream to have a special place for them, with special facilities like ramp, conducive toilets, and conducive seats for star-making. Now it is very hazardous way they coming to the centre and working as they have to bent too much to do the work. The building, a conducive place for them will really be an expansive project for us at this time, which may come around 50000 USD. Still your contribution will be very valid whatever it may be. Kindly pray during the first week for this intention, that this dream of ours will be fulfilled at the earliest.”
We pray for, and support, those in Kottapuram, India, who are:
• Workers, especially those physically and/or mentally challenged workers, that all may find productive employment and earn fair wages for their labor.
• Children: that all may find access to a quality education and be given the opportunity to become the best versions of themselves.
• Cancer patients and family support program: that all may be given the courage and resources they need to live with dignity.
• Family farmers and those who fish: that all may improve harvests to support families, while preserving natural resources.
• Elderly: that all may find access to healthcare and medical services.
As the diocese of Kottapuram undertakes these and many more services, all offered to anyone in need, irrespective of creed or caste, the financial burden falls on the small Catholic community. Through this project our parish is supporting the small business loans for family-owned businesses in India… Promoting Entrepreneurial Approaches to Poverty.
Help a Family and a Community in India: Fr. Bosco’s home is the Diocese of Kottapuram, India. We recall fondly the years Fr. Bosco Padamattummal (2010-2013) served our St. Francis Parish, (and now he is pastor at St. Mary Parish in Manchester, Michigan). Our parish was blessed to get to know a bit about the people in India and their efforts.
Prayer of St. Mother Teresa:
Heavenly Father, you blessed St. Mother Teresa with gifts of love and compassion so she could spend her life in service for the poorest of the poor. May we imitate her examples of holiness by sharing our faith and reaching out to those in need.
O St. Mother Teresa, so compassionate were you toward the sick, the hungry and the unwanted. Your heroic virtues and the graceful faithfulness in which you lived as a servant of God are beautiful examples of your love and union with Him.
We rejoice in your beatification and we praise and thank our loving God for your life and generosity. Help us to follow the Gospel as faithfully and loving as you did. Amen
We invite your ideas. Please contact Scott Wright, Director of Parish Outreach Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-821-2121.