Monday, February 18, 2013

40 Days of Almsgiving

Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. This year, in addition to the usual prayer and fasting I'm trying to get more serious about almsgiving. My plan is to donate to a different charity each day for 40 days. I thought I'd share some of them with you, but blogging a charity a day is kind of, well, tough. So, I'm batching them up. Feel free to chime in with your favorite charities for me to donate to.

Last week the beneficiaries were:

40 Days for Life. I have taken part in 40 Days for Life for the past several years, and can testify to its effectiveness at saving and turning around lives.
40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.

The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.
The Diocese of Trenton Bishop's Annual Appeal. Our bishops need our support, spiritually and financially. Bishop O'Connell is having an especially tough time this year. Recovering from skin cancer, he now faces the loss of a foot to diabetes. From Bishop O'Connell's letter on the Appeal.
As each of us participates in different ways to observe this Year of Faith we must remember that this tremendous gift of knowing God’s love is not for us to keep alone. It is for us to share; by the words we speak, by the way we live our lives and by the way we love one another.

Now, more than ever, there are those who truly need to hear the message of God’s saving love. With your contribution to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal you will help bring the good news of the Gospel to countless individuals and groups throughout the diocese by offering hope, love and the gift of new life in Christ.
Opus Bono Sacerdotii.This organization helps for priests who have various legal, psychological or spiritual problems.
Opus Bono Sacerdotii (Work for the Good of the Priesthood) was founded in response to many sensitive situations with priests requesting confidential assistance for unique problems. These situations may encompass a whole spectrum of circumstances, however, the success in caring for Catholic priests is understanding the uniqueness of each individual and their particular needs, abilities and desires especially as it effects the extraordinary relationship between the natural and supernatural aspect of the person of the priest.
Domestic Church Media is New Jersey's only Catholic Radio station, WFJS, 89.3 FM and 1260 AM. Supporting your local Catholic radio station is an important way to help spread the Gospel.
One of the goals of Domestic Church Media is to bring Catholic radio to New Jersey and New York City. Having been involved in Catholic radio on various levels in New Jersey and the Philadelphia area since 1995, Jim and Cheryl Manfredonia understand the responsibilities of operating a 24-hour Catholic radio apostolate. As with any media apostolic work, they know that their first and foremost responsibility is that of presenting the Truth of our Catholic Faith in all its rich fullness and without compromise.
Catholics Come Home is and organization that helps bring fallen away Catholics back to the Church.
Inspired by the our Holy Fathers’ calls to a New Evangelization and re-proposing of the Gospel, Catholics Come Home® reaches out to inactive Catholics using inspiring TV commercials and an interactive Web site. Without pressure or obligation, Catholics Come offers an opportunity to learn the truth about the Catholic faith in a loving, non-judgmental atmosphere. We offer many resources that aid fallen-away Catholics and non-Catholics in learning more about returning to the Catholic Church. Coming home has never been easier!


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