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Almsgiving means simply giving to those in need and last week we put our faith in action in our Lenten Fundraising. It’s one of our biggest fundraisers of the year and it makes a life changing difference to those who really need it.

This week we’re going to think about all of the different types of giving that we can make. It’s not just about giving money, but about giving time, love and compassion.

Make sure you use the last moments of each morning to come together in prayer, starting and finishing with the Sign of the Cross and reflecting on what your discussions mean for you today. You could also take the opportunity to share the situations and people that need your prayers this week with each other.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

As Marsha said, think about what you as a form can give to others this week and put it in the comments box below.

Does charity begin at home?

Next week’s Word of the Week is Sacrifice, where we remember the greatest act of giving ever. God giving his only son and Jesus giving his life so that we could be saved. Today we want you to do something to help get ready for next week.

Think of something you can do for someone at home over the weekend. It’ll probably involve making a sacrifice if it is truly an act of giving.

Write in your planner for Monday of next week (during Holy Week) what your act of giving/sacrifice is going to be. It could be to do a job around the house that you don’t normally do or to buy an unexpected gift for someone else.

On Monday your first job is to look at your act and see if you managed to complete it over the weekend and the share the effect that it had with each other.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

As always we take time to listen to a reading of Sunday’s Gospel to help us reflect on what God is saying to us. Watch this animation of this week’s scripture – what is it saying to us?

Take some time to think about what God is saying to you.

Lord, help us to listen to your word and hear your voice in our lives. Amen