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Almsgiving means simply giving to those in need. It’s about recognising how lucky we are to have so much and focusing on how we can help those around us to have the same. It’s also not just about giving money to charity. You can give of yourself in so many ways – you can give your time, your compassion or your love to those in need and by doing so you can truly understand what Lent is all about.

 

 

 

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Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Almsgiving during Lent allows us to let go of our own desires and focus on the needs of those who are less fortunate. Two of the central lessons of the cross are compassion and selflessness. By giving alms, we are sacrificing our temporal comfort for the good of another person.

Today we are going to look at all of the wonderful charitable events and fundraisers that All Saints’ have done in the past. Almsgiving isn’t just about giving to charity though, its about putting God and the needs of others before your own.  Once you have watched the video, discuss in your form groups some of the charitable acts that your schools have done in the past and how that made you feel. Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments box below 🙂

 

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Fr. Mike Schmitz encourages us to be charitable this Lent, emphasizing how almsgiving is a foundational part of living the Faith. In being joyful givers, we imitate Christ, who became poor for our sake, and we show our gratitude for God’s grace. These are just a few of the reasons Fr. Mike offers in this video as to why we should exercise almsgiving according to our means.

Stop the video at 4:28 if you don’t have time to watch it all 🙂

Why do you think it is important for Christians to help others? Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments box below.

Leader/Student- Let us Pray:

Giving to Others Prayer for Today God, we do not want to live selfishly and ignore the needs of others. Lord, teach us to share without expecting something in return. We open our hearts to your compassion so we can help other people who need our help the most.

Amen

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

You will have seen over that past few weeks the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi Academy Trust have been journeying on their virtual Pilgrimage and supporting the CAFOD campaign ‘Walk for Water’.

For more information about CAFOD and its campaign go to their website here.

To make a donation towards’ CAFOD’s Walk for Water Campaign you can visit our JustGiving page by clicking here.

To add your steps/ miles/ kilometres to our Trust total complete this quick and easy Google Form here.

Watch the video below to see why it’s so important to support those who do not have easy access to safe, clean water!

 

Where have we reached?

Check back on the map below daily to see where we are at on our journey around the Trust! We’re starting at St Patrick’s and as the term goes on we will slowly visit different schools, buildings and Churches and perhaps even see a glimpse of them virtually!

Have a discussion in your form groups and share what you have been doing for others this Lent. It’s not too late to start giving! How can you help others and support them during Lent 2021? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments box below.

Leader/Student- Let us Pray:

Dear Lord,

Thank You for this beautiful day! Among all that we have, there are so many hurting and needy people. We lift them up to You and ask that You would bless them, help them, heal them. May Your peace fill their hearts and may joy shine! We ask that You intercede for them, fulfilling their needs according to Your will. We also pray that You would use us to help them in any way we can. Open our eyes and make us aware of the opportunities we have to bless others in need. Help us to not be selfish, help us to share. All that we have is Yours and we surrender to You.  May Your will be done in Jesus’ name AMEN.

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Almsgiving doesn’t need to be a huge, grand gesture. Often the most powerful and meaningful acts of giving can be in small, random acts of kindness.

Take a moment in silent reflection, what random acts of kindess could you perform this Lent?  You can think of your own or chose from the list below:

 

1. Thank a teacher.

2. Bring flowers to a coworker or friend.

3. Carry someone’s shopping to their car for them.

4. Send a friend a positive text.

5. Ask a someone at school how they are feeling today, and actually listen to the answer.

6. Bake a cake and deliver it to the local fire or police station.

7. Help an elderly person to cross the street.

8. Give up your seat on the bus.

9. Donate dog or cat food to the local animal shelter (call to ask them what brands they need). Many shelters want and need old blankets and towels as well.

10. Leave a note of kindness in the pocket of a coat in a clothing store, like “You look great in this!” or “You are more important than you could ever know.”

Leader/Student- Let us Pray:

Lord, even when the world around us is swirling and broken, thank you for being true, kind, and a foundation to lean on. Life’s challenges can be overwhelming, and the difficult days are hard to handle. At the same time we know that your love is unlike any other. So today, we boldly and humbly approach you asking for your kindness to meet us. Amen

 

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

As always, we take time to listen to and reflect on Sunday’s Gospel…

 

 

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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