Call to Generosity

Along with prayer and repentance, Catholics are called to focus more intently on almsgiving during Lent. But what exactly is almsgiving? This video from Catholic News Service explores almsgiving and how it relates to Catholics.

Lenten CRS Rice Bowl initiative aims to ease local, world hunger

Are you seeking a Lenten activity that blends the season’s three spiritual pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving?

Then CRS Rice Bowl could be an ideal match.

Why give Alms?

Almsgiving is one way that we can make sacrifice during Lent while supporting the needy, the work of the church or another worthy cause.

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Besides giving money

Almsgiving does not have to take the form of financial alms. There are many ways to be generous toward others that do not require excess in your bank account. 

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4 Reasons for Almsgiving

In this video, Father 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.

Live stream information

In response to information provided by local and state government and health officials concerning the coronavirus, the Diocese of Rochester has suspended public Masses until further notice. Priests will continue to celebrate private Mass, and some diocesan parishes plan to continue livestreaming. Here is the list of parishes planning to livestream private Masses.  (Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will celebrate Mass at 11 a.m. on Sunday March 22 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Click on the button for the livestream.)

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