The third pillar of lent

Almsgiving efforts flourish at parishes in Rochester Diocese

From donations of food and money to acts of kindness, parishes in the Diocese of Rochester are embracing the Lenten priority on almsgiving.

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Brendan Gottschall, SJ, says that by giving alms, especially to strangers, “we are growing into our humanity as images of God.”

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Almsgiving may seem out of reach due to the financial challenges so many have faced throughout the pandemic. In this article, a Catholic News Service columnist suggests some creative ways to participate in almsgiving this year.


The Service Club at St. Pius Tenth School created “Enrichment Bags” for the elderly March 17. Students from every grade have been using a list of suggestions to decide what materials to contribute to the bags.

theology on tapas

This Lent, young adults gathered in faith and cooked together during the Catholic Courier and the Diocese of Rochester’s Lenten Theology on Tapas virtual cooking series.

The two-part series, which took place March 4 and 18, was led by Mark Capellazzi, project coordinator for youth and young-adult ministry, who has a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts. Members of the Catholic Courier staff were on hand to cook with Capellazzi and to livestream each installment.

This video is from the March 18 evening, during which Capellazzi demonstrated recipes for sawdust spaghetti and beer breadsticks, and talked about St. Patrick and St. Joseph.