Throughout the Lenten season, check in with Catholic Charities New York for creative ways to engage more fully with the 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Check this post daily during the week for updated tips and inspiration for how to make the most of Lent. Leave comments below to share how you are doing with your Lenten commitments, and with these daily challenges.
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April 2 ~ Adopt a Family. Looking to make a difference in the world by the end of Lent? Adopt a family in need through the St. Nicholas Project. By supporting this project, you provide critical social services year-round to families in need in our community.
March 30 ~ Be frugal. Each dollar saved can help a child who is truly hungry. $5 can help us:
…feed one hungry child for 2 days
…provide a family with 3 days of fresh fruits and vegetables
…feed a mother and her child for one day
March 29 ~ Give to a thrift store today. Donate old housewares to a charity thrift store, like the Catholic Charities Community Services Thrift Store, and help support the homes of our neighbors in need.
March 28 ~ Help someone smile today. Integrate a few small — perhaps even anonymous — acts of kindness into your day. What will you do? Share your story in the comments field below this post.
March 27 ~ Remind yourself of your Lenten pledges today, and take some time to re-ignite your commitments. There are many ways to give back through Catholic Charities.
March 26 ~Pray for those who generously serve our neighbors in need within our 90 agencies throughout the Archdiocese of New York.
March 23 ~ Provide a meal for those suffering from hunger today. Donate food or volunteer at a food pantry near you. Last year, Catholic Charities provided 6.5 million meals for the hungry.
March 22 ~ Practice Patience. Take the time to answer questions with extra patience and thoughtfulness today. Be kind to strangers who stop you for directions. Be generous to a coworker in need of assistance. Learn about the compassionate services Catholic Charities provides every day for those in our community with special needs.
March 21 ~ Pray for those who are homeless, for families in the shelter system, and for those who are searching for a home. Take action to help the homeless by volunteering with our Junior Board’s Midnight Runs.
March 20 ~ Welcome and Support Immigrants and Refugees. Know someone who has a question about immigration or refugee services in New York? Make a note to direct them to the Catholic Charities Immigration Hotline for free, professional consultation. Today, the immigration hotline answered 119 calls for help and advice in 18 different languages. The Catholic Charities Immigration Hotline: 212-419-3737 or 1-800-566-7636 (Toll-free in NYS)
March 19 ~ Pray for the unemployed in our community. Catholic Charities helped 7,900 people with job training and placement this past year.
March 16 ~ Take an active role in our political process. Learn about ways to advocate for a just society, and how Catholic Charities works to make this possible.
March 15 ~ Pray for families today. Each year, our agency network helps more than 3,300 families stay together.
March 14 ~ Learn about your Community
Today, put aside some time to learn more about your community. In what ways are your neighbors in need? In what ways can you help? Learn your state’s or your neighborhood’s hunger statistics — you might be surprised. And check out the services that provided by our 90 agencies. There is one near you, working hard each day to help your neighbors.
March 13 ~ Join a Group
The best way to adopt a habit of generosity and selflessness is to surround yourself with like-minded people. Join a community of leaders dedicated to charity.
March 12 ~ Make Your Commitments Mobile
Make the most of each day in Lent – even in the midst of a busy life. Check out this list of web-based and mobile resources to help you keep prayer, fasting and almsgiving central to this sacred season.
March 9 ~ Make a Small Sacrifice
On this Lenten Friday, sacrifice the cost of a small or large indulgence today to help feed a family in need. Instead of a latte and pastry, a $10 can provide fresh produce for a hungry family. Instead of dinner at a restaurant, a $50 gift can provide safe shelter for a mother and her children.
March 8 ~ Support Fair Trade
While shopping for yourself or your family, buy fair trade products when possible. This ensures that workers are paid a fair wage and that sustainable production practices are being followed. Buying fair trade coffee is an excellent – and easy – place to start. Catholic Charities supports international social justice across the globe.
March 7 ~ Find Ways to Give Back
Use your talents to support a meaningful cause. The Catholic Charities Junior Board provides opportunities for leadership and service.
March 6 ~ Welcoming Newcomers
Be kind and generous to your New York neighbors. Learn about Catholic Charities’ heritage of welcoming immigrants and refugees.
March 5 ~ Resolving Crises
Give emotional support to someone in need today. Talk to a friend in need or write a letter – anything to show that you care.
Catholic Charities provides compassionate and professional therapy to more than 3,000 individuals each year.
March 2 ~ Nurturing Children
Spend some time today talking to a child in your life. Pray that he or she has the opportunities necessary to succeed in life and reach their full potential.
Each year, Catholic Charities helps more than 4,000 children reach their potential through day care and Head Start programs.
March 1 ~ Catholic Social Teaching
Learn about Catholic Social Teaching, and how we are called to help others. Be a part of Catholic Charities’ advocacy for social justice and human dignity.
February 29 ~ Help your neighbors
Help a neighbor in danger of eviction preserve their home by directing them to help at Catholic Charities. The team at Catholic Charities prevents eviction for more than 4,800 families each year, and helps an additional 17,000 individuals in need find emergency shelter, transitional housing, or permanent affordable housing. Learn more.
February 28 ~ Pray for Others
Pray for those in our community who are struggling to live even the most modest lives. For a glimpse into the life of one of your neighbors in need, read about a man we are helping to support his family and achieve a better life.
February 27 ~Building New Habits.
Today, adopt one small daily or weekly selfless habit that you will pledge to continue throughout Lent, and make good deeds part of your everyday life.
Follow us on Facebook to participate in the Catholic Charities community online, and share your voice with us.
February 23 ~ Where do you volunteer?
Make a Lenten goal to serve our community. If you already volunteer, try to increase your service hours this season. If you don’t volunteer, joining Catholic Charities’ diverse volunteer corps is a good way to start. You can explore a variety of our volunteer opportunities online.
February 22 ~ Ash Wednesday
Watch a special Ash Wednesday video message from Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan.