Lenten Almsgiving

Two separate Felician communities raise money to support Felician missions.

Hearts connected by Mother Angela’s example beat in unison during the Lenten season as two separate Felician communities raised over $16,000 to support Felician missions.

Every member of the St. Thomas Aquinas High School community in Edison, NJ — teachers, administrators, coaches, nurses, maintenance staff, cafeteria staff, students and families — participated in the “Dime A Day” program. The entire community, in the spirit of Lent and the tradition of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, had the opportunity to experience solidarity with the poor throughout the world by contributing whatever they could.

“One dime, like one loaf or one fish may not feed a lot of people, but when a community comes together, dimes can multiply and then we can make a difference for some.”

Sr. Cynthia Babyak, Campus Minister

In the end, $4,000 was collected and donated to four Felician missions that serve the poor and marginalized: Deo Gratias Ministries in Detroit, MI; St. Felix Food Pantry in Rio Rancho; NM, St. Felix Centre in Toronto, ON; and the Sister Celeste Childhood Development Centre in Tulita, Northwest Territories. The St. Thomas Aquinas community were blessed to give hope, grace, and much needed assistance to those in need.

At the same time the sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary convent in Livonia, MI wanted to honor Christ in a special way by offering donations through the season of Lent.

Throughout the season, a Blessing Tree was placed in the dining room with cards made to look like ornaments on the tree. These cards had phrases on them to perform a good deed, read a certain verse from the bible, and other Lenten activities. A ‘thought for the day’ was placed on the window wall leading to the dining room so all who entered and exited the dining room could reflect on the message. These exercises kept the sisters and staff focused on the Lord and his message to us.

Between the sisters and the staff at the convent $4,500 was raised and donated to Felician Mission: Haiti; Deo Gratias in Detroit, MI; and to the Felician Sisters in Poland who are ministering to the Ukrainian refugees. An additional $7,565 was collected from donors to support the Ukrainian relief efforts in Poland.

Though separated by over 600 miles, the Felician communities in New Jersey and Michigan share the spirit of their Franciscan heritage and continue to live active lives of ministry fueled by prayer.

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Founded in Poland in 1855, the Felician Sisters are a congregation of women religious inspired by the spiritual ideals of their foundress, Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, and Saints Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi and Felix of Cantalice. Arriving in North America in 1874 following Blessed Mary Angela’s directive “to serve where needed,” they helped to weave the social service system. Today, the Felician Sisters founded, sponsor or support through the presence of our sisters, more than 40 ministries – all continuing to evolve to meet the needs of the people they serve.

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