Week of Feb. 6 – 12: Feed the Hungry – Participate in our “Souper” Bowl, Feb. 6-7 by donating nonperishable foods, or monetary donations, to feed the poor in our communities through our local pantries. We will collect donations and food items throughout the week at the parish office.
Week of Feb. 13 – 19: Give Drink to the Thirsty – Millions of people around the world still lack access to clean drinking water. In some communities, water is scarce. In others, it is contaminated. Heifer International helps many families install treadle pumps, practice water conservation, and use organic fertilizers to protect drinking water to improve their health. Our goal is to provide Clean Water to people in Uganda and other countries. Help us raise at least $1,200.00 to support four (4) wells in these poor regions of the world. Please put your donation, checks made payable to St. Joseph, in an envelope marked “Give Drink to the Thirsty” in the collection basket beginning February 13 and throughout Lent.
Week of Feb. 20 – 26: Clothe the Naked – Donate new or nearly new clothing for infants, children, and adults, and we will see that they are distributed to the local shelters. Perhaps you know a facility that could use these clothes. Share this with the parish office and we will see they are given to those in need.
Week of Feb. 27 – March 4: Shelter the Homeless – Monetary donations will be collected for the “Time Is Now” organization of Walworth County. Your contribution will be used to help pay electric bills, heat and water bills, put food in cupboards, and provide valuable services to help these poor sustain a good standard of living for months to come.
Week of March 5 – 11: Visit the Imprisoned – We currently have a few individuals who visit the imprisoned at Ellsworth Women’s Correction Facility. We have asked our group to let our parish know of these women’s needs or prayers, and we will offer our prayers for them and assist in any other way we can this week in our Lenten journey of Mercy.
Week of March 12 – 20: Visit the Sick / Bury the Dead – Do you know someone within the parish who would like a visit and/or holy communion?
Please share this with our parish office prior to this week so they can be added to our schedule. Take a moment out of your busy week and share some time with an elderly neighbor, stop by a nursing home to see an old friend, visit a family member’s grave, place a memorial by a soldier’s grave, or spend the day with a depressed or lonely friend.
Week of March 21 – March 25: Holy Week – On Good Friday, March 25 at St. Joseph’s 7:00 pm Service, a collection will be taken for the missions in the Holy Land. Please give generously to these people in this war torn region where Jesus once walked the sands. May they come to know that Jesus is still among them.