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Last Modified Date: 9/28/2017 12:18 PM


Welcome to This Week in Ministry #15 with content intended for the Third Week of Lent, which begins on Sunday, March 8, 2015.   Click on the images and/or links below to download resources for this week.  
Bulletin Insert
Intended for: Communications Ministry, Parish Bulletin Editors, Catechists, Social Media, Websites
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Sunday to Sunday
Sunday to Sunday is a one-page resource that offers spiritual nourishment for Catholics with prayers, catechesis, and interesting facts about the origins of Catholic customs and liturgical practices.  Use it as a complete bulletin insert or as a handout in schools and parishes. Share the individual features with your social media followers or post them on your website.

Ministry Resource
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Reflection on the Songs of the Suffering Servant: Song 1

Intended for:  Catechists, Faith Formation, Faith-Sharing and Prayer Groups, Social Ministry, Communications Ministry 
Within the book of the prophet Isaiah we encounter four poetic sections known as the Songs of the Suffering Servant. The specific identity of this Servant of the Lord remains the topic of scholarly debate. Perhaps it refers to the prophet Isaiah himself, perhaps the entire nation of Israel, or possibly the promised Messiah. Christian faith sees these prophetic utterances fulfilled in the life, ministry, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus the Lord. Over the next few weeks of Lent, we will provide reflections and discussion questions on the Songs of the Suffering servant from Graziano Marcheschi, M.A., D.Min.  

Saint of the Week
Intended for: Communications Ministry, Social Media, Websites
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On March 9, we celebrate the life of St. Frances of Rome, a Roman noblewoman known for her charitable works and as the patron saint of motorists.

Fact of Faith 
Intended for: Liturgists, Ministers at Mass, Communications Ministry
Lenten Fasting 
Paulist Father Larry Rice takes a look at the requirements for fast and abstinence during Lent and the reasons behind the practice.

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Intended for: Communications Ministry, Social Media, Websites
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English version
Spanish version

A timely reminder of our need to be fed by the Word of God (Lk 4:4), especially during Lent. 

Suggested Social Media Posts
Intended for: Communications Ministry, Social Media, Websites
Use these social media posts for your parish Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Word document shows ideas for using the images with text on Facebook and Twitter. You can right click on each image to save or copy them or download the full-size versions of the images at the links below.
Social Media Posts & Instructions (includes Spanish translations)
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Image #1 Daylight Savings Time: March 8---A timely reminder to set clocks ahead and get to Mass and work on time!

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Image #2 St. Frances of Rome: March 9---Some facts about this early saint who is known as the patron of motorists.

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Image #3  Lenten Fasting: A family prays before beginning their simple Lenten meal; links to an a reflection on Lenten fasting.

Salt & Light
Intended for:  Catechists, RCIA, Faith Formation, Faith-Sharing Groups, Communications Ministry 
An Internal Path Toward Becoming a Catholic
Catechist Dan S. Mulhall provides a down-to-earth explanation of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) in this two-page resource.  It makes an ideal bulletin insert or handout for Lent and is also useful as an introduction to RCIA.

CRS Rice Bowl Prayer Cards
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Intended for:  Liturgists, Communications Ministry, Pastoral Leadership, Social Media, Website
A set of print-and-cut prayer cards featuring Catholic Relief Services' Lenten prayer and some of the people that benefit from CRS programs. These cards can be offered to parishioners as part of your parish Lenten toolkit and the individual stories can be featured in social media. This resource is particularly appropriate for parishes participating in Catholic Relief Services' Rice Bowl campaign.
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Intended for: Communications Ministry, Social Media, Websites

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A humorous take on Lenten fasting.