The Season of Lent is Approaching

A time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving

Holy Cross parishioners learned last weekend about some of the services supported by the Diocese of Raleigh's Bishop's Annual Appeal. This weekend, parishioners who have not yet pledged or donated to the 2020 Bishop's Annual Appeal will be able to complete pledge cards or make donations during mass.

Take some time to prayerfully consider how you can support the BAA this year. You can read more about the BAA, including how to schedule online donations, on the diocesan website.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26 and continues through April 9. 

Holy Cross will have mass and signing with blessed ashes at 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 26, as well as a prayer service and signing with ashes at 12:15-1:15 PM.

Each Friday during Lent, beginning February 28, the parish will have Stations of the Cross at 7:00 PM, providing an opportunity for prayer and reflection on Christ's Way of the Cross, and also on the images in our unique Stations of the Cross. Participants will be invited to take turns reading the Lenten reflections, and all are encouraged to join in singing the closing hymn. 

CRS Rice BowlLent also is a time of giving alms. Through the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl program, Catholic churches in communities in every diocese across the United States put their faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. CRS is the official relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

One way to do that is to cut back on personal spending on meals and to donate the funds saved to the CRS Rice Bowl, the Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services, using the iconic cardboard Rice Bowls that will be available (until supplies run out) after masses the weekend of February 22-23.

Switching from using throw-away plastic bottles of water to a reusable bottle filled with tap water is one way of saving funds for the CRS drive (and helping the environment). Another is eliminating one fast-food meal each week. The tally below shows how quickly savings add up. 

Lenten alms donated through CRS Rice Bowl help support the work of CRS in roughly 45 countries each year. Twenty-five percent of all donations through the CRS Rice Bowl stay in the local diocese, supporting hunger and poverty alleviation efforts. Since its inception in 1975, CRS Rice Bowl has raised nearly $300 million.

See how quickly eliminating just one fast food meal can add up and help support CRS Rice Bowl's services.


  • Quarter Pounder with Cheese Meal 5.79 x 6 weeks = $34.74
  • Crispy Chicken Meal 6.39 x 6 weeks = $38.34
  • Southwest Salad 4.79 x 6 weeks = $28.74
  • Egg White Delight Meal 3.99 x 6 weeks = $23.94
  • Sausage and Egg Biscuit Meal 4.89 x 6 weeks = $29.34


  • Chicken Sandwich + Waffle fries + Drink 3.59 x 6 weeks = $42.78
  • Salad (Market, Cobb,) 7.69 X 6 weeks = $46.15


  • Latte or Cappuccino 3.95 x 6 weeks = $23.70
  • Americano 3.05 x 6 weeks = $18.30
  • Freshly Brewed 2.25 x 6 weeks = $13.50

Don’t eat out? One meatless meal at home each week will yield a savings of $4.80 per person each week: $4.80 x 6 weeks = $28.80

Knights of Columbus' Lenten Fried Fish Dinners

Speaking of meals ... the Knights of Columbus will be serving their fried fish dinners again this Lenten season, with one stop at Holy Cross on Friday, March 6, serving from 4:30 to 7:00 PM. The eat-in or carry out meal includes fried catfish, French fries, homemade coleslaw and mac & cheese, hush puppies, lemonade and iced tea, and assorted desserts, for $10 a plate. They are accepting cash, VISA and MasterCard as payment. View their full schedule here. Funds raised helps to support the good work that the Knights do. 

Triangle Catholics Scripture and Faith Sharing Group - YA Soup and Scripture Wednesdays during Lent

Prepare for Sunday mass by reading and discussing the Scriptures each Wednesday, 7-8:30 PM, and enjoy a simple soup supper. Bring a can of vegetables to contribute to the pot of soup, which will simmer while those gathered read and discuss. Soup is being added to this Young Adult Scripture group beginning with the March 4 gathering. While focused on young adults, the group welcomes more senior folks. 

Continuing Support at Catholic Charities

Holy Cross parishioners are continuing to assist with the distribution of food on Wednesdays at the Catholic Charities Durham Community Food Pantry. Volunteering on a regular basis are Lorie Crump, Zita Bowal, Celina Umari, Joe Spina, Deacon Phil and Ava Thompson.

Holy Cross parishioners can help support this service by bringing canned and packaged foods for clients of the Food Pantry. Donation bins are located in the multipurpose room. For details, contact Ava Thompson, Justice, Peace and Human Concerns coordinator at Holy Cross.

Also, the Diocese of Raleigh recently announced that Juarez Torres has joined the facility as program director. Read about him here

Tags: Lent 2020, CRS Rice Bowl, Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Dinners, BAA, Bishop's Annual Appeal

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