Thursday, April 7, 7:00 PM
Lent: A Searching For God
Our very own Chancellor of the Diocese of Charleston, and author of The Side of Kindness, Sister Sandra Makowski, SSMN, is coming to speak at St. Benedict!
Lent is the time when we are called to search for God in a new and deepening spiritual experience. Let Sister Sandra guide you so that we can discover in this Lenten experience that God is right in front of us, while we were too busy looking somewhere else! Sister will tie this in with the three pillars of Lent—prayer, fasting, and almsgiving —and show how God makes Himself known through them!
No registration necessary! The presentation will be held at 7:00 PM in the church. It’s an excellent way to prepare your hearts for Holy Week!
This Lent St. Benedict will lead a campaign of kindness. During the 40 days of Lent we would like to see how our parish can change ourselves, our families and our community.
The Challenge is to spread random acts of kindness during the 40 Days of Lent. Of course the hope is that this will continue after the 40 days, but during the challenge we will keep track of how many random acts of kindness the parish performs. Each week the total acts of kindness will be updated and added to the challenge board in the Narthex for everyone to see. We encourage every member of the parish to participate no matter your age. You will be provided with everything you need including a list of random acts of kindness to give you ideas and cards to pass along to spread the message.
How To Participate:
1.) Sign up for the challenge by signing a Commitment Card and turning it into the parish. The commitment cards simply state: “I, , commit to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world and do at least one act of kindness everyday during Lent.” These cards will be available in the pews and narthex starting the weekend of February 19th/20th. Signups will conclude on Ash Wednesday, March 2nd.
During Lent there will be a table set up in the narthex that will be devoted to the “40 Days of Kindness Challenge.” This table will hold any information, cards or handouts for the challenge. There will also be baskets there to turn in your cards.
2.) On Ash Wednesday, March 2nd, start doing at least 1 random act of kindness per day, of course you can always choose to do more. Some ideas for acts of kindness are listed below. You are not limited to the list but are encouraged to be creative and do what you are called to for your acts of kindness. The list is just there to give you ideas.
3.) Kindness is Contagious...Pass it on cards will be available in a basket on the narthex table starting Ash Wednesday, March 2nd if you would like to use them.
4.) Each week at Mass you will find a Weekly Acts of Kindness turn in card. These cards state “This week I did # acts of kindness.” This will allow us to keep track of the number of acts of kindness the parish is doing and add those to the challenge board. There is a place to sign these cards but do not feel like you have to sign them. Again these cards will be found in the pews and narthex of the church. (Please note GREP students should bring their filled in cards from their Lenten packet to class each week. Please do not have them fill out the card at Mass.)
Here are some ideas to do as Random Acts of Kindness
- Introduce yourself to a stranger as you enter the church or on the way out after Mass.
- Give blood
- Smile at 5 strangers each day
- Take in your neighbor’s trashcan after trash pick up
- Make dinner for a friend
- Write a letter of appreciation to someone who impacted your life.
- Assist someone who is loading grocery bags into their car
- Assist someone who is trying to reach something on a high shelf
- Send a package or letter to a friend or family member just because
- Let someone go in front of you inline
- When you have two coupons, offer one to the person before you or after
- Say “good morning”, “hello”, “hey”, “have a blessed day”, etc. to everyone
- Bring food to a food bank
- Let the management know when someone or some group did a great job
- Forgive someone – repeat as necessary
- Reach out to someone who is standing alone at a party or new to a group
- When your special animal passes on, bring everything to a pet shelter.
- Wave “hi” to neighbors and/or go out of your way to introduce yourself and meet them
- Donate to an organization that is meaningful for you and/or your family
- Anonymously pay for the meal of someone at a restaurant
- Send a letter with snacks to miliary
- Leave some coupons at the grocery store
- Give a stranger a sincere compliment
- Drive someone to a doctor appointment
- Hold the door for the person behind you
- Open the car door for someone who is driving with you
- Pray for others
- Be a disciple of Jesus Christ through the guide he has shown us
- Let others know you are praying for them – may give them hope
- When someone wants to share, be opened to listen
- You know your “superpower” – share it with others
If you have any questions please contact the parish office at 843-216-0039 or [email protected]
We are proud to announce Mr. Kyle Clement coming to St. Benedict for a 3-day Parish Mission: The Symphony of Salvation. Mr. Clement instructs the lay faithful with practical information on different aspects of Christian life. He is an acclaimed speaker for Liber Christo.
Each day’s mission will begin after the daily Mass. There will be a repeat of the talk at 7pm for those unable to attend the morning session.
Monday, January 17th 9:00am Mass, 9:30am Talk (Talk Encore at 7pm)
Allegro Prelude “In the Beginning”
Tuesday, January 18th 9:00am Mass, 9:30am Talk
(Talk Encore at 7pm)
Adagio “Journey to the Coming of the Messiah”
Wednesday, January 19th 9:00am Mass, 9:30am Talk
(Talk Encore at 7pm)
Allegro “Eternity, the Final Destination”
ADVENT BOOK STUDY!
Join us for a special three-part Advent Book Study on December 2, 9, and 16!
Bestselling author Dr. Brant Pitre’s latest, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary: Unveiling the Mother of the Messiah, is an excellent exploration of Our Lady’s very special place in God’s plan of salvation. She doesn’t just show up at Christmas! She’d been prophesied about from the beginning, and her destiny as the Mother of God and the Mother of Church is even more amazing than we realize! Brant Pitre does a fantastic job showing how, with his usual easy-to-read style and breathtaking depth, and you’ll see why Bishop Robert Barron calls him “one of the most compelling theological writers on the scene today.”
No registration necessary, and no fees! Just order the book on your own and then join us in the St. Scholastica Room on December 2 from 10:00-11:30 AM. Coffee, snacks, good people, and a great book…what else do you need??
Questions? Email Dan Lord at [email protected]