Last updated 03/07/2014 10:03 AM
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A variety of resources to help Catholics observe Lent is being provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. With the theme “Give Up, Take Up, Lift Up,” online resources include a new series of audio retreat podcasts in English and Spanish for the Sundays of Lent, video reflections on Lenten themes, a downloadable Lenten calendar with quotes from Pope Francis’ message for Lent, and suggestions for taking an active approach to the three traditional pillars of Lenten observance: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Web site — www.usccb.org/lent — also includes facts about saints whose feast days or memorials fall within Lent, a reflection on fasting, information on rediscovering the sacrament of penance, and a section on Holy Week observances.
The Indiana Region of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land will hold its sixth Indiana Regional Benefit Dinner on Saturday, March 22, at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the foundation. The anniversary theme, “Preserving the Remnant of the Family of Christ,” refers to the mission of the foundation to safeguard the presence of Christians in the Holy Land and stem their exodus from the area. Keynote speaker at the dinner will be Father Marwan Di’Des, OFM, who was born in Jerusalem and currently serves as director of the Terra Sancta Schools throughout the Holy Land and of the Franciscan Boys Home in Bethlehem. The evening also will include a silent auction. For more information or reservations, call 866-905-3787 or visit www.ffhl.org.