ANDOVER — During Lent, faithfuls depend on prayer, fasting and almsgiving to help them in their journey toward Easter.
Area churches and schools are assisting members in imparting their goods with others.
Students at St. Augustine School are collecting donations to help the Sisters of Notre Dame purchase water purification packets for their missions in rural areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria.
Money collected at St. Augustine School will also benefit Hogar Infantil, an orphanage sponsored by Augustinians in Tijuana, Mexico.
”Part of our mission is to follow in Jesus’ footsteps who was always reaching out to those in need,” said Mary Fergurson. “This is our way of imitating them.”
Fifth graders Sean Palmer and Katharyne Harrington, both of North Andover were more than eager to help.
“We’re learning that it is good to be kind to others,” Katharyne said.
Last year, the Sisters of Notre Dame partnered with Procter & Gamble makers of the packets and buy them at a reduced cost from an in-country P&G distributor.
Sisters of Notre Dame water purification packets in Third World countries. St. Augustine Parish in Andover, each grade in the religious education program has been assigned food items to provide Easter dinners and baskets to needy families through Lazarus House. Students will be collecting everything from canned corn, peas and string beans, packaged cornbread, cake and brownie as well as Easter candies, chocolate and Easter toys.
At St. Augustine Parish, students in the religious education program are working with Lazarus House, Inc. to provide Easter dinner and baskets to needy families. First through eighth graders and students in the confirmation classes have been assigned food items ranging from canned vegetables, rice, canned soup as well as Easter candy and toys.
The Religious Education classes in first to fifth grade at St. Michael’s parish in North Andover will be focusing on the children who go to Bread and Roses, a meal center in Lawrence. Students will collect packets of hot chocolate, mini marshmallows, school supplies including pencils, crayons, erasers, markers and glue sticks.