Making Lent great

Wade Olson watches as his son, Dylan, 5, tries his hand at tying a fleece blanket. (Photo by Dianne Towalski/The Visitor)

Members of Mary of the Visitation Church in Becker and Big Lake hopped on board the theme of “Make Lent Great!” by giving gifts of time, talent and treasure at an all-parish Lent event.

On March 4, about 150 parishioners stayed after the 10:30 a.m. Mass to share breakfast provided by the Knights of Columbus and then headed to one of seven stations to complete projects that provide food, warmth or comfort to others.

Based on the works of mercy, the event included making 300 sandwiches for the hungry, 143 Easter cards for those in nursing homes, 95 blessing bags for those experiencing homelessness, 20 family night boxes for families of service members, 39 fleece blankets for families who have lost a loved one, 39 birthday bags for food shelves and “bundles of love” for families in need when they have babies.

In the weeks leading up to the Lenten project, parishioners donated items and funds needed for the various stations.
“It was such a wonderful testament of our parish to live out our motto of ‘Being Christ to Others’,” said Katy Lentz, director of faith formation for the parish. “People of all ages embraced the opportunity to put their faith into action to help others. I am humbled by the outpouring of support shown by MOTV parishioners. They truly are living examples of our faith.”

Adeline Henneman, 4, helps put together blessing bags for people experiencing homelessness. (Photo by Dianne Towalski/The Visitor)
Mary Currie works on an Easter card. (Photo by Dianne Towalski/The Visitor)
Parishioners go through mounds of birthday supplies to choose just the right things for the bags they put together. (Photo by Dianne Towalski/The Visitor)

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