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March 16 (begins)

The three pillars of Lent are fasting, praying, and almsgiving. Almsgiving is not limited to giving money. The St. Francis Xavier Social Justice and Concerns group will be collecting personal supplies to give to one of two organizations.
• Any men's personal products (shampoo, deodorant, soaps, shaving cream, etc.) will be given to The Dream Center in St. Cloud, which is a service to help adult men face their challenges
, find wholeness, and successfully integrate back into society after being incarcerated. (
• Any feminine products (shampoo, deodorant, soap, sanitary supplies) will be donated to Terebinth Refuge which is a safe home that brings hope, healing, and freedom to sexually exploited and trafficked women. (
There will be a container in the Gathering Place starting March 16 and running through Easter Sunday. For more information contact Mary Barron-Traut at Thanks for your generosity.

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