A Season for Conversion
FASTING | ALMSGIVING | PRAYER
Fellow IC parishioner, Siobhan Rearick, reflects on why she's joining the Greener Lent Initiative this year.
Alms-giving | Justice towards neighbors
Hygiene Kits for Migrant Farm Workers. For nearly two decades, Immaculate Conception has supported farm worker outreach provided through the Prospect Hill Community Health Center. They seek to meet the needs of farm workers by addressing barriers to health care and connecting families with resources in the community. We invite you to collect items for the hygiene kits this Lent. As you assemble the items, consider how these simple products add up in cost.
*Contact Free** Starting February 19th please drop off items in the bins in the gathering space during Weekend Masses or at the parish office, where we will have a bin ready to receive your donations!
Full size items only, please (no small, sample size):
Prayer | Justice towards God
Sacrament of Reconciliation
"Greener Lent" is an inaugural Initiative in partnership with the Diocese of Raleigh
Together we are invited into this year's season of fasting with an awareness of how our choices about the food we eat are intertwined with the life of our brothers and sisters, and the wider web of creation.
We are invited to consider the ecological impact of refraining from meat consumption, and to remember those most impacted by climate disruption throughout the world.
While growing in awareness of the movement towards a more sustainable food system that honors the dignity of workers and promotes ecologically sustainable practices.
As you discern what practices you seek to keep as an individual or a household, consider joining with others in our parish and across the diocese -- and consider the collective impact we can make as we pray, fast, and seek to do justice in our care for creation.
Connecting while we Fast
We invite parishioners who participate in Greener Lent to record a brief video reflecting on what they are learning, how it is connecting with their awareness of God's presence and our role in care for creation, and maybe - what's cooking in the kitchen! Email Carolyn Kineen to sign up and upload your reflection!
And tune in here and at our YouTube page for videos, educational material, & recipe inspiration.
Stations of the Cross
6:30pm each Friday - Bilingual Stations of the Cross on YouTube and Facebook Live.
On Good Friday we will share in a contemporary reflection on the Stations of the Cross, led by IC Young Adults.
Parish Staff Picks! Some of our go-to Online Prayer & Devotional Resources
LENT BOOK STUDY
"The Cross and the Lynching Tree"
A 6-session book club sponsored by the Promoting Human Dignity Team.
We will meet on Tuesday evenings or Friday mornings each week in Lent to slowly move through this book as we explore the connections between Jesus' life and path to the Cross, and the experience of black people in America.
Whether you have been immersed in racial justice work and formation, or this is your first time reading or engaging the topic -- all are welcome as we pray, reflect, and seek ongoing conversion towards becoming followers of Jesus, the one who was put to death on a cross.
We will meet over zoom. There is no cost to join the book club - we only ask you to pick up your own copy before we begin meeting the week of Feb 21st!
Please register by Ash Wednesday!
Email Casey if you have questions.
From the book jacket:
The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful work first published in 2013, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk. Both the cross and the lynching tree represent the worst in human beings and at the same time a thirst for life that refuses to let the worst determine our final meaning. While the lynching tree symbolized white power and black death, the cross symbolizes divine power and black life God overcoming the power of sin and death. For African Americans, the image of Jesus, hung on a tree to die, powerfully grounded their faith that God was with them, even in the suffering of the lynching era.