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Lent 2021

Our Lenten Journey

“The path of poverty and self-denial (fasting), concern and loving care for the poor (almsgiving), and childlike dialogue with the Father (prayer) make it possible for us to live lives of sincere faith, living hope and effective charity.”

In his 2021 Lenten message, Pope Francis reminds us of the 3 pillars of Lent: Fasting, Almsgiving, and Prayer. He also calls for the 40 days leading up to the Easter season to be a time for renewal of faith, hope and love.

At St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati, we invite you to join us this Lent as we work to realize our mission: to grow in holiness and build a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need.

Do you want to practice almsgiving this Lenten season? Click here to support the mission of St. Vincent de Paul in your community!

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“Fasting involves being freed from all that weighs us down… in order to open the doors of our hearts to the One who comes to us, poor in all things, yet “full of grace and truth” (Jn 1:14): the Son of God our Saviour.” – Pope Francis

Fasting is what many of us most easily associate with Lent. We have obligatory days of fasting on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and every Friday of Lent. Many of us give up specific luxuries during this season as well. On top of these traditional observances, you may also consider St. Vincent de Paul as you fast this Lent.

We’re asking for you to join us in two ways: (1) by fasting from items you don’t need in your home and donating them to our thrift stores, and (2) by putting together Pantry Boxes for us to distribute to our neighbors in need through our Becky and Ted Catino Choice Food Pantry.


“A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” – Pope Francis

Almsgiving is another way that you can contribute to our mission this season of Lent. Giving money directly to St. Vincent de Paul allows us to direct it to where it’s most needed right now, such as rent or utility assistance for those who’ve lost income due to COVID-19, or our innovative Charitable Pharmacy. You may also consider planning to give later through your will, trust, or other estate plans. You can click on the donate button on the left to learn more about donating to St. Vincent de Paul.


“In order to give hope to others, it is sometimes enough simply to be kind…” – Pope Francis

The final pillar of Lent is prayer. While many of us continue to isolate during the ongoing pandemic, we invite you to join with us as a community through prayer this season. Consider praying for a young person contemplating a year of service through the Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati, or discern your calling to become a Vincentian (volunteer) through one of our dozens of Conferences spread throughout Hamilton County.  You may also keep your eyes peeled for opportunities out of our Ozanam Center for Service Learning to engage your spirituality and serve with intention this season.