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Teresa McKerral CND Associate, Salmon Arm, BC

Hi my name is Teresa Mckerral   I live in Salmon Arm BC.   I am a CND Associate with the Kamloops CND group.  As well, I have the great honour of being the Western Associate Representative on Visitation Province’s JPIC committee.  This year for Lent, as well as doing our usual Development and Peace Share Lent collection, our parish in Salmon Arm is also involved with Give it up for the Earth.   This is a two part program from the Citizens for Public Justice.  One part is a Call for Action! For example, ● walk, bike, or bus ● buy less, buy local, buy used ● eliminate air travel ● eat less meat; eat local & in season ● reduce electricity use ● support eco-friendly businesses ● divest from fossil fuels ● upgrade windows, doors & insulation ● buy fair trade ● cut waste ● refuse one-use / over packaged items.  The second part is to send a prepaid postage postcard to The Honourable Minister Catherine McKenna telling her what we are committed to giving up and ask that emissions be reduced as promised.  These postcards will be passed out after Mass on the 11th and 18 of February.   I spoke about Give it up for the Earth at Mass  on the 28th of January.   This is the second year our parish is participating.  Last year I ordered 50 postcards and they were gone in about 10 minutes.  This year I ordered 200 and I hope that they all are used.  The third way we are bringing a social justice theme to Lent is we are using the Jesuit Forum guide, On care for our common Home to study Laudato Si.  

I am looking forward to Lent this year.

Teresa McKerral


Ash Wednesday, and so it starts another Lenten journey, and what will I learn about myself, and my God this year?

When I was younger, Lent never excited me.  I couldn’t make the connection that in denying myself chocolate or cake or pop it would make any difference to any one, never mind to God.

As I got older, I realized that Lent was a time that offers us an opportunity to come to terms with the human condition that we may spent the rest of the year running from; and it brings our need for Jesus to the forefront.  Lent is a time to open the doors of our hearts a little wider and understand our Lord a little deeper.

It is also a time for actions.  We can do lots in Lent that helps us and will help others.  Lent is a time not only for prayer and personal reflection but a time where we can look outward to our community and to our world, and reflect on what God has created for us, and how we are to care for our common home.

The following are some actions that might make your Lent an amazing, hopeful, and peaceful one.

”One year for Lent, I wrote a letter each day. I made a list of 40 people who had touched my life in one way or another. Each day of Lent, I wrote a person on the list a letter of thanks for how they touched my life and I prayed for that person on that day… it was a wonderful experience!” – Patty

Don’t buy anything that you don’t NEED. If you can live without it, you don’t need it.  Give it up for Lent.  Put the money that you would have spent into a jar. Be sure to look at how much you saved after the 40 days and donate everything in the jar

Throw Away 40 things for 40 days. Every day, you walk around your house and collect 40 things to donate or throw away… every day, until Lent ends.  

Give up Complaining for Lent. We often complain and whine about things, but we need to try to have a positive outlook on things. I tried this one year and it was VERY hard.   You don’t realize how much you complain until you give it up…  “Do everything without arguing or complaining…” Philippians 2:14 NIV


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