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Lenten Soup Supper

Include Mary's Pence in your Lenten Prayer Gatherings

Lent is a time of reconciliation with God and one’s neighbors. This Lent, we invite you to incorporate Mary’s Pence into your Lenten prayer gatherings. We invite you to stand in solidarity with women confronting poverty by using our materials for a Lenten Soup Supper or by asking your church to direct a Lenten collection to the work of Mary's Pence.

We offer three Lenten Soup Supper resource packets:

  • Solidarity in a Time of Separateness - Includes thought-provoking readings, rituals, and personal reflection on the theme of living a life of solidarity. The program gives participants space to reflect on who they wish to be in solidarity, as well as how to accomplish this in our often disconnected worlds.
  • The Story of the Three Bowls - Includes reflections on emptying ourselves and being open to God's message to us and powerful poetry by homeless and formerly homeless women in the U.S.
  • Praying in Solidarity with Women of Latin America - Includes rituals, prayers and stories that help us pray in solidarity with our sisters confronting poverty in Latin America.

Both packets include soup recipe ideas, photos and Mary's Pence materials. Click the links above or scroll down for specific information about each packet, along with downloadable documents of individual resources. Please be in touch so that we can send you supporting materials such as Mary's Pence calendars, photos, newsletters, and the musical reflections CD. We are also happy to send you the printed version of all of the files here.

We designed each packet to be used for one Lenten Soup Supper prayer gathering, but we welcome you to use these resources however they are most useful to your faith community. We would also be glad to speak with you about other prayer ideas or solidarity opportunities for your community. Lastly, contact us if you would like to include Mary's Pence in your special Lenten collections.

Thank you for your support of Mary's Pence this Lent and for all that you do for God’s family. Thank you for your hunger for justice.

Special Lenten Collections

Many faith communities have special collections for the poor during Lent. We encourage you to ask your parish to identify Mary’s Pence as the recipient for a collection.

Here are some materials that may help you organize a special collection for Mary's Pence:

Please call us at 651-788-7869 or email us at staff@maryspence.org if you need more materials or have any questions.

Solidarity in a Time of Separateness Lenten Soup Supper Packet

Please contact us to request our newly developed Solidarity in a Time of Separateness Lenten Soup Supper packet. This reflection program gives participants the space to reflect on who they wish to be in solidarity, as well as how to accomplish this in our often disconnected worlds. The program includes thought-provoking readings, as well as time for reflection, personal sharing, and ritual.

The full packet includes a Reflection Program handout, Leader Instructions, reflection readings, bible verses, recipes, and a CD for musical reflections. We also include photos and information about Mary's Pence grantees working to alleviate poverty and injustice across the Americas.

Please call us at 651-788-7869 or email us at staff@maryspence.org, and we will be glad to send you a complete packet.

You can download some of the packet materials here:

The Story of the Three Bowls Lenten Soup Supper Packet

Please contact us to request our Story of the Three Bowls Lenten Soup Supper packet. We thank spiritual director and Mary's Pence volunteer, Judy Schiavo, for developing this beautiful reflection program to help us be aware of and act on empowering those in physical, emotional, and economic need.

The full packet includes a Reflection Program handout, Leader Instructions, poems from women experiencing homelessness, bible verses, recipes, and a CD for musical reflections. We also include photos and information about Mary's Pence Ministry Grants providing important support to grassroots women's projects confronting poverty in the U.S.

Please call us at 651-788-7869 or email us at staff@maryspence.org, and we will be glad to send you a complete packet.

You can download some of the packet materials here:

Praying in Solidarity with Women of Latin America Lenten Soup Supper Packet

The Praying in Solidarity with Women of Latin American packet includes prayers, recipes, photos, agenda ideas and a short DVD of the women of our ESPERA program in Central America. You can call us at 651-788-7869 or email us at staff@maryspence.org, and we will be glad to send you a complete packet.

You can also download some of the packet materials here:

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