Is Lent just about giving up chocolate or eating more fish? Members of the Focolare Movement will tell how a deeper understanding of the passion and death of our Lord enables people to deal with the trials and tribulations of day-to-day life on Sunday, March 2 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, 222 N. 17th Street in Philadelphia.

Free parking is available. Visit the Focolare website for more information. Registration is available online or by email at

The Focolare Movement, an ecclesial movement based in the Catholic Church, is like a vast and varied family that began in 1943 in Italy as a current of spiritual and social renewal and has since spread to enrich the lives of thousands of people in 192 nations.

Its founder Chiara Lubich (1920-2008), a charismatic and prominent Catholic woman of the 20th century whose cause for beatification and canonization was recently submitted to her bishop, described the Focolare Movement as “a people born from the Gospel.”

It’s a community of people who grow in faith by living a spirituality of communion as followers of Jesus striving to realize the fulfillment of his prayer, “that all may be one (Jn 17:21).”

With the strength of their unity and the example of their lives, they want to bring the life of the Trinity and the Kingdom of God to everyone they encounter. Persons of every age, vocation, religion, conviction and culture are welcomed by the Focolare.