CRS Rice Bowls - Lent 2019

Dear Families,

This Lent our parish will be participating more actively in the CRS Rice Bowls, a faith-in-action program that invites us to encounter our neighbor, as companions on the journey, through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We are asking you to experience Lenten spirituality by living in solidarity with people in need around the world.

As we, the global Church, prepare for Lent, it is especially appropriate to come together in prayer as a family in solidarity of the poor and marginalized around the world. Your cardboard CRS Rice Bowl and Lenten Calendar are great tools to guide your Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving. 

As a parish community we are asking that each household read over the CRS materials that come with the rice bowls and decide what you will be offering up for Lent. Be sure to write your goals on the side of your CRS Rice Bowl. Your Lenten calendar has brief activities for each day of Lent, Stories of Hope from people around the world and recipes for simple meatless meals. Consider reading the Lenten Calendar as a family each day at dinner. Try one or more of the recipes for a meatless Friday dinner and be sure to watch the CRS Rice Bowl Global Kitchen videos to learn how to prepare each meal. 

75% of your Rice Bowls Donations goes to Catholic Relief Services programs serving the poorest of the poor overseas; 25% goes towards diocesan projects that minister to the poor and vulnerable in our own community.

Be sure to check our website each week for videos of people whose lives are touched by your support of CRS Rice Bowls. You can also go to to find fun activities for your family including coloring pages, prayer cards, activity sheets, saint stories and more. And you can download the CRS Rice Bowl app to receive daily reflections right on your phone - and track your Lenten sacrifices.

Each week we will post a solidarity announcement from a different country and you are invited to gather in prayer and reflection for those in need. We will be collecting your CRS Rice Bowls at the end of Lent, and our goal is to increase our giving from last year to reach $3,000.00

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.