Beginning Ash Wednesday, March 2, and through Lent, you may pick up a rice bowl box at any Mass. Or just use a jar or shoebox and print your own rice bowl label to collect your donations to get started. Each Rice Bowl box includes recipes and an activity calendar for Lent. Find more opportunities for your family to engage daily here wiith the spiritual pillars of Lent:
praying, fasting and almsgiving.
Join a Virtual Event
This Lent, include Catholic Relief Services’ national virtual events in your CRS Rice Bowl experience. Learn more about the lifesaving work carried out around the world by CRS, our partners and the communities we serve—supported by the generosity of your Lenten offerings.
Stories of Hope: School Speaker Events
These events will feature speakers representing CRS work in Guatemala, Bangladesh and Rwanda. CRS speakers will dive deeper into the CRS Rice Bowl Stories of Hope, share their own stories and offer a peek into what it is like to live in the countries highlighted by CRS Rice Bowl.
- March 17 at 2:00 p.m. EDT: Brenda Urizar—Guatemala
- March 23 at 9:00 a.m. EDT: Kamal Mostafa—Bangladesh
- March 30 at 12:00 p.m. EDT: Yvonne Umurungi—Rwanda
Register for any or all of the school speaker events here.
Connect with us via Zoom to pray as a community of faith for our global family.
- April 6 at 7 p.m. EDT: Bilingual Prayer Event
Register for this pray evening here.
During the 40 days of Lent, travel around the world from your family room. Read and watch the Stories of Hope of communities in Guatemala, Rwanda and Bangladesh where CRS is at work. Reflect and pray with your family on how you can help those who hunger. Pray the Stations of the Cross with CRS using this booklet or videos.
Prepare simple, meatless meals each Friday and explore other cultures from your kitchen. Through the stories, you’ll learn about the principles of Catholic social teaching—and ways to put them into action during Lent and beyond.
All during Lent (Ash Wednesday 3/2 through Holy Thursday 4/14) collect your Lenten monetary sacrifices into your Rice Bowl box, shoebox or jar, to donate at the end of Lent. Donations may be turned in via online, at mass or mailed to the office at the end of Lent.