Jesus told us that whatever we do for one of the least brothers of His, we do for Him (Mt. 25:34; 40). Let us reflect on the challenge of global hunger— it is a reality for millions of our sisters and brothers. What will you do to support the hungry in our community and around the world?
We invite you to join us, and more than 14,000 Catholic communities across the US, this Lenten season as we pray, fast and give alms with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl Lenten Program. Together, our parish and school can come together to help feed families here in our community and around the world.
Beginning Ash Wednesday, you may pick up a rice bowl box at any Mass. Or just use a jar or shoebox at home 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 with the spiritual pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
During the 40 days of Lent, travel around the world from your family room. Read and watch the Stories of Hope of communities in Madagascar, El Salvador, and Timor‐Leste 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 2/17 through Holy Thursday 4/1) collect your Lenten monetary sacrifices into your rice bowl box, shoebox or jar, to donate at the end of Lent.