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CRS Rice Bowl Brings Faith to Life during Lent
With a new name, a refreshed design, and numerous new resources created to enrich the experience of Lent, CRS Rice Bowl offers meaningful ways for Catholics to embrace Lent this year. By highlighting the beauty of the Lenten trio prayer, fasting, and giving CRS Rice Bowl connects people more closely with the global mission of the Catholic Church.
The programs new message, For Lent, For Life: What you give up for Lent changes lives captures the essence of the sacred call to love thy neighbor. In this Year of Faith, as declared by Pope Benedict XVI, CRS Rice Bowl is ready made to help individuals and faith communities embark on a season of spiritual renewal, said Joan Rosenhauer, CRS executive vice president of U.S. Operations.
During each of the weeks of Lent, CRS Rice Bowl features five different countries and one U.S. diocese along with stories and profiles that demonstrate the impact CRS Rice Bowl contributions make in the fight to stop hunger and improve health for people around the world.
Twenty-five percent of the monies collected through CRS Rice Bowl remain in the dioceses where it is collected to address the needs of the local community. Last year parishioners in the Diocese of Gaylord contributed over $53,000 to CRS Rice Bowl. Over $13,250 was given back to 36 parishes across the diocese in the form of grants to help fund local organizations and ministries in their efforts to relieve hunger and suffering including such as food pantries, St. Vincent de Paul Societies and other ecumenical help centers.
CRS Rice Bowl participants use a weekly spiritual guide, videos, photo galleries, or the programs interactive website to learn more about the people from the featured countries and see how their lives are changed by the humanitarian aid provided by the Catholic Church overseas.
A popular annual feature is the collection of recipes included in the CRS Rice Bowl materials so participants can plan a weekly, meatless meal from each of the featured countries as another way to experience Lent.
Rice Bowls for collecting funds at home are available at your parish and additional information and materials for schools, parishes and individuals for CRS Rice Bowl 2013 be found on the programs website.
For a listing of grants made to local organizations made possible through your gifts to the 2012 Rice Bowl program, click on the link below.
File: 2012 Local Grants