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For Lent, For Life: What you give up for Lent changes lives

  • Date:
  • Monday, February 4, 2013

CRS Rice Bowl is a Lenten faith formation program that helps us to live in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable around the world.

We pray to reflect on what type of person we are called to be.

We fast to remove the things that get between us and God, and to remember those without enough to eat.

We give to honor Jesus’ call to serve those in need.

CRS is updating Rice Bowl for 2013 to make it an even more useful Lenten resource for parishes, families and individuals. The new CRS Rice Bowl can deepen parishioners’ Lenten experience by helping them understand and participate in the traditional practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. New and engaging activities for families, individuals and classes can help bring Lenten spirituality to life while providing participants an opportunity to make an important difference in the lives of people in need both in the U.S. and around the world.

CRS Rice Bowl and the Year of Faith: Pope Benedict XVI has declared the Year of Faith as an intentional time for Catholics to deepen our faith in Christ. In light of this time of spiritual renewal, we invite all Catholics to animate their Lenten season through CRS Rice Bowl. This faith formation program highlights the beauty of our Lenten trio: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. CRS Rice Bowl is a way to get people excited about their Catholic faith, and about helping people in need around the world. Through this Lenten program, we:

  • Pray together
  • Give things up, or fast, in solidarity with those who hunger
  • Learn about our global community & hunger and poverty around the world
  • Convert our sacrifices into gifts for those in need

CRS Rice Bowl helps families and faith communities fully live out the spirit of Lent in this Year of Faith.

New Name: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Every year, the Catholic community in the U.S. assists more than 100 million of the world’s poorest people through CRS, yet many are unfamiliar with the agency and its work.

Operation Rice Bowl has been renamed CRS Rice Bowl in order to help people become more aware of CRS as their hearts and hands in action in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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