Every Lent, Catholics in the United States do something amazing. Their prayers, fasting and almsgiving become lifesaving aid for millions of individuals living in conditions of poverty around the world. The hungry are fed; the thirsty are given drink; the homeless find shelter. And this has been going on for more than 40 years. That’s the impact of CRS Rice Bowl. That’s how what you give up for Lent can change lives. A simple cardboard box — a CRS Rice Bowl — inspires prayers, fasting and almsgiving within Catholic families across the U.S., and delivers hope to millions around the world.
CRS Rice Bowl is
Catholic Relief Services
‘ Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities.
During the 40 days of Lent,
we will encounter people - through their stories - from communities in India, Mexico, Ethiopia and other places around the world. We’ll be invited to eat simple meatless meals each Friday from these countries. And we’ll learn how we can put the principles of Catholic social teaching into action during Lent and beyond.
This year's countries are India, Zambia, El Salvador, Mexico, Ethiopia and
the Diocese of Honolulu
Through CRS Rice Bowl, we hear stories from our brothers and sisters in need worldwide, and devote our Lenten prayers, fasting and gifts to change the lives of the poor.
CRS Rice Bowl asks us to:
- Pray to deepen our relationship with God and reflect on what type of person He calls us to be.
- Fast to remove the things that get between us and God and to live in solidarity with those in need.
- Give alms to our brothers and sisters in need, honoring Jesus’ call to serve our neighbors.
Learn more about
How to Practice Lent
, and join CtR as we support CRS Rice Bowl.
See more CRS Rice Bowl, Lent and Catholic Social Teaching videos on the CRS Rice Bowl website
For information about rice bowls at Christ the Redeemer, contact Director of Advancement Megan Dillingham at