Fill Your CRS Rice Bowls with Love! 

WHAT IS A CRS RICE BOWL? A cardboard CRS Rice Bowl is a tool for collecting your Lenten alms. CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program for families and faith communities in the United States who want to put their faith into action.

Through CRS Rice Bowl, participants are invited to hear stories about their brothers and sisters in need around the world, and devote their Lenten prayers, fasting and alms to change the lives of those who suffer in poverty.

Participants journey through the 40 days of Lent with a collection of daily reflections and activities included in the CRS Rice Bowl calendar and on the mobile app. 

On Sunday, February 11, the CRS Rice Bowls will be distributed to children during Religious Formation classes. Please help children fill them with bills or coins and return the Rice Bowls by Sunday, March 25 to your child’s catechist during class.

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CRS Rice Bowl Helps us encounter Lent!

We are called to love our neighbor. But, like the scholar in the scripture passage, we may find ourselves wondering, “Who is my neighbor?” This Lent, CRS Rice Bowl—Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith-in-action program, will help us answer that question. To learn more,
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How Are Donations Being Used?

75 percent of your gift supports CRS’ programs around the world including:

  • Agriculture projects help farmers improve harvests
  • Water and sanitation projects bring clean water to communities
  • Microfinance projects support small businesses
  • Mother and child health projects offer health and nutrition services
  • Education projects provide resources and training
A Letter From Elizabeth Martin
Director, US Programs and Resources
Catholic Relief Services (CRS Rice Bowls)

Dear (Rev) Bruce,

Ash Wednesday was yesterday—our Lenten journey has begun!

Our first stop will be Iraq, where your students will encounter eight-year-old Majd, who, with his family, was forced to flee his home due to an attack by ISIS. In exploring his story, students will also learn about the Catholic social teaching principle, Life and Dignity of the Human Person.

You don’t need to collect passports to bring your students to Iraq. Just follow these links:

Need more resources? Find lesson plans and everything you need at


Elizabeth Martin
Director, US Programs and Resources
Catholic Relief Services

PS – Encourage students to cook this week’s meatless meal from Iraq, Lablabi Soup, at home with their families.