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CRS Rice Bowls

CRS Rice Bowls

This year, Saint Mary’s Lenten Almsgiving Project will be Project Rice Bowl from Catholic Relief Services. For over 75 years, Catholic Relief Services has used its experience and technical abilities to help as many people as possible when disaster strikes. 

Evita Tiro Wada and her son Daniel Ribu Kelen stand on a path leading to their farm. Evita has learned improved farming techniques with CRS’s Village Disaster Preparedness Group. Located between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Indonesia has more than 17,000 islands. Many of the islands are in the Ring of Fire, where volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are common. Climate-related disasters such as cyclones also threaten communities here. These natural disasters make it difficult for people like Evita Tiro Wada to grow food. To help her family and community, Evita participated in a Catholic Relief Services’ program. She joined a disaster preparedness group, which helps people stay safe during emergencies. The group also maintains a community garden, using special farming methods to grow vegetables even during a drought. They teach people how to start their own gardens and care for their community by picking up trash and planting trees. Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Catholic Relief Services

Each Lent, through CRS Rice Bowl, families learn about how our sisters and brothers across the globe overcome hardships like hunger and malnutrition, and how through Lenten alms, we have the power to make the world a better place for all. The idea is for each family to have a simpler meal one day a week (Friday is obviously a good choice), and donate to help those in need. Please take a CRS Rice Bowl, which comes with a Lenten calendar that contains short reflections for each day of Lent. You’ll also find recipes for meatless meals from around the world and Stories of Hope from families that benefit from your donation to CRS Rice Bowl.

Catholic Relief Services is one of the most efficient organizations in the world. 92% of the money they spend goes directly to programs that benefit the poor overseas. Additionally, they meet all 20 of the strict Charity Standards set by the BBB’s charity rating arm, the Wise Giving Alliance, and they have an “A+” rating from Charity Watch.

Father Pat Mulcahy, Pastor

Pick up your rice bowls and calendars! Collect your change over the course of Lent and return them to the church on April 7, Divine Mercy Sunday. Or return by using the envelope in the monthly packet or drop off in the Narthex. You can also go to OSV Online giving and make an online donation: smip.org/ricebowl