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CRS Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowl invites us to: 

  • Pray together.
  • Fast in solidarity with those who hunger.
  • Learn about the joys and challenges in the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world.
  • Give sacrificial contributions to support those in need.

CRS Rice Bowl is a way for Catholics to live Lent. We invite you to pray, fast and give to deepen your relationship with Christ and bring hope to our brothers and sisters in need.

The program provides an opportunity for Catholics in the United States to live in solidarity with our poorest and most vulnerable brothers and sisters through the three Lenten pillars of praying, fasting, and almsgiving.  Participants in Rice Bowl take a forty-day journey that includes daily reflections, prayer, placing small sacrificial gifts in their Rice Bowls, reading Stories of Hope, and learning about our brothers and sisters in communities around the world.   You can also symbolically share a meal with a family from Kenya, Guatemala, Haiti, Malawi, or the Philippines by using one of the recipes provided.

Here are CRS Rice Bowl resources for parents and educators for Lent 2018!

Those with active schedules also can now participate by downloading the CRS Rice Bowl app to their mobile devices. The app allows you to receive reflections and recipes on your phone and to set and track goals. Learn more here.

Your Rice Bowl Donations

Rice bowls are now available in most churches around the Diocese of Portland.

When you put money in your rice bowl, you are making a difference.  What you give up for Lent changes lives! If you put one dollar a day on each of the forty days of Lent, your money could feed a family for eight weeks, provide immunizations for 120 newborns, or provide 400 families with clean water.

CRS agriculture programs are helping farmers improve harvests, are bringing drinking water to communities, are increasing educational opportunities, are providing health and nutrition services to mothers and their children and, through microfinancing, are creating better economic opportunities.

CRS also sponsors schools, providing a safe place for students to learn.

See, for instance, how CRS helped a family start over after they were forced to flee when ISIS attacked their home in northern Iraq.



Seventy-five percent of all donations to CRS Rice Bowl support CRS' programs around the world, while 25% stays in the Diocese of Portland to fight hunger and poverty locally, for instance, helping food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

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