Read about the mission work being done in parishes and schools around the Diocese of Portland.
CRS Rice Bowl is Underway
Bishop Robert Deeley blessed Rice bowls during the celebration of Ash Wedneday Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, and many priests around the Diocese of Portland did the same. Rice bowls are now available in most churches across Maine. If you haven't picked up yours yet, you may find them in the narthex, in pews, or in the back of the church.
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.
Cathedral in Portland
All Saints Parish in Brunswick
Those coins and dollars you tuck into your rice bowl add up and make a difference! 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.
In Lent 2017, parishes and schools in the Diocese of Portland combined to raise over $57,000. Seventy-five percent of that went to CRS Rice Bowl support CRS' programs around the world, while 25% stayed n the Diocese of Portland to fight hunger and poverty locally, for instance, helping food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. [Learn more]
Another way to participate is by downloading the CRS Rice Bowl app to your mobile device. The app allows you to receive reflections and recipes on your phone and to set and track goals. [Learn more].
Brunswick Youth Complete Successful "Mission to D.C."
On Sunday, June 25, a group of 26 teens and five adult leaders from All Saints Parish in Brunswick filled five minivans for a weeklong journey aimed at providing the young people with a residential experience of living as disciples of Jesus through prayer and service to the poor. [read more]