Thank you for participating in CRS Rice Bowl this Lent. What started as a way for Catholics in the United States to respond to the famine in Africa in 1976 has evolved into a Lenten tradition bringing, us closer together as one Church and one human family.
This year, nearly every parish and Catholic school in the Diocese of Portland participated in CRS Rice Bowl, supporting those living in poverty.
Seventy-five percent of the donations given through CRS Rice Bowl will go to Catholic Relief Services to support humanitarian aid projects that bring vital hope and live-saving aid to the poorest of the poor overseas.
Twenty-five percent of your donations stay in the Diocese of Portland to fight hunger and poverty locally, for instance, helping food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
Thank you for making Lenten sacrifices that will lift up our brothers and sisters living in poverty. With a shared spirit of solidarity, we can continue to build a culture of encounter that welcomes and embraces all.