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CRS Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program for families and faith communities in the United States who want to bring Lent to life. CRS Rice Bowl is an invitation to join with Catholics around the United States in praying, fasting, learning, and giving in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world. This year, the program has been extended until May 1, 2020, so you still have a little more time to fill your rice bowl.


Sign up to receive CRS Rice Bowl reflections sent to your email every week of Lent. Join in the prayers listed below or in praying the Stations of the Cross in solidarity with those who are suffering around the world.

Prayer for abstaining during Lent - "If I must refrain"
Prayer that we will meet Jesus in the desert
Lenten prayer in solidarity with refugees
Prayer to stay close to Christ in his suffering - "Remain Here and Keep Watch with Me."


Fast in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world who don't have enough to eat. Try some meatless recipes from around the world, such as Vietnamese pancakes, spiced rice from Kenya, coconut dhal from Sri Lanka, Haitian vegetable stew, or baleadas from Honduras. Put the money you save in your Rice Bowl to help feed those who don't have enough to eat.


You are invited to listen to stories of hope from around the world and hear about what all God's children have in common. This Lent, CRS takes you to Honduras, Kenya, and Vietnam to meet three girls and their families and to hear about their aspirations for the future.


When you put a donation in your CRS Rice Bowl or make a donation online, you share your life and your abundance with families around the world, putting nutritious food on their tables and helping them live healthier lives. As Jesus teaches us in the Gospel story of the loaves and the fishes, your small offering can feed many, and what may seem like a little, can actually be a lot.

How do I get a Rice Bowl?

Rice Bowls will be available at most parishes around the Diocese of Portland on Ash Wednesday or before.  If your parish is not participating and you would like a cardboard rice bowl, contact Yvonne Chace in the Office of Missions at or 207-321-7817.

Where do I turn in my rice bowl?

Traditionally, parishes collect Rice Bowls on Palm Sunday.

Where does the money go?

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 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.

Read more about CRS Rice Bowl.