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Missions/CRS Office

The Diocese of Portland's Office of Missions / CRS invites you to embrace the three pillars of Lent -- prayer, fasting, and almsgiving -- in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world, as well as those in need closer to home.  You will find some resources below that we hope will help Lent be a time of both personal reflection and global awareness, drawing you closer to God and his children.

Missionary Childhood Association Lenten Calendar

Present in 110 countries, the Missionary Childhood Association encourages children to be aware of the needs of their peers living in mission dioceses throughout the world.  Its Lenten calendar includes suggestions for prayer, charitable giving, or activities for each day of Lent, beginning February 26, and continuing through Easter Sunday, April 12.

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 U.S. in praying, fasting, learning, and giving in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.  Cardboard rice bowls are available at most parishes. Learn more.

Missionary Disciples Stations of the Cross

The road that Jesus walked to Calvary is called the "Way of the Cross." In praying the Way of the Cross, we see and experience the suffering of Christ and reflect upon the suffering in our own world, especially among the most vulnerable - our brothers and sisters in the missions.  Follow the Missionary Disciples Stations of the Cross and join in praying to ease the suffering of children around the world.

Missionary Prayers for Lent

During Lent, we rededicate ourselves to prayer. The season invites us to reflect on our own lives and to open our hearts to those in need and lift up our prayers for them.  In addition to the Missionary Disciples Stations of the Cross, you're invited to join in praying the Mission Prayer for Lent,  the Litany of Missionary Saints, and a  Prayer of Solidarity with Refugees. Sign up also to receive weekly prayer reflections from CRS Rice Bowl. 

World Mission Rosary

As we especially reflect upon the Sorrowful Mysteries this Lent, join in praying a rosary for missionaries all over the world and those they serve.  Each color of the World Mission Rosary represents a different region, from the rich greens of Africa to the yellow of the rising sun in the Far East.  Free rosaries are available to all. Contact the Office of Missions for more information. Learn more.

Mass Cards and Enrollment

We offer many ways to honor your loved ones.  They include enrollment in the Society for the Propagation of the Faith for individuals and families, as well as Masses of remembrance.   Masses will be said for your loved ones by missionaries around the world.

For more information, contact the Office of Missions.

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"It's not just charity. It's change."

A direct way to help missions around the world is through Missio, a connection with Pope Francis' missions around the world.

You can choose the project to which you would like to contribute, whether it's building a greenhouse in Kenya or growing a parish farm in the Philippines. Learn more and Donate today.

CRS / Ethical Trade

Catholic Relief Services provides assistance to those in need all over the world.  You can help by donating or hosting an Ethical Fair Trade sale. Contact the Office of Missions for details.

Learn more about CRS.

Contact Us:

Office of Missions / CRS
Ms. Yvonne Borelli-Chace, Director
510 Ocean Avenue, Portland, ME 04103