CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith-in-action program. It offers opportunities for your family to engage daily in the spiritual pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. And, it’s an opportunity for us as a parish/school to come together as a community and reflect on what it means to live out our Gospel call to go out and encounter those most in need. During the 40 days of Lent, we will encounter the stories of people in Iraq, Nicaragua, Burkina Faso and other places around the world where CRS is at work. We’ll be invited to eat simple, meatless meals each Friday from these countries. And, through the stories, we’ll learn about the principles of Catholic social teaching—and ways we can put them into action during Lent and beyond. We will reflect on how an encounter with our neighbor can be transformative. We will see how our prayers, fasting and almsgiving can support those worldwide who are forced to flee their homes to find safety or better opportunities. I’m excited to take this journey with our parish/school community, and to connect the prayer and reflections of each of our families to our global community of faith. Please pick up your Rice Bowl and Calendar at Mass on the weekend of February 10th/11th.