CRS Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowl: Lent 2014
Program Overview
CRS Rice Bowl and Pope Francis
CRS Rice Bowl 2014
What makes CRS Rice Bowl a success?
† CRS’ Lenten faith formation
program: prayer, fasting, giving
† Connects Catholics in the United
States with our brothers and
sisters around the world
† Brings Lent to life for faith
communities and families in the
Photo by Philip Laubner/CRS
CRS Rice Bowl & Pope Francis
† Weekly Quotes from Pope Francis in the Lenten
Calendar offer reflections on solidarity and justice
† Meet Saint María Guadalupe García Zavala, one of
the first saints Pope Francis canonized, in the Our
Catholic Identity: Examples from the Saints
† Get daily reflections, including Pope Quotes, sent
directly to your phone and track your Lenten
sacrifices as part of the NEW CRS Rice Bowl mobile
app (available for iOS and Android)
On this year’s Rice Bowl…
† The Lenten Prayer
o PRAY together as a family
† “I Promise…”
o Commit to FAST to help
those around the world
† Symbolic Give Amounts
o Find out what your
ALMSGIVING is doing for
the world’s poorest
Countries Featured in 2014
Developing Employment Opportunities
† Sacredness and Dignity of the Human
Childhood Education
† Rights and Responsibilities
Humanitarian Response and Rebuilding
† Option for the Poor
Agricultural Development
† Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
Mother and Child Healthcare
† Social Nature of Humanity
Santa Fe, NM
Local 25 percent
† Global Solidarity
Lenten Calendar …it’s back!
As you journey through the weeks of Lent…
Learn about the 2014 Featured Countries
Reflect on the importance of Catholic Social Teaching principles
Encounter Christ through the Stations of the Cross
Read passages from Scripture
Prepare a Simple Meal with your family on Fridays
Hear Thoughts from Pope Francis
Give to your Rice Bowl through fun and engaging activities
Lenten Calendar: Stories of Hope
2014 CRS Rice Bowl Poster
NEW RESOURCES, Classic Materials
† Coordinator’s Guide – integrate CRS Rice Bowl into
parish’s Lenten activities
o Engaging Parish Ministries focuses on bringing CRS Rice Bowl to
Youth Groups, Small Faith Sharing communities and Whole Group
o Blessing of the CRS Rice Bowls integrates Rice Bowl into your parish
or school liturgy
† Educator’s Guide – bring CRS Rice Bowl into your
classroom with lesson plans, activities, and prayer
services for grades 1-12
o 10-Minute Lesson Plans insures that even the busiest classroom has
time for Lenten reflection and learning
Ordering Materials
• Materials available in
English and Spanish
• Materials free of charge
• Order at 1-800-222-0025
• Visit our website to find
even more great
Supporting a CRS Rice Bowl Parish
† Emphasize to parish leadership that CRS Rice Bowl
supports Lenten faith formation
o Prayer, fasting, almsgiving & learning!
† Ensure that every family gets a Rice Bowl
† Enlist support from Pastor
o Pulpit announcements are powerful!
† Integrate CRS Rice Bowl into parish life
Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Parish-wide simple meals and catechesis
Reminders during Lent (bulletins, homilies, etc.)
Parishioner involvement in Rice Bowl collection
Rice Bowl Success
What really makes a difference?
A passionate Rice Bowl ambassador in parish
(1) Talk to Pastor/parish leadership about increased
engagement in CRS Rice Bowl for 2014
(2) Provide leadership/encouragement for
implementation of CRS Rice Bowl
(3) Speak at Masses during Rice Bowl distribution: “Why I
support CRS and participate in Rice Bowl…”
(4) Follow up with clear collection plan at end of Lent to
make sure donations are returned
CRS Rice Bowl:
Spotlight on Religious Education
† 10-Minute Lesson Plans mean even the busiest
classrooms have time for Lenten reflection
† Blessing of the Rice Bowls & End of Lent
Prayer Service resources offer students the
opportunity to ritualize CRS Rice Bowl
† Our Catholic Identity: Examples from the
Saints allow students the chance to learn how holy
men and women have served the poorest and most
CRS Rice Bowl:
Serving Locally, Serving Globally
Where do your CRS Rice Bowl contributions go?
† 75% of all donations support CRS’ programs around the world
o Agriculture projects help farmers improve harvests
o Mother and child health projects offer health and nutrition services
o Water projects bring potable water to communities
o Microfinance projects provide better incomes
o Education projects provide opportunities for a better future
† 25% of all donations fight hunger and poverty in your diocese
o Food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and more!
Thank You!

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