Catholic Relief Services

News from our Parish Ambassadors, Jed Trombley and Martie Matuska:

Lent is our time to encounter Christ, and CRS Rice Bowl is one tool to help us build a culture of encounter. Catholic Relief Services‘ Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities is a vehicle through which the stories of communities around the world can be shared, an invitation through which our prayers and Lenten sacrifices can change lives.

Rice Bowls are available in the narthex. Through CRS Rice Bowl, we hear stories from our brothers and sisters in need worldwide and devote our Lenten prayers, fasting, and gifts to change the lives of the poor. Each day of Lent, individuals are invited to use the Lenten Calendar—included with every CRS Rice Bowl—to guide their Lenten almsgiving. These daily almsgiving activities—for example, give 25 cents for every faucet found in your home—help families reflect on the realities of our brothers and sisters around the world and how they can be in solidarity during the Lenten season.

How will you contribute to the culture of encounter this Lent? Thank you for all you do to stand in solidarity with the least of your brothers and sisters around the world.

We were also happy to share with you the following letter received from CRS regarding our November Fair Trade Holiday Sale:



More information on Catholic Relief Services is available at


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